bakerdays letterbox cake review

bakerdays letterbox cake review: June 2017

Situated on the outskirts of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire is the brilliant bakerdays. Founded by Andrea Guzyova and greeting card entrepreneur Alan Hawkes, part of their crafty cake empire is to send out letterbox gift cakes, by next day delivery, across the United Kingdom.

Surprisingly, the cake does actually fit through the letterbox and makes a perfect personalised gift, as like mine, your business logo or brand can be professionally printed to high quality speck onto the actual cake, by bakerdays talented designers.

The cakes are ideal for the corporate market, as a flexible way to celebrate a team members birthday, an employee celebrating a key life event or as a reward scheme to recognise an employee, who has excelled in their role, and deserves some much-needed thanks. Also, why not send one to a new or existing client to celebrate a new business arrangement or client loyalty. Either way the cake spreads the word about your organisation, as well as providing a sweet treat to the recipient.

Easily, feeding four this cake is a lovely soft sponge topped off with fabulous flavoursome icing. Extras such as, candles, balloons, a horn and a card are all included too, so no extra faff or fuss. The trendy tin makes for a useful desk tidy and a fab memento.

Fancy a slice, well take a bite and wait for your creative cake to hit your letterbox.

Thank you to the bakerdays team, my amazing followers and all the brill bloggers out in the Blogosphere 🙂

Melanie xx


bakerdays Ltd, The E-Centre, Darwin Drive, New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, NG22 9GW

01623 867160

Protein Ball Co and Oloves Review

Protein Ball Co and Oloves Review: June 2017

Fancy something sweet or savoury well sister companies Protein Ball Co and Oloves, based in Worthing West Sussex, have the answer with their two sensational snacking solutions. Both brands were founded by Husband and Wife team Matt and Hayley, because they struggled to find healthy clean snacks while on the go. The protein balls now selling in 14 countries, Matt States that “It is our aim to roll out super nutritious and delicious, high protein balls in the most fun and energetic way!”.

A big box arrived at blogging HQ asking “How do you roll” …I could not wait to find out. Boom a brilliant box of balls in a range of innovative yummy flavour combinations, which included Cacao & Orange, Coconut & Macadamia, Cherry & Almond, Goji & Coconut, Lemon & Pistachio and Peanut Butter. Roll with us? I would love to roll with you, as these are ideal prior to my Health Club sessions, so see you around!

Oloves, currently being sold in 14 countries worldwide and impressively have won 5 awards, which include Fresh ideas, ife – London, Taste award, Anuga – Cologne, Trends and innovations, Sial – Paris, Mercury award, Itca – Barcelona and Appetizer, Antipasti category – NY. The four fab flavours are Chill & Oregano, Lemon & Rosemary, Chilli & Garlic and my fav their new Basil & Garlic – yummy! Ideal to throw on a salad, a mixed sharing board or snacking for on the go, at the office or while on the move in the city – loved them.

Ideal for grab and go these bags of balls and Oloves of love are now a firm fav of mine, give them a go and spread the love around.

Thank you to the Protein Ball Co and Oloves team, my amazing followers and all the brill bloggers out in the Blogosphere 😊

Melanie xx


0207 117 2631


0208 144 1641



Sakana a la carte Menu review

Sakana a la carte Menu review: June 2017

Sensational Sakana situated on Peter street in Manchester city centre offers an enviable Japanese a la carte menu featuring top of the range food and cocktails. Immerse yourself in an evening of Japanese culture and enjoy the Sakanas experience. Tasty Tuesdays began with a lovely warm welcome from Jon and we were overjoyed to find out that the amazing Aziz was to be our server for the evening.

Sampling the small plates was a super duper tasty experience. Visually the food was exquisite elegant works of art, that really wets one’s appetite. Plates included the tasty Thai prawn crackers served up with the scrummy Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce, the Inari summer roll which are stuffed with tender Tofu, Iceberg Lettuce, Mint, Vermicelli & Vegetable hand rolled in Rice Paper, served with a pleasing passion fruit Chilli Sauce and the tantalising Scallops served on a bed of glass Vermicelli on Shell with Garlic Soy.

