Friday, 13 July 2018

COCKTAILS AT CORN EXCHANGE MANCHESTER

Corn Exchange Manchester Building Photo
Corn Exchange Manchester Building Photo
Interior Corn Exchange Manchester Photo
Interior Corn Exchange Manchester Photo
Welcome to Vapiano Manchester
Prawn Caprese Salad at Vapiano Manchester
Aperol Spritz at Vapiano Manchester
Centre Piece and Corn Exchange Cocktails Scorecard
Cosy Club Corn Exchange Manchester
Interior Decor at Cosy Club Corn Exchange Manchester
Pineapple Old Fashioned at Cosy Club
Taster Platter at Cosy Club Manchester
Shhh Neon Light at Alston Bar and Beef Corn Exchange Manchester
Home Infused Gins at Alston Bar and Beef Corn Exchange Manchester
The Cathedral Honey Bees Knees Gin Cocktail at Alston Bar and Beef
Cabana Manchester Caipirinha Menu
Interior Photo of Caipirinha Bar Neon Sign and Greenery Wall Cabana Manchester
Neon Sign Caipirinha Bar Cabana Manchester
Interior Decor Greenery Wall Cabana Manchester
Pho Manchester Sign Vietnamese Street Food
Pina Pho-Lada from Pho Manchester
Taster Platter from Pho Manchester
Margarita Jugs at Wahaca Manchester
Pistacho Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen Manchester
Pistacho Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen Manchester

I have been to the Corn Exchange several times but mainly knew it for it's variety of food establishments rather than cocktails, so when I was invited to try out the signature cocktails from 7 of Corn Exchange's Restaurants I was curious to see what was on offer.

We started our Cocktail Tour at Vapiano where we were presented with our score cards to assess the Cocktails on. Scores out of 5 were awarded in the following categories; Taste, Appearance, Individuality and Explanation.

Aperol Spritz at Vapiano

Hailed as an 'Italian Classic', Aperol Spritz is a refreshing mix of Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water. I have since become OBSESSED with this cocktail as it is just so godamn drinkable in the sunshine!!!

Spiced Pineapple Old Fashioned at Cosy Club

I have a few male friends who LOVE an Old Fashioned and I have always struggled at the thought of drinking a full one as they are VERY alcoholic. The Pineapple Old Fashioned however was so nice and the sweetness of the pineapple made it alot easier to drink!

Here's the recipe - a double shot of Bulleit bourbon, stirred down with Cosy Club's own spicy pineapple syrup and touch of orange bitters.

Cathedral Honey Bees Knees at Alston Bar and Beef

Anything with Gin in it was always going to feature quite highly on my score card and this cocktail was my FAVE!!! Containing just 3 ingredients; Manchester Three Rivers Gin, Manchester Cathedral Honey and Lemon Juice, the Cathedral Honey Bees Knees was absolutely delicious!

The 1837 Bar is really cool - it is Prohibition themed so dark, good music and dare I say it, a bit sexy!!

Caipirinha at Cabana

Next up, (after some water to ensure I didn't get toooooo merry) was the Caipirinha at Cabana. Made from Cachaca (Sugar Cane Rum), Limes and Sugar, this was nice and refreshing and got us ready for the next!

Pina Pho-Lada at Pho

Pina Colada is one of my all-time fave cocktails so I am glad that one was featured! The Pina Pho-Lada was a nice addition to the line up, along with the snacks provided to soak up some of the alcohol as by that point we were getting a little squiffy...

Margaritas at Wahaca

Our penultimate drink was a Margarita at Wahaca. Another refreshing one, the last time I had Margaritas was in Mexico many many years ago and they were just as good!

Pistachio Espresso Martini at Banyan Bar and Kitchen

The Pistachio Espresso Martini was a welcome caffeine kick as the alcohol had started to kick in and that combined with a long day at work meant that I was starting to feel a little sleepy...

Made using Reyka vodka, Tia Maria coffee liqueur and real espresso. Their homemade pistachio syrup finishes the ultimate pick-me-up!

The Verdict



In first place was The Cathedral Honey Bees Knees and joint second place was the Pina Pho-Lada and Pistachio Espresso Martini!

Thank you so much to the Corn Exchange for letting me try all those cocktails - it was a lot of fun and I will definitely be back in for more!
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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

MANCHESTER EATS FESTIVAL 7-8TH JULY

Manchester Eats Festival 2018 Promo Image
Manchester Eats Festival Scenic Shot

Manchester Eats a brand new foodie festival is taking place this weekend in Manchester’s Heaton Park. Manchester is well-known as the ‘Food Capital of the North’ and it's massively exciting to be welcoming a whole host of exciting exhibitors, celebrity chefs and entertainment for the weekend.

Here’s the run down:

Manchester Eats 7-8 July 2018

Location

Heaton Park, Manchester

Overview

Brand new fine food family festival bringing the very latest in food trends and cuisine to Manchester’s Heaton Park.

