Bøck Café Manchester Sunday Roast Fondue Review

Bøck Café Manchester Sunday Roast Fondue Review: January 2018

Bock is Belgium brilliance bang in the heart of Manchester city centre.  A European Café which offers one of the North’s largest selection of Belgian and Begian inspired biere.  This hidden little gem just located off cross street is a firm fav haunt of mine.

The eclectic décor includes unique, quirky signage, beer barrels, mirrors, clocks and subdue lighting that sets the scene, with an intimate feel and gives that European vibe.

Rustic seating includes a mixture of brown leather, wood chairs, marble tables, bunker booths for a catch up with friends and family and cosy hideaways for a chilled or romantic feel.  The place was super friendly and Max and Abbie did a fab job taking care of us all evening and had a genuine interest to engage and connect with their customers which was nice to see.

Combine Britain with Belgium and what have you got a Sunday roast fondue concept – sheer genius!  The lowlands inspired menu which includes the Sunday Roast fondue is Europe on a plate.

Every Sunday you can partake in this sensational Sunday delicious dipping delight which includes 8 hour cooked beef brisket, Yorkshire pudding waffles, classic roast vegetables served with a pot of the finest biere bourguignon lava gravy.   The Vegetarian option available was just as delicious.  All washed down with a range of Belgium biere and I loved that they also offered a high quality non-alcoholic biere.

Save the airfare and enjoy some European inspired Café culture in Manchester city centre. Make your Sunday Sessions, Dine, Dip and Dunk!

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://bockcafe.co.uk/  

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Shoryu Ramen Piccadilly Gardens Manchester Review

Shoryu Ramen Piccadilly Gardens Manchester Review: January 2018

Shoryu Ramen founded in 2012, from the team behind the Japan Centre brand, offers authentic Japanese ramen and excitingly has opened their first branch outside of London right in the heart of Piccadilly gardens Manchester.  Impressively the brand has been recommended in the 2014 – 2017 Michelin guides.

Head chef Kanji Furukawa along with owner Tak Tokumine were both natives of Hakata district in Fukuoka city on the southern island of Kyushu Japan.  Their hometown Hakata tonkotsu ramen recipe is now a firm fixture on the menu at Shoryu Ramen hence the term “It’s in our bones”.

Décor was delightful with subdue lantern lighting setting the scene, along with a mix of seating for groups, couples or intimate seating for one.  The place offers a relaxed atmosphere, with an open kitchen and also a warm welcome with the bang of a drum.  You will know exactly what I mean when you visit!

The brand welcomed us warmly with open arms and lovely Lisa seated us and guided us through the menu with her extensive knowledge.  Feeling the festive pinch, we opted for healthy offerings including the gorgeous grilled halloumi Shoryu buns which are handmade daily with all-natural ingredients, sticky tofu and vegetable tempura.

Real ramen which is authentic is exactly what the Shoryu Ramen brand is all about.  The delightful Duncan advised that the flour used to make the noodles is imported directly from Japan! Also, you can choose whether you would like your noodles, very hard, hard, medium or soft.

The wonderful white natural is a vegetarian miso base ramen made with their unique tonyu soy milk with a konbu & shiitake broth, kikurage mushrooms, atsuage fried tofu, bamboo shoots, spring onion and nori seaweed.  The mouth-watering white Miso based Wafu goosnargh Chicken ramen with mushrooms, spring onion, nori seaweed and ginger was also a hit.  All washed down with the most exquisite Jasmine flowering lily tea.

 Delicious desserts included the marvellous Matcha chocolate ice cream sundae with sakura cookie.  Also, the lovely light Sakura and Azuki Chiffon cake was sheer bliss.  Both ideal to pair with the lush Virgin Yuzu Mojito mixed up with mint, fresh strawberries, homemade yuzu syrup and apple juice over crushed ice.

Shoryu means ‘to bring good fortune’ eat your way to prosperity and a healthier you for 2018.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://www.shoryuramen.com/stores/76-manchester

The Botanist Manchester Deansgate Review

The Botanist Manchester Deansgate Review: January 2018

No need to be a scientist to study the beauty of plants, head on down to the beautiful Botanist Deansgate, and get back to nature, for an exciting horticultural adventure in a secret garden paradise.

