STOP its official and time to celebrate you amazing people!

Drink Celebrations 😊

Thank you once again to all my fab Followers and Fellow Bloggers, things have been hectic at blogging HQ, but now it is time to celebrate. Delicious drinks brands Belvoir, Scheckters Organic Energy and Double Dutch drinks all published my articles and gave them the thumbs up.

Thank you to all the brands, my followers and all the fab bloggers out there

Melanie xx

CHOC Chick Review

CHOC Chick Review: June 2017

CHOC Chick Founder Galia Orme’s, early childhood memories of making and eating chocolate in South America, have taken her on a passionate journey creating the CHOC Chick brand, that focuses on promoting a pure chocolate in its raw state, for everyone to enjoy. CHOC Chick’s yummy easy-to-use homemade chocolate kits contain raw cacao considered a “super food”, are gluten free, dairy free and have a low glycemic index. Also, CHOC Chick is soil association organic certified and their ingredients are free from dairy, soya and gluten.

Galia’s chocolatey CHOC Chick kits have scooped up various awards, being highly commended in the 2016 healthy living awards, highly commended in the superfoods Free from food awards 2016, platinum award winner in the 2016 Janey loves awards, to name just a few. The company has seen continued growth with retailers such as Holland & Barrett, Whole Foods Market, John Lewis Food Halls, Harvey Nichols, Ocado, Planet Organic and Infinity Foods, all getting on board this choctastic journey.

Galia visited Ecuador in 2011 and 2016 to directly meet with her cacao suppliers to source the finest sustainable, single origin cacao, as the origin of their ingredients is of key importance to the brand, as they ensure that they are ethically and responsibly sourced in line with their Social and Environmental Policy. To ensure traceability, they work with Cofina in Ecuador, a Rainforest Alliance certified company, that organises the collection and production of the single origin cacao we source.

Working with cooperatives of family farms CHOC Chick uses the national bean of Ecuador; single origin Nacional Arriba Fino de Aroma bean, that is renowned for its floral and fruity notes and has existed in Ecuador since Inca, Aztec and Mayan times. Provided with both the chocolate making kit and mandarin hot chocolate, it was exciting to taste the flavours of Ecuador’s national bean. The hot chocolate was deliciously divine, topped off with cream and a simple mandarin, this made for a perfect chocolatey sipper. The chocolate kit was easy to use and allowed you to get creative. I decided to create some sensational simple chocolates finished of with a variety of different toppings.

Thank you to all the CHOC Chick team, my fab followers and all the lovely bloggers out there 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.chocchick.com/

Suite 8, 73 Holland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1LB

01273 468613

info@chocchick.com

Supertreats Carob Chocolate Bar review

Supertreats Carob Chocolate Bar review: June 2017

Brand founder Virpi, developed the Supertreats bars, as a few years after the birth of her son, Virpi was reaching out for a quick sugar fix in order to counter the tiredness of becoming a new parent. However, Virpi increasingly found that snacking on these quick fix sugar loaded treats, made her suffer from headaches, feel lethargic, unable to concentrate, and at times feel slightly depressed. Hence, Vipri’s journey began and the Supertreats carob chocolate bar was born.

Cut the caffeine, ditch the sugar rush and let your true energy shine is the Supertreats moto. A standard 50g bar of chocolate contains up to 6 teaspoons of refined sugar, but also contains nasties such as theobromine and caffeine, which both cause energy crashes. Supertreats carob bars really are super-duper, as they contain no refined sugar and are both theobromine and caffeine free. Also, they are made from 100% natural and organic ingredients, which gets a big thumbs up from me.

They are made from lovely rich cocoa butter and carob, where the sweetness is derived from low-GI coconut blossom nectar which gives them a sweet caramel taste. These fab bars come in 3 varieties which included silky milky, merry berry and cheery chia. The sensational Silky Milky was lush with a creamy silky texture and taste. The mouth-wateringly Merry Berry was packed with brilliant blueberries and went down a storm. Finally, the creative Cheery Chia bar is made with superfood chia seeds and pure organic orange oil which gave this bar a rich orangey pizazz.  These brilliant bars made perfect desk treats and certainly made my day more deliciously dreamy.

Make your day super, hit the shops or get online and order your Supertreats bars from these retailers now: Ocado, Amazon, Whole Foods Market and Planet Organic.

