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Flamers, the Burger – Mexican

You already know my love for Charminster and it’s array of multicultural delights, so when I came across Flamers who claimed to offer the best burgers in town along with some kick ass mexican, I thought it was too good to be true. No better way to test their claims than to stop by one rainy Sunday evening and see what all the fuss is about.

The restaurant itself is nothing fancy, just a casual bar like atmosphere where first daters mingled and families relaxed.

We sat by the window which proved a great position for people watching, especially during Ramadam in the centre of the multi-cultrual capital of Bournemouth.

The wonderful Cheryl bought over the menus and without being too distracted by the long list of mouthwatering burgers, we ordered their house special cocktails, a south american blend of spirits.

We ordered the house meatballs to share as our starter.

And my did they arrive. A smokey but sweet sauce with perfectly spiced meatballs were demolished in a matter of minutes. In fact, I could have easily have ordered another round. As soon as we’d polished off the remainders of the sauce from the meatballs the mains arrived. Of course I’d ordered the Mexican Burger. A quarter pounder burger paddy topped with guac, salsa and nachos. Yes, NACHOS. Oh life just got a whole lot sweeter.

And the “how am I going to eat this moment”…

Oh I’d find a way.

But the crown jewels of Flamers for me, besided their unbelievable burger, was Scotts beef and chorizo burrito.

Smokey and spicy, a lightly toasted tortilla lined with chorizo slices and topped with chilli beef. It was out of this world.

Oh Flamers, you’ve got me hooked.

You’ll find them on Charminster high street and I can highly recommend going as a group. Order a selection of burgers and mexican dishes and share the lot. That way, no food envy involved! Thank you also to Cheryl who was so kind and helpful, we had an awesome time!


Revolution Bournemouth

The best place in Bournemouth for 6 hungry netballers? Look no further than the brand spanking new Revolution Bar. The irony of the Revolution brand is that Revolution is nothing new. They’ve been kicking around for a long time, with bars all over the country. So when they took over one of the best locations in Bournemouth, you knew things were going to get pretty messy within those big blue doors. However, if partying with the rest of Bournemouth’s crowd isn’t your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that during the day you can kick back and relax with a cocktail and some pretty tasty food.

In the day, light pours through the windows like a quirky little side street cafe and its hard to imagine what really goes down in this exact place on a Saturday night. Each table is different but all too cosy at the same time. We chose a seat by the window at a table that I am desperate to get my mitts on!

In no time the table was full of cocktails. We all went for the Raspberry Mojito which was utterly delicious. I was rather envious of the next tables Ice Tea Cocktails which were served in the cutest little enamel mugs.

We all chose different naughtities from the menu. Marie opted for the Cheeseburger and Rachel had the chicken flatbread. Both naughty but very tasty.

Elinors Hoisin Duck pizza looks impressive enough.

But I was easily swayed with the £5 Vodka Pizza and gawd was it delicious. Sweet peppers with vodka marinated chicken and goats cheese. Where have you been all my life little pizza!

Revolution is a great casual meeting place. All around us were different groups of people from couples on first dates (clear as day a first date, sorry you nervous wrecks!), companies having a team meeting and groups of girls like usjust having a good gossip. You can enjoy 2 for 1 cocktails before 9pm all through the summer and 50% off the lunch menu (including the Vodka Pizza) for Monday lunch. A wonderfully reasonable dinner in the cutest of bars. Revolution, you’re becoming one of my favourites.

Reef Encounter, Boscombe

Scott was away for a few days last week, so in celebration of his return to sunny Bournemouth and, of course, for me not climbing a single mountain this weekend, we decided to kick things off in style, starting with breakfast at my favourite cafe.

Boscombe is a haven for surfers. Since the installation of the Surf Reef a few years ago, this little Bournemouth suburb has transformed into England’s answer to California. A fine selection of bars and cafes followed the surfers suit and before we knew it, you needn’t look any further than Boscombe for a laid back bar and a quick surf on the pristine beach.

Reef Encounter is perched on the hill a few minutes walk from the pier. Laid back and chic, you can enjoy some of Dorset’s finest produce for Brunch, lunch, dinner or a simple coffee and cake.

In an attempt to combat the crazy humidity we were graced with this weekend, I wore a little River Island jumpsuit which I picked up last year and generally only wear when I’m abroad. Oh how times have changed!

The breakfast menu ranges from a traditional full English to pancakes so there really is something for everyone. We ordered my all time favourite, Eggs Benedict.

Perfectly poached eggs, crispy english muffins and a generous portion of ham topped with the best hollandaise sauce.

There’s a real seaside, beachy feel to Reef Encounter. Sit outside, and the crowds of people excitedly heading to the seaside grace you with their eagerness. Sit inside and you can enjoy the soft, relaxed atmosphere while listening to Jack Johnson’s smooth sounds.

The view isn’t too shabby either.

Reef Encounter is the perfect location for casual California-eqsue dining. Their specials board is always full of local delights (the crab cakes are out of this world!). You can check out their website here, but always book to avoid disappointment, this place gets busy!