[Blog] The #WeBlogMCR Blogger Meet Up

So I was super lucky to be invited along to the first ever #WeBlogMCR meet up at the uber cool The Whim Wham Cafe in Manchester. It was organised by the fabulous and lovely Holly aka Holly Goes Lightly who had the hard task of getting us bloggers together – and she did it, with great success!

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I went with my favourite wheat free girl pal, the gorgeous SpamellaB who I had the pleasure of meeting again when we went for our impromptu double date at the Tea42 Launch Party.

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I don’t know if it was perfect timing or a brilliant coincidence but the meet up began on The Whim Wha Cafes happy hour which meant all their funky cocktails were buy 1 get one free! So naturally me and Pam (and the rest of the ladies) took advantage of this offer and got ourselves some cocktails. Everyone loved the Whambles – which I heard went down a treat, but I wanted something different and went for the cheeky Cherry Lips – which was delicious!

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I had such an amazing time at the WeBlogMCR meet up! It was so nice to meet all the lovely ladies and get to know what inspired them to start blogging! I was too busy having fun and chin wagging with the girls that I didn’t really take that many pictures – which is a shame!

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When it got to ordering food at The Whim Wham Cafe, I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this….

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That’s right my coeliac pals, there at the bottom of their menu was a little note to state that Gluten Free Bread is available on request! I couldn’t believe it and the more I looked at their menu I saw there was so many dishes that were clearly labelled gluten free that I had to tweet about it!

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And what I didn’t realise was that Holly and The Whim Wham Cafe had a little competition going and my tweet won me a free meal for two – which now I know they do gluten free food I can’t wait to try it!

Again I can’t thank Holly enough for organising such an amazing event, for The Whim Wham Cafe for hosting the event and providing the cocktails, for Pam being my super hot date and for the lovely ladies for being such great fun! I had such an awesome night and can’t wait for the next WeBlogMCR meet up!

  • For more photos, check out Hollys post on the WeBlogMCR meet up [click here]
  • For more information on The Whim Wham Cafe  [click here]
  • For The Whim Wham Cafes Menu [click here]
  • To see who my super hot date was  [click here]

And for the rest of the awesome girlies, see the list below:

@SpamellaB

@HappyLilPlaces

@jessatkinsonxo

@catgirlblogs

@SeeingSpots_

@Andreasmua1

@fashiondough

@missdanielleeex

@amyconlock

@greedysisters

@katieafox

@misspond

@smileatstyle

@FasionMusicAB

@LilacGhosts1990

[Recipe] Healthy Lemon Flavoured Quinoa

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Ah Quinoa – which before I knew how to pronounce it, called it Quin-noa! (FYI it’s pronounced ‘keen-nwa’), It’s such a super healthy grain. Totally gluten free, full of benefits and is bursting with protein and vitamins! It’s no wonder it’s hailed a super food and for those who are sticking to a healthy diet have replaced rice with this funny sounding grain!

Now I’m always wanting to embark on a healthy eating regime but I do so well for a few days then stuff my face with the delightful bad stuff like… pizza, pasta, take away (all gluten free of course) but since I’m due to go on holiday to Florida in a couple of weeks, I was worried I’d look like Shamu the killer whale and get harpooned out of the pool! [fun fact: I'm actually terrified of Whales!]

For the first time ever, I have introduced Quinoa to my diet and I absolutely love it! I’ve had it alongside my curry and with my salads in the evening. Although some people may argue that it’s actually quite boring and tasteless, I have started to cook with a little hint of lemon, which makes it perfect for summer!

So if you fancy trying Quinoa, then here is my super easy recipe for Lemon Flavoured Quinoa

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dried Quinoa
  • 2 cups of Boiling Water
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1/2 Lemon

 

Method:

  1. Measure out your dried Quinoa photo 1
  2. Rinse the dried Quinoa in a sieve under cold water. Make sure you do this as the Quinoa can taste quite bitter photo 2
  3. Add the 2 cups of Boiling Water and bring to the boil photo 3
  4. Add the salt and reduce the heat until the water simmers. Continue to simmer until all the water has absorbed photo 4
  5. Carefully pour the cooked Quinoa into a bowl, squeeze the 1/2 lemon into the Quinoa and mix to combine photo 5

 

 

 

 

TEA 42 A LA CARTE MENU LAUNCH

It’s no secret that I love Tea 42 in Manchester. It’s the only place I feel ‘normal’ in. I don’t have  a little panic attack whilst looking at the menu hoping there’s at least something apart from a salad that  I can eat, because most of Tea 42s menu is gluten free – and it’s flipping delicious!

