Pauline’s Creamery Newquay Review

📍20 Bank Street Newquay Cornwall

Today is our first full day in Newquay Cornwall! After searching for the best bakeries near us we decided to try out Pauline’s Creamery for Brunch.

Firstly, Pauline’s Creamery was very easy to find as it was on one of the main streets near us. As soon as we entered the Tearoom we were warmly created by a member of staff who promptly seated us.

Upon first impressions, the surrounding atmosphere was very inviting and warm as a result of the homely interior design and friendly staff. The interior design was comfortable and understated as all the emphasis and effort went into the food.

We thought that the menu had a good selection of products to suit most tastes. After some consideration we decided to get 3 Cheese & Onion Cornish Pasties, 1 Vegetable Cornish Pasty, 1 Serving of Chocolate Fudge Cake, Cornish Cream Tea for One, Mixed Slush and a Cappuccino.

We thought that the Cheese & Onion Pasties were worth the publicity. The filling wasn’t too heavy and clumped together. The pastry complimented the filling without being too much. However, this is the first Cornish Pasty we’ve ever had and we are not experts in this area. The size of each Cornish Pasty was very generous as it was about half a plate with a small side salad.

The scones were incredible as they were warm, soft and light whilst complimenting the Strawberry Jam & Clotted Cream very well. We would honestly come back just for the Scones.

The two Scones served with plenty of Jam & Clotted Cream came as part of the Cornish Cream Tea with Tea for one which was only £5.50. In our eyes this was a very reasonable price.

The Chocolate Fudge Cake serving was extremely generous – we ended up not being able to finish it. This cake was so soft, fluffy and oozing yummy rich dark chocolate flavour. We could definitely tell that this cake was made fresh and with lots of love. The menu states that all the cakes served are made fresh daily on the premises. If all the cakes are like this you are definitely missing out on incredible cake. Pauline’s Creamery also offers a courier service – thus you can try it for yourself without having to come down to Cornwall.

The customer service was great – the food came very quickly and the staff were very professional and polite – even though it was quite busy when we were there.

Now onto the important issue… MONEY. For all of the food and drinks above we paid £33. For context, we were four very hungry humans. Most of the items we had could definitely be shared thus you could cut costs. But in all fairness the prices were very reasonable especially considering their reputation, serving sizes, quality of food and location.

🤙Would we recommend? Yes you definitely need to visit this place if you’re ever in Newquay Cornwall.

Food / Drink: 9/10

Food Options: 9/10

Environment: 9/10

Value for Money: 9/10

Customer Service: 9/10

Gilan Kitchen At Kookoo Review

📌 Gilan Kitchen At Kookoo in Bristol

We visited this Persian restaurant for dinner after travelling for 4 and a half hours to Bristol. This is our first time ever coming to Bristol. Tomorrow we will be back on road to our final destination Cornwall.

By the time we arrived there we were hangry as we hadn’t eaten or drank for 4 and half hours. We know, first world problems. This restaurant was really easy to find – even for us who have never been to Bristol before!

The atmosphere was very otherworldly, it literally felt like we were in another country. Our parents referred to it feeling like being in a café in Iran. The interior design was very Iran inspired – which combines grandeur with simplicity. We loved the chilled back vibe and simple interior.

The menu isn’t that extensive but that is probably because they put more pride and effort into their food than most other establishments. When we went they didn’t have any milkshakes or homemade cake. But perhaps it was because we got there around 8pm.

We ordered the Mixed Kebab Platter which was enough for the four of us. The chicken was unlike anything we’ve ever tasted before. It is very hard to describe, we have to admit it wasn’t personally our favourite but you have to try it at least once in your life. Our mum loved the chicken. Our favourite was the koobideh which was hands down the best one we’ve had so far. It was juicy, fresh, flavourful and succulent. The bargh – which is a Persian style barbecued and marinated lamb fillet – was absolutely delicious and unlike any meat we’ve ever had.

Moreover, the portion of rice we each got was seasoned to perfection. It may look like normal rice but we assure you it tastes very different to traditional steamed basmati rice.

The accompanying sides were delicious and definitely enhanced the overall meal experience. We tend to serve our rice dishes with yoghurt sides such as Raita or Mint Chutney.

The fresh juice drinks we ordered were delicious. We got fresh orange juice which was juiced to perfection- it wasn’t too tart and wasn’t too sweet. Our mum ordered pomegranate juice which was served with dried mint. It sounds strange but it actually enhanced the pomegranate flavour.

