Norwich Bloggers

 

Last weekend, me and bestie blogger, Millie from Shabby Bear Co, attended the latest Norwich Bloggers networking event at The Mash Tun. I recently discovered Norwich Bloggers not so long ago, and I was so ecstatic to find a community like this in my local area! The July event also sounded amazing – with the chance to get to know new local bloggers, businesses and their products. Without a second thought – I bought a ticket.

 

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When we arrived, the venue was already bustling. It was great to see so many bloggers there, and the whole place was buzzing with excitement. The Mash Tun made for the perfect venue, with it’s big windows letting lots of light – making it so bright and summery! Everyone got a chance to chat and mingle, as well as explore all the amazing stands and brands on offer!

 

Norwich Bloggers

 

Walking around there were some fantastic businesses to meet!! Here are some of the awesome stands at the event:

Arbonne Cosmetics

Benefit

FYFO

Jarrold’s

Just Essentials

Lisa Angel

Milk and Moss Coffee

Nails by Courtney

Neal Yard Remedies

White Rabbit Gifts

We also received some Curl Cream from The Curl Company and an Amie Skincare Mask.

 

Norwich Bloggers

 

We had a chat with the lovely girls at Just Essentials – who gave us a free goody-bag with some stunning cosmetics. We also met some of the friendly folks at Jarrold’s, who gave us some little perfume samples, and signed us up to hear about their own future blogging events!

Upstairs we got to have some insanely relaxing free hand and arm massages from Neal Yard Remedies. I seriously could have fallen asleep…

 

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We tried the most beautiful and delicious vegan and gluten-free cupcakes from Milk and Moss. Being gluten + dairy free for a couple of years now, I felt so happy that I could actually eat one, because I’m so used to having to say no to cake – and for those of you who understand, you’ll know that saying no to cake is seriously hard work.

With two delicious flavours on offer, we both decided to get different flavours so that we could try both. I went for the Salted Caramel Chocolate, and Millie opted for the Double Vanilla – both were heavenly, and beautifully decorated with pretty dainty flowers!

 

I was also so excited to see that Lisa Angel were at the event, showcasing some of their beautiful jewellery. I’ve always been a massive fan of Lisa Angel, and tend to pop into their Lanes store on my lunch breaks, just to stare at all the pretty things. Then I get a bit spend happy in there on pay days!

They were kindly giving away one piece of jewellery to each blogger at the event!! Thinking alike, as besties do, me and Millie both loved the feather bangles – and got one each. Millie decided on silver, and I decided on gold. They also personalised them both with our initials – which was the perfect touch!

 

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I have also been gifted a discount code, which I will be spending very soon, but as a double bonus – they’ve also give me a code for all my readers to use at Lisa Angel!

For 10% off Lisa Angel use the code:
LANWCH15
(Expires 10/09/16)

Norwich Bloggers

 

Pictured above, you can see my haul from the day, from many of the brilliant brands and business that came along. It was such an incredible day out – and was so much fun to meet some fellow bloggers, and some fantastic local businesses.

Thank you to everyone I spoke to for being so lovely, to everyone who gifted me goodies and freebies, and to the Norwich Bloggers girls for organising such a successful and fantastic event! xoxo

 

Green Rocket Cafe

 

A couple of months ago, my good friend Olivia and I, took a girly weekend break to Bath. It was a jam-packed Bank Holiday weekend. We planned to take in the sights, exploring The Roman Baths, The Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and The Assembly Rooms. We were also super-excited spend an evening at the famous Thermae Bath Spa, with it’s natural thermal mineral waters, roof-top pool and stunning panoramic views over the city.

Aside from all the main attractions, one of the main things we were looking forward to during our visit, was the food. Being a non-dairy, non-gluten eater, naturally we both did some online research before the trip, and I’m so happy we did – because we stumbled across The Green Rocket Cafe!

 

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Green Rocket Cafe

 

An award-winning vegetarian Cafe, that caters to both vegan and gluten-free diets, Green Rocket Cafe was a must to try during our stay. The cafe is located right in the heart of Bath, only minutes walk away from the famous Pulteney Bridge.

We decided to head there for an early-dinner on our last day, before spending the evening at the Thermae Spa. When we arrived, we could tell immediately that this was a popular spot in the city. We were lucky to get a table! The atmosphere was vibrant and bustling, and we were seated swiftly at a nice table by the window.

Whilst we browsed the daytime menu, we ordered a couple of juices. I went for the Green Rocket – a blend of Apple, cucumber, broccoli, celery, parsley and spirulina. Olivia tried the Classic – a blend of Carrot, orange and ginger. Both were beautifully refreshing!

 

Green Rocket Cafe

 

When it came to the food, I ordered the Mushroom, Sundried Tomato and Basil Rice Burger – served with a raw beetroot salad and vegan cashew ‘cheese’. I also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to order some Beer-Battered Onion Rings as a side, as I very rarely get the chance to eat these since turning gluten -free!

Olivia ordered the Mezze – served with felafel, tahini sauce, beetroot muhammara, baba ghanoush, quinoa tabbouleh, zaalouk, harissa marinated carrot salad, dukkah flatbread and halloumi. Annnnnnd breeeaaattth. Yes, all of that crazy-good stuff on one plate!!

 

Green Rocket Cafe

Green Rocket Cafe

 

After our juices, the mains did not let us down in the slightest. Both of our plates were so stunningly colourful and fresh. You could tell everything had been freshly prepared, and made with love. The quality of the ingredients shone through, and all the flavours were so bold and well combined. It was amazing to be able to have something so healthy and wholesome, at such a great price. It’s the kind of plant-based nutritious food I wished was more readily available in the current restaurant landscape.

