Monday, 19 June 2017

Evil Eye - York

evil eye york review

York is one of my favourite places to explore and I wish I went back there more often than I do. The history, the Shambles, the shopping, the food. I love everything about it and everytime I do get a chance to visit I always find something new to check out. On my latest visit, a catch up with some of my blogging besties, we found ourselves in Evil Eye, a street food cart turned restaurant with the added bonus of a gin mega store at the front!
evil eye york review

When you step through the door you are greeted with wall to wall, floor to ceiling GIN. I always knew there was a fair few gins out there for me to try but this? This was extraordinary! I oogled and ahhhed the pretty glass bottles with all kinds of varities of my sweet nectar inside. But our Evil Eye outing wasn't going to just be about gin, oh no, there was going to be food too. We headed through the shop, promising the gin we would be back soon, and ventured upstairs to the main dining space, split into two seperate spaces, we were given a room of our own were no other than Jack Skellington himself, donned in his Christmas finest, would join us for lunch. The room was moody, dark, with warm red and orange tones flooding the room. Great vibes but not great for picture taking! A large long wooden table took pride of place, with high backed church like chairs surrounding it. 

evil eye york review

The menu has a fantastic selection of Evil Eye specials, street food style at it's finist; tacos, bao buns, bhajis, gunpowder fries, avocado burgers and more. I went for the steamed spicy chicken bao buns and a side of onion bhajis. The last time I had eaten bao buns they'd been pretty small and I was starving, so I figured a small side of bhajis would be a nice alternative to chips, and besides, how big can a bhaji be?

evil eye york review

BIG it turns out. Three steaming, flavoursome bhajis, each the size of my head and covered in a sprinkled of green onion and chillies were put before me, alongside my not so teeny bao buns. Three bao buns to be exact, each filled to the brim and over flowing with chicken, salad and the most delicious spicy mayo I've ever had! Honestly, I don't know which I liked more, between the bhajis and the buns it was all just so moorish, I couldn't leave a crumb behind. 

evil eye york review

Of course, everything had to be washed down with a gin or two, and their cocktail menu put the biggest grin on my face. I mean it starts with a cocktail inspired games of snakes and ladders, then is filled with some of the most amazing sounding cocktails you could imagine, and of course, a fair few gin based ones. I'd have happily sat there all day working my way through the menu! 
After finishing off our food and in need of nursing our food babies, we grabbed our drinks and went into the other room, purely because we had heard there were BEDS inside. Beds? Beds in a bar? I kid you not! Two old school, victorian-esq four poster beds had been set up for you to get snug, comfy and cosy with your buddies over a coule of drinks. They even came with little tables in the middle too! More bars should have beds, it was such a different idea but felt so homely at the same time!
As if I needed another reason to go back to York, but I know it will be sooner rather than later and Evil Eye I will be paying you a much deserved second visit!
Huge thanks goes out to my lovely Sharon for organising the day and recommedning the food, it was a winner all round!
When you visit a new place, do you go for chain restaurant comfort or out of the box independents?
Until next time,

Friday, 16 June 2017

Cosy Club - Brunch - Liverpool

cosy club review liverpool one

I've walked past the Cosy Club dozens of times, but finally, I stepped inside. Transprted back to an time of dark wooden floors, oil paintings, chandeliers and mis-matched chairs, this speak-easy vibed club sure is cosy. We stopped by for a Sunday morning brunch to see if the food matched up to the top knotch decor.
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From Paridise street you can see one of the huge chandelies than hangs from the ceiling, it just oozes glamour of the 40's-50's. Every wall is covered in seemingly random paintings, prints, aeroplane schmatics, brewary boards and world maps, all with a blue veleur wallpaper peeking through. Dark wood everywhere, mis matched chairs and faux salvaged tables makes it look like they salvaged caught out speak-easy clubs. If this had been done by Disney, I reckon there would be a cracking imaginearing story to tell.

