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I donned the cap and badge and made my own Big Mac!

I am notorious among my friends for being the one that can never order anything as it appears on the menu. I always have to tweak something. “Is it possible to get that plain?” “Can I have that without sauce please?” “Can I swap this for that?”

You get the idea.

And with a fussy appetite normally comes a longer wait. Especially at a drive through. “Could you just park in the lay by and we’ll bring it out to you, please?”

I’ve recently discovered, however, that at McDonald’s, waiting longer for a customised order is a thing of the past. That’s right. I can be as fussy as I want and still get my grub within the same time. And it’s all thanks to their new made to order system.

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Cakes, crafting and quizzes: Lydia’s, Hull

It’s a street known for its bars, charity shops and restaurants, but tucked up in a corner under the bridge on Newland Avenue sits Lydia’s, a cute and quaint cake café. With quirky, charming decor, a cosy atmosphere and an abundance of sweet treats and drinks, it’s the perfect place to relax and catch up with friends, especially on these cold, dark evenings. When Lydia invited me and some other Hull Bloggers to go along and sample her delicious cakes and join in with some crafting activities, how on earth could I refuse?! A night of cakes and crafting with…

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Cocktail Diaries: Playa De Las Americas, Tenerife

It’s no secret that I love a cocktail or two… or ten. What’s not to like? They taste good, they’re refreshing and they quite often look pretty too. I usually opt for Sex on the Beach pretty much every single time (yes, I’m still talking about cocktails!), but when I spent a week in Tenerife last month, I decided to broaden my horizons by venturing into the land of new cocktails. With a few Sex on the Beach in between, of course. 🍹 Naturally, being a blogger, I photographed the very first cocktail I drank by the pool on the…

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Munching on the New Nando’s Summer 2016 Menu

  Back in May when exams were ruling my life (oh, I know, I’ve wittered on about them enough!), I was lucky enough to be invited along to Nando’s to sample their new summer menu. Being a gal that loves a cheeky Nando’s – so much so that it made an appearence in a list of 50 things that make me happy – I couldn’t wait to get stuck in, and now I finally have time to tell you all about the glorious grub, and no doubt make myself drool along the way. I was joined by my fellow Hull…

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Getting Party Ready with Cracker Drinks Co.

Let’s go back in time to about three months ago. Exams were approaching, assignments were due, and my dissertation deadline was looming, meaning free time was at an absolute zero. During this time, however, Cracker Drinks Co. sent over the cutest package for me which I saved for one of my rare nights off, and now, with freedom upon me, I can finally tell you all about it. I got warm fuzzy feelings in my tummy as soon as I unwrapped the package. It came in a super cute multicoloured spotted box which I forgot to take a photo of…

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Down the rabbit hole to a Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea with Hallmark Hotel

If you like Disney, food and cute things (and who doesn’t?!), then you will love today’s post. A couple of weeks ago, some of my fave Hull bloggers and I were invited to try an Alice in Wonderland afternoon tea at the Hallmark Hotel in Hull, and being an afternoon tea virgin (shocking, I know), I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and try everything out. The lovely staff guided us outside as soon as we got there, and we couldn’t have chosen a better day to meet up for our afternoon tea. The sun was beaming down on us…

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Mountains of Meat and Getting Dirty at Smoke BBQ Leeds

“Ashton – do you want to get dirty?” This was the subject of the e-mail that led me to Smoke BBQ in Leeds last month. After opening the e-mail and realising that it was an invite to a blogger event complete with free food and free beer, my answer was yes. Yes, I want to get dirty. Sign me up. After their Sheffield restaurant went down a storm and was a huge success, Smoke BBQ opened it’s next restaurant in Leeds late last year. They work hard to find the best meat that Yorkshire has to offer before adding a…

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Forget the eggs and have a Baker Days Easter cake

I know I’ve probably said this a million times, as has everybody else, but… where is 2016 going?! Easter is just a week away, and with Easter comes lots of chocolate in the shape of rabbits, chicks and, of course, a good old fashioned egg. But what if you fancy something different this year? What if you and your family have decided to mix it up for a change? Well then, Baker Days can definitely sort you out… I first came across Baker Days when I reviewed one of the cakes from their Christmas range (needless to say, it was…

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The Yummiest Way to Eat Your Photo

It’s no secret that I love cake. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: when someone says cake, I immediately want cake. I can’t help it. Seriously. I’ve been known to even munch on cake for breakfast, and so imagine my delight when I had the chance to receive a box of cakes complete with my logo on the top. Eat Your Photo were on the lookout for bloggers to review their yummy goodies, and quite naturally I was quick to respond and let them know that I, Ashton Gibbs, would love to play cake tester for them.…