Review of Naughty By Nature London’s First Healthy Pop Up Bar


I was lucky enough to receive a press invite to the launch of Naughty By Nature London’s first pop up free from bar to embrace healthy living. It comes from the founders of the Free From Festival which I have been lucky enough to attend. All of the food is free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar with most also being suitable for a vegan diet. The bar features cocktails which were free from artificial additives, colours , flavours, high fructose, corn syrup and unnecessary sugar. Its located within a few minutes walk from Vauxhall station. Be careful though its hidden by what I would call a secret door that I missed first time round. On entering the sunlight courtyard I was greeted by a nice prosecco. It was then time to explore this intimate venue. A quaint hidden courtyard glazed in the evening sun.


I was immediately drawn to the Cake and Cucumber stall. All of the sweet treats on offer were dairy, gluten and refined sugar free and suitable for a vegan diet. I sampled all of Phoebe’s treats. The first I tried was the chocolate brownie it was very rich and had a slight bitter undertone to it. I would struggle to eat a whole one. The chocolate banana cake bite was very moist in texture and had subtle undertones of banana noted. It was very moorish indeed and would go perfectly with a nice cup of tea. My favourite was her last minute concoction which was a charcoal and coconut cake. It was very light in texture and very coconutty. The sweetness from the coconut worked perfectly with the slight bitterness from the charcoal. I may had a few extra samples of this, naughty me.

Next was Pomodoro E Basilco a vegan Italian pop up stall. They have previously attended the Free From Festival but I somehow managed to miss them. They had a variety of sweet and savoury treats to sample. I confess to sampling most of them. My highlight was their mozzarella. It was made from soya milk and came in a little sample with tomato and pesto. I loved everything about this cheese from its flavour through to its texture oh and the pesto was just delicious. Onto the sweet treats they had two versions of their twix to try their original and macha. They are made from dates and almond butter. My favourite was the macha this just worked perfectly with the sweetness from the dates.

Everyone at the launch received a complimentary cocktail. The bar staff were fantastic and my personal highlight was the iced cucumber water. I had a few glasses it was highly refreshing and just perfect on a warm evening. I had a lovely evening enjoying the evening sun in a delightful location sampling some fantastic foods. So if you are in the area I recommend that you pop in to try a cocktail and sample the food. You won’t regret it.

Disclaimer: I received a free invitation to this event all the opinions in this post are honest and my own.

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Review of Sainsbury’s bacon crispies

I recently discovered that it is possible to eat frazzle style crisps if you follow a dairy free diet as not all brands contain cows milk or its derivatives. Whilst in Sainsbury’s the other day I found myself in their crisp aisle. My other half really fancied some frazzle crisps so grabbed some of Sainsbury’s bacon crispies. I had my old faithful Pom Bears and didn’t even think about checking to see if they were safe for me to eat. This all changed when we got home and were preparing our lunch and I thought that I should try these crisps to review on my blog.
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I liked the design of the packaging. I liked the pink colour with the crisps cascading down the packet. You knew what to expect inside and just I wanted to just dive and give them a try. Onto the ingredients there are no allergens highlighted in the ingredients list. They are also labelled as being suitable for vegans. So of course I just had to give them a try.
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On opening the crisps there was a slightly artificial aroma of bacon noted. This was not too strong or overpowering, but was a little off putting if I am honest. The aroma remained the same on my famous close up sniff test. On picking up a couple of crisps to try each crisp looked like a frazzle crisp. They were cream in colour with what I would describe as beetroot red coloured stripes. The crisps felt a little greasy to touch and left a light powdery residual on my fingers. On biting into the crisp a nice crunch was noted but this was followed by a slightly powdery texture. After consuming a few crisps I could feel a greasy coating on my tongue, not particularly pleasant. As for the flavouring this was a little hit and miss. Some crisps lacked flavouring whilst others had a strong artificial bacon flavour. It was as if the seasoning had not been distributed eveningly. After eating a few of these crisps I had a greasy and slightly powdery residual on my fingers. I found this in conjunction with the greasy coating on my tongue to be a little off putting if I’m honest.
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So would I recommend these crisps if you follow a dairy free and or vegan diet? Sadly not. I really didn’t enjoy these crisps. They were a bit to greasy for me and I just didn’t enjoy their texture and found the flavouring a little to artificial. Sorry Sainsbury’s but these crisps just were not for me.