Thank you to all the Supertreats team, my fab followers and all the lovely bloggers out there 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://www.supertreats.co.uk/

hello@supertreats.co.uk

Natures Finest Foods Fruit Review

Natures Finest Foods Fruit Review: June 2017

The core ethos of Nature’s Finest Fruit brand is that everyone should easily be able to source exotic fruit. Well, thanks to Nature’s Finest Fruit you can. Miles Kington the company founder demonstrates his passion for keeping things simple, with a little extra added fruity humor, by stating, ‘Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad’.

Passionate about fruits, the organisation source only the best fruit, add no extra sugar, picking and packing fruits, only in juice, at their optimum peak ripeness so you get all the lovely goodness.

These perfect Pots are ideal to transport from the store to home or from home to office and make a fruity fix while at work or for home baking. I got to sample the tasty tropical fruits, mango, peach and pineapple. The peaches worked well in my Summer peachy punch. The pineapples, are a fab cupboard staple, as I used them on my mini home baked pineapple cheese and tomato pizza bites.

Pots of pure fruity joy, which are well worth, picking up on your next shop.

Thank you to Natures Finest Fruits, my amazing followers and all the brill bloggers out in the Blogosphere 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.naturesfinestfoods.co.uk/

Nature’s Finest Food Products Ltd, Regal Court, 42-44 High Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1EL.

01753 245516

Sienna Spa Packages Review at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester

Sienna Spa Packages Review at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester: June 2017

A perfect pamper package of indulgence can be enjoyed at the 5-star iconic Radisson Blu Edwardian, which is located in Manchester’s historic Free Trade Hall and was the original home to the Hallé Orchestra. The building is steeped in history, and has old school decadence and charm, retaining some stunning original features.

Situated deep within the buildings vaults make your way down to the Sienna Spa and escape from all the city hustle and bustle. Forget your worries and stresses, and prepare to enter a tranquil, relaxing oasis of peace and calm where the focus is all about having a little well deserved ‘you’ time.

The Inner City Escape package, has the perfect balance of activities to feed mind, body and soul. Prior to your treatments, you have a full 2 hours admittance to use the wet spa facilities which includes a full air-conditioned gym, 12-metre deck level swimming pool, the poolside relaxation area along with facilities such as the whirlpool bath, Nordic sauna and steam room.

Also included is a choice of two 30 minute treatments which include a Facial, Relaxing Back Massage, Body Polish or Nail Treatment. Or pick one 60 minute, including a Facial, Relaxing Body Massage, Deluxe Manicure or Deluxe Pedicure. After all that pampering and relaxation, the hunger pangs definitely do start to kick in, so the Radisson have kindly included a traditional afternoon tea or lunch at steak & Lobster to finish off your exquisite spa experience.

After a manic month at blogging HQ, I eagerly made by way through the opulent lobby, and seeing the Sienna Spa sign was a breath of fresh air, signalling that my me time was about to begin. Checking in was a smooth process, where the receptionist politely explained my decadent day ahead and directed me to the changing facilities. Upon opening my locker, a luxurious waffled robe, slippers and towel were waiting inside.

Upon entry to the pool, you instantly feel peacefulness, as relaxed music plays throughout, which during your time swimming and watching the world go by in the whirlpool bath, takes your relaxation to another level of loveliness. The sauna has a chilled Scandinavian vibe and the steam room’s starlit sky makes you feel on cloud 9.

Serene and calm music continues to play, as you make your way to the relaxation room. A place that affords you some personal time and space to chill and unwind, prior and after your treatments. Lavish décor includes a bold Buddha figurine, luxurious leather reclining seats and a magnificent hydration station that offers clients refreshments, such as rose flavoured water and a selection of herbal teas.

My five-star therapist Natalie Stubbs, whom I had met with on a previous visit, was a delight as always and delivered my two treatments with a first-class professional approach, in the most stunning treatment room adorned with gold wall hangings which gave a decadent 5 star feel. The 30-minute back massage was a wonderfully relaxed treatment and the 30 minute ESPA facial was a triumph. Natalie even took time out to explain how the UV light could detect existing facial damage or strain, but luckily for me it seemed that I was suffering from just a little de-hydration.

Relaxed and revitalised, but feeling peckish, so it was onwards to the Opulent Opus Lounge where it was time to partake in an amazing afternoon tea. Lovely Lucy looked after our afternoon tea service, which included the tasty traditional tea with prosecco, a selection of scrummy sandwiches, scrumptious scones with jam and Cornish clotted cream and some lip- smackingly tasty pastries. Also, the gentleman’s Afternoon tea, with a pint of beer, sweet scones with Cornish clotted cream and jam, then a selection of sensational savory offerings including Fish and chips with tartar sauce, Mini steak and ale pie, Chicken slider and a selection of superb sandwiches.

