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Thursday, 15 June 2017

VERI PERI, BRADFORD REVIEW


Recently, my boyfriend, Stuart, and I were lucky enough to be invited along to Veri Peri in Bradford to try out their menu. I go to Bradford quite a lot and had walked past Veri Peri a number of times but this was my first time actually trying it out. As you can probably tell from the name, Veri Peri are known for their piri piri flavours - but they don't just do chicken! They have a range of steaks, salads and vegetarian options, as well as the expected chicken, so I was super excited to be trying out their menu.



We were greeted by a lovely member of the Veri Peri staff who took the time to recommend some of their most popular dishes and told us to order whatever we wanted. After browsing their extensive menu we decided to go for a couple of mocktails to start off with, followed by the chicken wing starter and a sharing platter of some of their famous dishes.

The Bumblebee and Sunshine mocktails were beautifully presented and turned out to be really refreshing. The consistency was more like a smoothie than a traditional mocktail but that's not necessarily a bad thing - they're the perfect choice for a hot day.



Veri Peri offer a range of sauces including; garlic, lemon and herb, mild, hot and extra hot. For the chicken wing starter we decided to order half with the mild sauce and half with the hot as I'm a bit of a novice with spicy food! The mild sauce was definitely hot enough for me (I personally would described it as hot rather than mild, but I might just be a wuss!) and Stuart, who loves spice, was impressed by just how hot the hot sauce was!



Next up was the Ethnic platter, a sharing platter consisting of Veri Peri's famous Espetada and Cataplana dishes with two sides (we went for the fries and mozzarella sticks). The Espetada is an impressively huge skewer of flame-grilled chicken thighs basted with sauce whilst the Cataplana, described as a healthier option, is a dish of roasted vegetables, seasoned rice and grilled chicken drizzled with a sauce of your choice - we went for mild again. These two dishes along with the generous portions of fries and mozzarella sticks added up to an impressive amount of food which would be enough for two people with even the biggest appetites!

The chicken in both dishes was cooked to perfection and the sauce really amped up the flavour but I've got to say my favourite part was the mozzarella sticks. I've tried a lot of mozzarella sticks in my time and these are seriously up there with the best. I also really enjoyed the Cataplana as I love roasted veggies. I think the sharing platters are a great idea as I love trying bits of everything and I'd definitely have this one again. We didn't manage to finish everything but the lovely staff were happy to wrap up the rest to take home with us and Stuart enjoyed it for lunch the next day.

After the meal I asked to speak to the manager to thank him for the experience and chat about the future of Veri Peri. He told us that the steaks are his favourite menu items - I'll definitely be trying one if I go back - and enthusiastically explained plans for vegan options, which is brilliant!

At first glance, the concept of Veri Peri might seem very similar to Nando's but in my opinion it's completely different. Veri Peri's dishes are more varied and sophisticated, their sauces are hotter, the fries are better and the portions are, in my opinion, more generous. I'd go back to Veri Peri again in a heartbeat and it's safe to say I will be! If you're in the Bradford area I'd definitely recommend you go and check it out, they're also available on Deliveroo.

Have you ever tried Veri Peri? Let me know below!

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I was not compensated monetarily for this review however our meal was provided gratis by Veri Peri. As always, all opinions are my own and completely honest.

Monday, 22 May 2017

MY BULLET JOURNAL ESSENTIALS | HOW TO BULLET JOURNAL


Last month I announced my series on bullet journaling with my post 'One Year of Bullet Journaling' and today I'm here to tell you about my bullet journal essentials.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

MARCH 2017 READING WRAP UP


It's currently May so why not talk about what I read in March? Better late than never! I spent most of March travelling around Thailand accompanied by my trusty e-reader and a bunch of e-galleys. So between lazy beach days and fourteen hour plane journeys I ended up reading quite a lot. Let's get into the reviews...

Monday, 8 May 2017

AN HONEST ACCOUNT OF DEPRESSION | NIGHT SHIFT BY DEBI GLIORI


This week is Mental Health Awareness week in the UK and today I wanted to talk about a book that conveys the experience of depression through a beautifully illustrated metaphor. Night Shift by Debi Gliori is a picture book which cleverly and accurately portrays the experience of having depression. Through stunning monochrome illustrations and a sprinkling of text, Debi Gliori explores how depression can affect a person's entire outlook on everyday life.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

CURRENTLY #6


Reading: Sara's Face by Melvin Burgess, written in 2006 it has been re-released by Andersen Press with a brand new cover for 2017. I loved Burgess' Junk when I was a teen so I'm excited about this one.

Watching: Buffy the Vampire Slayer - I watched Buffy when I was young and rewatched before university but my boyfriend has never seen it, I'm absolutely LOVING getting back into it and experiencing the emotions all over again.

Planning: a summer full of trips and fun with friends - Alton Towers, Brussels, London - I can't wait!

Making: my prints, for lovely customers of my etsy *cough cough* getthatpromo *cough cough*.

Stocking up on: 
all of the fruit and veggies. I've got a new job and a new busy routine to go with it so I've been feeling a little run down and the best way to tackle that is nutrients!

Wishing for: some more sunshine. The heatwave we had a few weeks back was glorious but it's been frustratingly cold and gloomy since - bring back the sun!

Enjoying: keeping busybusybusy. I never thought I'd say this but balancing three jobs has been the best thing ever, my motivation and energy are seemingly limitless at the moment.

Trying: to get back into my regular gym routine, even at the weekends. I've let it slip the past couple of months so I'm really determined to get back to the gym regularly and get strong.

Eating: our home-cooked meals. We've been really good about cooking hearty, tasty meals lately and although they could do with being a little healthier, I've been really enjoying cooking them.

Goal Setting: I want to reach 50 sales on etsy by the end of the summer, so if you want to help make that goal come true, please consider buying one of my prints.

Learning: maths! That sounds like a strange one but I've recently become a tutor and it's been really eye-opening to see how rusty my maths is and how quickly it's improving.

What's been going on with you lately?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

ONE YEAR OF BULLET JOURNALING


My most popular post of all time is, by far and away, Starting a Bullet Journal which I posted back in February of 2016. To date it has had a whopping 438,577 views, which is absolutely nuts for a relatively tiny blog like mine. Since it's been over a year since I started bullet journaling, I thought it was about time for an update.

Monday, 24 April 2017

MARGOT AND ME BY JUNO DAWSON | SPOILER-FREE REVIEW


Margot and Me by Juno Dawson
Published by Hot Key Books.
Release date: 26th January 2017.
Source: Hot Key Books.
I received this book for free from Hot Key Books. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past? Fliss's mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss's stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot's wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back. But Fliss soon discovers Margot's life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery...and even passion. What's more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart...

My rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

When I heard that Juno Dawson was coming out with another book I was super excited - I'm such a fan of Juno and she's definitely an auto-buy author for me now. Then I heard that her new book, Margot and Me, was a dual perspective of both World War II and 1990s Britain, and I was like HELL YES. I love modern historical fiction and I was so excited to see Juno's depiction of my childhood era. From the very first page of Margot and Me I was hooked by the main character, Fliss, and the smattering of nostalgic 90s references and I knew that this would be a book I wouldn't be able to put down. Sure enough I finished it in two epic sittings. In writing Margot and Me Juno set out to write a book that you would read curled up on the sofa, that would make you cry but leave you feeling rosy inside - and I can tell you that Juno has most definitely succeeded.