Décor is relaxed, natural with a cool, calming mix of cream, light green and pastel colours, stripped woods, quirky bare bulb lighting, charming cabinets full of curios, plants and posters of plant life.  A true home away from home feel about the place.

The theming continues throughout the dining experience, but is classy, subtle and useful.  Cutlery, salt & pepper pots, napkins and menus are presented in this wonderful wooden garden basket.  The fabulous floral plates also add to the charming quirkiness.

The sensational starters included the gorgeous green olives marinated in extra virgin olive oil, homemade houmous board with crudites and fougasse bread, all presented in this stunning garden trowel on a wood base.  The sensational sesame coated falafel served with the most amazingly lip-smacking delicious sweet chilli slaw and harissa mayo.

Comfort food included the vegetable Malaysain curry with rice which was yummy.  Also, the most delightful wooden planter box arrived with the Fish and chips main, with the mushy peas served in a miniature plant pot and the tartare sauce served in a mini watering can.

     I like a good pudding, so there was no need for seed planting, as I was raring and ready to order the sticky toffee pudding served with vanilla ice cream and the s’mores warm chocolate brownie, peanut butter, chocolate ganache toasted dessert topped with roasted marshmallows and vanilla ice cream – both sensational!

The botanical inspired mocktails including the Berry Good Times, Raspberry, Grape & Elderflower Cooler and the homemade lemonade were all lovely and had that forest feel about them.

I must say thank you to Hannah our server who looked after us throughout along with the rest of the Botanist team.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://thebotanist.uk.com/locations/deansgate-manchester

Dog Bowl Manchester Bowling Review

Dog Bowl Manchester Bowling Review: January 2018

Located under the arches just near Manchester’s Oxford street is Dog Bowl which has a fun and fabulous five full length ten pin bowling lane.  Spare some time and Strike up the right mood on your evening out and bowl your friends away at this fab fun filled venue.

Quirky, cool and eclectic interiors include a mega model Ten Pin, rainbow retro lighting and Manchester landscape art.  Ooo also look out for the giant disco ball, you will know what I mean when you pop by for a visit!

Saturday Sessions, bowling on Lane 5 was so much fun! A big High Five to all the Dog Bowl team for looking after us all evening.  Not one to show off, but overall, I was victorious in winning, so was super buzzed.

Enjoying the sweet taste of victory was made even more fruitful with some fab mocktails including the Strawberry Bam Bam mixed with pineapple juice, strawberry, lemonade and topped off with fresh strawberries.  Also, the Coco Barmy shaken up with coconut water, coconut cream, pineapple juice, guava juice and a chunky wedge of pineapple.

It can be a Gutter is you lose, but make it a Clean Game, don’t Foul and just see this as a perfect excuse to get your game on again, smash it and bowl your way to some super Strike’s.

Thank you for reading 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://blackdogballroom.co.uk/dog-bowl/

Veganuary 2018 Vegan Variety with Violife

Veganuary 2018 Vegan Variety with Violife: January 2018

Veganism is a hot trend for 2018 and increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice for many.  So much so that the official “Veganuary” charity has been set up to inspire people to try vegan not just in January, but throughout the rest of the year too.  With more vegan product choices than ever before, a growing awareness and concern for Animal welfare, eating with a conscious is easy, enjoyable and exciting, as vegan foods need not be dull and lacklustre.

Violife based in Thessalonica in Greece have brought gorgeousness to Vegan plates with their range of cheese products minus the cheese that are free from lactose, gluten, nuts, soy, preservatives, cholesterol and GMO.  Get cheesy Violife style with their extensive range of all Vegan products including the fab Blu, Mediterranean style block, and after dinner cranberry ideal for a creative Vegan cheeseboard.  Also, the creamy spread, original and mozzarella grated, prosociano wedge, mozzarella & cheddar and a range of their fab sandwich slices which come in original, smoked, mature and of course mouth-watering mozzarella.

