Around The World Bar | Review

There’s nothing I enjoy more than eating out. Well, to be fair, there’s nothing I enjoy more than eating in general (probably the reason I’m trying to lose weight). I recently got the opportunity to go to the Around The World Bar, located inside Bierkeller in Manchester’s The Printworks. With the aim of reviewing the new menu, they invited Simon and I in for a round of drinks and some food.


First impressions count, and they weren’t bad! I was quite sceptical to go at first, because I always see people stumbling in and out of Bierkeller most nights of the week, and I didn’t know how that would affect the atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised! We were instantly greeted by lovely staff, the vibe was cool and very bavarian, so everything was off to a good start. 

The selection on the menu is pretty good. It’s nothing too fancy, but gives you enough choice to suit most eaters. There is a selection of food from around the world, but if you’re looking for some ‘pub grub’, that’s what you should benchmark the selection on. There is also over 150 beers to chose from, which seems crazy! How would you whittle down which one to pick?

We ordered some nachos and breaded halloumi for starters. All of the nachos came with some form of meat, but the staff were very accommodating when I asked for it without. Both starters were equally good, came to the table piping hot and definitely did the job. There was a slight hiccup with the nachos arriving late, but they got brought out as soon as it got flagged.

We both ordered burgers for out mains. How adventurous, right? The reason why I ordered a burger is because they actually serve Quorn. Now I know that not much effort has to go into serving a Quorn burger, but sometimes I just want a burger with the same texture as meat. Bean burgers don’t always do the job, so this was a great alternative and it was delicious. Simon ordered the ATW burger, which is apparently their speciality. Whilst I obviously can’t taste it, Simon gave it a thumbs up and said it was nice!


All in all, the food is good. It’s a pretty basic selection, but for the price point it suits well. I think where ATW excels, is with their numerous daily offers. Each night of the week has a different focus, and with that, a different deal on food. It’s the perfect drop off if you’re going to the Odeon in The Printworks, and fancy a bite to eat before your film. 

Have you been to Around The World Bar inside Bierkeller? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

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TreeVitalise Birch Water

I’ve noticed Birch Water making a huge appearance across social media recently, and i’ve been dying to try it. I’m always into trying new things on the market, whether that be food, drink or cosmetics. 

What is TreeVitalise?

TreeVitalise is a brand of natural and organic Birch Water, that naturally comes from birch trees. It’s sapped straight from the tree and is packed full of nutrients, flavour and freshness. They come in three flavours, original, lemon and mint. All flavourings are natural, and the birch water is infused with either mint leaves of lemon peel to infuse to flavour.

Their Organic birch water comes directly from the Carpathian Mountains, which is an ecologically clean area in Eastern Europe, known as the ‘Green Pearl’. In the first weeks of the Spring thaw, the roots of the birch trees absorb the water from the melted snow. This liquid is then enriched with all the nutrients of the birch tree before being tapped back out and bottled.

What did I think?

One thing I noticed when I tried this for the first time, is how refreshing it was! It was actually more thirst quenching than water, which is always a massive bonus. It is slightly thicker than water, which confused me as I was expecting it to be the same viscosity. The flavour is subtle, and earthy to some extent. Which is to be expected considering that this comes from a tree. 

Since it comes in three flavours, it really gives you the chance to try a couple and find the one that is most suitable to your palette. The thing I had to get used to the most was the texture, it has an almost syrupy texture, without the sweetness. Once I got over the feeling that I was drinking maple syrup, and realised I was drinking birch water, I started to enjoy it!

All in all, I definitely think I would pick this up again. My favourite flavour was definitely the lemon and I wasn’t massively keen on the original. It tastes so natural, which is a good thing for most people, but I couldn’t get past the taste of trees in the original flavour. The lemon one, on the other hand, masks some of the earthy taste and leaves a lovely citrus burst in it’s place.

Have you tried TreeVitalise before? You can pick up your own from Holland & Barrett. Don’t forget to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

Shaun

 

I was sent this item for review. All views and opinions are 100% honest and my own.

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JACKSY UNDERWEAR | REVIEW

JACKSY UNDERWEAR | REVIEW


 

Underwear can be very hit and miss. I find it difficult to find a good balance between quality and price. If you’re anything like me, you’ll know there is definitely an internal satisfaction when you find a pair of well-fitting, comfortable underwear.

Bonus points if it actually looks good too!  

We’ve all purchased ‘those’ boxers. You know the ones that I mean, the ones that get a little bit too close for comfort. The curse of the £5 brief is strong with many brands. You don’t want to spend all day pulling your underwear out of places it shouldn’t be.

This is where Jacksy comes to the rescue. With an average price point that is definitely affordable, I was overwhelmed with joy when they hugged me in the all the right places. The quality of the underwear is comparable to some of the big name brands, for a fraction of the price. 

This hammock of pure bliss also comes in a range of colours, that won’t leave you quivering with caution when you finally press that ‘buy’ button. If you’re looking to step up your underwear game, Jacksy could be the brand for you.

I genuinely feel like I’ve found a winner with Jacksy and definitely recommend you check them out. Check them out here.

What is your favourite underwear brand? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

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OFFICE FASHION FOR BLOKES

OFFICE FASHION FOR BLOKES

Brought to you by ThoughtShift

 

When it comes to a dress code, no two words will ever invoke as much fear into the heart of a man as ‘smart casual’.

Let’s firstly ignore the fact that smart casual is an oxymoron (but, really, on the grounds that it doesn’t make any sense in the first place, the term should be disregarded). In dress codes, as in all things, clear and simple is best. We’ve seen how great Scaramouche & Fandango’s range of no-nonsense men’s toiletries are, now let’s bring some clarity to apparel.

