In Here, It’s Always Friday…

With the super sad (but exciting for her!) news that SJ is moving this month to San Francisco, we’re all feeling like we need to squish in as much quality Bristol blogger babe time in with her as possible. The invite from TGI Friday’s Cabot Circus to come and check out their new menu items couldn’t have appeared in my inbox at a better time. We met Lily and Lyzi there and had to try some of their cocktails…the barman asked us what sort of thing we liked to drink and then chose something for us. I ended up with a Tokyo Iced Tea – essentially the same as a Long Island Iced Tea, but with Midori instead of gin, and lemonade instead of coke. SO GOOD.

Hayley and SJ at TGI Friday's Bristol by www.paulgroomphotography.co.uk

Much nicer photo than any of the others in this post of me and SJ by Paul Groom

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TGI’s in Cabot was a bit of a surprise to me when it opened. When I heard the news that it was opening, I was wondering which restaurant was closing, because there didn’t seem to be any space available, but all of a sudden, a beautiful, huge restaurant suddenly appeared in the space that was once a tiny temporary place for the Calendar Shop.

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Sipping cocktails, and gossiping more than people who saw each other the night before really needed to, we grabbed a table and pored over the special new menu items – Cabot Circus is one of the few branches that are trying out these new items, and if they’re popular, then everywhere else will get them!

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It was difficult to choose, even with just a few items, but TGI’s had thought of that and had plates on display so you could have a look…

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The top row are the starters – l-r, hot wings, bruschetta, Jack Daniels pork belly, and Jack Daniels beef chilli nachos. Bottom row, l-r are two of the mains – the deep south grill and the Warrior burger

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My starter was pretty easy to choose – I went for the Jack Daniels coated pork belly (of course), and it was delicious. The last time I went to TGI’s was (ashamedly) about 10 years ago when I worked for a Whitbread company and would abuse my discount by requesting ALL the JD sauce for my chicken, so it was nice to see it on the menu still!

Lyzi and Lily went for the hot wings, and SJ went for bruschetta (which was so yum, I had to steal a little bit!)

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Our mains came out quickly, and I started to get the Fear. You know, that fear when you’ve ordered something and it’s much bigger than you expected? The Warrior burger is essentially two burgers stacked on top of each other – and I’m not meaning in a Big Mac way, it is literally two burgers with all the toppings staked together. Erk.

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I tried to figure out how to eat it. Face first?

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Try to hold it all together and shove it in my face?

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SJ went for the much more lady like knife and fork way, despite the debate previously about eating burgers with cutlery

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Lyzi and Lily both went for the hot dog, which came on top of a bucket of chips. Deceptively small looking!

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We battled through the mountains of meat, but couldn’t quite manage it! We had such a fun evening though, thank you TGI’s! We’re already looking at having our next Bristol bloggy meal meetup (meat up?) there!

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These Boots Were Made…

…well, for me.

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I’m sure that most posts about the Duo Boots event will include in there that this wasn’t really a brand I had heard too much about before, but it’s true, I hadn’t really looked at their offerings before. Honestly, I have no idea why I hadn’t looked, because I went to an event at the Bath store last month and wanted pretty much everything.

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I was invited along to meet the shoes…I mean the brand…at a blogger event where happily, it seemed like half of the regular #blogclub babes were in attendance! Laura and I hopped on a train to Bath after work, and went with SJ for a pre-event drink in Milsom Place before heading to the Bath store. Duo is actually a local company, starting 40 years ago in Bath, and are now based in Frome. The Bath store fitting room means people can go and get measured correctly to get a perfect pair for them, and we were treated to the full experience.

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We were all given a tag with our blog logos on, and when we found the boots of our dreams, we could pin our name on to join the boot tribes of ankle boots, knee highs and over knees. I was tempted by the Flore boots, but the Fader boots won me over with a chunky sole and classic style – I’ve been looking for a pair of knee highs for a while, but I’m so incredibly fussy that I could never find the right pair for me.

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At the end of the evening, the boots were totted up and the ankle boots had it with 60% of the attendees choosing a pair. 33% of us went for the knee highs, and 7% braved the over knee style.

Thank you so much Duo! My new boots are perfect for the sudden cold spell and are excellent for stomping about in the fallen leaves!

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An Evening With Neals Yard

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So a couple of weeks ago, I headed off to an apartment on the river for an evening with Neals Yard. Of course I had heard of the brand before, but this was the first time I had gotten up close and personal with it. Instead of the typical event in store, the event was in a serviced apartment in Finzels Reach, and was a more relaxing environment to learn more about the brand and products.

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The hallway was lined with the iconic blue glass bottles and roses, and scattered around the apartment were diffusers puffing out little clouds of lovely smells (a mix of frankincense and rose, apparently). The event was being held during Organic Beauty Week so we heard from a lady from the Soil Association. I have quite sensitive skin, so have used Liz Earle products before, but I didn’t really know organic make up was a thing

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Next was the demonstration by Sue Adlam – she gave Sofia a mini facial and passed the products around for the rest of us to try – the ever glamourous She and Hem ladies getting into it here with Charlotte!

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As a leaving gift, we were all given a pot of Wild Rose Beauty Balm, in the special 10th anniversary packaging (which has beautiful illustrations by Alice Shields, who happens to also be from Bristol!)

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If you’re not quite tempted yet about the Wild Rose Beauty Balm, check out SJ’s post with five difference uses for it!

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