Chef Headliners 

Celebrity chef demos with Marco Pierre-White, Britain’s Best Dish’s Ed Baines, Channel 4’s Matt Tebbutt, Head Chef at Manchester’s Midland Hotel Adam Reid and award-winning Manchester chef, Mary-Ellen McTague.

Included within the Ticket Price 

Live demos, Prosecco Tent, Cookstars Kids cookery classes, The Vegetarian Society cookery classes, In Truffle We Trust chocolate masterclasses, Diane Modahl Sports Zone, Mixology, Children’s Village and Live DJ Sets.

Exhibitor Highlights 

Cottonopolis, Proove Pizza, Red’s True BBQ and Manchester Gin, Chester Petting Zoo, Vintage Fairground Rides.

Tickets

Day passes from £7.50, Weekend passes £12, Kids under 14 go FREE.

Website / Social

http://www.manchestereats.co.uk
@MCREATSFEST
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Sunday, 1 July 2018

#CANTLIVEWITHOUT BOBBI BROWN

Peonies and Pastel Cookies
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Pastel Cookies
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Pastel Cookies
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Mix and Match Makeup
Artzu Gallery Manchester
Bobbi Brown Foundation Shades
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Demo Area
Influencer Masterclass #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Setup
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Pot Rouge
Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Lipsticks
#CANTLIVEWITHOUT Influencer Workstation
SweetieSal Bobbi Brown #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Influencer

I love love love makeup as you probably all know so to be invited to try out Bobbi Brown's #CANTLIVEWITHOUT products was a 'pinch me' moment!

Hosted at Manchester's Artzu Gallery, each influencer had a cute little setup to learn how to use the 10 #CANTLIVEWITHOUT Products along with some other Bobbi Brown Faves.

The concept is very simple. 10 products that customers and MUAs tell Bobbi Brown are their holy grail items, grouped together and can form an 'everything you need' box of treats to create a lovely look.

So what are the products?

Vitamin Enriched Face Base £43*

This. Smells. Dreamy.

A Bobbi Brown Bestseller, this glorious pot contains a primer plus hydration for smooth makeup application, giving you the best of both worlds. Never greast, this oil-free formula with shea butter and lemon scented instantly hydrates, softens and cushions skin.

Corrector £19.50*

Carrying some baggage? Lighten the load and apply this wake up call for tired eyes. The corrector brightens and covers discolouration under the eyes using a bisque or peach-based formula to neutralise undereye darkness.

Instant Full Cover Concealer £23*

This wonderful creamy concealer has a concentrated, highly pigmented coverage that visibly brightens stubborn dark circles and softens hollows and tired lines in an instant. No sleep required!

Skin Long Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 £31*

This has some serious staying power.

16 hour wear, full coverage foundation with a natural, multidimensional matte finish that's comfortable, breathable and weightless. Created through a high-speed cold-fusion process, this ultra silky emulsion features a perfectly balanced blend of skin loving ingredients, oil controlling actives and skin-true pigments.

Skin Foundation Stick £31*

Designed to look and feel like skin, this award winning foundation is formulated with a unique transparent base and skin tone correct pigments for the most natural looking, skin like finish. A Bobbi Brown original, the innovative formula features smart technology for targeted moisturisation or oil control depending on what the skin needs. It is available in 31 skin tone correct shades.

Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks £22*

Best selling, multitasking cream colour for lips and cheeks comes in a mirror flip top compact for on the go application.

Perfectly Defined Long Wear Brow Pencil £30*

An automatic brow pencil with a unique slant tip for ultra-precise definition. 16 hour wear that is sweat and humidity resistant and waterproof. Formulated with a combination of waxes and emollients, this long wearing formula won't smudge or fade so brows look fresh and polished all day.

Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick £23*

A long lasting do-it-all eyeshadow that's a stroke of genius - just swipe and go! This budge proof formula in 18 shades stays put for 8 hours.

Smokey Eye Mascara £24.50*

The perfect complement to a smokey eye look, this kajal pigmented mascara delivers high drama by creating black, stretched out lashes in an instant. The long-wearing formula holds it's own against flaking, smudging, sweat and humidity.

Luxe Lip Colour £27*

The boldest and brightest of colours, a sumptuous formula that dramatically boosts moisture levels and intensely rejuvenates the lips keeping them comfortable and conditioned. Available in over 40 shades, the gorgeous gold tube is luxury redefined.

My Thoughts

So far I am really enjoying using the products - the stand out ones have to be the Vitamin Enriched Face Base, the mascara and the cream shadow stick - I've not worn the foundation really due to the heat so I will report back with my thoughts! We also got to try the Hydrating Face Tonic which was SO nice, the lipbalm and 2 brushes which were fantastic! 

Thank you once again to Bobbi Brown for a wonderful afternoon and allowing me to try your #cantlivewithout products!
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