One of the biggest and best food festivals in Staffordshire is taking place this week. To warm us for the big event, the organisers have arranged a 'Tapas Trail'. Stone Food & Drink Festival has grown year on year from the humble beginnings in Stone High Street. As a local blogger, I had to show my support. I caught the train to Stone with tapas on the brain and here is how it went.
I popped to Hanley yesterday, mostly for coffee, but also to show my support for RAWR. One of the most anticipated events of the Autumn, was the opening of their new shop on Piccadilly. After a VIP evening the night before, RAWR opened their doors to the public at lunch time on Tuesday. There was a small queue and people were clearly excited about the new addition to the city.
RAWR first opened in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, their goal is to encourage people to live a happy and healthy existence, so it's great to see that they now have an influence in Hanley. Not only that, but Piccadilly is quickly becoming the go-to street in the City Centre. So instead of moaning about Hanley, why don't you show some support to a few local businesses and take a walk around the cultural quarter? There are many independent traders offering quality products, from pizza to paint, coffee and cake.
The wait was certainly worth it, the place looks fantastic and you can tell that the whole team have worked really hard. Downstairs is like an informal espresso bar, there are a few large chairs and seats in the window. Upstairs sees the introduction of a fully fledged seating area, with table service and what looks like it will be a very busy kitchen. The whole shop feels light, airy and the new colour scheme is very welcoming.
I've been to RAWR a few times now and I've never been disappointed. Their menu is fresh, invigorating, full of taste and most of all it's healthy. With a wide range of eat in or takeaway options, there's something for everyone. I went for the snickerdoodle protein smoothie and the vegan cheesecake. The vegan cheesecake was absolutely delicious and really filling. I felt stuffed afterwards and struggled to walk to the bus station.
RAWR have a loyal following, I sat with a two lovely people who usually frequent the Newcastle store. Everyone was really pleased for the team, there was a real sense of achievement after so much anticipation. I was most impressed with the preparation, everything was seamless and running smoothly. The table service was brilliant and the staff were polite. What a brilliant addition to the city, RAWR-some work, keep it up!
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The Hand That Bites
I've been wanting to write this post for so long, but the monster that is CVS always rears its ugly head at the worst times. I've got a few posts I need to write really, but they'll come in good time and when I feel alive. This is a new sort of post for me, I'll admit that I'm a total novice when it comes to 'free from' foods. I've always been aware of health foods and dietary alternatives, however, I always brushed 'free from' foods aside. Mostly because I thought they would be bland and tasteless, I was wrong!
Those who read my blog posts will know that I have a chronic gut brain disorder. I've recently been exploring 'free from' foods to try and ease the strain on my digestive system. I've discovered so many places to eat lately, with pretty much all of them having a gluten-free option. I think there is only really one 'free from' specialist in the area though. They are Twice As Nice Bakery in Newcastle-Under-Lyme. They can pretty much bake you anything free from everything... but taste.
I actually discovered the bakery by accident, I am a donut lover and I spotted their baked variety on social media. As soon as I heard that they had been nominated for awards, I had to give them a go and you know what, they were really good! Fresh, light and not too stodgy, I was totally taken away by how a 'free from' product could taste so good. I'll be the first to admit, I'm not gluten-free, vegan or dairy free, but I'll eat anything that tastes delicious and is relatively healthy.
Since my first visit, I have tried to pop down at least once a fortnight for some tasty alternative bakes. I'm still not sure which is my favourite, sweet or savoury, but I've not tried everything yet. The flat breads are also super, again they've been nominated for awards and I also really enjoy the brownies. Twice As Nice Bakery seem to make them super indulgent, to the point where I could quite happily die of death by chocolate brownie.
The bakery also offers an amazing range of award-winning cupcakes, breads, pizza bases, chocolates, biscuits, cookies, pies and much more. They are very versatile and can accommodate for your needs. In order to encourage more people to try 'free from' and alternative foods, Twice As Nice Bakery are offering a 20% discount throughout September. All you have you have to do is enter the code at the checkout, they also deliver across the UK. The discount code is 'handthatbites20'.
Have you tried 'free from' foods? What's your opinion?
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The Hand That Bites
About ThE Author
My name is Martin. I love food, travel, coffee and culture. In 2015 I had to give up a promising career as I battled with a chronic illness called cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS). I started blogging to keep me busy between episodes and it has sort of grown from there. It's something I genuinely enjoy.