Bays Kitchen produce tasty FODMAP food perfect for those with IBS

Are you looking for a sauces, chutneys or soups which contain no dairy and no eggs? then Bay’s Kitchen food is the perfect solution as not only are there sauces dairy free, but is gluten free and FODMAP friendly.

What is FODMAP though you might ask?

FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols, which are short chain carbohydrates (sugars) that the small intestine absorbs poorly. Some people experience digestive distress after eating them.

Low-FODMAP diets can provide remarkable benefits for many people with common digestive disorders. Simply FODMAPs are types of carbohydrates found in certain foods, including wheat and beans.

Many foods that contain FODMAPs are considered very healthy and some FODMAPs function like healthy prebiotic fibers, supporting your friendly gut bacteria. Therefore, people who can tolerate these types of carbs should not avoid them.

Bay’s Kitchen produce award winning low FODMAP sauces and chutneys which is suitable for all with diet issues and for those who might be suffering with IBS. Bay’s Kitchen healthy produce is not just a healthy source to have stored in your cupboards but they are also a great way to cook some easy quick tasty meals for example with their Korma you can make a vegetarian one or if you like meat a chicken korma.

I was gifted a few of their sauces from Bay’s Kitchen to try on a press related basis to show me that you don’t always have to have dairy or egg within produce to make it tasty.

Bay’s Kitchen

Founder Bay Burdett of Bay’s Kitchen produce award winning low FODMAP produce which ideal for people with IBS plus those who are vegan and who are gluten tolerant.

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Sayvll Beverage Co alcohol free drinks are the answer to NO more hangovers

Have you ever gone along to a party and felt a little left out as you can’t join in with your friends and family and enjoy a nice refreshing cocktail as you are driving or just can’t drink alcohol? Well now thanks to Savyll you to now can sip and enjoy a refreshing tasty non alcoholic cocktail which really does look and taste like the real thing.

A non alcoholic drink is usually known as a virgin cocktail or mocktail and is usually styled around a classic cocktail except without the alcohol. Non alcoholic drinks have been around for decades and used to be known as Temperance Drinks. The first mention of mocktail came about in America 1916.

Evolving over time the 1980s saw the resurgence of a mocktail movement with sugary drinks. Following the sophistication of cocktail culture of the 2000s, the zero proof drink became more refined.

With mocktails becoming more and more popular, as many people are swinging away from alcohol they can now often be found on cocktail menus within restaurants and bars. Plus many supermarkets also sell mocktails within bottles and cans.

Did you know that mocktails are are crafted using more or less the same combinations of sodas, juices, herbs, and syrups to create a refreshing mocktail, just minus the alcohol. Mixologists also use the same mixology methods and tools in which they would use when making a regular cocktail.

I was kindly gifted courtesy of Savyll their two great gift packs the Simplicity Tasting Pack and Bon Vivant Tasting Pack.

Savyll Beverage Company

The Savyll Beverage Company was set up by founder Avnish Babla as he believed that everyone deserves classic and distinguished alternatives to alcohol when choosing not to drink.

Savyll sell a great range of crafted ready-to-serve, alcohol free cocktails that recreates the familiarity, complexity and sense of occasion of the world’s most popular cocktails. From a Bellini, G&T, Mojito, Paloma Tequila, Moscow Mule, Old Cuban and Spiced Rum & Cola.

All Savyll’s cocktails are made from all natural flavours and extracts, and has less than 5g per 100ml of natural cane sugar. As they don’t use artificial flavouring or sweeteners. Plus apart from not containing any alcohol all their cocktails are vegan friendly and gluten-free.

Everyone no matter if your young or old as all can enjoy the taste of Savyll as they are alcohol-free after all.

