5 Jun 2018

Pizza Academy at Oscar & Rosie's

Despite recently cutting out dairy (for the most part), pizza is one constant that regularly inhabits my weekly cheat day. And for this reason, I was ultra keen to attend a pizza-making event courtesy of Jess Who - who organizes fun and unique events in Nottingham for Bumble - amidst the craziness of my recent final-year deadline season.

The event was to be held at popular Nottingham pizza joint Oscar & Rosie's, who host a Pizza Academy on their top floor. Which me and a few other local bloggers were about to be lucky enough to take part in. Upon entering Oscar & Rosie's I found it to be aesthetically rustic, lightly retro, and with effortless attention to detail, allowing for great vibes and energy to circulate within its walls. After being led up a magazine page adorned staircase I spent some time mingling with fellow bloggers, until we were instructed to sort ourselves into teams, as there was to be a dose of competition inserted into the pizza-making experience.

Before starting we first observed closely as owner Olly took us through a step-by-step demonstration of how to make a pizza, Oscar & Rosie's style. Turns out I could have been paying better attention. As when it came time for us to have a go ourselves I felt unable to correctly manipulate my dough to the perfect consistency (the 'throwing it into the air' step didn't save it).

When it came to toppings, I kept things simple by only adding sauce, cheese (a lot of it), and pepperoni. I figured that this was the perfect opportunity to make pizza exactly how I would like it. And I'm someone who doesn't like the mix of too many different ingredients and textures in one dish. Despite my choices, we were provided with an array of topping options, even including vegan cheese.

Soon came the moment of truth; seeing how our pizzas would fair after surviving the oven. I was slightly disappointed to see that my pizza turned out more 'oval' than circular. But I was reassured by Olly that this was okay; a pizza that's not a perfect circle can simply be passed off as 'rustic.'

After close inspection by the professionals, it was then time for the results of the competition. Unfortunately, we came third (also known as second to last). But I was just happy we didn't come in last place as a result of my non-circular, slightly lumpy pizza.

But as far as the taste test went, my pizza actually turned out to be amazing. And I can only imagine how good Oscar & Rosie's pizzas would taste when actually crafted by a professional. I finished the whole pizza happily, bar a couple of slices which I saved more for my subsequent library session. From this experience I can definitely understand why Oscar and Rosie's is crowned as the 'best pizza in Nottingham'.

A big thanks to both Jess and Oscar & Rosie's for arranging this extremely fun event. You can find Oscar & Rosie's both in Nottingham and in Leicester. I definitely recommend giving them a visit, and especially having a go at their Pizza Academy!


10 May 2018

Boots Volunteer Panel | Try Beauty Products For Free

Shopping at Boots is one of my favourite things to do. I'm lucky enough to live near a very large and well-stocked Boots store, and it's always my first port of call whenever I want to buy some new makeup or beauty products. With this in mind, I was very intrigued when I was recently contacted regarding the Boots Volunteer Panel.

In case you didn't know, the Boots Volunteer Panel is made up of people who get to try cosmetics and beauty products for free before they are sold in store at Boots. And you can be apart of it! 

All that is involved as a volunteer is to test out given products for a specified period of time, and to then honestly fill out a questionnaire about the product afterwards. You can take part in many studies throughout the year are able to keep the products you test. 

This Sleek highlight palette I've recently added to my collection is an example of the products sold at Boots made with darker skin types in mind

Anyone between the ages of 18 to 78 can apply to be a part of the panel. Boots are in particular looking for more Black and Asian volunteers to join the panel, as Boots stock many ranges specifically designed for these skin types. There are also opportunities to take part in paid studies held at Boots's Nottingham headquarters. 

Aside from the free products, it's also exciting to be able to be the first to try ranges from big brands, and to have a say on what will go up on the shelves of Boots.

If you're interested in joining the panel or want to find out more, then click here!

Amani x

29 Apr 2018

Gin Festival Nottingham

Whilst many rave about gin, I'm someone who has little experience with the spirit. I usually stick to neutral tasting vodka, finding it a safe bet with its ability to blend seamlessly into juices such as orange or cranberry. So when I was given the chance to attend Gin Festival Nottingham, I thought it would serve as a good opportunity for me to dive headfirst into the gin drinking experience. 

The 4th Nottingham Gin Festival was to be held at Nottingham Conference Centre, which, upon arrival, I discovered was contained within Nottingham Trent University's Newton Building. I've only ever visited the centre on uni business, so it was enjoyable to see such a nice building being used to its full potential by hosting this event. The event was held over three sessions during the weekend - attracting an estimated 4500 people - and I attended the Saturday night slot.

