• Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Sholay Indian Kitchen, Bristol

    The other night we watched a program about our nations love of curry. Turns out we can’t get enough of the blooming stuff. Although we were pretty disappointed to hear that the favourites apparently include chicken tikka masala and the korma! In our opinion, perhaps the blandest of the two and the least authentic. Each to their own but James and I like our curries with a bit more pizazz and a lot more heat. We were recently invited along to Sholay Kitchen, one of the shipping containers at Wapping Wharf, to sample their new menu and enjoy some of their staple dishes. The menu is short and sweet, with…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    The Cauldron, Bristol

    I have recently started a new job. A new job that brings me back to the centre of Bristol after two years of commuting out to Avonmouth. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be out of that job. On a daily basis I had to question why I wasn’t working in the city centre when we lived smack-bang in the middle. There were many reasons for leaving other than just the location but I won’t bore you with those details for now. James and I now work 5 minutes from each other, we can meet up for lunch and if James isn’t on dog-duty, walk to…

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    Italian restaurant with a view

    Last year our neighbour told us about a lovely Italian restaurant down in Clevedon. You may be wondering why we would travel all the way to Clevedon to enjoy Italian food when we have an abundance of such restaurants on our doorstep. Well, what Bristol City Centre is missing, is a cracking seaview. The restaurant in question was Il Giardino. A family run business that’s been going for over 25 years, so they must be doing something right. We visited back in the Summer, you know, about three weeks ago when we had our very short-lived British Summer. It was almost too hot to sit outside however there was a light…

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    Dinomania at Bristol Zoo

    If you go down to the zoo today you’re sure of a big surprise, or to be more accurate – if you go down to the zoo any time between now and the 3rd September, you and your own little monsters are sure of 10 big surprises, because Bristol Zoo has been invaded by dinosaurs! Bristol Zoo’s a great day out any time; with one of the best collections in the country, and world class research and breeding facilities, this zoo is a fantastic place to visit to see rare, stunning creatures, to learn, and all in beautiful gardens. There’s always a good range of talks on, providing a great…

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    Three Choirs Vineyard

    My expectations for an English vineyard were pretty low if I’m honest. I don’t know a huge amount about wine, but I do know that for grapes to grow you need a fair bit of sun, and that’s where I thought we’d have a bit of an issue; we get the odd heatwave but it’s now the end of June, 13 degrees outside and for the last three days it’s been raining constantly. The day we visited the Three Choirs vineyard was a less drizzly day, but still pretty overcast to start with. Our first appointment was at 11.00; a tour. The vineyard sits in a beautiful 70 acre site…

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    A bottle of something special

    Fancy pubs and bars are popping up all over the place these days, so to stand out from the crowd they need to either do things simply and well, or do something a bit different. The latter will always generate a bit of attention initially, but unless it’s good as well, they’ll normally fizzle out within six months. We found a winner last week: The Bottle of Sauce is situated in the centre of Cheltenham, on the corner of Clarence Street and Ambrose Street. Walking past you don’t get many clues what’s inside as the large windows are quite high up the building and aren’t any good for peering in.…

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    The Fire Station, Cheltenham

    The Fire Station in Cheltenham has been open a while now; after not being able to make the grand opening and what with life being pretty hectic, it wasn’t until recently that we finally went to check it out. With the family in tow, one Saturday evening we entered the 110 year old building, that bares no resemblance to it’s age. We headed to the bar area to grab a drink before taking a seat at our table. The bar area is large, with restaurant seating not too far away on the ground floor as well as on the upper floor. The bar is quite noisy, especially on a Saturday night, so…

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    Pasta Loco; worth giving up any carb-free diet

    I can’t remember the last time I saw so much buzz around an Italian restaurant before, so not long after it opened, James and I booked up a table and got ourselves along to Pasta Loco. Pizza restaurants are all the rage in Bristol at the moment, so finding some good dough isn’t too tricky but pasta, well that seems a bit of a stretch. Being wowed over by pasta seems an odd statement to make but when it’s made from scratch and done oh-so-well, you can’t help but feel like you’re missing out when you’re not trying a new recipe from the guys at Pasta Loco every night. I…

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    Boston Tea Party’s new menu

    James and I have been lucky enough to enjoy the last week off; not going abroad anywhere in the hope the weather would be on our side. I’d been invited along to Boston Tea Party to check out some new additions to their menu and it was the perfect way to kick start our week off – and better yet, the weather was a beaut! We visited the one on Park Street and found a spot in the large outside seating area. The new items on the menu included a range of toasties with a variety of fillings; I went for the Chipotle chicken and parmesan, which also included sun…