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Exercise Without Working Out

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If you’re one of those people who either hate working out in the conventional way altogether, or who frequently gets bored of the same old routine sweating it out at the gym, so you end up going long periods without doing very much exercise at all, would it surprise you to know that it is possible to exercise without working out?

Exercise is all about being active, moving your body and burning calories. You don’t have to spend an hour a day on the elliptical or lift weights four times a week to do that if you don’t want to. Here are just some of the ways you can keep fit without working out:


Dancing


If you like to dance, it doesn’t feel like a workout at all, even though, really it is. You can burn upwards of 445 calories or hour dancing even if you’re doing it home alone. Not only that, but regulars will tell you that a good Zumba dance workout will boost your mood. So, dancing, unlike the kinds of exercise you force yourself to do in the gym, could actually leave you feeling a whole lot better as you burn those calories.


Walking or Hiking


Walking or hiking in the countryside, or even the local park, especially done with friends, family or your pet dog, can be an extremely enjoyable experience. You get to feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your face and breathe in fresh air as you take in the many beautiful sights of your local area. All of this takes your mind off the fact that you are actually being active, increasing your fitness levels and burning calories (as many as 440 per hour if hiking).


Playing with the Kids

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If you or any of your friends and family members have kids, you can get a lot of exercise in just by running around after them in the garden or at the local park. They’ll get you involved in impromptu games of football, ask you to jump rope and make you chase them in a fun game of hide and seek, and you won’t even realise that what you’re doing could be construed as exercise.


Geocaching


Geocaching is a bit of a niche hobby, but if it’s the kind of thing that sounds interesting to you, it’s an easy way to get some exercise in while having a good time, Basically, you use your phone’s GPS to track down various ‘treasures’ and leave your own for the next person. These ‘treasures’ can be hidden anywhere from a local park to the top of a nearby mountain, so you’ll definitely have to do some serious moving to find them.


Working at a Standing Desk

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Okay, so standing isn’t exactly exercising in the traditional sense, but if you switch your sitting desk for a standing desk, you will certainly burn more calories and tone up your leg muscles. What’s more, since you’ll be working, you won’t even notice the extra effort.

Exercising and working out, as you can see, don’t have to be one and the same. They key to staying fit throughout your life is to find a way of burning calories that works for you.

Sunderland Restaurant Week September 2017




If you weren't already aware, Sunderland Restaurant Week is soon approaching. Between the 9th and 17th September restaurants, bars and cafes within Sunderland will be offering special offers for you to try them out. Whether it means you trying somewhere you've never been before or head to the place you love to dine, you can't miss out on some of the fab offers. I mean 2 courses for £10, or 3 for £15, where else are you going to experience prices like that?
It even leaves you some spare change for a cheeky prosecco!
In the run up to Restaurant Week I've had the chance to check out a couple of different places on the list, and as always, I was very impressed. I mean I'm not exactly unfamiliar with Sunderland Restaurant Week, this will be the 3rd time I've attended and the 3rd time I've left stuffed full and extremely happy! 













So first up I visited the Prosecco Bar, ever heard of the funky Indian? Well then you know where the prosecco bar is. Since last Restaurant Week they have had abit of a change round as the Prosecco Bar used to be upstairs and the funky Indian downstairs, now it's the other way round. I visited the funky Indian at the beginning of the year, and it's quite a unique restaurant as they serve tapas style Indian dishes which is a nice change to your normal sauce, rice and naan. On entering the prosecco lounge I immediately felt like it was somewhere I would love to return. The set up was very modern and stylish, a rather dark area but lots of comfy seats to sit back and relax in while you sip on some great quality prosecco. They currently serve up a range of different Scavi & Ray proseccos, ive heard the rose version is lovely.











