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Bristol’s Best Bits: Eatchu

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

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Bristol’s Best Bits: The Made in Bristol Gift Fair

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.

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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.

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Bristol’s Best Bits: The Plumed Serpent Cantina

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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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:

The Plumed Serpent are at Mathilda’s until the 9th July, so get down there sharpish!