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Los Antojitos Vegan Mexican Kitchen & Spice Set Giveaway

April 3, 2017

Los Antojitos Mexican Food

Los Antojitos is a Mexican Pop up catering company in Manchester specialising in Street Tacos and Multi-bean Chilli bowls. All produce is vegan and they also sell a range of hot sauces and fresh salsa.

Ingredients

Using organic ingredients, where possible. They use specialist ingredients imported from Mexico. Examples of these are the herbs Epazote and Mexican Oregano. All produce is 100% vegan and offer a range of gluten free options.

Kelly the founder of Los Antojitos answered a few questions for me:

Why did you start Los Antojitos?

I wanted to open a cafe or catering company that offers vegan food that is very allergen aware. I am often accidentally contaminated by products that contain cow’s milk, seafood or crustaceans and these make me seriously ill and sometimes hospitalise me due to serious allergies. I chose Mexican food as it automatically lends itself to fresh and tasty vegan food with all the salsas, guacamole’s and salads. We decided to make our own hot chilli sauces ourself to avoid contamination in factories of allergens but also to make sure that everything is freshly made from raw ingredients and we know exactly what is in everything. We have a sugar skull logo and everything is bright and vibrant. It allowed us an overall opportunity to create a strong, tasty, bright and colourful product and brand which is a little rock n roll and fun for people to engage with.

Whats your favourite Mexican dish?

A hand pressed corn taco with a filling such as BBQ Yucatecan seitan and cactus topped with our signature mango salsa. Hands down, no competition.

Favourite hot sauce?

Scotch bonnet sauce as it is hot hot hot but also sweet. Addictive

Favourite salsa?

Mango salsa – so sweet and spicy at the same time.

Here are some products I tried out.

Ugandan Scotch Bonnet Sauce

This is so tasty and very spicy. It tastes very fresh and is filled with natural ingredients. It’s great for adding to so many dishes I’ve tried this on chicken, salads, nachos and with enchiladas. You don’t need to use too much sauce as its so spicy. This is my favourite product out of the three as its so versatile.

Roasted Lime and Chili Salt

This is ideal for adding some flavour to dishes. I’ve been using this with chicken and it enhances the flavour with added spicyness.

Roasted Lime Salt

This product is great for margaritas. I’m thinking of having a Mexican themed evening with my friends for Cinco de Mayo on the 5th of May  Feasting on Mexican food and Margaritas!

Opinion

I love Mexican food and enjoyed trying these products out. I think its great to try out and support new small brands. Even though I’m not a vegan I am trying to cut down on dairy as it makes me break out. So I enjoyed trying out some dairy free produce. If I’m ever in Manchester I will be visiting their market stall!

Giveaway

To win your own set of:

Scotch Bonnet Sauce, Roasted Lime Salt & Roasted Lime and Chili Salt

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Ticketclever Student Saving Tips in London

March 15, 2017

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When I went to uni it was a struggle to afford fun things like eating out, travelling and entertainment. I went to Portsmouth uni and can imagine its even more of a struggle being a student in London as it’s so expensive there. Below is a guide to 10 ways you can thrive in London on a budget. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world, I’m sure this guide will help lots of students out there grab some good discounts! My favourite saving tips are to check out the Sam Smith pubs as they are so cheap for London! Also getting a Tastecard is such a money saver getting you 2 for 1 meals at decent restaurants.

*In collaboration with ticketclever*

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Thistle Hotel Trafalgar Square London Review

March 10, 2017

I love exploring London but have never actually stayed in a hotel in London before. Living fairly close to London I normally get a super busy train back home. So I was pretty excited to stay at the Thistle Hotel in Trafalgar Square. This was perfect for me as I didn’t have to try and plan leaving before or after rush hour and could get up early to explore London. Being located in Trafalgar Square it was the ideal location for exploring!

Thistle Trafalgar SquareThe Facilities

  • Personal safe in bedroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Robes and slippers
  • Towels
  • Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, body wash & body lotion
  • Power shower
  • Option to book a room with a view of the London eye
  • Kettle, tea, coffee & bottle of water
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Work desk
  • Chair to relax in
  • Telephone
  • T.V
  • Wifi
Thistle Trafalgar Square

View from my room!

Things to do

  • Visit the National Gallery which is around the corner from hotel
  • Close to tube stations closest one is Charing Cross
  • Go see a show at the West End
  • Shop on Regent Street – 10 min walk from hotel
  • Visit China Town – 5 mins away
  • Explore St James Park – 10 mins away
Thistle Trafalgar Square

Desk and a personal welcome note which is a nice touch.

Thistle Trafalgar Square

Loved the smell of the toiletries!

Thistle Trafalgar Square

Thistle Trafalgar Square

Buffet breakfast served between 7.30 – 11

Overall opinion on the Hotel 

I had a great stay at this hotel my room had everything I needed. The view from my room was incredible. Also the location of the hotel is amazing being so close to west end theatres and shops. I ended up walking a lot rather than getting the tube as I was close to most places I wanted to go. It was surprisingly quiet at night I thought it might get quite noisy outside but I slept fine. Breakfast was pretty good they have a wide selection of food to choose from. I had a lovely time at this hotel and will hopefully come back and stay here again.

To book a night at Thistle Trafalgar Square click here

*Thank you to Thistle Trafalgar Square for hosting me during my stay in London*

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Taste of Thailand at Thaikhun Guildford

February 23, 2017

On Monday I visited the Thaikhun (pronounced tycoon) restaurant in Guildford. They serve Thai street food similar to that from Khao San road in Bangkok. I am a huge fan of Thai food and I absolutely love Thailand. I spent a month travelling around Thailand so stepping into Thaikhun reminded me of the fun I had on my travels.