Settled into one of the lovely window booths, we chowed down and perused the menu for more yummy small plates to sample. The delightful golden money bags were made by deep frying Vegetable Wontons filled with Potato, Carrots, Edamame Beans, Shitake Mushrooms & Mild Curry Powder, served with Raspberry Chilli Sauce dip & Passion fruit Puree. The succulent and tender honey black pepper spare ribs which are baby back ribs cooked in a Honey Black Pepper Sauce with Garlic. One of my favs is the amazing eight-piece Uramaki which is a delicious Vegetable inside out roll with an Avocado Topping.

Sakana’s had so many cocktail creations, but my fav of the evening was the perfect pornstar cocktail shaken up with Cariel Vanilla Vodka, Passoa, Pineapple Juice, Passion Fruit Juice, Lime Juice served with a shot Prosecco – it was lush. A final surprise came in the form of fireworks and a lovely 35th Happy Birthday chocolate plate alongside an amazing gigantic fortune cookie. What does the future have in store for me or you…Who knows? So in the interim pop along to Sakana’s for some fine food, creative cocktails and words of wisdom.

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

Freedom Japanese Market Review

Freedom Japanese Market Review: June 2017

A family saw a gap in the market, when their friends who had moved away from Japan could not find the same high quality of Japanese snacks in their own country. During a family holiday in the U.S, they noticed that the international stores stocked snacks, but they were either dangerously close to their sell by dates or not even of Japanese origin. With this in mind, the family went away and set up family run Freedom Japanese Market, with a determined mission to deliver quality Japanese to the world.

The original subscription box landed on my door from Japan and was packed to the rafters with a balanced mix of sweet, savoury, and fun snacks, directly from Japanese manufacturers. The box had a cute handmade origami figure, with this month’s theme in honor of Girl’s day which is celebrated on 3rd of March in Japan. Also, each snack was explained in English on a full clear content list that also included images. The mix of products was fab from a DIY candy kit to savoury snacks and the more experimentally challenging okonomiyaki – fish jerky and Takoyaki Umaibo – puffed corn flavoured like octopus.

The subscription box service is a fab way to learn about Japanese culture and taste some interesting authentic Japanese snacks at the same time. All the snacks were fab, but my top 5 fav snacks included the baby star panmen – ramen chips flavoured with maple & Cinnamon, Roasted Corn Ariel – light and crispy chips tasting like they have come straight off the BBQ, Maken Gummy – A cola flavoured gummy that you can use to play rock, paper & scissors, NeruNeruNeruNe – add water to this and it creates a grape candy which you can decorate with crystalized sugar and finally the Big Bar Choco – which was a scrummy aerated chocolatey treat.

Snacks Japanese style, then the Freedom Japanese Market subscription service is ideal for your needs.

Thank you to the whole family at Freedom Japanese Market, all my amazing followers and all the fab bloggers out there 😊

Melanie xx


Teppanyaki Chinatown Manchester Review

Teppanyaki Chinatown Manchester Review: June 2017

Situated in the heart of Chinatown Manchester is the original Teppanyaki in the North West since 1987. At the entrance, the restaurant proudly displays their ethos on a cute wooden chalkboard, which is all about a simple, none gimmicky approach, as the authentic food and Teppanyaki experience speaks for its self.

Warmly welcomed by Edward, who settled us into the cosy seating area, while we waited for a lovely glass of fine wine and a traditional Japanese beer. There definitely was a buzz about the place, anticipation and excitement built, as we were shown to our seats at the Teppanyaki table.

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The English Lounge Manchester Review

The English Lounge Manchester Review: June 2017

Smack bang in the heart of Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter, the English Lounge, offers a selection of wines, spirits, cocktails, cask ales, gin’s and foodie delights, clearly this is a pub that pulls everything excellent together.  We rocked up to an inviting entrance with some rather cute hanging baskets, nice lantern light features and the English Lounge branded swinging sign. Once upstairs a warm welcome awaited us from the lovely Phil, who was fab, personable, professional and looked after us fantastically the whole evening. Also, another lovely server Emma did a cracking job at making sure we were having a fab time.

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