Next we headed to Asiana, if anyone read my blogpost on the last Restaurant Week you will know I wasn't a fan of Thai Royale so I did have my fears when I heard we were going to an Asian restaurant. Luckily for me Asiana was on a completely different level, the restaurant was immaculate and I couldnt help but notice how clean it looked, the decor made it look very modern. Enough of how it looked, you want to know about the food. As we were visiting Asiana for starters we were served up a plate of Hors d'oeuvre, which I thought was a great idea as it gave us chance to try lots of different items. There were crispy duck spring rolls, ribs, chicken satays, crispy seaweed, and crispy prawns, to be fair these are all items I would happily order from a Chinese. Everyone knows Chinese isn't the healthiest cuisine, however not one item tasted over oily, you know like most take aways do. I almost felt like I wasn't eating unhealthy food. I also felt like this was a great way for us to try different options, it's quite hard to judge a restaurant if you only tried one dish. I would definitely love to return and try a full meal sometime soon.


















For main course we headed to the newly opened Tipi at Port of Call, this will have been my 3rd trip to Port of Call! The Tipi is such a great idea, just a completely different eating experience. It's abit of a shame it's coming into autumn because you could definitely feel the chill, however I'm sure it wouldn't be that bad when the place is full. Port of call served us platters of food so we could again try different dishes on the menu. There was a large range of different dishes, beef burgers, buttermilk chicken burgers, ribs, chicken wings, beef brisket, flatbreads and hot dogs, it was quite overwhelming and due to us having three courses over the evening I didn't get chance to try everything. So I thought I would tell you the items I enjoyed, the buttermilk chicken burger was lovely, very well matched with a seeet brioche bun and I also really enjoyed the pulled pork flatbread. The items I would avoid would be the mac and cheese, as I felt it was very bland and could have done with some seasoning, and the chicken wings simply because they were far too hot for my taste buds. Other than that it's a great Restaurant to meet with friends, and a very different eating experience in the Tipi.
















For pudding we headed to Serendipity Tea & Trickets, and just WOW!! What a lovely, quirky, and very homely cafe! Everyone's faces lit up when we entered the cafe, from bunting to vintage crockery, it had it all. And never have I seen a couple so passionate about their business. They even went to the effort of opening late for us to visit. This is the perfect venue for tea and cake with the family, afternoon tea with your friends or if your planning an event why not book a table. There was a stunning table set up ready for a baby shower the next day, the effort put into the display was spectacular. The owners had prepared lots of homemade cakes, cheesecakes, brownies and pies, for me it had to be a piece of Rocky Road! Super chocolately stuffed full of marshmallows and shortbread pieces, is there a better partner for a hot cup of coffee?? I think not. Im already planning to take my Gran for an afternoon brew and cake.

Travelling to Sunderland Restaurant Week? Book a Station Taxi and use code RWSund17 for £5 off!!

Where are you planning on heading to this Restaurant Week?

Thank you for reading.

Ruth 


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Awesome Nail Trends For The Coming Winter


As we approach the end of summer, many of us will be looking at refreshing our wardrobes for the coming autumn and winter. But don’t forget that it isn’t just your clothing that needs an update - your nails need a lot more care and attention over the winter months than they do in the summer. WIth this in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best winter nail trends to look out for to ensure you are looking great, right to the end of your extremities. 
Dry brushing effects
Dry brushing is a technique used by the kind of people that paint models, and the fashion industry has finally taken notice. It’s a simple process that involves using your standard nail varnish as a base, but then adding a dry brush of another complementary or contrasting colour. To dry brush, all you need to do is load up your applicator with polish, and use a tissue or piece of fabric to blot out the moisture. When you apply it, the polish will create an entirely unique finish that can look stunning. 
Interesting neutrals
It might be time to ditch all those bright and outlandish colours for a while. Neutrals are back in a big way this winter, so look around for matte finishes, perfect nudes, and consider mixing colours such as sand, khakis, and golds. You don’t have to stick to one colour, either - try applying a different neutral to each fingernail for a punky, alternative look. 

