Thai food is one of Husband's favourite cuisines but due to my coriander allergy it is always tricky for me to navigate so I tend to avoid it. So when Thaikhun invited us to review their Guildford Restautant which serves authentic Thai street food he was jumping for joy while I was a little hesitant.
We haven't been to Thailand but upon entering Thaikhun on Guildford's Friary Street I felt like I had been transported across the globe. Serious kudos to the decorating team.
The staff could not have been more helpful. We were shown to a table and the kids were given colouring sheets. The menu did say that they should have National Geographic magazines but they never appeared - not that my kids really noticed as at 5 and 2yrs colouring sheets pretty much hit the spot.
We were offered some delicious crackers to start as we perused the huge menu. I mean really huge. I struggled a little as it was a bit overwhelming with so much to choose from.
I loved the sound of it all. The sharing pintos (traditional Thai lunch boxes made up of stacking mental containers filled with a selection of different dishes) looked like great fun but Husband hates sharing food so I had to make the complicated decision of what one dish I was going to choose. The staff were super helpful with my coriander allergy and checked every dish with the chefs to make sure I was safe. I felt very reassured and they made me feel like it was no trouble at all.
The kids menu was easier to navigate. For starters they get veggie sticks and for their mains they could select from Veggie Phad Thai, fried chicken with jasmine rice or mix and match noodles or rice with chicken, pork or veggies and choice of sauce. Dessert is an ice lolly and they also get a glass of juice, water or milk. The kids meal costs £5.95 which seemed good value especially as the menu promised free creepy crawlies with every meal! The kids were super excited about that!
To start I should mention how brilliant the kids drinks are because they are served in a spill proof animal themed cup. One of us usually ends up with a glass of something tipped in our laps so that was brilliant and the kids loved the character design. My Gin Cooler cocktail was pretty impressive too...
To start I chose the chicken spring rolls while Husband had tempura battered prawns. Both of which were delicious and generous portions.
The kids meals came at the same time as the starters. This wasn't ideal as our 5yr old Little E wanted to know where her starter was! It was in fact the cup of veggie sticks on her plate. Now if they had come out on their own she'd have eaten them all while waiting for her main. But because they came with her main she barely touched them as she was so busy with her other food. Same goes for her Little Sister.
So it didn't quite work for us but the kids loved the prison style trays the food came on with little compartments for each item of food. They were really excited by it and ate loads of their mains. Husband and I tried Little E's grilled chicken and it was out of this world. Little I's Phad Thai was stuffed with veggies which would be great if she actually ate cooked veggies... Miss Fussy still enjoyed sucking up the noodles which were also delicious (we had to try them purely for review purposes...)
Then our mains arrived and boy were they good. I had the beef with oyster sauce and flat ribbon noodles which was immense, so much beef I simply couldn't eat it all!
Husband had beef Massaman Curry with Sticky Rice and it looked superb. Like me he couldn't finish it all!
The kid's finished their mains before us so their ice lollies (Mini Milks) and were bought to them early. Which again kinda worked but didn't because it meant we missed out on desserts because the kids were all done and dusted. We were so full I doubt we'd have fit much in but the puddings sounded so unusual we probably would have ordered some to try. Afterall there's a different stomach for pudding right?
Overall we had a stunning meal with fantastic service and despite the timings being a little off we'd go back again and ask them to bring the kids mains with ours, which would solve the problem instantly. We didn't realise until we got to the car we hadn't been given any critters to try as promised on the menu! I'm not gonna lie I am secretly happy about that but the kids were a bit upset! Who'd have thought the idea of eating bugs was so appealing...
We are big fans of Newman's Own marinades and sauces in this house so you have probably seen loads of their recipes on the blog. One of the things I love about the brand is that all profits go to charity. So you can enjoy yummy food knowing you are helping people all over the world.
To date £4 million has been awarded to UK charities and this month spokesman, comedian Harry Hill, announced that the Newman's Own Foundation has committed £150,000 for registered UK children's charities! Applications are now open and charities meeting the requirements are encouraged to submit their grant application requests by Monday 5th September, 2016. Final grants will be announced on 21st November.
Sun cream is the bane of my life. It gives me spots, stains my clothes and makes my flip flops slippery. In my quest to find the perfect sun cream I have put to the test some bespoke sun creams to see how they fair on my problematic skin and my kid's super fair skin. So here's the latest four on trial: Ultrasun, Calypso, Eriis and Brush on Block.
Regular readers of my blog will know how often my kids end up in A&E (we are considering hiring our own parking space) so I was the natural choice to take part in the Family First Aid Kit Challenge by Bausch + Lomb, the leading experts in eye care.
The Family First Aid Kit Challenge has been created to highlight how we are often unprepared for those all to common daily family healthcare emergencies. The challenge entailed me sharing the contents of my first aid kit and receiving some expert analysis from a pharmacist to check on what I have (and don't have) in my kit. So how did we get on?
If you have tried the new Ultra bottle from Tommee Tippee then you know the new design is a baby bottle like no other. It has a breast like shape for a natural latch, a contour zone for a secure seal and it is angled for a smooth flow. You can read more about the new Ultra bottle in my review and Tommee Tippee have given me 2 Ultra bottles to give away to a lucky winner.
It's all been very quiet on the blog but for good reason - We've been on holiday!
After a false start when Little I got a stomach bug and ended up in hospital on a drip the day we were meant to be travelling, we made it to France a few days late and had a fantastic break. My Mum even popped across on the Eurostar for a few days.
Back home and back to reality now!
My blog is fast approaching 3 years old! How time flies!
With time comes change. My 2 girls are growing up. Little E has just finished her first year of Reception and Little I is a very feisty 2 year old. And of course baby number 3, this blog, has changed with us. We are still reviewing prams, cribs, bottles and all things baby through little nieces and nephews who are lighting up our lives. But closer to home we are enjoying finding new places to explore, places to eat and the best toys to play with. We've been lucky enough be part of the Baker Ross blogger progamme for the last couple of years and Little I is starting to love arts and crafts as much as her big sister.
And a big change has occurred; I'm working again. Freelance from home and even though I am too busy to dust (who dusts these days right?) I'm loving the new challenges and I feel a bit different about life, appreciating having the skills to be able to work for myself and give the girls a few special treats. But, naturally, It can be a struggle to juggle it all at times and get the balance right. Finding time for me is still important and I love writing book reviews and sharing my favourite recipes. Afterall we are all so busy we don't want to waste time on the duds!
I hope you continue to enjoy reading my blog and share the experiences of our changing family. I certainly love having you visit and a big thank you to all the brands who I have collaborated with over the past few years. There are some brilliant products out there and I love sharing my finds with my readers.
The Tomahawk is without a doubt the Daddy of all steaks. Weighing in at a whopping 42oz it comes from the rib section of the cow has the entire rib bone still attached giving it the appearance of a tomahawk axe. It certainly makes a talking point at the dinner table!
Looking more like a meat joint than a steak and can easily feed 2 carnivores, even 3 at a push. The marbled, fatty texture combined with being on the bone give the meat amazing flavour when cooked.
When Morrisons sent us one I couldn't wait to taste it but unusually there was something which flummoxed me, how to cook it! In the end I opted for a pan and oven combo.
Artist, Baker and Blogger. Mum to my two beautiful, cheeky girls. Muddling my way through parenthood with equally cheeky Husband.