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Guys and girls! I could not be more thrilled to share the news that Turtle Bay are coming to Norwich!! Eeeeeeeeeee! Yes, on the 30th August the restaurant opens its doors, bringing a new, vibrant and delicious Caribbean dining and drinking experience to the city.  I could not be more ready to try it out, just browsing the menu gets me all kinds of excited, as we really don’t have anything like it currently in the city.

Here are some exclusive photos (below) of what the restaurant is going to look like. How incredible does it look?! The restaurant is set over 2 floors, occupying a beautiful, Grade II listed former fabric warehouse on Swan Lane – right in the heart of Norwich’s famous Lanes area.

 

Turtle Bay

 

The interior decor and furnishings captures the lively, colourful, soulful spirit of the Caribbean. Just the restaurant design alone has got me itching to go – you just have to look at how funky it is inside!!!

As well as the stunning ‘island hut’ bar, there’ll be special veranda dining areas, plus an open ‘street kitchen’. Norwich guests can also expect to see Turtle Bay’s first salvaged VW Campervan, which has been reinvented as a unique seating area!! This is surely a must to try sit at on your visit!!

 

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There’ll be repurposed shipping containers, oil drum lampshades, reclaimed wood and chequer-plate and disused speakers… all making up one very vibrant, quirky restaurant.

Oh and we haven’t even mentioned the food yet…

 

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Turtle Bay offers up food that celebrates the Caribbean with every mouthful, from its rich and explosive flavours, to laid back ‘liming’. This is fuss-free, joyous food, from the soul. Dishes are brimming with zesty flavours and spicy hues – there’s plenty to share or dig into alone.

An eclectic cuisine that is influenced by a rich tapestry of ethnicities, the food at Turtle Bay offers a vast choice of bold flavours and rustic dishes, all inspired by the laid back, social outlook of the Caribbean. Signature dishes include their famous Jerk Chicken and Curry Goat.

Turtle Bay have also confirmed that there will be a number of gluten and dairy free options to enjoy on their menu. Typical foods include curries/stews/jerk chicken, and because a lot of Caribbean cooking calls for coconut milk instead of dairy – there will be plenty to choose from! Happy days!

 

As well as hearty dishes, Turtle Bay also boasts an amazing cocktail and rum list – with a menu of more than 40 Caribbean rums to choose from!! Happy hour lasts from 11.30am – 7pm and then starts up again at 10pm! With ALL of their cocktails available at 2-4-1 during that time – it’s a must for cocktail lovers and rum enthusiasts all week long.

So Norwich folks, make sure you mark your calendars for the 30th August – because this is one you’re not going to want to miss!!!

I will be reviewing the food at Turtle Bay at a VIP preview dinner on the 25th August – so be sure to check back soon for my verdict!

You can read more about Turtle Bay or find a menu here.

 

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!

 

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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)

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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!

 

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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!!

 

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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.

 

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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