• Cheltenham,  Cotswolds,  Photography,  Uncategorized

    We got married!

    It’s been nearly a month since James and I got married and I’ve finally adjusted to life without planning a wedding. We took the whole planning thing very relaxed right up until the last week so I didn’t think I’d miss it so much, but it’s strange not having this big event to work towards. I guess I’ve been suffering slightly from post-wedding blues but we’ve recently been sent our wedding photographs and have been able to enjoy the day all over again. It’s true what they say about the whole thing going by so quickly and the pressure you put upon yourself to make sure you’ve spoken to everyone.…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Root, Cargo 1 – Bristol

    James and I are vegetarian about 5 days out of 7. It’s not something we’ve actively decided, it’s just that we don’t tend to buy meat or cook it whilst at home. Whilst I could never give up meat entirely, (a life without burgers and bacon is not even worth thinking about), but I think we both feel better for it. The times when we do eat meat is when we go out for dinner. However, if you decide to go to Root, you’re often better off sticking to the veg. Root is located where Chicken Shed used to be at Wapping Wharf, in the Cargo 1 units and is…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Cotham Arms, Bristol

    I love going to pubs. Just outside of Cheltenham there are a great array of country style pubs that I’ve frequented many a time. Since moving to Bristol these trips have dwindled but that’s not to say my love of pubs has. When I heard about a new pint-sized classic pub opening in Clifton, I got my walking boots on and made my way up that ever-so-steep St Michael’s Hill – James in tow. The pub has that distinctive Bristolian vibe with industrial touches of exposed lightbulbs and quirky artwork, that is also available to buy. There are a mix of tables and booths in the back, along with stools…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    St Lucia, The Caribbean

    After a rubbish start to the year, James and I wanted to get away to somewhere we could recharge the batteries, soak up some sunshine and completely switch off. We wanted something last minute and in April it meant we needed to go long haul. After listing our requirements to the travel agent, they suggested St Lucia and we happily agreed. Within four weeks of booking we were on our way, saying goodbye to the dreary English weather (that had forecast snow whilst we were away) and preparing our bodies for some serious relaxation. The island of St Lucia is pretty small, approximately 43km long by 22km wide, you’d think…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Pretty Prague Part 1

    James and I had heard very good things about Prague. Both of our parents had visited and fallen for it’s charm so when we decided to squeeze in one last holiday last year, we knew exactly where we were going. At the end of September we had two weddings over two back-to-back weekends over in Essex and Norwich, we decided that the week in between would be the perfect time to plan our trip for. When it came round to it the packing proved somewhat difficult; trying to decide what to wear to two weddings and one that is a week away is a little tricky but we succeeded in…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    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…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Thai delight at Thaikhun

    We’ve never been to Thailand before, and if all we wanted to see of it was their equivalent of a used home ware store, then we’d have no reason to venture any further than Bath. The inside of new Thai restaurant Thaikhun is kitted out with genuine wares from Thailand, packed into a container and shipped half way around the world to add to the sensory overload of this exciting new addition to the south west. Situated a handy two minute walk from the station in the Little Southgate dining quarter, this is the ninth restaurant in this Thai street food chain. Walking inside we received a warm welcome and…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Crafts and craft beer

    Beer can be brewed in a couple of weeks, but sometimes it’s worth investing a bit more time in order to get a deeper, richer flavour. The team at the Meantime Brewing Company spend six weeks brewing their latest unique West Country Pilsner, and this inspired the ‘Make Time For It’ campaign. Launched earlier this year, this campaign celebrates the master craftsmanship of their brewers and the care and attention put in to every keg and bottle produced. But more than that, the campaign is designed to highlight the abundance and quality of craftsmanship and innovation throughout the UK. Meantime set six of the best craftsmen across the country a…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    PiShop, Bristol

    Pizza joints are popping up all over Bristol at the moment, all being added to our list of where to eat next. The one that immediately made it to the top was the new venture from the guys at Casamia; PiShop. We wandered over one evening after work and were pleasantly surprised to see one of the chefs picking fresh ingredients from the small garden at the front of the restaurant. We rushed inside, keen to grab a table as it seemed PiShop had already grabbed the attention of fellow foodies. We managed to grab a great spot, within our own little cove that over looked the river outside but also allowed…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Not Just Juice, Cheltenham

    Having meat in my diet has dropped significantly in the last couple of years, not necessarily a conscious decision, it’s just something I’ve come accustomed to. We just don’t buy it that often and have found cheaper alternates that work just as well. I’ve attended The Vegan Fest in Bristol a few times now and often come away thinking, maybe I could do this. The food tastes great and I’ve read numerous articles about the health benefits of giving up meat. In theory it seems like a great idea however I think I know deep down I could never fully commit. But for those who are vegan or even those that…