Event hosting people, if you want your guests in suits and ties, the dress code is “formal”, for t-shirts and jeans, it’s “casual” all the way. But if you want the uncertain fashion dimension between suits and t-shirts, then the only real description of such an outfit is not “smart casual”, it is “the Gosling.” As proven with a simple image search, the Gosling is a casual shirt or t-shirt, smart tailored jeans and an optional blazer.

The Plot Thickens

Now parties are just parties — so turning up in the wrong clothing can be styled out, but work is a different story and one that has become more complex as the lines of business attire have become ever more blurred.

Imagine this, because one day soon it will happen to you: it’s the day of your interview. You double check the invitation one more time before you leave the house. Your eyes meet the words ‘dress code’. It’s … business casual?

You didn’t anticipate this. Are you over dressed or under dressed? Is it time to burn your whole wardrobe? Looks like you might be ‘ill’ for today’s interview. How could It come to this?

Well…are you sitting comfortably?

The Noughties

Touch down in bland town.

Black suit and tie. Y2K may have come in with a bang, but this was not the decade of interesting office clothing. Things are safe, uninteresting and sensible. The skinny tie wormed its way into everyday life and has remained the benchmark for all other work ties ever since.

Enter, the Gosling (or smart casual if you still insist). Tech start-ups and media companies adopted the trend and it’s stayed that way ever since. No one ever really defined what was acceptable. It just… happened. Grey suits became grey hoodies and everyone was confused.

Lurking in the cracks was business casual, allowing big corporates to talk to tech-dudes like they were almost the same. Business casual will usually consist of a work shirt (on rare occasion a polo will suffice), suit trousers or chinos with the option of a tie. Here’s the kicker, business casual allows for a far freer range of colours. Hence, the casual. The main difference between business casual and the Gosling? Jeans.

Jeans are simply not allowed in business casual, any attempt to wear them will result in your exclusion from office politics and coffee break chit-chat. No-one wants that!

Men – rest assured your dad felt and continues to feel the same way you do now; office fashion is terrifying. If you’re ever short of a gift idea next time his birthday comes around, engraved cufflinks would be a pretty great personalised gifts. They’re always the last thing a bloke remembers, and we’re always left with the embarrassing Lego one’s mum got us for prom back in Year 11. Thank us later.

Welcome to Today

The Gosling reigns. Any company with a formal dress code isn’t worth your time. It’s the harsh truth men, we either embrace the smart casual of today, or step out of our comfort zone into a world of uncharted territory.

What does the future hold?

Wearable tech? Light up shoes? Will tracksuit bottoms be a thing?

Your guess is as good as mine. It might be a fashion utopia; we’ll finally start calling smart casual what it really is. Maybe everyone will wear a wireless headset and anyone wearing a hat will be fired on the spot (quite rightly if you ask me).

Smart watches and virtual reality will take centre stage, maybe we won’t even work in an office altogether – perhaps we’ll all simply sit in an empty square room waving at holograms and talking to ourselves in plain white jumpsuits.

The future has the potential to be really exciting, but realistically we expect it’s going to be very safe. Maybe even dull. Because which is more likely – you going out and buying exciting new clothes, or you continuing to shop at the same places you shopped at since you were a teen? You’ve only just gotten used to the haircut you got five years ago, you can’t fathom a world of unorthodox fashion choices.

Looks like we won’t have to learn to use the iron after all!


Once again, I want to thank the guys over at ThoughtShift for writing this post! I struggle with knowing the boundaries of ‘smart casual’, I think i’ll be adopting ‘the Gosling’ going forward!

Make sure you check out ThoughtShift’s website here. Also follow them on Twitter! @ThoughtShiftUK

What’s your favourite grooming tip? Let me know in the comments below.

Shaun

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A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS

A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING HAIR STYLING PRODUCTS

In a world as diverse as today, the possibilities are endless. Especially when it comes to choosing what hair styling product to use. Cream, clay or pomade? I asked myself this question a lot when I started to style my hair, even to this day, I still get confused as to what each one does and why I should use them.

Scaramouche & Fandango have got you covered when it comes to hair. They have a selection of high quality styling products that will give you any style you could imagine. To get a different look, you need to turn to a specific product. Hopefully I can shed some light on the benefits of each type.


Hair Cream

A cream hair product is probably one of the newest additions to the market. If you’re looking for an effortless look, a styling cream is the way to go. Generally, they tend to be lighter and help to tame those pesky little flyaways. They can either be used as a pre-styler or a finisher, but leave your hair looking like their isn’t any product in it. Styling creams work well with pretty much all hair types.

Top Tip: Finish your style with hairspray to hold it in place, whilst maintaining the effortless look.


Hair Clay

A styling clay is perfect if you’re looking for a textured matte look. They’re great for the ‘fresh out of bed’ look and tend to be workable throughout the day. If you want a messy, tousled style, clay is the way to go. They tend to work better with curly or wavy hair, but would look good on straight styles too.

Top Tip: Warm the product in your hands first to ensure it covers the hair evenly. Start from the roots and move to the tips for more volume and texture.


Hair Pomade

The classic hair product! Pomade has been around for centuries, in one form or another. They have a waxy texture and come in both water-based and oil-based styles. The aim of pomade is to give you a wet look style, without the crunch and flakiness of a gel. Perfect if you’re looking for a sleek style.

Top Tip: Add pomade just before your hair is completely dry. It helps to hold the style in place and controls frizz.


Hair styling shouldn’t be confusing, you want it to be as simple as possible. Stick to creams, clays and pomades and you’re on the right track. You can get hold of all you need from Scaramouche & Fandango, all at a reasonable price too! I’ve tried all their hair styling products and they’ve definitely strengthened my game. They all fit perfectly into how you would expect the product to work, they do what they’re meant to and they do it well!

What hair product do you use? I’m always looking for new things to try!

Shaun

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