BakerDays: Personalised 5'' Letterbox Gift Cake Review + Giveaway

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

I wanted to do this since long. A personalised Ferrari themed cake for the special one on his birthday. In this post, I will share my experience with the BakerDays personalised 5 inch letterbox gift cake and a giveaway for you lovely people, so make sure to read till the end!


Oh, and have you read my previous posts? Then you would know what's going on at my end nowadays. Yeah! It's my husband's birthday month. Catch up with the birthday dinner post, here. Seriously, one of my FAVOURITE restaurants for high-end dining in London. Check it out or you will miss dining at this very posh eatery that gives you a feeling of being royal.

It was such a delight to be sent a personalised cake. I love personalised things. Not only do they look pretty but they just melt the (at least, mine) heart.


About BakerDays:

BakerDays is a Personalised Celebration Cake Specialist, providing quality personalised cakes for all occasions. The delicious range of recipes and sizes are available for delivery 6 days a week. And wait, if you order before 2:00 pm, BakerDays can deliver the very next day! YES, you are reading it right! 

The Letterbox Cake is the baby of the BakerDays family. Being just 5” in diameter, it fits perfectly through the Letterbox allowing you to surprise anyone with the most delicious personalised gift.

You can check out the BakerDays website here, or visit and follow them on their Facebook and Twitter pages. 

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review


My Experience:

The BakerDays cake arrives in a white thick card board box and the cake is further secured in a nice metal box to ensure that your personalised 5'' letterbox cake reaches you in good condition.

Frankly, when I had heard of the BakerDays letterbox cake, I wasn't much sure about how the condition of the cake would be when it would arrive at my door-step. 


However, it was in the best condition and I was very happy to see it. 

Other than the cake, there is a small 3 inch card, a packet of 3 decent sized balloons, 2 candles and a party whistle blower. That was actually a surprise because I wasn't expecting all that. So, it is a whole mini birthday celebration package which seemed perfect for me because that's all I was looking for. 

I selected a cake from their website and provided my own photo and text to be printed on the cake. P.S. The cake was on behalf of BabyN' for his dad whom he calls Baba (meaning dad).

I have taken a photo of the box for you so you have an idea of how the BakerDays personalised letterbox cake arrives.


BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

This cake was vanilla sponge cake and it tasted good and so was the fondant. However, you can also order chocolate chip sponge cake, gluten wheat free cakes, dairy free cakes and fruit cakes. 

The vanilla sponge cake I tried costs £14.99, while there is an additional charge for the other flavours. The cakes are posted through the Royal Mail and an additional postage charge applies depending on how urgent you need the cake to be delivered. For all the details, you can check on the BakerDays website. 

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

BakerDays Personalised 5 inch Letterbox Gift Cake Review

Although it's meant to be a letterbox cake, your house may have a different sized letterbox like mine which may not enable the post-man to keep the box in your letterbox. In that case, if he rings the bell and you receive it, it's well and good. However, if the postman leaves a note for collection or re-delivery,  you might not be very happy about that. 


Therefore, I would just advice you to inform the BakerDays team to convey to the Royal Mail to deliver the parcel at the neighbour's in case you're not around rather than leaving a note.

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Have you ever ordered a personalised cake for someone special? What was their reaction when they received it?



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Restaurant Review: Bangalore Express, London - UK

Bangalore express london halal

Did you know that Bangalore is actually the name of a city in India? Located at the Gracechurch Street in London, Bangalore Express serves full Halal Indian menu and is head by Chef Yogesh Datta, one of the UK’s top Indian chefs.

Location & Parking: 

It's actually 5 minutes walk from the parking spot to the restaurant but it took us 10 minutes to get there because we weren't aware of the area much. That's why we ended up taking the longer route because Google maps misguided us a bit. We parked the car at exactly the same spot where we had parked earlier when we had gone to another restaurant in the same area.

