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 Chika’s Chickpea Lightly Spiced Crisps

Every now and again I fancy tortilla chips as a savoury treat. Sadly many are not dairy free so it can be a difficult finding ones to try. On my recent visit to the Free From Festival in London I came across Chika’s Stand and sampled some of their nuts. I was suitably impressed so I decided to buy a couple of their crisps to take home and try.
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I liked the simplicity of the of the mainly white packaging with a subtle gold band to the top and bottom of the packet. There is a clear logo in the centre and just a sneak preview of the crisps or tortilla crisps as I like to call them underneath this. The crisps are made from chick pea, their flavouring comes from cumin seeds and black pepper. There are no allergens highlighted on the ingredients list and they are labelled as being gluten free and suitable for vegans.
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On opening the packet I got an aroma of mixed spices it was subtle and not to overpowering. I personally felt that I could smell the chilli, onion and tomato rather than the cumin. They smelt a little stronger than I had anticipated. I was expecting them to smell more like a plain tortilla chip with a subtle hint of spices. I did not let this put me of as I like a savoury snack with a subtle kick. As for the flavouring it was evenly distributed across the crisps. I checked the bottom of the bag as I now do with all tortilla chips or crisps and no greasy residual was noted. On biting into the crisps there were two textures apparent. The initial nice crunch followed by a slightly powdery texture, which to be honest I was not expecting. Onto the flavour this was spot on I liked the subtle kick of the spices. The cumin gave a subtle warm yet slightly bitter taste but this worked well intermingled within the tomato and chilli flavours. I liked that these crisps left no flavouring or greasy residual on my fingers. I found them to be highly moorish and I ate them over two days. I had them as part of my lunch and they worked well as an alternative to crisps. I also ate them dipped into salsa dip as a snack the two flavours complimented each other nicely.
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So would I recommend these crisps or tortilla crisps as I like to call them, yes I would. I really enjoyed them as a savoury treat. It is great to be able to have a flavoured tortilla style crisps that I can enjoy. So if you are dairy free like me or follow a gluten free or vegan diet why not give these a try. Thank you Chika’s for producing a nice packet of lightly spiced crisps that I can enjoy as a treat.

The Free From Food Festival 2016

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The Free From Festival London is the UK’s first gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free food festival. It is based at the Festival Hall in Brick Lane. There is a large array of dairy free, gluten free, paleo and vegan foods to try, with odd tea company thrown if for luck. Last year I was very lucky to attend the festival in my official capacity as a food and tea blogger. I had an amazing day out and had the opportunity to try a range of fantastic foods. As soon as I became aware that free From Events were holding another event this year I blocked the date out in my diary and told my mum to do the same. So when the Free From Festival contacted me and asked if I would like to have 2 press tickets to the event again I let out a little Yelp of excitement. Oh and of course I graciously accepted. So here is a snap shot of our day at the food festival.
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We had to wait in a queue to get in. I didn’t mind this obviously meant that the festival had proved to be very popular. What it did mean was that we had hunt down our food fast before it had all went. Before doing this we headed straight to the bar to get our goody bags and a cup of tea. We grabbed our tea and went straight towards Les Deux Aimes who specialise in sweet and savoury pancakes. We headed here first as they had sold out of many of their ingredients last year. They had two hot plates one for gluten free and one for dairy free pancakes. My mum had a gluten free pancake last year and loved it. So she was jolly well going to have another one. After a bit of pondering, she opted for the banana and Nutella again. The pancake looked delicious and had a very generous filling of both the Nutella and bananas. My mum soon polished of her pancake and said it was well worth the wait and made the perfect accompaniment to her cup of tea. They can be found at: http://www.lesdeuxaimes.co.uk
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I headed of to straight to Giancarlo’s stand, The Vegan Sweet Tooth. I visited his stall last year and fell in love with his cakes. All of course are vegan but not are gluten free. My regret last year was that I didn’t try any of his savoury treats. The stall proved to be very popular gain. I choose my pizza focacciata and opted for a vanilla mini animal muffin for later because they looked very cute. I ate my focacciata outside before exploring the rest of the festival. Oh my goodness I was not disappointed the dough was light and springy in texture. The topping was delicious the herbs complimented the tomato sauce perfectly. It was well worth the wait. Giancarlo can be found at: http://www.giancarloroncato.co.uk
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One stand that I also couldn’t wait to visit was Fravocado. They make their ice cream from coconut milk and avocado. It is free from dairy, gluten and refined sugar and suitable for vegans. I sampled all three of their flavours but my favourite had to be the raspberry and basil. The flavours just complemented each other perfectly, as for the texture it was nice and creamy and perfect in consistency. Fravocado can be found at: http://www.fravocado.co.uk
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Another stand I came across was Fodify. It is a company that was set up by two dietitians Hannah and Janet to cater for the needs of individuals who follow the Fodmap diet. They sell specialist packages of herbs, spices and jars of sauces that are Fodmap friendly. Let me tell the herbs and spices smelt amazing. Fodify can be found at: http://www.fodify.co.uk
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My mum was interested in Rana’s artisan bread. Rana is a coeliac who set up the company last year in a quest to have artisan bread. The company has six different bread mixes which you can simply add water to and bake, you can extras if desired. I sampled all breads at the show, my favourite was the Italian my mums was the sour dough. I would not have been able to tell that they were gluten free in a blind testing environment. I had hoped to buy the Italian but they were sold out so I got the sour dough and instead. Rana’s artisan bread can be found at: http://www.ranasbakery.com
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I then popped over to see Matt and his girlfriend at Eat Safe. She is soya intolerant and has found this to be highly restrictive when eating out. So Matt helped devise the Eat Safe app as part of his masters degree. It is in its early stages and will initially cover eating out in London but hopes to extend this in the future. More details can be found at: http://www.eatsafeapp.co.uk
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The next stop was Nutkin. This is a vegan cheese company set up by Kate all cheeses are dairy and gluten free. There are currently five cheeses available which use fermented macadamia and cashew nuts as their base. I really enjoyed all of the cheeses that I tried and was unable to choose a favourite. They were creamy, soft light in texture and full of flavour. I have to say it was one of the nicest cheeses that I have tried. Nutkin can be found at: http://www.wearenutkin.com
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Finally, no trip to the Free From Food Festival would be complete without some form of chocolate. This year I stumbled across nookie, which is a family run business who make raw chocolate bars. They are dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. I sampled all of their bars but my favourite had to be just their plain chocolate samples. It was light, airy and delicate in flavour, whilst being smooth in texture. Sadly, they do not normally sell this and it was just done for the show nookie http://www.nookiebar.com/
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In summary I had another fantastic day at the Free From Food Festival and would recommend it to everyone. So thank you Free From Events for my press tickets I really appreciate it.