I was kindly handed a blogger's goodie bag at the door, and in it I found a voucher that I was able to activate my wristband with; topped up wristbands being the currency for obtaining gin during the evening. We were also given official Gin Festival glasses to have all our drinks in, which we would be able to take home with us at the end of the night.

Soon it came time to actually try some gin. We chose our drinks from a comprehensive booklet that had been handed to us upon arrival, which listed all the gins that were available that evening and stated which specific bar we would be able to get each gin from. The first gins I opted for were Pink Royal - a mixed berry gin - and Pinkster - a fruity gin containing raspberry and infused with spices. Both these were topped up with tonic water, which could be found for free and in a variety of flavours at every bar. The Pink Royal was a bit strong in taste for my liking, but I found the Pinkster a lot more enjoyable, it's taste being sweeter and fruitier.

As well as bars, there were many gin stalls spread around the venue, where ambassadors for various gin brands were on hand to discuss their craft, and even hand out samples of their gins. There were also masterclasses held all through the night in one of the conference rooms, for those interested in gaining more in-depth gin knowledge. I attended the Slingsby masterclass, where we learned all about the origins of Slingsby and tasted samples of the 57% Navy Strength Gin.

There was a wide choice of high-quality food vendors available in the venue also. As well as an extensive gin tuck shop, giving event-goers the chance to take home bottles of their favourite gins of the night. 

For my last drink of the night, I tried the Rhubarb Rumble cocktail. It contained Edinburgh Rhubarb, Ginger Liqueur, Advocaat and Apple and Lemon Juices, and it was sweet and tasteful. Gin cocktails are something I'm accustomed to, so it wasn't a surprise that I enjoyed it. But what I had also learnt during the course of the night was that Gin and Tonics can be equally pleasurable to cocktails.

Overall, I enjoyed the night. The event did feel more formal than I expected, mostly, I believe, due to the nature of the venue. But this did seem to fit the demographic of the event. And elements like the live bands that played through the night did add extra ambience, making the sleek venue a pleasant environment to enjoy exploring the world of gin in. 

The Gin Festival travels all across the country, with remaining events spanning from now up until September. For more info check out their website here.

Thank you Gin Festival for having me!

Amani x 

22 Mar 2018

New Home Goals

In the last three years I've lived in a small studio flat within a student accommodation. In that time I have accumulated lots of homeware pieces that I love, and have slowly been coming closer to finding my preferred interior style (I say 'closer' because a mix of pastel furnishing, witchy paraphernalia and Americana may seem a bit inconsistent, but it's slowly melding together to reach a happy medium).

In my time in this studio I have often been restricted creatively due to finances, accommodation regulations and the niggling knowledge that my residence was always going to be temporary. But now my student life is fast departing and the promise of a bigger space and better wage is quickly approaching. And these impending changes have got me mentally planning what I want my next home to look like. Here's a list of some items and elements I want to include in my future flat:

Wall art. 
Currently, the art in my room is limited to postcard-sized images on my pinboard. But for a bigger home I like the idea of one large statement print of one of my favourite paintings or photographs on at least one of the walls.

A more extensive kitchen
A bigger kitchen to me means expanding on my kitchen utensils to make room for items such as kitchen scales and a water purifier. I also want to add dark coloured drinking glasses to my collection. I currently own mostly mugs, which needs to be rectified, and I've always thoughts drinks taste best when drunk from the aftermentioned type of glasses. 

Elegant bathroom furnishings. 
My idea of the perfect bathroom is pristine and with white-marble furnishings and a few pops of colour in items like tumblers. The bathroom I have now is pretty close, and I hope to be able to continue to incorporate this theme in my next apartment. 
Bathroom City is a retailer that has an extensive range of bathroom furniture, accessories and fittings.  

A record player. 
A record player is something I've yet to be able to justify money or space wise, but it's something I'd like in a bigger flat. Similarly, I'd want new, high-quality iPod speakers, as I haven't replaced my last set which broke years ago. 

Makeup storage. 
In the last year I've become a lot more into experimenting with different makeup looks and collecting makeup products. My growing collection means that when I move I should consider looking into purchasing proper makeup storage, rather than cramming everything on top of my dresser like I do now.

Do you have any goals for your future or current home?

Disclaimer: This post has been kindly sponsored, but all views are my own.

