Indonesian Fine Dining at Kaum, Seminyak, Bali

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We were lucky enough on our recent trip to Bali to be invited to eat at Kaum a new Indonesian restaurant at the very popular Potato Head Beach Club in Seminak.


This is their second restaurant, which opened at the end of October, and they have high hopes for it, following the recent addition of their Hong Kong restaurant to the Michelin Guide. Kaum is very firmly at the fine dining end of the Bali restaurant spectrum and if they continue to perform as they did on the day we ate there, I have every confidence they'll be in the Indonesian Michelin Guide this time next year.
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Missing Home & A Merry Christmas from Down Under

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This year, for the first time in my entire 32 years of life, I won't be spending Christmas with my family. You probably already know why, I've talked about it enough. Because Dave and I are away in Australia. 

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The Night Noodle Market, Melbourne

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The Night Noodle Market is something which I think is pretty well known to foodies around Australia. It's essentially a travelling street food event which moves around the country featuring live music, drinks and of course, amazing Asian cuisine from hawker style stalls.

filipino bbq chicken at the night noodle market in melbourne

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Winter Cheats BBQ Beer Can Chicken

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I really love a good BBQ and as we'll be spending Christmas in Australia this year, we've decided to celebrate the day with one on the beach. Yeah I know… a bit cliched but what the hell! We'll be there, santa hats and sunglasses at the ready!



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Festive Gift Ideas for the Foodie in your life!

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So, it's that time of year again! It comes round fast doesn't it? Behold… my annual Gingey christmas gift guide.

I love writing this blog post because it's a chance for me to peruse all the things I'm secretly hoping will be bought for me! I've split it into sections; things to eat & drink, experiences, gadgets & stocking fillers. So, without further ado…

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Travel Bites: Eating & Drinking in Fremantle, Western Australia

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The city of Fremantle in Western Australia is a pretty place full of Victorian architecture and with the feel of a frontier outpost turned hippy. Although it's technically called a 'city', Freo (as it's known by the locals) is really just a town with around 35,000 inhabitants. If you compare this to Bristol (430,000) or Leicester (330,000) it's tiny!

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My November Discoveries

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How has another month gone by? It feels like I only just posted my October Discoveries and now, here we are staring December in the face. We've been in Melbourne for over a month now and I've discovered so many amazing things and places. Far too many to list here so I've some how managed to cut it down to just five!

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Day Tripping: Rottnest Island, Western Australia

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Last month we spent three weeks in Western Australia. One of my favourite things we did was visit the beautiful island of Rottnest, around 30 minutes ferry ride away from Perth. A peaceful place full of happy holiday makers, quokkas and breathtaking scenery.



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Pork & Tofu Kimchi Jjigae (돼지김치찌개)

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It's well documented that I love Korean food, I even talked about it in my last blog post about the best  Asian food around Melbourne. One of the dishes I raved about was Kimchi Jjigae – a Korean stew often made with pork or seafood. It's a little bit spicy, nice and filling – the perfect winter warmer!

Pork and Tofu Kimchi Stew with steamed rice and Makkolli.

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My Top Picks For Asian Food In Melbourne

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We've been in Melbourne for a little over two weeks. In that time we've pretty much lived on Asian food. Korean fried chicken, Japanese ramen and Chinese dumplings to name but a few. To be honest, it's so bloody good, I see no reason for this to change!

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Review: Anna Cake Couture: Clifton, Bristol.

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You know I don't have a sweet tooth? Well I kind of do now… especially when it comes to this place.

If you read my blog often you'll know that after moving out of our flat and before we set off on our travels (currently in Melbourne, Oz) we were dog sitting up in Stoke Bishop which for those of you who don't know Bristol well, is right at the top near Clifton Downs.

Delicious cake and coffee at Anna Cake Couture in Bristol
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Sound Bites: The Greyhound, Botcheston

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I'm a sucker for a good story and even more so when it involves food. I think this is just that. The Greyhound at Botcheston in North West Leicestershire has never really been much more than a local boozer but it looks as though things are on the up with a new team of Simons at the helm. Yes really… two Simons. 

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24 hours in Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Thinking back on my foodie experiences through holidays and the places I've visited, there's one city which always springs to mind: Buenos Aires, Argentina. It's been a while since I was there but that time has always stayed with me, probably because it's the place which made me a foodie and lead me down the path I'm on today.

I flew out there to meet one of my best friends at the time. She'd been travelling around South America and I joined her for the last stretch of her trip. Sadly we're no longer in touch but I have some incredible memories. We had the most amazing time and I absolutely fell in love with Argentina.

Only got 24 hours? Here's what you should do:

 

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Review: Little Creatures, Fremantle, Western Australia

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The craft beer trend is huge in the UK at the moment and despite predictions at the start of the year,  it doesn't look like it'll be slowing down anytime soon. I really enjoy wheat beers, white ales and the American style IPA (with Beavertown Gamma Ray right at the top of my list incase you're interested) so for me, this is no bad thing.

