• 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…

  • Food & Drink,  Photography

    Award Winning Italian Restaurant, Polpo

    There are always new restaurants for James and I to try out in Bristol but sometimes you just want to go somewhere you know is good. Polpo on Whiteladies Road is one of those. Specialising in Venetian food, they have a varied menu that’s not too overwhelming but has a little bit of everything. Perfect for groups as there is something for everyone. You’ll find pizzas, meatballs, pasta, steak, salads and small plates called cicheti. Like the Italian version of Tapas. Whenever we visit we order up several dishes to start and then if we need anymore, get another order in. The dishes come out of the kitchen when they’re…

  • Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    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…

  • 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,  Photography

    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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Watergate Bay Hotel

    Last weekend was James’ birthday; he’s a tricky one to buy for so I decided to take him away for a couple of days. When I first started my current job nearly three years ago, an old work friend told me about this great hotel right on the beach, with amazing food and an indulgent spa all within walking distance of your hotel room. Ever since I have wanted to visit but haven’t found a good enough reason. So, if I can’t spoil James with pressies, I’ll spoil him with a two night stay at Watergate Bay Hotel. Just over two and a half hours away from Bristol, on the…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Atomic Burger, Bristol

    Since working in Bristol, the name Atomic Burger has been bounded around by many colleagues. The toilets proved to be a highlight of many conversations (because of the nostalgic wallpaper). It’s been nearly three years since I first heard the name uttered so it was about time I went to see what all the fuss was about. Found at the top of Gloucester Road, Bristolians rarely have a bad thing to say about Atomic Burger. I mean, why would you? A vast array of burgers, large in portion and in flavour, surrounded by walls filled with comic book posters, dolls and memorabilia from your childhood – spanning many generations. It’s recently had…

  • Beauty,  Fashion,  Graphic Design,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Book review: Farfetch Curates Design

    Farfetch have only gone and brought out another beaut of a book; Farfetch Curates Design. They’ve moved on from food and are now focusing on Design. This second installment still retains it’s passion for fashion but in inline with the world of home and architectural design. For someone who loves watching shows like Grand Designs and uses Pinterest on a daily basis, this is a great book to pick up and gather inspiration from. The book is divided up into different countries, giving us a sneak peak into what is trending all over the world including Berlin, Canada, Norway and plenty more. As with their last book (Farfetch Curates Food), the photography is…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Turtle Bay, Cheltenham

    Working in Bristol I’d already been lucky enough to experience a few lunches at Turtle Bay, as well as some evening cocktails. So when I heard Cheltenham was in for some caribbean goodness I couldn’t have been happier. In the perfect location in the centre of town, making it hugely popular at the weekend and the evenings. My friend and I popped along on a Thursday night, sadly just missing the 241 cocktail offer but pleased to be able to get a table. The decor is fun and reflects the style of cooking. A vibrant kitchen and bar area but more intimate lighting for each individual table. I love all…