• Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Bravas, Cotham Hill, Bristol

    James and I are off on holiday next week and I cannot bloomin’ wait. We are off to Prague to hopefully do a mix of eating, sightseeing and relaxing. I’m hoping we’ll catch the tail end of summer and it’ll still be warm but Autumn appears to be ready to grace us with it’s presence. Autumn is the perfect excuse for a new winter coat and chelsea boots but I don’t think I’m ready to let go of Summer just yet – which is very unlike me. Last week, I found one way of making myself believe we could still bask in the sunshine for a little longer – better…

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    The famous London Ivy has come to Bristol!

    The Ivy; a long-established and well know celeb’ hang out in central London. When it’s time to expand, the obvious location is the UK’s second food capital – Bristol! Keen to find out what all the fuss is about, we made our reservation a couple of weeks before the restaurant had opened. Ahead of our booking we looked at the menu on their website and were amazed, if slightly concerned, at the vast selection on offer. Some of the best restaurants we know have very limited but perfectly formed menus, offering a handful of exquisitely crafted dishes. By contrast, a lot of very average eateries have extensive menus, catering for…

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    A classy curry

    Steph and I recently had a week off, and rather than explore a new and exotic city as we normally do when the opportunity presents itself, this time we decided to stay at home and enjoy some of the wonderful places and activities closer to home (read the full account here). It also gave us the chance to try some of the local restaurants we’ve been meaning to for a while. One of those restaurants is the Mint Rooms which specialises in Indian cuisine with style! There’s one in Bath, and one a convenient 20 minute walk from home, situated between Clifton Village and the Triangle. The restaurant feels classy,…

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    At-Bristol: After Hours

    Have you ever wanted to be able to run around a science centre, play with fun experiments and drink a cocktail or two? Well the people at At-Bristol let you do just that! About 4 times a year, the science centre opens it’s doors later in the evening for over 18s only. These evenings often follow a theme, having already done the Food one, this time we were off to a… errr.. umm.. Sex themed one. Timed just a couple of days before Valentine’s Day – how romantic! We grabbed ourselves some love potions (cocktails), which only fuelled our need to regress and run around like a couple of kids. There was…

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    Edinburgh Day 2

    After a fun-filled yet tiring first day in Edinburgh, I was surprised at how easy it was to get up the following morning. Perhaps because we had plenty more to look forward to over the next 24 hours. First stop after breakfast was The Surgeon’s Hall museums, made up of the Wohl Pathology Museum, the History of Surgery Museum and The Dental Collection. Originally developed as a teaching museum for students of medicine, the museum expands over three floors consisting of bone and tissue specimens, artefacts and some quite mind-blowing facts. It’s fascinating to see how medicine has advanced, how those living before anesthetic had to brave amputations. It’s not ideal…

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    A mini-break in Edinburgh

    A ‘mini’ break only in the sense we were there for two days, we did however, manage to cram in about a weeks worth of sightseeing whilst we were away. Our legs didn’t forgive us quickly and Monday morning was a struggle but this did mean we got to tick off some of the best bits of Edinburgh and eat plenty of delicious food without feeling overly guilty about it. We had an almost painfully early flight on the Saturday morning. You know, when you look at the alarm beeping in front of you and can’t quite believe you have to remove yourself from the warmth of your bed. It…

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    Darker experiences in Budapest

    Our final full day in Budapest we visited a couple of museums. First of which was the House of Terror, a museum dedicated to various historical terror regimes, illustrating the decades of Nazi and Communist suppression. The building was once the headquarters for the secret police of both the Nazi and Communist governments. The words ‘Terror’ protrude from the building so that when the sun shines on them, it symbolises the terror that was inflicted on Hungarians. You can’t take photographs but it’s a must-see if you’re in the city. Some of the videos are quite distressing to watch and the prison cells in the basement are a real eye-opener.…

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    'My house in Budapest'…

    …is the first line of the song titled ‘Budapest’ by George Ezra. It is also the same line my brother, Rob used as a clue on Christmas Day for the family to guess where he had decided to take us all. Buying Birthday and Christmas presents can often slip Rob’s mind but last Christmas he came up trumps. Rob regards Budapest as one of his favourite cities to visit. He has been twice before so you’d think this would make him pretty familiar with how the city works but more on that later! We arrived in Budapest late Tuesday afternoon, picked up at the airport and taken to our hotel.…

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    Two planes, two trains, all to see a bit of Spain – Part 1

    We kicked off our holiday in Southern Spain, with a group of friends in a town called Benalmadena. Our friend Dawn had picked out a lovely villa with a pool and amazing views of the surrounding mountains. It was the perfect place to relax and soak up some much needed Vitamin D. After four days of chilling and indulging in probably one too many scoops of ice cream, Alan and I said our goodbyes to our friends and got on a train up to Madrid. Three hours later we checked into our hotel and headed further into the centre of Madrid to begin our free walking tour. We had 30 minutes…