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My October Discoveries

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This is a strange one as it spans two continents - for the first half of October I was at home in Bristol and the Midlands. For the second half I was in Western Australia, where I still am now although we fly to Melbourne tomorrow to start the next leg of our adventures which is exciting. In a nutshell, the last three weeks have included eating FAR too much, a friends wedding in a cave, a trip to the wine region of Margaret River, koalas, kangaroos, sunburn and bike rides!

Western Australia, Gingeybites
This really doesn't do it justice but here's a snapshot!

So, here goes for an international themed October Discoveries! As usual, completely random and in no particular order, here are the new things I've discovered and loved over the last month.

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Review: School of Wok, London

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I love Asian food and as I'm sure you all know by now, I also love cookery courses so when I got invited to the School of Wok I jumped at the chance. With Dave in tow, I headed down to London a few months back for a full day Thai masterclass.


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Hey Bristol! Great Food Club has arrived.

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For the last couple of months you've probably seen me talking a lot about Great Food Club on social media. That's because I recently became their Bristol & Bath editor and am really excited about bringing it to this part of the world. 

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Review: El Borracho Del Oro, Birmingham

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It’s always hard choosing somewhere to eat when you’re away but it’s a task I take real pleasure in. I peruse blogs, trip advisor and ask twitter and usually, its twitter which gives me the answer, or at least a final shortlist. I discovered El Borracho Del Oro in Edgbaston this way when I was looking for somewhere to eat on a recent trip to Birmingham.

El Borracho Del Oro bar in Edgbaston, Birmingham,
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Roasted Vegetable & Herby Garden Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

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There's something so good about homemade tomato sauce. It's so versatile but I think the best way to eat it is with pasta. However, it can be expensive and time consuming though so it's no wonder that most of us end up using tinned tomatoes. 

We're housesitting at the moment and in the garden here there are three big tomato plants which are still fruiting! Last week I gathered up this motley collection some of which was on the turn and decided to put the effort in and make some tomato sauce. Such a great way of utilising a glut of toms!

What to do with a glut of homegrown tomatoes
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My September Discoveries

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I have to say it's been a busy old month, I almost ran out of time for this; the second in my new discoveries series! So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the new things I've been loving this month:

Hanoi Coffee Company, Bristol

Summer Rolls at Hanoi Coffee Company in Bristol, Gingey Bites
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Moving house & Adventures Ahoy!

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A little under two weeks ago we packed up our flat, put all of our worldly goods into storage and got ready for the next chapter of our lives. For the next month we're house sitting and couch surfing with friends. Then, once October 16th rolls around we'll be jumping on a big plane and flying off on a rather exciting adventure!  

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Travel Bites: A Weekend in North Devon

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Devon brings back childhood memories for me - holidays as a family, staying in caravans and self catering cottages all along the coast. Although I’ve been a few times as an adult, it must be a few years since I visited. So when, with my Great Food Club hat on, I was invited to go and stay at The George Inn in Braunton, North Devon, I jumped at the chance.

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Review: Riverford Organic Recipe Box

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We tried a Riverford Organic recipe box recently – specifically the 'quick recipe' box for two. I've tried most of the recipe / food delivery boxes now and you can see several of them right here on the blog. I have to say, this one has been by far my favourite for both quality of taste and the ease of the recipes.


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#iamajam Strawberry & Prosecco Jam

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I'd never made jam before last week. My other half has the sweetest tooth known to man and eats endless amounts of the stuff so when Tate & Lyle asked me to join their #iamajam blogger campaign, it seemed like a good opportunity to finally give it a go.


Fresh strawberries ready for jam

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Review: Brunch at Pieminister, Bristol

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You most likely know if you read my blog often that I'm no good at breakfast. It stems from the fact that I'm just not a morning person. Brunch though, now that's something I can get my head around.  So when I was recently invited to try the new brunch menu at one of my favourite Bristol institutions, Pieminster I naturally jumped at the chance. PIE FOR BREAKFAST YOU ASK? YUP…

Pieminister the wild brunch skillet

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Quick Trip: Bertinet Bakery, Bath

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For anyone visiting Bath with a sweet tooth, first stop has to be the small but perfectly formed Bertinet Bakery.

You might recognise the name; it belongs to French chef and baker Richard Bertinet. He's pretty well known and a very good baker with a long list of accolades behind him. Along with his wife, he moved to Bath around 12 years ago and opened a cookery school and a bakery in the city and now, another - this painfully cute bakery and shop on New Bond Street Place.


