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      16.03.2012 20:05
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      A healthy alternative to other sugary juices

      Ok first off I am going to admit that whilst this is what you would expect to be a healthy juice for someone looking after there body I purchased it with the intention of using it in a rum punch. Naughty I know but the punch called for cherry juice and after admitting defeat after looking in about 5 supermarkets i FINALLY found this in Tesco, hidden away on the top shelf with all the other carton juices.

      One of my favourite flavours is cherry, I am a sucker for spending ridiculous amounts of money on cocktails that claim to have that cherry taste (I apologise if the majority of my opinions regarding this product relate to how it tastes with alcohol but what can i say .... I'm a student hehe) so when I saw the recipe for a rum punch I thought this would satisfy my cravings.

      As i have said finding this juice is quite difficult, but when you do it is well worth the hunt. It is priced just under £2 which i think is acceptable as a treat but wouldn't be a drink I have daily.

      In the punch i combined white rum, spiced rum, cherry juice, cocktail cherries with their juice, orange juice and lemonade and it was DELICIOUS, I obviously tasted this on its own and too it was very tasty, quite sweet at first with a tart aftertaste. Definitely a good alternative to other juices such as orange, apple etc.

      Now the main disadvantage i found to this product was the carton design, whilst it does the job it is too similar in shape and colour to the Tesco Own Skimmed Milk. So whilst it goes nicely with rum, it DOES NOT go well with coffee :-/ a mistake I only made the once.

      Cherries are often reported as being full of antioxidants so if you are looking for drinks that are good for your body then this is the juice for you, clearly I pollute my body with way too much booze so maybe the cherries will counteract some of the damage (i know it won't but let me pretend)

      Overall I definitely recommend this for anyone with a sweet tooth or who is looking for a refreshing summer drink.

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      • cooksongold.com / Internet Site / 17 Readings / 17 Ratings
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        Must have for any jeweller

        Having ran my own jewellery business for just over two years I am kicking myself that this website has only come to my knowledge within the past 6 months.

        As soon as I enrolled on my Jewellery and Applied Arts course with MMU I was informed of this website, it basically sells everything you could need to make and produce stunning jewellery. Its products range from the more expensive silver and its soldering elements to the affordable fimo clay. This site sells smaller equipment such as pliers and findings to larger pieces of equipment such as rolling mills and anvils. Basically whether you make silver jewellery or plastic beaded pieces this site caters for you.

        I have placed 3 orders with this company now and have been more than satisfied every time, the postage can become quite expensive but this is understandable when the item you are ordering is a heavy set of tools or an anvil. They also offer kits where you save substantial amounts, I have purchased the student starter kit which included the basics that I needed for my course and saved me approx £50 on buying the pieces separately.

        One of my favourite things of this site, aside from it selling everything I could ever need is how quick the postage can be. I had a project due in at Uni in only a few days time and I stupidly forgot to order my silver wire to create the clasp, panic over Cookson was able to offer next day delivery. Obviously this costs more but when you need something fast this doesn't matter.

        Another benefit is that you are able to order precious metal to your exact dimensions, saving money and time. The prices are also very competitive, and with silver and gold prices ever increasing and me being a poor (well not quite but I like to pretend) student this is always a positive.

        Overall this is a site which is a must have for any jeweller, crafts person or student

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        16.03.2012 18:28
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        Good as a last minute meal, takes minimal preparation and cooking

        Having not written a review for several years **bows head in shame** finding inspiration on what to write my first review about again was very difficult... so as my mind generally is ruled by my tummy my thoughts turned to yesterday evenings tea.

        Im a big fan of all mexican food, but as a general rule tend to avoid the Old El Paso kits as I see them as being quite overpriced as you can get the components cheaper from the supermarkets own brands, however having no idea what to include to create a quesadilla I decided to give it a go.

        All mexican food is quite similar, some form of tortilla whether it be fried/baked/sliced, chicken or mince, peppers, onions, cheese, salsa and the possibility of gaining an extra roll on my tummy, and this was no exception. The pack contained 8 tortillas, salsa, and spice powder (in my opinion not really worth the £3 paid for it) and to make the meal you needed cheese and chicken.