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Bunga Bunga that’s pizza amore

If your heading into London and looking for a pizza restaurant which is like no other then I highly recommend Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden. Why? As this venue is a very unique dining experience as their pizzas are a metre long, yes you heard me a metre long!, plus they put on cabaret performances throughout your dining experience. Every day has a different theme from a pizza making party to Bunga karaoke. Whichever experience you enjoy within Bunga Bunga you will certainly fall in love with this venue.

For those who might be unfamiliar with pizza it is usually round, flattened base made from wheat-based dough, topped with tomatoes, cheese, and other various topping such as mushrooms, olives, anchovies, chicken, prawns, etc. which is then baked at a high temperature, traditionally in a wood-fired oven.

Did you know? though that the term pizza was firstly recorded back in the 10th century in a Latin manuscript from Southern Italy town of Gaeta in Lazio. Modern pizza was invented in Naples, and the dish and its variants have since become popular in many countries. In fact pizza is one of the most popular foods in the world and is a common fast food item which can be enjoyed within restaurants and pizzerias. Also ready made pizzas can be bought within many supermarkets / shops from fresh to frozen ready to cook at home.

Me and some community members of Love Pop Ups London were kindly invited along to enjoy pizza like never before courtesy of Bunga Bunga Inception Group.

At Bunga Bunga we all enjoyed live entertainment by Mamma Bunga, made pizza dough, tossed dough in the air, tucked into a metre long pizza and then we partied the night away.

Bunga Bunga

Bunga Bunga is run by Inception Group who are a fun, creative and dynamic company which was founded back in 2009 by entrepreneurs Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling. The company operates a group of unique bars, restaurants and club concepts all over London.

Late 2011 Bunga Bunga popped up within London’s Covent Garden. An Englishman’s Italian where you can eat, drink and be entertained all under one roof from the early evening until the early morning.

In 2016 Bunga Bunga expanded and on their first floor they opened up a mini area called BungaTINI which is inspired by a neighbourhood back-street Italian bar and pizzeria. It serves up a range of home-made pastries, pizzas and classically simple regional dishes available to eat in or take away.

Five years later in 2017 Bunga Bunga opened up with a second location within Battersea. Which is a bigger and bolder version offering a fully immersive dining experience.

Which ever Bunga Bunga you visit though it provides a pizzeria like no other full of pizza and cabaret.

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Oxford Rye Whisky nutty and spicy

If your looking for a new kind of whisky which is smooth, nutty and spicy then I highly recommend Oxford Rye. What makes Oxford Rye’s special compared to other whisky’s is that their whisky is distilled using an ancient heritage rye, a crop which used to be commonly cultivated across the English countryside in pre-industrial times. Did you know to qualify as a pure rye spirit and not a rye whisky, a liquid must be under three years old, which Oxford Rye is.

I was gifted a bottle courtesy from The Oxford Artisan Distillery on a press related basis to sample their Oxford Rye whisky and I discovered not only is it great as a drink but works well within bakes.

The Oxford Artisan Distillery

In 1994 John Letts discovered over 200 almost perfectly preserved examples of traditional wheat and rye landraces in the bottom layers of thatched buildings dating from the late Medieval period (1375-1550 AD). His work showed that, in spite of poor soils, these ancient crops grew to over 1.5 metres tall and that if these fields had been manured crops it would have grown much taller and fallen over in the wind and rain, ruining the harvest.

Today, his fields are monocultures of uniform dwarf wheat varieties that are only a third of the height of older heritage lines, which can be seen in artwork from earlier centuries. The tall stems of older cereals are matched by their much larger root systems, which allows them to absorb moisture and nutrients from deep below the soil surface. This means they are better at surviving drought, but will also grow very tall and fall over if grown with fertilisers or in rich soil.

They produce whisky, gin and vodka.

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Flesh and Buns serves up Japanese delights

If you are ever in the West End be it for a show or just to meet friends and looking for a fun place which serves Japanese food and has a buzz about it, then I highly recommend Flesh & Buns. Set in Oxford Circus with another venue in Covent Garden Flesh & Buns offers a great selection Japanese cuisine from ribs to bao buns to tantalise anyone’s taste.

