Jim Beam Original Bourbon Sauce Review

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Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

I received a very exciting email last week asking if I would be interested in reviewing the new Jim Beam Bourbon Sauce which has just launched in Sainsburys - of course, as I love bourbon and recently I have been obsessed with cooking pulled pork slathered in rich and delicious sauces. 
I was very intrigued by the statement that unlike some other bourbon sauces, Jim Beam add 9% bourbon into every batch (which then comes out at about 3% after it's been cooked and vaporized).

The sauce comes in a bottle which is shaped like a flask - I absolutely love that! My kitchen is my pride and joy, so when a condiment comes around and it tastes great as well as looks great it earns its position on my sideboard. 

Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!
Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

As I mentioned, I love bourbon whiskey and for years it was my drink of choice so now that it's been translated into sauce for meat - dream come true. I have tried other bourbon sauces in the past, so I was interested to see how Jim Beam Bourbon Sauce compared - naturally I had to have a taste of the sauce on its own. The sauce is smoky and rich, with a hint of bourbon that ever so slightly hits your palette which is totally perfect for BBQd Southern style food.
I decided this sauce would be an ideal ingredient in my pulled pork burgers - a dinner party favourite as you can really get stuck into your food!

What you'll need:

  • pork shoulder joint (I used one on the bone as I think it adds to the flavour)
  • jug of beef stock to fill an ovenproof dish
  • Jim Beam Bourbon Sauce
  • tinned tomatoes
  • handful of sage leaves
  • sliced onion
  • spring onion
  • corn
  • tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • cheese (I picked cheddar and blue cheese)
  • sliced gherkins
  • chillies
  • buns
Serve with coleslaw and chips, and add anything you like to your burger 'bar'!

Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

Place the pork shoulder in a deep ovenproof dish and fill it up with stock to the meat is covered. Add tinned tomatoes and stir it around. 

Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

Add in three tablespoons of Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce and stir the mixture around until all the ingredients are mixed and the pork is well covered.

Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

Sprinkle in the sage and if you want to you can add salt and pepper. Cover the dish with a lid, or if the pork is well covered you can leave the lid out and place in the over on 200c for 4 hours. Now, I actually cook this meat for a lot longer usually as the longer you cook it, the more 'pulled' it becomes - but 4 hours will be plenty for the meat to be soft and mouth watering.

Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

Just before you take the meat out, use a large dish or serving slab to build a little burger bar. You can add anything you want so that your guests can help themselves and build their own burgers. I love a classic selection of gherkins, tomatoes and onions with little twists like blue cheese, chilli and spring onion, I also love corn so it's always on the menu when BBQs or Southern style dishes are on the go.

Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!
Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

Carefully take the pulled pork out of the oven and start pulling it apart with two forks. The meat will fall off the bone, it will melt under the utensils and be extra juicy - perfect! The sauce that is left over is what I use to pour on top of the pulled pork to keep it juicy - use a cup of the sauce from the pulled pork and add in two table spoons (or more if you fancy!) of Jum Beams Original Bourbon Sauce, mix it up and then pour over the pulled pork - it's just delicious.

Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!
Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!
Jim Beams Original Bourbon Sauce review and a recipe for the perfect pulled pork!

Serve up your 'build a pulled pork burger' station with some chips and have an amazing time! Your guests will really get stuck in to this, it has never failed to impress. As you can see there really isn't that much time or preparation but just amazingly good food with plenty of personality.

Jim Beam Original Bourbon Sauce is now available in your local Sainsburys supermarket.
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Honeybun Wedding

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Wedding dress with bridesmaids dresses - rustic wedding inspiration

On June 27th 2015, I had the honour to be a bridesmaid for my best friend Lou who got married at Combe Manor barn, Berkshire to John Honeybun. I really wanted to post about this day because it was by far the most beautiful wedding I have ever been too - from the venue to the atmosphere it was simply unbeatable.
Lou started planning this wedding a year ago and her three bridesmaids Mickey, Harriet and I had the pleasure to be involved in her journey which is amazing because she is the first one of our friend group to get married, so all experiences were new. The chosen venue was Combe Manor in Berkshire which was a beautiful rustic barn - exactly what the couple wanted - and picturesque views, especially on a sunny summer day! I was stunned by the venue and the hospitality of the hosts who were always on hand if you needed anything.