        To cook you needed to chop the chicken into small chunks, fry until starting to brown and then add the powder along with 100ml of water. Whilst this was simmering you had to eat some oil in a pan, pop in a tortilla, sprinkle over some cheese, then add some chicken mix and top with salsa. Then as I learnt fairly fast, flip it in half and make sure the tortilla didn't burn. This is fairly easy to cook, BUT it didn't mention how fiddly it was and how to avoid the first ones cooked going cold as they needed to be done individually. Luckily I had the oven on baking the jacket potato I decided to have to accompany it so kept them warm in there whilst was making the next quesadilla.

        So aside from the cost being a bit overpriced for what you got, and them being a bit of a pain to make what did i think of the taste......

        Well they were nice, quite spicy and generally what I would expect from a home made mexican meal from a pack. I added a bit of soured cream to counteract the spice and to add to the flavour, the salsa you top with was quite bland so If i was to make again I would buy the powder, salsa and tortillas separate, that way you could buy (or make) a better quality salsa.

        I think 8 tortillas was a bit too much, I understand that the pack is meant for 4 people but I used the seasoning on 2 chicken breasts and cooked 4 of the tortillas (for 2 people not just myself) and found the salsa sachet only just enough for these.

        So overall was tasty and filled a hole, but unless on offer or was the first time you are making them I would suggest buying the bits separate and adding a few extra ingredients such as some rice, sour cream and some veggies.

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          20.11.2009 19:44
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          YUMMMY!!

          Being a bit of an Oreo fan when I spotted the Christmas Themed White Choc Covered ones in Sainsburys I decided to ditch the diet and give them a go.

          Im used to Oreo snack packs where they come in 4s so was a bit dissapointed to see these come foil wrapped in 2s with 8 all together in the box. However upon munching my way through the two I realised this was for the best as anyone who can manage more than this in one go must have a ridiculously sweet tooth.

          They are exactly as the name suggests, an oreo biscuit with white chocolate covering. I was surprised at how thick the chocolate was, it makes it a very thick biscuit YUM YUM!! I have to say they are super sweet but people who like Oreos are probably used to and enjoy this. The Oreo biscuit under the chocolate mountain is the same as the basic Oreo, dark chocolatey biscuit with a vanilla white filling.

          I bought these on offer at Sainsburys, £2 for a pack. I havn't seen them on sale anywhere else but I expect they will be at most major supermarkets. Now for the boring and depressing bit....they have a shocking 114 calories per biscuit, however I found one would satisfy my sweet craving so not as bad as regular Oreos which I could easily dunk my way through 4 in one go!!!

          I would probably eat them as a treat instead of a chocolate bar, and general enjoyed them however I doubt I would buy them again as they are quite expensive and just a novelty.

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            08.11.2009 22:20
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            A wonderful bathtime treat

            As I've said in my recent Lush reviews I went into my local store and spent a vast majority of my student loan on the new Christmas products. Aside from all the presents and copious amounts of food, one of my favourite things about the festive season is all the goodies Lush bring out, and of course all my old faves such as Candy Cane and Snow Fairy.

            I do tend to prefer the bubble bars rather than the ballistics, as I like my bath to have lots of bubbles (so I can make a bubble beard lol) but who can resist a Satsumo Santa.

            Looking up from me in their rows, Santa caught my eye. Hes a big round santa shapped ballistic with a white face and a giant tum!! In comparrison to the other ballistics he is quite hefty, weighing in at 200g!

            I had a quick sniff before popping him in my basket, but to be honest I didnt pick him because of the scent, it was all to do with the novelty factor which Lush always exceed any expectations I have before entering.

            When bath time came, I simply popped him (I must stop giving my bath ballistic a gender) in and watched him fizzle away. My bath water was left a vibrant orangey red colour and had an amazing smell.

            I wouldnt normally go for this type of scent, and if it would have been a regular round ballistic I may have passed it by. I usually stereotype citrusy scents to shower gels meant to invigorate, not a bath ball meant to soothe and relax, however im glad I proved myself wrong with this one.

            It has a sweet orangey scent, not too overpowering but enough to help you drift into complete relaxation. It reminded me of the smell of orange tic tacs, a mix of sugar and orange YUMMMM!!

            The thing I love about Lush products is how they have the power to make your whole house smell amazing, and this was no different. Unlike other bath ballistics it didnt leave scum around the bath, which is always a positive.

            It may sound quite expensive at £2.75 but this would make a perfect stocking filler for someone special, or as a treat when you need a nice long soak.