What is the meaning behind the name Flesh & Buns though?

Well the flesh represents a variety of meats, seafoods and vegetables all of which have either been grilled, fried, roasted or smoked and served with their unique sauces and pickles.

The buns represents their fluffy steamed bao buns in which they serve as bao buns are popular within Southern Japan as well as Northern China and Taiwan.

I went along to check out Flesh & Buns on a press related basis to sample a selection of their Japanese delights as well as their bao buns.

Flesh & Buns

Flesh & Buns is from Daddies Group and can be found within Covent Garden and London’s West End.

Flesh & Buns is known for their Japanese cuisine and brings to London a lively, social place, offering drinks and a cross section of dishes designed for sharing with friends.

Their restaurant in Oxford Circus is their flagship restaurant which differs slightly to their one in Covent Garden.

The one based in Covent Garden focuses on food from Tokyo, whilst staying true to a Izakaya Japanese style pub experience.

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Georgian House is open grab your broomstick and head on down for a magical Wizards Afternoon Tea

If your looking for a bewitching afternoon tea experience then climb on your broomstick and head on down to Georgian House which will delight all your senses.

Whether you are a die hard wizarding, fanatical about Wizards & Wizards or love magical surprises then their Wizards Afternoon Tea will not disappoint with surprises throughout and the food will tantalise your taste buds.

I experienced the Wizard Afternoon Tea on a PR basis to review.

Georgian House

Tucked away this 1851 Victorian Grade II listed charming boutique hotel offers the perfect place to stay. It offers luxurious accommodation and is conveniently just 5 minutes from London Victoria Coach Station and 10 minutes from Victoria Railway station making it the perfect spot to commute from to explore London.

Georgian House hotel has been family owned for generations. It was built by Serena von der Heyde’s great great grandfather William Chinnery Mitchell and has been a family treasure for over 150 years. William was a leading master builder within London in the second quarter of the 19th century.

William left a mark on all of his builds by adding a few signature details, from panel doors and his string motif, a plaster decorative line on the exterior of many of his houses.

Over several generations the houses, are now known as the Georgian House Hotel, having been handed down through the family. Serena von der Heyde took over the bed and breakfast operation back in 1987, when it was a two star hotel and had 28 guest rooms.

Today, the Georgian House Hotel is a 5 star boutique which has 63 bedrooms and apartments within. Provides a place within London’s bustling hotel scene as a warm and welcoming place for families, couples and those on business to base themselves when visiting the capital. As for generations the family has always maintained the home from home feel that guests recognise and appreciate time and time again.

Apart from the luxurious bedrooms and apartments on offer at Georgian House they also have a few enchanted themed rooms for Wizards and Witches who are seeking that something a little more magical. Smaller cosier rooms such as the Wizard Chambers can be booked which are designed for couples who want to be captivated by magic. Found concealed behind a bookcase door on the lower ground level of the hotel, along a portrait-lined passageway bathed in candle light. Each room features faux castle details such as stained glass windows, stone walls, archways, trunks, wood burning stoves and cauldrons. Complete your magical stay and enjoy a spellbinding experience of an Wizards Afternoon Tea full of surprises or learn the art of Wizard Potion Making.

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Swingers will you score a par, birdie or eagle

This Summer might be a wash out for most golfers and those who love to dine al fresco but I know of a venue within London where you can enjoy golf and eat within a themed beach setting but without getting wet, and that is Swingers in the West End.

Swingers is an all adult miniature 9 hole crazy golf experience, but it’s more than just golf as it’s also a social venue with many bars and street food outlets. Sip on tasty drinks, enjoy a variety of delicious street food and party on down to the tunes of their resident DJ.

Simply Swingers is a place to play, drink, eat and have a good time.