Chess board
If you have a lot of time on your hands - or your nails, in this case - then why not go for the chess board look? Try applying contrasting squares to your falsies - it can create a stunning effect that won’t go unnoticed. This particular style looks great with metallics or pastels alike, as long as you make sure the contrast is sharp enough. 
Tipped nails
Tipped nails are going to be huge this coming autumn and winter. Choose your base colour and then use a darker shade at the top of the nail. You can blend in with dry brushing (see above for details) or even create incredible patterns -try using angular diagonals for a really interesting take on this technique. 
Metals
Metallic nails are another option to watch out for. Golds, silvers, and bronzes are going to be back in a big way, so head to your local beauty shop and get them before they run out. You don’t have to go the whole hog, either - try using hints of golds for a glitter-like effect, and you can even fleck over a strong, dark colour for a more glamorous look.
Light on dark
Finally, don’t be afraid to go darker than you have ever dared before. While many dark varnishes promise a lot but are actually kind of dull once it is on, a little creativity can really make a difference. Little white or silver designs on each nail can offset the darkness entirely, and give you a completely unique, home made look. 
What are your tips for awesome nail trends this winter? Share your thoughts in the comments and join in on the conversation! 

Newcastle In The Sky











Everyone loves a Bank Holiday weekend, but has it come to the point where your doing the same thing every bank holiday? This bank holiday the 'Events In the sky'  team were located in Newcastle, on the performance platform outside the Sage theatre, bringing a completely different experience to the city. The event involved being suspended 100feet from the ground while experiencing different meals and beverages created by local restaurants and bars.

I was lucky enough to get invited to their cocktail evening last week, this was one of the last flights of the day after sunset. And I'm pretty sure the darkness made it feel a little more terrifying. I met up with my blogger friend Kayleigh at the event, it was quite nice to know somebody there. In all there was 21 of us on the flight, stupidly I agreed to sit on the end of our row, which was quite a scary experience aswell giving you full rotation and being able to dangle your feet from 100 feet. Livello, were our hosts for the evening, a local luxury nightclub based on the quayside. Livello treated us to two of their most popular cocktails, the watermelon twist and the blushing geisha. Both very pleasing to the eye, which for a blogger is important to create good content, and also pleasing to the taste buds. Both had great combinations and were extremely morish! 
I must say photos do not do the evening justice, sat 100 feet from the sky looking over the quayside at night is just stunning. It was so nice to take a few moments to take in our surroundings, it's events like this that make me really appreciate where blogging has brought me. Above I have shared some of the photos I took on the evening, however I also thought I would leave you some links to some of the other bloggers experience at Events In The Sky, mainly because they were at the daytime event so there photography really helps you see the amazing sights. 

The lovely Laura over at

A vegetarians view with 

Ashleigh Money Saver's opinion

An Event in the Sky should definitely be on your bucket list, anyone who is organising an upcoming hen/stag do or even a big birthday event you should really consider trying it out. 

Also a big thank you to Martin from Capital Radio and Tom & Wayne from Heart Radio for keeping us entertained throughout the whole flight, again sorry for the harsh words Martin, hopefully you've learnt never to photobomb a bloggers photography! 





Thank you for reading.

Ruth 


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The Travel Guide For Broke Students