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Review of Salt Pom-Bear Salt & Vinegar Crisps

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that I love my Pom Bears, in fact I have them most days with my packed lunch at work. Until recently the plain variety were the only flavour of Pom Bears suitable for my dairy free diet. That was until the salt and vinegar flavour was introduced, so of course I just had to give them a try. It took me a little while to get some as they were always out of stock, a promising sign I thought, but what did I think? How did they compare to me old faithful plain Pom Bears? Please read on to find out.
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Onto the packaging well I well I just love this, with what I describe as the king bear introducing you to the rest of the Pom Bears who are politely waving back at you. The crisps are clearly labelled and marketed as being gluten free. They are also suitable for a vegetarian diet. Onto the ingredients list barley and soya are highlighted in the ingredients list as allergens and there is no my contain warning. This therefore makes them suitable for my dairy free diet.
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On opening the crisps I noted the salt and vinegar aroma which wasn’t to strong or overpowering. This didn’t change on my close up sniff test. The crisps had an even distribution of flavouring noted on them. On biting into the crisps there was a nice crunch noted followed by a slight airy texture. Onto the flavour it was definitely salt and vinegar. It was pleasant but just not as strong as I had hoped. Perhaps I am being a tad unfair as the crisps are clearly aimed at the children’s market. If I am honest I prefer the plain Pom Bear flavour. These remain a staple in my packed lunch most days. Onto a positive note the crisps have a nice texture and didn’t leave any greasy or powdery residual from the flavouring on my fingers. This is personally a big bonus for me.
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So would I recommend these crisps? Yes I would. The flavour wasn’t as strong as I had hoped but it was pleasant. They were not greasy, had a good crunch and didn’t leave a powdery residual on my fingers. Most of all it was great to have a flavoured packet of Pom Bears that I can enjoy. So if you follow a dairy free, gluten free or a vegetarian diet why not give these crisps a try. So thank you Pom Bear for producing another flavoured packet of crisps that I can have.

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Review of Newburn Bakehouse Gluten Free Crumpets

It can be very difficult to find a dairy free food to have as a light snack. A snack that I do enjoy as an occasional treat is crumpets. They are a quick and easy warm snack that can have a nice topping to add that little extra to tide you over until dinner. Sadly most crumpets contain milk and are therefore not suitable for dairy free me. So when I popped into a local supermarket I headed straight to the free from section to see if there were any I could try. Sure enough I found crumpets by Newburn Bakehouse which are made by Warburtons. They were both gluten free and milk free. So I decided to give them a try for lunch and save the rest later for a snack.
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I liked the simple clear packaging to the top allowing you to see the crumpets inside. I also liked the bright orange colour scheme with the blue section clearly highlighting that they are gluten free. Onto the ingredients list egg is highlighted as an allergen and there is no may contain warning. They are also suitable for a vegetarian diet.
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On opening the packet I wasn’t really greeted by an aroma and this didn’t change on my close up sniff test. If I’m honest it’s hard to describe the aroma of a crumpet. What I was surprised by was the size of the crumpets. They were monsters much bigger than other crumpets that I have previously tried. I would only need one of these for my lunch. Onto the texture of these crumpets they looked slightly stodgy on the top and crunchy and slightly blackened to the bottom. On touching the crumpet they were springy to touch from the top and firm and slightly hard to touch underneath.
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I placed my crumpet in the toaster and toasted it for 2 minutes. The texture of the crumpet hadn’t really changed on touching compared to it untoasted. The aroma hadn’t changed either. I choose to have a little jam on mine as a naughty treat. On biting into the crumpet I initially experienced two different textures. Initially it was light and slightly springy followed by a slight crunch from underneath. On further bites the crumpet was slightly gooey and stodgy in texture. It reminded me of rice that is a little over cooked and goes a little gooey. This wasn’t s negative for me as I quiet like this. On checking the inside of the crumpet the texture was actually quiet similar to this. Onto the flavour it tasted just like a regular crumpet. So that’s a big thumbs up to Newburn Bakehouse.
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So would I recommend these crumpets? Yes I would. The larger size is a big bonus as it meant I only needed to eat one. The combinations of the two textures worked really well together. The fact that they taste like a regular crumpet is a big plus. So if you follow a dairy free and or gluten free diet why not give these crumpets a try. So thank you Newburn Bakehouse for making a crumpet that I can enjoy.

