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Haufson wok & steamer recipes for Halloween

Haufson’s kitchen utensils and cookware products are classy and high in quality giving the best cooking experience. I have a number of their products such as their unique pink cute heart shaped pancake pan which is ideal for Valentines.

To make my Halloween spooky recipes I used my newly acquired Wok I will be explaining but never knew about their wok until now.

I was kindly gifted a Haufson wok and steamer after attending a special Haufson event in which I was inspired by the great Nancy Lam as she cooked up a storm using the wok.

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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SENSAS take your senses on a journey and help raise money for charity

Most of us all have the five basic senses of touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste but have you ever taken them on a challenge? At SENSAS you can do just that.

Before I tell you more about SENSAS the most unique ultimate experience you can ever enjoy within London I will explain a little about how our senses work.

Touch – this is thought to be the first sense that us humans develop. Touch is communicated to the brain through specialized neurons in the skin. Pressure, light touch, vibration, temperature, pain and other sensations are all part of our touch sense. However did you know that touch can also influence how us humans make decisions. Texture can be associated with abstract concepts and touching something with a texture can influence the decision we make.

Sight – looking through our eyes is a complex process. The cornea bends light which passes through the hole of the pupil. The iris works like a shutter of a camera, retracting to shut out light or opening wider to let in more light in. The lens of the eye then bends the light and focuses it on the retina, which is full of nerve cells. All information is then translated from the light and sent as an electrical impulse to the brain through the optic nerve.

Hearing – sound is funnelled through our external ear and sent to our external auditory canal. The sound waves then reach the tympanic membrane. This is a thin sheet of connective tissue that vibrates when sound waves strike it. The vibrations then travels to the middle ear which events the auditory ossicles which there are three tiny bones. They are called the malleus, incus and stapes and this is where all the sounds waves and vibrations are put together helping us hear sound.

Smell – we have over 1 trillion scents which is found on the roof of our nasal cavity, which is next to the smelling part of our brain, the olfactory bulb and fossa. Nerve endings in the olfactory cleft transmit smells to the brain. Plus we have 400 smelling receptors. Getting older can also lessen the ability to smell properly.

Taste – gustatory sense is usually broken down into the perception of different tastes of salt, sweet, sour, bitter and savory. Spice though is not a taste it is actually a pain signal. Taste is sensed via our taste buds. Adults in fact have between 2,000 to 4,000 taste buds. Most of them are on the tongue, but they also line the back of the throat, the epiglottis, the nasal cavity and the esophagus. They work like funnels in which the tiny taste hairs bind chemicals to the cells for tasting. Did you know that smell of food greatly affects how our brain perceives taste plus texture.

I and a bunch of community members of Love Pop Ups London Club took our senses on an adventure together as we tackled a variety of sensory challenges.

SENSAS

The first SENSAS opened up back in 2015 within Marseille, France. Since then 15 other venues have opened with more still to pop up over several countries.

Embark on a unique multi sensory experience with SENSAS which is a one of a kind entertainment activity providing an innovative and fun concept which takes your senses on a challenge as you touch, watch, listen, smell and taste.

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Mulan Rouge at The Vaults get your drag on

The Vaults are back up and running after being shutdown for a while during the pandemic starting off season their with a great new production show Mulan Rouge.

Mulan Rouge is basically a mash-up of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge and Disney’s Mulan. The story is about war, love and LGBT but mostly the show is full of cabaret, dancing and singing to hits from the 80’s & 90’s.

Simply Mulan Rouge is a gender-deconstructive show packed full of puns, all whilst you tuck into a feast fit for any Queen (or King).

The Vaults never disappoints. Other immersive dining shows in which I have attended within The Vaults in the past include Aladdin and the Feast of Wonders, An Evening of Meat, Cinders, Dantes Peak Dinner is Coming, Divine Properties and Red Palace all of which were packed with thrills, laughs and a delicious feast.

I was kindly invited down on a press basis to review their latest show Mulan Rouge where I dined and enjoyed a show full of glitz and glamour.

The Vaults

The Vaults are set in a maze of disused railway arches under Waterloo bringing immersive theatre and alternative arts. Their mission is to collaborate and conspire, embracing artists from all walks of life to come together and inspire others.