Ah, to be a student again. The freedom, the partying, being around your peers, and being… broke. It’s not all sunshine and lollipops at university, and we’ve all been there. You’re told that you need to spend this time wisely because they have to be the “best years of life”, but you can barely afford drinks for a small gathering of friends in your student accommodation.
The point is that you’d love to travel, but you’ve no idea how you could stretch your meagre funds to afford it. You need your student loan for books and… well, food. Still, there are ways to get creative and travel for next to no money during your student years. Here’s an inventive guide to get you started with some inspirational ideas.
Make a plan.
Write down all the things you’d love to see, no matter how extensive or limited the list may be. You need to get a rough idea of how you’d like to travel around the world because the most important thing is that you cost this plan. Don’t hold back; make a bucket list, of sorts, for places you want to see before university is over. You need to calculate what the damage would be to your funds. Once you have a rough total cost in place, you can spend a few minutes crying at the screen before you consider your next plan of action.
One potential route might involve a same day loan payout with New Horizons or other such loan companies. As a student, you probably don’t have a credit rating just yet, so it might be a smart idea to look into the other financial options available to you. Of course, you will need to fulfil other criteria such as being employed and having a credit card. Still, there can be other ways to fund your travels. The important thing, at first, is simply that you have a plan.
Become a freelance writer.
A good skill to build up in your spare time at university is writing. You’ll probably be doing a lot of it for your course anyway, so you could pursue online opportunities to become a freelance copywriter and improve your skillset. Writing for a travel blog, in particular (or starting your own if you think you can monetise it yourself), would certainly be a good opening into the world of travel. You could fund your trips with the money you make from this.
Obviously, it’s a good idea to pursue opportunities such as this during your summer or Christmas breaks because you don’t want to be spending valuable studying time working hard as a self-employed freelancer. This is still a great idea to fund your travels in your spare time, though. You could continue working abroad if you’re doing so remotely. All you’ll need is an internet connection.
Go on university trips.
Another smart way to go travelling at university is to head off on university trips. Whilst many courses offer opportunities to go abroad and see great places, you’ll have to bear in mind that many of these trips might still put you back a fair bit of money. You could always look into opportunities from the university through which they might fund your travels with a bursary (if it’s directly involved with your course, such as a gap year to a foreign university, then you might find that financial options are provided to you). The point is that, whilst you’re at university, you’re surrounded by endless potential opportunities and exploring the world is one of them. It can be a much more educational experience as part of a university trip too.
Volunteer.
One final idea for travelling if you have no money as a student is volunteering. This is probably the best one in the entire list because you’ve probably spotted many opportunities to do so around your university halls. Most of these opportunities probably take place over summer, easter, or winter breaks as well, so that means you won’t have to worry about it impeding your work. Most importantly, it won’t cost you any money.
Much as discussed in the previous point, there are plenty of opportunities to see the world as a student without it taking anything out of your pocket. In this case, it’s more about you putting in hard work and giving back to other people. Of course, you’ll gain more valuable experiences from this than a holiday. That’s certainly something to think about if you want a more enriching travelling experience.

Feel The Best You Can This Winter With These Amazing 3 Health Kicks



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As the most popular television show in the world right now is often fond of saying: winter is coming. Summer is drawing to an end and with it the cold nights and shallow mornings which some people love, and some people despise. No matter which side of this spectrum you fall on, it’s important to understand that thanks to the limited Vitamin D and general lack of light, it’s easy to feel worse during winter than a radiant summer. For this reason, staying on top of our health habits is as important as ever. 
This handy guide will help by suggesting health kicks you might like to implement to keep yourself feeling amazing and ready for anything as you should.
Home Exercises
In the drab early morning conditions, in the relatively low light, it can be very difficult to muster up the energy to go to the gym before work. While this is a fantastic hobby and something well worth doing, even the most disciplined folks might find their schedule hard to keep up with. If you feel like the morning cold isn’t something you can routinely brave, there’s no reason why you should forgo your early morning workout. Why not workout in the comfort of your own home? It’s easier than ever to pick up affordable workout equipment. 
For example, kettlebell exercises are by far the most popular method of increasing flexibility and learning difficult yet achievable compound movements which have real effect on your tonal development. Strength training is usually hard to build on gym machines, and so it’s often encouraged that newcomers begin with barbell training. However, kettlebells work in the same way, by allowing ergonomic movement patterns and ‘swinging’ which take advantage of the nuances in your body structure and help it grow in strength and support. The kettlebell swing muscles utilised are strikingly similar to those used in compound barbell movements like the squat or overhead press because you can simulate these movements to a degree while also training for endurance.
Yoga
To top it all off, why not complete this workout routine with a solid yoga session? Purchasing a how to manual, mat and some candles to get you in the mood is a fraction of the cost of attending a class, and could be just as useful. This can serve as meditation, and these two disciplines combined can make you feel like a new person before your busy workday. Yoga is an ancient Vedic discipline which can help you feel more at home in your body, and more flexible in your daily life. There is something to be said for feeling sprier in your body during the day, because it will help your mind stay focused and active during the more stressful periods you have to face.
Supplements
The supplementation you take during the day is important in addition to a full and nutritious diet. Taking Vitamin D tablets, in the 4000iu quantity which is healthy for an adult can help you stimulate this hormone and help boost your immune system significantly. Over 60% of people in the United Kingdom are vitamin D deficient. Make sure you’re not involved in that statistic. Vitamin D will help keep your teeth bones and muscles healthy, which is perfect after you have completed a hard kettlebell or yoga workout.
These three things combined, on top of your normal health routines, will help you feel untouchable this winter. When summer comes around, the natural sunlight will increase that feeling even more, meaning there is plenty to look forward to.

