Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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#IntuNottsBloggers Gin & Jazz, Nottingham Street Food Club.

Nottingham, UK
Photo Source West Bridgford Wire
Nottingham's Intu Victoria Centre now has a brand new independent indoor street food market, Nottingham Street Food Club. The venue is a 150-seater that features four hot food stalls as well as a bar, all managed by local independent traders. The ethos of the market is being able to incubate and rotate small businesses throughout the course of the year, allowing local people to enjoy global food but dine locally. Intu Notts Bloggers were invited along to their latest instalment of events hosted by the Street Food Club, combining one of my biggest loves with another thing that is keen to get me moving, a Gin & Jazz night. Opening their doors to a group of local bloggers we couldn't wait to dig into some great food, enjoy the taste of Gin and then dance along with the live jazz music! 

I loved the atmosphere created by the buzz of the people in the space as well as the music and smells of the food that fills your nostrils as you walked in. The Gin menu we had for the evening managed to appeal to all Gin lovers like myself, with some great foundations for bags of flavour.  My favourite was definitely the Blackwoods 40% which is known as the world's first vintage Gin and was exactly what I needed when it was so warm outside. I also enjoyed sampling the Scape Grace Gin which comes from New Zealand. It was nice to try out a gin from a different country and be pleasantly surprised by its flavour. The bartender kept us well topped up on the drinks and I was able to sample quite a few from the menu which was great in matching to your decided dish of the evening. 

The difficult decision was on what food to have. There were enough options on offer from the healthier, more vegetarian options to the down and dirty with some Jamaican jerk chicken.  I thought that the options on offer were well suited to a variety of diners, all at reasonable prices and great portion sizes too. I opted for the Jamaican Jerk Chicken with rice and peas, mild of course because I didn't want to blow my head off and not be able to enjoy the Gin on offer. The chicken was tender and full of flavour considering it was mild, I loved mixing it with the rice and peas as well as a slightly sweeter flavour of crushed fruit (that's what it tasted like) which complimented the savoury flavouring.

There was a really exciting and comfortable atmosphere within the space whilst live Jazz music was being performed by singer Yazmin Lacey. I am already excited for future evenings spent at events here, it's got a real place of its own in Nottingham and is one you've got to get yourself to.

Collaboration with Intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham. All Photos and views are my own unless sources are stated. 


  1. Ah this is super exciting, I'm always looking for more great places to eat in Notts!

    The Quirky Queer


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