Dinner with Brewhouse & Kitchen – Autumn Menu

I sometimes find it hard to be a personal style creator/blogger/writer/stylist, alot of my time is spent by myself and around people who don’t really understand why I’m on my phone all the time or want an outfit shot taken. However sometimes you get together with like minded people, and it’s the more rewarding thing ever, more importantly with bloggers and creators. I’ve been part of the Bournemouth blogger network for year and years and have met so many cool people that I love. Yes, I read their blogs on the regular too. Bournemouth bloggers were invited to try the new Brewhouse and Kitchen menu. Our location was, you guessed it, the Bournemouth location.

We were taken to our table upstairs , which had beautiful views of the Bournemouth at sunset. The vibe of B&K  is super relaxed and quirky. With bottle lighting and cinema light boxed advertising what beer they have to offer. I think the aesthetics of a place really decided for you if you’ll be returning. I definitely will. We were greeted with a glass of prosecco, which for me quickly changed to root beer. Tara from Face the Fun ordered an actual beer which she loved. I believe Bewhouse and Kitchen craft their own beer.

I’m someone who loves a starter but can never stomach a started and a main. But can’t bare missing out a main meal. B&K have really shown me that I can have starters and not feel left out.

From the starters I tried, and believe me there were alot, the bruschetta -with heritage tomato and basil pesto was fantastic. The mini goat’s cheese and roasted shall coulis were delicious served with crostini. Two starters that you would more classical see on a menu were really delicious. The black pudding scotch eggs were so flavourful that I really didn’t taste the ‘black pudding’ element which is a relief. Of course I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t mention ribs. The sticky half stack of ribs – English style ale were of course the favourite. I’m a creature of habit, what can I say?

After indulging just a little too much, it was time for the mains. A plethora of different cuisines came to our table. To sample everything would have been a mammoth task. My selections were based off of what I wanted to sample and trying new things. To me a burger is pretty much a burger unless you go artisan and pay the price. For a change I tried the veggie burger with a vegan bun. Which really blew me away, the bun was a little dry but it was still so tasty. I’m sure I’d get it again next time and shock everyone with my choices.

The B&K Classic burger

The Lamb, Pea & Mint Pie. Super tasty but I’m sure I’m allergic to pea so didn’t really have that much.

The best Caeser Salad I think I’ve ever had.

Tried the Chargrilled broccoli and  Quinoa salad and don’t rate it at all. It is one of the two main dishes that are vegan and gluten free so it has it’s merits. I would have preferred it as a warmed salad.

The mother load! A full stack of ribs with mini cobs and homemade slaw. Again can’t go wrong with ribs at all, they have been made to total perfection. But skip the slaw, you don’t need it.

The veggie burger with vegan bun. It’s a stacked burger, six veggies in this bad boy. It still felt like I was eating a hearty meat burger but way healthier. Would have moved to have had the whole thing to myself and added the slaw into the burger for extra veggies and to take the edge of the dry bun.

An honourable mention comes to another veggie dish that I loved, the wild mushroom and thyme risotto that came on a butternut squash. A dish with some many of my favourite things in it. Mushroom, risotto rice, butternut squash. The squash was a little al dente. I don’t you can’t say that about food that isn’t rice of pasta but it was a little to the tooth for me. I’m used to it being mush softer. But still such a good dish, no picture because Tara had already gone to town cutting it into nine for us to all sample some.

Lemon and Garlic Roast chicken.

Our pudding taster was a chocolate and orange tart with vegan vanilla ice-cream. So delicious I personally find alot of chocolate vegan puddings very corse is texture but this was a smooth delight and the vegan Ice cream could rival any dairy one.

Thoroughly stuffed we wandered into the garden to admire the beach huts and have a group photo and of course outfit shots for me.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening with the best food, company and staff. I can’t wait to come back and try the christmas menu and maybe sample some beer next time.

Thank you to Brewhouse & Kitchen for having me.

Of course thank you to Emma and the Bournemouth bloggers for making the evening so much fun and organising everything.

