I have two true loves in this world; this absolute beaut of a city which I call home, and my stunning Temple Cycles bicycle. So imagine my excitement when I found out that the lovely folks behind the Bristol Food Tour were teaming up with Cycle the City to offer a cycling food tour of Bristol! My heart near much exploded, my tummy started rumbling, and I had never been this ready for something in my entire life. Read More
This post is in collaboration with Bristol Zoo.
Cripes, hello July! I know it’s a massive blogger cliche to state the obvious passage of time, but these months really are zipping by. We’re fully in the swing of summer now; my morning commute to work has become more of a daily struggle, and I am still refusing to take the duvet off the bed, which has of course led to some pretty sleepless, sticky nights’ sleep. Ugh.
For all my hatred of the warmer months, you have to admit that Bristol well and truly comes alive in the summer. You can barely organise your calendar quick enough, what with events popping up every weekend, weeknight and all the waking hours inbetween.
Once such jolly recently was a special edition of #BlogClub at the Friday Twilights event at the zoo. As well as the chance to see some familiar faces and meet some new bloggy buds, there were special animal talks and live music during the evening, and a chance to sample the grub at the brand new Hide Restaurant too. Offering up favourites such as burgers and pizza to sandwiches and a selection of light bites, it’s a million times improved on the old cafe and am sure will be a godsend for busy families this summer!
If you fancy getting involved with the Friday Twilights for yourself, the tickets are only a fiver (£4 for you Zoo members) and the next events are coming up on the 14th July, 4th August, 18th August and 1st September. Find out all about it here!
Another ace up Bristol Zoo’s sleeve is the return of their much-anticipated silent disco event. Bristol Zoo’s Pop-Up Festival is a one-off festival EXTRAVAGANZA taking place on Friday 28th July, which will see three DJs spinning tunes spanning five decades and battling it out for ultimate musical domination, Battle Royale-style. Ok, I might have embellished a little at the end there, but it does promise to be a blimmin’ exceptional knees up and makes a great gals night out or a brilliant chance for a work’s icebreaker where you don’t actually have to talk to anyone. Win win!
As well as tunes to shake your bot to all night, you can challenge your office colleagues to a good old fashioned dance machine dance-off, or take in the scenes at the glow circus or have a gander at a magician, if you’re that way inclined. Dinosaur fans rejoice – Dinomania is back for another year and filling Bristol Zoo with all manner of cretaceous creatures. Food is available by way of a British summer staple, the humble BBQ, and there’ll be plenty of booze flowing to make sure you suitably embarrass yourself on the dance floor.
The zoo opens at 6:30, where you’ll have the chance to sample the same ace animal talks, then after all that inevitable rump-shaking it wraps up by an 11pm bedtime. Tickets are a mere £20 (or £18 for members) and all the money will go directly back into the zoo to fund their charitable objectives. After last year’s event, it promises to be a night to remember!
Find more information about Bristol Zoo’s Pop-Up Festival. here.
This post was in collaboration with Bristol Zoo. All photos courtesy of Bristol Zoo unless otherwise stated.
Ever since we returned from Japan, I have been massively craving proper decent Japanese food. For a lot of people, Japanese food immediately means one thing – sushi. But truth be told, we didn’t eat any sushi when we were in Japan. At all.
What I’ve been hankering after since our plane landed in Bristol is the tasty bits of street food in the winding alleyways of Shinjuku – sticks of grilled yakitori, homemade fishcakes, slabs of marinated tofu, egg-topped bowls of sticky rice, and most importantly… GYOZA.
These little parcels of deliciousness are a Japanese street food staple, and there is only one place to head in Bristol to get your fix – to the lovely folks at Eatchu! Read More
Bristol is never one for doing things conventionally, and there is no exception when it comes to Christmas gifts. Having done something of a declutter recently, I’m being much more careful about what I’m buying other people for Christmas, and my ethos for festive shopping this year is buying as much as I can from local independents rather than handing my cash to the big guys.
