Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Revolution Aberdeen - Cocktail Making & Menu Tasting


Revolution Aberdeen Review


Myself and some other bloggers in Aberdeen were invited to Revolution for a cocktail making masterclass and also to try out their new menu, having never made a cocktail in my life (but drinking quite a few lot in my lifetime) I was excited to give it a go.  Revolution is situated smack bang in the middle of the city centre on Belmont Street and is on two levels with the lower level leading on to a bar terrace with views overlooking Union Terrace Gardens, luckily for us it has a covered roof as although it was a lovely sunny day it was freezing outside.

On our arrival we were given a welcome drink of either a glass of Prosecco or for the drivers among us, a mocktail.  Since I was driving I had the Naked Sunset mocktail, a tropical fruity drink with pineapple and passion fruit in it which was really refreshing.  After catching up with some old faces and chatting to some new ones we then moved upstairs to the bar for the cocktail masterclass.  Connor, the bar man really knew his stuff and was keen to show us how to make the perfect cocktail.  We each chose what cocktail we would like to create and took our turn at the bar where we were told what to put in and how much was needed to make whichever cocktail we wanted.

Aberdeen Revolution Mocktail

Sarah went first and made a Bubblegum Daquiri which was topped with flying saucers (the sherbet sweet & not a real one, obvs),  Anastasia went for the Salted Caramel Mudshake, Iga decided that the Mango & Strawberry Colada was the one for her and I picked a Superfruit Nojito which tasted really good even though it had no alcohol in it.

Aberdeen Blogger
Aberdeen Blogger
Aberdeen Blogger
Aberdeen Bloggers

Having a cocktail masterclass would be an ideal way to start off your afternoon/night to celebrate a birthday, hen night, work leaving, etc.  I will definitely be suggesting this for our next night out as it was so much fun, even though being short meant I struggled to "muddle" my mocktail as I had to lean over the huge sink area on my tiptoes to reach the bar! Note to self (and people below 5' 3") - wear heels!

Once the masterclass was over we went downstairs to the bar terrace so we could try out their new menu, the terrace has had a makeover since I was last there and is decorated with wooden tables, yellow chairs and vibrant cushions.  Their tables had a rustic country kitchen look to it with pitchers filled with herbs and flowers and pretty blue and white patterned plates; the food then came out and the tables were crammed with lots of delicious things for us to try.

There were lots of tasty morsels for us all to try such as their goat's cheese bon bons, buttermilk fried chicken strips and calamari (this was my favourite) for starters; from comfort food Fish Finger sandwiches to posh Lobster Ravioli (this was also very good) and the slightly weird but totally works  Smokin' Bacon burger which toppings include Wotsits and their MacPhilly Steak sandwiches with the pulled salt beef and Mac n Cheese in them for main courses. Vegetarian? Then there is their Holy Halloumi wrap, stone baked Margherita pizza and Bean Dreamin' burger for you to get stuck into.  The sweet potato fries get a huge thumbs up too for a side dish along with the salads topped with a vodka salsa.  There is definitely something for everyone on their menu, you can check out their new menu here.


Revolution Aberdeen Menu
Revolution Aberdeen Menu
Revolution Aberdeen Menu
Revolution Aberdeen Menu


Disclaimer: I was invited by Revolution to try their cocktail masterclass and their new menu for free but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.



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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

#Abzchat - Aberdeen Blogger's Chat

Aberdeen Bloggers Twitter Chat



Mark your calendars or set your alarm to remind you - looking at you Anastasia ;) - as tomorrow I will be hosting #abzchat at 8-9pm and the topic will be all about food and drink since its a topic everyone can join in with as we all do it :).  #abzchat is the hashtag us Aberdeen Blogger's use for our weekly Twitter chat on a Wednesday, it has been an excellent way to interact with other bloggers in the Aberdeen area and have even arranged meet ups through it.  If you are a blogger from Aberdeen then join us every Wednesday at 8-9pm (we are a lovely friendly bunch, don't be scared) or if you fancy hosting a chat, speak to Karen at Tiny Bird Heart who started up #abzchat a couple of months ago.

So grab your #abzchatsnax (hashtag introduced by Laura) for something to munch on while we are chatting as you don't want to get hungry while tweeting about food and join in.  Hope to see you there :)




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Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Getting My Craft On




Today I decided to start clearing out all my craft things as I have a lot and I mean a LOT so I can sell them to make some extra pennies for our next IVF.  I used to make cards and sell them online and at craft fairs but I just don't have the time anymore so I have loads of cards, die cutters, glitter, diamant├ęs, etc sitting in my garage not being used.  A few of the die cutters I have go for over £50 each on eBay so I could have a small fortune in my garage and since I'm not using them might as well sell them to someone who will.

As I have a forest's worth of bazill card I decided to make some card toppers to use them up and these are what I made today!  I actually forgot how relaxing and enjoyable it was to do this and time just flew past and before I realised it was 5pm and I've had no lunch.  I have got a lot more card toppers to make so this is what I will be doing this weekend (and probably the next few weeks too, as there is so much card to go through).  Have you ever rekindled a forgotten pastime?  What do you do to relax?






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Sunday, 13 March 2016

Cue Barbecue Aberdeen

I meant to write this post up a couple of weeks ago but after having to make the difficult decision to have Ben put to sleep I kinda lost my blogging mojo, so I've given myself a boot up the behind and a shake and it has now returned.  I'm still missing the old ginger ball of fluff as he has left a huge cat shaped hole in our hearts and our home as the house is so empty without him but life goes on as they say.

Moving on to happier times.......Julia from Just Julia arranged for us bloggers to attend an event at a new BBQ restaurant that has opened here in Aberdeen called Cue BBQ.  Cue is hidden away just off Holburn Junction in Alford Lane and has a warm and inviting feel to it with an amazing choice of food on offer for both carnivores and herbivores.  From their Pulled Pork Rollin Rolls to their Monster Mushroom Burger for mains; Seasoned Fries, Moonshine Onion Rings and Cornbread Muffins for side dishes and their tasty desserts Pecan Pie, Key Lime Cheesecake and the very popular Banoffee Pie you will definitely find something that makes you drool.  There is also a well priced children's menu that contains smaller portions of what the grown ups are having and kids under 5 eat for free!  My only criticism of the menu is there doesn't seem to be anything marked as being gluten free so I would check with them first if you have any dietary requirements.

The Pulled Pork is really tender and is smothered in a delicious BBQ sauce and along with the Cue Brisket is cooked for hours in their huuuuuuge smoker.  This smoker came all the way over from the US and after travelling thousands of miles to get to Aberdeen they discovered that they were unable to transport it upstairs due to it's size, so ended up removing a window and using a forklift to place it there.  I've never tried Gumbo before but their Louisiana Muddy version tasted really good and is served along with rice, you can buy this in a half bowl size or a full sized serving depending on how hungry you are.  If you are really hungry then there is the Mission Critical Meat Platter for you to enjoy, this platter has a meat selection straight from the smoker plus a lot of sides including: onion rings, fries, pickles, slaw, potato salad and salted onions all on one ginormous tray.  For the herbivores out there the vegetarian options looked really tasty and the veggie bloggers that tried them said how nice the food was, you can check out both Laura's and Rhona's reviews to see what they thought.

Overall I really enjoyed my Cue experience and I can't wait to go back again to try something different on the menu.


I also want to give a shout out to Sarah from Blogs, Vlogs, etc for taking my photos at the table, I was tucked away in the corner and couldn't manage to reach so she kindly took them for me :).










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