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I’ve had a good week this week, a slow start trying to catch up on competition entries and adding things to the ever expanding list for the big trip!! Two weeks and counting…

Wednesday was our busiest day, we went to Cardiff to stroll around the centre, Hubby went to the big CD shop as usual, I went for a coffee.  CD shops bore me rigid!!
We also had our first visit to Red Hot Buffet as a #redhottastemaker – you can read about it here if you wish.
We were going to follow the meal with a trip to the cinema but I forgot to take my Orange mobile with us – yes I have 2 mobiles.. the Orange one is a cheap £10 one and used for Orange Wednesdays.  So we had to return home to get the phone and go to the Cinema in Newport. We went to see Elysium and wasn’t overly impressed.

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The Red Hot Experience

Some readers may know that there is a new road being constructed between M4 Junction 23a and follows the old Llanwern Steelworks road down to Newport. They’ve been constructing for 18 months and it should have opened in April. When we came back from Cardiff and turned off on J23a (our junction) I noticed that the cones were gone, I checked the roadsign on Main Road and the bit that covered the word ‘Newport’ had been cleared off. The road was open!! It takes about 2 miles off the journey to our best friends house and about a mile off the journey to the cinema. Plus it’s a nicer road than the M4 to the Coldra and then along the Ringland Industrial road with all it’s roundabouts!

I’m sure the road will get busy when word spreads that it’s open but for now it’s locals and those that know!!

About a week ago I was emailed to say I had won an iPod Touch in the Butlins Making Memories competition.  The iPod came on Thursday with a hand written note. A lovely touch I thought. Oh and you can read my entry here – if you wish.

Ended the week with a visit to our best friends as we’ve not seen them for a couple of months due to working shift clashes. We came back with some toys for Ashley that Kev’s sister had passed to him for us. How very kind of her 🙂 Can’t wait to see his face tomorrow!

Toys, Letter, New Road

Toys, Letter, New Road

Oh yes and while putting his new CDs away he swapped the CDs in the car and we’ve been listening to Sterophonics – Graffiti on the Train which is bliddy excellent and also Crowded House Greatest – forgot how many good tunes they had. Drove him up the wall as I sing along with them all..HA HA>>

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REVIEW: Red Hot World Buffet Cardiff September 2013

I was recently chosen to join the #RedHotTastemakers (you can read more here).

This was my first visit as a Red Hot Tastemaker. We booked for 4th September lunchtime. I took Hubby along as he was almost as keen as me to be part of it!

We arrived at 1:30pm and was warmly welcomed. We were shown to a table in the middle of the downstairs area. Hubby prefers to sit by a window or along a wall so I asked if we could have a table along the wall. No problem,  a table was set up and we were introduced to our waitress Marketa.
I explained that I was a Tastemaker and had to show her my email confirmation. She checked with the manager and came back with a big smile and confirmed that she was now aware of what the scheme is. Bless her!!

red hot buffet,

Oriental/Curry Station, Cakes, Sushi, Pasta Station

This is what we had and our opinions:

First Drink:

  • Cosmopolitan Cocktail and Cobra Beer – Cosmo was lovely – vodka and cranberry always a good mix. Cobra went well with the main course curry.

Starters:

  • Me – Sushi – very tasty and I was glad to see they had pickled ginger, wasabi and soy sauce available. I did try eating with chopsticks..but resorted to fingers and a fork.
  • Hubby – Soup – hot, tasty and quite spicy.

Salad Bar: Both of us picked bits and bobs from the selection.

  • Me – The Thai glass noodles and Tomato and mozzarella were my favourites.
  • Hubby – Liked the Tomato and mozzarella and the sprouting beans.
red hot buffet starters

Starters and Salads

Main:  There is so much to choose from, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, Pasta, Pizza, Teppanyaki but we both decided to go for Curry and we ended up choosing the same. Lamb Rogan, Chicken Korma and Pilau Rice. We also picked up some Onion Bhaji and Nan Bread.

  • Me – I preferred the Rogan, although it had a bit too much clove for my liking. I also prefer to have some onion and peppers in my Rogan.  The Pilau rice was exceptional, slightly spiced and fluffy.
  • Hubby – he preferred the Korma but was disappointed that he had to fish around for some chicken despite the pan having just been replenished on the buffet.
  • We both liked the Onion Bhaji, they had a good flavour and good crunchy crust.

Dessert: The selection is amazing. Everything is in tiny portions so you can fill your plate with lots of samples. There is also a chocolate fountain with cake and marshmallows that you can dip in.

  • Me – I liked all my selection, strawberry mouse, mango baked yogurt, chocolate brownies, my favourite were the doughy balls..served warm in a syrup – they are really scrummy..I could have had more of them!!
  • Hubby – He had apple crumble first which he thought was yummy. He then went back up as I told him there was a coconut and cherry dessert up there..he loves cherries!! He came back with a plate full of goodies, the cherry dessert, some of the doughy balls, brownies, jelly, mousse and mango yogurt. He scoffed the lot and declared that the desserts were his favourite part of the meal!
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Curry, Dessert Selection, Mojito!

2nd Drink

  • Apple Mojito and Kingfisher beer. The Mojito was delicious and I’ll definitely have it again. Mint, apple and vodka in a BIG glass..

Overall we had a great time at Red Hot. The food is well presented with plenty of choice to suit all palates and appetites.  Marketa took good care of us and was very patient waiting whilst I decided which cocktail to have.

We were both a little disappointed with the curry (hubby actually said mine were better – Sorry..) so we’ll try something else next time.  The starters and desserts were the stars of our lunch – oh along with the Apple Mojito!

The only other thing I would like to comment on is the ladies toilets. The entrance is VERY dark and inside smelt a bit (stale wee and horrid disinfectant), paper was peeling off the walls.  Could do with an overhaul!!

*Disclaimer as part of the #RedHotTastemakers we received a meal and drinks in exchange for an honest review, all thoughts pictures and content is my own and cannot be reproduced without permission.

Red Hot Tastemaker

#redhottastemakersI’m pleased to tell you that I’ve made it to the Red Hot Tastemaker Programme for 2013-2014.

I’ll admit that I nearly fell off my bean bag when I saw the email saying I’m delighted to inform you that you have been selected for the programme’.

I’ve been to the Cardiff restaurant a couple of times and really liked the food. So I’m really looking forward to my next visit and sharing some pictures and a review with you all.

Over the next year I’ll be doing Review visits,  Blogger events – where I’ll get to meet some of the lovely bloggers whose blogs I read and that I speak to online and I’ll also be involved in previews of new menus, cocktails and dishes.

Oh and I’ll get a celebratory cake for my birthday!

There will be lots of other exciting events too. I’m so excited!

To help me celebrate becoming a Red Hot Tastemaker, Red Hot would like to share their summer URL with you.
Kids aged 16 and under can eat for half price; that’s from as little as £3.99 for limitless pizza, pasta, curry, salads, desserts and ice cream (prices vary according to restaurant, day and time).
This amazing offer is only redeemable via redhot-worldbuffet.com/summer

Watchout for the tag #redhottastemakers on Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media channels!