Dublin Secrets…

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A secret underground restaurant in Dublin city centre?? I only found out about this place last week and was really excited to try it. The Blind Pig is a prohibition bar based near Grafton st, it has a pretty cool secret door and instructions on how to find the restaurant and get in are all given in your confirmation email with your booking. 

We went this week to give it a chance and it was pretty good. The entrance is pretty amazing and I won’t give anymore away on that as I don’t want to ruin the excitement for anybody. We sat at a high table and were the only people in the restaurant which was actually quite nice (we were there as soon as the restaurant opened). Enough of all the talk time for the details of the food. 

We got mozzarella and tomato on ciabatta as a starter to share, it was really good and my first time eating mozzarella like this. The starter was a little pricey I felt for €10.

For mains I went for the chicken skewers, they actually do a pretty good deal on this dish, €30 for 2 people and it includes house wine. I was awkward and got this for 1 person, it was good and loved the grilled pineapple.

My boyfriend got the pork and it was gorgeous, pork with parma ham and sage. Definitely something I might not get next time (there was lots on the menu I wanted). This main was €19.

I had some wine, and my boyfriend got a granny smith cocktail, I tried it and it was pretty good.

Overall review, waiters were brilliant, extremely helpful and very friendly. The restaurant is gorgeous, it is quite dark though for any people who like to eat in a bright room (my pictures were hard to take and clear picture). Food was good, next time I think I need to try the NY style meatballs.

Hope you go and try it out 😀

Amanda xxx

*this is not a paid or sponsored post in anyway, heard of the restaurant and wanted to try it out.

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Possibly the best coffee in Dublin

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I can’t say I am a coffee snob or know what to look out for in coffee, but what I do know is I am quite fussy. I do stick a majority of the time to the overly popular latte or cappuccino but give me a good americano and I am happy. There are a few places around that I will avoid, burnt coffee and too hot lattes are a standard a coffee shop should not be hitting!

I have also learnt from experience you have to try everywhere twice. I have gone to many places and loved it, gone back a few weeks later to terrible customer service and food/drinks. 

My new favourite place is Two Boys Brew in Phibsborough. Yes, I do know the owners but I can’t fault the place. The decor is great, every staff member understands the importance of good customer service and best of all great coffee!! They use 3fe but also have a guest coffee every month with this month being man vs machine. You can get brunch all weekend and some amazing cakes (get a pretzel blondie 😍)

I haven’t had a chance to go during the week to try their other menu but here is some pictures of food from the brunch menu. This is the poached eggs with sourdough.

The amazing salsa with eggs 😍 (and bacon on my second visit).

Here are the hotcakes that are also on the menu, doesn’t it look so pretty!

Now for the coffee, my gorgeous latte

Here is the mocha, look at all the chocolate!!

The price is pretty reasonable, on our first visit we got between two of us the poached eggs with sourdough, the hotcakes, two glasses of prosecco, a pretzel blondie to share, a latte and a mocha and it came to about €42.

Definitely worth a visit to this great place in Phibsborough.

I did say earlier in the post that I do know the owners, this post has been conpletely written on my views of the place and food. I can’t fault the place so can’t say anything bad about it and considering the Irish Times weekend magazine also have it listed at the top of the list for ‘Whats hot’ I am not the only person with this view.

Let me know if you go what you think of it and more importantly what you order. The corn fritters are next on my list, enjoy!

Amanda xxx

NKD Skn Preshower Tan

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I was kindly sent this product to try and here is a review for everybody to read. So I love the idea behind the NKD Skin preshower tan you apply it 10 minutes before your shower and the tan develops over the next 4-8 hours. I am so lazy with tan so I was very excited to try this, am I the only person who hates putting tan on? I always plan on doing it the night before I am going somewhere and then throw it instant on the next day instead.

I put it on 10 minutes before my shower and did I have a tan that night? I actually did 😍  It is a gradual build tan so you will need to put it on a few times depending on how dark of a tan you want.
Not bad for one application 

My only negative against the product is that you can get the fake tan smell after your shower. It is not very strong but I could definitely smell it off my skin but I had a shower later that evening quickly before I went out and the smell was gone. I will keep using this product as the colour is good and it is so easy to use.

The gel itself has a creamy colour to it so you can see where you applied it and I had no marks anywhere that I missed.

Here is a link to purchase and it retails for about £13.95, sorry I can’t find the euro price.

Hope you enjoyed that review 😊

Amanda xxx

*I was sent this product to try but was not paid to review.

Sale Alert!! Bomber Jackets

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Recently I have shared a few different bomber jackets on my Instagram and I just got an email from New Look that there sale started! 

First up is beauty that was a huge hit on my Instagram, it is now £19. Click here to purchase. 

Here is one of my favourites, it is now £15, click here to purchase. 

