Browsing: Food and Drink

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…

Photo by stu spivack (CC BY-SA 2.0) This year I have made the most out of going out for dinner and popping out for a coffee every time I could! The months of being deprived of sitting in a café were painful, so here is a list of the places I have tried this year at the beginning and end of the year. First, my favourite place to go for coffee is ‘The Coffee Hut’ in Llangefni, the perfect place for a cup of coffee! They cater for allergies, which is one of the most important things about a café to…

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…

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…

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…

As we slowly approach Christmas, Costa begins to release its Christmas drinks. So I decided this year to walk to Costa and try all of them. After the third drink, I was feeling full of festivity and perhaps a bit too much coffee, so I called in some reinforcements to help me get through the experience intact. After much debate, here is my rating of the Costa Christmas drinks. After Eight – 8/10 – perfect if you love mint. First, I tried the mint After Eight hot chocolate, starting off as a very strong choice. For me, this was my favourite…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

According to the Vegan Society, the number of vegans in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 and 2019. The rise of veganism is showing no sign of slowing down either, as there are more vegans now than ever, and it’s estimated vegans and vegetarians will make up a quarter of the British population in 2025! This year, I have set myself the goal of making the majority of my meals plant-based, and also only using vegan beauty products on my hair, body and skin. My main reason for making this change is to help me live my happiest, healthiest and most…

Photos by (from left): PickPik (CC0), Pxfuel (CC0). Edited using BeFunky Inc. Freshers Week is finally here, and although this year is a bit different to normal, there’s no reason why we still can’t have a good time with our flatmates. Drown your coronavirus-related sorrows with September’s Cocktail of the Month – ‘Pandemic Punch’. This is the perfect pitcher-style drink for a night in with friends, or for those who have a bit of a sweet tooth.  Pandemic Punch – (Inspired by Laura of Seacoast Moms) – makes 1 pitcher jug Photo by Pxfuel (CC0) You will need: 1 bottle…

Photo by Pixabay (CC0) Living alone for the first time is a daunting experience for any student, regardless of where you’re from and what you’re studying. One of the most common anxieties students share about going to university is food related: how will I survive at uni if I don’t know how to cook? Well don’t worry because I’ve got you covered! Before I started at Bangor, I was the worst cook (my parents even stopped me from taking Home Economics classes as part of my GCSE studies because they couldn’t stand the thought of eating any more of my…

Everyone who knows about Wales knows about one of our favourite traditional snacks, cacennau Cymreig or Welsh cakes in English, but some of our other well loved traditional dishes aren’t, in my opinion, as well known as they should be as each has its own unique flavour and history. To start with, there’s the traditional Welsh Cawl which can be eaten as a soup, a meal both with or without the broth, and just the broth. Historically, ingredients tended to vary, but the most common recipes are with lamb or beef with leeks, potatoes, swedes, carrots and other seasonal vegetables.…

Meal deals, we all love them. These are a go-to for students in Bangor, with many supermarkets and high street eateries alike offering the chance for you to get your hands on the perfect lunchtime feast. With Christmas fast approaching, it’s time for us to find out which of these stores really has the best festive range, as well as meal deal selection for the other 11 months of the year.  Greggs: Greggs is onto an absolute winner this Christmas! With a large festive range, including the iconic festive bake and the all new pigs in blankets tub, this…

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