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Your Perfect Pizza at MOD Pizza Leeds!

Hey guys!  I apologise in advance, but you’re about to get hungry.  Very hungry!  I was very kindly invited over to MOD Pizza at Cardigan Fields Leisure Park in Leeds (where Vue Cinema is) to try some of their pizza.  I was offered the meal free of charge for review purposes, but as always, all opinions are honest and my own!  MOD Pizza Leeds is one of five MOD restaurants in the UK – they also have them in Nottingham, London Leicester Square, Brighton and Gateshead Newcastle!

MOD Pizza – Creation Story!

Founded by married couple Scott and Ally Svenson, the brand are extremely family oriented. MOD Pizza started in Seattle back in 2008.  The Svensons wanted somewhere where busy families could go for a quick, easy meal where everyone could have something different without a fuss.  It didn’t seem to exist, so they created it themselves!  The couple had spent some time living in the UK before returning to America to start their family.  This is why we’re now lucky enough to have five MOD Pizza restaurants in England!

You will notice that a few of the pizzas have people’s names – this is because three of the pizzas are named after the Svenson’s children!  There is also a pizza named after a young girl known to the family, who sadly died of cancer at a very young age.  They wanted to keep her memory alive.  This care and personal touch seems to be a theme throughout the ‘MOD family’.  All of the restaurants have a photo wall (see below) with pictures of staff and family on there.  

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MOD Pizza Photo Wall

Charity Initiatives

MOD Pizza also seem to genuinely care about their staff, charity and giving to the local community.  I had a long chat with Trev (one of the managers), who told me all about The Bridge Foundation that MOD have implemented within the company.  It is an emergency fund for staff who really need financial help.  One example was one of the staff who sadly had a family member die.  He couldn’t afford to go home for the funeral, so The Bridge Foundation gave him the money he needed.  

I think this is amazing – there is nothing in it for the company other than to show that they genuinely do care about their staff!  Not many companies would do that off their own back.  Trev told me MOD Pizza are the best company she has ever worked for, and that she genuinely feels like it is one big family.  I could tell by her enthusiasm and passion that she was totally genuine!  She almost made me want to work there by the end of it! 😀

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This week [edited to add: actually last week – was too poorly to finish my post last week!], MOD Pizza are doing a campaign called ‘Spreading MODness’ .  They, among other charitable initiatives, will be donating £1.00 of every pizza purchased across all of its restaurants in the UK and the U.S. (114 across 16 states) to a local charity partner.

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In Leeds the ‘MOD Squad’ are teaming up with ongoing partner-charity Cash For Kids to celebrate one of the key aspects of spreading MODness “Gratitude with Attitude”.  This focuses on encouraging staff to give back to local communities through in-store fundraising initiatives and engaging customers with the activity all week.  This year, the company expects to donate over $250,000 to charity.  Again, I really think this is amazing!  Remember – the company don’t NEED to do this, and they will be losing profits.  It just shows that they genuinely care, in my opinion!

How to Order

When you walk into MOD Pizza, it looks a bit like a Subway counter.  You can see all the fresh ingredients, to help you decide what you want to eat.  Basically, you choose whether you want a salad or a pizza.  My husband and I both went for pizza (of course!  When in Rome and all that…)  You can choose an existing pizza from the menu, which you can then add to or modify in any way you want.  If none of those appeal, you can design your own pizza from scratch!

There are a few size options – we both went for the 11″.  All the bases are really thin and crispy – yum.  There is even the option of a double crust – literally one crust, add the sauce and then a second crust!  I think I’ll have to try it some time 🙂  You start by choosing from one of five sauces (I had red sauce, think my husband had BBQ).  There are all the toppings you could ever wish for, from vegetables, six types of cheese, meats, herbs and spices and a finishing sauce to be swirled on the top!  

You pay a set price for your pizza (£7.47 for the MOD size) and can add as many toppings as you like, at no extra cost!  This is AMAZING, as usually you would expect to pay 50p – £1 for each extra topping.  I think it’s great value for money.  If you get a bit too adventurous and don’t enjoy your pizza creation, you get a new pizza, free of charge!

What We Ate

If you don’t already know, I’m vegetarian.  I had a Lucy Sunshine (red sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, artichokes and garlic) and added on pineapple, red onion, sundried tomato, basil and a balsamic fig glaze to finish with!

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My husband had a very meaty pizza, with chicken, spicy Italian sausage and lots more; finished with a hot buffalo sauce (I think…)!  We also shared some garlic strips (a slightly smaller pizza bread, cut into strips) with a ranch dipping sauce.  Those garlic strips…. I can’t even!  I would happily eat those for the rest of my life! 😀  Both pizzas were amazing – so flavourful and well cooked.  We even ate all our crusts, as they were so light and crispy. 

I didn’t manage to finish my pizza, but MOD have takeaway boxes available to take home anything you can’t finish – so fear not, no pizza will be wasted!

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Leftovers Going Home!