They strive to continue to support and co-produce innovative immersive theatre, fusing together art and championing unsung voices, especially those of the LGBTQ+ community. They want to make immersive experiences fun for everyone and focuses on big and current ideas told in outlandish, accessible and in the most unique way.

Their latest production show presently is Mulan Rouge which is on till 23 January 2022. This production show by ShayShay is a take on Disney’s Mulan and the movie Moulin Rouge but with a focus on gender, as gender after all is just a social construct. The show is packed full of drag, glitter and naughtiness.

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The Chocolate Cocktail Club will you lick the rim?

If like me you love chocolate and cocktails then you’ll love The Chocolate Cocktail Club which you can enjoy around 20 different Chocolate Cocktails from mint to salted caramel.

Cacao has been consumed since the 11th century. Cacao back in the day though was not used for chocolate but within drinks and even as currency by the Aztecs. In 1666 French started to produce a chocolate liqueur. It was not till later on that cacao beans were used to make chocolate. In New England prior to the 18th century chocolate wine became popular. Its ingredients included sherry, port, chocolate and sugar. It was not till 1847 in which the world saw the first chocolate bar which was produced in the UK by J. S. Fry & Sons of Bristol. Today chocolate is consumed in a number of ways.

Chocolate and cocktails to me is happiness in a glass. Did you know though that chocolate in fact actually can 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 which is responsible for producing the feeling of happiness.

So if you are craving chocolate and a drink of happiness then head on down to The Chocolate Cocktail Club in where you can taste a range of different chocolate cocktails.

I was invited to experience The Chocolate Cocktail Club new permanent venue within Farringdon. Last time I visited them they were had a pop up situated within the Good & Proper Tea café on select days.

The Chocolate Cocktail Club

The Chocolate Cocktail Club is run by two young ladies who just love all things chocolate, after exploring different chocolate cocktails from around the world, they decided to set up their own bar in the UK but with drinks all focusing on chocolate.

After hosting sold out pop ups across Covent Garden, Brighton and Shoreditch now they have a permanent venue within Farringdon where you can chill, grab a light bite, cakes and sip on chocolate cocktails. Plus for those who don’t like chocolate they also sell other drink such as beer, wine, and prosecco.

The Chocolate Cocktail Club has also featured on televisions ITV2 and Channel 5. 

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MayfairSilk improves your sleep quality, hair texture and skin

Sleep is an essential function that allows our body and mind to recharge as when we sleep our body heads into an anabolic state which helps restore our immune, nervous, skeletal and muscular systems which helps with our mood, memory and cognitive function. Healthy sleep also helps the body remain healthy plus without enough sleep, the brain cannot function properly.

Apart from sleep helping with your inner body functions and frame of mind have you ever wondered how you can also help improve your hair and skin whilst sleeping? MayfairSilk can help with that.

MayfairSilk can provide a good nights sleep as their bedding from duvet covers to pillowcases are all made from silk which is believed to be the best material to lay your head on. Why? well it is temperature regulating, antimicrobial and anti-allergic resulting in a great nights sleep and helps improve your skin and hair.

I was kindly given a pillowcase and sleep mask thanks to MayfairSilk to test and review and the results really did surprise me.

MayfairSilk

MayfairSilk was set up back in 2011 by Marcus and Darshana Ubl creating and producing quality bedding to help enhance the way we live and sleep.

Established in London, MayfairSilk is passionate about silk and uses the highest quality fabric with a modern European design on the market. Their products are all made within London and weaved in such a way it creates a unique soft-touch matt finish which stands above the rest. Their bedding options have great health benefits and gifts comfort.

Darshana says

“Having slept in silk for years and experiencing first-hand the positive difference it has made to my hair, skin and sleep, I decided one night that I wanted to let the world in on my secret. I shared this with Marcus and from that moment on we started our journey into textiles. Sourcing and developing the finest fabrics and finishing processes, colour palette, hand finished silk designs and a timeless bed linen collection with unexpected details that please the senses.”

They use silk as silk is healthier in many ways helping with your skin and hair. Silk has natural thermal properties which makes it ideal for bedding as it keeps you in your optimum sleeping temperature. Cools you down when you’re hot and keeps you warm when its cold.

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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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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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