Southampton Grosvenor Casino

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I got to go along to the Grosvenor Casino in Southampton with the Southampton Bloggers, to try out their new restaurant menu, and even tried my hand at some gambling!

They invited us along to try out their great new menu, and I must admit I was unsure of what to expect. When I think of casino’s my mind doesn’t go straight to food, but I was presently surprised.  I have always known about the Grosvenor, growing up in Southampton and it was always somewhere to end your night, so the though of going there for food was really intriguing.

When we got there we were greeted and treated to cocktail from the bar (which were flowing all evening but unfortunately I was driving so had to stick to Coke) and then were led through to the restaurant.

The food was honestly amazing and not only that but the staff was very accommodating. What I opted for:

Starter- BBQ chicken wings

Main- Ribeye stake

Dessert- Hot chocolate waffles

Firstly the menu was so big I couldn’t make my mind up, but eventually I decided on what I had. Everything was so tasty and well cooked, I could not have expected how good it was! My favorite thing from the evening had to be the waffles as they were incredible! I am a sucker for anything chocolate and these were right up my street, I would go back just for them alone!

After all the food and being close to bursting, we were taken through to our own roulette table with a lovely gentleman called Paul. He set us up with a practice table and chips, so we got the chance to learn about the game and an opportunity to play a few rounds. I had so much fun and was surprisingly lucky (I guarantee if it was real cash, it would not have gone so much in my favor!) unnamed (2)

After Roulette we moved onto Black Jack! I thought I knew a little about the two games but having someone there to teach and go through it made me realize how little I did! Paul was so helpful and made the evening really entertaining, going through all the rules and even letting us have a go with the wheel and shuffling the cards (not quite so well as him)

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The whole evening was really well thought through and gave us not only a feel of the great food, but the whole casino experience. I loved having the opportunity to be taught some of the gambling as I am heading to America in July and Vegas is a stop- I now feel confident going in and not like a total novice! They really took the time to give us a really fun and interesting evening.

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I really enjoyed myself and I would 100% recommend an evening here. If you are looking for a bit of fun, gambling and fabulous food this is definitely the place for you to head too!

Grace x

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Lakaz Maman’s

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I went to the new Lakaz Maman restaurant in Southampton Bedford Place with the wonderful Southampton Bloggers. The food is all Mauritian street food with a modern twist, and opened by the lovely Shelina Permalloo won BBC’s Master Chef in 2012.

We went in and had the opportunity to try out there brunch menu, which is full of different and unique dishes.

On the left is cinnamon toast with coconut & tropical fruits and the right is the Breakfast Torpedo (what I had and tried some of the toast) The breakfast torpedo included: Turkey bacon, chicken sausages, Mauritian salsa,
breakfast muffin and a fried egg

The food is nothing like I have ever tried before and the staff were amazing with serving and answering any of our questions. Shelina, spoke to us all about her vision for the restaurant and a bit of background heritage of Mauritius.

“Lakaz Maman is a Mauritian Creole word for ‘Mum’s House’ and the food you’ll find here is relaxed, informal street food you can get messy with.”

I really enjoyed going to this new restaurant and really experiencing not only the amazing food but getting a real feel for what it was all about and the culture itself.

Shelina, also spoke with us about the other work and cooking she does. We had a look over her incredible recipes and cook books she currently has out.

The whole morning was great and I am really looking forward to going back to try some more of the menu in a stylish and relaxed environment! If you get a chance, make sure to head down there and give it a try! You won’t regret it!

Lakaz Maman, 22 Bedford Place, Southampton SO15 2DB

https://www.lakazmaman.com/

Grace xx

Vosper’s Brunch

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BRUNCH! I love a good brunch, and a few weeks ago I joined the Southampton Blogger’s at Vosper’s in Woolston to try out there new menu.

From muffins to pancakes and coffees to mimosa’s we had a lovely morning at Vospers and definitely filled up our tummies!

I have been down there before and tried out there fab burgers and when they said they were introducing a brunch menu it was an offer I could not turn down. I had the breakfast muffin, which had two sausage patties, bacon, egg and black pudding (I had mine without that)

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All I can say is that it was delicious! Honestly one of the best breakfast muffins and let me tell you, I’ve tried my fair few!

I few of the girls went for the pancakes and they looked incredible!

If you are looking for a tasty brunch then I would really recommend getting down to Century Quay in Woolston for Vospers great new menu. It has a real range of things, especially just for a mid morning bite, so there really is someone for everyone. They use Mettricks blend of coffee which is just an added bonus as it is my favourite coffee! If you still haven’t tried it, then where have you been?!

