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.
Alara Wholefoods Review: September 2017
In 1975 Alex Smith started the company from humble beginnings, having experienced some turbulent times throughout his organic Muesli journey, but Alex’s persistence, dedication and hard work have seen the business thrive and grow. The brands ethos is dedicated to quality, sustainability and giving back to the community. All their products are made in Zero Waste factory a stone throw away from Kings Cross, London. Sourcing local ingredients and where possible supporting organic farmers in the UK.
With a wealth of Experience and expertise, the brand has created high quality bespoke muesli products that do not contain any genetically modified organisms or any of its derivatives, have been certified organic by the Soil Association since 1988 and with JAAC since 1998 an impressively is the only Fair Trade certified cereal manufacturer in the world and the first to certify with the Coeliac Society.
Tideford Organics Soups Review: September 2017
Since 1996 in their Devon Kitchen, Tideford Organics have been creating an innovative range of scrummy soup recipes. Excitingly re-launching in 2016, as the UKs first organic vegan brand, crafting and creating soups that are gluten free, low fat, organic, vegan and with no added sugars. The Tideford Team sent me some super soups in celebration of Organic September. I was excited to review, not just for the obvious taste testing reason, but due to the brands commitment and dedication to support the wellbeing of our environment.
The brands core ethos is that, “a little change can make a big difference” which underpins their ‘Take the Pledge to Eat More Veg’ campaign. Eating less meat improves health and helps our environments health too. The statistics are eyewatering, “The meat + dairy industries use a third of our planet’s fresh water supply” “Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of amazon destruction”, “51% of global greenhouse emissions are due to livestock + their by-products”, “A plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%”, “If everyone had one meat-free day a week it’d be like taking 240 million cars off the road”, “If you skip just one burger you’ll have saved enough energy to charge your iPhone for 4.5 years!”
Miracle Matcha Chocolate Tea Infusions and Altitude Tea Review: September 2017
Miracle Matcha is sourced from the rift Valley in Kenya, as the white tea leaves are grown high within the fertile valley. Miracle Matcha is healthy, convenient, has 100% pure natural ingredients that are suitable for vegans and has been approved by the vegetarian society. It is also Fair Trade and Rainforest Alliance certified, which means that both the environment and the farmers are protected.
Kabuto Vegetarian Noodles Review: September 2017
Kabuto noodles founder Crispin Busk travelled around Australia and Asia and started working within the food industry in his late twenties. Crispin’s venture into the entrepreneurial world has been a mixed journey. 15,000 noodles pots, no customers and with a pregnant wife, Crispin had to take matters into his own hands, by scouting London’s independent retailers to stock his products. From launching his products into Harvey Nicks and throughout several countries worldwide, Crispin continues to see growth and is excited about what the future holds.
Hello Cheese Review: September 2017
Great, gorgeous and gooey cheese, from a classic cheddar to a lovely Lancashire, what is not to like. Passionate about the cheesy stuff, Amanda set up the awesome Hello Cheese brand, so that other cheese lovers and fans can indulge in a variety of top quality cheeses that are delivered direct to your door every month.
Yutaka Noodles Review: September 2017
British Taiwanese food writer and TV chef Ching-He Huang has been busy demonstrating her culinary flair and finesse creating Yutaka’s new healthy organic soybean noodles range. Gluten free, high in protein, high in fibre, no additives, low in sodium and suitable for vegetarians, these nice noodles tick all the right boxes.
Teapigs Hangover Gift Set Review: August 2017
Teapigs founders, Nick and Louise, started the brand back in 2006 with a mission to get everyone drinking real tea again. Both have bags of experience, as they met while working for a massive tea company. The brand has grown from strength to strength with their natural biodegradable mesh teabags collecting over 70 great taste awards – impressive stuff!
During a lovely evening, out we can all get a little too carried away with the bubbly alcoholic refreshments, leaving us feeling a little tender the following day. Be prepared and spread some much-needed comfort and hugs by giving your tea obsessed friends and family a ‘Teabag’ Hangover kit so that they can have the ‘hair of the Teapigs’.
Goodie Chocolate Review: July 2017
Inspired by Finland’s core values of well-being, transparency and sustainability, Jukka Peltola founded Goodio in 2015 with one core question, “What if there was a food brand you could trust?”. Avoiding any of the sugar laden nasties, Goodio instead uses both nutritious and organic ingredients, such as raw cacao, to create a range of innovative and unique flavour combinations. Goodio have created quality vegan chocolate bars, with ethical principles and have now expanded into three continents and 5 countries including; Finland, Sweden, UK, USA and Hong Kong.