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After Hours at @Bristol

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I've never really been one for science although I always enjoyed a trip to Snibston Discovery Park when I was little - sadly no longer there but a definite staple for most of my generation growing up in Leicestershire! There is something similar but on a bigger and better scale here in Bristol - it's very well known and I'm sure you've guessed already -  I'm talking about @Bristol.

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Review: Zitto & Bevi, Stokes Croft, Bristol

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Zitto & Bevi literally means 'shut up and drink' – an apt name for the rustic, noisy and fun new wine bar and osteria which has opened up at the bottom of Nine Tree Hill in Bristol's trendy Stokes Croft.

Cured Meats and Cheese at Zitto and Bevi
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My August Discoveries

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I always have bits and pieces I want to share with you and until now I've only ever shouted about them on social media. So, starting today, here's a new monthly feature on my latest discoveries. Everything from producers to coffee shops, delis, products and cook books. Enjoy!

Grady's Cold Brew Coffee 

We loved this American product which we recently discovered in Marks & Spencer's. It's quite light in taste and very refreshing! My only concern it that the 'bean bags' don't give a huge volume - around 4 cups of coffee per bag. This means whilst it's a real treat, it's also quite expensive at £10 a tin.

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Review: Turtle Bay, Cheltenham Road, Bristol

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Last month we attended the opening of Bristol's second Turtle Bay, on Cheltenham Road, just a stones throw from home. I've been to a Turtle Bay launch before in Leicester, and it was all about the party. We weren't disappointed on that front, it was a full house with live music, drinks flowing and everyone having a great time. Following the launch, we headed down there for dinner with friends Greg and Arushi. After a very long day and early start for me (off on my Happy Eggs farm visit) I was more than ready for my dinner! 

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Guest Bites: Japanese Fine Dining at Kei, Paris.

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I'm excited to hand over to Oja Pathak today for a guest post. She's a consultant at Leicester General Hospital by day, foodie by night and this review of Michelin starred 'Kei' in Paris from a recent holiday her with friend is making me seriously hungry!  If you'd like to guest post on Gingey Bites, drop me an email! 

A summer evening stroll in Paris after a day of spectacularly touristy affairs: the Eiffel tower, crêpes, macarons and trying to get that perfect picture of picking up the pyramide du Louvre by its apex. Heading further up the Rue du Louvre takes you to Kei. This fusion restaurant in the heart of Paris is the work of Kei Kobayashi; who has melded the art of Japanese and essence of French cuisine with training from Alain Ducasse: we were hoping for something special as we were in the city for a summer treat!

From the outside, its steel grey frontage is easy to miss especially as the evening draws in but once found, inside is a wonderfully traditional dining room with dulcet grey tones and chandeliers. At our table, the sommelier offered an apt aperitif and suggestions for our drinks through the evening.



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Heirloom Tomato And Cod One Pot With Chorizo And Kale

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I really like Bear Fruit greengrocers in Bristol's Bear pit. It's a brilliant little place which is on my walk home from town so I quite often pop in on my way back and see what they've got. I know that in the past, the Bear Pit was always considered a place to avoid and although it's still a little rough around the edges, these days, it's full of life with Bear Fruits and Bearittos at home there, plus the weekly Bristol Eats street food market and skateboarders contantly practising their tricks.

Bear Fruits shack in Bristol

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Review: The Rude Shipyard, Sheffield

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Ahhh Sheffield, a city which occupies a special bit of my heart because it’s where I went to university. Three years of meeting people, exploring somewhere new and away from home and an education in world history (most of which I loved but cannot remember). Every time I go back I fall in love with the place all over again.  Last weekend was no exception although sadly it was a flying visit to see some friends.

Gingey Bites and friends
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A day in the life of an Egg Farmer

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I have a rule in my life that my morning alarm should only ever be allowed to go off before 7am for holidays. Last wednesday it was set for 04:50am (wince) but I broke my own rule because I wasn’t off on holiday. Unless you count a day in Tring, Hertfordshire, as a holiday. I have to admit at that unruly hour I was tempted to turn the alarm off and go back to sleep but instead I lugged myself out of bed and got ready for an early morning drive out of Bristol.



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Review: The High Field Town House, Birmingham

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Perhaps one of the luxuries of working for myself is that if I want to have a couple of mid-week days off I can. I don’t need to get the ok from anyone and if I’m savvy, I can make the time up elsewhere.  This is what I did a couple of weeks ago so that I could have a well needed mid-week break with my Mum. We headed into Birmingham; a city I love but don’t get to visit so often anymore due to living down south. 


the high field townhouse frontage

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Review: The Plumed Serpent, Bristol

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I really have to learn to speed up my reviews. Probably a month ago now, we had dinner at The Plumed Serpent Cantina during their pop up at Matilda's Chilli Bar just near the Bear Pit in Bristol. It was excellent. Don't go and book a table – the pop up is finished (missed that boat didn't I?). However, do not fear – they are in residency at the Hillgrove pub just up from Stokes Croft for at least another 3 weeks... yippee!

tortillas with black beans and feta in bristols plumed serpent
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Dining Restyling with Dunelm

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Last month I headed over to Dunelm with one goal in mind - to get some new items for my dining table. You may remember from blog posts over the last few years that I had the same spotty table cloth seemingly forever, and then since I threw it away, just bare wood. It's definitely time for a change.

