Celebrating Easter Bank Holiday At Evan’s Bistro

Celebrating Easter Bank Holiday At Evan’s Bistro

I have been eager to try out Evan’s Bistro in Whitley Bay ever since returning to the North East. It took three family events to finally convince everyone to trust me and try the family-run restaurant. I’ve heard so many amazing things about the restaurant and even just scrolling down their social media accounts made my taste buds tingle.

For starters, we shared the crispy potato skins which came with a delicious dip and side salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar and also a portion of BBQ pulled pork nachos. Both of the dishes can also be made for vegans which I think is so unique as many small restaurants struggle to cater for vegans. I had most of the potato skins and they tasted delicious but the nachos were freshly made and tasted equally amazing.

For mains there was such a massive selection of food that was on offer that it was hard to choose just one. In the end I went for the Spag Bol as it came with garlic bread and sounded amazing. It definitely lived up to its expectations! My cousin tried the classic fish and chips which was served with mushy peas whilst the rest of my family opted for the chicken burger marinated in peri peri sauce served with cheese, onion rings and chips.

The food not only looked amazing but tasted equally as good. All the food is locally sourced and freshly made which you can really taste when eating your meals.

 

Of course, with so many divine desserts to try, we just had to treat ourselves. I went for the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and let me tell you that this was out of this world. I’ve had a fair few sticky toffee puddings in my time but this one stood out from them all! My cousin opted for the chocolate brownie with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream. It was so rich and gooey! Finally my aunt went for the Sicilian orange and almond cake which came with pouring cream – although not my favourite of the three, the cake tasted amazing.

I’ve never been to Evan’s for a meal before but this has definitely been one of my favourite places to eat throughout the North East and this is definitely somewhere that I will be returning sooner rather than later. Mark, the chef, came out and served our meals and the other owner (I didn’t catch his name) waited on us hand and foot. He made us feel so welcome on top of having a friendly and enthusiastic manner. The menu has a range of foods suitable for even the fussiest of families including a good selection of vegetarian and vegan friendly meals. They have a brilliant children’s play area and I’ve heard that they are dog friendly too.

Have you ever tried Evan’s Bistro before? What’s your thoughts? Are you going to give it a go?

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My Makeup Obsession Palette Review

There’s something exciting about finding a new cruelty free brand, am I right? A couple of weeks ago, I discovered Makeup Obsession whilst on the hunt for a new bronzer and I thought it was about time that I shared my thoughts on the palette that I’ve created.

Before spotting the brand in Boots, I’ve never heard of Makeup Obsession however I quick google search lead me to find out that the brand was cruelty free. They are made by the same company who look after Makeup Revolution which mean they are super affordable. There was on offer on where you can get the single powders for £2 each and buy the refillable palette for £12. It was an offer that I just couldn’t turn down especially after swatching a couple of the shades.

Firstly, you can choose between Medium Palette which can hold six singles where as the Large Palette can hold twelve singles. I chose the Medium Palette as that’s the one which was on offer. I picked up: Contour Light Medium, Contour Dark, Highlight in Gold, Highlight in Pearl, Copper Eyeshadow and Burnt Eyeshadow. I was so surprised at the pigmentation of all the powders however the highlighters are amazing and really are the stars of the palette that I’ve created. You definitely don’t need a lot of product to make an impact. I love how the pans fit exactly into the palette so you are able to change them up with other Makeup Obsession products. It’s very quickly became a staple in my makeup collection and one that I just can’t step away from. The fact that you can mix and match to create your very own palette for under £20 is definitely worth the money.

Have you ever tried Makeup Obsession before? What’s your thoughts? The blush is definitely next on my wishlist to try from them!

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My To-Do List For Spring

Although Winter has felt like it’s been going on for the past year, the weather has started to finally pick up! I’m so excited for the Spring/Summer months and have many dreams and goals to achieve. It’s the start of the Easter holidays next week and whilst that means nothing for a full-time working lady and blogger like myself, I thought it was about time I shared with you what’s on my Spring to-do list.

I’ve got an itch to start reading a book or two. I have been so busy ever since moving back up to Newcastle that I just wanted to have a little bit of a relax and chill. Unfortunately I’ve read all mine so any book recommendations would be brilliant!

I really want to plan a Summer holiday. I don’t care where it is and what we will be doing as long as there is a week relaxing underneath the sun rays beside a pool for a week or two. I’m really wanting to go to Amsterdam for my birthday – it’s been a place that I’ve always dreamt of going to. It’s such an amazing city and I would love to see the Banksy museum too. I’ve not been abroad for about 6 years so I think it’s about time I got some decent Vitamin D inside my body.

Slimming World has always been something that I’ve found difficult with but this time I really want to stick at it. I’ve managed to lose half a stone within two weeks however I found this week extremely difficult with staying on plan. I really want to try and lose 1 or 2 stone by my birthday which I believe is quite achievable so any motivation to help me stay on track will be grateful. I was thinking of starting a series on my blog every month where I talk about my weight losses and meals that I’ve made – let me know if your interested. 

