Friday, 22 September 2017

Cowshed - Liverpool



I’ve had some really good steaks in my life. Equally, I’ve had some really bad steaks in my life too. It took me years to realise that well done was not actually a good thing, and rare doesn’t mean it’s still mooing on the plate. But hands down, I have had very very few mind blowing steaks…until now. 

Hello Cowshed.

If you head on over to Tripadvisor, the numero uno restaurant in all of Liverpool is Cowshed. Behind a little red door with a tiny unassuming sign down a side street I don’t think I’ve ever stumbled down sober, Cowshed is serving up some serious meat-treats that scousers and visitors alike cannot get enough of - so of course, I had to go and see what all the fuss was about!

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Can I just say, the building is fascinating? Three floors, a central winding staircase and intimate dining spaces make this place feel about as far from the city streets as you can get. The room we sat in could probably hold about 20, which meant it kept pretty quiet and you felt like you were having a very secluded experience. 

But let’s get on with what we came here for shall we? The menu is small, and I love it. I’ve always said, if I was to ever open a restaurant, I would serve only a handful of dishes and serve the well. That’s exactly what Cowshed does. A handfull of starters, sides and desserts, with the stars of the show being their steaks, of which they have around 5, one veggie option and a special too. And that’s it. So many places could learn a thing or two here, honestly, do a few things and do them so well people cannot stop singing their praises and coming back for more. 

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After much deliberation, salivating and mind changing, I finally went for the 8oz rump steak cooked medium/rare. All steaks come with a salad and parmesan garnish, and you can top up with sides separately. The Mr and I decided to split 3 sides between us; fries, garlic mushrooms and waffle and eggs. 

cowshed liverpool review


I don’t even know where to begin with this steak. Cooked to perfection, the knife just slid right through with zero effort. No fat, no gristle, just pure steak in each and every bite. It was just so flavoursome and moorish, I genuinely felt sad that it would come to an end. The fries were fine, the garlic mushrooms super tasty and the waffle and eggs, well, how do you make a great steak egg-cellent? (Sorry/not sorry). Fried eggs to perfection and extra crispy waffles, no more words needed!

cowshed liverpool review


The Mr had the 8oz rib-eye steak which he promptly devoured, pausing long enough for me to grab a quick snap! Suffice to say, our plates went back to the kitchen as clean as they day they came out of the box. Everything was just really friggin good, and I can’t say more than that!

The service was brilliant, the food came out as quick as the drinks, and you really couldn’t argue with the price, especially when you consider what some high end chains/establishments charge for basic beef! 

cowshed liverpool review


There is a reason Cowshed is currently holding onto the number one spot for Liverpool restaurants on Tripadvisor and I think it’s going to hold it with some ease for a while if it keeps putting out steaks as good as the ones we had!

Do you ever check Tripdvisor for your local town to find new places to try?

Until next time, 





Wednesday, 20 September 2017

*HelloSkin Shop top to toe pampering!

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I have been in ultimate self care mode lately, maybe it’s Autumn clipping at my heels, or the fact that I have been taking a huge step back from the online world and having a bit of a Twinings getting me back to me vibe going on, but when HelloSkin Shop offered to send me a top to toe pampering package, it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. 

HelloSkin Shop offers free UK delivery and next day shipping, specialising in eczema psoriasis, acne and dry skin, it’s a one stop shop for all your skin loving needs. Granted I am lucky enough to not be suffering with any skin ailments right now, I am super keen on keeping my skin well moisturised, hydrated and nourished.

My skin loving pamper pack came with 4 fantastic products in for me to try; Westlab Himalayan Salts, Cetaphil skin cleanser, Aveeno daily moisturiser and Relivio daily moisturiser. So of course, I had to run a bath (OH it’s such a hard life).


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Westlab have been my go-to for bath salts for a while now but the Himalayan Salts are new to me. They’re designed with gloriously glowing skin in mind, and who doesn’t want that? Scent free, I put about half a cup into the bath whilst it’s running and swish the water about a bit. I have found that they don’t totally dissolve straight away and too much makes it feel like your stepping into sand! I find there’s always a bit of bath salt residue left behind once the bath has drained but nothing a quick blast with the shower can’t wash off.  I’ve got to admit, my skin feels so much softer after having these in the bath, and paired with a bath oil? It’s like my old skin has been whipped off and a fresh new, baby soft layer put on. 


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Before getting out of the bath, I gave my face a wash with the Cetaphil cleanser. Designed specifically for dry skin and eczema suffers, it’s free from fragrance and irritants and is so gentle on the skin. For face and body, it doesn’t lather up much but it left my skin feeling very clean and moisturised. I used this twice a day for two weeks and everything went well but then I started to get whiteheads on my chin and my T-Zone was getting really oily. I switched to using it as my morning cleanser and that helped but once I’d noticed the spots and oil slick I was really turned off continuing with it. I’d say if you’re looking to get some moisture into your skin or have very sensitive skin then this could be great. 