Look out for the council car parks in Hackney where you can easily find parking. They charge £4 per hour on weekdays from morning till 6:30 pm and 6:30 am till 1:30 pm on Saturdays. Otherwise it's free after that on Saturdays and free all day on Sundays and Bank holidays. However, if you prefer the train, there is also the Liverpool station nearby.

You will have to walk a bit from the parking spot and you will find a small street that will lead you towards Bangalore Express.


Seating & Interior:

They have a bar with a seating area, which can be seen as you enter and the main dining area is downstairs which has access through a staircase or a lift. 
Downstairs, our table had already been reserved and it was a corner table so it gave us some privacy and also some extra space for BabyN' to play. For us, it was the BEST spot to dine at the restaurant.
Bangalore express london halal

The Dining Experience:

Initially, I felt it was slightly noisy but it lowered down with time. Perhaps, it was the peak time! The lighting was dim, which created a nice ambience although dim lights are not much friendly for food photography, which you might have also noticed because the photos I normally post are bright and lively.

We ordered the mocktails first. Guava Collins (Guava, coconut and lime - £5) was something new for me, and was good. Others were Wha Lulu (Carrot, rosewater, ginger and lime - £5.5) and Mumbaita (Raspberry, lychee, pineapple and lemonade - £5.5).
Bangalore express london halal
For the starters, we ordered the Indo-Chinese chicken sweetcorn soup (£5) that came along with small pieces of naan bread and sauces in tiny silver bowls. Okay, so that's how it was Indo-Chinese (combo of Indian and Chinese).

YES, that was for my mister.
Bangalore express london halal
For myself, I opted for Tandoori lamb tikka (£8.5) and ordered Lachha paratha (£3.5) along with it. Lachha means layered and its an Indian flatbread. The combination was self-made by yours truly and was a good choice.
Bangalore express london halal
Soon after the starter session ended, we were served our mains. We had opted for butter chicken (£12) and lamb chops skewer along with naan bread. Lamb chops were served in a very presentable way and that actually reminded me of Bakra Eid/Eid-ul-Adha (Muslim festival of sacrifice) because that's when we used to enjoy lots of meaty BBQ goodies with family back home.

It came along with a tangy tamarind sauce (imli ki chutney, my favourite) and green chutney. It was good too. I am a bit fussy about that and mostly don't like the green chutneys of every restaurant.
Bangalore express london halal
Loved the chops! The BEST, most authentic and juicy chops! And the best part was the size. They were huge. YES! Normally the chops we eat are small and not very meaty but these ones were fab!
Bangalore express london halal
The butter chicken was authentic too. Normally the chicken is cut in cubes for curries but for this one, they had cut it in stripes. Of course, that didn't really have any impact on the taste but this was something different I experienced first time. For the desserts, I opted for Mango Ras Malai (£5.5), Kulfi Falooda (£5.5) and Coconut ice-cream (£4.5). These are the Indian desserts and my favourite from these was the coconut ice-cream. It was my first time having that and it was served in a shell of a coconut. The other two desserts were average for me.
Bangalore express london halal

If you want, you can check out their menu, here.

End Note:

The overall dining experience was good. The staff was extremely friendly and made sure the guests were being looked after well. All the food served is Halal and the prices with regards to quality and quantity go well.

They do have a big powder room but I just wish they had a baby changing station inside too.

Overall, it was a good experience and Banaglore Express seemed very child-friendly because every single staff member personally came to greet my little handsome boy and I think they would have happily baby-sit him for us but BabyN' loves to stick with his mum and dad only.
Rating: 7.5/10

Have you dined at Bangalore Express, London? I would love to know about your favourite Indian restaurant.


