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 #Review

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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The Gift of Oil #Review

The Gift of Oil Review: September 2017

Started in 2001 by Phil Bianchi, The Gift of Oil, was launched because Phil realised that balsamics and oils in the UK did not match up to the same standards as the offerings in the med.  Phil’s passion for the Mediterranean lifestyle emerged after working for an olive oil company based in Athens.  Phil visits Portugal, Modena and Sicily several times a year for tastings to discover new innovative infusions, working with the Di Lorenzo, Verrini and Tagliavini families who produce some authentic oils and balsamics. Hence, why The Gift of Oil brand can deliver quality artisan products at affordable prices.

Located in North Manchester, The Gift of Oil premises are a hive of activity, as all products are sampled, bottled, labelled and go through rigorous quality checks, by their dedicated team, to ensure only the best for their discerning food loving customers.

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Wild Drinks #Review

Wild Drinks Review: September 2017

Jonathan Wallington, the fabulous founder of the wonderful Wild drinks brand, has experienced a complex entrepreneurial journey, that has seen both highs and lows, but after a lot of energy, effort and enthusiasm, WILD drinks are here and yes they are wild, as the original idea behind WILD was a ‘Sloe-gasm’! ‘Sloe-gasm’ a mix of champagne and sloe gin came about after Jonathan had a bumper Sloe crop in 2012 on his Dorset farm. Sloes at the ready and several crafty concoctions later Jonathan settled for a Perry base sourced from the North of England, Gin from the Thames distillers, finished off with natural ingredients which are gluten free, suitable for vegans, low in calories, naturally light and made in the UK.

Jonathan has focused on every detail even down to the bottle branding, that has a natural, sophisticated and elegant design, which is synonymous with the quality of the natural spritz drink contained inside. Jonathan has delivered delicious drinks which the discerning drinker can enjoy in the comfort of their own home.

The new Superstar Sloe is scrummy, serve straight up, stick in a straw and it is good to go. A vibrant velvety colour and a warm flavour make this drink perfect to serve on any occasion.

Winner of a 2017 Great Taste Award, The Elderflower Spritz made a lovely lush Elderflower, apple and gin cocktail. Garnish with lemon and apple for refreshing floral and delicate sipper which would be a great addition to any dinner party.

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Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine #Review

Eisberg Alcohol Free Wine Review: September 2017

Love wine…Hate Hangovers…Want to save on Calories…Yes, Yes and Yes! Well Esiberg alcohol free wine is the answer. Produced the same way as wine, but then cleverly using one of the world’s most advance techniques to remove the alcohol yet keep the same fresh crisp taste. The result an alcohol-free wine with a fraction of the calories of your usual alcoholic vino. Each glass of Eisberg fizzy or still alcohol-free wine is less than 33 calories per 125ml glass in comparison with an alcoholic wine that tops 120 calories plus! Great if you are driving, training, school night drinking or just fancy a refreshing sipper without the booze.

Blogging HQ got ready to enjoy some alcohol-free tipple, as a batch of excellent Eisberg drinks arrived which included Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Rosé and Sparkling Blanc.

Fancy a fizzy berry Bellini brunch, well use the Sparkling Rosé to create a scrummy strawberry and peachy Bellini, finish off with a strawberry and serve with balsamic berries on toasted bread.

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