Skate and Ski

Hello, Hayden here, Amelia’s boyfriend and photographer for TCHG, standing in for Amelia who has writer’s block.Amelia and I spent the afternoon in the sleepy town of Wimborne, we frequently find ourselves here as it is such a cute town all year.

The building which is in this photo is appropriately called The Gin House, which is great being a gin bar. We keep meaning to go here for a couple of drinks one evening but haven’t got round to it yet.

After walking around for a short period of time, we decided to take some photos of the outfit Amelia was wearing. My favourite item out of this outfit is a close call, first place going to the hat with the runner-up having to be the shoes!

Hi, Amelia here. The best part about partnering with Hayden when creating for TCHG is his patients. If I don’t like something he’s more then happy to go back and have another go or tell me how to pose. It really is a group effort. Thank you so much for helping me write this one Hayden.

Sneakers – Vans | Hat – Jimmy’s Iced Coffee Merch | Jeans – Primark | Jumper – Next | Bag – Calvin Klein

Double Tartan

In these transitional days, it’s key to layer, one minute it’s windy and cold then like a summers day. The wool Topshop coat from last winter is back out and I know that lots of you are in love with this coat like I am. It’s such a timeless shape with amazing blue and peach patterning. Paired with my favourite tartan trousers. What’s life without more tartan?

With more neutral pairings of a grey Cola jumper from a vintage store that Hayden and I both love and white leather Converse. Of course, my Yumi red bag to tie in with the cola logo.

Really lacking in jewellery inspiration at the moment. Jewellery is so such a summer thing to me that wearing anything in Winter seams off.

Coat – Topshop Amazing alternatives ( here here )| Trousers – New Look | Shoes – Converse *| Jumper – Vintage | Shirt – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Bag charm – Stella McCartney

Taken While waiting for dinner

Shot by – Hayden

Pale Blue & Bright Red

I’ve explored so many castles and ruins in Dorset but never Durlston Castle in Swanage. Hayden and I went to have a walk with family and take in the castle. We set off from Swanage town, walking all the way up and over the cliffs to the Castle. Taking in the view of the Needles and Swanage Bay as we went. Do go see Durlston Castle because it is a beautiful place the views are amazing and get up to the top floor via the spiral staircase inside, the views up there are panoramic.

These photos are of a thoroughly windswept me trying to show

i off my outfit and not fall to pieces over hunger, messy hair and having walked up a steep hill.

I wore

jeans – Primark | Tank – Topshop | Bag – Yumi | Charm – Stella McCartney | Trainers – Converse* | Sunglasses – Romwe

*gifted.

Mexican in Bournemouth

 While doing my research before going to Mexigo (everyone does research before they eat at a place, right?) I found that the distinction between traditional Mexican food and Tex-Mex has blured. Mexican food is a very broad term and encompasses a lot of different dishes within the name. Tex-Mex is Mexican food via Texas, which is another type of Mexican food. Confusing, right?

Mexigo isn’t confusing. pick how you’d like your burrito, tacos, nachos, bowl, fajitas or quesadilla (ke-sa-de-ya) add guac, add salsa.  Chose from the menu or Be bold and get your server to recommed something you wouldn’t normally pick.  Also GF and V options if you wish.

My favourite was Beef and sweet chilli and the vegan burrito.

This vegan burrito tasts amazing, I’m not vegan but this burrito is really worth getting.

 I sat with food blogger Michelle from bellemichelle.food and Kelly from Mama of a Cool Kid. Who sampled a frozen margarita and daiquiri, which looked so delicious. We chatted and laughed and eat so many nachos and burritos together.

I went for a 7up instead and missed out on the opportunity to try a Jarritos. Kelly tried the lime and said it was great. I want to try the Guava next time. How beautifully bright are the bottles all in the fridge.

Thank you to Darren Northeast PR, Bournemouth bloggers and Mexigo for inviting me along to have dinner with you. I can’t wait to see where we go next. #bournemouthbloggerssupperclub

I’m so inspired and really want to go to Mexico. If you’ve been, where did you go? where did you stay what’s the best food?