Amani x

5 Mar 2018

Dolcino: Italian Artisan Gelato | Event

I love desserts. I'm that person who ticks the box to indicate they prefer sweet to savoury. And my lowkey addiction means that no meal is complete without some sort of sweet right after - though it's usually something small, just enough to satisfy the craving. But of course, every now and then, I'll raise the stakes and treat myself to something more substantial, like ice cream or cake. And anything overindulgent like ice cream sundaes or chocolate covered waffles become the cheat meals I live for. 

So you can imagine how hyped I was when Dolcino sent me an invite to sample some of their desserts at their in-store event, which took place last month.

Dolcino is an Italian gelato diner/cafe specialising in a range of desserts, with venues in both Nottingham and Loughborough. As I arrived at Dolcino's spacious Nottingham Market Square branch in time for the event I was greeted warmly and handed a glass of prosecco, before then going around to mingle with my fellow bloggers and attendants.

Soon we were all served our first dessert sample of the night (I say sample, but their samples turned out to be pretty sizable) - the Unicorn Sundae. The Unicorn Sundae is comprised of a myriad of ingredients, including vanilla and bubble gum flavoured gelato, smarties and raspberry coulis. Each of these flavours harmonised really well together, creating an amazing amalgamation of tastes.

Then came time for a presentation by owner Francesco, during which he the detailed history and origins of Dolcino. With a humble passion he told us that his family history is steeped in dessert and restaurant culture. And that the driving force behind Dolcino was the desire to bring the traditional gelato that is made in Italy to the UK. He told us that he and his wife, Kirsten, work together and run Dolcino as a family business.

Francesco also revealed the differences between gelato and ice cream, which are:
 - Gelato doesn't melt as fast as ice cream. This is because there is less cream in the ingredients, meaning it can be served at a higher temperature without melting.
 - Gelato is healthier. It contains less sugar and less fat than ice cream.
 - Gelato has more flavour. It's churned more thoroughly and for longer than ice cream is, meaning there is less air in the final product, making room for more flavour. The higher temperature also means that, unlike ice cream, it won't make your tastebuds freeze - so you'll be able to taste the flavours more, without them becoming muted by the freezing temperature.

Dolcino's gelato is also 'artisan', which means it is hand made on site, with high quality, natural ingredients. Francesco proudly stated that Dolcino is the only business in Nottingham that makes fresh gelato, with their gelato never being kept on display for longer than a week.

Flavours of gelato that are served at Dolcino include: Apple & Cinnamon, White Mint, Bubblegum, Salted Peanut Butter, Kinder Bueno, Chocolate Sorbet, Ferrero Rocher, Raspberry, Banana and many more. And Dolcino don't only do gelato and desserts, they also serve English breakfasts, savoury crepes, pizza, sandwiches, Italian coffee and more. They also have an afternoon tea menu.

During his talk, Francesco told us that Dolcino aims to promote a healthy lifestyle alongside the consumption of desserts, one that takes you outside. This explained the presence of the multiple Bianchi bicycles displayed against the teal backdrops of the gelateria walls. Community spirit is also an important element to Dolcino. They view their customers as extended family, and they even regularly invite kids into the store to make their own gelato.

After the presentation there was to be a live gelato making demonstration/workshop in the kitchen - where bloggers were given the opportunity to learn how to make gelato and to try their hand at it themselves. I made the decision to be on the other side of the kitchen's glass wall, and I watched the gelato being made with the other half of the guests.

Luckily we were all given samples of the result of the bloggers work, which turned out to be fantastic. They had made a Twix, Caramel and Amaretto gelato. Gelato infused with Twix and caramel is about as amazing as you'd imagine it to be. And the amaretto added a freshness and uniqueness to it that tied all the tastes together beautifully, making the gelato even better than you would imagine it to be.

Not too long later we were then served a sample of Dolcino's Oreo Lux Freakshake. At this point I was really starting to see how Gelato as a base for a dessert seems to enhance the overall taste of it. The Oreo Freakshake was SO. GOOD. It was rich with a cascade of flavours and very sweet - but delicately so, not being too intense or leaving you feeling like you overindulged in a big way.

Soon our Freakshakes were accompanied with American Blueberry Waffles - waffles served simply under blueberries, a dash of maple syrup and a side of cream. You may think that this more demure serving would pale in comparison to the epic sweet flavours of the desserts beforehand, but that wasn't the case at all. Though less sweet and indulgent than it's predecessors, the waffle was equally tasteful. Francesco told us that the waffles were served to balance things out, as he doesn't believe that people should experience an overload of sweetness. And this method worked. The taste of the waffles was an enjoyable encore to the richer desserts. And despite feeling ridiculously full at this point, I had no trouble in completing this last treat of the night.

