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JOANNA JOYS CHOCOLATE EMPORIUM
Indulge your sweet tooth at Joanna Joys Chocolate Emporium. Just opened on Bute Street in the heart of Mermaid Quay, the new Joanna Joys shop is a treasure trove of edible delights.
If you're looking for a gift or want to treat yourself, there's sure to be something suitable at Joanna Jpys. Check out the fantastic chocolate shoes and handbags, chocolate champagne bottles and dollipops, many handmade in Wales. Plus there's Joe's Ice Cream from Swansea, home made crepes and the chocolate fountains, plus slushies for the kids.
If the answer is chocolate, who cares about the question?
GLEE CLUB VOTED BEST IN WALES & SOUTH WEST
The Glee Club at Mermaid Quay has recently been voted the best comedy venue in Wales and the South West.
Part of the prestigious Chortle Comedy Awards, which aims to profile the best in live comedy, the venue awards are voted for by both comedy fans and industry insiders, who are asked to pick their top three clubs across the UK.
It is the ninth year the Cardiff venue has won the award, since the ceremony’s inauguration 14 years ago by leading comedy industry website www.chortle.co.uk.
More than 9,000 people voted in the best venue category, which saw The Glee Club pick up an additional award for its Birmingham site in the Midlands and the East of England.
Owner of the Glee Clubs Mark Tughan, who joined celebrities’ Joey Essex, Stewart Lee and Bobby Davro at the awards ceremony in London, said: “Once again I’ve been swept off my feet by the sheer weight of public support. Unlike other awards Chortle doesn’t ask respondents for their favourite comedy venue in each region, but their top three throughout the UK, which means both venues, are consistently being listed alongside some of the most established names in the industry.
“What makes it even better is that a lot of comedians also vote in these awards, which reaffirms my belief that not only have we created venues where audiences feel they can go to see the very best in live comedy, but also a place where comedians truly enjoy performing.
“We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for us and made this award possible. For our part we remain committed to bringing the best in live stand-up comedy from around the world here to Cardiff.”
Other notable winners included Ed Gamble for Best Compere, Paul Sinha for Best Club Comic and Sara Pascoe for Breakthrough Act - all of whom have performed at the Glee Club during the past year.
To find out more about the Glee Club and to see the latest line ups click through to our website.
JUNIOR MENU AT GBK
The Junior menu at GBK is perfect for little people with big appetites.
Recommended for children under 12, there's a great choice of either beef, chicken, veggie or fish burger plus a side and a drink for £6.95.
Add a sweet for just £1 extra - choose from Greek yoghurt & honey ice cream, frozen strawberry yoghurt or Madagascan vanilla ice cream.
TOP GUN MASCOT NAMING COMPETITION
Throughout April, Top Gun Fish and Chip Restaurant at Mermaid Quay are running a competition for local primary schools in the area. The competition has previously been run in Top Gun’s two other premises. The schools that have been selected to take part have been asked to name the new Top Gun mascot which was designed by Mumph Multimedia. The mascot follows the tradition of the previous two lighthouses, however the new mascot features a mermaid, primarily because it is located at Mermaid Quay.
The competition, which is free to enter, has two prizes. The winning student will win a birthday party for 20 children in the new Top Gun Restaurant at Mermaid Quay and the school will win £500 to spend where deemed necessary.
The entry form has been designed to be cut when completed, so that Top Gun only receive the suggested mascot names. The other section is to be retained by the school to identify the children’s names. The winner of the competition will be asked to attend the mascot launch and be photographed with a teacher or representative from the school when the prizes will be handed out.
The entry forms should be completed and returned to Top Gun by 9th May. The winner will then be selected and will be contacted directly to arrange a photo call.
Healthy Eating and Sustainable Sources
Top Gun uses a palm oil, which is a non hydrogenated fat, and thick cut their chips so that the surface area is greater, therefore reducing the amount of fat absorbed during cooking. Fish is high in Omega 3. Top Gun offer a full Gluten Free range including fish, chips and sausages. Red Tractor approved chickens, sustainably sourced fish and British grown potatoes.
STRADA NOW OPEN FOR BREAKFAST
Strada at Mermaid Quay is now open for breakfast from 8am to 12 noon all week.
