Inamo Restaurant Review | Covent Garden

I think I may love sushi more than I love most people *scratches head*, just wrap me up in seaweed and throw sushi rice at me! Kidding (kind of)!

Honestly though, sometimes as a blogger you get emails when you think, ‘has this person even read my blog?!’, and then other times you get emails from brands that is just your dream collaboration *heart-struck eyes*. When Bookatable got in touch to collaborate, I could’ve died and gone to heaven! I always use them when booking restaurants because they’re just so quick and easy to use! They also have amazing star deals in London with set menus (which nearly always include a free cocktail or glass of bubbles!).

I chose to go to Inamo in Covent Garden because they had a deal for unlimited sushi tapas (I’m so bloody greedy when it comes to Japanese food #sorrynotsorry), and I have been to Inamo before and really liked it. Their tables are also interactive, which means you can games with your dining partner and they have an iPad that you can order your food from, so much easier than flagging down the waitress!

Food as per usual was insane, you can tell how much I enjoyed myself because I completely forgot to take pictures of any dishes until right at the end of the night! The only thing I didn’t like was the octopus balls hahaha, not my cup of tea as it happens! But everything else was deeeelish!

Are you a fan of sushi? What are your favourite sushi restaurants?

*THIS POST CONTAINS A FREE MEAL BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Leila Restaurant Review | Ealing

  

If you haven’t already noticed I am pretty much obsessed with food here on The Dizzying Heights. Living and working in London makes it relatively easier to try out some amazing restaurants (not saying that you can’t find great food outside of London!), but I have to say that I truly love eating out at new places.

Whenever I say that people always think that I eat out at some of the fancier places in London. Not disputing the fact that there are some very snazzy (and oh, pricey) eateries in the capital, but there are some incredible places to eat that don’t also cost an arm and a leg.

So when I was asked to review a restaurant* in Ealing (my old work stomping ground) and of one of my favourites cuisines, I was over the bloody moon.

Leila’s is a traditional Middle Eastern restaurant, serving delicious Moroccan-Lebanese food. The location is ideal, a 2 minute walk from Ealing Common Station. We actually walked from the broadway which took us around 15 mins, and it’s actually quite a nice walk if it’s not raining or freezing cold.

The first thing I noticed in the restaurant was the decor. It was so cute and casual; there is a conservatory area at the front of the restaurant which is where we decided to sit, but inside they have large comfortable areas with sofas and cushions which give such a cosy vibe – with the cold well on its way, this kind of thing is always well appreciated!

The menu here was extensive but whenever I’ve eaten Middle Eastern food, I always order lots of the hot and cold mezze so I thought why change the habit of a lifetime?

We ordered:

  • Spicy Hummous
  • Baba Ghanouj
  • Warak Inab (stuffed vine leaves)
  • Cous Cous Salad
  • Falafel
  • Grilled Halloumi
  • Batata Darna
  • Bread Basket + Garlic Sauce

It doesn’t sound like a lot but the portion sizes were perfect and very good value for money, so by the end of the meal, we were stuffed! We washed our delicious meal down with some mint tea and I also tried the homemade lemonade, it was so good!

I truly believe that staff make a restaurant. It really doesn’t matter to me how good the food is, if the waiting staff are rude or I just feel uncomfortable, then I will not be returning. I’m happy to say that the service was wonderful at Leila’s. The plates were only taken once the waiter was 100% that we were done with it (i.e. had moved it to another table because our table didn’t have enough space lol), and he didn’t ask us if the food was okay too many times (if you know).

All in all, Leila’s is a place I will definitely be returning to. The food is not too pricey and tastes delicious, the restaurant itself is cosy and fabulous (I will be sitting on the comfy seats next time) and I believe there is something for everyone here. The only negative thing I can think of is that they don’t do shisha! Oh and I heard a rumour that there are belly dancers at Christmas…

Do you like Middle Eastern food? Have you ever tried Leila’s?

*THIS POST CONTAINS A FREE MEAL BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Getting Ready for Christmas with Prestige Hampers

      

I have to say that even though I am a huge lover of Christmas (just type Christmas into the search bar to your right!), even I thought it might have been a ~little~ too early to start writing Christmas posts! As much as I try, I don’t think I will ever be the type to start preparing for Christmas early. I just feel like that kind of frantic-ness whether that’s related to Christmas dinner, or presents or having people over, just is a part of what Christmas is!