One final one that I am definitely buying! (May do it quick before everybody gets in there before me!) This one is reduced to £16,click here to puchase. I love the sleeves.

Happy shopping everybody!! Check out the site, they have loads of great bargains.

Amanda xxx

*This post has not been sponsored or promoted by New Look, just me sharing the deals 😁

New York City – Time for cocktails

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New York is huge and there is definitely no denying that, it is even too big to write about everything in one post (it would be a novel!). I went in April for a week for my 30th 😢 and had an amazing time! We were really lucky with the weather and had a few really sunny and warm days. I tried to take as many pictures as possible but a lot of the time I was too distracted and enjoying the moment. Here are a few out my favourite places to drink and also least favourite.

First up is one of my favourite places Suprema Provisions, from what I can tell it only recently opened. The cocktails here are amazing, I think it was the best Kir Royale I ever had! I do have to admit though we did go back a second day and there was a different bartender working and the cocktails weren’t great. When my boyfriend ordered a Moscow Mule, the bartender handed him a Moscow Mule with a twist…pretty sure the bartender didn’t know how to make it and it looked and tasted like vodka on the rocks.

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On our first night after walking around exhausted we went to Rogue on Avenue De Americas. The food was really good and so were the cocktails 😍. I tried to be healthy on my first night and went for the grilled chicken and vegetables, and some margeritas. It was happy hour when we there so I had two $5 margeritas. They came in a variety of flavours and the raspberry one was really good, I tried the passionfruit one and it was good but a little bit sour.
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We went to a few other places when we were walking around that did get great drinks, and I have no memory of the names or locations.

There was one place I was excited to try and that was The Smith , there arr three of them in New York. I had seen a few bloggers talking about it for brunch and was excited to try it out. We didn’t get there for brunch but decided to go one evening and have a couple of drinks at the bar and then some dinner after. The cocktails weren’t great, maybe I went for a bad choice but I struggled to drink it and then went for wine. I don’t really know much about wine apart from knowing I normally like Sauvignan Blanc, and it wasn’t nice either (happy we hadn’t ordered the bottle). So after a quick look at the food menu we decided to go elsewhere, the food at the tables did look really good but not what we were in the mood for. We left and went to a gorgeous Italian on Bleecker st, il fill you in on that again.

Hope that was of some help!

Amanda xxx

Healthy Breakfast!

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So last weekend I finally got around to making banana and oat pancakes. I don’t mind bananas but I will only eat them on their own not in anything so I was pretty sure I was going to hate these pancakes. They are really good and actually pretty much taste like normal pancakes, they would probably be more like a crepe to be honest.

Here is the recipe:

2 Bananas
Half a cup of porridge oats
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of Vanilla extract

I sw a few recipes that added almond milk or normal milk to the mix so it wouldn’t be as thick. I have vanilla extract from baking so I used that to add more flavour.

To start blend the porridge oats, I think your supposed to blend them to a powder but my blender didn’t and you couldnt notice the oats in the pancakes. Then just throw everything in and blend for about 5 minutes and then leave to rest for 20mins and then you are good to go.

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My recipe made about 6 small to medium pancakes, I just added some freshfruit and a little bit of sugar. Yogurt would also be really good with them.

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Hope you enjoy it!

Amanda xxx

April Favourites

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I am just back from New York (there will be loads of posts..apologies if I overdo it!) and I wanted to do a post on some of my favourite beauty products lately.

My skin felt terrible when I got back after the flight, it was all dried out and I was breaking out in spots. I decided to try the Declaré cleansing powder and Multilift contouring cream I got at the Declaré skincare event last month. I only used both products about 2 or 3 times but my skin feels smooth, soft and clean and all the dry skin is gone! The dried out skin was gone after using it once!

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The cleansing powder is also brilliant for taking off a full face of makeup, and just use a eye makeup remover aswell and you are makeup free nearly as quick as using a makeup remover wipe. We all know makeup remover wipes are terrible for the skin (I will admit I use them a lot more than I should!)

You just put a little bit of the powder in your hand and then add a few drops of water and mix until you get a foam.

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Another product I am in love with is the L’Oreal Mythic Oil, this is a radiance oil for colour treated hair.

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The bottom of my hair still has some colour in it from a bad attempt at a balyage a few years ago (not done by me) and my hair is quite dry out. The great hairdresser Kelsey in House of Colour is trying to get rid of as much of it at each cut I go for that it is barely noticeable now. Otherwise my hair is my natural colour, for the next year or two anyway before the greys takeover 😢.

I put about 2-3 pumps of this into my hair after washing and leave it for as long as possible before drying to get if time to soak into my hair. My hair feels great since I started using it. It doesn’t leave my hair dry and heavy with product but leaves it silky and shiny.