Decor 

The decor features rustic wooden floors and walls similar to the restaurants around Thailand. The interior is very eccentric with lots of Thai bric a brac around the room. I like how busy it looks reflecting the streets of Bangkok.

Taste of Thailand at the Thaikhun Restaurant Guildford

Drinks

Me and my mum decided to try out the cocktails I went for the full moon which was fruity and sweet. My mum went for the Phi Phi Bellini. They also have the traditional Thai beers Chang and Singha.

Starters

We went for the deep fried Vegetable Spring Rolls which came with a chilli sauce. We also had the Chicken Satay which comes with peanut sauce, cucumber relish and toast. Both dishes are tasty I like the chicken satay best as anything that comes with peanut sauce is a winner.

Mains

I chose the Massaman curry as that’s one of my favourite Thai dishes. The curry is flavoured with cinnamon, potatoes, onion and cashew nuts. I really enjoyed this dish it’s rich and creamy and I would definitely have it again. My mum had the Geang Phed which is a sweet curry with pineapple and grapes.

Pudding

I went for the Thai classic Mango Sticky Rice which is light and sweet perfect if you’re already quite full like I was. My mum had the Thai Bounty chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream, which she enjoyed.

I had a great time at Thaikhun the staff are super friendly checking everything is alright with the food and frequently topping up our glasses of water. The food is great I will definitely be back to try out some different cocktails and some of the noodle dishes.

To find your nearest Thaikhun click here

*Disclaimer the meal was complimentary in exchange for the review. All opinions remain my own*

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Bath, Somerset Travel Guide

February 20, 2017

 

Visiting Bath is like stepping back in time with all its beautiful Georgian architecture. There are plenty of shops, museums and galleries to visit. Here is a list of things to do in Bath.

Pulteney Bridge

Les Mis was filmed around Bath’s iconic Pulteney Bridge.

Pulteney Bridge Bath

Royal Crescent 

Royal Crescent Bath

Sally Lunns  

This is one of the oldest buildings in Bath serving a variety of sweet and savoury buns and afternoon tea. I had the light breakfast which is a pot of tea and half a bun served with cinnamon butter. The cinnamon butter is seriously amazing! They also have a small museum downstairs where you can purchase a bun to take home.

Sally Lunns Buns Bath

Visit Bath Abbey

The Abbey has beautiful interior and it’s free to have a look around.

Bath Abbey

Jane Austen Museum

Ticket costs £11.00 or £8.50 for students and with your ticket you get 10% off in the shop and tea room. You get a guided tour with information about Jane and her family and her time spent in Bath. You then watch a short video and can look around the rest of the museum with a Jane Austen waxwork at the end.

Jane Austen Museum Clothes

Walk past where Jane Austen used to live

Jane Austen House in Bath

Jane Austen House Bath

Bath Guildhall Markets

Guildhall Markets Bath

Wander around the canals

Canals in Bath UK

Victoria Art Gallery

The Gallery is free to look around but you have to pay if you want to go in an exhibition.

Victoria Art Gallery Bath

Roman Baths

Whilst in Bath you have to check out the Roman Baths. Years ago I visited the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa with college. The Bath spa has thermal waters and an open rooftop swimming pool.

Roman Baths UK

Accommodation

YHA Hostel

YHA Hostel Bath UK

  • 25 minute walk from centre also it is up a massive hill which is fine walking down but a bit of an effort to get back up
  • located very close to the Bath Skyline walk
  • locker and wifi included
  • all ages welcome here there was a mixed range of people staying here including families
  • parking available across the road from hostel however there’s not that many spaces and spaces lower down the hill you have to have a parking permit between 8am-6pm Mon-Sat
  • prices start from £10

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Gap Year Travel Store Tech Cube & Travel Wallet Giveaway

February 15, 2017

Gap Year Travel Store

Gap year travel store features all the travel essentials you need for your next trip. From backpacks, sleeping bags, packing cubes to travel adaptors. I have teamed up with Gap Year Travel Store to give a lucky reader a chance to win a Travel Wallet & Tech Cube!

Gap Year Travel Store Tech Cube & Travel Wallet Giveaway

Osprey Travel Wallet

Gap Year Travel Store Wallet

This wallet is great for storing travel info such as hotel receipts, itineraries and flight information. I always end up spending ages trying to find different documents so I’m looking forward to using this for my next flight. This wallet also has RFID blocking which prevents illegal scans of your passport and bank cards stopping identity thieves. The inside of the travel wallet includes a pen holder, three zipped pockets, 4 x card pockets and a passport pocket.

 

Trekmates TechQube
Gap Year Travel Store tech cube

Packing cubes are the best way to keep everything organised in your backpack or bag. This padded packing cube is great for electrical items, chargers and cameras. I have been using it for my Olympus Pen camera and phone charger. The cube is padded to protect contents and also has a removable divider so you can separate items.

Both products will be incredibly useful for your next trip. The wallet will keep your travel cards and passport safe. Helping you save time at the airport by having all documents in one place. The tech cube keeps your camera protected and is great for storing chargers so you never run out of battery.

Enter the Giveaway

Gap Year Travel Store Giveaway

You can win your own Travel Wallet and TechQube. Enter your email and name below or login with Facebook and complete one or all the options. The more options you complete the higher the chance of winning! Please note the giveaway is not open to residents in the USA or Canada. Giveaway ends on the 8th of March and does not include camera,charger or sunglasses in photo.

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*This post is in collaboration with Gap Year Travel Store*