Wednesday, 3 February 2016

The Black Swan - February 2016 Menu Launch

I'll start by stating that this isn't a review, it's merely a glimpse of Black Swan's new menu. I was invited alongside many, many, many other bloggers to their menu launch last night; hat's off to Black Swan and their PR Company it was a brilliant event and I got to meet some lovely people to boot.

So what can you expect should you take a trip to Black Swan in the next coming months?

Monday, 25 January 2016

Cielo Blanco - Trinity Leeds, Leeds City Centre

There's nothing more exciting than catching up with your old school friends, reliving the past, gossiping about old school mates and sharing the latest scandals we've seen play out on Facebook.

The only thing that can sometimes be a challenge is finding somewhere that everyone will love (that isn't pizza. I love pizza but sometimes it's nice to have a change).

I've visited Cielo Blanco before but never blogged about it, it was around the time it opened but sometimes life gets too hectic to blog about everywhere I eat. For those who are not already accustomed to their ways Cielo Blanco is a Mexian restaurant situated in Trinity Leeds, it's owned by Leelex Ltd which own a host of other places in Leeds such as Neon Cactus, Jake's Bar and Oporto amongst others. The menu is more concentrated around their small plates, or Mexican style tapas, or in their words 'street food'. There are bigger plates too where you can order your typical burrito, enchilada or even a superfood salad.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Ambiente - Leeds

Admittedly I’ve visited Ambiente on a couple of occasions before, however due to greed (too hungry to take pictures) or early dating days (because I’d never get anywhere if I inflicted food blogger syndrome on someone from day one) I’ve never reviewed them on the blog. I’m often recommending Ambiente to friends so here I am recommending them to you, my loyal and beautiful readers.

Originally a warehouse beside the river, which became an Argentinian Steakhouse eventually (between those two times I'm not too sure)and then a few years ago Ambiente took over the spot. Ambiente has two other places in York and pride themselves on offer high quality classic tapas alongside some more adventurous plates. Their menu changes seasonally and they also offer a few deals including 3 tapas for £9.95 before 6pm and a tapas for two, veggie and meaty/fishy, for £27.95. There is also a range of paella to share for £19-23. I’ve taken advantage of a couple of these deals in the past and they are certainly worth the money.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Byron Burger - Leeds City Centre

These pictures look much better when fashion bloggers do them.

I know I'm late to the scene on this one but there are just so many damn burger places open that I can’t keep up. In actual fact I had place Byron Burger on a bit of a back burner once I found out that it was a chain restaurant. A chain restaurant really has to peak my interest for me to take an interest and make a concerted effort to visit, if it’s another American food place where they pile your food to ridiculous heights it’s never really going to make the top of the list.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Sausage Plait Recipe - Sausage, Fennel, Onion and Apple Plait

If you're a follower of my Twitter or Instagram account you may have noticed my recent infatuation with puff pastry (it's not all just waffles u'know!). It all started before Christmas when I was tagged in one of those recipe videos on Facebook, if you haven't seen them yet they consist of a timelapsed cooking process which demonstrate how to make seemingly simple dishes with no written recipe accompanying it. The video I was tagged in was a puff pastry Christmas tree with a twist.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

The Potting Shed - Bingley

For those of you who know me, or have possibly been following this blog for a while (which I guess in a way makes you know me a little better than some of my family members), you will know that I used to live out Shipley way. I rented an apartment sandwiched between the River Aire and the Leeds Liverpool Canal, it sat where an old mill used to be on the Shipley/Saltaire/Baildon border. I loved living here. The wildlife from the ducks in the car park to watching the house martins and swallows dashing over the Aire to the deer I happened to see on a walk down the river. Not so far from Leeds it sometimes feels like an entirely different part of the country, something that impacted me more when I travelled to Bingley last weekend having now lived in the city for just over 2 years.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Tamper Coffee - Sheffield

I bloody love Twitter (when I'm not being trolled or abused... okay it's a love hate relationship), if you're heading somewhere new and you need something Twitter almost always has the answer (unless it's Lincolnshire, no one in Lincolnshire appears to have Twitter). So when I needed to go to Sheffield for work and coffee was needed Twitter helped point me in the right direction, I have recommendations that will keep me caffeinated in Sheffield for many more visits too.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Christmas at The Alchemist (Greek Street) - Leeds City Centre

Following on the trend from last year I have decided to blog about our work Christmas Dinner again. Last year's abdominal failure at The Griffin led me to believe that Christmas Dinners couldn't get much worse. That was until we decided to book the Alchemist. 

