MyChocolate workshops is happiness rolled into two

MyChocolate workshops is happiness rolled into two as not only is the workshop a fun experience but eating the chocolate is pure joy. Did you know that chocolate can in fact actually make you happy as endorphins are released when you eat it. Why? as the amino acids which are in chocolate produce serotonin in your brain (the neurotransmitter) which is responsible for producing the feeling of happiness.

MyChocolate run a variety of workshops from Chocolate Espresso Martini class through to The Original Chocolate Making Workshop.

I went along to experience MyChocolate Original Chocolate Making Workshop in which I learnt how to make a giant chocolate button with a marbling affect and made a batch of ganache truffles.

I went along on a press basis to experience their Original Chocolate Making Workshop to show me how fun and easy making chocolate can be.

MyChocolate

MyChocolate was set up by founder Hannah back in Summer 2003.

Hannah wanted to bring fun and joy to all in the form of a chocolate, as after all chocolate is happiness.

During her degree she decided to take a trip around Europe to figure out what she wanted to do with her life and it was not long till she realised that her trip seemed to centre around one thing…chocolate!

Once she was back from her travels, she began to wonder if there was something she could do with her chocolate obsession? Before long she transformed her flat into a makeshift chocolate kitchen where she started to experiment with batches of fresh cream truffles, pralines and even chocolate cocktails.

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Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch – What happens within Mr Tipsy’s stays within Mr Tipsy’s

Head on down to Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination. As you take a look you’ll see into your imagination, with a sip here and sip there travelling around the world of pure creation. What you’ll see will defy explanation!

Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch is the opposite to Willy Wonks Chocolate Factory as within Mr Tipsy’s you’ll adventure through in and out of different themed bars from around the world as you down many different cocktails throughout the night. It certainly is a bar crawl with a difference where you can take your imagination on a journey like no other.

I and members of my group LPUL Club we went on a pub crawl like no other as we walked around Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch.

Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch

Mr. Tipsy’s Down the Hatch is produced by Redbeard Productions with one simple goal to create an atmosphere full of joy, laughter and happiness.

Creator Nick A. Olivero the man behind San Francisco’s popular 1920s-styled bar experience, The Speakeasy and his friend Mark Nassar, who co-created NYC’s longest ever running off-Broadway comedy, Tony and Tina’s Wedding. Together they’ve teamed together their experience, connections, creativity, theatricality and more to create Mr Tipsy’s Down the Hatch pub crawl experience. Walk on through, explore their world as you adventure across the globe, sipping drinks with zany characters, singing, dancing and much more.

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Haufson cookware press day with guest chef Nancy Lam

Haufson’s kitchen utensils and cookware are exquisite as all their products are classy and high in quality giving the best cooking experience. I have a few of their products such as their pink cute heart shaped pancake pan which is ideal for Valentines but never knew about their wok until now.

I was lucky enough to be invited down to Haufson special press day to learn about their wok within School of Wok Kitchen whilst being demonstrated by a celebrity chef.

I attended the event where Nancy Lam cooked with a Haufson wok whilst she fried up some prawns and showed us how easy the wok is to use, without burning or overcooking the prawns. The other classes also had demos by Emily Roux (Michel Roux Jr daughter) and Chef Exose who was on MasterChef the Professionals. He is now chef de partie at James Martin restaurant in Manchester.

Haufson Cookware

Haufson Cookware was founded back in 2017 and bought to the UK and global markets their range of innovative non-stick cookware.

Haufson’s kitchen utensils and cookware will make your food memorable and exquisite wherever and whoever you are, be it for Asian cuisine, French delicacies, British meals or other cuisines. Their products combine quality and design giving the best cooking experience.

Their quality non-stick pots and pans use a special new coating technique, which continues to innovate and provide cutting-edge technology in cookware production.

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Back to the Future Musical is now open in London’s West End, Great Scott!

