30 December 2012

Living Pura Vida

Hi, it's been a little time since I last updated. Im currently away travelling in Central America with Matt.

We both had the opportunity to take an extended holiday which was pretty last minute and resulted in a few very hastily packed backpacks and a loose idea of route we wanted to take.

So far we've been to Panama and currently in our final country, Costa Rica. I've been posting pictures on Twitter via Instagram (finally on there) if you want to see where we've been. Username @luxxmint

It's been a fantastic trip so far, beautiful countries and adventures along the way.

I'll be sure to post my photos on my return and in the meantime have a sparkly Happy New Year.




6 December 2012

Filini Radisson Blu Birmingham

A few weeks back Matt were invited to Radisson Blu hotel's restaurant Filini. I have to be honest I never usually opt for a hotel restaurant as my first choice - I have no idea why, it's not based on any bad experience. I was pleasantly suprised, set on the first floor in a modern airy window lined room it had a quiet atmosphere with candle lit tables.
 
The food was lovely, the antipasti being my highlight, I do love my cured meats and cheeses. We shared a bottle of wine from the extensive wine list and stretched out our meal over a few hours. The service deserves a special mention, everyone was very attentive.

I took some photos throughout the meal so you can enjoy!


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Selection of breads and crackers with balsamic and oil.

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Meat antipasti to share, it was just delicious, the gorganzola dolce and bresola especially. I could eat this everyday and never tire of it.
 
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I chose the tagliatelle with crab meat and a soave cream sauce. This was such a huge portion and very filling, I only managed half but the crab meat was so tasty!

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Matt choose the pan fried snapper with green vegetables. This was light and fresh and Matt said seasoned perfectly. The fish flaked perfectly too.

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Matt also had the homemeade tart of the day which was chocolate orange with champagne sorbet.

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I was so full but can never resist a sorbet selection, the perfect pallette cleanser and the lemon was perfectly tart and refreshing.
 
 
The hotel and restaurant are in the centre of the city so perfect for a weekend break if you are visiting or if you are local it's at Holloway Circus.
 
 


4 December 2012

Grazia magazine regional special - The Midlands

Here it is! This is the regional special of Grazia magazine for the Midlands, I have been working on as a Local Ambassador as mentioned in yesterday's post and it's finally out today.

This issue has a selection of Local Abassadors from Birmingham & Warwick, Nottingham, Loughborough & Leicester and local readers sharing their top 10 highlights and places not to miss in their areas.

If you are in the region you can pick up the issue for a special price of just £1 and they have a host of special discounts for readers.

You'll find discounts in:

Birmingham & Warwick -  The Vintage Salon, The Jeykll and Hyde pub, and The Spa in Leamington and Present Days in Warwick.

Nottingham: Delilah Deli, Cow, Zullo & Holland, Hopkinson Vintage and Nottingham Contemporary.

Leicester and Loughborough: Maiyango, Pink Pigeon Vintage, Delice Deli and Cafe, Guilty Pleasures Chocolate Academy and The Exchange.

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Along with all the great finds in each city there is my Girl about Town column with some of my favourite things to do in Birmingham.

It's so strange seeing myself in a magazine! I'm wearing top - Urban Outfitters, Trousers - H&M, Boots - Topshop, watch - Michael Kors and bag - Alexander Wang.


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Let me know if you pick up a copy and if you take advantage of any of the discounts, and look out for regional specials in your area if your not a Midlander.

As well I had the pleasure of writing a blog post on the Grazia Daily website with my perfect weekend spent in Birmingham. You can check out what I do here! http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/fashion/community/grazia-local--birmingham-blogger-laura-of-luxx-mint-shares-her-citys-best-bits

Right i'm off to buy a handful of copies - my grandparents are going to want a read!!!

3 December 2012

Grazia Local Ambassador

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(an old photo of me - look how long my hair was!)

You may remember a few months back when I teamed up with Grazia to run the Street Style Fashion week in Birmingham. I'm so pleased (and honoured) to have become a local ambassador for Grazia and take part in a regional special for their magazine and Grazia daily website.

Grazia Local is made up of a selected few bloggers around the country sharing what they love about their towns and cities and must see attractions. You'll know i'm passionate about my city Birmingham from my reviews of restaurants and events happening over the city from previous posts but now I get to share them on a bigger scale!

First off I have a shiny new button on my site you can see on the left (i'll add a link in very soon) and secondly I'll be posting tomorrow with exactly what i've been up to. I hope you'll pop back tomorrow to see the final result, i'm so excited.