A day out in Canterbury

Over the weekend one of my lovely friends came to visit and we decided spend a day out in Canterbury.
 Although I go quite regularly, Canterbury being the closest big town for some good shopping, I 
never really hit the touristy places. 
Sure, I walk past the cathedral every time, but it's been at least 15 years since I've actually went in. Due to the Sunday service taking place we didn't have the chance to visit the inside of the cathedral but we did spend a good amount of time exploring the grounds, gardens and crypt. It truly is a fabulous place.

We then continued strolling through town and taking in all the sights and we ended up by the canal where Emily begged us to go on a boat ride. The sky was looking rather grey at that time so we decided not to which made Emily quite sad. I can't blame her for wanting to go on the canal boats, it all looked very idyllic.

I foresee another trip to Canterbury very soon...on a day when no rain is forecast so my little Emily 
 can finally go on that much wanted boat ride



Island smoothies - A Hotel Chocolat review

Summer is finally here! The season of BBQ's, picnics and delicious treats.
One of my absolute favourite treats in summer time is any piece of  fruit paired with chocolate.
Can you think of anything more delicious than chocolate covered strawberries or bananas...neither can I!
Luckily Hotel Chocolat had the same idea and they have an amazing  range of summer selection boxes
 on offer.
I was lucky enough to be asked to do a review of their Island Smoothies.
These chocolates are so delicious, summery, fruity and full of flavour.
The packaging is simple yet stylish, making it A LOT more alluring than supermarket chocolates, but the main star here is the chocolate of course! Hotel Chocolat has a strong ingredients philosophy and only use wholesome, real ingredients. Their overall mantra is "more cocoa, less sugar" and this definitely reflects in the creamy texture and full flavour.

The island smoothies selection box offer four different flavours
apricot smoothie (Magnificently fruity and tender apricot ganache wrapped in soft white chocolate.)
banana smoothie (Lashings of banana paired with our high-cocoa white chocolate.)
passion fruit smoothie (Tangy, juicy Passion Fruit truffle blended with sumptuous white chocolate in a milk chocolate dome.)
Saint Lucian breakfast smoothie (Lashings of zesty lemon and grapefruit blended with smooth coconut, all soothed by creamy white chocolate.)

I served them for dessert with a selection of fresh fruits and they went down a treat.
My favourite was the banana smoothie closely followed by the passion fruit one!

At only £10 these are a bargain and ideal as a teacher gift, as a little surprise for a friend or even as a treat to yourself and oh...just think about how happy you could make the hostess of the next bbq you're invited to when you bring a box of these along for dessert! 

If Island Smoothies aren't your thing don't fret,
they have a huge range of summer selection boxes for you to choose from, all of them perfect for sultry afternoons and magical midsummer eves.

I was sent the Island Smoothies selection box for reviewing purposes and would hereby like to thank Hotel Chocolat for the opportunity!
All opinions are my own.