Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Appetite.

This blog post has been a long time in the making because it is something I feel so strongly about: diet. Do you know what a diet is? It’s what you eat and drink. It’s not Slimming World, Atkins, Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, Paleo or 5:2 or any other twaddle someone wants to come up with (don’t even speak to me about them, talk of these diets bores me to absolute tears). Being healthy is not about starvation, restriction, food substitutes or replacements nor excessive exercise; it is about nourishing the body and mind.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

To Split the Bill, or Not. That is the Question.

You’ve had a fabulous evening out with friends, your tummies are full, your wine glasses almost empty and you could talk until the small hours, but then the waiter places the bill on the table and everyone falls silent, eyeing the innocent bit of paper nervously. Will someone offer to pay the lot? Oh God, is Kirsty getting her phone out to start totting up what everyone had? Shall we just split it? Have they added a service charge on already? And what about poor Harriet who was just on tap water?!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Coffee Break #37 Pancakes for Breakfast at Madison's Café

Pancake day is looming and so I did the honours and had a whole plateful of them for breakfast this morning. Madison’s Café is my local coffee shop and ever since it opened, it’s been a favourite spot for breakfast, brunch, lunch, elevenses, and all the other made-up meals and snacks in between for me and all the family (we’re one of those weird families who all live within a few streets of each other!). 

Friday, 26 January 2018

Local Eat Treats #66 Banking on a Good Night at The Ivy

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last month or so, you’ll have either already visited the new place in town, or at least heard all about it. The Ivy Brasserie has come to Cheltenham and it really is making quite a stir - for all the right reasons.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Local Eat Treats #65 The Bell Inn Langford Ringing Out Loud

Just outside of Burford, there’s a village called Langford, and there lies The Bell Inn. This cosy pub, complete with an open wood fire, has just (re)opened its doors with two young guys at the helm (Pete and Tom). They might not have (m)any wrinkles, but these two do have a heck of a lot of experience, a fantastic vision and one mighty fine pub, let me tell you!

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Something a Bit Special #24 Thai Kitchen at Foodworks Cookery School

Foodworks Cookery School in Colesbourne (just outside of Cheltenham), is my new favourite way to spend an evening to myself; well it’s with others, but without my usual parental or wifely responsibilities. Get my drift?!

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Local Eat Treats #64 Smokey Phi Phi's Thai Street Barbecue Kitchen at The Railway

The Railway has long been known for its sausage kitchen, but recently, they took the brave decision to do something completely different. Rather than the sizzle of sausages, its kitchen is now smoking with the flavours of authentic Thai street food. Not to be confused with the usual anglicised Thai offering, this is Thai at its absolute best with a menu that changes daily.