Last weekend, I popped down to the Made in Bristol Gift Fair at Colston Hall to peruse the makes of local artists and traders, all whilst sipping on a hot chocolate and listening to some beautiful tunes being played in the foyer. Bliss! No shopping stress or queueing here.
The Made in Bristol Gift Fair is now in its 8th year, taking over the entire foyer of Colston Hall with makers and traders which change weekly in the run-up to Christmas. There’s something for everyone here, with homewares, handmade clothes for little’uns, stunning jewellery (my favourite was by Ceri Ellis), and soaps and skincare made in some very clever people’s kitchens.
I love the idea of an entirely independent Christmas – it helps to support people who are passionate about their craft, rather than lining the pockets of retail giants, plus you’re more likely to find something completely unique that will be more cherished than the usual stocking filler.
I don’t mean to panic anyone, but there’s only a few weeks left til the big day, so if you’re anything like me and haven’t started shopping yet, you’d better get your skates on!
This weekend is a Christmas market extravaganza in Bristol, and the Made in Bristol Gift Fair will be setting up shop on this Saturday 3rd December, and then the following weekend on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December at Colston Hall.
Find out more info on their Facebook page here. Happy shopping, folks!
I was invited by the Made in Bristol Gift Fair to preview the event in exchange for this review but all words and opinions are my own. You know me, I love Bristol, and I’ll do owt to help support local artists.
Mexican food, oh how I love thee. It is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite food in the whole wide world. It is an often overlooked cuisine in favour of its fancier counterparts, but there really is nothing better than getting stuck in to a stack of quesadillas or a bowl of fresh guacamole, in my humble opinion.
My quest for the best Mexican food in Bristol has brought me to a name which I had heard a great deal about on social media, but had yet to try for myself, despite numerous pop-ups here, there, and everywhere in the city over the past year or so. The Plumed Serpent Cantina took over Mathilda’s chilli bar a little over a month ago, and myself and the boy popped down on their opening night to eagerly see what they were all about.
This was, without a single shadow of a doubt, the best Mexican food I have ever eaten.
We started with a big bowl of guacamole and homemade tortilla chips and some beverages to whet our appetites. The pinky drink I forget the name of, but it had copious amounts of strong alcohol and went down faaaar too quicky. Tom settled for another brilliant Bristol indie brand – a hoppy beer by the excellent Wiper & True.
We pretty much ordered one of everything which didn’t have meat in it, and were completely overwhelmed by the sheer volume of food and the absolutely superb quality of it.
Black bean quesadillas were followed by crispy fish tacos, corn fritters with chipotle mayo, spicy chipotle slaw, and my favourite – refried black beans, topped with feta. We even munched all this down and ordered some more quesadillas and their veggie special of cauliflower tacos, because we were feeling particularly greedy this evening.
The tortillas which envelop their tasty centres are obviously homemade, and the taste difference to your average supermarket wrap doesn’t even need mentioning. They were lush. Whether encasing tasty beans and toasted to make a quesadilla or stuffed with crispy fish they were beyond delicious.
Everything that we ate screamed authenticity but with enough originality to make it truly Bristolian. I even hear whispers on Twitter of a kimchi quesadilla, which sounds like a taste sensation I need to try ASAP.
Despite being stuffed to the gills with delicious beany goodness, I had to try their flourless chocolate cake, served with homemade margarita ice cream. You can probably guess what I’m going to say about this; this did not let us down either, and has trumped Soukitchen’s rosewater cardamom cake as my favourite pud I have ever eaten.
I forced it down even though I could hear my heartbeat in my ears and my eyes were bulging. In fact, the whole evening can be summed up thusly:
— Lily (@lilydoughball) May 18, 2016
The Plumed Serpent are at Mathilda’s until the 9th July, so get down there sharpish!
