Classic Wine Tasting Review – Veeno Manchester

Classic Wine Tasting Review – Veeno Manchester: February 2017

veenoposts“Two Italians Abroad” aka Nino and Andrea came to the UK to work and study. Little did they know that this decision would take them on a journey of a lifetime. A game of football and a few Vino’s after the match united them and their passion for authentic high quality food and drink. A few glasses of Vino later, some careful planning along with a spritz of entrepreneurial spirit, saw the very first Veeno open in Manchester city centre in 2013! Bringing a little taste of Italy to the UK by introducing the Aperitivo culture – a place where friends & family gather to socialise after work while enjoying drinks and nibbles in a relaxed setting. With Nino and Andrea’s combined expertise and business acumen Veeno continues to enjoy expansion throughout the UK – Watch this space the Italians might be coming to a town near you! Exciting stuff! Veeno Manchester clearly has a cosy cute café atmosphere, that has an instant relaxing effect. Glass tables with wine cork features really add to the Italian rustic charm of the place.  Warmly welcomed by all the Veeno family team our Sicilian Italian Island adventure began with a glass of the fizzy stuff – Bellissimo!

veno222Barista Seda provided us with a cute mini wine booklet and guided us through the Classic wine tasting experience which included tastings of two white wines, three red and a sweet wine. Impressively, all the wines come from Caruso & Minini a four-generation family vineyard and award-winning wine producers. All wines were paired up with an authentic ‘spuntini’ spread (Appetisers). Amazing Altamura bread with family produced oil, olives, bruschetta with olive pate, salame Milano, 18 month seasoned parma ham slices and parmigiano Reggiano – yummy!! Finally hands up for the mouth-watering homemade Italian tiramisu – a lovely, light tasty treat! Super Seda was wonderful and delivered knowledge in a learning style that was both exciting and engaging. Injecting her own personality into the presentation – in particular, I loved Seda’s unique take on the house white labelling this the ‘ladies larger’. Also, an excellent feature is that after each wine presentation, you are left alone to discuss, reflect and enjoy the offerings. A perfect time to bring out the mini wine booklet and test your knowledge! The tasting is informal, informative and importantly – fun and gives you a true authentic taste of the Italy.

After all the vino we may have been slightly swaying like the leaning tower of Pisa, but we were not given the Italian boot! Veeno is a home with a heart – one where everyone is made to feel welcome.

Grazie to all the Veeno team, my fellow bloggers and followers for reading 🙂

Melanie xx


Veeno, 14 Brazennose Street, Manchester, M2 6LW.

0161 839 6742


Sunday – Thursday

12.00 noon – 10:00pm

Friday – Saturday

12.00 noon – 00:00 midnight

Along with the Spuntini our Wine Flight included:

House White, Label: Tasari, Grape: Catarratto, Apricots and honey – 12%

The fruitiest White, Label: Giumara, Grape: Inzolia, Fruity and crisp -12.5%

The smoothest Red, Label: Giumara, Grape: Frappato & Nerello, Herbs and prunes – 13.5%

The classic Red, Label: Giumara, Grape: Nero d’Avola, Red fruits and herbs – 13.5%

The elegant Red, Label: Cusora, Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Spicy fragrances – 13.5%

Dessert Wine Marsala – Family produced dessert wine Fortified similar to Port or Sherry – 18%

It’s Official, I L❤️ve all my Followers, Fellow Bloggers and Brand Collaborations ❤️


final-copy-loveLets continue to enjoy the Blogging journey. Lets take the flight of a lifetime and together take our blogs to new heights.  I love all my followers, fellow bloggers and the brands that I collaborate with.  Thank you for all your support.  Enjoy the chocolate cake and cocktail 🙂

Happy Valentines Day.