I was super lucky to be invited to their launch of their new a la carte menu which would be cooked by Matt Smith, (a Michelin star restaurant trained head chef, along with his talented team!). Not only was I going to sample the most finest foods in my most favourite place, but I was also going to see my lovely friend Pam , who I had not seen in a while. So naturally, we pushed our tables together, introduced our other half’s and did some major catching up!

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Me and the lovely Pam aka SpamellaB

 

DISH NUMBER 1

TEA42 a la carte menu

Amuse Bouche – Cauliflower Puree accompanied with freshly baked gluten free bread and creamy butter

 

Our first dish was an Amuse Bouche; a cauliflower puree accompanied by two little flowerpots of freshly baked bread.

Being a sucker for all things cute, I was already won over by the little flowerpots but the bread itself was lovely. It wasn’t too dry or crumbly, like you’d expect from gluten free baked goodies, it was just right, especially with the light and fluffy cauliflower puree. I gave dish number 4/5

P.S – for the non gluten free peeps, this is also available with gluten laden bread (which Mike really liked)

 

DISH NUMBER 2

Now I’m not gonna lie, I was nervous about my starter. Usually I would have stuck to something I knew I’d enjoy but something made me try the squid – and I have never in my life had squid – so you can understand the nerves.

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Thai Spiced Squid with Rice Noodle Salad

 

However, this probably became one of my favourite dishes (the main, which I shall get to, did blow this one out of the water) but I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. The squid wasn’t chewy and each bite was pleasantly spiced with Thai seasoning. I would definitely ask for this dish again. I give this dish: 5/5

 

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Ginger and Yuzu Cured Salmon

 

Mike had the salmon for his starter which came as three generous sized portions of salmon. Mike said it was really nice (which I’ve stated before is the highest praise from Mike!). It was also very fresh with good, generous portions. Mike gives this dish: 4/5

 

 

DISH NUMBER 3

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Tangy Citrus Sorbet

 

The third dish consisted of a citrus sorbet that cleansed the pallet before the main course. I do love sorbet, so naturally this could do no wrong and the citrus wasn’t too sharp! I give this dish: 4/5

DISH NUMBER 4

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Roast Lamb Loin with warm carrot salad, carrot purée, savoy cabbage and lamb hot pot ravioli

 

I’m still dreaming about this dish. This dish has to be one of the greatest meals I’ve ever had. Everything about it was absolutely perfect, so much so that Mike said I went quiet whilst eating it! Not only did you want to frame it because it looked so damn pretty, but the lamb, the carrot, cabbage and the lot was cooked to perfection. It’s the dish that is making me want to go back again and again. I give this dish: 5/5 (wish I could give it more!) 

 

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Roast Sea Bream with Kombu Quinoa, Samphire and Cockles

 

 

Mike chose the Roast Sea Bream for his main dish. He said the dish was very nice (again – the highest of praises from Mike) and the Quinoa, which he’d never tried before, went really well with the dish. The particular highlight for Mike was the crispy skin. Mike gives this dish: 4.5/5

 

DISH NUMBER 5

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Pina Colada; coconut parfait, caramelised pineapple and pineapple carpaccio

For our last dish, both me and Mike went for the Pina Colada. I went for this because it was named after my favourite cocktail but Mike was swayed because of the recommendation from one of the lovely waiters. Usually me and Mike won’t go for a dessert but this was just the perfect size and so refreshing! We both give this dish: 4.5/5

 

Overall, I had one of my favourites nights at the TEA42 launch. Not only was I in great company but the food was just perfect. I was slightly worried at the thought of 5 dishes but they was so perfectly sized that I wasn’t too ‘pogged’ (as we say in Yorkshire – which means full) or too hungry. Not only was the food to die for but for less then £25 for 5 dishes, it doesn’t break the bank!

Will I be going again? Damn right I will, especially if it means I can get the Roast Lamb Loin again.

 

 

To read my first TEA 42 Review [click here]

For Pam’s aka SpamellaB’s Review [click here]

For Tea42s website [click here]

For Tea42s a la carte menu [click here]