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Pink Clove: Plus Size Fashion Clothing for Women



I am not plus size, infact, I am sometimes  find my clothes in the children's section! Well, I have and bought some slightly fitted Tees which were actually meant for teenagers who fall under the age group of 13-14 years. However, since I do not prefer wearing much fitted clothes, I thought of trying out Pink Clove when I was offered to select clothes from their New Arrivals Range

About Pink Clove:

The brand has launched fashion clothing for plus-sized women and the clothes come in sizes 16-48. Keeping in mind the influential trends, the designers at Pink Clove have carefully designed the latest fashion clothing for both day and evening wear. The clothes can be ordered at their online store and they get delivered via MyHermes. They mainly focus on waist-cinching wrap dresses, super-soft jersey and full skater skirts.
Pink clove plus size clothing for women in uk


My Experience: 

Since I opt for loose clothing, this sounded pretty good and I carefully selected 3 dresses in size 16 which are to follow further in this post. The package from Pink Clove arrived in a plastic bag which contained the dresses that were further packed in different transparent plastic bags.

At first look, the clothes looked looked good and I enjoyed trying them and showing them off to my husband after he came home from work. So I got a chance to try them out twice! Haha

Pink Clove does a lot of variety in different colours and designs but I had to choose something modest for myself so I ended up ordering a coat, jacket and a blazer. 

The material of the clothes is pretty decent and I especially love the material of the Shirley Duster Coat (Costs £24). It looks very nice when it's on and is very popular nowadays. Recently, when I had attended a modest attire wear fashion show at the Intercontinental in London, I really liked the look of the models who were wearing such kind of duster coats so I decided to get one and create the same look on myself.

Pink Clove: Plus Size Fashion Clothing for Women

The coat has been designed thoughtfully and since it's a full one piece clothing, the two mock pockets  on either side, on the front, have been placed to break the plain look. Otherwise it would have simply looked as if I am wearing a shawl around me. The coat has a relaxed fit, is made of polyester, has a smooth finish and can be worn on any top. I am not too tall so it's slightly long for me but this size would be good for the taller ladies. 

Pink Clove: Plus Size Fashion Clothing for Women

The second selection was Stella Blazer with Pocket Detail (Costs £24). The blazer has two pockets on the front which actually be used, as it's not just a design like the one I mentioned above. It is made of polyester and is machine washable.

Pink Clove: Plus Size Fashion Clothing for Women

Herma Bomber Jacket in Charcoal (Costs £20) was my third choice. This jacket comes with a baseball collar and a zip front. For me, something to open up in the front is very important because I can easily open it in case I feel warm and also because I have to nurse BabyN'. The sleeves have fitted cuffs and hem and the material is made of polyester.


The thread count of the clothes seem to be pretty good and the stitching was nice and neat. Sometimes when I see clothes, I observe threads coming out which look very untidy but in these dresses, there wasn't any such problem.

I am planning to wear these clothes just for my outdoor trips which don't exceed 2-3 hours so I don't think I won't be washing them very soon. My clothes normally stay fresh and smell good so I can easily wear it at least thrice before washing. Sometimes, after washing a material, it becomes rough and thread starts coming out so I can't comment on that at the moment because that will be known only when the time will come.

For the quality of the clothing, I believe the pricing has been done appropriately although you can always wait for a sale of promotion, they might come up with, but if you are a student, you can avail 20% discount anytime! However, please note that the standard delivery charges may still apply. 

You can check out the New Arrivals Range of Pink Clovehere.  

Let me know in comments below about what you think of Pink Clove and what's your most preferred clothing brand.


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Restaurant Review: Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Canterbury - UK

Gourmet Burger Kitchen


It was some weekday when we decided to go to the Canterbury town centre to have dinner. I had often heard of Gourmet Burger Kitchen and had crossed the restaurant many times but always ended up sticking to the restaurant where my family and I eat always. This time, we thought of trying Gourmet Burger Kitchen in Canterbury because someone recently visited us and gave us a positive review about it.


Location & Parking: 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen is located on the main street of the Canterbury town centre so it's very easy to locate. Other than their Canterbury branch, they also have restaurants at many other locations such as Covet Garden, Soho, Brunswick and Waterloo. These locations are mentioned on their website but I remember spotting it at the Intu Metrocentre in Newcastle too, just next to Nandos.