Melanie xx


Iain Burnett highland chocolatier Review

Iain Burnett highland chocolatier: February 2017


Valentine’s day and love is in the air, well a love for chocolate that is, as I decided to indulge in my cute chocolatey treats sent from Award-winning artisan chocolatier Iain Burnett. Iain has a wealth of experience and an impressive résumé, as he trained under the Master Chocolatiers of the Belgian, Swiss and French schools! Iain now supplies chocolate delights to some of the best hotels, British Airways First and several Michelin Star chefs throughout the UK. The chocolates included an impressive list of ingredients such as uniquely flavoured single-origin cocoa that comes all the way from the volcanic island of São Tomé in the South Atlantic and if that was not enough this cocoa is then masterfully mixed with an unblended fresh Scottish cream from a particular herd of cows!  Also, all products are Alcohol and preservative free.

The Decorative Tin of Strawberries and Raspberries is a perfect gift for a loved one, family or friend and the fresh flavour was exceptional. The white chocolate and berries combination was a marriage made in heaven. Sweet, sharp and simply sensational. The Chocolatier’s Selection box was cute, compact and perfectly formed. Exquisite, handcrafted chocolatey parcels of palatal pleasure that included Iain’s amazing Award Winning Velvet Truffle. Their small dedicated team of chocolatiers have clearly put heart, soul and love into meticulously creating these exquisite hand-crafted chocolate creations.

Thank you to Iain Burnett highland chocolatier’s, my fellow bloggers and followers for reading 🙂

Melanie xx

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Popchips Review

Popchips Review: February 2017

popchips1Popchips a California creation began in 2007 and is one of the fastest growing snack brands in America. Los Angeles in California is the Headquarters for the fabulous Popchips and now with an office right here in the UK they are popping up all over the world. Keith Belling a serial entrepreneur along with Pat Turpin a fellow foodie and business start-up guru are both the founders and chairmen behind these cool crazy crisps…well chips! Both have a wealth of experience in business – in fact over 40 years between them! This pair of super snackers are clearly passionate about Popchips and launching a healthier snack off worldwide. Exciting stuff!  Even more exciting was the big bold red boxed delivery, that I received.  My turn to go on a ridge ride and get my snack on!

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Bundobust Manchester Review

Bundobust Manchester Review: February 2017

bundofixturesFrom Mumbai to Manchester the Bundobust Boys are in town and already are a sensational Bollywood Hit. Founders Mark Husak who’s specialism lies in the craft beer market and Mayur Patel with his extensive foodie knowledge using recipes passed down from his parents and grandparents, have brought a much needed element of spice into the Manchester Piccadilly area. A game of two half’s Bundobust offers a specialist selection of craft beers and simple yet innovative Indian street food…what’s not to like right?! The Bundobust Entrance walls are adorned with recycled doors luckily, we made the right choice and went straight on inside. Relaxed laid back setting, décor simple and inviting with authentic Indian film posters, a mix of cosy booth style seating and communal benches. Welcomed warmly by staff we got cosy and chilled out in the booth while we looked over the mouth-watering menu.

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Pen and Pencil NQ Review

Pen and Pencil NQ Review: January 2017pennerrrrExtra, extra read all about it…as New York Meets the Northern quarter in Manchester City Centre. Situated on the corner of Hilton and Tarrif Street, this trendy New York style bar and eatery takes their name from the infamous mid-20th Century bar on East 45th Street in New York city which drew in newspaper journalists and the advertising business gurus- the original Madison Avenue ‘mad men’. Pen and Pencil have taken their inspiration from the ‘Mad Men’ creative revolution, as you can see from the restroom décor and combined with the new, as the place has a central perk style feel, with the Cosy seating, industrial features such as the cool light fixtures and of course what New York style eatery would be complete without a great big stonking ‘show off’ centrepiece coffee machine!

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Friday Fame…remember my name! ;) Exciting Stuff!

Friday Fame: February 2017


After a gloomy Januray, February has got off to a booming start! Excited to see my Nutri-Bombz ‘ Big Balls of Brilliance’ review featured on their exciting new Nutri-Noize Social Page! Happy days! As if this was not enough, I was honoured to be with the likes of Shona McCallin who was part of the women’s hockey team at Rio 2016, who collected their first ever Olympic gold medal.  Natalie Williams and Katie Hurry part of the England Karate Team, fellow blogger Toni Terry and personal trainer and all round fitness guy Bradley Simmonds.

Happy Friday and thank you to all my fellow brilliant bloggers and lovely followers for their support 🙂

Melanie xx