Nevertheless, there are people who are pretty much sorted for Christmas an entire 2 months early (whom I applaud) so whether you are shopping for Christmas gifts or you’re hosting a soiree, I have got you sorted with Prestige Hampers.

When Prestige Hampers got in touch and asked if I’d like to review a Christmas hamper, I *obvs* jumped at the chance! I didn’t know which one they would send but I cheekily asked if they could possibly throw in a bottle of red… Spoiler alert: I was pleasantly surprised.

The first thing that I noticed and absolutely loved was the actual wicker hamper that all of the incredible contents arrived in. It feels such good quality and you could definitely use this around the house for storage or you could take it on picnics, as my Mum wants to do (lol love her!). Everything was very well-packed as well, so no danger of anything arrived broken!

They kindly sent me the Elegant Christmas hamper* which included:

  • A bottle of Chardonnay
  • A bottle of Merlot (yaaaaaas)
  • A box of English Tea teabags
  • Yorkshire Crisps Cured Ham & Pickle flavour
  • Petit Chocolate collection
  • Farmhouse Biscuits Sticky Toffee Pudding Biscuits
  • Love Cocoa Crisp Popcorn
  • Beanies Double Chocolate Coffee
  • Shortbread House Shortbread with Cinnamon & Demerara
  • Dormens Chocolate Covered Raisins
  • Coles Figgy Christmas Pudding
  • Farmhouse Cranberry & Pumpkin Savoury Biscuits
  • Chocolate Peanut Brittle
  • Mrs Bridges Christmas Preserve
  • Mrs Bridges Christmas Marmalade

I haven’t tried everything from the hamper yet, apart from the popcorn and the sticky toffee pudding butter biscuits (both of which I can confirm are absolutely delicious), but I just think this hamper is incredible. I have ordered from Prestige Hampers before and their service and delivery is bang-on and I just think this would make the most thoughtful gift for a loved one, because it’s got sweet gifts, savoury gifts and of course WINE! What is there not to love?!

The hamper costs £120, which I think is fairly reasonably priced. I also love that they use so many British brands, it’s a great way of finding new products and smaller businesses to support.

You can see the rest of Prestige’s Christmas hampers here. Find lots of cute Christmas inspo on Prestige Hampers’ socials, including their Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

I think the dream would be to build your own Christmas hamper. Can you imagine?! My ideal Christmas hamper would have lots of red wine, lots of cheese, crackers, sliced meats and olives. YUM!

What would your ideal Christmas hamper look like?

*THIS POST CONTAINS PR SAMPLES, BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Smoky Boys Review | Watford

 

I bloody love a good burger. There, I said it. So when I got asked to review a restaurant* in Watford called Smoky Boys, I was over the moon! It serves burgers, hot dogs, and chicken variations, as well as some rather lovely starters (give me all the cheese poppers and halloumi skewers – yum!).

Smoky Boys is a great place for simple food cooked beautifully. They have a few branches, one in Hounslow, West London, one in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and one in Watford, where I was sent to review. Their motto is simple ingredients made tasty, and that is all there is to it! Their food is also halal and they don’t serve pork.

I ordered the smoky melt which was delicious and their fries were gorgeous. As I mentioned before, their halloumi skewers and cheese poppers were so good!

We also couldn’t go out for dinner without ordering a cheeky little dessert. I don’t have the sweetest tooth in the world, but I can’t resist a fruit crumble. It’s one of my favourite desserts in the world. This one was delicious, the crumble was super crunchy and just so warming. My boyfriend had the chocolate brownie (anyone else’s boyfriend addicted to chocolate desserts?!), and complained that it was too small. I’ll let you guys decide if it was whether the brownie was too good or if he’s just greedy!

If you’re expecting Michelin starred food, then you’re in the wrong place. What you can expect is, good wholesome fair-priced food, and a chilled, relaxed atmosphere.

Have you ever eaten at a Smoky Boys?