I went down on a press basis along with my husband Jason to check out Swingers within the West End and even though it has been open since 2018 it still looks brand new and still buzzing with atmosphere.

Swingers Crazy Golf

Swingers is founded by CEOs and Co-Founders; Matt Grech-Smith and Jeremy Simmonds.

Back in 2014 Swingers swung into London, Shoreditch within a warehouse bringing a combination of crazy golf, cocktails and street food. After 5 months and being a great success Matt and Jeremy decided to seek a permanent home and eventually in 2016 they managed to pop up within a permanent space within the City of London. In 2018 they decided to open up a second venue within Oxford Circus, with further plans for more venues to pop up within London. Each have different themes. Plus Swingers can also be played within America, Washington DC where you can choose from The Clocktower and The Waterwheel. Also a new one will be popping up within New York soon.

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Coqbull Soho chicken licken and moolicious food

Coqbull Soho is a restaurant located right in the middle of the vibrant Soho in London who serves free range Norfolk chicken and burgers as well as vegan dishes. They have four floors including a roof top terrace with a fully catered bar making it a perfect place to visit no matter what the weather.

Using free range to me is very important as it means that the animal was free to roam outdoors rather than being confined in cages or enclosures. They also enjoy finer feeds which means that they are healthier.

I love chicken and burgers so to have a restaurant which is dedicated to serving both is great. Also the best thing is that all their meat is sourced from The Butchers Block within London who sources the best free range meat within the UK. They are a third generation family of butchers who are committed to serving the best of British produce as all their meat is free range.

Did you know that eating free range or organic chicken meat is better for you as it generally has a higher proportion of omega-3 fatty acids compared with intensively reared chicken meat, with a similar ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. Eating free range beef is also a plus as instead of the cows being fed grains they feed on grass which is high in key nutrients like omega-3s and vitamin B. So free range beef is much leaner, healthier and tastes a lot better than grain fed beef.

Courtesy of Coqbull I was invited to sample their great tasting free range chicken and burgers.

Coqbull Soho

There is a new chicken and burger joint in town thanks to founder Patrick Frawley.

After having a great success with their two venues based within Ireland, he know brings to London Soho his lively and energetic take on casual dining to town.

Coqbull Soho consists of three exquisite bars spread across four floors with a spacious outside dining area and a one-of-a-kind rooftop terrace with heaters and blankets at the ready.

If you have a date coming up, a group occasion or need to take over an entire floor or the full venue Coqbull is the place.

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The Wizard Exploratorium afternoon tea – unicorn poop, potions, magic and so much more

As a fan of all things magic, sweet treats and tea when I heard about The Wizard Exploratorium’s newest event for a Magical Afternoon Tea at theirs I just had to do it.

Afternoon tea is a quintessential English thing. Traditionally afternoon tea consists of a selection of dainty sandwiches, cakes, scones served with clotted cream and preserves and of course tea served within tea pots.

But how did the Afternoon Tea come about in England? Afternoon tea came about in 1840 thanks to Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford. Within the household dinner was served fashionably late at eight, thus leaving a long period of time between lunch and dinner. Around 4pm the Duchess would become hungry and ask for a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake be brought to her room. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her and this is how afternoon tea came about. During the 1880’s upper-class and society women would change into long gowns, gloves and hats for their afternoon tea which was usually served in the drawing room between four and five o’clock. Nowadays however, in the average suburban home, afternoon tea is likely to be just a biscuit or small cake and a mug of tea, usually produced using a teabag.

A traditional Afternoon Tea with all the works can still be enjoyed within many restaurants, hotels and tearooms across the UK but if your looking for a magical one then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to go for magic and wander.

I was invited down on a PR basis courtesy of The Wizard Exploratorium to experience and review their newest magical event yet for a Magical Afternoon Tea.

The Wizard Exploratorium within London, Soho

Nestled in the heart of Soho The Wizard Exploratorium combines cool magic and science together.

