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Monday, 24 April 2017

The Nation of Shopkeepers re-opening party

*AD - PR EVENT* One of my favourite bars in Leeds City Centre is the Nation of Shopkeepers. I love the quirky bar staff, the laid back atmosphere and the gorgeous wall murals. I was really pleased to be invited down for their re-opening party last week. And secretly praying the wall art was still there!

The Nation of Shopkeepers - The Venue

Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds

The bar looks gorgeous for its make over. The lay out is still the same, it looks much fresher and there is some beautiful new wall art.

Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds wall art

The courtyard, that the bar is famous for, has also had a re-vamp. I especially love the colour changing lights around the walls.

Nation of Shopkeepers courtyard, Leeds

The Nation of Shopkeepers - The food and drink

The summer cider and mojito cocktails are really tasty. I can see myself spending many a Saturday night here with the girls drinking them! Now the weather is getting better sitting out in the courtyard with them is lovely.

Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds cocktails

For the reopening night little tasters of the menu were brought around. The chicken wings, BBQ beef strips and burgers are especially nice. 

Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds chicken wings

Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds BBQ beef strips

Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds burger

The milkshakes at Nation of Shopkeepers are a really nice and tasty surprise. I am not sure if these are new or if I just haven't noticed them before. I really recommend the salt caramel peanut butter milkshake, it is amazing!

Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds milkshakes

The finishing touch to our night at Nation of Shopkeepers was a live jazz band. Neither me or my friend are jazz fans but it is a nice end to the night and definitely makes a change.

I am really looking forward to spending more time in the Nation of Shopkeepers and will be back again soon!


Monday, 17 April 2017

The new Manahatta brunch menu

*AD - GIFTED* Brunch is one of my favourite meals so you can imagine how exciting reviewing the Manahatta brunch menu was. Manahatta is the newest restaurant / bar to open on Greek Street, Leeds. It is bringing a taste of New York to Leeds centre. The large, glass fronted building that looks gorgeous as you walk up to it. I love the outdoor seating area too...hello new summer cocktail drinking area!

Manahatta brunch, Greek Street Leeds

Manahatta brunch, Greek Street Leeds

The Manahatta brunch menu really does have something for everyone, pancakes with various toppings, full English breakfasts, eggs, steak, french toast, avocado on toast and granola with yoghurt and fruit.

I chose the High Line Uncle Bucks Giant Buttermilk pancake, which is £7.95. A huge, thick buttermilk pancake with bacon, fried chicken and maple syrup. The buttermilk pancake, despite being so big, is light and fluffy. The bacon is perfectly crispy. The fried chicken is gorgeous, just the right amount of spice and really crisp. The pancake, salty bacon, spicy chicken and sweet maple syrup go together perfectly. It is incredibly filling and I could only manage 3/4 of it all. 

Manahatta brunch, High Line Uncle Bucks giant buttermilk pancake

Manahatta brunch, High Line Uncle Bucks giant buttermilk pancake

The Manahatta brunch menu is amazing, there is a great choice, the food is delicious and the price is just right for the amount of food you get.

I have to say the dessert menu at Manahatta sounds amazing too. Especially the warm chocolate fondant and lime cheesecake with coconut meringue. I definitely need to go back and try some of those next time I'm in Leeds. 


Friday, 7 April 2017

My favourite highlighters every make-up bag must have

 Highlighters are one of my favourite make up items right now. I'm not sure if it is the warmer spring weather making me crave the dewey, shimmery skin? Or the inner magpie in me loving anything sparkly? Whatever it is I can't get enough of the glow. I have been shopping my make up stash and sorting out what I have recently. After playing with everything I am sharing my favourite highlighters every make up bag should have.

My favourite highlighters flatlay

My favourite highlighters - The Balm, Mary Lou Manizer

My favourite highlighters, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

No favourite highlighters post is complete without beauty blogger favourite The Balm Mary Lou Manizer. I love it so much I wrote an entire blog post on it last year here. Mary Lou is a stunning golden highlighter with an intense shimmer. It blends out perfectly and a tiny dusting goes a long way. As it is such an intense highlight I think it is the perfectly highlighter for nights out or heavy make-up looks. The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is £19.99 in Superdrug

My favourite highlighters, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

My favourite highlighters, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer

My favourite highlighters - Mac Mineralize Skinfinish, Soft and Gentle

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle is a beautiful baked mineral highlighter with a peachy golden hue. Soft and Gentle blends out easily on the skin and lasts all day. It is very pigmented so a little goes a long way. The highlight isn't as intense as Mary Lou so I think it is a great daytime highlighter. At £24.50 from Mac this is on the pricier side, but it is a gorgeous colour and will last a long time. 

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle

Mac Mineralize Skinfinish Soft and Gentle

My favourite highlighters - Make-Up Revolution, Radiance Highlight Palette

My favourite highlighters - Make Up Revolution highlight palette

The Make Up Revolution Radiance Highlight palette is a great budget palette that has to make my favourite highlighters list. There are three shades in the palette, a deep golden orange, a white and a peachy gold. I will be honest and say I am not too keen on the orangey shade but it might look better on darker or warmer skin tones. All three shades have a subtle highlight which makes them ideal for daytime, minimal looks. The Make Up Revolution Radiance Highlight palette is £8 in Superdrug.