What can you do with abit of spare time?





Procrastination is a strange thing, however at the time we never really think about it. Social media has completely taken over our lives and we lose track of how many hours a day we spend scrolling through our newsfeed and timelines. Not only that but it can also anger us quite a lot, regularly we read articles we wish we hadn't, we see people posting stuff we completely disagree with and for us bloggers we see algorithms totally ruin the hard work we put into our content.

So over the past 7 days I decided to take a break from my blog, I haven't created any new content, replied to emails or anything else to do with my website. I've also ignored my twitter, the only thing I have kept up to date with is my Instagram and that's simply because if I hadn't the new algorithm would have completely killed my following. It's safe to say I feel completely refreshed and now extremely inspired to create new content. 

By taking a break from my blog, this meant I have had a rather large amount of time on my hand. It's been quite a realisation seeing how much time I put aside for creating content, editing photos, scheduling posts, attending events and replying to emails, all of that as well as working full time in another job role. I feel I've used the spare time well, simply because I now feel rested and caught up with everything else in life. I've managed to finally get the chance to sit down and book a holiday with my other half, something we've been trying to do for months but just haven't had the time to search for a hotel and flights. So in eight weeks time we are now flying out to Prague for a well needed break. I've also had time to socialise, catch up with my family, drinks with the girls and workout daily, and for once not had to try and squeeze them into my ever growing schedule. I also declined invitation to two different events, simply because I was enjoying my time off and I knew if I attended I would end up blogging straightaway. I've found it is actually possible to sleep for over 8 hours by switching off social media at 9pm giving myself an hour to unwind before bed. It's amazing how these little things make a difference to your whole mood, I feel so relaxed and happy, not my usual stressed self.

In an average week I've worked out that I would spend roughly 17 hours working on my blog, crazy isn't it! That's roughly 2-2.5 hours a day. In that time I could have flown to Ibiza, Dubrovnik or Stockholm, seems extreme when you think of it like that doesn't it?
Find out where you could travel to if you freed up some spare time here
I'm so glad I took part in this challenge by Monarch airlines, I think in future I am going to value my time a lot more.