There is so much to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from wand making, afternoon tea or a cocktail potion making class or if your just looking for some magical merchandise then The Wizard Exploratorium is the place to pop on in.

Within The Wizard Exploratorium they bring science and tech together along with food and beverages to bring a magical time and make you be wowed.

There are several experiences and seasonal experiences to enjoy within The Wizard Exploratorium from Magic Wand Making, Potion Experience and their newest immersive event Wizard Afternoon Tea where you create the magic and enjoy a magical feast of food and sip on magical tea.

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Hiver drink their beer save honey bees

Everyone knows that without bees we’d all be in a very difficult place environmentally, and that is one of the reason Hiver has made it their cause from the beginning to help British beekeepers by sponsoring and using their honey within their beer.

For instance if you look at any plate of food we eat, bees have most likely played a big part in either pollinating the many vegetables and fruits we eat directly or pollinating the food for the animals that we then consume. Plus that’s not all bees do for us, as honey and wax are two other important products that come courtesy of bees.

As a lover of bees, honey and beer Hiver is the perfect beer to have. Plus the beauty about Hiver is that all their beer uses honey which they source from three select Bee Keeping farms here within the British Isles.

Thanks to Hiver I was invited down on a press related invite to learn more about their beers as well as bees.

Hiver Urban Experience in Kennington

Discovering about bees and Hiver beer.

Bee Urban

Since 2015 Bee Urban has been looking after honey bees, growing herbs, fruit and vegetables. Their site is in Kennington Park, The Hive is situated behind the cafe and in front of St Agnes church in Kennington Park.

Bee Urban honey bees are a social enterprise that aims to work with communities to improve the environment for the benefit of us all. They focus on responsible urban beekeeping, horticulture and community growing.

The pond and garden area is a space to come and learn about beekeeping, organic gardening and sustainable living, whilst providing nectar and forage for the bees in our apiary. Their cob oven is regularly used for their home made pizza sessions.

Within the workshop educational classes take place from beekeeping demonstrations, gardening and training sessions. Plus there is a small shop within where you can purchase candle-making equipment, honey and so much more.

Hiver

Since 2013 Hiver has been brewing their honey beer with their first beer being their flagship natural blonde beer.

Hiver was born out of an admiration for London’s urban beekeepers and a passion for craft beer. Hannah Rhodes, was the one who was inspired to create a quality beer using honey, following the discovery of the vast array of honey produced in London. The number of bee hives in London has soared in recent years following news that global bee numbers were in rapid decline. Unpasteurised, more textured and flavourful honey is used in the brewing process, contributing to the taste and body of the beer. Since brewing Hiver has gone from strength to strength with listings at Ocado, Marks & Spencers, and a number of independent merchants and pubs.

All of Hiver beers use raw honey which is sourced from independent British beekeepers, in whom they sponsor and run fun experiences at as also helping spread the knowledge about the role of bees and bee keepers are equally as important to them. They also believe that supporting the beekeepers they work with is one of the best ways to support British bees and helps give us all the best insight in how we should help support bee populations by planting for bees. With every web order at Hiver you will receive a free seasonal flower pack of seeds too, to plant and help bees. Plus working towards B-Corp accreditation they pledge to donate 10% of profits to pollinator and green spacing projects.

Hiver uses honey as an integral part of their brewing process, helping to deliver crisp, light tasting beer with a subtle honey aroma and flavour. Hiver never pasteurise their beer either, which means you will always get the freshest, most natural beer in your glass.

Hiver also has gone the extra mile working with local suppliers, from the people that kiln their glass, produce their labels and stamp their business card keeping to a low carbon footprint.

No wonder Hiver has won a number of awards from Britain’s Next Top Supplier to being the only British medal winner at the World Beer Challenge (with two gold medals) in 2018, a recent European Beer Star Gold and an industry award for Corporate Social Responsibility gets Hiver into the Best of British Beers.

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