Cafe | Ziferblat Edge St. Northern Quarter (Manchester)

The Bloggers’ Market MCR 2015 will be hosted by the awesome Ziferblat Edge St. Northern Quarter on the 11th of April, Saturday 11am – 2pm. This gave me an opportunity to visit Ziferblat a few times for bloggers’ meetup. (You can check out this post for more info about the Bloggers’ Market MCR 2015) 

There are plenty of buzz going around the opening of Ziferblat since February up until now. I remember reading lots of articles about it on my Facebook feed and pretty much straight away, included this cafe on my list of places to visit. So what is it exactly? Their Facebook page stated, “Ziferblat is the name for a new kind of social space; where everything is free except the time you spend there. We charge 5 pence per minute and that’s all”.

Simplest form of explanation: You pay 5p per minute per stay.
1. Buzz at the door and they will let you in.
2. Go up to first floor and clock in at the reception so that you know and they know what time you have arrived. (see below for the photo of the reception)
3. Chill and sit down on their comfy sofas and use their 100mb awesome wifi.
4. Eat cake, drink tea or have a freshly brewed coffee. (all DIY of course and make sure you wash your dishes)
5. Play piano or play boardgames with your friends – there are so many things to do in this cool space!
6. Clock out and be so amused by the fact that you did all that, and you only need to pay 5p per minute. Totally worth it!

What more could you ask for?

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©camerashake Comfy and spacious space for everyone!

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Have you visited Ziferblat? What are your thoughts about it?
Or do you know a similar place like this?

***Disclaimer: All views are my own honest opinion of the cafe. This review is not sponsored.***

Fashion | Part 1: Bloggers’ Market MCR 2015 at Ziferblat Edge St. Northern Quarter – SHOP, EAT CAKE, AND JOIN US!

Do you like bargain shopping? Yes? Then this event is for you!

Founded by me and in collaboration with Ziferblat Edge St. Northern Quarter – Bloggers’ Market MCR is the first-ever bloggers’ bazaar in Manchester

A wide range of Manchester bloggers / creatives will be selling their preloved items, vintage clothing, high street brands, DIY/homemade items as well as their own accessories line from as low as £1!

This is an exciting FREE event you won’t want to miss!

And even better, whilst you shop, you can relax and wander around in this cool, creative cafe Ziferblat. You can drink a wide variety of tea, have a freshly brewed coffee, eat their yummy baked goodies, and use their 100mb wi-fi – ALL for just 5P per minute per stay!

There is no better way to spend your Saturday afternoon! Come and join us this Saturday, April 11 from 11am – 2pm. Spread the word!

RSVP and get updates here! Tag us #bmarketmcr15

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We can’t wait to meet and see everyone! Shop, eat cake, and join us!

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Happy 2015!

Happy 2015 everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year with your loved ones. I had the most fun-filled Christmas with my wonderful family and my fiancé’s family! It was our first time hosting it in our lovely home and I prepared a feast for everyone. I enjoyed every minute of it. Plenty of eating, drinking and laughing involved!

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Lots of wonderful presents!

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Easy pot roast beef – Martha Stewart’s recipe. Although I made mine sweet and spicy – definitely not a traditional pot roast! This was very popular that night – gone in seconds! Cooking time: 4hrs

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Rich and creamy potato gratin – Laura Vitale’s recipe.

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Prepared a day before – easy homemade chocolate pudding with strawberries!

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We played a total of 7 Minute-to-win-it games plus charades. It was absolutely hilarious! We didn’t stop laughing! These are the only photos we took – we were so busy laughing and playing!

Cup stacking using only one hand

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Backflip

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My adorable family

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Food | Dragonfly tea – A review of their luxury loose leaf teas!

Dragonfly tea is a family owned British company who source, grow and make the very finest of teas. You can read their history, values and philosophy on their amazing website. I came across their page on Facebook and saw that one of my friends actually tried their tea. She recommended Lapsang Souchong – for something very different. I am very intrigued and excited as this will be my first time trying a smoked loose leaf tea.

