28 December 2014

Food Review | Chaophraya Leeds

Today I bring to you a Thai food review at the wonderful Chaophraya situated in the heart of Leeds Town. I have a few food reviews already up and some coming up so look out for them all!

Some may say I like Thai food a little too much but what is too much? haha I was thrilled to be invited along to sample their good food there and I would be lying if I said this was my first time at this restaurant. I thought I would sample some different dishes as opposed to my usual.

Did you know Chaophraya recently celebrated their 10 years of being in Leeds on the 4th December!!??

I took some food critiques along with me on this particular occasion. When we sat down, complementary prawn crackers were put on the table with sweet chilli sauce. We also chose the fruity mocktails off the menu ''Chaophraya Fruit Punch", "Mai Mao" and "Tropical" which were all £4.50* each. Soo refreshing!!

For starters we ordered 'Chicken Satay' £7.95*with peanut sauce  (my usual), 'Chicken Spring Rolls' £6.95* and 'Fish Cakes' £7.55*. As a person who does not eat crab meat, prawns or squid, there was not that much of a choice for starters. Regardless of that fact, the portion sizes were great, the satay was lovely and spring rolls yummy. The fish cakes weren't very fishy and in fact more eggy and unique. Different to anything I have ever tasted but it all went down well.

For mains I chose the 'Weeping Tiger' £15.95 which was a stirloin steak drizzled with black pepper sauce. It was so beautiful!! If you have never tried it, it comes out very hot and steamy and then the waitress drizzles the sauce whilst on the table in front of you to create a massive aromatic sizzle. Exciting much! They always ask you how you would like your meat so it is cooked just right for you. I chose medium-to-well done.
The other mains we had to sample was the 'Lamb Teriyaki' £17.95* which were chunky cuts with chilli, peppers and spring onion. Also the 'Thai green curry' £10.55* just had to be ordered. Although I am not a big fan of this dish I was told it was very enjoyable and filling.
 The side dishes we got were the steamed Jasmine Rice £2.95* which was a must for the curry, the Rice Noodles' with soy sauce £2.95* and the 'Coconut Rice' £3.95*. I love coconut rice maybe because of my sweet tooth but even more so how it came wrapped up in a parcel.

 For desserts I chose the 'Thai Pancake' £6.95* traditional dessert which had a deep fried banana, mango, icecream and sticky rice. The pastry baskets weren't that amazing but the pancake was so so lovely and sweet!!
I also tried the warm 'Banana's in Sweet Coconut Milk' £5.75* which wasn't very adventurous and quite average. The 'Chocolate Fudge Cake' £5.75 was nice but could have been even better warm. Out of the desserts, the first one I mentioned was the best. Green pancakes... mmmm.

If you are ever in central Leeds and are a lover of Thai food, I would recommend this restaurant for a quality experience. The staff are very friendly and the service was great. You should even check out the private dining and cookery classes too!

Chaophraya Leeds
20 Blayds Court

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23 December 2014

Food Review | Browns Restaurant Festive Menu

Browns restaurant is one of my favourite places to eat out at knowing you are fully content by the time you leave through their doors. If you want to see my previous reviews of Browns' desserts check out this link.

I was recently invited down to the Leeds one in The Light to try out their Christmas Menu with a good friend of mine! When we arrived and shown to our seats, we were given Christmas crackers! This just got the festive ball rolling for the rest of the evening along with some softails. Mine was a rather nice sweet punch but my friends' berry number wasn't her fave. This did not dampen our rather lavish evening though! We had so much to catch up on!

For starters I had the 'Honey Roast Pumpkin Soup' accompanied with some crusty bread. This was oh so filling and yummy. Perfect for the wintry day that I had earlier too.
My friend had the 'Severn and Wye Valley Smoked Salmon' which was presented beautifully and was indeed yummy. A very light starter that opened up an appetite for the main course.

For the main I had the 'Roast breast of turkey' with orange/cranberry stuffing ad redcurrant gravy. I opted not to have the pigs in blanket as I don's eat pork. The meat was tasty, cooked to perfection and what you'd expect a Christmas meal to be like. I love cranberries sooo much! With every main you get roasted potatoes, roast parsnips, curly kale, brussel sprouts and carrots. The veg all came in one plate for us both to share. If I had to be picky maybe I would have preferred it to be separate or on each of our plates.

My friend chose the 'Roast Fillet of Salmon with Herb Crust'. It had braised cabbage, apple and beetroot dressing which she loved. The puff pastry was extremely large and most definitely filling. Did we have room for dessert? Of course we did!