Ginjams Gin Tasting

Ginjams in a new wine and gin bar, in the heart of Westbourne. Walk past the restaurant chains and boutiques and you’ll see the bright orange beacon of hope standing waiting for you. Step through the orange and into a world of wine and gin, get lost listening to Chris recommend and talk about gin for hours. Knowing the best tonic accompaniments and garnishes each gins backstory and distillery knowledge. Created by Chris and Thomas, you can read their full story over on ginjams.co.uk. ( more eloquently written then anything I could write) they are really lovely friendly guys that are clearly passionate about their creation.

My first taste of gin was at a festival, I was given a free gin token from Hendricks but at 18 I had no clue what gin was and didn’t get it at all. I was at a festival so needed cider. But I want back the next day and ordered another. This past December my love for gin was reignited when we went to Edinburgh.

With over 65 gins Ginjams is really the place to go for your gin and wine fix. Go as a couple with your gal pals. Or go alone like I did to the Bournemouth bloggers event held for National Gin Day.

We were given tokens to trade-off for the different G&T’s we wanted to try. A little passport to remember what we had. I decided to pick gins I had never had before, and completely forgot to use my passport but I did take photos so at least I’ll remember that way.

I follow Lilliput Dorset Gin on Instagram as I live round the corner, but never tried their gin before. Seeing is LDG was up for tasting I knew I had to try. Through the tasting, I discovered that my gin preferences really lie in more savoury tastes. Lilliput Dorset Gin is a Mediterranean gin, think olives, thyme and rosemary. I mixed mine with the mediterranean Fever-Tree tonic and it was perfect.

You could say I’m a fan.

The interior is gorgeous, perfect modern wine bar meets cool gin hide out. The front hosts the bar and a more communal setting, step further into Ginjams and find more intimate snug corners and tables for two. At the back you will find the gin garden as a hothouse vibe.

Empty bottles festoon the garden creating the best art installation going. But back to the full bottles.

The Botanic tastes like jelly babies, I amped up the sweet taste with Elderflower Fever-Tree tonic. It was so sweet and delicious. Honourable mention to British Polo Gin and Jinzu Both very different. From my tasting the BPG is very traditional where as the Jinzu had sake and cherry blossom in it.

I really want to go back for dinner with H and with the girls. Thank goodness for Ginjams, they also do a G & Tea which sounds perfect.

Do book a table to avoid disappointment, the weekends are busy Ginjams

 

Genderless Clothing & Paleontology

Dippy – Diplodocus | Dorset County Museum 

 Dippy stayed in the Victorian hall which is very fitting for a globe trotting dino. He/She wouldn’t have settled for anything less. Dippy is over 100 years old and tours the globe inspiring new generations of scientists. The next Ross Geller could be among us.

I learnt so much about Dippy but couldn’t find Dips gender, which ties in perfectly to my T-shirt. It’s genderless clothing from Zara. Designed with no gender boundaries other then making a cute shirt for anyone to buy. Of course you can shop in either section no matter what just I really enjoy the inclusivity that Zara are promoting.

If you do get the chance to see Dippy in their tour of the UK please do, you’ll learn a lot and get to be Ross for a day. Next Stop Birmingham.

 

I wore

Genderless t shirt – Zara | Jeans – Primark | Shoes – Converse via footway*

Pom Pom Jumper & Palm Dress

Squint and I’m at some cool garden party networking brunch, but in reality i’m in my grandma’s garden. She’s got such green fingers her garden looks amazing all year round.

I’m feeling this look so much, worn for my mums birthday to just communicate that she means more to me then me wearing my usual boring uniform. When your mum has a birthday, you pull the stops out you make an effort. Show your appreciation through your outfit choice. If you saw in my Insta stores I wore this look to Stewarts Garden Centre then Networking (it’s the outfit for every occasion) It’s the versatile outfit of the season, you saw it here first ( kidding).

