Happy Halloween to all my fellow bloggers, followers and all the brands that I have worked with.
Trick or Treat, well for me it was a Treat, as I was a lucky Competition Winner of a free bar tab at my local pub. Lots of creepy cocktails and fun was had by all, I hope you all have a Spooktacular time and have a Scream too.
Melanie 😊 xx
Nibble Northern Quarter Review Manchester: October 2017
Nestled on Oldham street in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the friendly and unpretentious Nibble. A cute café with a chilled vibe where the focus is about personalised customer service and staff engaging in genuine conversation. The décor is relaxed with cosy cushions, quirky light fittings, retro outdoor tables and chairs, planters and various greenery which gave the place a secret garden feel. A lovely local little hub to catch up with friends, family or simply relax and watch the world go by.
Scene Indian Street Kitchen Spinningfields Manchester Review: October 2017
Located Left Bank along the River Irwell, in the heart of Spinningfields is Scene Indian Street Kitchen. Winners of several awards, this Bollywood Bar and restaurant sets the scene for an impeccable evening of glamour and style. The delightful outdoor garden terrace space is great for some relaxed al fresco dining in the sun.
Vapiano Manchester Corn Exchange World Pasta Day Review: October 2017
In 2002 Hamburg, Germany, saw the opening of the very first Vapiano. The brand is seeing continued growth and there are over 191 Vapianos in 32 countries on 5 continents. The company ethos is focused on an old Italian proverb: “Chi va piano, va sano e va lontano” which is about a relaxed and easy-going approach to life which in turn will provide you with a longer and happier life.
Gourmet Burger Kitchen Manchester Spinningfields Review: October 2017
The Gourmet Burger Kitchen brand began in 2001, when world famous chef Peter Gordon along with three kiwi guys set up their first Gourmet Burger Kitchen site in Battersea South London. Now, fast forward to 2017 and they now have over 80 restaurants across the UK. The focus is on quality handcrafted burgers using the freshest ingredients and creating all their burger sauces daily from scratch.
Located Left Bank along the River Irwell, in the heart of Spinningfields is Manchester’s Gourmet Burger Kitchen. The delightful outdoor terrace is great for some al fresco dining in the sun. Décor is light, airy loft feel with contemporary light fittings and table sections. There is a selection of help yourself condiments such as the red and green hot sauces. Service is casual with a relaxed vibe.
Welcomed warmly by the team, we got settled and while perusing the menu, we enjoyed some liquid refreshments including the Meantime London Pale Ale, which has both Kentish and American hops, that give a citrus flavour with a bitter finish. Also, the non-alcoholic Strawberry and elderflower fizz which visually looked lovely and refreshed the taste buds.
Beech Hill Hotel and Spa Windermere Review: October 2017
The Beech Hill Hotel and spa located in an enviable postcode in the heart of Lake Windermere sets the scene for an exquisite atmospheric Cumbrian countryside break. The hotel has evolved over time, with the renovations being sympathetic to the original building to retain both its character and charm.
Warmly welcomed by The Beech Hill Hotel team and shown to our room which was fully appointed with two double beds, a spacious dining area, a snug sofa, a dressing table, a quality hairdryer, a generous tea tray, guest information and Lakes brochure guides, that were cram packed with ideas and suggestions of fun activities. The hotel is no more than a ten minute drive to Bowness-on-Windermere, a town which is a hive of activity with attractions such as the Beatrix Potter Tea Rooms, Quaint English pubs and boat tours from the banks of Lake Windermere.
Gosh Vegan Sausages Review: October 2017
Boom Brilliant Bangers by Gosh arrived at blogging HQ ready for the taste test. Gosh is all about goodness, they are dairy free, gluten free, soya free, nut free and are suitable for vegans too. Impressively, they are naturally free from the UK’s 14 top listed allergens; cereals containing gluten, eggs, milk, soya, nuts, peanuts, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, lupin, Sulphur dioxide, crustaceans, fish & molluscs.
Yutaka Vegetarian Two Course Dinner Date Review: October 2017
Blogging HQ received a batch of lovely Yutaka goodies, that included the sushi kit for 2, silken tofu, wasabi peas, sesame seeds, Japanese style curry kit and some of the lovely Chings champion soybean noodles, to create an authentic Japanese vegetarian two course dinner date meal.
The Super Sushi kit for two includes a recipe booklet, boil in the bag rice, seasoning, nori sheets, ginger, wasabi paste, soya sauce and a rolling mat. Make your date interactive and roll out the fun times with your other half.
It’s time to get your noodle on and make Katsu curry with a twist. Katsu is usually served with rice, but I fancied some of Chings nice noodles. Lightly fry the tofu and then mix with the Katsu sauce. To finish sprinkle with some of the sesame seeds and there you have it a Japanese inspired mouth-watering main for two!
Impossible Manchester Restaurant and Gin Bar Review: October 2017
The beautiful, bold, Be – Impossible Manchester, located in an enviable position on Peter Street, have opened their theatrical doors, that has a 280 cover bar and restaurant space, a gin possible nest and the theatre of dreams, which awaits your arrival.
Décor was an eclectic mix of the quirky, unusual and the contemporary. With a mix of high ceilings with decadent chandeliers, chrome accessories, lanterns, wood tree bases and retro records.
We began our journey with a classic porn star martini shaken up with Russian standard, butterscotch liqueur, passion fruit, vanilla, pineapple and lemon finished with some fizzy prosecco. Let tasty taco time comment with the Greek Good filled with feta, avocado, black bean and salsa rossa. also, the Asian Spice stuffed with silken tofu, cucumber, Chinese leaf spring onion, chilli, soya and ginger. Also, loving the lush handmade crispy duck spring rolls with plum and schezwan sauce.
Breakout Room Manchester High Street Review: October 2017
Located in the quirky, eclectic northern quarter hub lies a quizzical challenge, that will get your blood pumping, heart racing and test your mind to the max. Number 36 an eerie black door set the atmosphere and tone for a gaming adventure. The lovely Liv our game master provided an enthusiastic introduction and set the scene for the ‘Vacancy’ room we were about to enter.
We checked into Breakout High Street, and prepared ourselves for a stay like no other. Exhausted and energies low after a long journey, the Crimson Lake Motel provided shelter from the rain and some basic comfort for the night to recharge our batteries. How bad can it be right, just for one night? However, things soon take a worryingly frightful turn, as all doors are locked and there appears to be no immediate way of escape.
We had 60 minutes, to work in our team through a maze of mental mind challenges, clues, puzzles and locks, to escape or except our fate. Communications and clues are displayed through a TV and this game also has a mic where Liv could hear our every word – eek no pressure then! Just keep calm and carry on…This unique immersive, entertaining and electrifying experience has twists and turns around every corner. No spoilers, but this is not a single room game – exciting stuff!
Close, oh so close…we nearly broke out! Welcome to the Crimson Lake Motel. You check in, but you NEVER check out…Check to see if they have any vacancies for a Manchester stay you will never forget.
Thank you for reading 😊