Combe Manor, Berkshire
Combe Manor, Berkshire

I created a shared Pinterest board when we first found out about being bridesmaids so all four of us could pin suggestions and inspirations for the wedding - it has lots of great ideas for a summer country style wedding so check it out if you're planning one yourself! I loved the simple yet effective decor at the Honeybun wedding - little plant pots replaced traditional candle holders, gypsophila (Baby's Breath) bouquets and clusters were strategically placed by the florist around the venue, and homemade bunting brought colour and festival energy to the rooms.

I never knew how effective old bottles could be when used as vases - Lou and John collected bottles from spirits like Jack Daniels and intriguing wine bottles to then use as vases on the tables for dinner, and it really worked! For ages I didn't even realise it was their collected booze bottles that were gracing the head table until I saw an inscription of the spirit name on one.

Wedding decorations - rustic style
Wedding decorations - rustic style, Combe Manor
Summer Wedding decorations - rustic style, Combe Manor
Summer Wedding decorations - rustic style, Combe Manor

The ceremony itself was amazing - not because anything incredible was planned, but because you could see just how in love two people were, and it was so emotional to share that day with them! Harriet and I cried several times during the day at this point, especially when we read our reading for the first time. It felt really good to see our two friends so happy - and I don't really get emotional at weddings, usually because they're never as personal as this one. You can see some beautiful preview pictures of the ceremony and the bride and groom on the Angela Ward Brown Photography website who was the official photographer for the wedding.

Summer Wedding decorations - rustic style, Combe Manor
Summer Wedding decorations - rustic style, Combe Manor

The brides mother walked Lou down the isle. She also helped her get ready for the big day and ensured the dress looked just how Lou wanted it - after all, she was the designer behind this unique and beautiful piece. Her dress was the palest of pink colours with floaty sleeves and a lace chest, covering the sweetheart cut of the dress. She wore a custom made floral crown with real flowers - it looked incredible with a teased out up do.
We picked our bridesmaids dresses which was not easy: all three of us are completely different in body shape and skin tone, which is why Lou gave us each a colour which matched her bouquet and then we picked our own styles. It worked incredibly well when put all together because our colours matched the scheme and all had subtle similarities which pulled the style together. I wore a Debenhams number with a Primark floral headband and New Look sandals.

Combe Manor wedding
Wedding dress - Combe Manor wedding
Bridesmaids - Combe Manor wedding
Bridesmaids style - Combe Manor wedding

After the ceremony, everyone got to chill and socialise whilst we waited for dinner - with a rustic wooden bar called The Coop after their dog Cooper, drinks flowed all day and night. The hog was roasting, everyone was chatting, the sun beamed down - there's not a lot more you could wish for on a day like this! So we took the opportunity to do a little photo sesh by the barn. 

Rustic wedding in Combe Manor, Berkshire
Rustic wedding in Combe Manor, Berkshire

Now let's just take a moment to talk about the food - food at weddings is so hit and miss, sometimes it's amazing and other times it's honestly just like a dry buffet of slop. Lou and John hired a hog roast company and the smells of delicious pork was filling the garden from the morning so I was really excited to get stuck in. Food on offer consisted of mouthwatering pork, the most perfect crackling ever, stuffing, a selection of cold salads, breads and sauces/chutneys. The food was... incredible. I even went up for seconds! Pork was all you could ever want: melt in your mouth and full off flavour, and the crackling was crunchy but not tough and not chewy. 
Desserts arrived shortly after dinner and there was a selection of trifle, chocolate cake and strawberries and cream, which were also very delicious. For the final indulgence of the night, we were offered a cheese board with a selection of blue, cheddar, Red Leicester, brie amongst other cheeses, with a selection of chutneys and biscuits. 

Wedding food hog roast
Wedding food dessert trifle

Post dinner, drinks flowed and the dance floor lit up - cheesy classics, chart hits and some more personal selections made everyone get up and have a boogie.

The day was so incredible and everyone had such an amazing time - massive thank you to John and Lou Honeybun for organising such a beautiful day! It was the best feeling ever to celebrate such a wonderful occasion with all of my best friends, on a perfect summers day.

If you're getting married and are on the lookout for bridesmaids dresses, ASOS Wedding has a gorgeous selection at affordable prices! 