            There are Lush stores in most major cities now, my closest being 2 in Manchester City and Trafford Centre, however you can order online if you dont fancy a journey out.

            The only downside to this product is that it is a Christmas product and will be gone before my xmas pudding weight has, however I hope it proves so popular they bring it out all year round.

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              02.11.2009 22:32
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              Give it a miss

              Having just spent a good portion of my student loan in Lush this afternoon my next few reviews are going to be based on my daily baths...tonight was the debut of Cinders.

              I usually go for pink candy scented lush products such as snow fairy, marshmellow met etc but due to Cinders being promoted as popping candy for your bath I was sold on a gimmick....yes I am gullable.

              The first thing that struck me was how small in comparrison to the other ballistics this was, this was reflected in the price though, £1.95 seems like a bargain compared to the average £3 mark.

              Its described as being a spicy, soda scented Ballistic that crackles like a roaring fire. So I popped it into my bath and waited for the magic to happen....and waited .....and waited.

              I have to say I was dissapointed, I heard no crackle or pop just the usual hiss of a ballistic, however due to the tiny nature this didnt last as long. The bath turned a funny yellow colour, and if im being honest and I had got in this bath after someone else I would have accused them of peeing in it. The smell wasn't as stong as I'm used to and you had to get your nose right into it to get any of the spicy notes. As expected it didn't leave any scent on my skin afterwards.

              When I had a sniff in Lush it smelt lovely, spicy like a combination of sweets and cinnamon. It's just a shame this dissapeared upon contact with water. It may have been more appealing if there was more of the crackle in the ballistic or even some confetti/stars etc, just something to liven up quite a dull product.

              Not a ballistic I will use again, but fortunately for me I've got another £50 worth of products to restore my faith in Lush!!!

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                02.11.2009 19:40
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                will change my opinion on cheaper brands

                Being a bit of a beauty snob I have to say I wouldnt normally buy Rimmel cosmetics, however when running an errand to stock up my mums make up bag (whos a self confessed Rimmel & Maybelline addict) this caught my eye.

                I have wanted to try a different shade of blusher for a long time, but because I usually spend approx £20 on Mac or Benefit products I wouldnt have taken the plunge without having the assistant try it on me first. However at a reasonable £3.99 ( on offer from £4.99) I thought what the hell and picked a pallette completely different to my usual coral/bronze.

                I opted for Spring Flower which was one of 4 different trios of shades. It includes pinky/peachy tones and thought would compliment my skin tone. I was a bit apprehensive as my subjective view on main stream brands left me thinking I would end up looking like a cross between a clown and oompa loompa, however after gently applying (less is more when your worried about looking overly flushed) I was more than pleased with the result.

                I have to admit it felt a lot dryer on my skin than my usual Benefit powder, but for the price I think it more than exceeded the expectations I had. The trio of colours blend really well and leave quite a subtle shade.

                The packaging is quite bland, basic black and comes with a small blusher brush which I found to be useless as its too small and stiff ;) But to be honest I find the same problem with Benefits brushes so its nothing to do with the brand.

                I bought my blusher from Boots, but Rimmel can be found at most supermarkets and chemists, I highly reccommend buying now whilst still on offer.

                I would definately try a Rimmel product again, and think it is perfect if you want to experiement with new colours without wasting a fortune on products that will be forgotten about and left in your make up bag.

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                17.10.2009 00:25
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                One of the best body scrubs I've tried

                After being made to empty out my overflowing bathroom cuboard last week (how rude, cuboards are there to be filled :-p) this was one of the products that I was shocked to find hidden away. I have no idea why I forgot I had this, or why it was practically full so I thought best to give it another go.

                Soap & Glory always reminds me of a cheaper version of Benefit, with similar retro packaging and slogans. What first attracted me to this brand was that I had seen it appear on LOADS of TV shows such as How to Look Good Naked, and always got rated highly...then the fact it would look pretty on the bath came next.

                The Sugar Crush Scrub is from the Spa range of Soap & Glory products, and comes in a giant 450ml tub. The appearance of the product reminds me of when you don't stir the sugar in your tea and see it all at the bottom of the cup (random but what it reminded me of.) The consistency is that of a paste, quite a runny paste but still doesn't slide off your hand when you take a scoop.