Rest, relax and dine let the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester team work their magic. Thank you to all the RBE Team, Natalie, Lucy, my fab followers and all the lovely bloggers out there. Hope that you enjoyed reading 🙂

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://www.siennaspa.co.uk/

Sienna Spa & Health Club, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP

Tel: 0161 835 8964

https://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/manchester-hotel-gb-m2-5gp/gbmanche/hotel/dining/opus

OpusOne Bar and Restaurant, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester M2 5GP.

Email: opusone@radisson.com

Tel: 0161 835 8904

Garbanzo Dry Roasted Chickpea Snacks Review

Garbanzo Dry Roasted Chickpea Snacks Review: June 2017

Garbanzo are about no faff no fuss snacking and keeping things simple. With no added preservatives or additives and also being low in calories, salt, sugar, fat and also scoring a low rating on the Glycaemic index, these snacks are a healthy addition to your daily diet.

Created with chick peas, which have been consumed throughout North Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean for many years, these little balls of brilliance are rich in fibre, minerals and vitamins. Also, Chickpeas release energy slowly meaning that they help to keep you fuller for longer.

They come in a range of lip-smacking flavours, I tried the sensational sweet sesame seed & honey, coffee coated and milk chocolate. These were ideal to use in my lush chocolate bite bakes. Scrummy savoury snacks included wasabi, Thai sweet chilli, Cajun kick and smoked hickory. Grab a handful, throw on a salad and it really packs a flavoursome punch to the dish.

Give Garbanzo a go and you will always find yourself wanting more. Thank you to all the Garbanzo team, my fab followers and all the awesome bloggers 🙂

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://garbanzo.co.uk/

The Fizz Company ‘Skinny Fizz’ Review

The Fizz Company ‘Skinny Fizz’ Review: June 2017

Company founders, Tony Stones and Teresa Barnard, a brother and sister team, had a passion for the fizzy stuff and frequently visited family producers located in Champagne. In 1999, they convinced some of the Champagne families to import their champagnes to the United Kingdom. Clearly, a gap in the market had been recognised, as the company continued to see rapid growth and by 2008 the business was booming, so much so Tony left his city IT job and turned what was originally a hobby, into a full-time career.

Since, the organisation has expanded with more employees coming on-board. In 2016 the business re-branded, as The Fizz Company, as they now offer not just high-quality champagne, but also exquisite cava, prosecco, English sparkling wine and there are exciting plans to import from other countries worldwide.

I kindly received three sensational super skinny bottles of fizz to enjoy. The prosecco contains only a teaspoon of sugar per litre (6g) and the champagne and cava have no added sugar at all, which I would certainly raise glass too – cheers! Also, their fabulous Fizz is a focused market and sourced from small, independent family producers, who care about the products that they create and additionally do not spend a hefty sum on marketing meaning you get a fantastic bottle of fizz for a fair price.

Let’s get fizzy with the, La Farra Low Sugar Prosecco produced by the Nardi family in La Farra – a vineyard in the heart of the Superior Prosecco DOC area which is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans and was recently ‘Commended’ in the International Wine Challenge. Aged in special stainless temperature controlled vats for 10 months means optimum fruity flavours of apricot, apple and peach which made this an ideal choice for my homemade elderflower, apple and peachy prosecco punch.

Bubbles are ready to flow with the, Pinot Noir Brut Nature Cava produced by brothers Josep Pinol and Josep Bonnell, at U mes u fan tres winery, in the Penedès area of Spain near Barcelona. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans and also in 2017 was awarded the silver medal at the International Wine Challenge. Scoring excellent, 91-100, from Spain’s most famous wine guide – La Guia Penin, this cava really is exceptional. The dark fruit red flavours with hints of rhubarb and custard made a lovely fizzy cava cocktail, topped off with blueberries, this makes for a lovely refreshing summer sipper.

Pop that cork and celebrate with bubbles, with the Charles Ellner Brut Integral, produced by family run, Champagne Ellner based in Epernay. With this particular fizz winning a silver medal at the International Wine Challenge. Aged for approximately 3 years this skinny fizz is light, fresh with citrusy zingy flavours and makes a great aperitif before a dinner party.

Break outside your bubble, as The Fizz Company have something to suit all tastes, go online make the click and bottles of fizziness will be winging their way to your door – cheers

Thank you to all The Fizz Company team, all my amazing followers and all the fab bloggers out there 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://thefizzcompany.com/