Back to the Future Musical after a long anticipated wait has hit London’s West End with tremendous reviews.

What is Back to the Future Musical? Back to the Future is based on the classic 1985 movie which was directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. The movie is based on a nutty inventor who builds a time machine using a DeLorean which sends Marty a teenage boy back in time. Marty in the movies is played by Michael J. Fox, and the eccentric inventor by Christopher Lloyd. The movie set in the 80s follows Marty McFly as he is accidentally sent back to 1955 in a time-traveling DeLorean automobile built by his friend Doctor Emmett Brown aka Doc. Trapped in the past, Marty accidently disturbs time as his future mother falls in love with him. It is then up to him to fix things and get his future parents’ to meet and fall for each other, otherwise he and his future siblings will never exist.

Here are some interesting facts which you might not know about Back to the Future:

  • Back to the Future script was rejected over 40 times by studios because it was not considered raunchy enough to compete with the successful comedies of that era. It was thanks to Zemeckis who secured a deal which then led to a very successful movie franchise.
  • Also originally Michael J Fox even though was the initial the first choice to portray Marty, at the time he was unavailable; so Eric Stoltz was cast instead. However shortly after principal photography began in November 1984, Zemeckis determined Stoltz was not right for the part and made the concessions necessary to hire Michael J Fox. This included re-filming scenes already shot with Stoltz and adding $4 million to the budget. 
  • Back to the Future has earnt over $381.1 million and has one of the become the highest-grossing film of 1985 worldwide.
  • In the years since its release, Back to the Future has grown in esteem and is now considered to be among the greatest ever made science-fiction films of the 1980s, and one of the greatest films of all time.
  • The film has received multiple award nominations and won an Academy AwardSaturn Awards, and a Hugo Award.

I was kindly invited on a press related basis to watch Back to the Future Musical at Adelphi Theatre for my thoughts.

Back to the Future Musical

Back to the Future Musical takes audiences to Hill Valley! Where you’ll take an electrifying journey back in time from the 80s to the 50s as you follow Martys adventures.

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Mrs Riot every Saturday enjoy a riotous party full of cupcakes, bottomless drinks and Drag Queens

We all love a brunch but have you ever had a brunch which consists of cupcakes, bottomless drinks and entertainment provided by Drag Queens? No, then head on down to Mrs Riot for a riotous party like no other.

What is a drag queen though you might ask? well a drag queen is usually a cisgender male, who uses drag/female clothing and makeup to imitate an exaggerated version of a female gender. The reason I believe we all love to be entertained by drag queens is the mystery which surrounds drag queens. Making us wonder what kind of queen are they, and what sort of person are they like underneath all that glitz and glamour?

At Mrs Riot in London’s Covent Garden held every Saturday a brunch like no other which Queen Margo and her friends hold a riotous bottomless brunch giving a performance of her life whist all diners munch down on cupcakes, sip on endless drinks as well as getting involved from dance offs to lip-synching battles.

Mrs Riot invited me and other members of Love Pop Ups London down for a riotous time.

Mrs Riot

It’s 2021 and Mrs Riot is open. Inspired by the 1700s iconic feminist, Kitty Clive and her most famous character Mrs Riot, is a place for cocktails, cabaret and so much more as you transport yourself to a different era of entertainment.

Mrs Riot was one of the first sirens, rebels and role models to change the course of history back in the 1700s. She was a Georgian celeb, a Regency VIP, vivacious, vulgar and lucrative icon of theatreland. Onstage, she tickled her audiences with her slick satire, while off-stage she more than tickled those lucky enough to be invited into her inner circle.

After almost 300 years, she has returned to the same streets where she was discovered, when singing while cleaning the steps of an actors’ tavern in the heart of Covent Garden. She went on to make these pavements her playground, and now you’re invited to her party…

Mrs Riot in Covent Garden is London’s most unique bar and are the first and only place to experience a Drag Queen Cupcake Bottomless Brunch! For 90 minutes expect the finest drag queens, along with singalongs, lip syncs, runway walks, and all kinds of other interactive craziness. Unlimited drinks mean that the juices keep flowing from pink bellinis, high-class rosehip cocktails and summery Aperol spritzes along with vegan cupcakes.