                The smell is the best bit, it's a super sweet citrusy aroma that hits your senses as soon as the tub is opened. There is almond oil in the mix too but I found the lime overpowered this.

                It has smashed brown sugar and macadamia grains to do the job of buffing away the dead skin. It does this without feeling too harsh on your skin, and left it feeling really soft it slightly greasy, however once I patted dry this seemed to have dissapeared.

                Unfortunately the smell didn't linger on my skin, which is a shame because it smells amazing, but it got rid of all the dry skin and left me feeling soft and clean. The tub says it can be used 2-3 times a week, however I think it is gentle enough to be used daily if required, but fortunately my skin isn't ready to be mistaken for a snake anytime soon.

                For a 450ml tub I find £9 to be quite reasonable, I have used it several times this week and still have the majority of the tub left. Boots generally have promotions on the Soap & Glory range so best to have a look at what they have on at the time.

                With Christmas coming up I would definately reccommend this as a gift for someone (make sure they dont have a complex about having dry skin as it may offend lol) and I am certainly not hiding it back in the cuboard.

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                • General / Discussion / 167 Readings / 151 Ratings
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                  09.10.2009 22:03
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                  1 What is your middle name?
                  Marie

                  2. Fire or Central Heating?
                  Fire, althought got central heating in my house

                  3. What are you listening to right now?
                  T.V, Coronation St , exciting life for a Friday night eh???

                  4. Clubbing or Romantic Meal?
                  Oh tough choice.....romantic meal

                  5. What was the last thing you ate?
                  Cake and cup of tea yum yum

                  6. Last person you hugged?
                  My kitten...and yes she does count as a person

                  7. How is the weather right now?
                  No idea, im warm and snug in bed

                  8. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?
                  my mum, seeing what she was going to make me for my tea lol

                  9. The first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
                  Teeth, then hair

                  10. Favourite type of Food?
                  Anything italian

                  11. Do you want children?
                  One day, definately not in close future though, they scare me !!!!!

                  12. Hair colour?
                  naturally blonde, dyed reddy black

                  13. Do you wear contacts?
                  Eugh no, i can go within an inch of my eye without blinking

                  14. Favourite holiday?
                  Jamaica, yehhhh man

                  15. Favourite Season?
                  Winter, snow fights then snuggle up in the warm

                  16. Have you ever cried over a love lost?
                  Yup :(

                  17. Last Movie you watched?
                  Marley and Me, was drunk by end so cant remember much of it

                  18. What books are you reading?
                  Torey Hayden Silent Boy

                  19. Piercing?
                  2 in my lip, one in my tongue, and ears done twice

                  20. Favourite Movie?
                  Batteries Not Included and BeetleJuice

                  21. Favourite Sports Team?
                  No really a sports kinda girl

                  22. What were you doing before filling this out?
                  Wasting my night away on facebook

                  23. Favourite animal?
                  My pugs, followed very closesy by my puddy cats

                  24. Favourite drink?
                  Vimto hot or cold yum yum

                  25. Favourite flower?
                  orange roses

                  26. Have you ever loved someone?
                  Yup yup

                  27. Who would you like to see right now?
                  the post man with my letter saying when my student loan will come through

                  28. What colour are your bedroom walls?
                  pale brown

                  29. Have you ever fired a gun?
                  No scary!!!

                  30. Do you like to travel by plane?
                  No, its not natural

                  31. Right-handed or Left-handed?
                  Rightie all the way

                  32. If you could go to any place right now where would you go?
                  Somewhere hot and sunny....oh and free

                  33. Are you missing someone?
                  Not really lol

                  34. Do you have tattoo?
                  yup wrist, forarm, lower back, bottom of back, hip and foot

                  35. Do you still watch cartoons on Saturday mornings?
                  If im in work yes...otherwise in zzzzzZZZZZZZ

                  36. Are you hiding something from someone right now?
                  Yes my dad would kill me if he knew id wasted all my wage on topshop ooops

                  37. Are you 18?
                  Once upon a time

                  38. What is the wallpaper on your cell phone?
                  My pug Coco

                  39. Are you afraid of the dark?
                  No, the dark relaxes me

                  40. Favourite Hangout?
                  My house or Hard Rock Manchester

                  41. Three things you can't live without?
                  my animals, my mums cooking and my phone

                  42. Favourite songs?
                  At the moment 'why we cant have nice things' by The Blackout, and 'NJ legion' by A Day To Remember

                  43. What are you afraid of?
                  any sea creature ewwwwwww and the sea

                  44. Are you a giver or a taker?
                  erm in what terms??????

                  46. What is your dad's middle name?
                  Charles

                  47. What do you sleep in?
                  a bed hehe

                  48. Stuck on a deserted island, and can only bring one thing?
                  a book on how to overcome a phobia of the sea

                  49. Favourite TV commercial?
                  The polo car advert where the lil dog sang 'im a maaaaaan yes i am and i cant help but love u soooooooo' stuck in my head now, great!!!