I rave so much about their famously gorgeous brownies but it was not on this festive menu unfortunately. The great thing however is that you could order what you like and mix and match especially the vegetarian/vegan options. In the end I chose the Browns Eton mess which was the same one as I reviewed earlier in the year here. My friend chose the Salted Caramel Profiteroles with orange and cranberry cream... yum! Such a festive pudding don't you think?

The festive menu is available for Christmas, Boxing Day and New Years so do check out what they have to offer at a Browns near you!

I enjoyed this filling 3 course meal which costs £35 per person*. A decent price for a family or work meal with friends.

Are you going to be paying Browns a visit for this Holiday Season?

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12 December 2014

Review: Amida Spa Evening and Alpha H Facial at David Lloyds Farnham

Last month I was invited down to the David Lloyds Amida Spa in Farnham for an Alpha H Facial and Spa experience. As it was the most relaxing birthday present ever!
Not every David Lloyds have a spa so it was great to see what it was like at this selected one. This one is apparently the biggest one around too! In the reception area there was an array of products for sale and a nailer/pedicure corner too.

I was kindly greeted by the staff, given a robe, slippers and shown to the spa area. Once I was changed and ready for my evening of luxury I headed straight to the steam rooms.
I absolutely love steam rooms so to my surprise having a choice of three to go into was AMAZING!

There were saunas with different temperatures and aromas, a spa pool with loungers and even an area full of fine shaven ice. This is great for the whole thermal experience and I was told it is beneficial to put the ice over your nerve points. There was also the option of a cold plunge pool for dipping in-between the heated luxuries. My toes refused so I'm sure my body would :)

I was taken to a private treatment room where I really got to relax and unwind from the hassles and buses of life hahaha. I was treated to an Alpha H intensive Brightening Facial* which I thought was the most appropriate skin treatment for my problematic skin. The treatment is £80 or non-members and £76 for members. I have always heard great things about the Alpha H products and how they work superbly for the skin. However I did not just want to hop on the bandwagon for the hype so when I was given the opportunity to try it out, I was very happy.

Alpha-H is an award-winning Australian brand which prides itself on being dedicated to professional skincare. Throughout their range you can find products that soothe, nourish and treat different skin concerns.

This 55 minute treatment is described to be a 'potent corrective treatment which uses fruit acids, enzymes and antioxidants to restore radiance, elasticity and luminosity to sun damaged and hyper pigmented skin.' I would say I have a degree of hyper pigmentation due to scarred spots.
The therapist that I had was extremely nice and put me at ease, which is what you want really.
It started with the Micro Cleanse and exfoliation of the skin and then a glycol acid peel. As my skin is sensitive it slightly tingled.
The mask was the weirdest experience as it felt like my face was melting but once it was removed, my face felt extremely refreshed and clean. We had an interesting chat whilst I waited for it to settle and I had a little massage that released every bit of tension down to my arms.
After the mask was removed, I had some intense moisturising oils and creams to replenishes my skin with goodness.

I was given and in depth explanation of the treatment throughout and recommended some purchases after which I brought myself to do. Week! Some as presents too :) I really want to go back next time and try the full Alpha-H body treatment.

Below are some links to where you can buy your own Alpha-H products. I just picked my top 3 picks:
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
Alpha-H Micro Cleanse 
Alpha-H Daily Essential Moisturiser

Thanks Amida Spa for having me :)

David Lloyd Farnham
Amida Spa
Monkton Lane

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09 December 2014

OOTD | The Cream Zara Fur Stole Edit

Poncho: Vintage
Top: Warehouse
Stole: Zara
Jeans: Topshop
Shoes: Topshop
Bag: Zara
Hat: Red Herring 

For this snug outfit of the day, I am wearing this dreamy Zara cream stole. I recommend you have one in your possession and if not this exact same one, there are many different prints and sizes that you can find amongst the different high street stores. H and M, Topshop and Primark just to name a few.

If you do remember I have a leopard print one which I wore so much last Autumn Winter which was a medium size, now Zara have these large sizes and smaller ones too. Spoilt for choice eh?
This is what I wore on my adventure to Winter Wonderland obviously packing some flats with me for the rides. It was the best evening ever and just a dream to finally go to this annual Christmas event.

I'm wearing a large turtle neck poncho which was a steal from my mum's wardrobe. I think I'll just say its a vintage kind of piece as I'm not entirely sure where it was bought from. My trusty Topshop joni jeans and my strappy heels made this winter attire perfect for that day's shenanigans. Burgundy is an all time fave of mine, hence the hat and gorgeous bag.

Hope you are all well!

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