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Altrincham Duck recently received an invite from Dude & Dudettes, to sample some chilli jam! So we sent McDuckFace along to Altrincham Town Centre to meet Darren from Dude & Dudettes.
Be advised though, McDuckFace breaks a sweat after eating a bell pepper or anything over 0 on the Scoville scale! So he arranged the jars in order of what he expected would be the coolest to hottest, prepared emergency supplies such as plain crackers and water, and obviously posed for a picture before starting to pop the lids and sample the jam!
First up was the "limited mint edition" chilli jam, surprisingly this seemed to be the spiciest of the 5 jars and It also tasted the sweetest too, there was subtle hints of mint, but McDuckFace may have panicked and washed this one down a little too quickly to really notice the mint.
Thankfully he was able to handle the "Garlic", "Mild" & "Original" jams without any issues. They were all less sweet than the mint one and the amount of garlic was just right too.
His favourites were the "Mild" and "Original" chilli jams, the original didn't feel too much spicer than the "Mild" and will probably be the one that he ends up buying regularly.
The "Hot" Dude & Dudettes chill jam was a little too spicy for McDuckFace, it started off ok, but then the heat kicked in and lasted longer than the "Mild" or "Original", but it would work well as a delightful spread on a steak sandwich or burger.
It's worth highlighting that all of the chilli jams tasted are:
Free from preservatives or colouring.
Suitable for vegetarians.
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All aboard the Manchester Waxi!
If you're not sure what a Waxi is, it's a WAter taXI and our "able seaman", McDuckFace recently went aboard the Waxi and gave it 10/10.
McDuckFace booked a return journey from INTU Trafford Centre to Castlefield, using the straight forward "McrWaxi" app which is available to download from the Apple Store.
McDuckFace highly recommends this as a fun journey to do with a loved one or with kids of all ages. The journey lasts 45minutes each way and will take you along routes you've probably never seen before.
If you book the same route as McDuckFace did, then drive into the Barton Square carpark at the INTU Trafford Centre and at the furthest point of the carpark, directly facing Barton Square there is a green gate which leads to the canal. This is where the Waxi will pick you up from, and it will approach from the right hand side. You will see the Waxi poster on the cctv post.
The Waxi has a covered seating area and it was warm inside "below decks" despite being a cold day outside. It was great learning a bit about the canal networks from the drivers Anthony & Dougie, who were both very friendly and informative "skippers", their service was well "above board".
Once you get into Castlefield you will be near dukes 92. This is a few minutes walk away from the Museum of Science and Industry. So if you get the 10am Waxi you will arrive just before 11am, you could easily spend 2 hours exploring MOSI and get the 1pm return Waxi. If you wanted to explore town a bit further, then the last return Waxi is at 3pm.
It really is a great alternative way to get to town, it saves on paying for parking and is a must try for everyone.
Tiempe helps Clear Duck look good and feel even better
by Clear Duck, the Altrincham Duck Team
Sometimes even ducks need a bit of pampering and Clear Duck got just that on a recent visit to Tiempe, a new ‘east meets west’ beauty experience on Washway Road in Sale.
Located within the Acuhealth building (home of acupuncture and holistic medicine), Tiempe combines the best of traditional Chinese medicine with Western scientific techniques to bring a comprehensive range of natural rejuvenation treatments.
Stepping through the door of the Acuhealth Centre, eastern-infused aromas and gentle oriental music immediately transport you to a place of calm and tranquillity - the perfect ambience before being greeted by Tracey, owner of Tiempe. With degrees in Chemistry and acupuncture, and trained in western aesthetics and semi-permanent make-up, Tracey herself researched and developed the ‘east meets west’ concept of acuesthetics that she provides.
During the required in-depth consultation covering all aspects of health, diet, wellness and skin issues, it’s clear Tracey has extensive knowledge, and a passion for helping people (and ducks!) feel good about themselves. It was agreed a gentle mandelic acid peel with its antibacterial properties would work well for Clear Duck whose sometimes oily skin can be prone to spots - it’s also a good choice for anyone new to having chemical peels. The aim being to bring some healthy colour to Clear Duck’s face, which was looking a little pale and lacklustre.
Before all treatments at Tiempe, everyone receives a Zen Korean Hand balancing and toning therapy where small acupressure discs on plasters are applied to both hands, and a Su Jok ring is provided to self-massage fingers during treatment. It certainly all helped Clear Duck get right into the zone.
Tracey uses state of the art equipment – after the mandelic peel is applied and left to rest, the Hydro Spa and Ultrasonic scrubber scrape the skin, cleansing pores and removing dead skin cells. Then a serum is gently applied, Clear Duck breathed in the soft floral notes of the rose and glycerine serum before oxygen therapy was used to push it further into the pores.
You are made to feel completely at ease throughout the whole experience at Tiempe, Tracey takes the time to explain everything so you understand what is being used, why and the benefits to you – all in a way that you understand and are happy with.
Clear Duck was given the opportunity to sample the Illumination LED face mask, a form of light therapy that uses different wavelengths to repair the skin at a cellular level. It helps do amazing things to the skin like reduce inflammation, even out skin tone, assist with anti-ageing, increase circulation and help reduce acne. Yes, it looks a little unusual, but it’s very comfortable and easy to wear while you lie back and relax.
By the time the mask was taken off, Clear Duck could already feel the difference with her skin, it felt tighter and plumper. Tracey explained it was because it was hydrated, but she was not done yet. She finished the treatment with an express FaceFit™ workout and massage – working her fingers across the face, pinching the skin to bring the blood vessels to the top for a healthy, rosy redness. It felt great!
And right at the end, the icing on the cake or rather the ice on the face was an iced serum – yes freezing cold ice massaged to the skin to constrict the pores. It was very cold and tingly but felt amazing. Even before looking in the mirror, Clear Duck felt a million dollars, proving Tracey’s philosophy of feeling good on the inside to look fabulous on the outside.
The serums and creams used at Tiempe have all been developed by Tracey using natural ingredients. She also gives you plenty of advice for looking after your skin once you go home, with practical tips for swapping chemical-based products for natural ones.
There was just enough time to peek in the mirror before leaving - Clear Duck’s skin had a noticeable glow and healthy sheen; she felt completely revitalised, rejuvenated and as elegant as a swan.
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