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Manuka Doctor Skincare Review

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Manuka Doctor Foaming Facial Cleanser review, Manuka Doctor Apiclear Skin treatment Serum review, Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil review

Recently I have been obsessing over skincare products with honey - Liam bought a honey and milk shower gel and I've been hooked ever since. I love the smell and the idea of all the goodness from honey and bees embedding into your skin to nourish and perfect it. 
I have seen Manuka Doctor in Holland and Barrett before and I was always intrigued by the products, so when I was offered a opportunity to review some skincare products from Manuka Doctor I was very excited. 

Manuka Doctor Foaming Facial Cleanser review, Manuka Doctor Apiclear Skin treatment Serum review, Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil review

Manuka Doctor harnesses the power of high performing ingredients from the hive which is set in the mountains of New Zealand. It offers naturally inspired, scientifically enhanced skincare that is refined, concentrated and 100% bee friendly. Manuka Doctor products deliver genuine benefits for your skin giving you confidence - like for me it's leaving the house with no makeup on. 

I decided to go for a complete skincare routine from facial wash to everyday serum so I could really test the results and see what my skincare looked like after two weeks of using the products. Usually, I go for facial washed which are everyday scrubs as well, as I find a scrub gets really deep into my pores and gives me a good clean. I was also very attracted to the brightening oil, as my skin isn't the most even and can get quite patchy, so I wanted to brighten it up a little. The serum promises to clear up spots and help to reduce the look of scars - as I have previously suffered from acne, that product is a good sell for me as I still have spots and scars from acne. 

Manuka Doctor Foaming Facial Cleanser review, Manuka Doctor Apiclear Skin treatment Serum review, Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil review
Manuka Doctor Foaming Facial Cleanser review, Manuka Doctor Apiclear Skin treatment Serum review, Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil review
Manuka Doctor Foaming Facial Cleanser review, Manuka Doctor Apiclear Skin treatment Serum review, Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil review

Here is what I found about the products and how my skin looked after 2 weeks of using the products daily:

Manuka Doctor Apiclear Foaming Facial Cleanser

This foaming cleanser is clinically proven to significantly improve blemish prone skin in just three weeks. It has a deep cleansing formula which is highly effective at zapping daily impurities and removing makeup to reveal a clear and radiant complexion.

The facial cleanser clears up spots by controlling the build up of toxins, excess sebum production and dead skin cells. Some of the ingredients include Purified Bee Venom (patented to Manuka Doctor) which helps fight breakout of spots; Manuka Honey and Royal Jelly both have proven anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and cell generating properties, whilst honey also brings moisture to the skin.

The wash is soft and gentle on your skin, it feels like a cloud being rubbed all over your face! I really enjoyed using it as my skin didn't feel dry or irritated after the wash - it's very gentle. I have been using this for two weeks and I can see the results, combined with the other two products, my skin is looking a lot clearer. I still have some big spots on my jawline which I think are hormonal, however overall my skin is looking a lot brighter and clearer.

Manuka Doctor Apiclear Skin Treatment Serum

The serum is also clinically proven to improve blemish prone skin in three weeks - with antibacterial Purified Bee Venom, moisturising Manuka honey and Royal Jelly to help fight blemishes.The Apiclear Skin Treatment Serum hydrates and calms the skin,  at the same time the Bee Venom in the serum regenerates and protects against free radicals.

I love using this serum after cleansing my face - it feels great on my skin and sinks in very quickly which is why it's great to use in the mornings as well as evenings. The serum works great on sensitive skin as well which is a huge bonus.
Since using the serum with the other Manuka Doctor products, my skin has cleared up lots. Overall, my skin looks less blemished and clearer and feels moisturised and nourished. It feels 'stronger' which is kind of weird but I don't feel like if I touch or rub my skin I will get spots, which is what usually happens. I think this is a fab serum to use in your routine, even if you have other cleansers and moisturisers, this is worth trying out for blemished and spot prone skin.

Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil

This oil is made from a blend of argan, rosehip, Manuka and avocado oils which all help to regenerate and nourish your skin whilst keeping the skin young, fresh and bright. The antioxidants in this blend of oils help protect the skin against damage and improve the skin's flexibility keeping it younger for longer. The Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil is suitable for all skin types so anyone can give this product a go - add a couple of drops into your palm and apply daily under your moisturiser to help hydrate, revitalise and even your skin tone.

I love how this oil is not greasy at all - I can easily apply makeup after I have used this oil, and I use it every day. I feel like my skin is looking brighter and clearer these days, I'm actually very impressed with this oil!

