Made In Chelsea Special: Jamie Laing

It’s that time of year again… the leaves have started falling, the temperature is dropping and once again St David’s Shopping Centre played host to the ever popular Student Lock In.

Thousands of students queued up for several hours in order to spend their newly acquired student loans on everything from new shoes to bespoke jewellery.

In between all the discounts and free alcohol, I got to catch up with E4’s resident heartbreaker…Jamie Laing!

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The Made In Chelsea star visited St David’s Shopping Centre in Cardiff, for the Welsh leg of his Candy Cruise…an interactive trip around the UK which has seen Jamie and his Candy Kittens team releasing clues and asking people to come and find them! Promoting his exclusive range of sweets this is a confectionary brand like no other, fashion forward and innovative…and of course super yummy!

Full of energy Jamie greeted me warmly and we began chatting in between him posing for photos and signing autographs.

When asked for the gossip on the latest series Jamie immediately let slip that Spencer comes out as gay…that’s a new one on me!

When pressed for a more serious answer Jamie graciously admitted to now being single and that means he can kiss as many lovely ladies as he wants…Me first!

Jamie’s brand of merchandise used to feature in Kingdom of Sweets which is no longer there. When asked whether he is planning on finding another stockist for his products he was incredibly enthusiastic, explaining how great Cardiff was and that if he can find the right brand and it works then definitely!

Realising I was stealing important one on one time with Jamie and his fans I said goodbye Chelsea-style… kiss kiss darling!

We love the brand and we love the man behind it!

You can catch the new season of Made In Chelsea on 14th October at 10pm on E4.

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Hit or Miss: Five Guys

I recently visited the brand new branch of Five Guys in Reading and if I’m being brutally honest I’m not sure whether It lived up to the hype that had been building from everything I’d heard.

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Let’s start with the good…The best bit of my whole visit was being served by Hollie…Or Holly, sorry if I’ve spelt it wrong…She went out of her way to help me when I had lots of bags and after having a bit of a bad day her cheery disposition really perked me up!

Now the brand does offer some great and unusual choices of burger toppings… grilled mushrooms, green peppers, fresh (i.e., spicy) jalapenos and the usual onions and pickles. You can also choose to have your burger “All The Way” which is with every topping…I highly recommend this for the full Five Guys experience!

The fries were great: thick-cut so they’re still fluffy and potato-y on the inside. The location is slightly out of the way of the main shopping centre area so you would need to know it’s there, but it’s a good addition to the centre, after we waved goodbye to the miserable Pontis cafe that used to be there.

The high-tech drinks dispensers are a joy… they make it possible to have all kinds of different drinks from one machine, which sounds like every other drinks machine but trust me…It’s much more fun!

Now for the bad… I was originally tempted in by a promo girl handing out leaflets, who told me that it was “real fast food!, So fast it only takes 2 minutes”…I was sold! Although 10 minutes later I was still waiting for my burger and a bit annoyed as I’d booked a taxi to pick me up which had already rung me once to see where I was…Luckily they agreed to wait.

Now for the ugly… In the 10 minutes that I stood waiting for my food, 4 members of staff were served theirs. Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that they are able to eat there for their lunch and they probably get a lovely staff discount…But I’m the customer…I’m paying for a service which I’m not receiving because the staff are too busy serving the other staff. Normally I wouldn’t mind, but bearing in mind I’d already been lied to about the waiting time and the fact that there were close to 15 people ‘on duty’ in the kitchen at one point just really agitated me!

What made it so much worse, was that there was a member of staff stood next to the kitchen, chugging down a jumbo coca cola, who by his accent, telling everyone what they were doing wrong and just his general demeanour, I assumed to be someone who’s come over to the UK to “show us Brits how it’s done”…There is never an excuse for poor customer service…ever… and this guy clearly should have been leading the way!

I would return, purely for the food, not the service…unless of course I can manage to get the fabulous Hollie again!

Let’s Get Cosy!

Anyone who knows me well, knows there is only one place in Cardiff I continually return to time and time again and that’s the hidden gem that is Cosy Club.

A discreet hideaway, it’s perfectly positioned in a central location with a great view across the main shopping street in the city.

Cosy Club is like a grown-ups’ social playground…Whether you’re grabbing brunch with a friend, booking one of their wine tasting sessions or curling up on the sofas for an intimate date it’s the perfect setting.

I recently went there for dinner with my friend Jack and we might have spoilt ourselves just a little bit.

We started with the Vegetarian & Cheese sharing platter, this included all of our favourites such as baked brie, olives and pâté. 

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We also had some cheesy garlic bread on the side which is the best I’ve ever tasted.

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We opted for tapas for our mains, both going for the crispy, cheese-coated potatoes and the pan-fried mushrooms in a fiery peppercorn sauce.

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My third plate was the red wine infused chorizo and Jack had the mini fish fingers with freshly made tartar sauce.

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Okay…we were so full by this point we contemplated stopping but then we remembered… there’s always room for dessert…hehe!

I chose the lemon posset which came with crystallized lemon and a lemon curd shortbread…nom nom nom!!

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 Jack chose the raspberry crème brulée, stunning to look at with the glass-like topping and once broken into there was the surprise of Chambord-soaked raspberries inside.

After feeling suitably stuffed we made our way home, but not before saying goodbye to the evening’s host Amy who always gives you a warm welcome and makes sure you’ve had a great time.

The whole team at Cosy Club always make you feel like one in a million and it’s for this reason that I will continue to keep going back!