BLOG AWARDS 2017…I am officially in the running!

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NOW exciting news is in the air, I am in the running for the blog awards 2017!  The next stage of the process is the PUBLIC VOTE, which begins today!

“The awards are now in their fourth year and we have seen a substantial increase in quality of entrants. The UK Blog Awards are the biggest and UK’s longest running programme to recognise influencer talent and we cannot wait to celebrate with you in 2017”.

Followers and fellow bloggers your support and positive feedback has already been amazing and is much appreciated.  NOW is the time to have your SAY and if you like what you see VOTE for ME!🙂 Select FOOD and DRINK + LIFESTYLE on the drop down menu, here is the link:

http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2017/entries/forkwardthinkingfoodinista

Feel free to tweet, facbook, reblog and share this post with the world.  Happy Blogging!!🙂

Thank you kindly in advance and best of luck to all the other entrants🙂

Melanie xx

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NOW what would you do with…24 Hours in Toronto?

NOW What would you do with 24hours in Toronto: 3rd December 2016

Being asked “how I would spend 24 hours in my favourite city” was an easy question – Tick Tock…Toronto in 24 hours the countdown has begun…

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Catch the ferry to Toronto Billy Bishop Airport and just the location in itself is a hidden gem, as the views looking back at the city skyscraper backdrop are incredible. Things got a bit cheesy posing for photos at the side of our own private helicopter, but what the heck this is definitely an activity worth smiling about. Strapped in position, head sets and microphones in place and no need to worry about congested city traffic, as the radio waves opened to the tune of “roger roger are we ready for take-off”. Adrenaline was pumping, as the pilot began his ascent…up up and away as we soared into the air for an aerial adventure of a lifetime. Core city landmarks such as the CN tower, Rogers stadium and Lake Ontario are visible in all their glory. In fact the whole city is, breath-taking views, sensational scenery and there was an uplifting calmness during flight. Surprising considering that we were at 2000 feet and flying at an average speed of 100 miles an hour!

Offering a range of city tours and private flights Toronto Helitours offers something for everyone’s requirements and budget.

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Reaching for the sky was seemingly a Torontonian theme. Heading over to the CN Tower our guide offered us a “lift” to the top to try some daring challenges. Starting in the elevator itself and to give you a flavour of things to come, certain floor areas are made with clear glass. Let the daring feats commence! First stop was the lookout level at 346 m (1,136 ft.) Fully enclosed in glass, this is a great way for those with certain health issues or those who feel the fear factor to still gain a great vantage point and take advantage of those stunning Toronto city views. Already high in the sky, brave and boldly moving on at a thrilling 447m / 1,465 ft and an unbelievable 33 additional stories higher, the SkyPod awaited our arrival. Offering one of the highest observation viewing platforms anywhere in the world, with 360 degree views, we really did feel on top of the world. A momentary silence, a deep inhale of breath, as Toronto, Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls and New York State, were incredibly all visible on the day…remarkable!

At 342m (1,122 ft.) the outdoor sky terrace provides a perfect viewing platform on which to see the city. Additionally, established in 1994 the world’s first glass floor experience awaits. A large section of the floor is constructed of clear glass offering a Birdseye view, but do you dare to do more than stare through the looking glass?  Stand on the glass for a true fun fear factor moment.  Maybe this is your time to confront a fear of heights, but it is certainly not for the faint hearted. Embracing the challenge we posed for photos on the world famous Looking glass feature. It is novelty value for sure, but it creates a positive buzz and excitement within the CN Tower.  Bringing people together, regardless of nationality, as it really is a talking point!

Offering something for the faint hearted and the thrill seekers alike the CN Tower has it all!

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“Don’t blink now yeah we are on a roll, got it locked down on cruise control. Nothing can stop us when we all come together” so bat the ball out the park and lets score a home run and head off to the Rogers Centre Tour Experience. Home of the Blue Jays, this incredible one hour tour gives you the behind the scenes access that most fans would envy. The team dug out area, seating and the baseball pitch itself were all accessible. Plenty of photo opportunities and time granted to take advantage of this. Much fun and giggles were had taking the obligatory led down pitch shot. Meanwhile our flexible and friendly guide gave us the full low down on the Blue Jays history, present day info and key facts. Tours and highlights vary, but our host rolled out the red carpet and gave us the VIP treatment. The Founders club and private suites were highlights, but we definitely gained the inside scoop when we were invited into the baseball Media Centre!

