Date Night: Loki Wine Merchant & Tasting House

If you follow me on instagram (https://instagram.com/xjennaloulou)  then you will have seen that a few weeks ago I went wine tasting (again!).

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Dan has been working so hard lately and I just wanted a cute little date night that we could do on a weekday to relax & unwind during another stressful week.

Up stepped the most awarded Wine Merchant in Birmingham. Located in the Great Western Arcade, Loki Wine was the perfect venue for a lovely, relaxed evening of wine tasting.

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If you head over to their website here, you will see the current events that they have coming up.

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We attended the Rioja masterclass which was on Wednesday 28 October 2015 & started at 6pm.

We headed over to Birmingham & grabbed a coffee & then wandered over to Loki around 6pm.

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We were taken upstairs to the tasting room where we were greeted by Rioja goody bags.

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On the table was water and spittoons but we were encouraged to taste the wine & swallow if we so wished, which of course we did!

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We also had a slice of chorizo & some delightful manchego  cheese to pair with the wines.  Loki also sell meat & cheese platters & all food is sourced from the local, traditional delicatessen which is fantastic for local, independent businesses.

A pen was provided to us if we wished to make notes of the wines that we tasted etc.

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The experience was led by Paul who was so educated in wine that me & Dan felt like we could have listed to him all day!

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There was around 18 people on the tasting, which was a lovely number; just intimate enough but also a nice number to interact with.

We tasted 6 wines in total (including one white Rioja and one rosé Rioja).  We then tasted a range of Rioja’s varying in price.

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Every wine we tried was available to buy in the store on the lower ground.

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You can also come in, order some food, buy a tasting card starting at £10.00 & work your way around the wines.

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This is a fantastic idea if you’ve been wondering about a certain wine, but you don’t necessarily want to purchase a whole bottle just in case it’s not for you!

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Our wine tasting evening finished on Paul opening a bottle of 1970 Rioja which was a real experience!

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To drink something that’s nearly twice my age was wonderful & would make a great talking point at a dinner party!

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After the tasting had finished I took a look around Loki & was impressed with how relaxed it was.  There was a lovely room where you could bring your wine & have a natter after work or have a glass of wine after a morning of retail therapy.

We were also encouraged to browse the store before it closed around 8pm, which we took full advantage of!

Movie Review: American Sniper

So, Date Night took us to the cinema to see the much anticipated American Sniper.

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WOW. What an amazing film.

Directed by Clint Eastwood, & staring Bradley Cooper, I always had high hopes for this film. Naively, not knowing the story of Chris Kyle, I went into this movie with an open mind.

Chris Kyle (Cooper), is considered the best U.S Navy SEAL sniper in military history.

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He meets his wife (Sienna Miller), in a bar & they marry. After the dreadful 9/11 attacks, Chris is sent to Iraq.

The story really then develops & unravels the dreadful scenes, emotions and painful death that war brings. During the ten years in service, Chris & his wife have two children, who he see’s hardly anything of, but still remains a loving, positive father figure that his children are proud of. Everybody loves Chris Kyle.

The strain on relationships, real life and the emotions that war bring are really shown through Cooper & Miller.

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After a horrendous attack, Chris decides it’s finally time to come home to his family. He struggles to adjust to civilian life and is haunted by both his experience, and his decision to come home.

A fantastic war film with an unrecognisable Bradley Cooper, I truly got sucked in & was on the edge of my seat throughout. The understanding and empathy I have/didn’t have with the consequences of war were really toyed with.

For those who also do not know the story of Chris Kyle, I will not spoil or reveal the ending to the movie.

All I will say is that it hugely played with my emotions, and I exited the cinema both very upset and angry with the world.

Movie Review: The Theory Of Everything.

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Friday night date night saw us embark on the journey of the most talked about Movie of the year so far.

The Theory of Everything is something else. It was heartbreaking. Beautifully heartbreaking.

We have all heard of Steven Hawking. The famous Physicist, right? But what do we actually know about the man himself?

In 1963, Hawking was given two years to live. In 2015, at 73 years old, he remains one of the most fascinating men alive.

The film explores the relationship between Hawking and his wife of 30 years, Jane.

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English actors Eddie Redmayne (Stephen) & Felicity Jones (Jane) were absolutely flawless. The chemistry between them and the story in which they told in 123 minutes was a privilege to watch. They have cast a spell over me which has become almost impossible to remove. They took my breath away.

I found the love between Jane & Stephen overwhelming. From meeting at University, to the roller coaster ride they embarked on, the compassion and unselfishness of Jane in the early days of Stephen’s illness was unbelievable.

Bringing up a family & looking after Stephen just goes to show that after all of the equations, science and facts, love is the strongest emotion you will ever experience.

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The breakdown of their relationship, and ultimately their marriage, makes me quite teary just thinking about it. The real life struggle between the two is something I cannot fathom.

The film really hit home a few messages. As long as you’re breathing, you’re living. Make the most of your loved ones and the life in which you lead. Take every breath with appreciation. Run with your ideas, dance in the moonlight, kiss under the stars. Do not regret anything. And most importantly, stand by who/what you believe in.

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Overall, this film is remarkable. I demand everyone who has ever felt love for someone go watch this film, immediately. It will take your boundaries and multiply them by ten. It will make you think. It will make you cry. It will make you smile. It will make you appreciate.

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Saturday Night Date Night

Watching a film this weekend? Of course you are!

Want a guilt free, yummy snack to take to the cinema? Of course you do!

Well then, you’ve come to the right place!

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Propercorn is made by the lovely Cassandra who, as a child, and with her father, used to conjure up weird and wonderful concoctions of flavours, experimenting with ingredients to make the perfect popcorn.

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Not only is each bag sin and guilt free (the lightly sea salted pack is only 88 calories and Gluten & Wheat Free!), the taste is unbelievable! I am obsessed with the Sweet Coconut & Vanilla flavour. I’ve brought 3 bags in the last week!

They are perfect for cinema or movie night snacking – just don’t ask me to share!

Go check them out here for more information! 

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