19 August 2017

Nourish - Healthy Fast Food in Sheffield

I was lucky enough to be invited down to the new Nourish restaurant on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield a few months ago to try out their menu again. My first visit to Nourish at the city centre store was an eye opener to amazingly healthy fast food and i've been dying to try their meals again. 

On arrival we were greeted by the manager David, who's a big healthy eating advocate and seriously takes pride in the Nourish Brand which i love. It's always good to be passionate about something and food is a good place to start. David talked to us about why Nourish uses the products they do to make their dishes and i learnt that the ingredients they use are more sustainable and keep fresher for longer. They also work to ensure that the places they buy from are paid fairly for their produce which, deserves a round of applause.

We were given a taster of the Mango Spinach Green Smoothie and honestly, it's one of the best smoothies i've ever tried, i've been looking up recipes to make it since! I'm heading down Ecclesall Road myself this weekend so i might have to have a cheeky visit and pick one up!

We also sampled a few dishes while we were there including hot food and salads. My ultimate favourite meal they do is the Moroccan Meatballs served on sweet potato. MAAAAN, this meal is so good. Amazingly healthy hot food that i can also try and replicate at home which i always love.

Among the other dishes we tried were the Jerk Salmon, the Nourish Bowl (a very yummy bowl of salad), a Coconut Lentil Curry and Supergreens & Kimchi (lots of lovely green foods to make you feel great). I did not have a bad word to say about any of the dishes - apart from that there wasn't enough and i wanted more food. 

And then they brought out the big guns....

Chocolate Avocado Mousse & Sweet Potato Brownies. 

I was at bursting point with all the food i'd consumed but i was determined to eat the dessert. And i did. All gone. Who knew putting sweet potato in brownies and avocado in chocolate mousse would taste so good, you couldn't even tell it was in there. 

I also fell in love with the little pieces of decoration they had around the shop and i couldn't resist taking a couple of cheeky photos.

If you're ever around Ecclesall Road or in Sheffield City Centre, drop into Nourish - even if it's only for a quick drink or a nibble, you'll be pleasantly surprised. 

They also do breakfast, you're welcome. 


24 June 2017

Laser Tattoo Removal: The First Session

I've had this tattoo since i was 18. Young, stupid and with £25 in my pocket i wandered into a tattoo shop and picked the cheapest one. I was so excited, except two weeks after; i hated it. I hated it with a passion. It's true what they say kids, think about the tattoo's you are getting and don't do a Bev and act on impulse. 

It's taken me 8 years to work up the courage to look at getting it removed. It's on the side of my right hand, so i often forgot it was there, until i met people and they stared at it or asked questions. I decided now was the time to take the plunge and book my first appointment. 

I contacted Good Vibrations tattoo studio in Sheffield and had a consultation that same week. As it's on the side of my hand, they recommended having one session every 2 months to give time for the skin to heal. They explained that the laser breaks up the ink under the skin and then it's up to your immune system to get rid of it. This is why they can't tell you exactly how many sessions you need as they can never tell how your body will react to it. I had a patch test that day and off i went. It's £25 for each session i have, which is a lot less than i thought i would be paying.

How does it feel?....

It feels like a very very strong and sharp electric shock on your skin. The patch test wasn't so bad as i only had about 5 shots however, my first whole session the pain is so much more intense when they continue. Once it was finished, it felt like i had burnt my hand on the oven. A kind of sore burn feel. The side of my hand swelled up and you could see all the little water dots under my skin from where the laser hit. 

Fast forward a couple of hours and my hand was so swollen the tattoo looks blurred. I applied a cold compress as advised to reduce the swelling and applied aloe vera gel to help with the healing process of the skin. 

A couple of days later, my skin started to blister on parts of the tattoo which eventually burst. They confirmed this was completely normal and the blisters meant the skin was healing itself. 

Currently, the skin is itchy and still broken where it's blistered. I'm still applying aloe vera gel and wearing a plaster where new blisters form so it doesn't get infected but i can really tell it's faded already. The patch test area has already faded a lot and i can't wait to watch it's progress between now and my next appointment. 

Straight After

Two Hours After 

Two Days Later

One Week Later

Next update coming August 2017 after my next appointment!



20 June 2017

Pact Coffee: Where have you bean all my life?

The title was brought to you by one of the best friends ever. I can't claim that as my own, but it makes me smile so much whenever i read it. He's pretty great.

He's also the one who got me addicted to having my coffee delivered to me via Pact coffee. Pact let you pick a coffee which is freshly roasted and delivered straight to your door. You choose the coffee, the frequency of the delivery and how the coffee arrives. You can have it ground or whole bean so you can grind it yourself. I am very lazy, so i always get mine ground for me. They trade with farmers all over the world and ensure they get a fair price for their coffee, so its a win win for everyone. 

There are so many different types of coffee you can choose from and they are always changing. I'm currently drinking a coffee called Planalto which is grown in Brazil and has hints of malted milk chocolate shake. It's super smooth and really yummy. I've got a coffee with hints of peaches and cream to try after this one too and the previous one had hints of cherry. Lots of coffee i wouldn't have ever thought to try before but i'm so glad i have. 

You can use this coffee in all types of coffee makers; aeropress, cafetiere, drip machine, espresso machine & stovetop. If you opt for whole bean you can grind them to the consistency that you like. I however, having my beans ground for me only use them in a drip machine. I even bought one that you can use for individual mugs. Safe to say, i'm addicted. It's so much easier than brewing a whole pot just for one drink and it's super easy to use. Just put it over the mug, put a filter in, load up with coffee and pour hot water over. Simple. 

I love having a nosey around their website, looking for new coffee to try or new gadgets i could purchase. Have a look for yourself here!

The order is £6.95 a time but if you refer a friend who signs up you both get £5 off your first order! You can choose whether its weekly, fortnightly or even monthly so if you need to keep costs down you can! Try my code of BEVERLE-5F62AD if you want a cheeky £5 off your first order!


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