Overall, the Manuka Doctor products which I have tested are absolutely fantastic and I would hands down recommend them to anyone who is looking to clear up their skin. I thoroughly enjoyed using the products and seeing results in just a matter of days - I even decided to sleep with my makeup on one night just so I could test out the products and ensure they actually did work and it wasn't just a fluke. And guess what? My skin was clear and bright again within a day.
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How To Feel Better When You're Feeling Down

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  1. Take an hour to have a hot bath. Honestly, the first thing I want to do when I've had a rough day or if I feel upset or angry is get in a hot bath - it's almost like I want to wash away all the bad and negative feelings. I drop in a Lush bath bomb, set up my laptop so I can watch Once Upon a Time and scrub my worries away (sugar scrubs are my favourite as they smell delicious and are amazing at making your skin feel soft!).  I do tend to spend an hour detoxing my mind in a serene and warm environment, and when I get out I honestly feel 10x better. Try it today and let me know I'm not the only bath freak?! 
  2. Eat some comfort food. Yes you're detoxing, yes we're all trying to eat healthy and it's amazing - but when you feel like all you want to do is cry and eat Ben&Jerry's, get your spoon out and do exactly that. You're allowed to give yourself enjoyment when you're feeling down so don't worry about ruining your detox for one day if it helps you feel more positive in the long run! I'm currently loving Tesco's Extra Special Salted Caramel Ice Cream and a large Dominos Pizza.
  3. Put yourself first. I cannot stress the importance of looking after number one because guess what? Most of the time it's you who's gotta look after you - if you don't then you're likely to get run down to the ground which probably contributes to feeling like poop. Recently I have let myself be controlled by a huge amount of work, social responsibility of doing what others want and completely ran myself down not only emotionally but also physically. I might sound like a total bitch but guess what? I've been feeling a hell of a lot better since I thought about what I want to do and learnt how to say 'No'. 
  4. Get cosy. Grab your favourite film, be it a romcom or a gruesome horror (my current top pick is The Conjuring - it's just too good!), get a set of fairy lights and twist them around your curtain pole or TV stand, grab your duvet, put on your favourite PJs and settle down for an evening of cosy downtime. Necessities include: constant supply of warm tea, favourites snacks like Doritos and extra hot dip, cuddle buddy (be it your SO, BFF, furry pal or a pillow). 
  5. Cry. Honestly just let it all out. Bottling up feelings and emotions is not healthy - I would know, I never cry or show people how I feel until I have an absolute breakdown and start crying and screaming how much I hate everyone and how much I am just plain leaving (yup, that happened) but I have learnt to just come home and cry if I have to. I feel so much better and then I can just wipe away the tears and get on with whatever I have to get on with. 
  6. Stop comparing yourself to others. This is probably one of the top reasons why people feel like crap about themselves - because we start comparing ourselves to others. Bottom line, we're all different and we're all amazing at different things - be it maths, photography, writing, organizing. No one is better than anyone else - that's not the way it works. Trust me, once you're cool with that fact you'll save yourself so many tubs of Ben&Jerrys. 
Remind yourself that there's good things in even bad days - like the excuse to spend hours in the bath, or to make a den in my living room. 
What are your top tips on cheering yourself up? Share them with me by commenting below!

My favourite items to help me unwind:

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Life Update June 2015

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I have wanted to post an update of what's going on in my world but never really knew what to say or what to write, but I feel like now is the perfect time to let you guys in as I finally feel like I've had some time to think and reflect, as cheesy as it sounds. Also a few of you commented about missing more of my personal posts so I thought it's about time I shared this with you.

Well there's one big update: I have left my current job and replaced it with another. It was impacting my personal life in too many negative ways and I finally made the decision to pursue my career elsewhere. It was a really hard decision as I really enjoyed what I did and my office was so close to home, but my friends and family started noticing the change in my behaviour, I started to feel really down about everything and the stress started to affect my general health - I can easily say I have never been so 'under the weather' because of being constantly run down and upset.

"Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling some five balls in the air. You name them – work, family, health, friends and spirit … and you’re keeping all of these in the air.
You will soon understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. But the other four balls – family, health, friends and spirit – are made of glass. If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered. They will never be the same. You must understand that and strive for Balance in your life."
- Brian Dyson, CEO of Coca Cola

I have also decided to take some learning courses to carry on expanding my knowledge in fields which will further me not only in my career, but also just as hobbies for example I’m really keen to take a nutritionist course and also animal psychology! Along those I will also be taking photography (once I save up enough money for a camera – who wants to do a whip around?!), business course and a diploma in digital marketing.
I think learning is so crucial to a person – forever expanding your abilities and knowledge makes you a better person. I kind of gave up for a little while because I felt like I was drowning in what I was doing, but I realised I just came to a stop and that wasn’t inspiring me or motivating me.
Groupon has some amazing offers on courses with like 95% off accredited diplomas so I’ve already got a little wishlist of what I would like to do in the next year.

Another thing I wanted to share with you is we all know how much I love food – eating, making, cooking, discovering… Everything to do with food just makes me happy. I have had thoughts about this for ages, but I finally picked out a name and I am happy to say that this year I will be working on the beginning of my new cookery blog and YouTube channel! I still have a lot to learn and a lot of content to write, however it is something that I am passionate about and so many of you have previously asked me for recipes that I thought this would be perfect! 
What do you guys think? Is there anything in particular which you want me to cover ie gourmet foods/international cuisine/healthy alternatives? Post your comments and I will plan them into my new blog! I will of course still carry on with FashionFake, but this will be a fun add on. Also, please bear with me as I still need to plan a lot of things with this blog so it may take some time to go live. As for YouTube, I still need to figure out how to edit videos so that is my big challenge for the next couple of weeks!

I think all these changes are happening because I’m freaking out a little bit – I’m 25 in a month and I don’t feel like I have achieved all that I wanted by this age. I'm really proud of some aspect of my life: you know I don't live off my parents for one - I'm kind of a self sufficient lady; I have run this blog with passion, sweat and occasionally tears from both happiness and sadness; I have tried so many things most of which have been true life lessons; I have the worlds naughtiest dog which I manage to keep under control most of the time... Mostly it's pressures of society and others around me who are getting married, having kids and buying houses, and I am far, far away from any of those things.   

I need to start smelling the roses, I need to take in the air around me and I need to strive for more but still concentrate on my happiness. And hopefully that is exactly what I'll be doing for the 25th year of my life on this earth - drown myself in positive energy and new experiences, and not worry about anchoring myself to anything just yet. 
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Royal Ascot: Ladies Day 2015

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Ladies Day at Royal Ascot 2015

Last Thursday I attended Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot which I was kindly invited to by Search Laboratories and Sky Bet. I have always wanted to go to the races because it seems like such a fun day out, and I love horses so seeing them at their full strength competing like that was always something I wanted to do (although saying that, I always feel bad for the horses after the race as they look exhausted).
The Silver Ring was packed with picnics and tables stocked up on champagne and wine, and we were incredibly lucky as the sun was shining! Saying that, by the end of the day it was all a bit much and everyone got sunburnt even after putting suncream on.
We were all very excited as most of the girls I went there with haven't betted before and I haven't had much luck in the lottery so I didn't have high hopes. We installed the Sky Bet app on our phones before attending and all had £10 to spend at the races. I have to say, unfortunately I was the only one who's app didn't work - although I could log into my account fine, it wouldn't recognise my license as a form of ID so I couldn't bet! Which really sucked as I was keen to try and turn my £10 into a little bit of profit! However, Hayley from The Glasgow Girl won something like £70 which was amazing!

What to wear to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
What to wear to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
What to wear to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
What to wear to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot
Ladies Day at The Royal Ascot what to wear
Ladies Day at The Royal Ascot what to wear
what i'm wearing: dress*, shoes*, bag*, watch* and sunglasses* all George at ASDA // hat Debenhams

George at ASDA kindly offered for me to pick an outfit for the races which was an absolute godsend as I really had nothing to wear! I went for a classic lace dress with effective details like the low back and a split skirt which I think add a bit of racy glamour to the outfit. I absolutely fell in love with the shoes which sparkle in the light - they're my Cinderella shoes! They were so comfortable and at the end of the day I didn't have any blisters which is just amazing. At first I thought the bag may be a little too big as I was hoping to take a clutch with me, however it was just perfect as I could fit everything I needed in there.
I decided that as I have quite a classic dress, I can really make a statement with my fascinator/hat so I went for the biggest hat I could find in the store! I absolutely love this piece from Hat Box at Debenhams - it was worth the money as the scorching sun would have burnt my face if I didn't have this to cover up with. Saying that, I still got ridiculously sunburnt.

Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot 2015
Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot 2015
Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot 2015

I had an amazing day at The Royal Ascots Ladies Day and would definitely go again next year! It's such an amazing event to see all the ladies dressed up in their amazing hats, and the horses were stunning - you could hear them coming when they ran past our enclosure as the ground literally shook! Some top tips would be to ensure you have suncream slathered on and keep topping it up; drink a lot of water through the day; and bring a pare of flat shoes as you will really need them at the end of the day.

Thank you so much Search Labs and Sky Bet for inviting me on this amazing day, and thank you George at ASDA for inspiring me with an amazing outfit to wear - it's simply #GeorgeousRacewear!
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Restaurant Review: Coast to Coast, Portsmouth

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If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.

A couple of weekends ago Liam and I paid a visit to Liam's brother Matt who lives in Portsmouth. We live only a short drive away from the city but this was only the second time I have been to Portsmouth and decided that actually we should visit more. The main shopping attraction is Gunwharf Quays - an outlet shopping centre full of high end stores, and a wide selection of eateries right by the seaside. 
We came across Coast to Coast and decided to give it a go as all three of us are quite big meat eaters, and I love a good burger. It's almost like a thing now - if I go to a new place to eat and they have burgers on the menu, I will judge them by their burgers. Coast to Coast had a big selection of delicious burgers so it was a winner for me, not to mentioned all the hot and blue cheese sauce, and chicken wings. 
Coast to Coast is a chain but I have never seen it before - and to be honest sometimes I get put off by chains as the food can be very uninteresting and 'dry', but these guys sure know what they're doing. Get ready for some pictures which will make you hungry! 

If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.
If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.

We started with some sea salt pretzels and garlic bread - it was all very tasty, but I would strongly recommend the pretzels if you go there. The sea salt pretzels are big, warm, soft and doughy pieces with chunks of sea salt and they come with a garlic butter dip - heaven in your mouth. I could quite happily sit there and have a beer with a bucket of the pretzels and be happy! 

If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.
If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.
If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.

For starters we ordered the Boston Prawns (beer battered king prawns with Cajun mayo on the side), Chicago Wings (chicken wings in Buffalo sauce served with celery and a blue cheese dip), and Spicy Calamari (served in a bucket and topped with black pepper, sea salt, chilli flakes and Grana Padano shavings - served with a grilled lemon and warm tomato sauce).
The food was delicious and we all picked at each others plates - the chicken wings were delicious and  the combination of calamari and Grana Padano worked really well! As far as the prawns go, they were the biggest prawns I have ever seen! I wish I took a picture against someones hand for comparison...

If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.
If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.
If you find yourself in Portsmouth and suddenly fancy some amazing American style food, then visit Coast to Coast: from blue cheese burgers to spicy chicken wings, you won't be disappointed.

For mains Liam ordered the Sizzling Steak Fajita, Matt had the Roadside Sliders (for those who like variety as the three burgers are Bacon and Cheese, Black and Blue and BBQ Puller Pork!) and I went for the ultimate Buffalo Blue burger. 
I had a little taste of Liams steak fajita and the meat was cooked to perfection - juicy and melt in your mouth. Some of you who follow me on Instagram will see that usually my meat is sizzled on the grill for like a minute as I like good cuts of meat rare, but even though this was more medium to the well done side, it was delicious and soft. I also stole Matt's coleslaw because he wasn't a fan, so my plate was becoming filled by the minute! However I won't take away any attention from the real start of the show: the Buffalo Blue burger. Melted blue cheese, Buffalo hot sauce, mayonnaise, fresh tomato, red onion, rocket, and dill pickle all served in a white bun with skinny fries and a spicy ketchup dip. I literally was in heaven! That is my absolute perfect burger because I love blue cheese and I love hot sauce, and who knew the combination could work together?! But it does and it's delicious. Ten out of ten, I am sold as a loyal Coast to Coast customer just because of that burger. 

I really enjoyed the experience at Coast to Coast, it is a really nice place to relax in the summer as well, as you have outdoor seating which is very close to the marina (just make sure there's not a lot of wind as girls, hair WILL get in your way of eating). I think all of us will be returning to Coast to Coast again because the service was good, the food was excellent and it's a nice location. 
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