                  50. First thing you'll save in a fire?
                  Myself, silly question, followed by my pets

                  51. What is your favourite colour?
                  Blue

                  52. What are the things you always bring with you?
                  Mac concealer, phone and car keys

                  53. What did you want to be when you were a kid?
                  Lawyer

                  54. What do you do when the alarm turns on?
                  Look in disgust at my phone

                  55. What colour is your bed sheet?
                  Beige and brown, cant see if for the pile of clothes on it though

                  56. Who do you want to meet?
                  Hmmm dont like meeting new people, makes me anxious

                  57. What do you think about before you go to bed?
                  Sleep yawwwwwwwwn

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                  • Sainsbury's Angel Cake / Snacks / 94 Readings / 88 Ratings
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                    09.10.2009 21:00
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                    Being so in love with Mr Kiplings Angel Slices when I saw this cake on offer at Sainsburys I decided to give it a go.

                    In comparison to the Angel Slices, this comes as a cake 'slab' the packet suggests an eighth is a slice but for a good inch thick piece i'd say a sixth is a better option :) Per eight it is just under 150 calories so dont go eating the whole thing lol

                    Unlike the picture shown my lower slice of cake was yellow, with pink in the middle and white on the top, with vanilla filling holding it all together.

                    Now whats a proper review without a taste test (hard life aint it) so I settled down with a cup of tea and indulged..... First impression was :( it wasnt half as good as my usual Angel Slices (Mr Kipling obviously knows what hes doing) It had quite a bland taste and a dry texture, whereas the slices are so moist and full of flavour, plus icing on the top to make it look more visually appealing that this cake.

                    On the plus side if you've never eaten Mr Kiplings Angel Slice then you wont know what you're missing out on and you may enjoy this cake. It is a 'nice' cake, nothing special but didnt make me gag.

                    The normal price is £1.35 but I bought it on offer at £1 so definately good value, it would be perfect for childrens parties due to the price and appearance or if you want a quick snack with a cup of tea.

                    Im impressed with Sainburys for using minimal packaging on this product, im guessing this is to keep the cost down which is a great idea

                    Overall a perfectly average cake but would reccommend Mr Kiplings instead

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                      07.10.2009 22:19
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                      Give them a go

                      You may notice my reviews changing from all cosmetic based products to diets foods, this is because I'm trying to lose weight in preperation for what I'll put back on over Christmas. So with my diet diary in mind I went in search of lower fat crisps on my most recent shopping trip.

                      Walkers is a name I know and have grown up with, no matter what supermarkets try telling us about how good their own brands are I never find they compete with the flavour in Walkers. This was probably the reason I walked right past all Tescos own low fat crisps and grabbed the Walkers Lights.

                      Priced at £1.36 for a pack of 6, slightly more than the regular packs as they were on offer, however this is still a reasonable price if you consider a corner shop or vending machine usually asks about about 50p per bag.

                      Usually when I open a bag of crisps advertised as having less calories I find that you get half the amount of crisps, however this wasnt the case with these. They appear very similar to regular Walkers crisps, unless you compared the two you wouldnt notice, I just found their appearance more matte (hard to explain) Now the most important bit...the taste, I have to admit i was surprised at how strong the flavour was, they taste practically the same as regular cheese and onion , I just found they werent as crunchy.

                      Per 24g lights bag theres 113 calories and 0.5g saturated fat, in comparison the regular bag has 131 and 0.7g. For the tiniest amount of difference in flavour and testure I think this is a good difference in nutritional values. They still are arn't healthy and should be eaten as a treat but at least they're not as sinful!

                      I would definately eat these again and am going to experiment with the other lights flavours :)

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                        5 stars!!

