Alice-Christina | Twenty Five | North East Fashion & lifestyle blogger.

17 February 2016

Rum and Reggae at Turtle Bay!

Turtle Bay, Launch, Food, Newcastle, Jerk, Eating Out

If you know me at all you'll know I am a huge lover of food. I think I've gotten to that age now where I'd happily choose a nice meal out and a few cocktails over an evening clubbing, so as you can imagine I was over the moon to be invited along to the press launch of a brand new restaurant opening up in Newcastle.

I love trying new types of food so I was excited that Newcastle would adding Turtle Bay, a Caribbean restaurant full of jerk spices and gorgeous rum cocktails to the restaurant list. When we arrived I was amazed at how friendly everybody was - I honestly don't think i've been welcomed so warmly when entering a restaurant. We were immediately introduced to everybody with smiles and handshakes and greeted with a fabulous rum punch. 

Turtle Bay, Launch, Food, Newcastle, Jerk, Eating Out
Turtle Bay, Launch, Food, Newcastle, Jerk, Eating Out

After a mooch around the restaurant we were all seated with our cocktails to begin sampling the menu. We had small samples of what felt like the entire menu and I was amazed at the amount of food we received and how delicious everything was.  For starters we received a platter with Sweetcorn Fritters, Jerk Chicken Wings, Pepper Roti and Duck Rolls. I always thought I could handle a fair amount of spice,  but oh my goodness,  my lips were tingling. I've had spicy food before that was just all heat and no flavour but this was something else entirely. Super tasty with a strong spicy kick that didn't overpower the flavour.

I have to apologise as the starters were the only food I managed to get photographs of as everything else was so tasty we all just gobbled it up too quickly. Following the starters we sampled an array of main course meals, including Goat Curry, their veggie curry named 'Rastafarian Run Down' which was outstanding, and if that wasn't enough we sampled the jerk chicken with sweet potato jerk fries, fried dumplings, sweet plantains and even pulled pork, salmon and jerk chicken toasties. 

Now as you can imagine at this point we were all pretty stuffed - BUT THEN THERE WAS PUDDING. Grilled Pineapple, chocolate brownie and rum and raisin bread pudding which just about popped the button of my skinny jeans. After the food had swiftly been devoured my table ended up staying for a while afterwards just enjoying the atmosphere and the cocktails and basically putting the word to right.  

We did try on Monday night to get a table for a belated valentines meal, but as you can imagine it was totally fully booked. But I have since discovered they do take out! Like it couldn't get any better already! You can see their restaurant menu here and their take out menu here. I know we will definitely be visiting again and I have a feeling this may become our new favourite eating establishment.


04 February 2016

5 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me.

Last week during my first #TheGirlgang Twitter chat, one of the questions was about something your readers wouldn't know about you from reading your blog. I found this so interesting and it basically turned out we are all just shy little nerds bouncing about the inter-web. This particular question got me thinking about all the bits and bobs about me that you don't know, which again falls perfectly into my aim to make my blog filled with more me.

I'm a huge fan of thrifty shopping and I could happily spend a whole day rummaging around charity shops! Theres nothing I love more than hunting through the rails and racks and finding a hidden gem, often finding things I wouldn't normally be able to justify buying full price, plus theres the fact you're helping others whilst doing so, that makes me happy too. My best purchase recently includes two bits of vintage furniture, a gorgeous 1960's dressing table and an adorable little side table, both cost me only £20 in total. I've slowly been up-cycling these to make them look even more gorgeous and I'm super excited to share the finished products with you.

Back in 2012 I started a Youtube Channel. Yeah, you read that right, I did Youtube.  Picture this, me sat on my bed showing my latest Primark purchases and the contents of my handbag all filmed beautifully on my Macbook's Photobooth app. Truthfully I only made about 5 videos of hideous quality before I stopped and made them all private. I think I have since deleted them all as they were so cringe worthy I wanted to slice my face off. BUT this is something I'd like to maybe start up again, maybe. The quality of Youtube content has improved massively since then and I do fear that my video making skills may be rather dodgy, and I don't think i'm quite brave enough to put that much of myself on the inter-web just yet.

I really really enjoy vampire books. Yes I know I'm 24 but please here me out. Fantasy books and tv shows have always been those that have attracted me the most growing up. Harry Potter were the books that transformed me from a "Urgh I hate reading" kind of child to a book obsessed lunatic. From there I moved onto the Twilight series, which fuelled my love for all things supernatural. In hindsight, that book series sucks, but at the time 18 year old Alice really enjoyed them. Luckily I have since discovered there are many vampire books and book series that are 10000 times better than Twilight. My current favourite being the Morganville Vampire series where there are 15 books to sink your teeth into - Yes I went there.

My music taste is stuck in 2006. Yeah, its true. Give me Panic! At The Disco and Fall Out Boy over Kayne West and Bruno Mars any day! My most listened to music on my itunes is still the same as when I was in high school and constantly plugged into my ipod Classic (which still works now might I add) and the odd occasion I listen to Radio One I have no idea who anybody is. When I was recently in Primark and saw a t-shirt with "5 Seconds of Summer" on it, I had no idea who they were, and still don't.

I'm the worlds biggest wimp. Life basically terrifies me. I hate making phone calls, I hate going anywhere new on my own, I'm terrified of wasps, I don't like horror films, I'm terrible at saying no to people and I'm never brave enough to complain about something face to face. If a company has treated me badly I won't confront them at the time, I'd rather go home and fester over it and maybe eventually write them a complaint, perhaps. How I have survived this long as a human I'll never know.

Now you've gotten to know a few things about me I'd love to know some things about my readers. So share three things about you down below!
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