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A weekend in Dorset

Walking along jagged cliffs, breathing in sea air, and drinking lots of wine in cosy pubs with open fires. Have I just described your perfect weekend? Because I have definitely just described mine.

There are so many beautiful places in the UK to explore, and Dorset is one I’ve barely touched (despite living just down the road… #embarrassing) I spent last weekend with my boyfriend’s family in West Bay, which I was very excited to find out, was where they filmed Broadchurch!

We went on the most beautiful walk along the cliffs on Sunday morning (photos below) and I wore my fave new FILA colour-block sleeve jumper, which you can buy here. I hope you like my photo diary below!

Emma x

Outfit details

ASOS Fila Sweatshirt with colour block sleeves £55

Patagonia Grey Recycled wool hat £25

Accessorize Sterling Silver earrings £10

 

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Fig. 1

I actually have a friend who moved cities purely because
there wasn’t a Wahaca where she lived. That’s how good it is. Wahaca is all
about Mexican street food, small bites with lots of dips and the odd hint of
spice. Everything is smothered in melted cheese, guacamole and salsa, I mean –
what’s not to like?

Now I have to be honest, I was slightly distracted by the
lovely French waiter I had at the new branch of Wahaca in West Quay,
Southampton, that when it came to ordering I got all in a fluster and
accidentally ordered guacamole and nachos as a light starter. I’m going to say
something controversial now: I don’t actually like avocados (which for all of
you non-foodies out there, is the main ingredient of guacamole). I’m sorry, I
just don’t. However, this guacamole was the best thing that has ever had the
good fortune to be put in my mouth. My god, it was amazing. So amazing in fact,
that my cousin Cameron and I (who also hates avocados, btw) had demolished the
whole lot in seconds. (See fig. 1)

My other fave thing about Wahaca is the black bean and
cheese quesadillas. Such a simple combination, but oh such a good one – they melt
in your mouth!

I had a mezcal cocktail to wash it all down. Now to be
honest I didn’t know what ‘mezcal’ was, but the addition of cucumber,
grapefruit and berries on the menu led me to believe it would be like a gin. It’s
not like a gin. It’s much smokier, and much more like a tequila, but refreshing
all the same.

I couldn’t leave Wahaca without trying their churros. Fluffy
doughnuts piped into a bow shape, deep fried and dipped in a rich chocolate
sauce, they are undoubtedly one of the best sweet street foods on the planet. The
waiter offered me the option of trying a caramel sauce as opposed to a
chocolate one and to be honest, I was reluctant. How could the combination of
chocolate and churros be bettered?! But it could. What a way to finish the meal
– they were absolutely heavenly.

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Wahaca is now open at West Quay in Southampton. You can book
your table here! 

*This meal was received as complimentary for the purpose of review

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A Mexican Feast

I actually have a friend who moved cities purely because there wasn’t a Wahaca where she lived. That’s how good it is. Wahaca is all about Mexican street food, small bites with lots of dips and the odd hint of spice. Everything is smothered in melted cheese, guacamole and salsa, I mean – what’s not to like?

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Bills has always been one of my favourite places to go for a girls’ breakfast, or a lovely relaxed dinner in the evening, it’s one of those places that works for any occasion, at any time of day! 

I went to the new Bills restaurant which has just opened as part of the new West Quay development in Southampton. It was a Friday evening, so it was completely packed, despite having only opened a couple of weeks ago. 

I nearly wet myself with joy when I noticed they had a gin cocktail on the menu with a grapefruit wedge (my favourite tipple!) and my boyfriend was delighted with the iced glass they gave him for his beer. 

The menu is full of my favourite things: halloumi sticks, falafel burgers, and their sausages with a honey and mustard dip are to DIE for. I could’ve eaten a plate of those for dinner and been more than satisfied. 

Because of the woes of January, I opted for the seasonal menu and went for a Venison and Chestnut pudding with bubble and squeak mash. I love venison so I was very excited to try it, and it did not disappoint. There didn’t seem to be an abundance of chestnut, but the mash was gorgeous and I was devasted when I couldn’t eat it all (very generous portions!). 

Overall, we had a lovely evening with delicious food. Even though they were very busy, the waiting staff were incredibly attentive and always helpful. I’ll definitely be back for their breakfast to sample yet more of those sausages! 

Bills in West Quay is open now and you can book a table here: https://bills-website.co.uk/

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Hold a plate of mezze in front of me and I will be putty in your hands. I bloody love the stuff. Falafel, halloumi, olives, tzatziki, houmous, kofte, pitta bread, and my absolute fave, dolmades. I nearly wet myself with joy when I was invited to the launch of The Real Greek, another restaurant joining West Quay’s new development. 

With a picture of Santorini splashed on the back wall, The Real Greek makes you feel like you’ve walked into an independent, family-run Greek restaurant from the minute you walk in. There’s a selection of both cold mezze and mezze from the grill (small dishes a bit like tapas that you get to share!). Make sure you try the lamb kebabs – they were divine, and the grilled halloumi is beautiful too. The only thing I despise with small dishes is how they cover every inch of table surface area so you’re forever dipping your sleeves in, well… dips. But the genus of The Real Greek is that they stack them on elegant metal stands, slightly obscuring the face of whoever you’re eating with, but houmous or my boyfriend’s face? Houmous. 

It’s a lovely place to have a date night or a chilled evening with friends as it’s relaxed, cosy and the focus really is on the food. Definitely check it out. The Real Greek is open now and you can book a table here: http://www.therealgreek.com/southampton/ 

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