This look was such a talking point at the networking even i went to,  that someone said I made their day by wearing it. When you are self employed you can wear what you like, you can break the mould of suits and corporate wear.

I wore

jumper – H&M || dress – Kaliko similar  || shoes* Converse || bag – Lulu Guinness || charm -Lulu Guinness

Dinner Date Dress

Hayden and I are celebrating our 2nd anniversary together tomorrow. We celebrated early with a dinner date at Dorset Burger Co in Weymouth. Weymouth is beautiful but it was freezing my eyes were watering it was so cold.

This Glamorous dress was meant to be for summer but I’m too impatient and wanted to wear it now. I wore tights, shorts ( you can see them) a thick cardigan and a denim jacket and out of shot you would have seen a back back with jeans in and an extra coat. I love when your sleeves poke through your jacket its such a nice detail to see. Did you see Claire from I AM CHOUQUETTE wear her cardigan on the outside of her denim jacket? That is what I am to achieve.

I WORE

Dress – Glamorous

Denim Jacket – Next

Jacket pins – Wish

Cardigan – hand knitted by a family friend

boots – New Look

Bag – Fiorucci

Dorset Wine Festival

 

Dorset Wine Festival – 10 Castle Street

This is the first wine festival that Dorset have done and I was so happy to be able to witness it first hand. You pay your £36 ticket fee. ’35 quid!’ i hear you cry, yes but you get to drink pretty much as much wine as you can. I found a cheeky little discount code and took full advantage of it, because I am a student.

I’ll be the first to say know nothing about wine. Apart from I like reds more then white and sparking, but couldn’t tell you what regions I prefer of what grape is best.

We were given little glasses to try samples and a que card to take notes and to use our drink tokens. Ever the good student, I took notes but they got more incoherent as the day progressed.

We were in the grounds of 10 Castle Street which is a members only hotel, restaurant, bar but you can be a guest. I’ve wanted to see 10 Castle for about a year and only got a glimpse of the entry hall and bar, which were both perfectly decorated, but I would have loved to have been shown around.

Little marquees and spittoons were set up either side of the water feature, with all the wine vendors sheltering from the sun in the marquees. We started on the wine sparking side of the lawn. We sampled a German white from Philip Lang, and progressed down the Ardor. We got chatting to the merchant who chatted about how Ardor was made, the process of labelling the bottles the very impressive stand they were serving from. Ardor is the wine made from the same people who run The Larderhouse which is a restaurant in East Dorset with a unique bar. Which I really want to go to and will be going with H soon.

We explored the whole festival and found the Mother Ukers performing and the marquee where wine talks were going on, art sections to design the new label for 10 Castle Streets wine.

Having ticked off a few wine tokens we headed to the far field for some fuel. We chose the  Growler food truck and got sweet potato fries which were delicious. I went for mayo and H had ketchup.

After refuelling we headed back for more wine tasting. One of the stands was a lady talking about needing all your senses working to really appreciate wine. We were given nose clips to show how effected you can be by not having a sense working while tasting things. You can actually go on courses about wine tasting which is something I’d really love to do. To actually be able to talk about wine rather then saying it tastes delicious. We were told that if you eat the right food you can really have which ever wine you like, you just have to know what it goes will with.

We caught the last section of the South African talk about wine. Their vineyards are in Franschhoek where they talked about rain fall, struggles of growing a vineyard. Holden Manz had a merlot which was one of my favourites of the whole day. Here we are with 2 of the 3 People from South African wineries.

We worked our way around to a very friendly guy who told us that there was a wine he had called Bonkers, which we of course tried and loved. Everything he recommended we loved and he’d only tried everything that day. I felt really on the same page with him yet he knew what he was talking about.

I really hope that they host the Dorset Wine Festival again because it was really interesting learning about wine, I feel like I know a bit more then i did at the start. Next time I’d like to book lunch.

I hope this inspired you to come to the next wine festival, I’ll surely be going again.