What We Drank

Hubby had a pint of IPA, which was really nice. There were also loads of bottled and canned drinks available (soft and alcohol) but I couldn’t resist the fountain drinks!  There was a fizzy drink fountain which did different Cokes, Sprites etc, but there were also four fresh fountain drinks.  I tried a tiny bit of each (for review purposes, of course..!)

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Fresh Still Lemonades

The iced tea wasn’t to my taste but I know some people love it.  The blackberry lemonade was nice, the original lemonade was AMAZING but the strawberry lemonade was my final choice!  They were all flat lemonades, but had so much flavour.  Yum!  You can also get milkshakes with different mix-ins such as Oreo pieces!

Vegan/Vegetarian Friendly?

One thing that struck me is that MOD Pizza is perfect for anyone with dietary requirements.  They do gluten-free bases.  They even made their red sauce vegan!  It was pointed out to them that it wasn’t, as it contained parmesan, so they altered the recipes so it could be enjoyed by vegans.  I love this, as it shows that they give a damn.  A lot of places aren’t so accommodating of vegans and vegetarians!

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There are tons of vegan topping options, with some more unusual ones like chickpeas, olives and croutons!  They also offer a dairy-free cheese, so you can get the full pizza experience, vegan or not! 

Overall, we had an amazing experience at MOD Pizza Leeds!  The staff were all lovely, especially Trev who was so helpful and informative, and just an overall sweetheart 🙂  She goes to other restaurants to help train up the staff, which is great as I think her enthusiasm for the company is really infectious!  If you ever go there, say hi to her!  We will 100% be going back to MOD… probably very soon!

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Have you eaten at MOD Pizza?  What did you think of it?  Did you make an amazing creation?  Let me know in the comments! 

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Trying Kat Von D Makeup (KVD)!

Hey guys!  If you’re into makeup, you’ll probably already know that Kat Von D Makeup is finally available here in the UK (about time!)  Kat Von D Makeup stormed the makeup world in 2008, and has been raved about all over YouTube and beauty forums for the last few years.  I’ve been dying to get my hands on some to try!

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Kat Von D Makeup Minis

Getting Kat Von D Makeup in the UK

Kat Von D Makeup is now available to buy from Debenhams, in store or online.  It is pretty pricey, but the general consensus is that it’s worth it for the quality of the products.  I was a bit reluctant to shell out a lot of money for something I’ve never tried, until the perfect solution came along!  Love Me Beauty celebrated the launch of Kat Von D Makeup in the UK by making mini KVD products available in one of their monthly bags.  If you haven’t heard of Love Me Beauty, check out this post.  Basically, they are a monthly beauty box (or bag!) but you choose all the products yourself.

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The Blogger Tag // A Bit About Me!

Hi guys!  I don’t usually do tag posts, but I was tagged by my friend Luke to do The Blogger Tag and thought it looked fun!  Although I tell you lots about my beauty loves and my chronic illnesses, there’s so much I probably don’t talk about.  So now is your chance to get to know me better (oh lucky you…!)

The Blogger Tag

1) How tall are you?

5 ft 7″ – fairly tall for a girl, which I like!

2) Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?

Haha no, I don’t really have a talent, hidden or otherwise!  I’d like one though.


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Me With My Camera!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette // Review!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills – Modern Renaissance Palette

The Price

I umm’d and ahh’d over getting this palette for such a long time.  It looked beautiful and the deep red and pink colours were right up my street!  The YouTubers were raving about it, and everyone I knew who had got their hands on one seemed to love it.  Once I finally decided to buy it, it was of course out of stock everywhere (this palette was hard work to get hold of!)  When it finally appeared back on Cult Beauty I decided to go for it!

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The first thing that struck me was how kind and helpful all the staff are.  As I can’t walk far due to my ME, they arranged a parking space right in front of the door for me.  They also really kindly put a chair in each room of the tour, so that I could spend most of it sitting down.  They made everything so easy, and didn’t make me feel awkward.  The tour itself is also pretty accessible, which is great.

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Hi guys!  I’m sorry this is SO late!!  I mean it’s basically the last day of the month and I’m finally showing you the October 2016 Glossybox!  As you may have noticed, I’m not posting as regularly lately.  

As you probably know, I have chronic illnesses (if you don’t, this will fill you in!)  I often simply don’t feel well enough to take photographs, edit or write a post.  It’s frustrating as I have so many things I’m dying to share with you, but there’s nothing I can do.  Sadly, my health has to come first.

As you’ve probably already seen the October Glossybox around, I’m not going to go into much detail.  I’ll just show you what I got, and tell you if anything particularly impressed me!  

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Glossybox – October 2016

For full details about how Glossybox subscriptions work and what they cost, check out this post.

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L-R: Bella Vi Foundation, Bella Vi Primer, Benecos Lipstick in Pink Rose and Benecos Eyeshadow Brush

I was very kindly sent the Bella Vi primer and foundation, and the Benecos lipstick, for review purposes.  As always, despite this, my views are always honest and wholly my own.  I bought the Benecos brush myself.

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