• Cheltenham,  Food & Drink

    Bar Padron, Cheltenham

    I’m talking tapas again but this time in Cheltenham. One of the main things I’ll miss about Bristol when we make the move to our new home on the outskirts of Cheltenham will most definitely be the food scene. We eat out at least once a week at the moment and rarely have a bad meal – the quality and variety on offer in Bristol is probably the best in the country! Cheltenham as a town, isn’t too far behind though and has a growing food scene with more independent restaurants opening all the time. One of the most recent being a tapas bar called Bar Padron, located in the…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    New Moon, Clifton

    James doesn’t have many weaknesses or faults, in a nutshell he’s pretty great. He does however, struggle slightly with memory failure. It may also be that he’s not always listening to me jabbering on but I’m not going to delve too deep into the reasons he can’t remember things I’ve told him as that could be dangerous for our marriage. I knew one thing I had mentioned to him on more than one occasion was that we needed to visit New Moon in Clifton. I love the fact you don’t have go far in Bristol for a good tapas bar and New Moon is one of them. What’s better than…

  • Bristol,  Food & Drink

    Gambas, Wapping Wharf

    Situated in the food haven that is Wapping Wharf, the owners of Bravas tapas bar on Cotham Hill, have brought their small plates down to the Harbour. Already owners of Cantina, the mexican restaurant, they’ve opened Gambas only a few shipping containers down. Serving up authentic Spanish dishes with a seafood focus, hence the name (Gambas mean prawns in Spanish) however don’t be put-off if you don’t like seafood! When I went along with my friend Emma, both not being huge fish fans, we were able to pick out plenty of dishes to keep us grazing for hours. We visited one evening after work and made the most of the…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography,  Travel

    Things to do in Barcelona

    With last year’s British Summer being a bit of washout, James and I decided we needed some sun and booked a short trip to Barcelona. I had been to Barcelona a few years ago and loved it, whereas it was the first time for James but I knew it was just what we needed. If you’re decidedly fed-up with Winter and in need of some spring getaway inspiration, hopefully this blog post can help. Barcelona is a fun city that has everything; beautiful weather, amazing architecture with interesting history, a great food scene and all within a stone’s throw from the beach. Living in this city locals must lead a…

  • Food & Drink

    Paco Tapas, a piece of Spain in the middle of Bristol

    I am pining for a summer holiday. Just a little sunshine, a pool, a good book and no looking at a computer screen for a week or so. I keep getting these emails from travel companies telling me about their ridiculous offers on hotels that it’s taking all my will power not to book one up for James and I. For the time being I have to be patient. The next year is a little up-in-the-air so we can’t make any concrete plans. But with the arrival of Paco Tapas late last year, I only have to walk 20 minutes from the front door and I could be transported to a…

  • 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

    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…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    The Gin Festival

    Last weekend, Blackfriar’s in Gloucester was lucky enough to host UK’s original, biggest and best gin festival. Gin has come a long way since the days it got the name ‘mother’s ruin’. It’s now one of the most popular spirits that works great in cocktails, straight or with a tonic. Gin makers are experimenting with all sorts of concoctions so it’s an exciting time for gin lovers. Better yet, you can adapt it yourself at home. The festival was created by husband and wife team Jym and Marie Harris in 2012 when they realised there was no festival that reflected their own passion for gin, so they started one themselves. Gin…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle

    Olive shed

    Not a shed full of olives or in fact a shed made of olives I’m sorry to report. Not a great way to start a blog post with a huge statement of disappointment but fear not! The Olive Shed is in fact a wonderful place; situated on the Harbour with luscious views across the river and a long list of tapas dishes proving these guys know what they’re doing. They also do serve olives. If it wasn’t for the fact this country can’t seem to produce a full day of warm sunshine this year we would have made the most of the outdoor seating however the wintery winds convinced us we…

  • Food & Drink,  Lifestyle,  Photography

    Wild beer Co, Cheltenham

    You’d never guess it but the Wild Beer Co are all about their beer. Well, I say that but they also knock up some great food too. Jessop House in Cheltenham is where you’ll find them, which is also their first and currently only bar and restaurant. If you are a beer fan, you are in for a proper treat. They stock all of their own crafted beers and others brewers beers they hold in high regard. Anyway, enough about the beer for now, lets talk food. My friend Steph and I went to try out some of their small plates. The best excuse for picking at food. The main…