No need to order a takeaway when you can vamp up your Vegan stack burger with some of Violife’s original, smoked, mature or mozzarella slices or pimp up your pizza with some of their yummy original and mozzarella grated “cheese”.

Make a romantic Italian two course dinner using the Violife Mozzarella for a heritage tomato starter and lashings of “cheese” from the prosociano wedge to sprinkle over a tomato and basil penne pasta main.

In a rush, why not just add a few slices to a lovely butternut squash, avocado and green leave salad, use the Violife cream “cheese” with pomegranates as an accompaniment to vegan kebab pittas or if you have more time to spare use the cream “cheese” to make cheesy chocolate berry fruit delicious dessert wraps

 

Thank you for reading and Happy Veganuary 2018 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://violifefoods.com/

Veganuary 2018 with GOSH Free From – Get Your Vegan Goodness

Veganuary 2018 with GOSH Free From – Get Your Vegan Goodness: January 2018

Veganism is a hot trend for 2018 and increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice for many.  So much so that the official “Veganuary” charity has been set up to inspire people to try vegan not just in January, but throughout the rest of the year too.  With more vegan product choices than ever before, a growing awareness and concern for Animal welfare, eating with a conscious is easy, enjoyable and exciting, as vegan foods need not be dull and lacklustre.

Gosh Free From are all about goodness, impressively, their products 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.  Their range includes the scrummy Sweetcorn & Quinoa Bites, Chickpea, Courgette & Moroccan spiced bakes, Beetroot, Kale & Quinoa burgers, Mushroom, Puy Lentil & Butter Bean burgers, Mixed seed, quinoa, carrot & coriander bakes, Butternut Tomato and Basil sausages and the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Sausages.

Beetroot, Kale & Quinoa burger, topped with homemade hummus, seeds and goji berry served with a green side salad topped with roasted butternut squash, avocado and black olives makes for a perfectly scrummy Vegan mezze.

Mushroom, Puy Lentil & Butter Bean burger, with layered slices of beefy tomato, gem lettuce, avocado and Vegan cheese all squashed into a lovely roll makes a super sensational stacker burger – Vegan style.

Sweetcorn & Quinoa Bites served up on a sweet sesame noodles is a taste of Thai and makes a lovely light lunch or dinner.

Beautiful Butternut Tomato and Basil sausages and the Sweet Potato and Black Bean Sausages make kebabs of loveliness, alongside a cheesy Vegan pomegranate dip, side salad and pittas there is no need to pick up a takeaway, stay in and save some money too!

Thank you for reading and Happy Veganuary 2018 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

http://goshfreefrom.co.uk/

Veganuary 2018 with BFree Foods – Takeaway Vegan Style

Veganuary 2018 with BFree Foods – Takeaway Vegan Style: January 2018

Veganism is a hot trend for 2018 and increasingly becoming a lifestyle choice for many.  So much so that the official “Veganuary” charity has been set up to inspire people to try vegan not just in January, but throughout the rest of the year too.  With more vegan product choices than ever before, a growing awareness and concern for Animal welfare, eating with a conscious is easy, enjoyable and exciting, as vegan foods need not be dull and lacklustre.

The brilliant BFree foods brand have produced products, that are allergen free, meaning that there is no gluten, dairy, wheat, nuts, egg or soy and they are suitable for vegans.  Low in fat and high in fibre means that they are nutritionally sound – amazing! Why not bring on the bread with their yummy mini pitta pockets, pizza bases, sliced bread and their chia seed wraps.

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The perfect pitta pockets alongside some Vegan kebabs and a pomegranate cheese dip made a lovely lunch treat.  The Chia seed wraps made a lush dessert.  Splash a generous dollop of vegan chocolate spread on the wrap and pack with your fav fruit such as raspberries and blueberries roll and there you go – yummy!

Fancy an Italian?  Well look no further create your own slice of Pizza perfection with these ready-made bases.  Make a night of it, invite around the peeps and impress them with your prefect pizza making skills.

Thank you for reading and Happy Veganuary 2018 😊

Melanie xx

Contact:

https://uk.bfreefoods.com/