Last week I took a trip to Siren in Liverpool city centre with a few bloggers from the North West Bloggers group. Siren had organised a menu tasting event with a few of Liverpool’s local bloggers so when I heard about it I HAD to go! Anything food related and I am there. Having only ever been to my first event a few weeks back (ShoutOut Network’s podcasting festival) I was so excited to get to attend a blogger-specific event for the first time.
Finding Out About The Event
If you’ve read any of my recent blog posts then you’ll know that I’ve finished my university course entirely and am back home in Liverpool for the summer. So, since I’m home I thought I’d try and get involved in the Liverpool bloggers scene. You might know already that I started up a Twitter account a few months back specifically for Liverpool-based bloggers. It’s a place where bloggers in the area can connect and network with local brands and bloggers. Despite living in the South East for university, I wanted to start up something for my home city ready for when I was back. And I’m so glad I did because I’ve managed to build a little network on there in a short time! Anyway, I found out about the event through one of my mutual followers on the @LPLbloggers account and was added to the guest list.
Arriving at the Venue
I have to admit, attending your first blogging event can be pretty nerve-wracking! Even as someone who thinks of themselves as fairly self-confident, it’s still daunting walking into your first event. I had no idea what to expect at all, other than great food of course. I’d been to Siren about 4 years ago for a party but had never tried any of their food before so I was looking forward to it.
I arrived a little before the meeting time after absolutely powering through town to escape the horrible rain! As I walked in, in front of me was the main bar area and a long table set up for the event. The rest of the venue was seriously Instagrammable. We’re talking huge floor-to-ceiling windows, fairy lights and baby pink curtains. I took my seat at the table and was instantly greeted with an elderflower gin spritz which was absolutely delicious. If you know me you know how much I love a good gin!
The Menu for the Evening
Once all the other bloggers had arrived and we’d had a little chat it was time for the food. The idea of the menu was to showcase their new range of small plates. I love the fact that small plates have become such a huge thing in the UK over the last few years. As someone who has always loved Spain and their tapas culture, small plates are some of my favourites. They’re so great for letting you try a range of different foods without having to commit to a large portion.
We got to try the whole small plate menu but I thought I’d share a few of my favourites. The first being their halloumi fries. Now I love me a good halloumi fry, or just any cheese in general really. When these were presented in front of me I was pretty excited to say the least. What I loved so much about Siren’s halloumi fries was the fact that they didn’t taste oily at all. It can be pretty easy to ruin a halloumi fry by over-doing it on the oil but I have to say they nailed it with these. I could’ve easily eaten the entire portion!
Next up was their coconut prawns with chilli, lime and curry mayo. I think it’s pretty clear in my Foodie’s Guide to Seville post that I am a huge fish lover. Anything with a bit of a kick is definitely my style when it comes to food as well. Siren really brought the two together when it came to this dish.
We’ve had veg and fish, now it’s time for a little meaty dish. I give you their chicken wings with garlic, chilli and coriander. Again, the little hit of chilli gave these wings a bit of something special. Although I have to admit I’m not one to get excited about wings in the same way I would about prawns. Seriously…I’m obsessed with them.
After the wings was their tenderstem broccoli with baked feta. I couldn’t stop myself from snacking on this dish throughout the entire evening. Broccoli isn’t exactly a food that most people get excited about. But I definitely did. I think out of the entire table I was the biggest fan of this dish. I’d rather have fish or veg over meat any day so, after letting my fellow bloggers enjoy the wings, I went hard on the broccoli!
The final dish was their skin on fries with parmesan and roast garlic aioli. Pretty much everyone loves a good chip, right? Add parmesan and a banging dip and I’m definitely sold. Just like the broccoli, these were the perfect snack-as-you-chat dish. Plus they’re perfecting for sharing!
Thank you to Siren for an amazing first blogging event! It was so lovely getting to taste some stunning food and meet local bloggers. For anyone who wants to pay them a little visit I’d definitely recommend heading in for their midweek wine and dine deal. From 4pm they offer 5 small plates and a bottle of wine for £30. Perfect for an evening for two!
If you’re a blogger who’s based in Liverpool or the North West then make sure to follow @LPLbloggers on Twitter to find out about upcoming events and opportunities. Like the sound of Siren? Make sure to check out one of my favourite Liverpool spots, Castle Street Townhouse.