It was a great morning spent with some great people! The service was fab as normal, so if you are after a new brunch spot then 100% give it a go!

 

Grace xx

Supermarine

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A few weeks ago I went along to Supermarine in Woolston with the Southampton bloggers. We had an evening of pizza making, wine and laughter and it was a really great evening!

They were fabulous hosts for us and we go to try so much of the menu, which I was so excited about as there was so much I hadn’t had before.

We all had a great start to the evening sitting around, chatting and experiencing the great atmosphere that is created in this restaurant.

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Not only were they nice enough to let us taste all this incredible food but they let us have a go at making our own pizzas in their massive pizza oven!

The kitchen is all open in the restaurant so you can see your food being prepared and made and they let us have a close up look and try our hand at making a traditional pizza from their menu

I have to say I was not the best at making pizza but I gave it a real go and you cannot fault how helpful and fun the chef’s were. They were nice enough to help all the girls who wanted to have a go, made a different pizza for each of us and were so patient with those us who weren’t that natural! (me!)

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I had such a fabulous evening and I cannot wait to go back and try that menu all over again! I have already been talking to all my friends and I cannot recommend this place enough.

Get down there!

x Grace x

Vospers, Woolston

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Last night I got to go along to the new Vospers in Woolston, as part of the new Watermark with the Southampton Bloggers.

They invited us to have a cocktail master class and try some of there fabulous burgers! I can safely say my eyes were bigger than my belly!

 

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The evening was filled with laughter and good food!

When we got to Vospers we were greeted with smiling faces and there was a great atmosphere already in the restaurant. There was a lovely big table set up for us with a bar at the end where we could go up and have a crack at making some cocktails from their menu, starting with ‘The last word’.

They were excellent in getting us up and involved to show us everything we needed to know about the drinks, and they were really tasty…and strong!

Now onto the main event…the food! The burgers were really quick to come out, especially with there being such a big group of us and they had a birthday party in, so I was really impressed. One big shout out goes to the sweet potato fries! Now I am a big fan of sweet potato and I can confirm these were some of the best I’ve has in while! I was really impressed with the food and the service on the evening.

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One thing I really liked was the decor and the feel of the entire restaurant. It was so cosy and filled with bits and pieces that made the whole place feel unique and personal. They had pictures all around of the people that worked in the old Vospers factory which really added to the atmosphere.

The bar and kitchen was all open so you could see the food and drink being prepared, which I love as you can see what is happening with your order. The design of the whole place has been really thought out and ties together really well.

I already can’t wait to go back! I would highly recommend Vospers if you are after a lush burger and a stiff cocktail!

Grace x

 

Rogues Cafe! <3

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The new Rogues Cafe has opened in Southampton, next to the Guildhall! It is a fab location and so lush inside!

I went along to a lovely evening that the owners had set up with Southampton Bloggers to try their menu and experience the quirky and cool new restaurant.  Firstly I need to express how friendly and purely passionate the owners are about this fab new opening! It really makes a world of different to a place like this when the owners love what they are doing!

The interior was really cool and a real mix mash vibe, which I love in independent places.

It felt really cosy inside and it made us all feel very relaxed, and they have a dog! Now I am a huge dog person so for me this was a game changer! He was so friendly and extremely well behaved, but it gave the cafe a lovely family feel and became really personal!

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They are so reasonable priced with food, soft drinks and alcohol (and they have 2 for 1 on Fridays on ALL DRINKS!).

 

The food was amazing! One thing they pride themselves on is that all the food is locally sourced!

Everything they brought out was so thought out and simply delicious. It is a perfect place for a light brunch, lunch or dinner with such a varied menu to accommodate the customers.

The menu is even personal, let alone massive! They have made it so different and personal keeping all their notes and details from when they planned what they wanted.

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If I can recommend one place to head to this summer it is 100% Roges Cafe! a lovely place with incredible food and atmosphere, I cannot wait to head back.

 

Grace x

Don’t let things get in your way 

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We all have our ups and downs, we all share the moments that make us feel as if we’re the only ones feeling this way. But you are not feeling it alone.

Everyone has baggage and everyone has those days where it feels a little heavier than it did before, it’s normal and there are ways to get passed it.

I understand that everyone has different things going on, and I am not the perfect spoke person but I have found that little things can help me through bad days.


I left university not too long ago and moving home and leaving some amazing people put me in a very weird place, as I think it does for a lot of people.

The situation made me feel things I hadn’t experienced before but I have little tricks that help bring me up. I hope this post can help others who are maybe feeling a little less than themselves lately.

