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.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Bollyfood - Copenhagen



On the eve of my birthday we decided to head in to the meatpacking district of Copenhagen, which you’ll find in Vesterbro not too far away from the central station and Tivoli gardens.

Not many places appeared to be open on a Tuesday evening and so after looking in a few windows we decided to settle on Bollyfood. If you haven’t guessed already Bollyfood is an Indian (and Pakistani) restaurant that also does takeaway.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Relae - Copenhagen



We visited Relae on our final night of the trip, which also happened to be my 30th birthday. It was recommend to me by a few people when I asked on Twitter about the must go places in Copenhagen.

The restaurant was set up by two Noma alumni and is situated in the trendy Norrebro area of the city on Jaegersborggade.

As Relae is a Michelin Starred restaurant we thought we’d save this treat for my birthday. Relae is also ranked as the 39th best restaurant in the world and the world’s most sustainable restaurant. It’s this pursuit of sustainability that drives the food focus at Relae.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Ipsen & Co - Copenhagen



Whenever I go abroad I’m always in search of good coffee and usually good breakfast to go with said coffee. There is a ridiculous amount of choice when it comes to these two things in Copenhagen, I was finding it hard to create a shortlist. In the end my choices came down to Instagram, what others had said and shown on their accounts of places I could see advertised themselves as selling independent/craft coffee and breakfast.

Ipsen & Co wasn’t at the top of my list until I saw the check-ins and the pictures of fabulous looking coffees, breakfasts and as cosy looking nook. It didn’t disappoint. After a short underground journey and a slight walk from our hotel we arrived early to a small coffee shop on the corner of Gammel Kongevej in Frederiksberg. The location is known for being a little  more middle class than other hipster areas of the city (such as Norrebro). A lot of families settle here with it being a little quieter and you’ll notice a more domestic side to the city.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Baest - The World's 13th Best Pizza - Copenhagen




Baest has been ranked the 13th best pizza place, which is quite an accolade when you think about how many pizza places there are in the world, I can think of at least 10 in Leeds city centre just off of the top of my head. So what makes Baest so good? Why is some of the best pizza in the world found in Denmark?



First all Baest use only organic meats and produce, the flour is local and is gently fermented and then cooked in a wood-fired oven that they had specially made for them in Naples. It’s there for you to see in the restaurant and the charcuterie is made onsite above the restaurant, the mozzarella is also made using local organic milk which is stretched by hand several times a day. The meat they use on their pizzas and offer as charcuterie is crafted from Danish pigs (and we all know how good Danish bacon is), they think they are some of the best pigs in Europe.


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Thai Aroy Dee - Leeds



Thai Aroy Dee is a well-loved Thai Restaurant amongst the ‘foodies’ in Leeds. Being a resident food blogger of six years it’s shameful that I hadn’t been until this year. It wasn’t for the want of trying however. I had tried to visit Thai Aroy Dee in their previous, smaller, location just down the road. I had tried calling for bookings but was either told they were fully booked or there was no answer to my calls. I tried turning up, mid-week even, to be turned away. It was proving to be a fruitless task.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Esquires - Bradford City Centre



I first came across Esquires in New Zealand, way back in 2009, at the time you had to pay for Wi-Fi everywhere but in Esquires you could get unlimited Wi-Fi if you bought a drink. A good attraction for travellers who need to Skype family members or post envious pictures on Facebook.

At the tender age of 22 I wasn’t yet a coffee drinker and so the furthest my order went was for a cup of tea. I used to alternate between Esquires and Starbucks for my tea and Wi-Fi needs.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Gorilla - Manchester



I always struggle for places to eat in Manchester. It’s either because there is just SO much choice, or that there isn’t anything that inspires me because I can’t find it at home in Leeds. Perhaps it’s a combination of both.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

North Tea Power - Manchester



I love eating out for breakfast. I think the reason why is because you will normally find me eating breakfast at home in my pjs or at my desk at work whilst I check on last night’s emails, therefore, it feels like a bit of a luxury. The only problem is, I struggle to get out of the house and to cafes or restaurants in time for breakfast. This is why brunch is an excellent concept for me, it means I can take my time and still enjoy breakfast out, albeit just a bit later than I would eat breakfast at home.