BlueBird Tea Co. // Nottingham Opening event

Thai Cooking Masterclass at Thaikhun Nottingham

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

BlueBird Tea Co. // Nottingham Opening event

I've been a fan of tea for as long as I can remember; a breakfast tea has been my go to most of the time, but I have been slightly adventurous with fruit teas over the years. I recall trying the Whittards fruit tea samples in their outlets and the flavorsome the better I thought; Sadly that was many years ago and I've been willing to try out something new for some time, So when I had an email in regards to the opening of BlueBird Tea Co I couldn't wait to see what they had in store; and hopefully convert me!

We were warmly welcomed in to the store, along with many other bloggers, local businesses and family alike; With some details on what to expect for the evening, it seemed like a fun packed opening and it was highly convenient to be in the heart of Nottingham. The scent as soon as you walked through the door to the store, just blew the senses, with so much to see and smell. The walls had perfectly lined tea tins, labeled and colour co-ordinated; precision was key to the merchandising, but I was shocked at how much interesting choices they had!

Just up a couple of stairs to the far side of the store, there was a long table lined up with three different cocktails for us to try; I was immediately drawn to the deep pink and blue mix, also know as their Unicorn Fizz, which with a stir, turned to a pretty purple as you can see captured above! It was overly magical and scrumptious, the blue raspberry tea was blended beautifully and was a pleasure to enjoy over ice. With drinks in hand, we continued to explore the first floor, the Christmas gifts looked incredible, with perfect ideas for tea lovers. Speaking of Christmas, they have special blends which they create for the season, below you can see just one of the blends and how it is presented before you brew it; These were fantastic photography opportunities as every blend had their own eye-catching appearance. 

We made our way downstairs to the area which was specifically set up for the 'blend your own tea' station and also screen printing; I decided to create my own blend which was so much fun, smelling every ingredient and choosing the ones I liked the most. I used rooibos base, chocolate nibs and rose petals; I'm highly curious on how this will taste as I'm still yet to brew it! But the scent smelt scrumptious, so I'm hopeful!

I had to capture this amazing concept, The Tea advent calendar! Although there is such a variety of calendars introduced over the years from beauty to spirits, this would be an ideal way to the run up of Christmas with a different blend of tea each day. It values for £36 which is fantastic value for 24 days! It includes some of the people's favourites from BlueBird Tea, as well as exclusive blends just for the calendar, such as Mrs Claus's raspberry prosecco, which sounds totally up my street!

Click Here to buy yours while stocks last

Towards the end of the evening, we made our way back upstairs to the main floor; Where we had the opportunity, to smell the blends from the tins, off of the shelved wall. I have never smelt anything so true to the real thing.. Cherry bakewell, bonfire toffee, birthday cake.. It was so interesting to think how a tea could smell as well as taste so good. They really smelt good enough to eat! I would have never thought it was possible and I'm overjoyed to now know such a creative place in Nottingham.

It was fantastic to meet Krisi who's the BlueBirdTeaCo. Founder and creative director; she's extremely passionate about the concept and the products and couldn't have made us feel any more welcome and special that evening. After a long goodbye, Krisi let myself a long with my fellow blogging buddies set off home with a drink of our choice, I had to opt for the Strawberry Lemonade, as from what I had researched it's one of their best selling teas and liked by many bloggers and media! Fantastically strawberry infused with a kick of lemon, it went down a real treat.
A massive thanks to the Nottingham team for inviting me, I can't wait to pop in again during the festive season for gift ideas.

If you've checked out the BlueBirdTeaCo. website, which tea would you love to try?
Or if you could create any flavour of tea, what would it be?
Let me know in the comments section below!

Love Ellie xo

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Thai Cooking Masterclass at Thaikhun Nottingham

Fresh Ingredients,
Bursting with flavour,
IntuNottsBloggers Thai Masterclass.

Hello Lovelies;
I wouldn't say I'm the most adventurous when it comes to food, but Thai has to be one of my favourites when it comes down to preparation and flavour.
I've been to Thaikhun, in the Intu Nottingham centre a few times, and indulged in their vibrant atmosphere, which feels as if you're stepping into that part of the world; And their food has been fantastic every time, with lunchtime offers and treats for the kids, it's really a place for everyone.  
I was kindly invited, with a handful of Nottingham Bloggers, to attend a masterclass at the restaurant. Not exactly knowing what to expect, I will admit I was a little hesitant, but built the confidence to give it a go!
We were welcomed by the staff, who were bright and bubbly, One of them which was Drew, whom hosted our evening; And offered us a fruity cocktail which I believe was named the 'Full Moon'. It was ideally the perfect setting, as we were drinking cocktails on the outdoor terrace, the sunshine lightly beating down upon us. 
With our drinks in tow, we were shown to where all the masterclasses happen; Yes I was pretty much petrified as I regained flashbacks of cookery lessons at school! But, thankfully due to such patient and understanding people around me, I actually realized I can do this, although I don't exactly cook when I'm at home! We had our own little work stations, as well as chef hats and aprons. After being kitted up, we were introduced to one of the Chef's Named M, who was guiding us through the wonderful world of Thai Cuisine. 
The first dish we were making, were fresh prawn rolls, using rice paper, prawns, cucumber, carrot and lettuce. I love prawns, so this was an exciting starter for me to re-create. We cut the ingredients into fine slices while the rice paper was placed into a bowl of water to turn into a slimy/workable texture. We followed the chef step by step, sadly my rolls weren't photography worthy, but did taste scrumptious!
Now we were onto the main course! We were taught to make, Thai red curry. Our workstations were once again set up with the fresh ingredients, and the best thing about this dish, was that we could alter it to our own preference of spice. The maximum heat I ever go for is a korma! So we found out the only way you increase the spice is by adding red chilies to the curry. It was fun to test out the flavour along the way, I actually couldn't believe I made something that tasted ever so good! It was a sweet yet subtle savory sauce and complimented the chicken well whilst it marinated.

And viola! This was definitely picture worthy I think; we plated up our creations and were then led back up to the restaurant area. We were kindly given a bowl of sticky rice to accompany our red curries; I could have eaten this meal over and over again, I was so proud of myself.  I felt that was the best part about the experience, that it doesn't matter how much or less skilled you are in the kitchen; Their masterclass caters for all. Nottingham's Thaikhun provides a cooking school every 2nd Sunday of the month, from 11-1pm where you can also learn to cook a starter and a main. You can find out all the different Thaikhun locations and classes they have to offer here.

They also have an amazing opportunity up for grabs, where you and a friend can win a trip to Thailand! The competition is called #BestSummerEver and just by filling out your details of interest you can get a free Pad Thai! With other scrumptious prizes up for grabs it's something not to be missed.

I'd love to say a big thank you to the Intu Nottingham team for arranging the event and for Thaikhun for the fantastic experience, one which I'll never forget!

Love Ellie xo
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