  • Keep Yourself Busy 

I found that I was feeling my worst when I was just working and heading home. I would find myself in my room and end up feeling, to be quite honest like crap. I would sit upstairs watching Netflix, which not only isolated me but began to make me feel very tired and lethargic, which obviously lead me to not exactly liking the way I was.

I think it is the same for a lot of people, when your are alone it is an excuse to start thinking about things and start looking back with a shall we say, a less than positive outlook. I would think about university and look back at what I had, but rather than look back and remember, I was looking back and wishing I was there and not here. This is not the way to look at your memories, you should look back and smile.

I found that as soon as I began planning things, after work or even for the weekend meant I had things to look forward to and get me out of habit. I began to push myself to arrange things and ensure I was enjoying myself. For me, friends make me the happiest, therefore I took that knowledge and put it into practice. I arranged a plan to see my friends who are furthest away to meet in the summer and sort little plans with the friends who are close. I even took up some hobbies and have started helping other people out!

I love drama and I have started helping out some student with student films and modelling for photography and make up students. It’s really different, breaks up my day and I actually really enjoy it!

Find things you enjoy, whether its something as simple as watching TV with your family or heading out to dinner with friends, you’d be surprised the difference it makes!

  • Stop Comparing Yourself To Others! 

I know it is so much easier said than done, and I can say I am always doing this even when I know I shouldn’t!

It is so easy to start looking at other people and wonder why you are not doing as well and it is mainly on social media! I find myself looking at pages of people I know and even that I don’t and have the thought they are doing better than me and maybe I should be doing something different. DON’T.

Nothing is what is seems online and everyone has things going on that you may not see! It is very easy to push your problems onto other things and make yourself feel as if you are not as good as someone else, but they are probably thinking the exact same thing looking at someone else, or even YOU!

Everyone has things they don’t like or feel like they cannot do something, but comparing yourself to others is never going to help. Look at yourself and think what you could do to improve the way you feel, as everyone is different and you shouldn’t try to be something or someone you’re not.

  • Try Not To Second Guess Yourself 

Again, this is something very easy to say and much harder to do, but it can make a huge difference.

I am not saying that you will never second guess your choices because this is human nature! Also of course you will second guess sometimes as not all choices will be good ones but that happens to everyone, we all make mistakes.

What I mean is,  stick with your decisions, if you think its right then go for it. Yes it may come back to bite you in the ass but you will have committed to something and imagine all the time you could save not worrying about what to do next. We all have responsibilities but try and take each day as it comes and the choices you make at that time.

I always worry about how my choices effect people, which isn’t a bad thing but when I start making decisions for others that’s when it goes down hill. Make choices for yourself and if you think its the right thing, then stick with it! Don’t change who you are just because you are worried that people won’t like you, if  they accept you then they will stay by your side.

  • Try The Simple Things 

There are a few little tricks that are so simple but can sometimes really help if you are stuck in a rut!

Simplicity is key here, so these things may seem obvious but they can be really beneficially:

Talk to people! It is so simple and can become really easy. I am one of those people who would much rather keep things to myself, as for some reason I don’t want to be seen as a drama queen or putting my problems on other people, but that is really not the case! I think a lot of people feel this way, but you need to remember that is what friends and family are for! I know if my friend or anyone was feeling like they needed to talk I would want them to come to me, so don’t be afraid and definitely don’t be embarrassed! I think it could surprise you how many people turn around and say they have felt the same way!

Write things down. Now this may sound bizarre but it is a really good way to help with worries. I am the type of person to have the most outrageous worries and the more I think about them the worse my anxiety gets, even if they make absolutely no sense! I found that writing down the worries I had and actually seeing them physically in front of me, I was able to rationalize how silly some of them were. I made a list and read through them, and having the worries on paper made them less intense and I actually ended up laughing at some!

Don’t be ashamed! This is so common for people to keep things to themselves and gets to a point where its a lot harder to do something about it. Luckily I have never gone that far, because I did something about it. I know it is so much easier said than done, and people are all different, but coming to terms with it makes it an easier thing to conquer. When you are able to except it and not be ashamed of the way you and so many people feel, you can begin to make a positive change. I know it is not as simple for some people, but as a starting point it could make an impact on your outlook.

 

The last thing and probably the post important! Is to surround yourself with things that make you happy!

Whether this be friends, family, food anything! The more your place your self in positive situations and surround your self you will begin to draw off this! For me it comes from being around friends and arranging things to do, I am able to bounce off them and enjoy living in the moment!

 

Hope this helps anyone who is feeling a little down! As I said everyone is different but I found these routes really help and got me feeling a little more like myself 🙂

 

BeautyBrown x