The other day I was invited to the launch party for Solano’s in Newcastle. It’s the brand new Peruvian restaurant in the city and the only one of its kind outside of London. I headed on down to try out the cuisine and get a sneak peek of the venue.
The location is fantastic. It’s on Amen Corner, opposite Tup Tup Palace, behind St Nicholas’ Cathedral and you can even see the castle from the restaurant’s steps.
It used to be Escobars and the place has been transformed into a true Peruvian style eaterie. They’ve injected colour, covering up the brick walls and given the interior a cultural makeover.
It was opening night and no doubt, there’s still some more touches to be made to the place, but it seemed bright and relaxed on first glance.
I never had Peruvian food before and wasn’t sure what to expect. We were greeted with authentic cocktails on arrival, which was followed by traditional canapés. The chef (actually from Peru) was lovely and came out to explain the different dishes to us.
Overall, we only had a few dishes to sample so I can’t really review the food. However, I had a look at the menu and you can expect a good mix of fish and meat dishes. There’s also a variety of dishes for vegetarians. An example seafood dish is ‘Ceviche de Pescado’ – fish marinated in lemon and lime juice, red onion, coriander and fresh Peruvian chilli, served with sweet potatoes, sweetcorn and dried Peruvian corn. Dishes from the menu I saw, looked to range from £6 to £13.
With it being the only Peruvian restaurant outside of the capital, I can expect plenty of people curious to try the cuisine and I personally can’t wait to head back properly to see what the fuss is all about.
If you’d like to book in, the restaurant is fully open to the public and you can find out more on their website.
One of my aims for this year with This Girl Can was to try lots of different types of sport. I believe that the traditional gym or joining in with yoga, might not be for everyone BUT there will be a sport out there for you, you just have to find your perfect fit!
I’ve tried yoga before but never Pilates and with my poor posture, it was something recommended to me. I’d heard some great things about Yogalilies in Newcastle City Centre so thought it was about time I tried it. I signed up for 4 weeks on a beginners course with Jasmine Roberts.
My first lesson was really relaxing and loved the fact that I had this time to myself. The second one, not so much. What a workout! After the full four weeks, I was hooked. I loved it. I’m standing up straighter and whilst I’m not a pilates buff or all toned by any means, I’ve realised I really enjoyed doing this. Those who know me, know how much of an achievement that is – ME enjoying exercise!
Although This Girl Can isn’t about how you look, sometimes you feel insecure and it’s a bit daunting when you head into a new place for the first time. I’m glad to say, it wasn’t full of Gywneths and Madonna style bendy and super toned people and there was plenty of normal people like me. Yogalilies was a really welcoming space and lovely and chilled too.
Here’s me having a go, week three!
Thanking all of those who are supporting me in my journey this year with This Girl Can and here’s looking forward to the next sport I pick up!