Serving up brunch, lunch, dinner and cocktails too, the Cosy Club was much bigger on the inside than I imagined, with a large dining space, and lots of nooks and crannies of comfy armchairs and sink-into couches. The main dining space is really airy, with high ceilings and well spaced out tables. We went around 11am on a Sunday and had no problem getting a table near the window so we could watch the world of Liverpool One go by. Is there anything better than people watching over a brew? 

cosy club review liverpool one

The Mr went fod a Cosy Breakfast, a classic full english with all the trimmings. I went for the Cosy Eggs, two poached eggs on a bed of chorizo, peppers, spinach on Puccia bread, smothered in hollandaise sauce. The food came out quickly but unfortunaly, the Mr's breakfast didn't leave much to be desired. As full english breakfasts go, I have a few firm favourites across the city and Cosy's just don't even come close to the big leagues. 'Sub-par' was how he described it. 

I'm in a habit lately of always trying to order something different off the menu, especially something I wouldn't necesserily have at home, this, it turned out, seemed to work in my favour. My breakfast was delcious, the eggs were poached to perfection and the hollandaise was so rich and creamy and there was exactly enough of it to cover every mouthful in sauce. The chorizo was really nice, a smokey flavour which when combined with the peppers and spinach tasted like something I'd only ever get on holiday! 
The only major downside was considering the place was pretty much empty on the Sunday morning, with a fair few staff running around, it did take forever to get and pay the bill. Not a major thing but I'm glad I wasn't in a rush to get anywhere.

cosy club review liverpool one

There are a couple of things on the menu that have really caught my eye that I would love to go back and try, it's the perfect place for catching up and would be ideal for pre-drinks before a night out. Everyone should just pop in for the decor alone, there's not much else like it in the city centre!
How long would you wait for a bill before getting the hump?
Until next time,

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Tell me more TAG

blogger tag tell me more

It feels like forever since I last did a tag post, so when the lovely Lyd told me she had put her own together I jumped at the chance to answer a few quizzical questions and feed the nosiest readers amongst you. So here we go, the tell me more tag!

What's the story behind your blog name? 
For the newest readers out there, you may not know this but my foray into the blogging world started out as Walt Disney World travel blog. So that explains Wonderland. But Saloca? Sarah Louise Campbell. Saloca!

What's your real reason for blogging?
I love sharing my thoughts and feelings for everything I'm passionate about. I love being able to share my trips and days out. I'd like to think that I might even inspire someone out there to go out and do something new or give something different a try. 

Best thing about blogging?
The community. So much shade has been thrown around the blogging community over the last year but honestly? I don't see any of that coming my way. I have met some of the most amazing people through blogging who I am lucky enough to speak to everyday, we make plans, we go out, we see each other in real life. Honestly, I fear that if I stopped blogging, I'd lose that and I never want to! 

Worst thing about blogging?
The numbers. No matter how hard you try, as a blogger you can never escape page views, DA, retweets or followers. All those numbers going up and down, it's a never ending, nervewracking, rollercoaster ride. 

Proudest moment so far?
I can't pick just one! I've been so lucky to work with some amazing people and brands! 

What are your ultimate blogging goals? Don't be shy!
I would love to be able to earn some real money through blogging. I've done the sums and if I just had a couple of hundred coming in regulary every month, it would make so many more things possible in my life. There is nothing wrong with wanting to earn money through your blog, it's not the be all and end all for me, but it would be nice. Well, that, and if Disney came knocking on my door with an opportunity!

If you released a book, what genre would it be?
I've been thinking about this a lot lately and I would love to write a social media/blogging theory book. I love academic works on social media, online communities and fan theory, it's fascinated me since university and I would love to put one together one day. Look up Henry Jenkins and you'll know what I'm aiming for!

If you released products, what would they be? Homeware, beauty, or something unexpected?
Tea. I would love love LOVE to release my own tea blends, with tea pots, mugs and strainers! A whole line of tea things! I would also love to pair the drinkable teas with bathable teas too. Pure tea luxury inside and out!

What would you name the products and why? 
Answers on a postcard please - I have no idea!

What has blogging taught you?
Don't be so hard on yourself, do what makes you happy and whatever you do, do it for you

Sum up your blog in three words!
Argh, this is so difficult! Ermm, I'd like to think it's encouraging, insightful and hopefully, a little bit fun!

Go on, take the tag and tell me more!

Until next time, 

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