Power Salads That Give Strength And Refreshment

Everyone knows that salads are an important part of a healthy diet. However, the thought of eating greenery, vegetables, and fruits, purely as part of an otherwise delicious dish, rich in flavour, puts many people off. The image of salads that are in most people’s minds is that they’re largely tasteless, have a high water content, and thus they’re not very filling. However, although this may be true to some extent, there are ways around this so no excuses can be made. You can add in lean meats cooked to perfection with great and easy recipes to invigorate a humble salad into a mouthwatering lunch option. A plate of salad will be low in calories, but with the right amount of lean protein, this can go up considerably, so it’s a viable energy-infused meal. Some people need the inspiration to make dishes. Therefore the are some popular ones you can make at home. 
Image by - Kimberly Vardeman
Crispy Mediterranean
Inspiration coming from Greece and Turkey, this Mediterranean salad is full of natural sweetness, lean meats, and fresh vegetables. All you need for this dish is the right ingredients because the flavours are very unique and cannot be replaced by whatever’s in your cabinet. You’ll need to choose the star of the show, which is the protein. The Greek inspired salad uses fresh seafood such as shrimp and prawns. However, the Turkish variant needs to use halal meat products. The Ottomans left behind this requirement since they were Islamic, so you should hold true to tradition.
With the body of the salad sorted, you need healthy fats coming from kalamata olives, and green leafy vegetables like romaine salad. Bell peppers add a touch of gentle spice, but you balance that out with roasted pine nuts. One finely sliced cucumber is great, and a large red onion sliced in rugged chunks is even better. Grab three tomatoes and slice them in cubes, then sprinkle a little sea salt over them. Grill the halal chicken with some Turkish spices. Squeeze a fresh lemon over the chicken to bring out the flavour a little more then pour four tablespoons of olive oil over it all. Toss for about fifteen seconds, and done; a marvellous dish of the Mediterranean. 
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Simple black beans and steak
Black beans are high in fiber which crushes the hunger in your stomach because they are high in protein value too. However, couple it with a lean, thinly sliced steak, and it may be the best salad you’ve ever tasted. Add the usual suspects, such as lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Next, grab a fist full of black beans and sprinkle them over the dish. Add a little parsley to balance out the fiber, then add a fist full of sweet corn. A generous helping of olive oil such as two table spoons. The add your lean steak, which should be cooked Italian roasting style. Sprinkle a little black pepper over and then a tiny amount of lemon juice. 
Both of these salads are easy and quick to make, but since have lean protein as the body of the meal, they’re filling. And yet, with the combination of not-so-average ingredients, the flavours are immense and satisfying. These meals can be eaten on their own since they have all the right amounts of nutrition your body needs while keeping calories low as possible.

How To Break Into an Exercise Regime That You Will Actually Stick To

If getting fit and losing weight was easy we would all be walking around with toned abs and tiny waists. Unfortunately the reality is that after long days in the office, or running around after the kids, the absolute last thing that we want to do is to head off to the gym or to go for a run. Finding an exercise regime that works for you that you actually feel motivated to stick at is certainly one of the biggest challenges of modern day life. However it can be done and it is being done every day. So follow our tips on how to break into an exercise regime that you will actually want to stick at this time.
It is Not All Or Nothing
This is a mentality that is doomed for failure. Thinking that you need to get into an exercise regime with a ‘go big, or go home’ mentality will have you dive bombing onto the sofa the minute you feel that you just can’t handle that dreaded two hours in the gym. We can all be doing more and doing better, however the point with exercise is that something is always going to be better than nothing at all. You are much more likely to go out for a relaxing, brisk 30 minute walk, rather than face a gruelling 10 mile run. Those big fitness goals are there to be worked towards so don’t burn yourself out in the first few weeks, or set initial goals too big that they just seem too unrealistic to achieve.
It's All In the Mind- No Excuses
Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a little tough love and realise that we will never get anywhere if we constantly give ourselves excuses to get out of things that we don’t want to do. Whether you are committing yourself to just 15 minutes of exercise a day or whether you are wanting to sign up for an all singing all dancing 24/7 Fitness gyms, then you are going to want to set clear goals in your head, that are realistic.
We all stumble and fall back on old, bad habits and there are very few people that just spring out of bed and are 100% determined to change things for the better. So we should learn to be a bit kinder with ourselves and to not be too hard on ourselves. Expecting too much from ourselves is always going to result in disappointment and failure, so the first trick is to lower your initial goals and just go into it slowly and steadily and work yourself up gradually. Start with good intentions and know that stumbles and failures are going to happen but no one is perfect and they should never demotivate you.
Understand Habits
The sad fact is that most people fail in fitness because they don’t understand that they need to programme themselves into a positive feedback loop. To be successful at fitness and exercise it needs to be done in the same way as sleeping and eating. Integrating exercise into your lifestyle as something that is not questioned or challenged is the absolute best way to ensure that over time, it is something that you do without even thinking about.

