Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Al Forno - Darlington

A couple of weeks' ago I found myself out for dinner in Darlington, there was a large group of us and the restaurant had been pre-decided. Italian is usually a winner for all in these situations.

As there was such a large group we had pre-ordered before arriving at the restaurant, makes things simple and prevents dishes being missed, right? Wrong. It started with the starters, several people were left without, the restaurant having no clue they had been ordered and fresh dishes having to be made there and then once most had their food.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Noco Kiosk - Halifax

I haven't been to Halifax town centre for years, however, when I heard that The Piece Hall had reopened I was eager to see how it had changed since I last visited in my childhood years. My mum and auntie were going through a hippy-esq phase and were all about tarot cards, aromatherapy and crystals and there were a few shops that catered to this at The Piece Hall and so we used to go after visits to Eureka.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Kapow Coffee - Thornton's Arcade, Leeds

Kapow started life in the smallest of coffee shops down on The Calls (some may say it's where all the greats start life) and they have recently (although may be not too recently now) opened up a bigger place a little further in to the centre in Thornton's Arcade. They have two floors of space and even serve food!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Cinnamon and Sultana Bread Machine Recipe

A bread machine is a god send for those who love fresh bread but don't have the time to bake it every week, it's also a god send to people like my mum who has arthritis in her hands so unfortunately her kneading days are behind her.

The Morphy Richards Premium Plus bread maker is far superior to my old bread maker (that got the boot a few years ago) and as the name suggests it is a premium machine in that it not only makes different sized breads but it also has settings for so much more. So far I have used the standard bread setting, the wholemeal setting and the fruit bread setting, but it goes further than this extending to cakes and even pizza bases.

Friday, 2 March 2018

The White Horse and Griffin - Whitby

It's fair to say that Whitby is my favourite seaside town. We go at least once a year but strangely enough, I've never been in the winter time. I'm not one of these people that hunker down during the darker months, I still like to be out and about and I love walking in the cold sunshine. Therefore, it's rather silly that I hadn't been to Whitby in wintertime.

Whitby is a glorious place to go in winter, it's just as nice in winter as in summer. After a brisk and wintry walk beside the sea there are plenty of pubs with open fires to fall in to and drink many of the many varieties of mulled alcohol, ale and quite surprisingly, there are a number of gin bars too.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Riverford Organic Food - Delivered to your door.

If you're not scrimping, saving or super dieting then food box deliveries can be a great way to discover new recipes, ingredients and moments of joy. There are a few out there at the moment, that range from budget to blow and cater to a whole host of dietary requirements. 

I had previously reviewed Gousto and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed cooking out of a box. Riverford Organic offered to send me a box to try out and I gladly accepted, curious to learn new recipes and find out how it different from Gousto. 

Saturday, 20 January 2018

L'Art Du Fromage - Leeds City Centre

When I worked in Leeds city centre I used to walk past a French tearoom called Le Chalet every single day, I often used to think "I should really nip in and check this place out", but alas it never happened (as so many places in Leeds, a girl only has so much time and money).

I was intrigued by their new concept and venture, a restaurant open only on a week and focusing on one ingredient. Cheese. 

Slap and Pickle at Trinity Leeds

Roll up, roll up get your big long wieners before they're gone!

Slap and Pickle have taken up one of the street food spots at Trinity Leeds this month. They've got rude and cheeky metaphors and similes hanging around all over the place and best of all, they do a smashing sausage that beats the Leeds German Market hands down.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Cosy up at the Adelphi with their new winter menu.

The Adelphi is one of Leeds' most attractive looking pubs, in my opinion. It has retained so much of its original Victorian features and character. I could sit in this pub all day supping on a pint (or a few) admiring its small intricacies. Too many of Leeds' pubs have been stripped of their former glory in the name of refurbishment, fashion or improvements.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Trinity Kitchen - The Latest Street Food Offerings!

Trinity Kitchen's new line up sees a few new faces to Leeds and a mix up of Sela Bar's little red bus's menu. 

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Cantina at The Old Red Bus Station - Leeds - Vegan Heaven

Further up the lane from the sleek, high end, recently created and rejuvenated from what was before Victoria Gate you'll find a side of Leeds city centre that has been neglected over the past few years. I don't remember this side of town in what you may call its 'hay day' but I do remember it being slightly less dilapidated than it has been in previous times. There used to be a cinema on this street, the ABC, which has since been knocked to the ground. It was always for me, the lesser option compared to the Odeon (now sports direct) but it made the area visited. During my teenage years I was introduced to an all-you-cat-eat Chinese restaurant, which had a fire in the kitchen and then had to close. 

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Coffee Collective and Meyers Bageri - Copenhagen

I’ve included both The Coffee Collective and Meyers Bageri together in this one post, although it could be argued that they deserve their own separate posts. My reasons for doing so is largely due to only having visited Copenhagen once, and the time that I did, I enjoyed them both together.

I’ll start with a little information about Meyers Bageri, the place to go for the best cinnamon buns (kanelsunrrer) in town (I am reliably informed). Meyers is owned by Claus Meyer, a chef, entrepreneur, baker and confectioner. In his bakery on Jaegersborrade you can buy organic bread, freshly ground flour, cakes and most importantly (for me) cinnamon buns. The bakery is tiny and can only accommodate 5 people inside at a time, pre-working hours and weekends are their busiest times, so if you’re a tourist try taking breakfast a little later.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Cafe Vide Hus - Copenhagen

Café Vide Hus was another place I found via Instagram. When I saw a picture of their avocado on toast with immaculate latte art I had to go check it out.

As it turns out Café Vide Hus isn’t too far away from the centre of town, it’s also opposite Rosenborg Castle which was one of the places on our ‘to do’ list. It’s a rather unassuming café in appearance and further research suggests it’s one of the hidden gems of Copenhagen.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

108 - Copenhagen

The chap and I both picked a restaurant each to book an evening meal for our minibreak to Copenhagen. 108 appealed to D because it wasn’t just another tasting menu as is often the case in higher end restaurants, which meant he could avoid the fish dishes if he so desired.

108 is located near to what was once Noma, dubbed the greatest restaurant in the world for a number of years (it’s now closed but set to reopen in a couple of years in a new location), it’s also Noma’s informal (and cheaper) sibling. The dining room is relaxed, with stylish stripped back interiors but with attention to small details, such as the cutlery wallet, reminding you that you’re in somewhere a little more special than the local caff.

108 is well and truly part of the New Nordic Cuisine movement focusing on fresh, local and natural produce. 108 is slightly different from others in the movement in that they ferment the produce they harvest, extending its lifespan slightly.