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Hands down, my favourite goodie in the box was the Aveeno Daily Moisturiser, the creamy oil edition made with sweet almond oil. I find oily body moisturisers to be amazing at keeping the skin soft and hydrated, especially during the summer months when your flashing a little more flesh. This was such a dream to use, all the benefits of an oil in the luxury of a quick drying, no residue leaving behind, cream. The sweet almond smell leaves me wanting to chew on my own arm. I am just one human sized bakewell tart, and I am ok with this. 


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The Relivio daily moisturiser is just as nice as the Aveeno one except it doesn’t have a scent and is much thinner in consistency - great if your running late and don’t fancy a fight into your tights! Both moisturisers come in a pump action bottle which I love and loathe in equal measure. One pump is the perfect amount per body part, but you lose so much of the product as it gets stuck to the sides and these hard plastic tubs are not scissor friendly! Give me a soft sided squeeze tube any day! 

One thing I love about HelloSkin Shop is their subscribe and save offer! You can get up to 10% off your first two subscribed purchases if you subscribe to purchase the same product again. If you’re a creature of habit this is a great way to save on your favourites. You can specify when they renew your order and deliver too, so you’re guaranteed never to be left without your skincare saviour! 

What are your must haves when it comes to silky smooth skin?

Until next time, 






*Products kindly peovided by HelloSkin Shop. All thoughts and opinions are 110% my own. For more information, see my disclaimer policy here.

Monday, 18 September 2017

Gino D’Acampo - My Restaurant - Liverpool


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Every now and again I get a little too excited about new restaurants and bars opening up around the city and as soon as the billboard for Gino’s place went up, the countdown to the opening began! Restaurant, Prosecco bar, deli, open kitchen, Summer terrace, private dining rooms and a members games room with it’s own cocktail bar, is there anything this place doesn’t have to offer the city of Liverpool?


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I headed along with some of my favourite faces, Jackie, Hollie and Antonia, to check out exactly what Gino was brining to our fair city and of course, hit up that Prosecco bar…oh, and try the food! (Priorities eh?). 


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After being handed a lovely glass of bubbles on the door - something they do for every guest who walks in - we headed down into the underbelly of the Grade II Listed former HSBC bank, into the old vaults to be exact, into what has been renovated and named The Bullion Room, one of their signature private dining spaces. The Bullion Room is a real crowd pleaser, able to seat and cater for 30 - 35 people, with no booking deposit, it offers some seriously secluded and seriously fun dining experiences. The first half of the room is the members games room, with pool tables, fussball, table tennis and pinball, the second, behind the old vault gates, is the dining room with it’s own bar. 

With much talking, mingling, picture taking and a special message from our lad Gino to get the night going, we moved on to the first order of business, the prosecco tasting. Boasting one of the most extensive prosecco bars in the city, they sure know how to get a night in Liverpool started. There really is something for everyone when it comes to Prosecco, and I couldn’t believe how many different varieties they had on offer - I didn’t even think Prosecco went beyond a white or a rose version! With varying price points there’s a bubbly for everyone!


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As we slurped sipped our bubbles, we nibbled on a Fantastico sharing platter, a collection of parma ham, salami napoli, buffalo ricotta, sun dried tomatos, breads and more. The various cured hams and salami were by far my favourites, all sourced from Italy itself, I genuinely felt like I was slipping into holiday mode! 

We were then treated to a wine master class with food pairings from their new Autumn menu (coming very soon). I don’t know about you but my wine knowledge goes like this - red with steak, white with everything else, rose if I have no choice…end. Turns out, theres a great big wonderful world of wines out there and you really can taste the difference between the regions (yup, all those places and numbers on the bottles actually mean something!). I also learned, the hard way, that there is a reason you’re not supposed to try and finish every glass they put in-front of you during a tasting session….


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As for the food, this is what I had been waiting to get stuck into! We started off with Arancine of crispy mushroom risotto balls, buffalo mozzarella, tomato and red pepper sauce. Mmm. MMM. Perfectly moorish morsels that I could have eaten by the truck load. 


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The Real Neapolitan Pizza, topped with Italian sausage, friarielli, buffalo mozzarella and chilli. The friarielli looked and tasted like a richer spinach and as pizza goes, well, the Italians really know how to do it best!


ginos my restaurant liverpool review


Linguine with fresh crab, with chilli and lemon zest. I’m not really a huge seafood fan but this was just delicious, like really really I’m-not-sharing-this-with-anyone delicious. I made sure I kept that plate nearby! 


ginos my restaurant liverpool review


Risotto with Italian Sausage and Spicy ‘Nduja with radicchio, peas, white wine and pecorino cheese. Officially, I can never cook risotto again because it will never taste as good as this did! Every mouthful was packed with flavour, it was super creamy and went down a treat. 

Honestly, when I go back (because DUH, how could I not?) I have no idea what I will order. it was all just so so good. Sometimes I worry about these famous chef places, I worry the food won’t live up to the calibre of the chef and you’ll pay over the odds for sub-parr pasta with a celebrity name attached to it. There is nothing sub-par here! You will easily believe that you have stepped off the streets of Liverpool and straight under the sun of Naples. The flavours, the service, there is nothing this place doesn’t offer or can’t cater for!

Huge thank you to Gino’s for having me and I can’t wait to come back!


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Have you checked out a Gino’s restaurant yet?

Until next time, 




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