Sunday, 31 May 2015

Dublin



I had to celebrate my 22nd birthday early, and thought what's better than taking the 158 mile journey to Dublin? Road trip (shout out to Lauren for staying awake for the trip)! I've never been before and had to get a trip down for purely the drink and shopping aspects the city had to offer. We stayed in The Fleet Street Hotel above TGI Friday's on Fleet Street, obviously. It's a lovely hotel with friendly staff that even handed out wine glasses on request! The location couldn't be better - walking distance from the shops and the famous Temple Bar, and close to other pubs and restaurants.






We had arrived to some sort of heatwave in Dublin and were able to experience t-shirt weather which is somewhat unusual for May in Ireland. Not to waste a sunny day, we hit up Trinity Bar on Dame Street and ordered literally a platter of food to go with our ciders. There wasn't much shopping done on day one but we did make the mistake of going to Penney's (Irish Primark) on O'Connell Street and later found a bigger one on Mary Street that even had it's own beauty bar.

For dinner we went to Hard Rock Cafe on Fleet Street in heels, which was a trek on the cobbles despite it being metres from our hotel. I absoloutely loved Hard Rock Cafe in Budapest and had to make a visit in Dublin - their steaks are great. After dinner we ventured to the world famous Temple Bar which was crammed with tourists and then eventually onto The Dubliner, both had your typical live Irish music. After The Dubliner closed, we wanted to dance and were advised to head to Dicey's on Harcourt Street after a very drunken rickshaw journey fo€9 (queue drunken snapchat videos). Dicey's is definitely the place to head if you're looking for more than a quiet drink, it even has it's own outdoor dancefloor.




After a somewhat hungover awakening, we checked out of our hotel, paid for parking on Fleet Street (with discount for staying in The Fleet Street Hotel it cost us €18) and headed into town. Dublin has an impressive selection of shops from a massive MAC store to an underground Topshop. I tried to be good but eventually got carried away and spent lot of money. My favourite buys were these beautiful blue/green heels I got from Penney's for a bargain €18 that can only be described as mermaid heels, and a t-shirt from Pull & Bear that reads 'Mermaids are real' - definitely trying to channel my inner Ariel. Overall I'm definitely a lover of Dublin, its atmoshpere and everything it has to offer. It can be expensive but I can't wait to go back! Féach leat go luath Baile Átha Cliath!








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Friday, 22 May 2015

Camilla - Public Desire





You can't go wrong with a pair of nude heels, and I've just picked up these beauties from Public Desire for a bargain £27.99. (If you have a Unidays account you can also get 10% off.) 'Camilla' is comfortable to wear, high but not break-your-ankle high, and also comes in black and white. The gold metallic heel is definitely a step up from your average strappy shoe. Public Desire have only just turned 1 this week - meaning the future can only bring more great shoes!

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Salt House Charcuteria and Tapas Bar, Liverpool

Churros with cinammon sugar and chocolate dipping pot, £4.95


I'm just back from a few days in Liverpool visiting my cousin. Every time I visit, I never want to leave! I haven't been to many cities but this one might just be my favourite. It's not surprising that Liverpool John Moores is the #1 choice of university for Northern Irish school leavers. One of the places I went to for food just so happened to be Salt House Charcuteria and Tapas Bar on Hanover Street - purely for the promise of churros on the dessert menu. Come on, I mean look at them!

'Malaga Fried Fish' - fried calamari, prawns, and cod, £5.95


This was my first time at a tapas bar and like we did, I'm pretty sure most diners will share dishes - because they're small it means ordering something you haven't tried before, isn't as risky. Food comes out as it's cooked, meaning you can eat confidently knowing your plate has come out fresh and hasn't been sitting under a hot lamp for the last 15 minutes! However, I can imagine this has made for some awkward dates in the past if you've decided not to share and waited for your other half's food.

Char grilled fillet steak with pomme puree, shallots, and pepper sauce, £7.95


Libby's toast with aioli, £2.95


Don't be fooled by the idea of small dishes, we left feeling fuller than ever. In hindsight we definitely should have ordered less dishes for 2 people, but it's just so hard to decide with all of the yummy choices and reasonable prices. My favourites had to be the Libby toast to start (the aioli is to die for), the crispy fried potatoes (spicy), and not to forget the churros to finish, if you can! I'm not much of a seafood girl but the prawns were surprisingly good too. We ate from the main menu but you can see their full list of menus here. Aside from their mouth watering food, Salt House are fully licensed and offer a range of cocktails. Thankfully it was lunch time and I decided to behave myself.

Crisp fried potatos with harissa red pepper salsa and regato cheese, £4.50 & Sauteed baby chorizo with honey, £4.95





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