Happily Eating Gluten & Dairy free at Pizza Express

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My bloke treated me to a meal at Pizza Express, Didsbury to celebrate my 5th blogversary and to check out there new Autumn menu.

Starters

I ordered the Leggera Superfood Salad (gf v) as a starter which is made up of ‘black rice, edamame beans, red quinoa, mung beans, chickpeas, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and kale in a flavoursome vinaigrette on a bed of seasonal mixed leaves, rocket, cucumber, roasted red & yellow peppers, red onion and fresh parsley.’ It’s a very varied and tasty salad with all of the ingredients working really well together and is gluten and dairy free.

I also could have chosen Dough Balls (v), Bruschetta (v) or Mozzarella and Tomato Salad (v, gf) to help with my food intolerances. 

Main 

I knew I was going to cheat with my desert so I decided to be sensible with my main. Luckily for me, the dairy free option sounded like the nicest pizza on the menu. I ordered  the new Vegan Giardiniera (v, gf option) made up of ‘artichoke, closed cup mushroom, red onion and black olives, with tomato, vegan mozzarella alternative and garlic oil, finished with fresh parsley’ and specified a gluten free base. The result was the best pizza I have ever eaten at Pizza Express! The vegan mozzarella was so creamy, I just wished there were more of it. Because of my dyspraxia I really struggle to cut up pizza using a pizza cutter or a knife and folk but the gf base was thin and stretchy enough for me to manage fairly easily. I imagine this is similar to the base of a calzone.

I could also have chosen Bolognese Rigatoni (gf), Broad Bean Rigatoni (gf, v), Cannelloni (v), Every pizza (gf option) apart from a Calabrese, with 7 of them having (v) options.

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Side

Polenta Chips with Honey and Mustard Dressing because I love these strange little sticks and they don’t fill me up too much. I was naughty and got them with parmesan.

I also could have chosen Coleslaw (gf), salad (gf) or the left off the grated parmesan from the polenta chips to help with my food intolerances. 

Desert

Not the most sensible choice, ok the least sensible choice but I absolutely adore cold chocolate fudge cake with vanilla gelato or ice cream. Nom….

I also could have chosen pretty much any other desert (v or v option) and chocolate brownie (gf) or Caffe Reale (gf) to help with my food intolerance. 

We’ve honestly never seen a menu which is so flexible and inclusive of vegetarians, vegans and people with food intolerance and allergies. Well done Pizza Express!

Chrissie

 

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Candy Kittens, Sweet Pineapple Gourmet Sweets

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Created by Jamie Laing of Made in Chelsea fame, Candy Kittens are naturally flavoured vegetarian sweets for grown-up’s.

The Sweet Pineapple flavour are the creamiest tasting sweets I’ve ever tried, which is impressive considering they are dairy free. I love the chewy texture – which unlike veggie Haribo don’t glue my teeth together.

The only improvement I would make would be to increase the pineapple flavour a little more as it was very subtle.

Hurrah, more dairy and gelatine free sweets for my cupboard!

Chrissie

Puff Up Your Ego

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[I’ve only just looked in this months Cosmo and found they have done a puffa jacket style edit with the tittle ‘Puff Daddy’ which was the tittle I originally thought up for this! Stylish and psychic lol]

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Nails Inc. Gel Effect Polish in Uptown

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‘Uptown’ is a timeless dusky rose pink colour, which is so flattering for all occasions. I bought this to be my standard everyday polish that I’d wear for a longer period than some other brighter colours I own. I especially liked the sound of the ‘gel’ effect which promises a long lasting and professional looking finish for this purpose.

It lasted a whole day before it badly chipped on both of my index fingers -_- My mani has gone from sophisticated to trashy in 24 hours! Also the ‘gel’ effect is barley noticeable and after two coats you can still see the small ridges in some of my nails. It did dry incredibly fast but for £15 (14ml) I want a polish that will last a lot longer.

Rating 2/5 

Which long wearing polish do you recommend?

Chrissie

Spooky & Sophisticated Halloween Party Decor

Fabulous Halloween

 

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Topshop Chameleon Glow Shadow & Lip Bullett review

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I chose the Chameleon shadow in Changeling (£9.50), a metallic brown-bronze shade with teal sparkles (I really can’t capture how wonderful this is with my camera). It stayed on my lids all night and looked fantastic! I will hold a tissue under my eyes next time I apply this as I ended up with fine glitter all over the peach fuzz on my cheeks ^_^

Rating 5/5

This Lip bullet in Motel (£8) is a beautiful rusty brown shade, perfect for Autumn and mid/golden skin tones. I’m really pleased that this shade didn’t have a matte finish because my lips are just try dry to handle that. I was impressed that the colour stayed on through halloumi kebabs and cocktails but after a few hours it had dried out my lips really badly. I needed to apply a balm, which made the colour pretty fallible after that. I do like the pointed bullet which makes application more precise and means that I don’t need a mirror when reapplying.

Rating 3/5

Are you a fan of Topshop makeup?

Chrissie

Autumn Accessories

Autumn Accessories

 

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