Le Raaj, Sedgefield

It's always the same, me and Sean are so indecisive that every time we plan to go out for food we leave it till the last hour or so to finally come to a decision. Neither of us ever want to make the decision incase we upset the other, and it's getting rather boring dining at the same restaurants every time. I'm not normally a fan of chain restaurants because I feel like the quality of food is nowhere near on par to that at independently owned restaurants, just writing this has made me realise how picky I actually am. A friend of mine Laura over at WhatLauraLoves invited me to try out Le Raaj in Sedgefield, it's always refreshing to try somewhere new as it's an addition to choose from when we choose to go out. 






Prior to our visit I would only normally dine at one specific Indian restaurant local to me, I actually used to work there, and I'm always guaranteed great quality food and excellent customer service. So why would I want to try somewhere else? Well I suppose it was time to broaden my options, and that we did. We choose to visit Le Raaj on a Wednesday evening, it worked out well due to us both working during the day, and it was a lovely change to not have to come home to cook till daft o'clock. I had looked up the menu before our visit just to give me an idea of what was to offer and knowing Sean is extremely fussy I wanted to make sure there was something on the menu that he would enjoy. I was surprised at how big the menu actually was, from chicken dishes to fish, it was also great to see a list of chefs specialities that's actually where I choose my main meal from.



From outside Le Raaj looked very modern and clean with a crisp white and deep purple colour scheme, we were seated almost straight away and promptly asked for our drinks orders. It had to be a pint of tiger beer, what else would you drink with Indian food? The waiter brought over some poppadoms for us to start with, I was extremely happy  to see no lime pickle on the pickle tray, instead there was a spicy mango chutney, a mint Yoghurt, onion salad and a mildly spiced sauce, unfortunately I forgot to ask what it included. The poppadoms were still warm and crisp, I could have eaten plenty more. 




For starters I ordered the Bhuna King Prawn on puree, an all time favourite of mine. And Sean order the Chicken Tikka Chat on Puree both were served after a relatively short period of time. The king prawns I was served were huge, and super tasty, luckily for me there wasn't too much spice as I'm not a massive fan of hot food. Sean wolfed down his started so it's safe to say it must have been good.






For main I went with the Chicken Niagria a creamy curry sauce with mango and chicken, it was unreal, I'm a sucker for a fruity curry and this went so well with my peshwari naan. I suppose I'm sounding like a right fairy with all the mild food, but I appreciate flavouring a lot more than I do spice. Sean on the other hand ordered the Chicken Tikka Vindaloo with a glass of iced water, he would always be dissapointed if he didn't break a sweat during a curry. I did try some of his and for the small mouthful I had the flavours were lovely but there was an extremely large amount of burn. We got both our dishes with a pilau rice and a keema
rice and went for half and half, it was the first time I've had keema rice and I really enjoyed it, it was nice to have different textures.



We did take a look at the dessert menu, but realistically we had already eaten a ridiculous amount of food and there was no way we could squeeze in any more. Our whole experience at Le Raaj had been cracking, the young girls waitressing were lovely and friendly and very helpful. The service was quick and efficient but we didn't feel like we had been rushed at all. For a Wednesday evening the restaurant was half full which I felt showed how good the restaurant was, I over heard the table next to us say it was their 4th visit to the restaurant. The positioning of the restaurant probably isn't the best for them to be packed out every night but being near the services it's the prime location for those staying in the hotel on site. Sean said the food was "blooming amazing" so I think we'll definitely be paying another trip fairly soon.'



I had to share this image with you all for abit of a chuckle, this Australian chap, with the help of his family and a few of the other diners managed to polish off a 6 litre bottle of merlot wine. 

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