Friday, 27 April 2012

Frankie & Benny's Review

Posted by Sonia at 10:00:00 am 11 comments
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When Liam was here a couple of weeks ago I took him to Frankie & Benny's for a special Mum/Son meal! I let him choose what ever he wanted off the menu (a teenage boy's dream!) We arrived about 6.30pm to the Lenton restaurant in Nottingham. It wasn't very busy, there were a few families in so I wasn't concerned about how the service would be. I thought we'd be done in time to catch a movie! We were showed to our table straight away and given the menu and asked if we would like drinks while we decide. The menu is huge and there is so much choice it took us a while to decide, we eventually decided and our waitress took our order. the waitress was polite but not particularly friendly. After about 15 minutes I asked if would be OK if we could move tables as I was freezing and every time the door opened I got a draft, this seemed to annoy the waitress a little; I'm not sure why as there were many other empty table in the restaurant. Anyway she moved us and it was still a little chilly but much better than where we were. 

After 45 minutes we were brought our starters, yes 45 minutes is quite a while for a starter isn't it! Especially when I had been watching the waitresses walk past them on the counter for the last 20 minutes! Needless to say my Bruschetta as lovely looking as it was; was actually stone cold! Thankfully after letting our waitress know she brought another over in under 5 minutes! 
My Bruschetta was served stone cold! The second one however was delicious!
Liam had no complaints about his Large Chicken Wings
Thankfully the rest of the evening the service got better; I wish I could say the same for the food! Liam opted for a *special* Oven Baked Chicken Parmigiana I'm really not sure what was special about it to be quite honest. The sweetcorn was completely overdone and so dry; the spaghetti was dry and stuck to the plate. Liam compared the taste to tinned Ravioli, definitely not worth  £13.95. My main course was Chicken Club Triple Decker it was supposed to be served on wholemeal bread but they didn't have any left so I go ciabatta instead. It was served with chips and coleslaw. Not a bad meal but you can't really go wrong with a chicken sandwich!! 
Oven Baked Chicken Parmigiana - not so special!
My Chicken Club Triple Decker
For our desserts we chose from the lighter options because 1 we were stuffed and 2 I didn't want to go over the £50 voucher which we had been given to review their new menu. I had Chocolate Pancakes at £2.95 they were simply dreadful - I was given a spoon to eat them but what I actually needed was a steak knife; they were so dry and tough. I had a couple of mouthfuls and left them. Liam had Lemon Sorbet which he said was lovely but still I begrudge paying £2.95 for two tiny scoops!! 
Chocolate Pancake - awful dry, tough pancakes!
Two scoops of Lemon Sorbet - can't get that wrong!
So overall I wasn't particularly happy with our Frankie & Benny's experience, Thankfully we didn't have to pay for it. The bill came to £53 and the waitress knocked off my starter which brought it to £48 so the voucher covered it. 

Would I go again? No.

Oh and we never did get to catch that film... 

Monday, 2 April 2012

Quorn - Making Meals Healthier!

Posted by Sonia at 9:00:00 am 0 comments

I’m not a vegetarian but I do use Quorn in a lot of my cooking; basically because I go to Slimming World and using Quorn as a replacement for meat in dishes like spag bol, chilli makes them syn free which means I can have as much as I like! So I’m happy as are the rest of my family who are getting a healthy, substantial meal and most of the time don’t even know the difference ;) My other half who turned his nose up at me buying Quorn was astonished when I made him Spag Bol only to be told afterwards it was made using Quorn and he did not have a clue!
I recently discovered the Quorn website and got quite excited by the amount of different recipes they have on there from everyday family favourites such as Spaghetti Bolognese, Chilli Con Carne and Cottage Pie to something a bit different like Moroccan Quorn Tagine.

My absolute favourite recipe from the Quorn website is their Quorn Lasagne – I made it recently when we had friends round and they absolutely loved it! Very easy and not a lot of hassle; just serve with a big green salad and lots of warm garlic bread a few glasses of wine and you have a perfect evening ;)
The Quorn facebook page has a large amount of followers and Quorn are encouraging people to share photos of their Quorn dishes and share recipes!  I love getting tried and tested recipes from people who  buy the product… actually that reminds me my sister makes a MEAN Quorn chilli which you can find the recipe to here ;)

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