Loved the flexibility and fun approach blue Jays newbie or seasoned fan what is not to love about this tour!

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Rocking all over the world” we headed on over to the Hard Rock Café Toronto to strum along to some live music and fill up on some delicious classics, but with a Canadian twist. You may have thought that we have had enough cheesy moments with all the touristy piccys, but why stop there Canadian Poutine was on the menu and we were ready for it. Chips, gravy and cheese curdles not the most appealing description, but take the plunge and you will soon be in agreement that this dish rocks! Throw in some meaty bbq glazed ribs for good measure and right there was two happy, satisfied diners. Chocolate brownie desert ordered, we wondered why the waiter looked surprised that we questioned whether we required one or two spoons. We were soon to find out that we had ordered the mother of all desserts. A mammoth mountain of chocolate brownie, with lashings of cream and a cheeky cherry to top it all off. All washed down with a fresh Pina colada and the party was rocking. Fuelled up, our private sedan car rolled up to provide us with a city drive by site seeing extravaganza. As day turned into night it was a convenient whirlwind way to see what the city had to offer.

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Lords and Lady’s prepare yourself for an evening of royal entertainment, feasting and generally fun times! The Medieval Times Toronto offers a unique experience for their royal subjects. The royal castle is the perfect setting for the daring duels, skilful swordsmanship and amazing animal performances. We had managed our expectations, as we did not expect the dinner offering to be up to much, but we completely missed the mark and misjudged. The tomato soup and bread were delicious. The main was for me a winner winner chicken dinner consisting of half roasted chicken, with potato and a corn cob. Desert pastry small, compact but delicious. Authentic medieval dining experience with no cutlery and all served in realistic replica ancient wares really got us immersed in the medieval theme . We opted for the VIP package, which was excellent value for money, but they offer different packages for a range of tastes and pockets.

Time to unwind, sit back and have a night cap before heading off to a cosy, comfy bed with all the amenities anyone could require. With a range of accommodations to suit all budgets Accor Hotels have it all. Therefore, why not opt for a stay at the 3 star Hotel Novotel Toronto Centre located in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood where after a perfect night’s sleep breakfast can be enjoyed in the super sophisticated café Nicole. Or perhaps you require a more regal affair in which case the 4 star Fairmont Royal York located in Toronto’s business district is the one for you. Offering plush accommodations, 24 hour room service and with 9 food and beverage restaurant/bar options you will be spoilt for choice.

24 hours in Toronto is not enough time to explore, but enough to know you want more. #Competition #AccorHotels24hrs @AccorHotels

Thank you to all my fellow bloggers and followers for reading🙂

Melanie xx

 

Morse Toad Review

Morse Toad Marvellous Messaging Review: December 2016

For me a successful Christmas begins with cards and super cute Stocking fillers. Now, is the time to spread a little festive Christmas cheer amongst friends, family and loved ones by indulging them with delicious chocolatey goodies. Morse Toad lovingly make cost effective quality Christmas chocolatey treats that won’t break Santa’s bank.

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What “Letter” way to say Happy Christmas than with a chocolate card! Seriously, this chocolate was amazingly high quality! Silky, smooth and scrummy ethically sourced Belgian chocolate is used to create their exquisitely cute Christmas crafted letters. Square up to the chocolate challenge and in 4 easy steps you will have created your very own letter box friendly Choco card:

  1. Write a personalised chocolate message or choose from one of their stock items.
  2. Add a photo or company logo to the card insert.
  3. Add a personalised Christmas greeting/message.
  4. They will deliver each box direct, as they are letterbox friendly🙂

Also, why not go all out and include one of the super cute personalised choco letter stocking fillers, so sweet to pop in the Christmas stocking.

