Gallery Cafe-Bar, Dublin Road Belfast 

event, Food, NI blogger, restaurant

Hi, 

Since leaving Queens University (a good few years ago now!) I don’t find myself in south Belfast as frequently as I once did. I used to frequent the Dublin road quite a bit and would have found myself in that area a lot. Having heard of the swanky new accomodation being built on the Dublin road recently I was intrigued to hear that below the 58 one and two bedroom apartments that there was a ground floor and mezzanine Cafe-Bar!

A couple of weeks ago I was very excited to see an invite to sample the new Gallery cafe on the Dublin Road, Belfast pop into my mailbox!

On arriving at the cafe I was first of all drawn to the outside and how striking it looks.

I love the large windows and the luxe feel of the building. 

When inside I was greeted by the lovely LKCommunications team and some of the other NI bloggers who had been invited along for breakfast. 

The inside is just as breathtaking as the exterior of the building and you could be mistaken for being in New York instead of grey old Belfast with the stunning decor and laid back vibe! 

With a glamourous yet industrial feel this cafe is worth a visit if not just for the amazing food but for the incredible artwork which can be found dawning almost every inch of every wall! 


When I managed to tear myself away from looking around me the next task was choosing breakfast! 


With an extensive selection I struggled to pick but I figured you can go wrong with the famous Ulster fry – Gallery style! 



I enjoyed every bite of my breakfast though did have a moment of guilt when Tiffany Brien (previous Miss NI and author of the Fit Body Bible) looked at my plate and said ‘Wow, if you finish that I will be impressed!’ ūüėČ

I won’t lie, it was a struggle but I gave it my all (for blog research purposes only of course…)

I didn’t do too bad in fairness and oh my, what a breakfast! 


And the orange juice was the perfect accompaniment! Delish! 

After breakfast and chats I went for a little look around and took in more of the gorgeous surroundings. 


The mezzanine floor has some lovely quirky seating, perfect for socialising with friends. I can imagine the Gallery is not just a great food venue but a cool place for a few drinks too.


Myself and Zoe from ‘A little bit of life’ blog loved these chairs! 

So, would I return to Gallery cafe-bar? Absolutely! This is a great addition to the golden mile and I cannot wait to visit again!  Thanks so much to Sarah from LKComminications for inviting me along! 

Thanks for reading, 

Emz xx

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The Food Hall, Belfast

event, Food, Local events, NI blogger, restaurant

Hey, 

A few weeks ago I was invited along to the launch of The Food Hall in partnership with ohh social.


The Food Hall is situated on York street in the heart of the buzzing Cathedral Quarter, in Belfast. The eatery can be found nestled at the University of Ulster complex which is bound to make it a hit with students, academics and the like. 

I was really impressed by the design of The Food Hall. It’s very cool and modern with a very relaxed almost New York style feel. It fits really nicely within the Cathedral quarter and is sure to be popular too with young professionals working and living in the city. 

From the moment I arrived at The Food Hall I felt warmly welcomed by the lovely staff who couldn’t be friendlier and were so helpful. They had put on a really great selection of different food and drinks for us all to try. You wouldn’t believe the variety this place has to offer. The Food Hall is not only a cafe but a Creperie as well as a smoothie and juice bar! They make fresh crepes as you wait, both savoury and sweet. I tried a bit of the Nutella one with cream and strawberries, unreal! 


The Food Hall is divided up into different sections, and at each bit we were treated to a different delight! We sampled freshly made wraps (the sweet chilli chicken one was delish!), juices and milkshakes as well as LOTS of sweet treats. Yum! 

If you are local or simply passing through the area I would definitely recommend popping in for a bite to eat or to pick up something to eat on the go. You certainly won’t be stuck for choice! The hardest decision might simply be what to pick from the huge selection! 

Here was my favourite from the night!


If you haven’t already signed up to OhhSocial then check out their app as their partnership with The Food Hall means you can avail of some great discounts when in store. 

Thanks OhhSocial and The Food Hall for the lovely invite I will for sure be back soon! 


