Thursday, 16 August 2012

Restaurant review - Chimichanga Cardiff

Over the last couple of months I've eaten out quite a lot, it's something Matt and I both really enjoy. Because of this I'm starting to discover that some places are fields ahead with regard to food and service, but it's mainly service that makes or breaks a dining experience for me.

On Tuesday evening Matt and I ventured into Cardiff city centre, Matt had a hankering for Mexican food and I'm never one to turn down a chance to eat Mexican. Seriously, I love the stuff. We headed to Chimichanga which is in St David's shopping centre, it's part of the food court there which isn't particularly great but you don't notice if you're sitting inside the restaurant. 

On arrival we were greeted promptly and given a choice of sitting inside the main restaurant or outside, as I don't like being watched by passers by we chose to sit inside. After being seated we were quickly asked if we would like drinks as well as any nachos and dip. Having eaten at Chimichanga in the past we had developed a tradition of always having their nachos and pico de gallo (priced at £3.75). This time we added cheese to the nachos for an added £1.00, something Matt is insisting we do from now on. The nachos were warm and crispy, the only quibble I have with the dish is that the pico de gallo isn't spicy enough and and could do with more coriander, but that's purely personal preference.  

For our mains we ordered Mexican chicken chimichanga (£10.95) and chunky beef chilli con carne enchilada (£11.50). Our mains came quickly and were served piping hot, the presentation was pretty good too considering how hard it must be to present Mexican food nicely.

Mexican Chicken Chimichanga - great presentation!

This was the first time I'd had the chimichanga and I don't regret it, it was great. The chicken inside was all white meat and the chef certainly didn't skimp on it, it was spiced perfectly and served on a bed of Mexican rice and black beans. It was probably one of the best things I've eaten at Chimichanga and I'd definitely have it again. 

Matt's Enchilada. 
Matt opted for the beef enchilada, which must have been good as he wolfed it down and when I asked if it was good he just about managed to mumble and nod at me. As an American Matt knows his Mexican food and out of any of the Tex Mex/Mexican/Latin inspired places in Cardiff Chimichanga is his favourite place to eat. 

Prices at Chimichanga are reasonable, with mains starting from £5.95 for a salad (plain ceasar) to £14.50 for a mixed fajita. Our bill came to £33.95 for one starter, two mains and three soft drinks which is not too shabby at all. 

All in all I'd say we had a good experience and we'll definitely be going back.

9 Bridge Street
Cardiff
CF10 2EF

02920 340220

Chimichanga takes walk ups, phone bookings and online bookings. 
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Sunday, 12 August 2012

My week in photos

I've had a bit of a mixed week, some of it has been great and some of it not so much. The debacle surrounding our mortgage continued into this week, it caused me a heck  of a lot of stress. So much so that I ended up getting ill and having an incredibly miserable couple of days where I would get home from work at 5.30 pm and just go straight to bed until 7.00 am the next day. Thankfully, on Thursday we received the news that the risk department of the bank were happy with Matt's visa situation so they would give us a mortgage. The financial advisor kept telling me that our case was really complicated when it was anything but, it was frustrating.

On Thursday it was the one year anniversary of my grandfather's death, I took the afternoon off work and a bunch of us took my nan out for lunch and a potter around. It was nice and without much emphasis on how crap it is now that my grampy isn't around. He wouldn't have wanted us moping around after him.

Here's a round up of my week.

Our house has a roof!!

Cardiff has a gold postbox!



The rugby season has kicked off with a friendly yesterday. We lost by five points but it was so good being back at the Cardiff Arms Park. Fingers crossed my season ticket will arrive this week.

Today my mum and I went shopping at an out of town retail place in Newport, I know that these out of town shopping centres are sucking the life out of city centres but they're so much easier to get to and I find them so much more relaxed. I swear I only went to buy some nude coloured shoes...

1. My haul, oops! 2. Present from my mum for the guest room. 3. Goodies for my hair and eyes. 4. L'Oreal Revitalift, I'm planning a post about this in the next few days.

Lovely summer dress from Peacocks. Reduced from £22 to £12 but I got it for £10 due to a fault on the zip. It's my fixer-upper dress.

By fault on the zip I mean that there's a gaping hole in the back of the dress where the zip has come away from the dress. 

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Skincare continued

After months of putting up with terrible skin I finally caved and went to see the nurse this week. She was great and has prescribed me some cream that will hopefully help, although she did say that it will be six weeks before I notice the difference. In the mean time I'm trying to be good with my skin.

My current skin care regime is pretty boring really, I use Clinique's three step system.


I really love the toner and moisturizing lotion, I'd highly recommend them both. In the evening I supplement the lotion on my chin for Duac cream (on prescription). It stays on all night until I wash it off in the morning.

The most adventurous I get is exfoliating twice a week with Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash from Boots. At just over £2.00 this face wash is a dream, not to mention it smells unbelievably good. Seriously, I could eat it. But I won't, I'd probably be bitterly disappointed if it tasted disgusting.


For those of you wondering what on earth I use the ibuprofen gel for, well I've found that it helps relieve the pain from those yucky deep spots (yes, I realise it's pretty gross to talk about but we all get them from time to time). I use it very sparingly and only on very painful spots, if you do try and use this please remember that it's just the same as taking ibuprofen tablets so you shouldn't use it too often. Don't use it  more frequently than every four hours and no more than four times in 24 hours, don't go taking ibuprofen tablets at the same time either.

Fingers crossed I may have things sorted and the Duac will help break the cycle of infection that has caused the spots on the sides of my mouth for the last year.

If any of you have any must have products or skin clearing methods let me know!
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Sunday, 5 August 2012

My month in photos

Judging by the photos in this entry the last month has consisted of two things:

1) Food/eating
2) House related jobs

Whilst the whole food/eating thing has been mainly really, really yummy (seriously, I've eaten so much good food recently) it's showing on my waistline now. Skirts and trousers that fit me a year ago no longer fit, this is something that I find quite upsetting. I've always been slim, I was seven and a half stone for a long time, it wasn't until after I got married did the weight begin to creep on. I know they say wedded bliss and all that but things have been far from blissful in the last year and a half so I have nothing or no one to blame other than myself.

Things have got to change, I'm trying to make healthier choices from now on and I'm determined to find some sort of exercise that I enjoy. I was going to Pilates a few months ago but doing that once a week won't shift the pounds, all it did was help with my anxiety. My problem is that I don't like doing things alone and gym/fitness partners are really non existent. Matt refuses to exercise completely (damn his fast metabolism) so that doesn't help really as we both have a very sedentary lifestyle and despite currently hating how I look I find it hard to motivate myself to do something about it.

As for the house jobs, well what a faff the last few months have been. We've been strung along and lied to by the people we were buying a house from so now we're buying a lovely shiny new build, sadly we're now encountering people that have no idea what they're talking about. It's understandable though, how many people know the ins and outs of immigration law? Not that many is what I'm discovering.

Anyway, the house we're buying will  be lovely. It's a terraced townhouse, I have bags and bags of ideas for it. I'm looking forward to sharing them with you guys over the coming months.

1. Amazing salt beef sandwich from Coffee a go go in Cardiff. 2. Mineral Ice (from the States but available on Amazon) has been a life saver recently. 3. Our house in progress, as of yesterday the roof still wasn't on. 4. Mega lovely lunch from M&S. 5. I've been hitting up Yo! Sushi a heck of a lot recently, twice in the last week! 6. Picking our kitchen. 7. Rose I want outside our house. 8. Another lovely lunch thanks to M&S.


 
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