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Review of Tesco’s Snackers

I am always on the lookout for new dairy free savoury treats to try. One thing that I have always fancied is a Ritz style cracker. So when I found out on Twitter that Tesco’s did their own branded version described as lightly salted savoury snacks that were dairy free I just had to give them a try. I popped along to my local Tesco’s to hunt for some packets. I found them difficult to find as I am not used to shopping for this type of item. Finally I found the last two packets. I popped them into my basket and couldn’t wait to get home and try them.
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I liked the packaging well I was attracted to the bright orange packaging with mini stacks of the biscuits, very inviting. I just wanted to dive in and give them a try. Onto the ingredients list, wheat and barley are highlighted as allergens. There is no may contain warning and the labelled as being suitable for a vegetarian diet.
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On opening the box a faint cheese style aroma was present. I did my usual close up sniff test and this did not change. I wasn’t expecting this aroma so got my other half to check and he agreed. Onto the snacks themselves. They are round in shape with a slightly bumpy edge, with several small holes integrated into each biscuit. On biting into them I initially got an initial crunch followed by a light airy texture from inside the snacks. Onto the flavour this seemed to be slightly cheese like. They reminded me of a weaker less intense flavour that you get from Tesco’s free from cheese flavoured nachos. In fact I preferred these to their nachos and I really like these. I found it hard to only have a few as they are very moorish.
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So would I recommend these Snackers? I liked everything about these savoury treats from their combination of textures through to their flavour. I found them to be very addictive I enjoyed most of mine plain. However they worked well with either a piece of ham or pate on top. So if you follow a dairy free or vegetarian diet why not give these Snackers a try. So thank you Tesco’s for producing a savoury treat that I can enjoy.

Review of Marks & Spencer Lightly Sea Salted Hand Cooked Crisps

I quickly popped into marks & Spencer to grab a few essentials. Somehow I found myself drawn to their crisps aisle. Most flavoured crisps are not an option for a dairy free diet. I didn’t have much time so I grabbed a packet of their plain crisps as I thought that these would be a safe option. Sure enough they were so I decided to have them as a little treat as part of my lunch.
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I liked the simple red packaging with. The picture of a field to the bottom, potatoes to the top and salt to the right. You knew what you should be getting with these crisps. Onto the ingredients list there are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list and there is no may contain warning. They are labelled as being suitable for vegetarians.
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On opening the packet I was greeted by a fairly strong aroma of salt. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. What did strike me was how greasy the inside of the packaging looked, a little off putting if I’m honest. The crisps themselves were of a good size and had a good scattering of salt on them. However, they looked very greasy. On picking the crisps up they left a greasy and salty residual on my fingers. Not very nice. On biting into the crisps a nice crunch was noted. As for the flavour well if I am honest was a little saltier than I anticipated. The disappointment continued as the saltines was followed by a greasy residual, not particularly pleasant.
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So would I recommend these crisis? No, I wouldn’t. I really didn’t enjoy anything about these crisps. They were too salty and their greasiness just let them down. Sorry Marks & Spencer but I have tried much nicer salted crisps and these just were not for me.

Review of Hovis Seeds Sensations Bread

It is often difficult to dash into a shop and pick up a loaf of bread when you follow a dairy free diet. I have to spend time checking the labels to make sure that the bread is indeed milk free. I recently discovered that Hovis seed sensations large loaf of bread is dairy free. I personally prefer a granary or a wholemeal loaf and the fact that you got seed thrown in made this the perfect bread for me to try.
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I liked the simple packaging with the purple theme to the bottom and the clear see through element to the top allowing you to see the bread with its scattering of seeds to the top inside. Onto the ingredients list the allergens highlighted were wheat and soya and barley. There is no may contain warning. It was therefore suitable for my dairy free diet. It is also labelled as being suitable for a vegan diet.
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On opening the packet there was a faint aroma of what I describe as a familiar smell you get with granary bread. This did not change on my famous close up sniff test. The slices of bread themselves were of a good size and had a good quantity of a scattering of seeds. The bread was slightly bouncy to touch and my finger didn’t sink into the bread which can often happen with processed bread. The seeds to the top of the bread remained in place, I was worried that they might fall of. The bread itself remained fresh over a couple of days and didn’t start to dry out. I had the bread as part of a sandwich for my lunch and as toast with some Pure dairy free sunflower spread. On biting into the bread I experienced a combination of textures, an initial crunch from the seeds followed by the light airy texture of the main part of the loaf. The bread kept its consistency when made as part of sandwich and didn’t get soggy or gooey in texture even when left in a fridge for a couple of hours. It also toasted well with the seed toppings texture remaining the same.
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So would I recommend this bread if you follow a dairy free or vegan diet? Yes I would. I was impressed by its combination of textures. I really liked the initial crunch from the seed topped crusts. This makes it stand out from your average loaf of bread. So thank you Hovis for making bread that I can enjoy.