It feels like it’s been ages since my last post, when in reality it’s only been just over a week. I guess in the blogosphere that’s like a month, though. ? Anyways, apologies! Since starting a new job, I’ve become way more busier and way more tired. I get home and all I want to do is sleep – I mean, I’ve barely found time to catch up on my TV shows. I am sooooo behind. At least I have my weekends back, though!
I think we can all agree that I love food.
Food is love. Food is life. (Sorry, not sorry)
When an email landed in my inbox about the Bloggers’ Hangout Pop Up Kitchen, I said to my friends and bf, “Cancel all plans. Tonight… we dine in heaven.” Held in the same venue as the Vernez Launch, my friend and I were pleased to introduce our other friend and my bf to Chestnut the cat like the sad cat ladies we are, haha.
There were so many different food brands!
As soon as we entered, our noses were bombarded by amazing smells. Our first stop was at Silly Yak‘s stand. Gluten-free ready to roll pastry block, Silly Yak, has undergone rigorous testing by Coeliac UK and achieved 100 per cent gluten-free status. We had a munch on the sausage rolls, and it tasted delicious. Honestly, I’ve never had anything gluten free but it tastes just as good as regular pastry!
What I really must draw your attention to, however, is cheesecake. Cheesecake is my weakness – that crumbly biscuit base, that cream cheese, ALL THAT GOODNESS. I remember reading through the list of brands that were going to be at this event and Sweet Cheesus jumped out right at me.
Specialising in mini-cheesecakes, these cheesecakes are perfect for on the go. They come in several flavours including vanilla, apple crumble and my personal favourite, cookies and cream. It’s like eating little bits of heaven ?
My bf LOVES spicy food, so when I managed to get some samples from Red Chilli Kitchen he was happy to say the least.
The samples there were amaaazing. Thao, the owner, sure knows how to tantalise my tastebuds. The fact that she used sweet potato was a big winner, winner, chicken dinner for me.
I quite like spicy food, and I can’t wait to try out the different things I got. The recipes on their website look absolutely mouthwatering, and I’ll have to adapt them slightly around my allergies but I’m excited to see what I come up with.
The only time I will touch rice crackers are when they are in my graze box. Other than that, I’m like “Nuh-uh, honey”. My bf actually tried Neat’s Rice Crackers first and egged me on to try it too, and I was pleasantly surprised. Neat’s come in different flavours like smokey barbecue, hot thai chilli, wasabi and sea salt. They all tasted different, and reminded me of the ones in my graze boxes, which is a definite plus!
This has to be the most genius idea. Right?! No mess, no drips, no spoon – T-Sticks is an innovative and convenient approach to modern day tea brewing. They’re great for if you’re on the go and you’re craving that much needed cup of tea.
Sometimes, we just don’t have the time to be dunking a teabag in and out of our cup and all of that nonsense. With a T-Stick, you can just put the stick in a hot mug of water and stir. When you stop stirring, nothing comes out and when you continue the more flavour comes out.
I love all the different flavours that they come in too. I tried the green tea one whilst I was there and it was delicious.
I’ll try and not sound like the alcoholic that I know, and you know, I am… bUT OMG. Hillery & Son (H & S) is a Premium Rum Punch, with a recipe dating back over 100 years. I love rum punch. It is a staple at every one of my Lola’s parties – honestly, when you’re at my Lola’s house and there’s no rum punch then you know something is going down.
There are three flavours in the range: Strawberry, Grape and Fruit Punch. I know how strong rum can be even when you mix it, but these tasted smooth AF. Like juice. Which is dangerous… but that’s another story altogether.
Last but not least, these delicious little pieces of heaven are everything and more. La di da Sweet Treats are a must for you lovers of cupcakes, cake, chocolate covered cookies and much more. Their Chocolate Covered Oreos are to die for, and the cupcakes were so soft and the icing so creamy and omg.
My friends and I kept going back, and at the end of the night the lovely ladies let us take some leftovers home! I was even kind enough to give one cookie to my mum… she’s lucky.
I also sampled some other delicious goodies including:
- Just Crackers. Currently gearing up for a cheese, crackers and wine night with the girlies
- Remeo Gelato. This is authentic Italian gelato, guys. Reminded me so much of when I visited Rome
- Nosh Drinks. Breakfast drinks! I usually hate anything with bits in drinks, but these taste great and are super healthy
- UFIT. High protein health drink shake that tastes exactly like strawberry milkshake. I even got given a free t-shirt 🙂
- Atlantic Kitchen. They specialise in seaweed, which I have only just come to love. I remember when I was younger, I used to think seaweed was so gross. It actually tastes great, though, and I’ve become addicted to Itsu Seaweed Thins. Especially the wasabi flavour ?
I had tons of fun at the event. How could I not when food was involved?! Thanks to the Bloggers Hangout and all the brands that I got to meet – it was awesome 🙂 Here’s a bonus picture of Chestnut ?
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