We finished off the experience with Persian Tea. Basically it is tea with saffron. The parents really liked it but we thought it was alright. Essentially we could live with out it.

Each serving of Baklava was more than enough for 2 people. We all agreed that it was the best Baklava we’ve had – due to the depth and intensity of flavours. The pistachio and walnut layer was clearly given a generous pinch of cardamom and saffron. If you’re not a big fan of cardamom we suggest you avoid this dessert.

The grand total was £79 for the 4 of us. The Mixed Kebab Platter was £45. Baklava was £5 each. Orange Juice was £4 each and the Pomegranate was £3.50 each. Hot Chocolate was £3.50 & Persian Tea was £4. It should be said although the food may not be the cheapest, you are getting value for money in terms of experience and trying yummy food that you wouldn’t otherwise encounter.

The Hot Chocolate was very good as far as Hot Chocolate at Restaurants go. It was pretty rich yet smooth and creamy. But it wasn’t as flavourful as expected due to the name suggesting it has a Persian twist when in reality it was just ordinary Hot Chocolate.

The service was very relaxed. There was only one staff working today, but he was very friendly and came to us at the right time. He wasn’t hovering over us like some waiters do – which makes us pretty uncomfortable.

Would we recommend this place? Yes, you definitely need to to try this place at least once in your life. Food / Drink: 10/10 Food Options: 6/10 Environment: 9/10 Value for Money: 9/10 Customer Service: 9/10

Basic Nachos

Is there anything better than a bowl of Nachos topped with fresh Guacamole & homemade Salsa? This is our ultimate go to recipe when we want Nachos. It may take longer than opening a couple of jars but it is so worth it. Not only does it taste better, you can control what you put in it. We are aware that it may not be the traditional way to make Nachos but it certainly fresh and delicious.

Ingredients:

Tortilla chips or Doritos

Salsa:

  • 2 medium tomatoes diced
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • Handful of coriander finely chopped
  • Pinch of black pepper to taste
  • 1 finely chopped chilli
  • Juice of 1/2 a lime

Guacamole ingredients:

  • 2 Avocados – pit & peeled
  • Juice of 1/2 lime
  • Pinch of black pepper

Method:

  1. Mix all the salsa ingredients together. Then put aside.
  2. Put all the guacamole ingredients together and mash until you get the consistency you prefer.
  3. Pour the chips into a microwaveable bowl.
  4. Sprinkle cheese over the chips & microwave for 1 min or until the cheese has melted.
  5. Put the salsa & guacamole on top of the chips. Now it is ready to serve.

If you try this recipe we would love to know what you think. If you have any suggestions feel free to comment or interact with us on social media.

Coconut Prawn Pasta

Recently we played around with a few simple ingredients resulting in us making an awesome dinner. The prawns with the shell on make such a difference to the taste of the sauce. This pasta dish is so delicious and easy to whip up during the week. If you love prawns, coconut and pasta this is definitely a recipe you have to try.

Ingredients (Serves 3 generously)

  • 1 large Onion diced
  • Oil (we used coconut oil)
  • 1/2 tbsp Garlic,Ginger & Chilli Mix (recipe here)
  • Raw Prawns (with the shell on)
  • 1 cup Tomato Passata
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/4 Creamed Coconut Block.
  • Handful of Coriander chopped
  • Pinch of Turmeric
  • Chilli Powder to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 lime juice
  • Pasta (any will do but spaghetti shapes are best)

Method:

  • Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Then drain when done.
  • Heat up the oil in a wok. Add the onion and cook until translucent.
  • Add the garlic, ginger & chilli paste and cook until fragrant.
  • Then add the tomato passata, water and pure creamed coconut.
  • When it has mixed together add the prawns and the rest of the ingredients.
  • Once the prawns are done it is ready to be served.

We hope you enjoy this recipe. We would love any feedback and comments.

Garlic,Ginger & Chilli Mix

In our household this mix is an essential part of our daily cooking. We use this is everything from pasta sauces to curry dishes. Once we make this it usually lasts us just over a month.

Ingredients:

  • Ginger
  • Garlic (slighltly more than ginger)
  • Green Chillies according to taste (15 finger chillies)
  • Sea Salt

Method:

  • Peel and roughly chop the garlic and ginger. Then place in a bowl.
  • Once finished wash the garlic and ginger.
  • Wash the chillies and cut up the heads and tails.
  • Put all the ingredients into a food processor.
  • Once it is all blended together put it into a jar. Keep this mix in the fridge. It should last around one month.
  • Add some salt.