Check out OhhSocial at: http://www.ohhsocial.com

Thanks for reading,
Emz xx

‘Appy’ Valentine‚Äôs Day-Find a date night that won‚Äôt break the bank with these money-saving apps on the Vodafone Smart Prime 7 #ad

NI blogger, restaurant, Shopping

Happy Valentines day everyone!

It doesn’t matter whether you spend it with your pals, family or significant other, valentines day is a day for showing those you love the most just how much they mean to you!

That said, it doesn’t have to cost the earth and in fact sometimes the best fun and the most romantic of gestures often cost the least. With valentines falling on a Tuesday this year most people will have to settle for celebrating the day after work or plan to make up for it properly at the weekend. Either way the Vodafone Smart Prime 7 which I have been kindly sent for review has you covered! (And you will be quids in too!)

Vodafone Smart Prime 7, £75 Pay as you go

The Vodafone Smart Prime 7  is a stylish, super-slim and easy-to-use smartphone that’s full of top-notch features for a ground-breaking price of just £16 per month or £70 Pay as you go. This android 6.0 smartphone is ideal for selfie lovers like me with its fab camera features. When you are ready to take a photo just double-press the volume key and the Smart Prime 7 will automatically switch to camera mode! The front-facing camera is 5 megapixels with a two-finger shutter trigger producing high quality images. Just wanting to take a snap of your bae? Then the rear facing 8 megapixel camera with OmniVision sensor will be sure to impress with its ability to produce high resolution images and excellent image quality.

The Vodafone Smart Prime 7 stands up to its competitors as it comes with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a long-lasting battery to keep you going throughout the day. The super-slim 7.9mm gadget offers a tactile, trendy, jewel-like back cover with a quality metal frame and precision-machined aluminium side keys. Weighing in at just 128g!

The vibrant and vivid colours are enhanced by the high-definition screen. This is perfect for viewing all your date night photos, ideal for gaming, or watching movies and videos, in outstanding detail. The in-built IPS screen technology means you can enjoy the same clarity from any angle, perfect if you are watching something together whilst snuggled on the sofa.

As with most smartphones there are a number of preset apps already built into the phone but the android store opens up a whole new world of downloadable applications to suit your needs and lets face it, make your life a little easier.

With it being Valentines this week I thought I would highlight some of the best apps around to help you have the most cost-effective date night all at the touch of a button on the Vodafone Smart Prime 7.

Vouchercloud: Android (FREE)

Vodafone Group takes controlling stake in Vouchercloud

If you’re looking for savings, vouchercloud is your one-stop online companion to the best deals, offers and discount codes available both online and in-store! From restaurants to fashion, this app has it all.

Uber: Android (FREE) *Get yourself some discount with my referral code: emmam5290ue

 

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If you follow my instagram @scientist_in_the_city then you will know I recently used Uber for the first time myself and I loved how efficient the service was.¬†One tap of a button and a car comes directly to you. Hop in and your driver knows exactly where to go. And when you get there, just step out. Payment is completely seamless which is perfect for date night when you don’t want to argue over who is paying for the fare! ¬†I personally found the price to be very competitive also.

Hotel Tonight: Android (FREE)

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This app is fab! Amazing last-minute deals at top-rated hotels. The ease of the handy app allows you to book wherever, whenever on your smartphone device for tonight, tomorrow or even next week!

So there we have it, the Vodafone Smart Prime 7!¬†Having been an iphone only kinda gal for the last few years I will admit that this phone would never really have crossed my mind before. But having used it for the last few days I have to say its very comparable to not only the iphone but especially the samsung galaxy family in it’s layout and design. Personally for the price you can’t really go wrong! In fact, if you are looking for a lovely valentines gift why not even consider this as its only ¬£70 and certainly one of the cheapest I have seen on the market that is capable of all it can do. Even if your are a loyal apple consumer this is definitely a great back-up phone to have as a spare and definitely one I will consider the next time I am in the market for a new phone!

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a great valentines day no matter who you are with or what you decide to do. Most importantly I hope it’s been made more budget friendly with some of the apps I have mentioned!

 

Love

Emma xx

*Disclosure- I was kindly sent this product for review but I am not being paid for this post. All my opinions are honest and my own.*