We were also served a gluten-free alternative to the waffles. This illustrated the fact that Dolicino are very accommodating to various dietary requirements. Upon request they will customise orders for customers who may be vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free.

A huge thanks to Francesco, Kirsten and the staff at Dolcino for a lovely evening. And also to fellow blogger/vlogger Ka-Ho for helping to organise the event!

Follow Dolcino on Instagram if you would like to be updated with regular photos of their amazing desserts!


28 Feb 2018

7 Surprising Anxiety Symptoms

Many people have a rather simplistic idea of what anxiety actually is, often associating the term with 'nerves' or maybe even 'panic'. But anxiety has dozens and dozens of complex symptoms, including ones that most people wouldn't automatically associate with anxiety. And even people who themselves experience these less talked about anxiety symptoms don't always realise that those symptoms are in fact a result of an underlying anxiety disorder. As someone with severe anxiety myself, who has displayed many different symptoms over the years, I have fallen into that latter category many times in the past. But over time I have become more and more familiar with the wide spectrum of anxiety symptoms.

Below I've compiled a list of 7 unusual symptoms that can manifest as a result of anxiety. All of which I have experienced myself. These symptoms can present themselves in acute anxiety attacks, but also in someone with an anxiety disorder's day-to-day life, at times when one may not feel otherwise anxious. 

Superstitious tendencies
A definitive link can be made between superstitiousness and anxiety. To illustrate, here's an example from my own life. As a teenager, I picked up the habit of 'touching wood'; a common superstitious practice where, after verbally noting a positive occurrence, one then touches or knocks on wood in order to stop the good fortune from being 'jinxed'. But soon my touching wood habit escalated. And for a year I spent an hour each night considering any potential bad event I could think of, and then touching the wood of my blinds twice to make sure that they wouldn't happen. Luckily for me, I soon identified how much this practice was having a negative impact on my life, both physically (I was losing sleep) and mentally (it was troubling to force myself to think of so many bad things every night). And I successfully managed to stop doing it cold turkey.
Many superstitious practices include rituals and compulsions. And these can easily be adopted by an anxious person in an attempt to regain control over - and to stop - potential bad things one worries or believes could or will happen. These sort of practices are more specifically a symptom of OCD, which is an anxiety disorder. My own example is an extreme one. But it's not surprising to find that a lot of mildly superstitious people may also have some levels of anxiety.

Tripping up on words 
When I'm anxious in a social situation I'll often forget obvious words mid-conversation, and then I'll trip up on the words that I actually remember. But more oddly, I find that I go through phases when this will happen even when I'm talking to people I'm fully comfortable with.
It turns out that stuttering and tripping up on words is a common symptom of anxiety. This can result from overthinking your words, or from the extra stress you're carrying affecting your ability to speak at ease. Even though you may feel relatively calm in the moment, stuttering can still be happening as a result of underlying, below-surface anxiety. I find that my stuttering seems to become more prevalent during periods where I'm under more stress than usual, for example, when I have a looming university deadline on the horizon.

Trouble swallowing food
Another simple thing that anxiety can complicate is the ability to swallow food properly. A couple of years ago I went through a phase where every time I ate a piece of food it would somehow find itself half way up my nasal passage rather than down my throat. And the times when the food did go down rather than up I would still manage to choke on it. I did some research on why this could be happening, and to my surprise, I saw that it was often a symptom of anxiety. I knew I was someone with severe anxiety, but I felt okay at the time, so I wasn't sure that this was the case for me. But sure enough, over the next few weeks the choking, along with the others symptoms I was starting to experience, became progressively worse and worse (the choking got so bad I became scared to eat). I finally ended up in A&E as a result of my symptoms and there I was prescribed a course of the anti-anxiety medication Diazepam (Valium). Taking this completely relieved me of my choking, as well as my other terrible symptoms. And this made me realise that my anxiety had, in fact, been making me choke.
Choking on food (or on drinks, saliva, or seemingly nothing) can happen when one's body is in a state of high stress or anxiety. It's rarely dangerous, but if not treated can become very uncomfortable and can affect one's quality of life.

