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.

Revolución De Cuba

In the heart of Southampton you can new step over into Cuba. Revolución de Cuba has come to Southampton. I attended the opening ( even though they’d been open for a week previously) to have a look around and sample some cocktails and food. Didn’t end up actually having any food because I couldn’t see any. Maybe I wasn’t looking hard enough.But there were tapas style eats. The decor was what you’d expect bright colours, palm patterned wallpaper. A huge canvas of Che Gavara hanging in the stairwell. Amazing tiles and soft furnishings. The Shots I’m going to take when i go again with my loves are going to be heaven.

Cocktails ….. My fave drink of all time is a Piña Colada, I tried two at RdC and loved them all. I ordered one which they didn’t have the main ingredient for which was a bummer but everything else was amazing.

The blue from the butterfly stained my drink so i left it. I’m sure it was edible but didn’t want to eat blue ink. Was delicious even so.

Dear RdC family please may you deliver this daiquiri fountain to my house and make me the happiest girl, please.

I ordered a few different drinks, but all are amazing. I also spoke to a food blogger . Keith  and his friend.

 

 

 

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?

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.

 

Monty’s Lounge | Burger

Monty’s Lounge is a quite burger spot in the heart of Bournemouth. I’ve heard about Monty’s for the better part of 2 years and finally decided to go. We arrived at golden hour and were pretty much the only customers saver one table next to us.

You can find Monty’s in a few places around Bournemouth: Pokesdown, and Bournemouth Centre.

Website here : Monty’s Lounge

The decor was relaxed, beachy, hipster and artsy all at the same time. A real mish-mash of styles, but it kinda worked. The hand painted Bournemouth scenes on the pages on the walls were a highlight for me.

 

To the burger.

We each got the cowboy, he got an extra patty and we got the same sides. The sweet potato fries with added bacon and maple syrup.

The Cowboy was a tantalising taste, it was a mix of zing and flavour. The classic crunch of crisp lettuce cut through the sauce and balanced the flavours perfectly. But it didn’t really taste like a cowboy burger. I was expecting something deep down and dirty, I got a very good burger that has a miss leading name. I loved the addition of bacon to the side, but would have liked the maple on the side to drizzle it myself. What can I say, I like to play with my food.

I enjoyed the service and the food and will be going again. I think the raging cajan is next.

What I look like waiting for a burger. Grumpy that I don’t have food and excited to eat a burger.

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Bloggers Who Brunch Networking

I popped in to London this past weekend to spend some time with the Bloggers Who Brunch people run by the lovely Kirby.

I got the tube from Sloane Square  to our event space in North(?) London, and had chats with Katie from LexiLife and Katherine McMorran who is an amazing photographer. We talked about what apps to edit photos on how to set up your camera to get a blur background and how to feel confident on You Tube. We mingled “networked” ate popcorn and learnt a little more about creating content for our channels and blogs.

The views from our event space were amazing, The Shard, St Pauls and the BT  tower. 3 landmarks in one view!

event space – breather.com

Wood flooring, abstract artwork and pink L shaped sofas. That’s my kind of event space, with roof top view. I’d love to be able to live here.

I made friends with a few ladies and we all went for lunch at Meat Liquor in the North and it was an experience. I had the stranded burger and a root beer which were both delicious. The decor was everyday Saw 2 vibes. There were TV screens with mixed up images on, and cctv of the dining area and your food came on metal trays and your tables were metal. It was an immersive first time experience into Meat Liqour. I’d definitely go back and take my BF.

Story time: I nipped to the loo after lunch and get burst in on. Which of course made me scream. Yet the chap that did the bursting in on left me with the door open. I have the most nerve wracking pee of my life. Then i accidentally threw my oyster card in the bin and dropped my ring down the tube escalator. I mean could I have been any more of a mess? Find Meat Liqour here there are loads all over London.

It wouldn’t be The Curly Haired Girl without an outfit update post. There is a reason this space is a ‘style and life blog’, Style comes first. I of course wore my new favourite jacket. If you follow me on Instagram ( you all really should @ameliaboswell) you would have seen this look already, with the added extra of my Primark sunnies.

Jacket – Vintage || dress – Tesco || shoes – Next || Bag – Carara Designs || Sunglasses – Primark || Earrings where a gift

thanks to Natoya from Juanitalikes for the outfit shots.

Details: Metallic Hair Clips

Did you ever wear bright coloured clips in your hair when you were younger? I know I did, I think I still have them. But I feel that 23 is just a little two old to be wearing glittery pink butterflies or dangly beads in my hair. I found the prefect alternative and wore them in my hair while out with my mum for the day.

We walked around Ashley Cross in Poole. Which looks like a little stars hollow and stopped for a piece of cake at The Dancing Moose

A tea and a coffee with millionaire shortbread to share

Back to the Clips –

I braided my hair like normal and pushed them into the twists and there you have it. They are still add that element of fun but with a little more sophistication. The different metals are so chic. To finish I added my Purple shades, I felt like i was giving off Anastacia vibes and I loved it.

Clips – Oliver Bonas || Purple shades – Romwe Available in pink and yellow

Thank you for reading

Amelia XO.

Valentines Day Burger | Bournemouth

Valentines day 17 burger lunch with Hayden at 7 Bone in Bournemouth. 7 Bone holds a special place for him and I. It’s one of our celebration places, I think the first Valentines with him is cause for celebration.

This sleeveless blouse is covered in palm leaves and it’s prefect. Paired with the usual black jeans and a hoodie, Bournemouth is COLD! More black with the patent loafers and made a little special with an ear cuff

The best type of valentines day ootd.

Blouse – Kaliko (dress)

Jeans – New Look

Hoodie – Hayden’s (Either Topshop or Burton)

Ear Cuff –  Topshop

Nail Polish – Re:So

Five Guys and Pom Pom Hat

I’ve arrived back an uni and went for lunch with my boy friend. The Watermark has opened a few more places ( still no Wahaca though) Five Guys is one of the new ones. I’ve never been before, but the BF has so we ate there. I was a good burger but the fries are really great. I tracked how may calories the whole meal was and it was a lor-a-lot. I had the little cheese burger and little fries with a milk shake.

We took these photos on the run back to my flat. It was freezing cold.

I wore

Jeans – New Look

Coat – Baum und Pfterdgarten

Top – Zara (old)

Scarf – New Look (old)

Hat – New Look

Shoes – New Look

Amelia, XO