It’s just dawned on me that my last three posts have been entirely food-based. Whilst that wasn’t exactly my intention, I’m certainly not complaining about it, and I’m sure you lot aren’t too bothered either. I’ve been meaning to write about Pizza Workshop for absolutely blimmin’ ages, as I think it’s overtaken long-time faves Pizza Provencale to clinch the top spot of my much-coveted Best Pizza in Bristol title. Read More
Tom has an unhealthy aversion to the barbers. Every time he needs a haircut he makes me do it for him, something which every time I agree to I am quite vocally adamant that I will never do again. There’s always a condition to me cutting his hair – usually some kind of food treat – but this time it was a trip up to the St Werburgh’s City Farm to see their new baby piglets. Squee! Read More
Connoisseurs of the finest vintage in Bristol will be well aware of Loot. Perched atop a stack of unassuming graffitied 1960s shopfronts overlooking the Bearpit, this treasure trove of vintage heaven was just waiting to be explored by yours truly before too long. Myself and my little sis popped down last Saturday at the crack of dawn (10am on a weekend?!) to have a rummage. Read More
Last Friday myself and the lovely Lyzi popped up to the Mockingbird Cafe, just off Alma Road in Clifton. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Whiteladies Road, this serene and rustic little place serves up Americana-inspired grub and fantastic coffee in an interior which would make an Instagrammer’s heart flutter. Read More
There’s a notable difference about this week’s BBB – it’s not open yet! I’m here to give you a sneaky preview of what promises to be Bristol’s very first dedicated board game cafe, which is in need of your help. Read More
Happy 2016, chums! Hope you’re having a good one so far?
After (almost) successfully completing (nearly) a whole year of my Bristol’s Best Bits feature in 2015, and discovering a whole host of awesome new places in the city along the way, I’ve decided to carry on with it into 2016, yay! Read More
Ahh, the humble burger. Bristol is no stranger to fantastic burger joints, and has recently seen a new guy popping up on the scene; after over a year of patiently waiting, Bristolians can now feast at the hotly anticipated Meat Liquor which has just opened up on Gloucester Rd. Read More
Pinch punch, second of the month! Hmm… doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, does it?
Now that it’s finally acceptable to get excited about Christmas, Instagram seems to be a relentless onslaught of festivity, with people sharing their advent calendar goodies, pets dressed as Father Christmas, and more importantly… THE TREES!
I was lucky enough to attend a special preview evening last week at the beautiful Milk Thistle, to find out a little more about what to expect from this week-long celebration of the finer beverages in life.
If you haven’t been to the Milk Thistle before, get down there pronto! This was my first visit – it’s been on my Bristol bucket list to go there for a while, and it most certainly did not disappoint. Inside it is absolutely stunning; a former merchant’s headquarters steeped in Bristolian history, the inside is decked out in dark wood panelling, and there’s comfy leather seats tucked into every corner to retreat in to. We even got a sneaky tour down to the vault where the merchants used to hide their illicit goods, and where you can now rent out for private parties.
To get us excited about Bristol Cocktail Week, we had cocktail genius and master gin craftsman Danny Walker on hand to tell us a little bit more about the history of the cocktail, some fundamental rules of mixology, and how we can master our own drinks at home, all helped along by some very important taste-testing. Oh yes. Amongst the delights that we sampled were a delicious daquiri, a vodka Tom Collins especially for me (I am one of those rare creatures who doesn’t like gin) and an absolutely amazing tequila punch, proving that you can make a delicious punch out of any ingredients you like, as long as you follow the little rhyme – 1 part sour, 2 parts sweet, 3 parts strong, 4 parts weak, and a pinch of spice to make it nice!
The line-up of events for Bristol Cocktail Week is staggeringly impressive – as well as pop up pizza parlours and drink-along screenings of Tom Cruise movie classic Cocktail, there’s a showdown between the two tribes of cocktail makers in the awesome-sounding Bar Wars on Wednesday, and a historical drinking marathon back at the Milk Thistle on Friday.
But how do I get involved with all this debauched madness?! I hear you cry. Simply purchase yourself a magical wristband for £10 of the Queens and pop along to as many events as your heart desires!
I just wish I could go to all of them! *hic*
A massive thanks to Visit Bristol for inviting me along, The Milk Thistle for their hospitality and Danny for the awesome drinks!