As you can probably see, I haven’t really been in the blogging game recently but I’m going to try and change that. I really want to try and work on creating some really interesting and engaging content on my blog. It’s kinda just took a back seat whilst I’ve been settling into a bigger store. I’ve also been sorting a lot of other things out in my personal life too. I really want to get involved in the Northern blogging community again soon but it’s just so difficult with a full-time job as well.

I’ve been shopping for Spring clothes recently. All the florals and pastels have started entering my wardrobe. Is anyone else just sick of wearing jumpers, scarves and coats?! I can’t wait to plan some photo shoots with Alice to share with you. Some of the pieces I’ve picked up from New Look are just so lovely and slimming and I think your going to love them.

What’s on your Spring to-do list? Let me know one thing that you want to achieve.

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Nanshy Brushes

I’ve said it before and I will say it again – behind every perfect makeup application is the brushes that aided you to create that look. Seriously though, where would we be without them? I’m forever looking for new makeup brushes and cruelty free brands that offer them to help with my application so when Nanshy offered to send some of their brushes for me to try out I just couldn’t refuse.

I actually discovered the brand nearly two years ago when I started going cruelty free. Nanshy are based in the UK and 100% cruelty free. They specialise in makeup application tools using synthetic bristles which are made by hand and ensuring that each product is top quality before hitting the shelves.

I received seven brushes all individually packaged in clear and black packaging with useful tips in what products the brushes will work best with and how to use them. I pulled them all out of their packaging and the first thing I noticed was how soft the bristles felt as well as how lightweight they were. I was kindly gifted the white handle ones however there is also a choice of black if you prefer. The brushes I received are: Foundation brush, Concealer brush, Stippling brush, Contour brush, Large Shader brush, Tapered Crease brush and Angled Detailer brush.

I have had a couple of weeks to test them out with various different products and honestly I love them! The quality of the brushes is something that I just can’t get over. I’ve always used Real Techniques or Eco Tools so I didn’t really have anything else to compare them to. I have always used the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to apply foundation but I started using the Stippling brush to apply my foundation and I am now fully converted. It takes a little longer than using but the finish looks flawless and leaves a really beautiful finish on my skin. I have loved using the eyeshadow brushes for blending in the eyeshadow.

If you are after some new makeup brushes, I recommend checking out Nanshy! Have you tried any of their products before?

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Vegan Treats At The Botanist

The Botanist Newcastle is somewhere that I’ve heard just about everyone mention however I’ve never been myself. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always lusted over sipping cocktails over Newcastle city centre in one of the prettiest restaurants in the city. As you can imagine when Alice asked me to be her plus one to review their vegan menu for Spring 2018 that I squealed with excitement.

From the moment we walked into The Botanist, we felt a lovely welcome from all the staff members. It was as though I had walked into a fairytale with magical, photography worthy features everywhere you looked. We were shown to the table with a lovely view looking over Grey’s Monument and it had perfect lighting for all those snaps. Our main waiter, Jack was such a lovely person and catered on us hand and foot. He was a young, enthusiastic and knowledgable waiter who was patient with us when we were taking a while to decide. After much deliberation, we went for the Tempura-Fried Cauliflower, Tenderstem Broccoli and Kale Manchurian and Curried Houmous. Both of us agreed that the tempura-fried vegetables was our favourite; it was served with a delicious sweet and sour sesame dipping sauce and in all honesty, I would happily have a bowl of this starter as a main. The Curried Houmous was delicious as well and I would recommend if you like a little bit of spice or Indian food. It was served with flatbread and crudités.

I went for the Falafel Burger for my main course which came with tahini dressing, harissa jam, spiced onions and rocket. For the side, I chose to have sweet potato fries because who turns down that option?! My main course tasted amazing! The harissa jam was something I was a little worried about as I am not too keen on spice but the tahini dressing cooled the spice down a little. I would definitely have it again. Alice went for the Malaysian Vegetable Curry which was served with coconut rice. It was similar to a Thai Green Curry but was extremely spicy and something that I definitely wouldn’t be able to handle although it does look amazing.

We weren’t too adventurous with drinks however I would love to return for a cocktail or two in the evening. I had the Homemade Lemonade which was the best thing I have tasted in such a long time whilst Alice had the Raspberry, Grape & Elderflower Cooler which tasted so fruity and sweet compared to mine. Definitely something that I would pick in the future.

You can imagine by this moment that we were both in a food induced coma and was ready for a nap but we still had dessert left. We both went for the Homemade Banana Doughnuts which came with salted caramel sauce and peanut milkshake. I don’t even have any words for this dessert apart from – it was delicious! It’s a no brainer that you must try this dessert before the season is out.

I’m so happy that I have finally had the opportunity to visit The Botanist Newcastle. It’s so beautiful. The restaurant and bar is so dreamy and magical, the service is like no other where the waiters go above and beyond to cater for you and the food quality is just on another level. If you happen to be around Newcastle, I highly recommend you experience it. I can’t wait to go back!

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