Author: Emily Read

Food & Drink Editor | 20-21

I don’t know about you but every day is beverage day for me. Whether I’m tucking into a refreshing glass of wine, a cheeky gin or even a glass of water, I’m always drinking. This is why National Beverage Day is one of my favourite days of the year (a close second to Christmas Day of course). Celebrated on 6th May each year, National Beverage Day is the perfect excuse to try new drinks and combinations of flavours. Check out our list of must-try cocktails below, including a mocktail for non-drinkers: Paloma The Paloma is the perfect drink for those…

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As someone that has struggled with their weight since the age of 16, I have always been conscious of my calorie intake and the foods that I eat. I had tried various weight loss plans which have worked, but only in the short term. I often find that within the space of a year after finishing dieting, I’m back to where I started, with fat reappearing around my hips, arms and face. My cupboards are full of healthy cooking books and ingredients I’ll never use again because weight loss plans simply aren’t sustainable. Now, Miss Rona has done many of…

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You have spoken and your Sabbatical Team for 2021/22 have now been chosen! A total of 2254 voters participated in this year’s election – a new record, despite the challenges the candidates have faced as a result of the pandemic. A total of 25 candidates campaigned tirelessly from 8th March until the 12pm deadline on 19th March for your votes, with the results being announced live on Facebook at 4pm the same day. UMCB President The first result to be announced was the role of UMCB President. Mabon Dafydd, the lone candidate, required a quota of 210.5 votes to secure the…

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Image by Charlotte Marillet (CC BY-SA 2.0) Ireland is famous for many things including mythical Leprechauns, shamrocks and potatoes. But arguably the most popular thing to emerge from Ireland in its history is a dark, dry stout known as Guinness. St Paddy’s Day has been and gone for this year but why not prolong the celebrations by reading about the fascinating history of this iconic beer? It all started in 1752 when Arthur Guinness inherited £100 from his godfather, Dr Price, aged 27. He chose to spend his inheritance setting up his own ale brewery in Leixlip, County Kildare where he…

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I don’t know about you but I am so excited about Pancake Day! Held on 16th February this year, Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) is a time to show off your culinary skills in the form of pancake tossing and batter making. In order to prepare for Easter, it was common practice for Christians to use up ingredients that they had in their cupboards before fasting for 40 days as part of Lent – mixing together leftover milk, eggs and fatty foods led to the creation of pancake batter and thus Pancake Day was born! Pancake toppings can be a…

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Love is in the air and so are some fantastic Valentine’s Day meal deals! With pubs, bars and restaurants still closed, it looks like most of us will be spending this year at home with either a home cooked meal or, even better, a fuss-free dine-in deal. So whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a partner, with your friends or solo, check out our roundup of the best supermarket offerings for this season of love, along with top picks menus and costings. Click one of the links below if you wish to jump straight to your preferred supermarket: Aldi Asda…

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Megafires in Australia, a potential World War, Presidential Elections, Black Lives Matter protests and the outbreak of COVID-19 are only a few of the major headlines that have been circulating the internet this year. But with all these significant events came a lot of news, some of which was food and drink related. Join us as we recap some of the prevalent food and drink headlines of 2020 – arguably one of the worst years in history! January In the month that we saw Prince Harry and Meghan step back from their senior roles as royals, veganism saw a big…

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With Christmas only 6 days away, The Welsh Government have made a major U-turn which will see plans to ease restrictions over the festive period scrapped. Rules were due to be relaxed from 23 to 28 December in order to give 2 households the opportunity to spend time together over the holidays. However, strict new measures have been put in place which will only allow so-called “Christmas bubbles” to be formed on Christmas Day (25 December). The changes will be put in place across the whole of Wales from midnight tonight (19 December) and will see all but essential shops…

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With 25th December fast approaching, it’s time for the festivities to begin! According to a recent survey carried out by YouGov in collaboration with Yahoo, 3 in 4 Brits look forward to stuffing their faces on Christmas Day with mince pies, chocolate stocking fillers and of course, a traditional Christmas dinner. But if it’s too much effort for you to prepare a feast on the big day, why not try out a hassle-free alternative? Three of the UK’s biggest supermarkets have got you covered, offering Christmas dinner bundles with all the trimmings and minimal stress. To find out what’s included…

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On Thursday 19th November, Bangor Uni Boob Team (UBT) ran an event in collaboration with Bangor VegSoc, bringing together vegan baking and boobies. The aim of the social was to raise money for the amazing charity ‘CoppaFeel’ to which UBT is linked, whilst also having fun making an array of cookies, representing all the wonderful shapes and sizes that boobs come in. The event also included a mini competition to see who could make the most boobtiful masterpiece, using vegan chocolate chip cookies as a basis of the design and variety of decorations to make their “own style of booby…

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Image by Donald Trung It’s the most wonderful time of the year! With the Holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start thinking about gift ideas for your wonderful friends and family. If your loved one is a bit of a foodie (like me), I’m sure that they would enjoy a tasty festive treat this Christmas. There really are plenty of places to pick up your food gifts, including Amazon, Yumbles, notonthehighstreet.com and many more online and in-store options. Whether you’re planning on buying a food-inspired gift for someone else, or a treat for yourself, check out our recommendations of yummy…

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Image by Cheshire East Council. Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has certainly been hitting the headlines in recent weeks due to his tremendous campaigning efforts to prevent child hunger across the UK during the school holidays until Easter 2021. His attempts to combat this prevalent issue have not gone unnoticed, recently landing him a Pride of Britain Special Recognition award. Although 322 Conservative MPs voted against Rashford’s campaign in parliament, local councils and members of the community are joining forces to tackle child poverty. Pressure is mounting on Boris Johnson and the government to reverse the decision to deprive children across…

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I think we can all agree that 2020 has been quite a scary year, and with Halloween just around the corner, it doesn’t look like it’s calming down anytime soon. Although celebrations will be different from any other year due to COVID-19 restrictions, there’s no reason why you can’t celebrate by rustling up some Halloween-inspired treats (within your household bubble of course). Have a go at these tasty recipes, which are guaranteed to leave you coming back for more! Pumpkin Punch and More If you’re looking for a beverage to accompany your terrifying treats then look no further. Tesco have…

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Blue Sky is one of the many hidden gems of Bangor. Tucked away up an alleyway off the High Street, this gorgeous café is committed to delivering some of the best food in North Wales, with the majority of ingredients being locally sourced and organic. Following a post-lockdown eyebrow wax (yes, it did hurt), I decided to pop in to Blue Sky with my laptop to get some work done, and also to try out their menu.  Due to the pandemic, Blue Sky recommends booking a table to allow for social distancing, however I was a walk-in customer and was…

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With pubs closing earlier, there are undoubtedly more and more people drinking at home or simply heading to the pub a few hours earlier. But boozy nights out (or should I say boozy afternoons out) cause a lot of people to pile on the pounds as they don’t realise just how many calories they are consuming, and how few of these they are actually burning off through exercise.  A free online tool, built by the owners of Alertr.co.uk, aims to do all the work for you, by converting the calories consumed on a ‘big’ night out in Bangor, into a…

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Image Credit (left to right): ‘cyclonebill’ (CC 2.0), ‘Takeaway’ (CC 3.0), ‘Pixy’ (CC0) So, the first couple of weeks of uni have passed and everyone is starting to settle back into the routine of feeling stressed beyond belief, particularly those in their final year of study. More than ever, it is important to look after your health in order to keep yourself feeling as fresh as a daisy, by ditching those overpriced takeaway pizzas and ready meals for more nutritious alternatives. Use this ultimate student recipe guide to help you impress your flatmates and cook up a storm in the…

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