The paid parking lot is just across West gate and is free after 9:00 pm but it is difficult to find parking there in the evening. 
However, there is also parking available on the main street after the railway crossing and it's free after 6:30 pm. I wasn't aware of this earlier and always used to pay at the parking lot near the main street but this newly found spot saves my pounds. It is 2 minutes by walk from there to the restaurant.


Seating & Interior:

Gourmet Burger Kitchen is same like the other restaurants from outside but as I went further in, I realised how spacious it is from inside. You are accompanied to the seat where you can sit and decide the order that later needs to be placed at the counter. Yes! The staff does not come and take the order but they do serve it on the table.


The Dining Experience:

Please note that all burgers are not Halal and even all chicken burgers aren't Halal. Just their range from the fried chicken is Halal, not even grilled chicken but you can swap it with any other burger you like.

Our meal was served soon after the order was placed but unfortunately, it was the wrong order. Our waiter made us aware that the chicken in the burgers wasn't Halal. Now our burgers had to be replaced and so he took them back and came after some time with the right order that was a burger meal and Cajun Blue (costs £9.15 for a burger only) that comes with 
Cajun marinated chicken, blue cheese slaw, jalapeƱos, pineapple and sriracha mayo. 
Gourmet Burger Kitchen
They had a burger meal deal on offer at the time I visited and that consisted of a Classic Chicken burger that comes with house mayo, relish, salad and the original one costs £8.65. There are options to choose from chargrilled or panko crumbed & fried. However, if you want the Halal option, only the fried chicken should be your choice. This meal was served with Chunky skin-on fries (£3.35) and a soda (£2.60) but we got the whole meal deal for £8 or 9. If you want, you can see their menu, here

Both came in proper serving plates. The tables already have salt and pepper and the ketchup. 

Gourmet Burger Kitchen
They do free refills if you are opting for soda as a drink. Unfortunately, I had not known that earlier but I personally confirmed it from their staff on the drinks counter before leaving. 


Our table already got cleared so I couldn't ask for a refill. It was too late for me but this is a great TIP for you if you are a soda fan. 


End Note:

Although it was a week day, Gourmet Burger Kitchen was still busy which showed how popular it is. The staff was friendly and the place was nice but for me, the music was slightly loud and the food was pretty average. I don't think it was much of a value for money and their Halal options are very limited but maybe I would go again if they add more Halal items to their menu. 

Rating: 6.5/10

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Restaurant Review: Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen, London - UK



This week I have come up with the restaurant review of Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen. Located at the Broadgate Quarter at the Snowden Street in London, Darbaar is a posh restaurant that mainly serves Indian food in a royal Indian way. I would say, a perfect place for fine dining especially to celebrate the weekend, any special occasion or just any day!


My husband and I had gone there on a Saturday evening for dinner and this time, it was a very special occasion. Those of you who are following me on Twitter might know but for the others, let me break the ice. This is my dear husband's birthday month so I wanted to treat him with a something special and thus, I began to search for some Halal posh restaurants in and around London.

Luckily, we were invited by Chef Abdul Yaseen of Darbaar to sample the Dawat Menu and I was happy much? It was SUCH a delight! Dawat is actually an Indian term that refers to a feast arranged for a dinner party.

Although it took us more than an hour to travel to the restaurant, I would say it was definitely worth! 


About Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen: 

The idea behind Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen in London is to offer a shared and royal Indian dining experience to the diners in a relaxed 5,500 square feet venue that includes a grill seating area, a private dining room for 20 and a chef's table for up to 12 people. 

The interior of the restaurant clearly reflects the modern day interpretation of the palaces in India, with an open kitchen, chandeliers, mirrors and drapes. The cuisine is inspired from different regions of India and the menu features grills, roasts, biryani and royal Indian gravies. 

