• Cotswolds,  Food & Drink,  Photography

    Testing out the Olympus Pen E-PL8

    I love blogging. The community of the areas I try to cover, both Bristol and the Cotswolds is great. I’ve yet to notice any competitiveness or bragging between bloggers. I guess it’s because we’re all quite similar people in that we either love food, taking photographs of food or writing about experiences we have eating food. It’s a wonderful connection that brings a group of people that are essentially strangers, together. One of my blogging highlights of the year was about a month ago now when James and I were invited by Clifton Cameras to an event they were hosting, sponsored by Olympus. The event was a Bloggers Brunch, involving…

  • 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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Thaikhun Cookery Courses

    For us, learning new skills and cooking are two of our favourite things, so a Thai cooking course ticks all the boxes. Add to that getting to eat our delicious creation, a highly entertaining tutor, a fantastic support team and a couple of delicious cocktails, and for us we had all the ingredients for a perfect evening! That is what’s on the menu at Thaikhun, and we were lucky enough to go along to the first of one of their new regular cookery classes. Having eaten very well at Thaikhun before (you can read about that here), we had high hopes for learning how to cook like they do. We…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Pretty Prague Part 2

    Sometimes a week seems a long time to spend in a city, however there is so much to see and do in Prague that we could easily have stayed longer. Our next stop was to the Technical Museum, something James’ dad had recommended. It took us a while to find it but eventually we got there and spent the whole morning exploring several floors of old and new technical advances that had been made through the centuries. After lots of reading and walking around the museum, we worked up quite an appetite so made our way back into the centre for our favourite type of food. James’ ‘hurry up and…

  • 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

    Opso, London

    The only time I’ve eaten Greek food is in Greece. It was on a family holiday to Halkidiki probably about 16 years ago now, where we visited the same restaurant nearly every evening. We had a greek salad to share with every meal and it was my first introduction to feta cheese. That was probably my main takeaway from that holiday; and also the fact we had terrible storms towards the end of the trip due to an earthquake that had devastated Athens – I was petrified it would make it’s way to us. Thankfully it didn’t and I’m hear to tell the tale of the second time I enjoyed…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    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.…

  • 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,  Photography

    The Nook, Bristol

    James and I have gone and got these new super busy jobs recently, which we often get caught up in. It can sometimes be a struggle to wind down in the evenings if it’s been a particularly hectic one. One of our favourite things to do, which coincidentally helps with the blog, is going out for a midweek treat. A nice meal and perhaps a cocktail or two. Neither of us are now working directly in the city centre (well James nearly is) but lucky for us, a collection of great new restaurants and bars have opened up in the vicinity of where we live. So, as soon as we…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Afternoon Tea at Malmaison Cheltenham

    There’s nothing more quintessentially British than an Afternoon Tea. All the good stuff we’ve all grown to love, washed down with a pot of tea. What used to be Montpellier Chapter in town has since been taken over by the Malmaison chain but I like to think what we have here in Cheltenham is a cut above the rest – maybe I’m a little biased.. The building stature is grand from the outset and even grander inside. With a large open reception area with inviting sofas, that lead into another room with more sofas and seating arrangements. A large bookcase and newspapers dotted around, give you the perfect opportunity to just…