                        Due to the weather seeming surprisingly like the middle of winter today, along with my cold thats left my throat feeling like i've swallowed a box of nails I thought it would be a good time to have a nice hot box of soup. Im usually quite wary of tinned soup as it is laced with salt and calories and to be perfectly honest couldn't be bothered to make some fresh...so the next option was fresh shop bought soup.

                        I tried several of the Covent Garden varieties last winter but wanted to boost my immune system to get rid of this cold so opted for the plum tomato and basil as I know tomatoes are a superfood and full of antioxidents.

                        At the moment these soups are on offer at Sainsburys, 2 for £3 but are usually around the £2 mark. As they are fresh soups they are in the chilled section and need to be kept refrigerated and consumed within several days or frozen.

                        The carton says it will do two servings, however I find that if I'm having as a main meal I can manage the whole thing to myself :) Its quite simple to heat up, either pop the carton in the microwave or heat on the hob (in a pan obviously lol)

                        If you are expecting this to be similar to Heinz tomato soup you are in for a surprise. It is more of a watery type soup but full of flavour and chunks of tomato. You definately feel like you are doing your body some good eating this. It has strong flavours and is thouroughly enjoyable, especially with some hot crusty toast!! Yum!!!

                        One of the perks of this brand is that they only use natural ingredients, so you know exactly whats going in your food. It is also low in calories, salt, fat etc. For one serving (half a carton) you will be slurping your way through 132 calories and based on my estimations if like me you can eat the whole carton to yourself it is still only 4 weight watchers points. Great if like me your watching what you eat now in preperation for the Christmas pudding!

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                        • Tesco sushi / Ready Meals / 90 Readings / 86 Ratings
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                          Great selection of alternative sushi

                          I've always liked the idea of sushi, ...however the raw fish has always put me off and made me want to gag. I like fish but the texture and taste of raw is too much for me. I have tried a vegetable selection from Boots but wasnt too impressed so upon a wander of Tesco this afternoon the Chicken Suishi and the Tuna, Prawn & Veg Sushi caught my eye.

                          Now im not greedy, I just couldnt decided which one I fancied so I decided to pick and mix with the two selections with someone else.

                          The Tuna, Prawn & Veg selection contained 1 Tuna mayonaise and red pepper Californian roll, 1 Prawn mayonnaise and red pepper Californian roll, 2 Yellow Pepper hosomaki rolls, 2 Red pepper hosomaki rolls, 2 Cucumber hosomaki rolls, 1 bottle of Soy sauce. What I find most appealing about Sushi is the calorie content, which was only 212 for the whole pack. The taste was surprisingly really good too considering that it could be classed as a 'diet' food. I did find the pepper ones a little bland, but a squirt of soy sauce sorted this out, the tuna one was definately my favourite and would be happy to buy a pack just of these. All the veg had maintained its crunch hopefully showing its freshness. For this selection it was £1.30 which is reasonable if purchased for lunch whilst at work.

                          The second selection was the Chicken Sushi, I was slightly dubious about how chicken would taste wrapped in seaweed as I wouldnt never have match the two so went in tasting these with an open mind.
                          This pack contained 2 Chicken in Sweet Chilli sauce and red pepper Californian Rolls with a black sesame seed coating, 2 Chicken in Katsu Curry sauce Californian Rolls with a white sesame seed coating, 2 Cucumber Hosomaki rolls and 1 bottle of Soy sauce. Upon eating I now think I am a converted chicken sushi fan. You get all the sushi goodness without the raw fish to spoil it. The chicken was quite big chunks with plenty of flavour, maybe a little spicy for some but I like my food to have a bit of a kick to it. This has slightly more calories than the other pack, 240 but this is probably due to the meat content and could still be classed as a reasonably healthy lunch. As well as being higher in calories this one is aldso higher in price at £2, but still cheap when you think the average shop bought sandwich is about £3.

                          Overall both of these were of good quality, I definately prefer them to the Boots selection I have tried. The rice isnt too sticky or dry, the veg is crunchy, the flavourings strong and the meat in nice big chunks. The price is also very reasonable and considering its a healthier low fat alternative to other lunch options I will definately be buying again!!

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                          • RSPCA in general / Discussion / 82 Readings / 81 Ratings
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                            28.09.2009 22:46
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                            My experience of the RSPCA

                            Up until recently I have always been semi- aware of the RSPCA, I have donated the odd few pounds here and there but have been quite naive about the work that they do.