I am very grateful that the lovely Rosanna from Dragonfly tea sent me 2 of their luxury loose leaf teas to sample and review. I chose the smoky Lapsang Souchong and my favourite flavour, Darjeeling. Communication was astounding and the delivery was quite quick.

I was so excited to receive all of these yesterday!

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The packaging was well-presented and I loved how the booklet and cards were minimalist and beautifully designed. The tins were sturdy and high quality.

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Okay so now what do I think of the Lapsang Souchong? Once I’ve opened the tin, the smoky smell was so strong. Initial reaction? Sort of like a smoked fish. I was taken aback by the intense smell and actually had second thoughts of trying it. But I did. We did. My fiancé and I tried it. And. We regretted it.

Well, I’d say it wasn’t that bad. The taste was actually better than the smell. I find that there’s a minty aftertaste. And yes, a smoky taste – not too strong though. Will I drink it again? Hmmm, maybe. Next time, I might adjust the amount of tea and tweak the water a bit. Maybe add a slice of lemon? Apparently, some tea-drinkers like adding lemon into it. My fiancé however, will never ever taste it again. Scarred him for life. (LOL) I think the taste of Lapsang Souchong – it’s either you love it or absolutely hate it! Also, I kinda wished I chose their Bai Mudan (white china tea) instead.

I adjusted the amount of loose leaf tea – mainly because it might be too strong for us.

LAPSANG SOUCHONG

For two people

Brewing:  4 mins
Tea    :  2 heaped teaspoons
Water  :  4 small teacups
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Onto the next one, my favourite, Darjeeling. What can I say? Light, clean and a hint of sweetness! Just the way I like it. I loved this tea! I could drink it all day! There was a honey-smell after brewing the tea. It was definitely delicious. What a treat!

DARJEELING

For two people

Brewing:  4 mins
Tea    :  2 heaped teaspoons
Water  :  4 small teacups
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| Exact details at the back of the tin:

Infusion Instructions

Allow freshly boiled water to cool for 1-2 minutes. preheat the teapot and add 2-3 grams of tea per person. infuse for 3-5 minutes. the longer the infusion, the more flavoursome the tea becomes. |

I would highly recommend Dragonfly tea to anyone! We are a massive fan of high-quality loose leaf teas. I’m not an expert but I have tried a wide variety of loose leaf teas over the years – from different independent companies, teas from different parts of the world to the most common and commercially-made ones. I must say, loose leaf teas from Dragonfly was definitely a LUXURY without the expensive price tag. For only £6 per tin – very affordable and worth every penny! The whole tin will lasts you for a long time.

Thank you Dragonfly tea for letting me review your luxury loose leaf teas. I hope I can review more of your well-crafted and flavorful products someday!

Are you a tea-drinker? Do you like loose leaf teas? What’s your favourite? I would love to hear your comments! 

***Disclaimer: I asked the lovely Rosanna from Dragonfly tea to sample and review their loose leaf teas. The teas were sent to me for free. All views are my own honest opinion of the experience.***

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If you’re in the UK, you can buy their teas at a local store near you. Click here for more details.

Food | Anniversary dinner at Room Restaurant, Manchester

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Checking online where to eat and reading all the reviews must be a god-send for all of us, well for me it is. If you’re like me, I want to check the reviews before going to any restaurant and maybe have a look at some customers’ photos – usually on TripAdvisor. I find it really helpful to know what are the best dishes to order and if the price is quite reasonable. For our 8th year anniversary dinner, we went out and tried Room Restaurant, Manchester.  An extract from their website,

“Our menu is based on classic dishes all produced with a contemporary Room twist. Think Prawn Cocktail, Liver and Onions and Black Forest Gateau all recreated the Room way. Our modern, British, unpretentious style and the attitude of our friendly and knowledgeable team of ‘table hosts’ will make your time with us an enjoyable and memorable treat. Always leave enough Room in your life…”

We checked online and liked their set menu offers – for the price of 3-course meal £16.50, it was a good deal! However, when we arrived there, we forgot that it’s actually the weekend and their dinner offers run Monday-Friday. Oops. So A la Carte Menu it is then! The restaurant has an amazing interior and great atmosphere. Upon arriving, we were quickly greeted by lovely staff members. Everyone was so friendly and accommodating. We also loved the music and the bar!