Hope you like these products 🤗

Amanda xxx

Bauknecht and Kevin Thornton Demonstration

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Recently I went to a Bauknecht event in Arnotts, Kevin Thornton was doing a cooking demonstration. I was greeted by prosecco in arrival, couldn’t complain. 😍

He made a ravioli of Antrim lobster with baby spinach and a lobster bisque. He steamed the lobster with fish stock in a bauknecht steam oven. I was very intrigued by a steam oven, the same as I want a plate warmer/prooving drawer after watching the Great British Bake Off 😂

Kevin Thornton kept us entertained for the hour with making homemade pasta and using the Kenwood attachment for the electric pasta maker. Definitely need to consider getting more attachments for my Kenwood mixer.

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Here is the recipe and method for anybody who would like to give it a try.

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He also had some macroons that were made earlier and filled by one of the staff members from Arnotts, fair play to the poor guy! I wish I wasn’t allergic to almonds and got to eat macaroons 😓

I want to thank Relvole PR for the invite, it was a great way to spend a Saturday. Thank you to Kevin Thornton for keeping us entertained and serving some amazing looking food. Also a thank you to Arnotts for a great service.

Amanda xxx

New York City: Getting Here

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So greetings from New York, we are here since Thursday and leave on Thursday 😦 I was spoilt with a trip to New York for my 30th.

We flew here with Aerlingus and it was a great flight, the flight was approximately 6 and half hours and it flew by (excuse the pun) with all the movies and tv shows. I watched Brooklyn as I had heard great reviews and hadn’t gotten around to seeing it and it was brilliant! Such a nice film and another great role played by Saorise Ronan. I started watching a few other films but they struggled to keep my attention after Brooklyn. I also watched a tv show called Newsroom, season 1 episode 1 was on the flight. Definitely going to watch more when I get home.

Also as my boyfriend travels a lot, we had access to the Aerlingus business lounge! Ha ha I was so excited by this, more coffee and pastries, think 8.30am was a bit early for the spirits.

Food on the plane was pretty good, and I have to say the coffe was great, it was proper brewed coffee and I could have dranks loads. We did get some wine aswell and prosecco of course 🙂

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When we arrived in New York we decided to use the metro to get to the city, instead of paying $75 for a taxi. So we got the airtrain from JFK to Jamaica, this cost about $5 each and we then had to get a seperate ticket for the subway. The metrocard can be topped up for the airtrain so keep that for the return trip. We bought a 1 week subway ticket that cost $30 but you get unlimited trips so definitely worth it. We got off the subway about 2 streets away from our hotel and to be honest it was probably quicker than a taxi in New York traffic! We got the E subway and that brought us to about 7th avenue 52nd st.

I will talk to you all soon! Any tips for my last few days here let me know!

Amanda xxx

Declare Ireland

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Still can’t believe I got invited to this event, it was brilliant!! Elke who is the training manager was there to keep us entertained and she definitely did!! She kept everyones attention for the duration of the talk with her great knowledge, sense of humour, and her skin!!

To be honest I never knew too much about the Declare brand, just really thought of it as a brand that I couldn’t really afford. After checking out some of their products tonight I am definitely interested in using their products. I know everybody is probably thinking, typical blogger goes to an event and praises the product after. We got to sample loads of their products and they all smell gorgeous, the texture also feels silky on your hand. It really feels like it soaks into your skin. We were told to only ever use the cream that caters for your skin. Don’t use anti-ageing too early as your skin only takes out of the products what it needs.

One of the great things about the Declare products is that the first part of the research on a new product is based on the sensitivity of the skin and then they focus on what the product will be targeted at.

We got a sample of the cleansing powder at the event. Cleansing powder is great for travelling as it is really light in weight so you aren’t adding a heavy bottle of cleanser to your bag. You basically add a little bit of water to the powder and mix until you get a foam. The cleansing powder retails at about €24.50.

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Next up we got a sample of the multi lift re-modling contour face cream, this cream is thick and rich and really feels like it is soaking in and nourishing the skin! A majority of the cream range at €49.50.

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The main product of the event is the new Multi Lift Contour Serum. We tried it out at the event on skin between yout thumb and the forefinger. This skin always feels dry and hard and it felt really soft after, you could see a slight difference between both hands. This product is also used for the reduction of age spots. This will retail at €59.50.

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Declare do a large range of skincare products and a sunscreen range.
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You can keep update on Declare Ireland on their Facebook page.

One question that came up at the event is why do people use the skincare brand that they use. Is it a product that works for your skin? Do you use it just because you think it is a good brand?

I am not going to lie, I skip between different products. Generally when I try a sample and if I like it I will buy the product. I used simple for years, and I have since changed to Ren. After trying out Declare it is definitely a brand I will try and see how if it works for my skin. We tried all the samples on our hands and my hands feel good after, and no sign of an allergy either 😆

We also got spoilt with great food and prosecco at the event which was held in the Fitzwilliam hotel, Dublin.

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Amanda xxx