I've known and loved Dunelm for a long time, being a Midlands company and me being a Midlands girl, it's somewhere Ive always visited before Christmas for gift shopping and every time I've moved house.  They have stores all over the country now, packed with home wares, and importantly for me, a big new one in Bristol! So when they asked me if I'd like to go and do a shop there, of course I jumped at the chance.


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Review: Phillips Air Fryer Chippy Tea

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This isn't a sponsored post - at least not sponsored by Phillips. They haven't sent me an Air fryer (sadly). You could say this post is sponsored by my mum. Without fail, for the last three or four visits to her house, she's texted me the day before to say we're having chippy tea. Not chip shop chips, Air fryer chips. I think she's a genuine ambassador and I have to say, now, so am I.

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Review: Sunday Lunch at The Galli, Gloucester Road, Bristol

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Before I moved to Bristol, back in May, I spent a lot of time trawling social media to find all the best places to eat at once I'd arrived. The Gallimaufry on Gloucester Road was right at the top of my list of places to try with its gorgeous looking food, high trip advisor scores and live bands on almost every night. It’s a restaurant, a bar, a music venue, arts space and all round champion for everything local. Tick boxes all round. 

Outside the Galli on Gloucester Road, Bristol.
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Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Market Harborough

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It's been ages since I last went to Fardon Fields Farm Shop in Market Harborough, a place I used to love visiting when I worked near by (old blog post here). My colleagues and I would pop in on our lunch breaks to shop and eat. These days I'm a bit further afield but at the moment, I'm doing some freelance work nearby so last week I used it as an opportunity to go in and take a look around. 

Entrance to Farndon Fields Farm Shop
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Stress free BBQ side dishes

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Who doesn't love a BBQ? As you may have seen on instagram and possibly even on my new periscope account last week, we just had a mid-week BBQ. My friend Patrick came to stay for a few days and the weather was due to be nice so we thought why not?

BBQ table for four people
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Sound Bites: Food As Art // Sabrina Shirazi

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Last Friday I had coffee with Sabrina Shirazi, an artist in Bristol who is currently the Food and Technology Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio, a community of creatives, technologists and academics exploring experience design and creative technology at the Watershed. Intrigued by her work, last night I attended her showcase in the At-Bristol Science Centre where she paired tastes to sounds.

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Tourist Lunching in Bath: Sally Lunn's Buns

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I love Bath - it's such a pretty place, steeped in history and full of gorgeous shops!

I spent a long weekend there a few years ago for a hen do - a trip to the rooftop thermae spa, comfy beds in a glorious old Georgian townhouse and endless cocktails, everything a girls weekend should be! That was all I really knew about Bath (other than school book Roman history) but now I live so close, I am beginning to discover more about it.

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Breakfast at The Bristolian Cafe, Stokes Croft, Bristol

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I found the best place in Bristol for breakfast.


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Review: Tuk Tuck, Bristol

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We recently discovered Tuk Tuck, a small cafe on our walk into town from home. We'd passed it a few times but it wasn't until I spotted the handwritten chalk board saying Korean style sushi - made daily that we stopped to look.

Lamb Bibimbap at Tuk Tuck
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New Flavour Combinations For Kale Crisps

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Unlike everyone else in the world I only recently discovered kale crisps. But now I have, I can't stop eating them! I've been experimenting with them over the last few weeks using the various spices and seeds I have in my cupboards and have come up with a few flavour combos you might not have tried but definitely should!

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Review: Thyme, Spinney Hill Park, Leicester

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Thyme is a small family run Mediterranean restaurant which opened in my home city of Leicester earlier this year. The really interesting thing about it is it's unusual home - in a pavilion right in the centre of Evington’s Spinney Hill Park! This is a re-write of a review I originally wrote for Leicester Mercury's More Magazine. Thyme was such a hidden gem that I just had to share it again today!  

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Gennaro's Easy Pancetta Pasta with Peas

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My love of Italian food is well documented on this blog. As a family we holiday in Tuscany regularly and my mum and step-dad love it so much, they are planning to  retire there in a few years time. I love the simplicity of good, real Italian food - sometimes if feels like literally two or three ingredients can come together to form the most perfect meal.

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Review: Pizzarova, Gloucester Road, Bristol

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A few weeks ago we headed down Gloucester Road for a free pizza party at Pizzarova to celebrate the launch of their first restaurant. Free pizza you say???? Hell to the yes.


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