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.
Should have gone to, oh wait…
Previously I was featured as Specsavers People’s Choice Wearer of the Year back in 2013 and recently fancied a bit of a makeover. For the last few years, I’ve had my contacts from there as their service is really reliable. Though I dabbled in buying contacts online, I thought I’d best not mess around with something so important as eyesight and headed back to the experts at Specsavers Opticians.
The great thing about glasses is there’s always one to suit your face and I love the fact that a brand new pair of glasses can give you an instant makeover and transformation. It’s like a really good haircut, as glasses can help flatter the shape of your face and highlight your eyes.
I visited their store in intu Eldon Square and started with that vital eye check up. Seriously go get yours checked if you haven’t been for a while, it’s super important!
After my test, the lovely Amy helped me with deciding the right type of frame for me. As she sees and helps so many of their customers, it was great to be able to have proper advice in terms of glasses styling. It’s a secret world of glasses stylists!
We tried on loads of pairs and I appreciated her honesty, quite rare in many retail assistants. She was able to advise on not just the frame, but what would fit well with my nose shape and with the type of lenses I was getting. I’m really blind, so I have quite thick lenses – though really thinned down with their service, so needed a frame that would be able to support this.
Finally we settled on a stunning Hugo Boss pair! Check it out online here.
It’s a classic black frame with a lovely detailed blue flex hinge.
There was so much choice and lots of designers to pick from but Hugo Boss have some absolutely stunning frames. I love the minimalist branding too – in my opinion, glasses should highlight your face not the brand.
They’re really comfortable – apart from my strong change in prescription, I never had to ‘wear’ the frames in. Oh and it comes with all important accessories, a Hugo Boss glasses case and cloth. Overall, I love the look, it’s timeless and will work with whatever trends come in this season.
I was delighted, I really needed a good pair of glasses and since wearing I’ve had lots of lovely compliments and my eyes haven’t been sore at all (was rubbing my eyes a lot due to over wearing my contacts before, naughty me). Here’s that all important selfie!
Thanks for reading and if you haven’t had your eyes checked in a while, you SHOULD go to Specsavers. And if you fancy yourself a new look this Spring Summer, get yersen a pair of stylish specs. Oh and here’s a free voucher for an eye test! x