Reviewed: bakerdays Cakes And A Giveaway

Choosing a gift for a loved one or a friend can sometimes be frustrating. You try to choose something they would like and enjoy, and love presenting it to them and seeing their expression as they open it. But there are occasions when, due to living in different places, you have to send a present across the miles, and then it becomes a little more difficult. This is where bakerdays cakes come in.

Bakerdays create beautiful cakes for any occasion, and these can also be personalised with both words or a photograph. Whether it be for a birthday, an anniversary, Halloween, Christmas or starting a new school or a new Job, bakerdays cakes can be matched to your occasion. The cakes are all designed, baked and created by the bakerdays team, but the thing I love the most about them is that the designs are especially made to fit through a letterbox, meaning that even if you are sending it to someone who is not at home in the day, the cake can still be delivered on time, giving your loved one a lovely surprise when they see a treat waiting for them on their doormat.

I chose a bakerdays cake for my son Joe, to celebrate going back to school, starting a new term and a new school year. The cake was sent in a gift tin that keeps it in perfect condition, it will stay fresh for up to 14 days upon arrival. The tin also contained balloons, candles and a gift card.

We opted for a vanilla buttercream cake, but there are many different choices including gluten free, dairy free and wheat free, as well as fruit cake and chocolate cake – something for every taste in actual fact. The cake was in perfect condition in the tin and tasted absolutely delicious, and, as promised, remained fresh – we had the last slice tonight, almost a week since it was first delivered.

With both Halloween and Christmas on their way, a bakerdays Cake is a fantastic gift idea to make a note of. But one lucky winner could win a Letterbox Gift cake in the recipe and personalised design of their choice, by entering the competition below.

 

bakerdays Letterbox cake giveaway

Reviewed – Izza Pizza In Selfridges Birmingham

 

The best pizza I ever had was in Sardinia. A small, unassuming looking pizzeria created pizzas to order, which were then eaten in the square in the Old Town in Alghero, overlooking the harbour with the sun shining. The locals all flocked there (always a good sign) and the square was filled with extended families all enjoying the early evening sunshine and the delicious sourdough pizzas, stone baked in traditional ovens. I remembered those delicious pizzas well on Sunday, when I went along to Izza Pizza, the newest food outlet in Selfridges in Birmingham, and part of the Lasan Group who are dedicated to creating good food in many different types of cuisine. Izza Pizza creates delicious Italian style street food with fast and efficient service.

We were greeted in a friendly manner and allowed to chose our table. We started by ordering soft drinks and I was recommended a new addition to the menu, a fresh and traditional style lemonade which is not yet on the menu. It was delicious – traditional lemonades can be too sharp and zesty but this had mint and was just sweet enough to avoid those ‘faces’ (you know exactly what I mean.). Hubby enjoyed a selection of olives whilst we perused the menu, I’m not a fan but he assured me they were delicious.

Izza Pizza has a great children’s offering of a six inch Margherita Pizza and Ice Cream for just £5.50. If your little one is brave you can add additional toppings, but the Margherita itself is lovely, with lots of stringy cheese and tomato. From the adults menu I opted for one of the Izza 12 inch remixes, the Tease and Onion(£8.95), whilst Pete, ever a classicist, went for Quattro Stagioni (£10.50). We also ordered sides, two portions of seasoned wedges (£3.50) and a garlic flatbread (also £3.50). We opted for all the food to come out together rather than as a starter and mains.

You can see the pizzas being prepared, and the eye catching golden oven ensures lovely scents are adding to the general temptation of Pizza. The food was very quick to arrive, which was impressive, but if I’m to be honest, it could’ve done with being a tad warmer. That said, the portions were good and hearty, and the flavours rich and tasty. My pizza was very flavoursome, due in no small part to the addition of goats cheese, whilst the Quattro Stagioni was just filled with topping. The sourdough base was excellent, and made it perfect for eating the Italian way – that is ripped and then rolled so you lose non of the toppiings.

The sides, in particular the wedges were excellent. I’m not generally a fan of wedges, often finding them greasy, but these were crisp and tasty, with fluffy potato in the middle, and the creamy chive mayo dip was the perfect accompaniment. The flatbread was frankly amazing, dripping with garlic butter and of a generous portion size too.

I really enjoyed the pizza and frankly couldn’t finish it, it was so generous with the topping that I was full well before finishing. In hindsight, you could share a pizza and sides and that would make a great lunch option. With the friendly and efficient service that is offered, and the added delight of being able to people watch in Selfridges, I would definitely recommend giving Izza Pizza a try very soon.

Izza Pizza

Selfridges Food Hall, Birmingham

Click here for menu and more information.

 

New Yorker Beer Launch At Nosh And Quaff

I’ve been enjoying a late Summer break over the past week, making the most of the last of Summer in Wales, but, before I went away I enjoyed a lovely evening of food and drink at Nosh and Quaff in Birmingham. This was for the launch of New Yorker Beer, a lager that is currently being served exclusively in Birmingham at this venue. Although beer is not usually my tipple of choice, I have to say the launch was very enjoyable.

Nosh and Quaff is a well known and much loved Birmingham City Centre eatery, with a catchphrase that reflects its most famous dish (lobster) encouraging its guests to ‘get messy’. It was the perfect place for the launch of New Yorker beer as the place has a cool and laid back New York air, and a food menu that has a definite American vibe, with Mac ‘n’ cheese, ribs and slaw and corn dogs amongst the favourites.

It would’ve been hard not to spot where the launch was being held due to two rather large inflatable New Yorker bottles decorating the entrance to Nosh and Quaff. Once inside the bar there were tables covered with slogans and hashtags that were just perfect for Instagram opportunities.

The beer itself is rather lovely, a bottled beer that is a light, silky drink in a golden colour that is filled with flavour. It avoids being gassy, I often feel bloated by lager, but I had two bottles and really enjoyed them both. They were the perfect accompaniment to the delicious taster menu that Nosh and Quaff had put together for the launch, full of crispy fried finger food including the most divine sweetcorn fritters. And, it still remains a true fact that the Mac ‘n’ Cheese is the best I have ever tasted. Ever.

 

With a fabulous acoustic music set providing a perfect backdrop, this was a cool and laid back launch that matched beer and food perfectly.

*With thanks for Hoot Hospitality for the invitation.