Mircrobarbox Vodka Cocktails Review

Mircrobarbox Vodka Cocktails Review: November 2017

Offering a range of monthly cocktail club subscriptions and gift boxes the Microbarbox brand are bringing the party to you with this brilliant bar in a box – boom! This Marvellous mega MicroBarBox rocked up to blogging HQ jam packed with artisan vodka spirits and mixers ready to get the party started, so that you can create your very own cocktails with some fizz and flare.  Get your Friday feeling on and have a fabulous festive Christmas shake up!

The Vodka Cocktail box contents include all the ingredients and instructions* to mix up four fabulous vodka based cocktails, all delicious and simple to create.  The Microbarbox offers you an immersive, entertaining experience that creates an electric atmosphere while sipping your favourite cocktail creations.

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Friday’s Fab Five Foodie Finds

My different kind of Five a Day…

Sometimes we can all get stuck in a rut and instead of varying our food we simply stick with what we know.  So, when this exciting foodie bundle, including brands; Hippeas, World of Zing, Pip&Nut, Doisy & Dam and Tenzing natural energy drinks, arrived at blogging HQ, I decided to use the goodies to switch up my working day munchies, have some healthy indulgence and here you have my Friday Fab Five Foodie Finds.

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Nibble Northern Quarter Manchester Review

Nibble Northern Quarter Review Manchester: October 2017

Nestled on Oldham street in the heart of Manchester’s Northern Quarter is the friendly and unpretentious Nibble.  A cute café with a chilled vibe where the focus is about personalised customer service and staff engaging in genuine conversation.  The décor is relaxed with cosy cushions, quirky light fittings, retro outdoor tables and chairs, planters and various greenery which gave the place a secret garden feel.  A lovely local little hub to catch up with friends, family or simply relax and watch the world go by.

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Vapiano Manchester Corn Exchange World Pasta Day Review

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.

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen Manchester Spinningfields Review ***UPDATE – THIS RESTAURANT HAS NOW CLOSED***

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.

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Yutaka Vegetarian Two Course Dinner Date Review

Yutaka Vegetarian Two Course Dinner Date Review: October 2017

Blogging HQ received a batch of lovely Yutaka goodies, that included the sushi kit for 2, silken tofu, wasabi peas, sesame seeds, Japanese style curry kit and some of the lovely Chings champion soybean noodles, to create an authentic Japanese vegetarian two course dinner date meal.

The Super Sushi kit for two includes a recipe booklet, boil in the bag rice, seasoning, nori sheets, ginger, wasabi paste, soya sauce and a rolling mat. Make your date interactive and roll out the fun times with your other half.

It’s time to get your noodle on and make Katsu curry with a twist. Katsu is usually served with rice, but I fancied some of Chings nice noodles. Lightly fry the tofu and then mix with the Katsu sauce. To finish sprinkle with some of the sesame seeds and there you have it a Japanese inspired mouth-watering main for two!

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Impossible Manchester Restaurant and Gin Bar Review

Impossible Manchester Restaurant and Gin Bar Review: October 2017

The beautiful, bold, Be – Impossible Manchester, located in an enviable position on Peter Street, have opened their theatrical doors, that has a 280 cover bar and restaurant space, a gin possible nest and the theatre of dreams, which awaits your arrival.

Décor was an eclectic mix of the quirky, unusual and the contemporary.  With a mix of high ceilings with decadent chandeliers, chrome accessories, lanterns, wood tree bases and retro records.

We began our journey with a classic porn star martini shaken up with Russian standard, butterscotch liqueur, passion fruit, vanilla, pineapple and lemon finished with some fizzy prosecco.  Let tasty taco time comment with the Greek Good filled with feta, avocado, black bean and salsa rossa.  also, the Asian Spice stuffed with silken tofu, cucumber, Chinese leaf spring onion, chilli, soya and ginger.  Also, loving the lush handmade crispy duck spring rolls with plum and schezwan sauce.

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