My favourite thing by far was the gluten-free Beer-Battered Onion Rings with vegan mayo. The onion rings were incredibly crispy, and were elevated even more by those undertones of beer. A crunchy onion ring with a little dip of creamy, herby mayo? Perfect.

 

Green Rocket Cafe

 

As the mains were so impressive, we couldn’t leave without trying dessert. Olivia and I were both pretty full, as the portion sizes were wonderfully generous!! So we decided to share a dessert. We agreed on the raw, vegan + gluten free, Chocolate Orange Tart with vegan cream to share.

When it arrived, we couldn’t believe how beautiful it was! Plated with raspberries, and edible flowers – the dessert looked like a stunning piece of art. It wasn’t hard to get a good photo! It was also delicious. You could tell the dessert was recently handmade, and the sweet natural orange flavours balanced so well with the creaminess of the chocolate.

 

With all that being said, The Green Rocket Cafe was the perfect place to rest our legs and enjoy a relaxed meal, after a busy day of sightseeing.

Whilst we were relaxing in the cafe, we spent some time reminiscing over some of the polaroids we had taken, and the weekend as a whole. It was our last foodie dining experience in Bath, and it definitely rounded off our getaway perfectly.

Find out more about The Green Rocket Cafe here.

 

Green Rocket Cafe

 

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For those of you who follow me on social media, you may have seen that I attended Good Roots Festival in London a couple of weeks back with the lovely Emma. Judging by my insane amounts of Instagram posts, you can probably tell that I had the best day out.

If you haven’t heard of it, Good Roots is an urban wellness and street-food festival, celebrating good, healthy food + living. You can view the full line-up here. This year it took place on the 11th June, at MC Motors. The venue was amazing. The festival took place inside and outside of an old renovated car warehouse, that was beautifully rustic and industrial inside. The atmosphere was hustling and bustling with excitement, from the moment we arrived to the moment we left.

 

Within minutes of getting there, we had been given a giant bag of freebies. Delighted already, we stubbled across The Mae Deli, stocked full of goodness, and the most amazing platter of healthy choices and treats that I have ever seen. Not only that, but we also saw the beautiful Deliciously Ella herself, hanging around the stall!! She was busy signing books, so we decided to browse the stand and wait our turn. Minutes later, we didn’t need to, because she casually approached us and started chatting!!! I was ecstatic to meet one of my favourite bloggers in person, she was so friendly, chatty and down-to-earth, and willing to sign our books and take photos with us (pictured above).  They say to never meet your idols, but I’m so glad I met one of mine, because she was everything I imagined her to be, and more. The epitome of health and happiness.

 

Walking around the festival, it was fantastic to see so many great healthy products and brands on show. We took great advantage of all the free tasters on offer, and there were so many free tasters. So many in fact, that we didn’t need to buy lunch. Having many dietary requirements, it was really refreshing to be able to go a food festival and be able to eat everything. 

After looking around the outside stalls, we attended a couple of talks and got our books signed! I had got tickets to see Deliciously Ella + Livia’s Kitchen in talks, as well as the Blogging to Business talk with Madeline Shaw, Niomi Smart and Melissa Hemsley.

 

To add to my list of blogging idols, I got to meet the glowing and radiant Madeline Shaw, as well as the contagiously happy Hemsley sisters! They happily signed my books and made conversation, and you could tell they genuinely thrived off meeting and engaging with fans.

 

The talks were very engaging, and it was really interesting to hear some of my favourite blogger’s journeys first-hand. They had lots of pro-tips, stories and insights into the world of healthy eating, living and blogging. The big theme of the day, echoed by many of the bloggers, was that you have to find a healthy diet, and a health lifestyle that works to you. They are not trying to preach a certain way of eating or living to anyone, and only trying to help inspire those on a journey to wellness. Whether you make one of their recipes once, twice, or five times a week – it is entirely up to you. You are the master of your own diet, and your own health. Live the life that makes you feel healthiest and happiest.

 

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After the talks, it was time to fuel up on some foodie goodness for dinner. Emma and I decided on the Vegan “Duck” Sushi Rolls from The Happy Maki. This was by far the best decision. They freshly prepped the sushi rolls right in-front of you, and oh my worddddd, they tasted delicious. I swear the duck tasted better than the real thing. What was this magic?!?! Best. Sushi. Ever.

 

Good Roots Festival

After sushi, it was time for dessert. We couldn’t pass up the chance to try the gluten-free + vegan crêpes from Nojo London. We took advantage of their queue finally dying down, and ordered a sweet crepe, filled with berries, almond butter, vegan chocolate spread + whipped cream. The crêpes were crazy good, and they were even refined-sugar free!!! They were so incredibly tasty that I didn’t care how terribly ungraceful I was eating it. Chocolate spread… everywhere. Didn’t even care.

 

After a long day, it was time to get the train back to Norwich. On the way home, Emma and I reflected on the day, both taking turns explaining why we loved it. We were definitely on a high – and it was not just from all the matcha tea. Good Roots was by far one of the best days out we’d ever had.

You can see just some of my Good Roots haul and all my lovely signed cookbooks (pictured below).

 

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With the vibrant atmosphere, the chance to meet like-minded people + our favourite bloggers, get our cookbooks signed, sample many tasty goodies, and come away with some great new products + freebies. We couldn’t have asked for a better day. I will definitely be attending Good Roots Festival next year, and judging by it’s success, I think it will be back – bigger and better than ever!

Thanks for reading about my day out! To find out more about Good Roots, click here.

 

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