Monday

Crafty St Martins Leicester Burger Restaurant Review

Years. That's how long I've been waiting for a good burger place to open up near me! For a long time getting a great burger meant a trip to London, so I'm sure you can imagine how ecstatic I am to now have Crafty St Martins just 25 minutes drive from my home.



Crafty started up as a pop up last year at the wonderful St Martins Coffee Shop in Leicester (you can read my review of their afternoon tea here) and was a huge success. I sadly didn't hear about it until it had ended so naturally hearing that it was coming back as a permanent fixture I was very excited, and then ever more so when they very kindly invited me (and Pete) to the launch night! After taking a sneaky look at the menu online the excitement grew and I was really looking forward to showing Pete how lovely the actual cafe is as he's not been before. It has a great chilled out atmosphere, really cosy and friendly with mixed up furniture and nice big windows so it's light and airy. This was my first night time visit and it was just as lovely, the mix of lamps making it even more snug and homely.

We started the evening with a wonderful platter to give us a taste of the 'Extra Treats' that are available on the menu - chicken wings, Pigcorn Poppers and guacamole with homemade tortilla chips. Each one of these was amazing, I'm not a great chicken wing fan but these were lovely and juicy while having a nice crunch to the outside and the sweet and hot sauce was just delicious. The Pigcorn Poppers are little cubes of belly pork (always good) but taken to the next level being fried in I think a fine polenta crumb to make them extra crisp and delicious and served with a spiced pineapple, honey and chilli dip. Last but not least there was a heap of the most fresh, zingy and creamy guacamole that I've had in a long long time. To scoop it up we had freshly made tortilla chips which were a real treat, thick and crunchy and so much tastier than the ones you get out of a bag - these alone are reason enough to visit Crafty St Martins!

Pete and I decided to go for different burgers so we could try more which was a big help for me as I just couldn't decide whether to go for chicken or beef. I ended up going for the chicken 'Kripsie Klucker' and it was just insane - so so so good I can't really begin to explain it. Firstly it wasn't a formed chicken patty or just a breast, it was pieces of chicken coated in a spiced rice crispy coating and cooked to perfect so they had a crunchy exterior while being moist and flavourful inside. A whole stack of these pieces along with fresh coleslaw, barbecue sauce and mayo were piled into an exemplary brioche bun that was lightly toasted but soft - there's nothing I hate more than a too thick/too chewy/too dense bun that stops you being able to enjoy the burger itself. It was the perfect marriage of flavours and textures, by far the best chicken burger I've ever had.

Pete went for the 'Farmyard Jam' which is a gorgeous beef patty with maple onion and bacon jam, Crafty sauce and Red Leicester cheese on top of crisp salad served up in the same amazing bun as the chicken. We both agreed that the burger patty itself was bang on the money, not too pressed and dense and full of flavour - you can tell it had no filler and it was soft and juicy (and a little pink in the middle which is how a burger should be darnit!). After finishing Pete told me it's the first time he's ever had a burger that he could describe as light as it wasn't stodgy or heavy and all the ingredients were fresh and perfectly executed. Can you tell we were impressed?

Alongside our burgers we enjoyed some pimped up fries, although I must confess next time I think I'll go for plain fries as they were so good they didn't really need any extra toppings! Of course though for our first try we had to go all out, so I had the Green Nacho Fries (skin on fries topped with avocado, spring onions, cheese, sour cream, French’s mustard and jalapeños) and Pete went for the Macho Fries (topped with pulled beef, sour cream, cheese, French’s mustard and jalapeños). No remorse.

To finish off our incredible meal we had a little tub of incredible gelato made by Crafty's neighbours in St Martins Square, Gelato Village. They had made Crafty a signature flavour of peanut butter and chocolate and it was absolutely to die for. It's far too easy to make peanut butter things claggy and overpowering but the balance were right on here and it was a surprisingly light and delicious end of the meal. I love ice cream or sorbet to end dinner, I always feel like it settles my stomach down! My little sister who works in Leicester has raved to me about Gelato Village many a time so I was really pleased I finally got to try it and can safely report that little sis was right it is damn tasty stuff!

So there you have it, I've shared my joy with you and now you MUST visit and try a Crafty Burger for yourself - but remember it's only open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and I predict that it will be veeery popular so go ahead and book to avoid disappointment! I wonder if they'll let me pre-book every Thursday night for the foreseeable future....






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Thursday

--- Tess Holliday for Yours Clothing --- Pink Floral Swing Dress Review

If you follow me on social media I'm fairly sure you will have seen a super exciting event that I took part in recently, meeting Tess Holliday for dinner with Yours Clothing and some other blogger babes to check out the latest collections and see a few preview photo from Tess's latest shoot for them. The dinner was held in London and was so so lovely, I was lucky enough to be sat next to the lovely Tess for the evening and had a lovely chat with her about how she's liked being in England and getting tips on stuff to do in the USA in a few weeks on our honeymoon! Not only is Tess gorgeous, she has such a great sense of humour and was so much fun, I feel so lucky to have been invited - thanks so much Yours Clothing!

One of the pieces that I loved the most from the collection that Tess wore was the Pink and Black Floral Textured Swing Dress £26.00*. This is seriously such a lovely piece for SS15, bright and playful and a gorgeous shape that's so so easy to wear, the textured fabric is thick and soft and really stretchy so it's comfy as hell. I actually think I could have done with sizing down in this dress as the cut is quite generous and there is a lot of stretch, so do bare that in mind if you decide to grab one for yourself - for just £26 I think you'd be mad not to!





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Tuesday

Perfect Wide Fit Sandals for Spring

Words cannot explain how happy I am that we have so many more wide fit shoes available to us these days, I had a nightmare when I was younger trying to find non old lady style shoes to fit my wide feet. I'd usually end up in something a size or two bigger than I needed just to get the extra width I needed which meant the shoes themselves didn't look as they should and gave me even huger looking feet than I already have! Don't get me wrong, sometimes I still get mega frustrated when there's a particular style I want and I just can't find a wide fit version, but boy is it better than it used to be. One thing that I always found a real problem was finding sandals and open shoes that didn't cut in to my feet and give a lovely cheesewire effect... so here are some gorgeous wide fit offerings to keep your feet cute and breezy through the Summer.


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