*THIS POST CONTAINS A FREE MEAL BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO

Summer Cocktail Ideas

I’ll be the first to admit it, I bloody love a cocktail. If you read my Christmas Cocktails post, then you’ll know that I also love making them. It’s a chance to get a little bit creative and I just have so much fun inventing new cocktails to try. As per my Christmas cocktail blog post, I realise that not everybody drinks alcohol, so in each recipe I will highlight any substitutes you can make in order to make mocktails.

 Blueberry Sex on the Beach

I love this original cocktail a lot. It’s so easy to make and it always tastes amazing! It always reminds me of summer, and even though sometimes it can be quite sweet, I feel like it’s one of those cocktails that you could make a jug of, for a BBQ or any kind of summer gathering! Also I friggin’ love this cute lightbulb-shaped mason jar, how cute is it?!

Ingredients

  • Fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 ounces of simple syrup (1:1 ratio water and sugar)
  • 120 ml cranberry juice
  • 120 ml orange juice
  • 50 ml blueberry schnapps // replace with blueberry puree for mocktails //

Method

  1. Crush blueberries in the bottom of the glass using a muddler or a wooden spoon and add the simple syrup.
  2. Mix the cranberry juice and orange juice in a jug and stir with a spoon.
  3. Add the blueberry schnapps.
  4. Mix thoroughly and pour into tumblers (or cool mason jars).

Cranberry Apple Fizz

I was very lucky to receive some bottles of Toffee Apple ciders from Brother’s (which is very delish btw), and I wanted to include it in this blog post, because I don’t drink cider a lot during the year but during summer it’s just a go-to drink!

Ingredients

  • 2 bottles of Toffee Apple Cider // replace with lemonade for mocktails //
  • 1 carton cranberry juice
  • Apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon.

Method

  1. Add 2/3 apple slices to a flute.
  2. Add cranberry juice.
  3. Top with toffee apple cider.

Apple and Blueberry Gin & Tonic

A cool, elegant, refreshing serve. You can add more ‘bite’ with a dash of lemon juice, if you like. I just love gin and tonics, especially in the summer when they are so much more refreshing. I feel like the apple and blueberry gives a fruity twist.

Ingredients

  • 50ml elderflower flavoured gin // leave out for mocktails //
  • Two sprigs of fresh mint
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 100ml chilled tonic
  • Rimming sugar

Method

1. Place the gin, mint and bluberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass jug, and stir for a minute, squashing down the mint and cucumber with the back of a spoon.

2. Strain into a tall thin tumbler containing a couple of ice cubes, and top up with tonic.

3. Garnish with mint.

Cranberry Refresher

Possibly the easiest cocktail to make in the world, but you know what, it tastes damn good and that’s all that matters! I love easy but tasty cocktails because I’m lazy and this is just perfect.

Ingredients

  • 100ml cranberry juice
  • 100ml lemonade
  • 50ml vodka // leave out for mocktails //
  • Few sprigs of mint
  • Lemon slices to garnish

Method

1. Mix cranberry juice and lemonade with the vodka in a tumbler.

2. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Toffee Apple & Cinnamon Rum Punch

As I mentioned earlier, the guys over at Brother’s Ciders sent me over some of their toffee apple cider, which tasted incredible. I loved the idea of making a rum punch because to me, it just screams summer! It would also be perfect for a BBQ and to pretend you’re in the Caribbean… Maybe that’s just me ha!

Ingredients

  • 3 bottles of toffee apple cider // use lemonade for mocktails //
  • 100 ml of rum // leave out for mocktails //
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder

Method

1. Mix the cider, rum, lemon juice and cinnamon powder in a cocktail dispenser and use a large stirrer or wooden spoon to mix well.

2. Drink up and enjoy the sun!

So that was it for my summer cocktail ideas! I hope this has inspired you to make some summery drinks for when you have BBQs, or even if you just want a chilled day at home with some friends and family. I’d love to see you re-create any of these drinks, so if you do make any of these, please post them on Instagram and tag me @thedizzyingheights – and do give me a follow whilst you’re there too (cheeky little plug!)

*THIS POST CONTAINS PR SAMPLES, BUT AS ALWAYS ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN – PLEASE SEE MY DISCLAIMER FOR MORE INFO