A three course Christmas Dinner at The Alchemist was £26.95 per person for three courses and a £5 deposit was required for each head booked. Orders are not taken beforehand, which means they have a very heavily staffed kitchen with a ton of food they can dish up quickly or they precook it most of it and serve a half arsed meal to the masses. My bets are on the former. 

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Lunch at The Alchemist (Greek Street) Leeds City Centre

The Alchemist, if you haven't heard, has opened a new place on Greek Street. A smart move considering a new boutique hotel is being built opposite. The whole street is undergoing a rejuvenation which to be honest is long overdue. When I first started drinking in Leeds city centre 10 years ago (okay maybe 12) Greek Street was where the older folk went out, there were a lot of divorcees hanging out there (or so it seemed) and a fair few young women latching on to older guys. Back to the present, in addition to Alchemist, Gusto has also opened up shop on Greek Street and The Living Room has been rebranded and refurbed in to The Liquorist and from the scaffolding it would appear that La Tasca are also having a face lift.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Cooking on a shoestring - healthy, cheap and easy recipes

Victoria Gate, the new shopping complex due to open Spring 2016 in Leeds, is not exactly the sort of project I would tend to associate food banks and healthy living schemes. Their developers Hammerson however have backed a local Leeds project called Zest Health for Life, a project that offers support and opportunities for people in disadvantaged areas. One of the main aims of ZHfL is to reduce health inequalities, something that comes hand in hand with healthy eating and sadly these days' food banks.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Malmaison Champagne Afternoon Tea - Leeds City Centre

I am a big fan of afternoon tea, I always have been, what's not to love about cake, scones and tea? When the tearoom boom happened a couple of years ago I was writing about afternoon tea almost every other week, especially when I moved to Saltaire and tearooms appeared to be the main option on the dining scene. In recent times tearooms seem to be in decline and we've seen the closure of a few rooms of tea,  one of my favourites being The Marvellous Tearoom owned by The Marvellous Tea Dance Company (who by the way are still in the top 10 of most viewed posts on my blog, it seems a lot of us miss them.)

Monday, 7 December 2015

Ox Club - Headrow House, Leeds City Centre

The long awaited Ox Club in Headrow House has finally opened and it's everything you wanted it to be. From the guys that brought you the best burgers in town, the finest pizza slices and award winning steamed buns, the team from Belgrave present to Leeds their first restaurant.

Ox Club is a grill restaurant with small plates and big plans. The menu is separated in to your usually starters/nibbles, mains (larger plates from the grill), sides (smaller plates) and desserts. We were advised to order a few things from the grill to share and a couple of small plates too. This combination plus some nibbles and a dessert left us satisfied and not crying out in pain from stomach over-expansion, although this may be something that befalls us in the future now having had our first taste of what is on offer.

Hollywood Bowl - Cardigan Fields, Kirkstall, Leeds

It's probably unusual for a food blogger to review a bowling alley, they are not particularly famed for offering the highest of good to gobble produce. The offerings are more often than not lacklustre, greasy, cooked up by spotty teenagers who (let's be honest) don't give a flying f**k about the food or the job that their doing they just want their cash at the end of the day to whirl back in to the company as they try and get the highest score on their favourite arcade game. I think I have even frequented a bowling alley where the food offering was a Wimpy. A Wimpy, do they still even exist? The connotations of eating in a alley aren't great either with the drifting smell of sweaty feet from the overused bowling shoes and powdered substances floating in the air as they try and dispel the smells from the shoes, an asthmatics nightmare.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

The Cat's Pyjamas - Headingley, Leeds

The owner of White's Deli, a former research company owner, has taken on their second venture in to the food scene in Headingley with The Cat's Pyjamas. Alison, the owner, prior to White's Deli had never owned or ran a cafe but her  bounding success and her new found passionate for the food and catering scene has led her to take on something a little more challenging, an Indian street food and craft ale joint.

The words 'Indian street food and craft ale' conjure up one place in most Leodians minds, Bundobust, their popularity and just generally being adored by all in Leeds means that The Cat's Pjs are rather unfortunately going to have to live with everyone comparing them against each other.