We ordered the exact same dishes. We’re not in the mood to explore and experiment new dishes that night. Their cocktails were also very good eventhough a little expensive. Lastly, a 5-star customer experience from our ‘table host’. She explained all the dishes to us and she was definitely very attentive and friendly.

Here are the cocktails;

£3.50 Elderflower & Apple cordial – Apple, lime, soda and mint (non-alcoholic)

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£7.95 Coffee Martini – Vanilla vodka, butterscotch, fresh espresso, pistachio and salt

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£3.50 Virgin Porn Star – Pineapple, passion fruit, butterscotch, lemon and vanilla shot (non-alcoholic)

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***** We loved all the drinks! But for £7.95? Don’t you think that’s a bit overpriced? I definitely recommend the non-alcoholic drinks. For £3.50 – it’s a win-win situation!

For starters;

£7.50 Which came first? – Crispy chicken wing, quails egg, chicken paté, chicken leg

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***** It was fresh, tasty and definitely loved the plating of the dish. Quail eggs were cooked to perfection. Chicken paté was tasty and perfect accompaniment to the bread. As you can see, personally, the portion was not enough to justify the £7.50

For mains;

£14.95 Short rib of beef – Slow cooked, Deep South rub, Chipotle peppers – All served with hand cut chunky chips, house salad

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One word: HEAVEN. The beef was tender, juicy and very very tasty. Fall-off-the-bone goodness! The chips were homemade and freshly cooked. Highly recommend this dish!

For dessert;

£7.50 Fererro – Chocolate brûlée, hazelnut & white chocolate

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***** Sweet-tooth you say? Here’s the perfect dessert for you! It was chocolatey, tasty and rich! My fiancé loved it! I loved the creme brûlée eventhough it was too sweet for my liking.

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Overall, it was an amazing dining experience. For the two of us, we spent £80.

I’d give it a score of 7 / 10

Would we go back? Maybe. We’ll try their set menu offers.

Do you have any questions / concerns about this post? Please don’t hesitate to send me an email : camerashake09@gmail.com

***Disclaimer: We paid for our meal. All views are my own honest opinions and experience.***

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Fashion | Winning the Laundry Boutique Styling Competition

Apologies for the lack of updates on my blog. Last time, I did admit I’m terrible at updating, this is such a late post.

My last post was the Laundry Boutique Blogger Event – where I joined a styling competition. I’m so grateful for all the people who helped me win the competition. Thank you to all my lovely friends in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. I really appreciate everything. Thank you. ♡♡♡

I emailed Mariela (Laundry Boutique) and asked her if I could pop in the store to get all the items. Weekend came and my fiancé and I droppped by their cute store to get everything. There’s a little bit of a mixed-up when I came but it got sorted at the end. I must say, Lauren (Online Director of Laundry Boutique) was amazing. She’s been emailing me and making sure that I received everything. What a gem! Such excellent service.

Thank you to Laundry Boutique for this fab outfit! 

Here are all the lovely items that I won – you can also check all of these items (hopefully not sold-out) in their website.

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My fiancé and I decided to go out yesterday to enjoy the bright and sunny weather! Here’s my OOTD taken from my iPhone. It was so hot yesterday so paired the top with a grey skirt from H&M. I love my black platforms! It’s my go-to this summer. It’s not too high and so comfortable!

What’s your favourite this summer?

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top and necklace – Laundry Boutique / skirt – H&M / bag – DKNY / watch – Michael Kors / bangles – Cartier / platforms – No Doubt 

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Fashion | Laundry Boutique Blogger Event 2014

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Art + Design| [UN]KNOWN Exhibition at Atrium Cardiff – Graduate Showcase 2014

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