Carluccios York Grand Opening

A few weeks ago, Bobby and I were lucky enough to be invited to the newest restaurant opening in York: Carluccios.

Having never been to a restaurant grand opening before, neither of us knew how to dress or what to expect but off we went after work on a Friday evening to see what it was all about.

We were greeted by the lovely staff and taken to the first floor area that had been set up for the grand opening whilst downstairs was open for business as usual to paying customers. We were offered a drink of champagne (orange for me) and then had the chance to mingle and take photos before the event began.

The view from Carluccio’s first floor (prime location near Betty’s may I add)

The fantastic bar set up

A gorgeous Italian style set up overlooking Betty’s

The evening then kicked off with a shed load of canapes coming out and they all tasted incredible. One waiter realised Bobby is like a Hoover and eats everything virtually so once clocked, he kept Bobby very food happy. He also had his glass topped up several times which he loved as it’s the first blog event he’s ever been to.

The evening then went on to Mr Carluccio himself who was celebrating his 80th birthday and had some fantastic opera singers for the occasion. They treated us to some incredible singing which was a great surprise and another huge tick for Bobby who loves Classical music as well.

We also got talking to the international operations manager who was a star and made me up an amazing non-alcoholic drink after telling him I was with child.

The evening was an incredible success and we went home with full stomachs from all the canapes we had gorged on. Thank you Carluccios for inviting us to this amazing opening.

Laura x

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An Easter Giveaway

It’s almost Easter, the time to relax with an extra long weekend of great food and delicious treats. It’s made even better when those treats are completely free! I’m giving away this incredible bundle courtesy of the folks over at Busy Bees Nurseries, the UK’s leading childcare specialist. Perfect if you’re looking for a nursery in Leeds, Brighton or other major locations across the country. The bundle contains – 

* Cadbury’s Crème Eggs

* 1 x Lindt Gold Bunny Hutch

* 1 x Galaxy Bundle

* 1 x Cadburys Mini Eggs XL Egg

* 3 x Mini Egg Tubes

* 1 x Large Lindt Bunny

In order to be in the running for this great prize, then please enter the competition using the rafflecopter below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This competition is GB only (England, Scotland and Wales) and a winner will be chosen at random when the competition ends. The winner will be contacted by email and the prize sent out by the prize provider directly.

Thanks and happy entering.

Laura x

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The Souper Swap Challenge

About a month ago I was challenged by Baxter’s to take part in their Souper Swap Challenge where the test was to swap your usual lunch for one of their heart soup’s. A week later I received an enormous box of soup’s to put to the test…

The Souper Swap Challenge Ultimate Box was the I was trialling and contained a mix of their Hearty range as well as some of their Vegetarian Options.

The next day at work, I put them to the test and kicked it off with Tuscan Style Bean, Bacon & Pecorino which tasted amazing and definitely left me feeling fuller for longer. A big tick for the hearty range already.

Next day was the turn of one of the vegetarian options in the shape of Carrot and Coriander a firm soup favourite of mine. This also tasted amazing but unlike the hearty range, did not leave me with a full feeling for as long and I found myself snacking on fruit and crisps in the afternoon.

I have to admit I found this for all the vegetarian range actually, they all taste incredible but really didn’t ward of the hunger for as long. The hearty range tastes both amazing and fills you up all afternoon; WIN, WIN!

Now here’s the golden question; did I manage to swap my lunches for soup for 2 whole working weeks?

The short answer is NO!

I actually struggled to constantly eat soup every day for lunch despite all the different and amazing flavours of them. I found that after a few days of soup, my body was crying out for some carbs and had to succumb to the call of Bread.

I know, I know naughty eh? But actually if soup works for you and you don’t mind eating it every day then what a great way to try new flavours. If like me, you would struggle then it’s still a great idea, but it might mean adding the odd sarnie in the mix to break it up a little.

I’ve loved trying these soups out and the fiancé was very jealous at the smells of some of these as they really do taste incredible. I love that a lot of the hearty range includes beans in their soup as I love the texture but did enjoy the vegetarian Spicy Tomato and Rice with Sweetcorn.

If you fancy something different for your lunch then give the Souper Swap Challenge a go!


Laura x

*These soups were sent to me in order to take part in the Baxter’s Souper Swap Challenge, all thoughts and photos are my own*

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