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Princess themed seacation cruises onboard Regal Princess and Sky Princess

People who know me call me cruise ship crazy, why? as I just love to cruise when it comes to taking my holidays throughout the year. I tend to do around three a year but I have never cruised with Princess before until now.

During the pandemic of 2020/2021 cruises have been hit badly and not been able to sail loosing lots of money sadly. However this summer 2021 the government let a select few cruise lines sail from Southampton but sailing to nowhere just out to sea, calling it a seacation. Even though there was not going to be any port stops I did not care as like many other cruise lovers we just wanted to be back out on the open sea and enjoy everything onboard as it has been too long. There is two particular well known cruise liners in which me and my husband we normally sail with but this time around we thought we would try out Princess. During this summer they sailed out with a few mini cruises which just sailed the high seas along the UK coast. Looking over the sailing choices we decided to enjoy two of their 3 night special themed seacation cruises.

There was three themed cruises to choose from Mind, Body & Soul, Culinary Stars and Comedy Cruise all of which consisted of well known celebrities from TV.

I and my husband we opted to do the Culinary Stars on board Sky Princess* plus the Comedy themed cruise on board Regal Princess and both were as equally as entertaining.

Princess cruises

Princess started out in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Since then Princess has grown and has become one of the premiere cruise lines in the world. In April 2003 Princess became a part of Carnival Corporation.

The Princess fleet presently consists of Caribbean Princess, Coral Princess, Crown Princess, Diamond Princess, Emerald Princess, Enchanted Princess, Grand Princess, Island Princess, Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Ruby Princess, Sapphire Princess and Sky Princess.

Princess has spent over 50 years sharing a world of exploration with their guests they look forward to continuing their journey. With new ships currently under construction with a new generation, dual-fuel LNG powered ships on order, Princess is the fastest growing premium cruise line in the industry.

Their fleet carries more than a million passengers each year to more worldwide destinations than any other major line. Apart from 2020/2021 when they were hit hard as they had to halt all services due to the pandemic.

Now up and sailing again with 3/4 mini UK seacations for now Princess are back giving passengers a great and safe experience and in a responsible and covid safe manner.

When they can start to sail abroad again Princess sails to a staggering 380 destinations, 7 continents for you to discover and explore.

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room2 Southampton experience a home from home feeling

Are you looking for a luxurious but inexpensive overnight stay within Southampton before you board a cruise? Then I highly recommend room2 which is located near the town centre and the port of Southampton.

room2 is the world’s first luxurious 4 star hometel brand which offers all the comforts of home with the service of a hotel. Their hometel within Southampton has 71 spacious rooms comes complete with a fully equipped kitchen, spacious bathroom, dining area, television, sofa and a large king size bed all of which is like a home living experience. Some rooms overlook Queens Park and others the harbour. Simply room2 is a place to live, not just stay for the night.

I was kindly gifted a stay at room2 on a press related basis to show me that hometels are much better than hotels.

room2

In 2014 the original room2 concept was conceived and in late 2016 they launched their Hammersmith Townhouse. room2 understands peoples accommodation needs from a bed to a kitchen.

room2 was founded by two brothers Rob & Stu who come from Hammersmith area. On there travels they were tired of staying in soulless accommodation, and decided to create room2 to bring unique staycations.

Presently room2 can be found within Chiswick, Hammersmith and Southampton. However by 2030 they hope to have opened up 5000 hometels across the UK.  

room2 Southampton is ranked 𝗻𝗼.𝟭 𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗹 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗻 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗽𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗼𝗿 and has even won TripAdvisor Travellers Choice 2021 award.

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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 their 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 of 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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