Rows of cocktails

What is the Asian Flush?

I’ve been wanting to write about the Asian Flush for a while now. Living outside of Asia, it is perhaps not common knowledge unless you have a lot of East Asian friends. The Asian Flush occurs when an East Asian person drinks alcohol and their face flushes after only one drink. The condition is also known as Alcohol Flush Reaction and it is something that I have.

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Exterior of the Botanist at Media City

The Botanist at Media City, Salford

When Botanist first came to Manchester, I got really excited about a space which combines dining with the aesthetics of a garden. We all know Manchester isn’t best known for its sunny skies, so creating an indoor environment where you can socialise and chill sounds ideal to me. Here, I explore Botanist’s spring menu at their Media City site in Salford, Greater Manchester with my blogger friend, Lacey of Laceyfitspo.*

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Bears like Marmalade tea

Bird and Blend Tea Co. Manchester launch

I have a slight obsession with teas and hoarding teas from my travels. I love trying out new teas as you can try lots of different flavours but without the fullness of typical meals or desserts. I know a lot of people find anything but black tea dull and weak tasting, and it can be an acquired taste as quite often the smell is stronger than the taste, but I love it. I was therefore excited to see Bird and Blend Tea Co. (used to be Bluebird) being added to Manchester’s repertoire! This is especially so since I hate coffee. Here, I attend their launch event open to the general public. *

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The market stall

Interview with Yes! Doughnuts

I first came across Yes! Doughnuts at their first market in Levenshulme market and fell in love with their interesting flavours and good texture. I was particularly happy to see that they were selling some vegan doughnuts, and although not a vegan myself, I had my best blogger friend, Lacey, in tow and was so happy that we could both have a doughnut!

You can find them frequenting GRUB at Fairfield Social Club but they hope to be back in Levenshulme one day. Here, I interview Phil of Yes! Doughnuts to find out what gets them buzzing about doughnuts!

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The domed glass ceiling at The Principal Hotel

Giffgaff Gameplan event at Principal Manchester

Time for something a little different on the blog. In the current economy, sorting your finances has never been more important. A lot of this is prioritisation, you could eat out for lunch every weekday but you could also be saving that money to go towards something you want more. This could be a deposit for a house or a holiday (for more delicious food!). And let’s not forgot saving for a rainy day when life does throw you a curve ball and you find yourself suddenly needing to pay off a large sum.

I was invited to the giffgaff gameplan event to see how they can assist with this. The day involved delicious food from The Principal Hotel in Manchester as well as thrifty ways of living!

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Vegan Life Live ticket giveaway, Manchester 2018

I’m not vegan but I try to eat mostly vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds; what the industry coins as a plant-based diet. With my subscription to a vegetable box from Veg Box People, I’m always on the lookout for interesting recipes to create with what I’m given. I’ll be going to Vegan Life Live, a 3 day event taking place at EventCity in Manchester. As my readers, I’m also working in conjunction with them to give away 5 pairs of tickets!

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