It’s funny what can happen when you put your energy in to doing something you genuinely enjoy.
I’ve been blogging for around 3 years now, and though I am never going to set the world on fire, I’m pretty pleased with how it’s turned out. Three years on I still love it; still have comments from people who say they like reading it, and still meet fantastic people through it, some of whom I am now pleased to call my friends. It has opened the doors to lots of opportunities that I wouldn’t have dreamed of – freelance writing gigs, press trips and now – radio! Continue reading The Secret Life of Welsh Food – BBC Radio Wales
Travel is wonderful. It broadens the mind and feeds the soul; it’s exciting and (I think) essential for building open-mindedness, and creating what universities like to call ‘global citizens’.
Continue reading How to ‘holiday’ without leaving your postcode
This year, I am going to make an even more concerted effort to do two things.
The first, is to pack my own lunches instead of spending an absolutely disgraceful amount of my salary on fancy sarnies. The second, which has grabbed my attention again after Hugh FW’s recent #WasteNot campaign & TV program, is to waste less food – especially since I do still find myself having to throw the odd floppy lettuce or mouldy block of cheese in the bin. I should imagine that the one goal will go hand in hand with other quite nicely, which should make things easier! Continue reading Thai-Curried-Rice Lettuce Wraps: A #WasteNot Recipe
The first ever UK Shake Shack outside of London will open its doors today, on the first floor of St. David’s Shopping Centre in Cardiff. If you fancy dining in a burger bar chain beloved by President Obama himself, here’s what you can expect. Continue reading Shake Shack: What to expect from Cardiff’s newest burger bar
I lived in London for 5 years. They were 5 hard, career-building and personality defining years – it was post university, but I still feel like I arrived in London as a ‘student’ and left as a fully grown adult with a career. Continue reading 48 hours in London & dinner on the 40th Floor (& more)
A new online range of hand-selected artisan Spanish food and drink gift boxes is now on offer from those clever guys at award-winning South Wales Spanish tapas restaurant, Bar 44.
If you’ve not heard what I think of Bar 44, check out this review I wrote for Olive Magazine (clue, I love it). Continue reading Bar 44 launch online shop – just in time for Christmas
Welsh chef and former MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen will launch his first restaurant called Cen, or 岑, in a joint venture with the Celtic Manor Resort on 29th January 2016.
Cen (pronounced with a soft c, as in “central”) will open in the five-star resort’s Manor House and will be Celtic Manor’s first Asian restaurant, joining a portfolio of six other restaurants. Continue reading Larkin Cen will open first restaurant at the Celtic Manor
When-oh-when are we going to get a Vietnamese restaurant in Cardiff!?
A few years ago, I spent a month backpacking Vietnam and just fell in love with their fragrant, spicy, and often very healthy food. After going through some old photos I found and feeling the pang of wanderlust again, I thought I would put together this round up* of five Vietnamese dishes which stand out in my memory the most – and make a clear case for why Cardiff needs to up it’s game and get a Vietnamese restaurant in the mix as soon as possible (and please God, no more burger joints)!
Continue reading 5 Tasty Reasons Why Cardiff Needs a Vietnamese Restaurant
A pop-up speakeasy inspired by the prohibition era and the secret bars of New York has opened this weekend in Cardiff, but even if you can find it; you won’t be able share the evidence! In order to keep the secret feel of the pop-up, there’s a ban on all phones, cameras and social media inside until December.
Continue reading Secret pop-up speakeasy #TheWhiteRabbit launches in Cardiff
The festive season has become synonymous with excess and extravagance in recent years, and not always in a good way. Did you know that we bin an estimated 230,000 miles of wrapping paper on Christmas day? That’s a lots of trees.
Luckily, we’re blessed with some great small business and local producers here in Cardiff, and a couple of larger, ethically sound ones too. Use them wisely, and in 7 simple steps it’s easy to have a more eco-friendly festive season. Happy shopping! Continue reading 7 easy steps to a more eco-friendly Cardiff Christmas