                            But then after an upsetting phone call where the RSPCA rang to let us know our beloved cat had been run over I have become a lot more aware of what else they do. After a member of the public rang them, they collected my cat and tried the best they could do keep her alive but had to put her down due to the extent of the injuries, they then contacted us and we collected her. I was expecting to have to pay but fortunately we didnt, so after spending several weeks missing having a feline friend waking me in the morning I decided to repay the favour by homing one of the many cats they have waiting to go to a loving new home.

                            The RSPCA go out of their way to ensure that all their animals are given to a suitable and loving home, I had to give details of my other animals along with proof of their vacinnations and am awaiting a house check to make sure she will be coming to a cat friendly home. It seems quite rigourous and may put some people off but I can see why it is necessary, especially with the rise of animal cruely and neglect.

                            As well as rehoming animals, they also respond to any information given to them about animals being mistreated. As they are a charity they rely on donations given to them or volenteers working for them, and after seeing the work they did to put my cat out of pain I am hoping to either volenteer to help or give regular donations.

                            To rehome our new kitten who we have named Cookie, you do have to pay £50 but this includes them being neutered or spayed, microchipped, and fully vaccinated, and when you consider to get all of this done would cost over £100 and you are rehoming an animal who has already suffered and is on its last chance of a good home then this is a small price to pay.

                            I would definately urge everyone to check out the website and if you are thinking of getting a new pet why not just pop into a rehoming centre and see if there are any suitable there first.

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                              28.09.2009 17:00
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                              would give it more than 5 stars if i could

                              Having just had my lunch at Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Manchester Spiningfields I thought it would be a good time to review, whilst it is fresh in my mind and the onion is still lingering on my breath (niiice I know :-p)

                              Having eaten at The Original Burger Company whilst at a day festival in Birmingham a couple of years ago I tried finding one of the restaurants a little closer to home in Manchester. Although not the same chain I came across GBK and realised they were very similar and just as good.

                              I have eaten at 2 of the Kitchens in the Manchester area and find the layout to be fairly similar, they have quite a simple and contemporary feel to them, with a variety of canvases and quirky lighting making it feel quite fresh and modern.

                              As it is a burger restaurant you wont feel out of place wearing traditional student attire of jeans and trainers, but it is definately a step up from the likes of McDonalds or other well known burger venues. I tend to notice a lot of city workers on lunch, families or students dining in here.
                              Upon arriving you are greeted and shown to a table, handed menus and informed you order and pay at the counter. Simple!

                              Now my favourite bit.... the food. Whether you want a good old angus beef or chicken burger with a bit of a twist such as Mexican, Chilli or Stilton, minted lamb, wild boar or even veggie there is a burger for every taste. For those who dont want a burger (why go to a burger restaurant though??) there is also a selection of salads available. And what would any decent burger be without some chunky homemade chips and dip to go with it, I find that one portion is enough for two. There is a selection of starters to tide you over whilst drooling waiting for your Burger, today I tried the chicken kebabs, which were succulent charcoaled pieces of chicken skewered with a spicy mayo dip. Yummmm.

                              I ventured away from my usual Mexican today and tried the Cajun which has now turned into my new favourite. It was creamy cajun mayo, sweet and spicy cajun relish, mounds of fresh and crunchy salad ( im very picky when it comes to salad, nothing worse than a soggy tomato or brown lettuce) a big fat quality angus burger all popped inside a toasted seeded bun and held together with a giant skewer to stop it toppling over. Delicious.

                              Compared to your usual Burger joints it is quite expensive, around £6-£8 per burger but this is because you're paying for quality rather than a quick hunger fix. For one starter, 2 soft drinks, 2 burgers and 1 chips it came to approx £25, so not something I could afford for lunch every day but maybe for a weekly treat.

                              I have eaten at this chain several times now and have tried the Cajun, Veggie, Mexican and Chilli Burger and enjoyed every one.

                              The staff have always been friendly and helpful, although they seem to wait until you've got a mouth crammed with burger to ask you if everything is ok with your meal lol.

                              I would definately reccommend this to anyone who likes Burgers but wants to go a bit upmarket :) Always worth having a look at their web site or any money saving site as they often do vouchers for BOGOF or half price burgers etc

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