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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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Ecco Pizzeria – Street Lane, Roundhay, Leeds

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Sunday Snaps: My Week in Photos – 12 July 2015!

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I hope you’ve had a great week! I haven’t been feeling too good this week.  I’ve been mainly stuck in bed, as my ME has been bad.  As I’m sure you don’t want photos of my bed, these ones are from last weekend.

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Food, glorious food!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sunday Snaps Goes Retro!

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I had lots of photos ready for Sunday Snaps last weekend, but I ended up needing to rest so along came Monday and I felt I had sort of missed the boat!  So this Sunday’s snaps are from last week – which is much more interesting than this week anyway, as I have spent most of the week at hospital or medical appointments and no-one wants to see that.

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What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) – 16 June 2015!

Hello and welcome to another What I Ate Wednesday!  As usual, although posting on a Wednesday, this is what I ate all day on Tuesday.

Now this is going to be a bit of an unusual one because without going into TMI territory, I was woken up really early on Tuesday with a bad stomach.  It calmed down in time for me to eat breakfast but then flared up again quite badly for the rest of the day.  I would never usually eat toast for lunch, but I just couldn’t really face anything ‘proper’ to eat, but knew I needed something to keep my blood sugars up!

Breakfast

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For breakfast, I had some raw (as in uncooked by me) porridge oats with an Activia Rhubarb yogurt stirred though.  I then chopped up some fresh strawberries and sprinkled them on top.  This is sort of what I switch to in the warmer months, when the thought of porridge isn’t appealing!  I really like the oats like this – the yogurt takes away the chewiness but having the oats keeps it filling and good for keeping your blood sugar stable.

I recently had a look at what was in season in the UK and tried to meal plan my foods around it a bit, and strawberries were on the list as being in season now.  You can tell, as even the economy ones taste really sweet and juicy!

Lunch

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Definitely not my most photogenic lunch but hey, I’m being honest!  As I said, I had a bad stomach so didn’t really want anything to eat but I get low blood sugar if I skip a meal, and it makes me feel awful.  Marmite on toast is a bit of a childhood comfort food for me, and something I can still eat even if I’m not feeling great.  This was made with Hovis Best of Both and lots of marmite – I don’t believe in spreading it thinly!  With the whole Marmite love/hate thing, I can just imagine people cringing at the screen right now, haha.

Dinner

It was bad timing to get a dodgy stomach as we had tickets for a meal last night and would have lost our money if we didn’t go!  A local bar/brewery, The Refectory, were holding a 5-course tasting menu with a rhubarb theme and matching beers.  I absolutely love rhubarb so I was excited about this!  As I was so unwell around my 30th birthday, I didn’t get chance to celebrate with my  husband, so we decided to go to this as my belated birthday celebration!

We didn’t know what would be on the menu, but I had let them know I was vegetarian, so I knew I would be able to eat whatever I got.  Here’s what we had:

(This is the standard menu – where there is fish or meat, I had pretty much the same dish but vegetarian).

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The food was all fresh, delicious and beautifully presented.  I didn’t manage all my matching beers, but my husband helped me out there!  I would definitely recommend The Refectory if you are local.


What do you think of my rather strange day of food?  Are you a fan of rhubarb?  Let me know in the comments!