My top 5 blog posts of 2015

I’ve been very lucky to of had a fantastic 2015. It started of in Las Vegas and will be finishing in the lovely St Ives, Cornwall. I have had a rewarding year in terms of blogging with lots of new opportunities. I received my first invite to an event in my capacity as an official blogger. I have also been lucky to receive samples of dairy free foods and teas to review. My overall highlight has to be people purchasing food or tea as a result of my reviews. I hope going into to 2016 that my humble little blog continues to grow. So thank you for stopping by and all your kind comments I really do appreciate it C 😊.

Happy International Tea Day
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Well I to confess to not of reviewing as many teas as I had hoped. Being an avid tea drinker I did a last minute post to celebrate International Tea Day. My poor stats went bonkers.

The Free From Show London
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I was so excited to get my first official invite as a blogger to the Free From Show London. I had a wonderful day meeting lots of people learning about new businesses and of course sampling and reviewing their food. I can’t wait to go back next year.

Tea in Turkey
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I was lucky enough to visit Turkey for the first time. I had a wonderful time and spoilt for choices for teas.

Review of Honest Burgers London and Being Dairy Free
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I had a special day out in London for my nephews birthday. He loves this restaurant and wanted to visit it, so of we went. A great choice Dave.

Review of Tesco’s Free From Choco Snaps
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I try to have a healthy breakfast but every now and again it’s nice to have s naughty treat. I finally got my hands on these free from chocolate cereals from Tesco’s, but was it worth the wait ?

I would love to know what your favourite post are. Please share your posts so that I can pop over to your blog and have a read.

My 200th Blog Post

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So this is my 200th blog post, how exciting. I initially took the plunge into the world of blogging 18 months ago following lots of encouragement from my mum. I am a girl who likes her food and tries not to let her dairy allergy get in the way of this. So I thought I would share my experiences of the foods that I have tried and places that I’ve eaten at. Along my blogging journey I decided to add my love of tea as it’s a topic close to my heart. A day doesn’t go by when I’ve not had a nice cup of tea.
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I have been very lucky to have received samples of both sweet and savoury treats, and teas to review. I’ve even had my first official invite as a blogger to the Free From Festival London.
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Blogging has become a nice addition to my everyday life that I try to fit in as when I can. It has opened up new opportunities that I would never thought possible. I am looking forward to continuing with this journey. I would like to thank all the followers of my blog and anyone who stops by for a quick read. I really appreciate it. I hope you continue to enjoy my blog, C 😊.