Ultimate Comforts at Pizza Express

January isn’t traditionally the best of months, so popping along to Pizza Express to try out their new Ultimate Comforts menu was a welcome bright spot in a bleak month! The range of comforting and warming dishes has been launched to help us all get through the winter months with a treat.

I headed along to Pizza Express in Colchester; I took advantage of a day off after a long weekend of working hard, and took Hannah along with me (she had spent all weekend working hard too!). The new menu actually features dishes that have all previously appeared on the main menu, but are making a comeback due to customer demand.

Ultimate Comforts Pizza ExpressThe only starter on the Ultimate Comforts menu is Pennette Formaggi, a Pizza Express take on Mac & Cheese. As delicious as this looked, for me, it’s a little too much for a starter, so I opted for the old favourite of Dough Balls. You can also order the pasta starter as a  main, but when I go to Pizza Express, I want pizza!

 

I chose the Barbacoa Pizza – pulled Barbacoa beef, spicy chipotle salsa, garlic oil, mozzarella and tomato. It was quite spicy, but really tasty. it was huge though – I couldn’t manage it all!

Barbacoa Pizza - Pizza Express

As a vegan, unfortunately there wasn’t anything on the special menu for Hannah to have, so she went for her tried and trusted Pizza Express pizza – the Pianta. It’s a cheeseless pizza, and comes with spinach, mushrooms, artichoke, rocket and pine kernels.

Vegan Pianta Pizza - Pizza Express

Despite vague intentions to participate in Dry January (and maybe dry 2017), I ended up ordering an alcoholic drink, because I couldn’t resist the lure of Sloe Prosecco.

Pizza Express Colchester

The dessert option on the Ultimate Comforts menu is a delicious Chocolate Fondant. Three courses might seem a bit decadent, but when the food is this good, it’s necessary! Again, there wasn’t a vegan option on the dessert menu for Hannah, so unfortunately she had to sit and watch me eat.

Chocolate Fondant Pizza Express

Now that we’ve finally made it to January payday, if you’re still feeling that post-Christmas slump, get yourself to Pizza Express!

This meal at Pizza Express was provided free of charge. This does not affect the integrity of my review, all opinions are my own. 

 

Fenwick Colchester

Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to the press launch of the new Fenwick store in Colchester. The store used to be known as Williams & Griffin, but was bought by Fenwick, who have eleven stores across the country. Williams & Griffin was known for being one of the last remaining independent department stores in the country, so I know a lot of people were disappointed to see it being taken over. But Fenwick are a family owned business themselves, and having taken a look around the store, I think the renovation and expansion of the old store will do a lot for Colchester high street.

The store looks amazing. It has been expanded by 50% to 120,000 square feet, and includes all the departments you’d expect to find in a department store; beauty, fashion, homeware, toys, stationery, and loads more.

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As you can see from the photos, everything is brand new and shiny, and looks amazing. The Christmas shop is already open – I know, it’s early,  but once the schools go back as far as I’m concerned Christmas is fair game. It’ll be a great place to go for Christmas gift inspiration, so I’m looking forward to going and having another browse!

It really is a very nice addition to Colchester High Street, so it’s well worth a visit if you are in the area.

*I was invited to the press launch, and received a goody bag to say thank you. All opinions are my own.

A Roll of Film

Last summer my dad gave me a film camera; I’ve been wanting one for ages but it seems that everyone is jumping on the retro bandwagon, and they have gotten quite expensive! But my dad bought one on eBay for the lens, and didn’t need the camera, so gave it to me. Luckily, the films seem to be readily available in the pound shop, so I popped one in and away I went.

The results aren’t all that great, to be honest. My dad has done some minor repair work on Photoshop, but it hasn’t made a great deal of difference. But I thought I’d share a few of the shots on here, and then, hopefully, when I start using it again (it’s been sitting on a shelf for ages), I’ll improve and be able to see a difference!

My sister’s cat, Pudding.

Vicky and me being foolish with sweety teeth at Anna’s birthday party.

Anna and her birthday cake at her birthday party.


Dudley, a labradoodle that I know.

Hattie, last summer. Her hair is about 150% more crazy now.

Dolly, another dog that I know. No idea what breed she is.


A very chilly day in Brighton last October.

Hannah, last summer in Colchester.