Intrusive thoughts (*trigger warning*)
An intrusive thought is an unwanted thought or image that keeps on entering one's mind during day-to-day life, and is often disturbing in nature. An example of an intrusive thought I experienced in the past was the notion that at any point I could fall, hit my head and die. I went a few weeks with that thought/fear constantly popping into my head at random times, leaving me feeling disturbed, uneasy and unable to enjoy my life in a carefree manner.
Intrusive thoughts can be scary for many reasons; often because one believes that they could actually end up happening, or just simply because the thoughts themselves can be very distressing. My intrusive thoughts are usually very vivid, as if I'm experiencing the terrible thing itself - feeling an extreme sense of high adrenaline and panic whenever the thought hits. They can also be debilitating. Mine are usually about me (or someone I'm close to) dying. And because of this, there have been times where I've been rendered frozen in fear, not wanting to move an inch, as to lessen to odds of me meeting the violent fate that's repeating itself in my head.
Intrusive thoughts are often linked to OCD, as they are 'obsessions.' In some cases they can also be the precursor to rituals (see paragraph on superstitions). 

Allergic reactions
A few years ago I visited an allergy specialist to get to the bottom of why I was suddenly experiencing moderate allergic reactions every day. I was given two possibilities for why this could be happening; one, that there was something I'm coming into contact with on a daily basis that I was allergic to, or two, my histamine levels were raised due to going through a period of high stress. The latter made sense to me, as I was then experiencing a period in my life where my anxiety was causing major strain on my body in many ways. A few years later, and I'm still experiencing chronic allergies, and I haven't managed to find anything in particular that I'm actually allergic to. I've also come to notice that when my anxiety is high my allergies get worse.
You may have seen the common trope in film & tv where the highly anxious person is constantly breaking out in hives. This is something that happens to anxious people in real life too, and can illustrate simply the connection between anxiety and allergic reactions.

Without knowing it, someone who spends much of their day in an anxious disposition can pick up unhealthy breathing habits. These can be subtle, for example breathing at a faster rate or breathing with an open mouth. Unfortunately, overtime anxious breathing patterns can lead to breathlessness. This is because incorrect breathing patterns associated with anxiety can disturb the correct balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. As a result, one can feel very breathless for a short time, or even chronically.
Have a read of my post explaining correct breathing exercises to combat anxiety here.

When I have panic attacks they usually manifest themselves very physically. But once in a blue moon, I experience a panic attack that's primary symptom is derealisation. Derealisation is a form of dissociation, in which one's external world begins to feel distorted or unreal. Reality can seem distant and as if it's lacking the same substance or depth that it had before. This can happen to someone as a result of extreme stress or anxiety.
My latest experience of derealisation was the longest and most frightening that I've experienced. It lasted a couple of days and I thought that the world would never feel the same to me again. But other than this more recent case, I've luckily mostly experienced derealisation acutely in a panic attack. But it's not uncommon for anxiety (and depression) sufferers to experience this symptom chronically. 

Did any of the symptoms on the list surprise you? Do you experience any of these yourself?

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Note: this post is primarily based on my own experiences as an anxiety sufferer, as well as being informed by the information I've collected from literature and mental health professionals over the years. With that being said, if you have any of the symptoms listed above please seek direct medical advice from a professional. 

This list isn't exhaustive, nor will everyone with anxiety experience the symptoms listed. 

For more information on the topics discussed in this post see:  Mind,  Anxiety Centre,  Calm Clinic

Disclaimer: This post contains a paid link insertion, but all content is my own.

Amani x

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16 Feb 2018

Paperclip - Buy, Sell, Swap | App Review

There are currently two very large bags under my desk full of clothes, makeup and other items that I'm desperate to sell, or even give away. This is because, as someone who gets anxiety from clutter - and as someone who has learnt to lean slightly more towards the minimalist side of things, rather than the 'keeping clothes that I kid myself I will definitely wear one day' side - I regularly have clear outs of my drawers and my wardrobe. I don't like to keep stuff that I know I'm not going to use or wear regularly (or at all), and I rather the items are given to those who will get better use out of them. And - as a student with an unreliable income - selling unwanted items is a really handy to make way extra money.

I may be getting good at identifying and then tossing aside things that I know I don't really want, but actually sorting through the items that I've decided are worth selling seems to be another thing entirely. I say this with the knowledge that those two accumulating bags have been under my desk for over 6 months now. But this week, finally, I got round to putting everything up for sale. And I've very glad I did.

Coincidentally, this week I also found out about an app called Paperclip. And if I knew about this app sooner I may not have put off selling my items for so long.

