13 Mar 2016

The French Oven -The Grainger Market

I adore the Grainger Market. The hustle and bustle of the market life, the variety of traders and customers and all under one roof! The Market hosts over 100 shops including many independent, small local businesses. My own business Dizzy Miss James was started at a monthly stall at the Make & Mend right outside The French Oven. It was a perfect site for a pitch as their cakes and pastries kept me fuelled for the day, giving me the energy to sell my wares to both passers by and regulars.

 


Last weekend was Mothering Sunday a day to celebrate, give thanks and spread love to all the wonderful Mams out there. The French Oven produced a array of beautiful cakes, pastries and delicious, tasty, culinary delights to mark the occasion.


And back by popular demand they produced Afternoon Tea & a few other new ideas. Such as these 4 splendid delivery or collection Boxes:


1 -Box of 10 traditional cream cakes for £10

Including the classic Peach Melbas, Cream Horns, Chocolate Eclairs, Sherry Trifles , Mini Victoria Sponges, Strawberry Tarts and more!


2 -British afternoon tea for 2 people £12

2 traditional sandwiches
8 miniature scones sweet & savoury
8 mini cakes including brownies, carrot cakes and more
6 little dainty sausage rolls
Northumbrian Tea Bags


3- Grainger market big breakfast for 2-4 £14

6 Northumbrian sausage company sausage
6 Rashes of Oliver & Eden bacon
6 Myers Free range eggs
6 Hector hall tomatoes
6 Hector hall mushrooms
6 French Oven bun
1 French oven artisan loaf
1 Freshly squeezed & bottled Fez Orange juice
(vegetarian option available , fruit, croissants and brioche loaf will replace the meat & vegetables)



4- Luxury French Afternoon tea for 2 people £16


2 French sandwiches
8 mini quiche pieces
2 chocolate eclairs
2 individual frangipanes
2 classic french macaroons
Tea bags.

They are great for special occasions and with Easter coming up why not give them a try..

There's a box to suite everyone!



I was lucky enough to be given a fantastic *box to try by The French Oven. It compiled of a collection of traditional cream cakes galore. Any cake lovers dream! Once I collected the box direct from the shop, I headed straight over to my parents to share the joy of this scrumptious creamy heaven with my lovely Mam. She has no idea about this and even a little squeal of delight came out when she opened the box. It was worth it just to see her face! 


I was so impressed with the quality and taste of the cakes and it helped make Mother's Day that little bit extra special for my Mam. I would defiantly get a box again either to eat in with friends or take out for a picnic with a loved one. And if you haven't had a chance to visit the Grainger Market yet please do there are so many places to eat and shop and it has such a great market atmosphere!


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5 Mar 2016

Grounded Coffee Body Scrub

Once a week I make sure that I take some time out for ME. Time to relax, unwind and pamper myself. That's why I was thrilled when I was contacted to try out a *Grounded Coffee Body Scrub. Grounded have a range of products including scrubs, lip care and hair masks, all available from their website. I decided to go for their Grapefruit Body Scrub however it also comes in Coconut and Chocolate Orange.  The scrubs are made from grounded Robusta coffee beans, brown sugar and sea salt all natural ingredients. This was a draw from me as it meant that they do not contain chemicals and micro-beads which have a massive impact on the environment. This is a loose scrub and I was worried that it came in a brown bag but all is not as it seams as it is resealable which keeps it safe and fresh. All of this sounded fabulous and I couldn't wait to set some pamper time aside and try it out!


When using the scrub it is a little rougher than most. However I liked this as you really feel that you are giving your skin a good old polish. I applied a handful of the delicious smelling scrub to my wet skin. I then gently massaged it in circular motions all over my body and left it on for 10 minutes before washing. It is a little messy so I would recommend that you use it in the shower as it makes it easier to clean after use. 


The finished result left my skin smooth,  glowing and feeling revitalised and my bathroom smelt amazing. I'm really looking forward to scrubbing with Grounded again. 

I would highly recommend!



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4 Mar 2016

Turtle Bay - Newcastle Upon Tyne

Well I was super excited when Turtle Bay invited me back to review their spanking new restaurant in its full glory. Turtle Bay is fast becoming my favourite place to visit in the North East. Its full of colour, spice and has such a great atmosphere. I first had the pleasure of experiencing a taste of Turtle Bay when I was invited to their VIP Press and Blogger Launch Event back in February (read more about that here). If you love a bit of jerk, reggae and cocktails than this is the place for you.


Obviously I started off the evening with cocktails I mean it would have been rude not to! The drinks menu is a must for any cocktail lover. It's packed full of tropical thirst quenching delights that will leave your taste buds tingling. I went for the *Island Ice Tea and the *Koko Colada which is now my favourite cocktail. The combination of rum, pineapple, coconut and cream was so smooth and refreshing. The Turtle Bay Happy Hour runs until 7pm then starts up again at 10pm. All cocktails are £6.95 each or 2 for 1 during this time. 


For Starters I opted for the *Sweet Corn Fritters and *Hot Hot Pepper Roti (£5.10 each) to share amongst two. The Sweet Corn Fritters are my Turtle Bay addiction, you have to try them! Both were spicy, tasty and gone in no time, I'd highly recommend.


For the main show I went for the *Run Down served with rice, peas and dumplings (£9.70) with sides of *Roti and *Cheesy Jerk Fries (£2.40 each). I got to sample the Run Down at the launch event and I have to say it tasted even better this time around. The fries are delicious and a great accompaniment for the main and the roti was great to soak up that unique caribbean sauce and they were so fluffy. 





At this point I couldn't even consider a pudding there was just no room and I was struggling to move. I personally have always gone for more starters or sides than desserts or puddings. However a sneaky shot of *Wray & Nephew 63 % rum my have been snook in (it's a little bit lethal).


Please do check out their Pudding Menu as it has a fantastic selection of zesty, spicy and rumtastic dishes. All puddings are priced at £4.85.






Opposite is Jack who was my waiter for the evening. Like all the other staff at Turtle Bay he is friendly, enthusiastic and helps make your dining experience that little bit more special. The excellent service and friendly atmosphere is a massive part of Turtle Bay and I have to applaud them for it. 

Being veggie there isn't too many options for your main meal and there's only so much Run Down a gal can eat. I would love to see some more veggie/vegan dishes added to their menu. However I will defiantly be back for more.

Overall I have a super smashing great evening, fantastic food, gorgeous cocktails and lively atmosphere. 





Thank you Turtle Bay for a GREAT night out!





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