My favourite highlighters - Make Up Revolution highlight palette

My favourite highlighters - Make Up Revolution highlight palette

My favourite highlighters - PS (Primark), Strobe Sticks

My favourite highlighters - PS Strobe sticks

I have spoken about the Primark PS Strobe Sticks before so have to add them to my favourite highlighters. There are three strobe sticks in the pack, a gold, white and pink. All three shades are gorgeous and have a really intense highlight to them. They are really creamy but quite tricky to blend out over a large area like the cheekbones though. I love using them on my brow bone or inner corner of my eye where they work perfectly. The Primark PS Strobe Sticks are just £3, making them £1 each!

My favourite highlighters - PS Strobe sticks

My favourite highlighters - PS Strobe sticks

What are your favourite highlighters? Would you choose any from my list?


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Bossa Grill, Leeds review - A must for meat lovers

*AD - GIFTED* Last week saw me and my friend Amy heading in to Leeds to Bossa Grill, a Brazilian restaurant, for their blogger night with Restaurants of Leeds. This was my first time at Bossa Grill, but I have been to Brazilian grills before so I was looking forward to the food.

Bossa Grill, Leeds

The interior of Bossa Grill is gorgeous, chunky wood, brightly coloured (Rio inspired) paint on the walls. It has an open kitchen and open, spacious dining rooms. Stepping inside it feels really airy, welcoming and relaxing.

Bossa Grill, Leeds interior

Bossa Grill, Leeds interior
Photograph credit to Restaurants of Leeds

The owner was incredibly welcoming, giving a talk about Bossa Grill over a glass of prosecco. He is so passionate about the restaurant, its food and its concept. I feel he genuinely wants everyone who eats there to enjoy the good food and have fun. It was great to learn he also owns Fazenda, another Brazilian restaurant in Leeds that I love. It is the same food served in a more laid back atmosphere.

Bossa Grill talk with owner
Photography credit to Restaurants of Leeds

Now on to the best part...the food! Each table is given a cow, when you are ready to eat you stand it up and the waiters and waitresses bring food to your table. When you want a rest or have finished eating turn the cow upside down and they don't come to the table. 

Bossa Grill, Leeds cow

Bossa Grill - The Sides

On the menu there are 4 sides, all of which Bossa bring to your table. All four sides are delicious and are perfect with the meats. I have to say the coleslaw is amazing! I'm not sure what their recipe for it is but it is the nicest coleslaw I have ever had. There is also a sides cart with rice, salad and more to help yourself from.

  • Pao de Alho - garlic bread dough balls
  • Batatas - cheesy chips with onions
  • Salpicao Slaw - homemade coleslaw
  • Milho Assado - corn on the cob

Bossa Grill Leeds snack cart
Photography credit to Restaurants of Leeds

Bossa Grill - The mains

There are nine different meats on the evening menu and six at lunchtimes. Everything is brought to your table on huge skewers and they carve onto your plate. The chicken wings, pork belly and pulled beef are the exception to this. All the meats are medium to medium rare, which was perfect for me, but you can ask for them done to your liking. On the menu is

  • Asinhas de Frango - chicken wings
  • Chorizo Criollo - Pork sausage
  • Roupa Velha - slow braised, pulled beef
  • Pichana - cap of rump
  • Sobrecoxa de Frango - Chicken thighs
  • Abacaxi - grilled pineapple
  • Cordeiro - lamb (evening menu only)
  • Porco - pork belly (evening menu only)
  • Especial de Grelha - guest meat / specials (evening menu only)
Bossa Grill, Leeds. Picanha - cap of rump

Bossa Grill, Leeds. Sobrecoxa de Frango - chicken thighs

All of the meats are delicious. Everything is perfectly cooked, really tasty and the meats just melt in the mouth. My favourites have to be the lamp and cap of rump...yes I had seconds of these! As long as your cow is stood up, the meat will be continually brought to your table. 

Bossa Grill, Leeds plate of food

After the meats the pineapple is surprisingly perfect. The cinnamon coating is a perfect pairing to the pineapple. It is hot, juicy and I think it really cleanses the palette (and stomach) after all the meat.

Bossa Grill, Leeds. Pineapple

Bossa Grill - The desserts

After all the delicious meats you will decide you cannot possibly eat another thing...and then you spy the dessert menu.

  • Churros with chocolate.
  • Ice cream / sorbet.
  • Banoffee crumble.

The churros are just amazing, they are perfectly crispy and not greasy. As a hidden surprise they are full of warm and oozing chocolate. The chocolate sauce is divine and just perfect to dip the churros in to.

Bossa Grill, Leeds. Churros with chocolate

After the tasty sides, delicious meats, hot pineapple and churros our cow was finally upside down. I honestly thought Amy was going to have to roll me out of the restaurant I was so full!

As well as having great food Bossa Grill has a great cocktail menu too. I recommend the Guava Bonita (elderflower liqueur, guava juice and pinot grigio) and the Caipirinha (Velho Barreiro cachaca, lime, sugar and ice). Both are really tasty and refreshing.

The Bossa Grill lunchtime menu is £12.90 and the evening menu is £18.90. Both include the sides and mains. This is great value for money as you can eat as much as you want for this. The desserts are £2.50 each.

I definitely recommend a trip to Bossa Grill and hopefully I will be back again really soon. I'm sending a huge thank you to both Bossa Grill and Restaurant of Leeds for inviting me.


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