Black Milk Review

📌Black Milk Northern Quarter, Manchester

We only heard of Black Milk recently and as we were in Manchester for the weekend we decided to try it!

We visited the one on Oldham St in Manchester. The only issue was that their wasn’t much parking nearby, so we decided on just ordering to take away.

The interior inside was vibrant yet minimalist. It had a chilled, welcoming atmosphere. As we were taking it away, we unfortunately couldn’t get very much, but we did order one of their Reece’s Peanut Butter Black Milk shakes! It came in a reusable glass jar.

Luckily, we got the opportunity to try it out again in Trafford Centre! But the Black Milk at Trafford Centre is like a pop up stall in Selfridges thus there is no seating. We ordered a delicious Ferrero Rocher & Strawberry Black Milk Shake and Brownie Waffle (we asked to replace the S’mores with whipped cream & extra brownies!). We absolutely love the way the waffles are served – like dessert burgers. It has to be said the brownies were the most chocolatey yet not dried out brownies we’ve ever had.

Furthermore the price we paid for the milkshake and waffle was £13.65. Considering the intensity of flavour, artistic presentation and yum factor this price is very reasonable. In fact we both shared these and it was enough to satisfy us and would be too intense to eat or drink one each.

The service was impeccable due to the very friendly and professional staff. The items were also made very quickly and hygienically (from what we saw).

Would we recommend this place? Yes, you definitely need to to try this place at least once in your life. Food / Drink: 9/10 Food Options: 6/10 Environment: 7/10 Value for Money: 9/10 Customer Service: 9/10

Together: Our Community Cookbook by The Hubb Community Kitchen Review

We actually came across this cookbook last month while searching for recipes. After reading numerous reviews we were intrigued. Upon further research we discovered that all the proceeds goes towards a very good cause resulting in us purchasing Together: Our Community Cookbook.

Upon the first flick through the cookbook we were so impressed by the variety of recipes that are unlike a typical cookbook. It is the first cookbook which has made me want to try all the recipes out!

The photography done by Jenny Zarins is very impressive because it fully shows off the final result of the recipe without it being too over-staged. Most cookbooks make the pictures from their food look nothing like what it would come out like.

The first recipe we tried out was the African Beignets (or as it is known in my family as Mahamri). The recipe was really easy to follow. We made the dough at 2am and let it rise until we were ready to have it. Just before we decided to watch TV together we shaped these and put it in the oven. They turned out amazing. Everyone was impressed especially since it was baked instead of being fried. The only difference is that it is much denser, it could be compared to a African inspired scone. Some of us love eating this with Nutella and others prefer this with strawberry jam.

Moreover, some of the recipes are very similar to what my family cooks such as Spiced Lamb Pilao, Green Chilli & Tomato Dip and Vegetable Samosas.

We haven’t tried many recipes. Some of the recipes that we want to try is Coconut Chicken Curry (with the chicken grilled before it goes into the curry), Aubergine Masala, Yemeni Bread and Caramelised Plum Upside-Down Cake.

In conclusion, we would highly recommend this cookbook especially to those who love to try different cuisines. It should also be pointed out that this book is an absolute steal at only £9.99. Plus how can you not give in to the urge when the money will go to the Hubb Community Kitchen – which will transform peoples lives and bring people together through the power of food.

Photography: 9/10 Easiness to Follow Recipes: 8/10 Creativity: 8/10 Variety of Food Recipes: 8/10 Value for Money: 10/10

ChoccoBar Review

📌ChoccoBar Hot Chocolate House, Windermere

The ChoccoBar had been on our bucket list for quite a while and finally we got the opportunity to check if it was actually worth the hype!

From outside the ChoccoBar looked very cute and clean. There were tables and chairs displayed outside, however we decided on sitting inside.

The atmosphere when we walked in was friendly, relaxed and welcoming. The interior design was made to reciprocate the essence of the food of which is modern, minimalist and classy.

The menu included waffles, sundaes, churros, toasties and much more.. As it was our first visit to the ChoccoBar and we had just ate beforehand we settled on just sharing a chocolate, strawberry & cream waffle.

The waffles were the center piece to our dessert. The waffles were light and fluffy, unlike any waffle we have ever had! This was complimented by a mountain of whipped cream, fresh strawberries and drizzles of rich chocolate.

When we visit again, we definitely want to try their famous hot chocolate which is made using good quality, real chocolate melted in a hot milk of your choice.

For all the chocolate lovers out there- this is the perfect place to visit for you. We would definitely recommend you visit here if you are in the area.