Nutribox Snacks Review

Nutribox Snacks Review: April 2017

Excited, that a fab Nutribox crammed to the rafters with twenty delicious snacks arrived at my door, I could not wait to dig in and get tasting.  Suitable for vegetarians, gluten- free, no MSG, no GM ingredients, trans-fats, these snacks are convenience, but without any of the nasties.  Offering a no hassle approach, where you can sign up on a weekly, fortnightly, monthly or bi-monthly ‘pay as you go’ plan, that can be cancelled anytime – easy, flexible and offers a variety to your daily snacking routine.

With such an abundance of yummy healthy goodies, I decided to split them up into four categories.  My gym nibbles included the yummy Creative Nature Superfoods flapjacks, delicious Get Fruity bars, fab Fit bites and the lovely protein Balls.  Comfort Nibbles, that paired well with herbal teas included the Sweet Nothings flapjacks, tasty Raw Nibbles Chocolate Brownies, The beginnings cookies and Pip&nut Peanut butter. With the beginnings kale crisps, CHIKA’s Plantain crisps and Oloves, I created a super scrummy savoury nibbles plate.  Finally, the Ape coconut curls, Clearly Scrumptious dried fruits and the Ludlow nut co. fruit &nut mixes made the most perfect healthy toppers for my delicious chocolate bites.

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Chocolate and Love Review

Chocolate and Love Review: April 2017

Chocolate and Love founded in 2010 by Birgitte Hovmand and Richard O’Connor, who both left high flying corporate jobs to create and develop the high-quality chocolate brand, has seen many successes.  Produced in Switzerland, they source some of the world’s finest organic ingredients and as a result to date have won 18 Great Taste Awards!

From Farm to shelf, Chocolate and Love deliver organic products with confidence, as all products are issued with a certificate of conformity meaning this chocolate is full traceable.  Firm in their stance, Fairtrade is a brand must with ingredients sourced from small family farms where there is ‘Fairtrade’ and re-investment into community projects such as water supplies and road construction.  Fuel costs kept to the absolute minimum, FLO-PAK packing materials and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper for their wrappers means their ethical ethos is fully actioned.  Also, the brand collaborate with, who have planted 27,000 trees to date, an innovative reforestation group who are currently planting trees in Ethiopia

The box and wrappers are a work of art, as inside have factual content and information regarding the brand ethos and the farmers that are involved in the chocolate production – a lovely added touch.  Emphasis is on excellent ethically made quality chocolate and the cocoa content ranges from 55% to 80%. With seven dark chocolate bars in the range, you are spoilt for choice.  There is the Panama 80%, Rich dark 71%, Mint chocolate with Peppermint crunch 67%, Orange 65%, Caramel & Sea Salt 55%, Creamy dark with Cacao nibs 55% and the Arabica Coffee at 55%.

Feeling creative, I used the chocolate to create some sweet chocolate thin bites, topped with a range of yummy toppings such as goji berries, seeds, nuts, golden berries and coconut curls.  Additionally, I got my Easter bake on and created some cute chocolate nests ideal for the kiddies and adults alike.  Finally, the coffee chocolate, I teamed up with a homemade spiced ginger coffee shot and for the rest of the chocolate this is definitely an affair of the heart and simply was broken up and served in a cute heart shaped dish to indulge and enjoy as is – yummy.

Chocolate and Love two elements that make a prefect team and for Birgitte & Richard a brand that they love and love to share.

Thank you to Chocolate and Love, my lovely followers and all the beaut bloggers out there 😊

Melanie xx


Sakana Manchester Pan Asian Afternoon Tea Review

Sakana Manchester Pan Asian Afternoon Tea Review: April 2017

Magnificent, modern and situated right in the heart of Manchester city centre is Sakana; a sophisticated mecca of all things Asian.  Split over two floors, with two bars and two kitchens this place has the facilitates to go all out and impress.  Décor was a mix of cool, chic and contemporary fixtures and fittings along with the vibrant Japanese themed, work of art, murals splashed on the walls.  This set the tone, which was a bustling cosmopolitan place, where one can socialise with friends, family and work colleagues alike.  Booth style window seating, which I loved, allowed us to take advantage of the sun without the strain on the eyes, thanks to good quality sun shields.

Welcomed by the lovely Jon, things only got better with the introduction of our awesome, amazing server Aziz.  What can I say, highly motivated, customer focused, knowledgeable and his energy was infectious!  Fancy something a bit different, well Sakana’s Pan Asian twist on Afternoon Tea is just what you need.  The fish and vegetable handmade sushi was superb! Clean, fresh with the perfect balance of flavours and textures – best I have had in a long time.  The dipping sauce was simply delicious.  The chicken karaage bao and aubergine bao were both exceptional, soft, sticky and lip-smackingly tasty.  Their mouth-watering selection of signature deserts were scrummy.  Soft, moist and disappeared of the plate quickly.

  As if this was not enough, we got to wash all this down with some of Sakana’s super signature cocktails which offered us a true taste of Asian flavours.  The stand out favourites included the Sakana Sling a mix of Grey Goose Vodka, Elderflower cordial, Lemon and Lime Juice, Jasmine syrup, Apple Juice and Grenadine.  Refreshing, smooth and extremely well balanced.  The stunning Lotus Blossom shaken up with Grey Goose Vodka, St Germain Elderflower, Lychee Kwai Feh Liqueur and Apple Juice was incredible and one of the best cocktails I have tasted.  Refreshing, light, packed with flavour, but no sharp or harshness on the palate.  A smooth, clean, crisp fresh summer tasting cocktail. All our creative cocktails were mixed up by Kyle who did a smashing job and even created his own gin fix cocktail for us, again another hit.

Super Sushi, Bao, desserts and Signature cocktails mixed up with amazing service what is not to like.  Will I be going back, of course! Even if it is just to see Aziz our server, who was an absolute legend!

Thank you to all the Sakana Team, my fab followers and all the brilliant bloggers out in the Blogosphere 😊

Melanie xx


23, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR.

0161 884 1292

Côte Manchester Breakfast Review

Côte Manchester Breakfast Review: April 2017

Bonjour Brilliant Manchester, French phrase book in hand I was ready to experience authentic French cuisine minus the airfare, airport faff and 400-mile journey. The place oozes French rustic charm and character.  The inviting entrance has a French feel with aged signage, topiary trees and vintage seating that gives the outdoors café culture feel.  Anyone could easily mistake themselves for being right in the heart of Paris.

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Roots Collective Blends Review

Roots Collective Blends Review: April 2017

Going back to my Roots with the help of Roots Collective, not a juice, not a smoothie but a high-quality blend of fresh vegetable gorgeous goodness grown with provenance and with as much of their ingredients as possible sourced from right here in the UK.  With over 40 years’ experience growing vegetables Roots collective know their stuff!

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