Location & Parking: 

Now, you know I have a habit of reviewing the menu and parking spot prior to the visit to any restaurant especially if it's in London, so I did the same this time too. Google Maps are always the life savoir and helps me a lot! The parking search was not very difficult but the nearest ones I had come across were charging £10 for 2 hours and I was not much happy about it. So I kept on searching for other options and I was successful.

Makue sure to look out for the council car parks in Hackney. When I reached, there was ample space and to my surprise, the parking was free! They charge £4 per hour on weekdays from morning till 6:30 pm and 6:30 am till 1:30 pm on Saturdays. Otherwise it's free after that on Saturdays and free all day on Sundays and Bank holidays. Cool, RIGHT? This was a major TIP I have shared with you especially if you travel by car. Otherwise, if you prefer the train, there is also the Liverpool station nearby.

It hardly took us a minute from our parking spot to reach Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen. I love the location and I knew from outside, the restaurant would be grand! 



Seating & Interior:

On entering, we were greeted by a lady who escorted us to our reserved table after which the manager came to greet us.

Loved the ambiance and the interior! You can yourself see in the pictures below. Need I say anything else? 




The Dining Experience:

We started off with some sparkling water and the Hariyali Date & Samosa Chaat (tangy potato stuffed samosas with green spices). 



Now that is my husband's favourite and we have been trying to find a nice spot for it since quite some time so there would be no exaggeration when I would say that Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen does the BEST samosa chaat in the UK! It was a real treat having it. The flavours were beautiful and basically a love!

Next up was Tandoori Salmon Tikka with Kokum Berries and Sufiyani Lamb Seekh Kebab that were 
served on a small handle-less tawa kept on a small stove like thing and was served with a green chutney. 


The organic salmon had been marinated with tandoori spices and tasted delish. I could make out the chutney being fresh because of the nice green colour as when it gets old, the colour changes to dark green. 

This was the end of Part I, i.e. the starters.


In between, we were served a palatte cleaner, that you can see below. 



Up next was the main that included Kadhai Spiced Paneer, Kerala Spiced Shrimp, Kasturi Butter Chicken, Kaali Daal, Naan Bread and Pilau Rice





Now that filled our table and I was thinking how will we be able to finish it all. 

All the food tasted good especially the Kasturi Butter Chicken and I will award double points to it. It was super! Loved how it tasted and the butter naan bread that came along were a perfect pair! 

I was so fond of it that I saved some to take home. It was nicely packed in a plastic box so there was an assurance that it wouldn't spill like it happens with the restaurants that use foiled boxes for curry takeaways.

The last course was the dessert, of course! My favourite and something I never like to miss. It was a Spiced Carrot Cake that came along with Royal Indian Tea and Naan Khatai.


Loved, loved the carrot cake and it was so soft that it just melted in the mouth. Have been trying to find a nice carrot cake nearby. Please let me know if any of the big stores (Tesco, Asda?) sell such carrot cakes. I know Marks & Spencer does, but they have walnuts in it too. 



End Note:

It was lovely meeting 'The CHEF,' Chef Abdul Yaseen himself and I would like to thank him for a scrumptious meal and since it was his birthday recently, wish him a very happy year ahead.


The Dawat Menu we tasted was £35 per person and I would say, worth every penny! I can't recommend it enough. All the meaty dishes mentioned in this review were HalalHowever, there is lots more on the menu, which you can see on their website, here

They do have a separate section for the bar where all kinds of alcoholic drinks are served but for those wanting the drinks along with the meal, can be served on the table too. 





Ah! And do check out their powder-room. They have been designed to match a 5-star hotel with everything automated but rest I will skip mentioning for you to discover yourself when you go there for a meal! 

Also, the place is fancy enough to attract famous public figures as we also spotted a few BBC presenters on the evening. I'm sure it would be popular among others so the next time you're visiting you might want to carry your autograph book or rather your selfie stick!

Definitely going there again! YES!


Rating: 9/10 

Have you dined at Darbaar by Abdul Yaseen? I would love to know about your experience or about your favourite Indian restaurant.

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