Have you been a star this year? Are you on Santa’s Naughty or Nice list? Click on to Morse toad, place an order and listen out for Santa’s sleigh bells, as you may just receive a very special delivery.

Thank you to Morse toad, my fellow bloggers and followers for reading🙂

Melanie xx

https://www.morsetoad.com/

Email: hello@morsetoad.com

Telephone: 01590 677 480

Address: Unit 19a Lymington Enterprise Centre, Ampress Park, Lymington Hampshire SO41 8LZ

Twisted Honeycomb Propercorn Review

Twisted Honeycomb Propercorn Review: November 2016

propoercorn-honeyAnother opportunity came along to work with the Propercorn brand again…Yay! Hot off the press is the new Twisted Honeycomb Propercorn, but the lovely story behind this beautiful bag of proper lip- smacking deliciousness is, that the flavour creator was you! Yes, as part of the #InstitueofFlavour competition, Propercorn opened up their virtual kitchens to give customers a chance to let loose and get those creative kernels flowing. Ashling from Dublin was the fabulous winner and created the limited edition Twisted Honeycomb flavour. An added bonus is that the Honeycomb Propercorn is GM, Gluten, wheat free and is suitable for veggies too.

No need to get sticky or in a twist, as Ashling and the Propercorn team have done all the hard work, so I immediately got “buzzy” and delved straight into these honeylicious golden bags of corn. Loving created by combining smooth scrummy honey, Madagascan Vanilla and sea salt this Proprercorn should come with a warning, as you will be questioning if one bag is enough! Bee prepared for tantalising twisted tastiness! Don’t get stung by opting for another brand, as Propercorn creates Popcorn that is #DoneProperly.

Thank you once again to Propercorn, my fellow bloggers and followers for reading🙂

Melanie xx

https://www.propercorn.com/

@PROPERCORN

#DoneProperly

NOW Thank you once again Followers and Foodies

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Thank you and congratulations once again to all my lovely loyal followers and readers for all your much appreciated support, as without you guys this could not have been a success. The Cosy Club restaurant and Bar in Manchester’s Corn Exchange liked my article stating that it was a “lovely Review”.

Thank you to The Cosy Club Team, all my fellow followers and foodies🙂

Melanie xx

Nutri-Bombz Review

Nutri-Bombz Review: November 2016

nutrifinalshotBig balls of Brilliance – aka the Nutri-Bombz brand was founded by the current Director. His own personal journey of exploration, identified a gap in the market, highlighting the difficulty of finding true healthy snacks that delivered in terms of quality, texture, flavour and nutritional content.   Nutri-Bombz was born, constantly evolving and inventing innovative ways of blending superfoods to provide powerful product flavours and combinations to make your snacking super lip-smacking!

The best-selling fabulous favourite’s box made it through my letterbox with finesse and contained 12 gluten free scrummy snack Bombz (4 trays of 3 Bombz) 1 tray of Salted Caramel Protein-Bombz, 1 tray of Choccy Brownie Nutri-Bombz, 1 tray of Peanut Butter Nutri-Bombz and 1 tray of Coconut Nutri-Bombz. All with no added sugars, syrups or ‘nasties’ yet I still felt that they were a little naughty indulgence, but without the guilt! Simple snacking, loved them all melt in the mouth lushness. The trays made them ideal to transport to the office, gym or around the city while on the move. Get online, click, sit back and soon that brilliant box of healthy snacks will be dropping through your letterbox or hitting your office desk.

Thank you fellow bloggers and followers for reading🙂

Melanie xx

https://www.nutri-bombz.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/nutri-bombz-health-snacks-2811a2102

https://www.facebook.com/NutriBombz

https://www.instagram.com/nutribombz/

 

The Cereal Club Review

The Cereal Club Review: November 2016

cerealStart the day the right way! Sounds a cliché, but breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, as it kick starts your metabolism, helping burn those calories and also providing that burst of energy to simply get things done. Admittedly, at times a guilty “breakfast skipper” myself, but only to pay for it later in the day by over snacking on sugerific foods in the hope of a quick energy kick.

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