Enjoy a delicious range of breakfast dishes from classic Eggs Benedict to Strada's signature Avocado Smash!
There's something for everyone, including breakfast for bambinos. The breakfast menu is packed full of innovative and fresh Italian specialities from top quality ingredients - all eggs at Strada are free range.
They also serve Musetti Italian coffee and a selection of exciting new juice cocktails to pick you up for the day ahead.
SMILES DENTAL APRIL OFFER
A great offer from Smiles Dental - book your Invisalign/Orthodontic treatment at Smiles during April and receive a FREE Home Whitening Kit worth £200 on completion of your treatment.
TALL ORDER FOR DOMINO'S
Local pizza lover Richard Stone, has placed a tall order with Domino's after winning the Mermaid Quay website February prize draw to win his height in Domino's pizza.
At 6ft 1in tall, Richard has won a whopping 38 freshly made pizzas from Domino's at Mermaid Quay.
A delighted Richard said: "I couldn't believe it when I heard I'd won all these pizzas. I am partial to a Pepperoni Passion and now I'll be able to enjoy a brilliant pizza party or two with my friends and family."
Lindsey McCaffrey, Sales & Marketing Director of Domino's Mermaid Quay commented: "We were delighted to work with Mermaid Quay. We wondered if the winner might wear stilts to try and claim a few extra slices, but Richard was very honest and came to the store to collect his prize in flat shoes!"
Congratulations Richard - enjoy your pizza parties!
There will be another great Mermaid Quay website prize draw soon, so keep checking our website for details.
TWO BURGERS FOR A TENNER AT SALT
Get two burgers for just £10.00 at Salt. This great deal is available every Monday - all day.
Don't forget there's also 2-4-1 on cocktails at Salt every day.
GBK LAUNCH THE APOLLO
GBK launch their 'best burger' special The Apollo on Wednesday 19 March, 2014.
This is a delicious mix of spiced yoghurt chicken, grilled peppers, cucumber tzatziki, rocket, pickled onion, house mayo in a sesame seed bun.
The Apollo is the award winning burger from the annual GBK Chef Competition. This burger won ‘Best Burger’ and was created by Kris, Head Chef at Bayswater. GBK like to celebrate their burgers and their people!
GBK will be announcing more about the Chef and the burger journey from concept to plate on their Facebook page (www.facebook.com/gourmetburgerkitchen) at the launch on 19 March. The Apollo is available at GBK Mermaid Quay for £9.95 - enjoy!
KEN PICTON WINS AT CARDIFF LIFE AWARDS 2014
Ken Picton is celebrating after winning the Hair category at the Cardiff Life Awards held at Cardiff City Hall. The awards celebrate the best independent businesses in the city and reward the success of hard-working teams and individuals from theatres to gastropubs and everything in between.
The salon has also reached the Regional Finals of the L'Oreal Professional Colour Trophy with the team led by stylist Kelly Hooper.
The awards rounded off a busy week for Ken, recently announced as ghd's new Education Ambassador alongside Sam McKnight and Zoe Irwin; he's one of the four world renowned judges (joining Charles Worthington, Sally Brooks and Chris Williams) to have judged the photographic round of the Colour Trophy and Men's Trophy entries and will also judge the live regional heats in April. Meanwhile colourist Paul Dennison took on the Young Colourist judging duties.
Ken also appeared at a Shu Uemura business seminar for the cream of the Scottish hairdressing industry, to give a talk on prestige branding; Ken represented the hair industry in his talk where he was joined by an Yves Saint Laurent ambassador to talk about their take on luxury, whilst the manager of the Gleneagles Hotel spoke about customer service.
Next on the calendar will be Pro Hair Live, where Ken will be working on both the business and creative stages. Ken has also been sharing his top styling tips and predictions for 2014 this month with the likes of Red, The Daily Mirror, Best and Shortlist amongst others. Heavily in demand with clients, Ken's earliest appointment date is currently during May, making an audience in his chair one of the hottest tickets in Wales.
HOLLYWOOD HALF TERM AT MERMAID QUAY
It was Oscar time in Los Angeles and we were celebrating at Mermaid Quay with a host of star-studded, glitzy, glamorous events and activities for all the family.