Paperclip is a free marketplace app where you can buy, sell and swap with people locally (or within your preferred radius). One thing that's unique to Paperclip that I like is that they have recently removed prices, allowing instead for offers. This helps to ensure that you're getting the best price for what you're selling.  If I found this app earlier I would have gone through my unwanted pile a lot sooner, as I believe this method is an efficient way to make sure your stuff sells.

The process of selling on Paperclip is also really easy. You can take a quick picture of your item with your phone, upload it to the app, write a few lines about it, and then put it up for sale. There are no fees to buy or sell on Paperclip. There are also groups that you can join on the app, where you can buy, sell or swap items that relate to a specific interest.

Like most people, I also like to shop. And I often like to buy things second hand, as I care less about someone having worn a dress a couple of times and more about the much lower price tag. In fact, with certain items, I feel like owning them second hand adds to the experience (vintage clothes are better when they're actually vintage, and I enjoy imagining the previous owners of aged books, especially when I find hidden notes inside). The app is great for buying pre-owned, low price items.

Unlike a lot of other similar apps and sites, there is the option of getting items for free. Which is great for your bank account, but also great when it comes to all that stuff taking up space in your home that you want to get rid of asap - giving them to people who could use them is of course preferable to placing them guiltily in the bin. Swapping items is also a popular option on the app, meaning both parties can simultaneously get rid of things they don't have any use for, and in return pick up something that they actually want.

Overall, from what I've seen, I think Paperclip is a very handy and efficient app to have. There are currently 200,000 users on the app, and I imagine this will continue to grow. And I for sure will be making a lot of use out of it. Maybe now's a good time to say an official goodbye to those bags of clothes under my desk.

Click here to download Paperclip from the App Store and here to get it on Google Play. You can also use it on web.

Disclaimer: This post has been kindly sponsored, but all views are my own.

Amani x 

2 Jan 2018

Afternoon Tea at The Pudding Pantry | Bumble BFF Event

I really enjoy using Bumble. As well as it being a somewhat cleaner-cut dating app in comparison to Tinder, I like how it equally prioritises the forming of female friendships with its Bumble BFF option. Thanks to Bumble BFF I've made a couple of new friendships in the last year, and I aim to utilize the app in this way even more in the future. Bumble have also recently covered all bases by introducing Bumble Bizz, a networking option, which I also plan to start using.

With all that in mind, I was intrigued to find out the Bumble BFF have recently started hosting regular events for girls to get together and make friends whilst taking part in various activities. And towards the end of December, Jess from Jess Who - who is taking care of the Nottingham BFF events - kindly invited me to one.

This event was to be a relaxed Sunday Afternoon Tea at Nottingham's The Pudding Pantry, just a week before Christmas. In usual fashion, I had never set foot in The Pudding Pantry before. But as well as always hearing good things about it, I had eyed it up longingly many a time after visits to The Gym, which happens to be adjacent to the Pantry.

The day of the Afternoon Tea found the inside of The Pudding Pantry - already itself very pretty - embellished with flowers and balloons the shade of Bumble's bright and sleek signature colour, strewn on and alongside two long tables lain with China tea cups.

As I settled into my seat and began to catch up with fellow bloggers and chat to new faces, we were all soon prompted for our tea orders. Then I was shortly served with my choice, which was the Mixed Berry fruit tea. It was both tasty and aesthetic.

Then we were served cakes. Here my nut allergy came in handy, as I was given a whole stand of nut-free treats to myself.  I started with a scone, which I really enjoyed, even though I don't have scones often enough to have a reference point. But I am certain that the brownie slice and cheesecake were amazing. I saved the mince pie that was given to me for my mum, who was visiting the next day, and she said it's the best she'd ever had.

Shortly, trays of sandwiches were passed around, containing unique and festive options such as Brie & Fig, Pumpkin & Feta and Turkey. I actually didn't get to try any of the sandwiches, as by then I was full on cakes, but I regretted not doing so later!

Overall I enjoyed the Afternoon Tea. It was a nice event which aligned with Bumble BFFs ethos of the importance of female connections. And the Tea itself was amazing. I left the event very full and with The Pudding Pantry added to my growing list of food places to visit regularly.

I also left with a goodie bag in hand, filled with cute items curated by Bumble. This included much needed gloves for the winter, chocolate coins and candy canes for Christmas, and playing cards for new friends. Plus more.

Thank you to Jess, The Pudding Pantry and Bumble BFF for the event!

Amani x
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