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Summer Menu at No. 1 Harbourside

(I’m squeeeezing this one in right at the tail-end of summer. Sorry pals.)

A few weeks ago me and Tom went on a date night along the harbourside; the evening consisted of dinner at No. 1 Harbourside, testing out their freshly-revamped menu, followed by a very dense David Lynch doco at the Watershed. How very romantic. Read More

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Cargo 2 Launch: Gopal’s Curry Shack

The Bristol food scene is bursting at the seams with new places to try out at the moment, and with the addition of a new destination on the harbourside, I’ve got my work cut out for me in the coming months! Hot off the heels of Cargo on the steps of Wapping Wharf comes its cool, hip cousin – Cargo 2 opened its doors less than a month ago, and myself and some other intrepid food bloggers popped along to see what it was all about. Read More

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Bristol’s Best Bits: Wrigglin’ at Club Haus

Hey there Bristol’s Best Bits, it’s been a while! I didn’t forget about you, I promise. I just have been mad busy lately and haven’t had the chance to do my weekly explore around the city. Sad times.

Last Wednesday however, myself and the boy were fixed to see the ever-so-lovely Sweet Baboo at the Thekla (here he is doing awesome stuff around Bristol in my favourite music video ever), and were in need of some grub to tide us over before the gig. I took this opportunity to finally test out the awesome Wriggle app, and tick another trendy waterside hot spot off my bucket list – the new Club Haus on Welsh Back.

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Located underneath Vivo Gym, this is far more than your run of the mill sports club cafe. Inside has a trendy 90s gym class vibe (I actually can’t believe I just wrote that, brb while I scrub my fingers clean of hipster douchebaggery) and has a cute little terrace with a lovely waterside view. What’s more, they’ve got some fantastic grub and drinks on offer, and run regular deals, which we were about to take full advantage of!

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If you pop along to Club Haus on a Wednesday evening, you can get a gert tasty curry and a bottle of beer or glass of wine for just 5 of the Queen’s English pounds! That’s cheaper than Wetherspoons, and a hell of a lot tastier. We had a lamb dhansak and a chicken korma, and while not 100% authentic Indian cuisine, it was still completely delicious, and a generously sized portion perfect to wash down with a cold beverage.

Plus if you use the awesome Wriggle app, you can take advantage of a cheeky offer they have running and get curry, beer plus naan bread and bhaji for just a fiver, saving yourself a couple of quid. I was absolutely amazed at how quick and easy it was to use, you just pop in your payment details and it gives you a code to exchange for tasty tasty curry. If you refer a friend you can also tot up Wriggle credit, which you can exchange for more grub! WINNER WINNER CHICKEN (CURRY) DINNER.

Let me know if you spot any awesome Wriggle deals! We can be brunch buddies.

This post is in no way sponsored by anyone, I just like the chaps who run Wriggle… and curry.

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Tapas at The Cuban, Bristol Harbourside

What with all this glorious summer sunshine we’re having, it’s the perfect excuse to be out and about basking in the sunshine, sipping on cocktails and maybe sharing a plate of tapas.

What luck, then, when an email popped in my inbox inviting me along to the Cuban on Bristol Harbourside!

Despite never visiting, I’d heard a bit about the Cuban before, and to be honest, they were mixed reviews. Deciding to leave judgement until I’d experienced things for myself, however, we took a trip down there on one sunny evening after work.

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This place is huge. Situated in the same complex which houses a Pizza Express and just down the way from mega-restaurant Zaza Bazaar, this large establishment used to be Bristol’s home to American chain Hooters. It’s certainly big enough to house some epic parties – stepping inside over a large floor mural of Che Guevara, we were immediately greeted by the large bar and ‘cocktail area’, perfect for just having a quick drink on your way into town for a large one.

Despite all the cheery carnival-esque decor, we opted to sit outside in the sunshine, and ordered a cocktail whilst we perused the menu. This place is made for cocktails; I was pleasantly surprised to find that they make my absolute fave, a Zombie – a concoction of three different types of rum, pineapple juice and cinnamon spiced grenadine, enough to revive the undead. They also stock over 100 different varieties of rum! So far, so good…

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The Cuban describes itself on its website as a ‘true Cuban experience’. Despite never having been to Cuba personally, glancing over their menu indicates something different. True, they seem to have borrowed certain elements of Caribbean and Southern American cuisine, but if you’re looking for the authentic Cuban experience, then sadly you won’t find it here.

Having said that, they do offer a decent selection of Latin-inspired favourites sure to please the whole family. We were in a sharing kind of mood, and so opted for a selection of their tapas. It took a lot of deliberating, but in the end we went for the Albondigas meatballs, Padron peppers, quesadilla, deep-fried cassava with spicy mayo, patatas bravas and grilled aubergine.

Firstly, I was very impressed at the sheer volume of food that we got. At 3 for £14.50 these dishes are a little on the pricey side, but with 6 dishes we got enough to feed a small army. The quality was a bit hit and miss – the meatballs and aubergine were awesome, but the quesadilla was a little lacking in spice (well, enough spice for our tastebuds) and we didn’t find any of our Padron peppers spicy at all, despite the menu promising 1 in 10 to be very, very hot. I guess we were unlucky!

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Wanting to have the full Cuban experience, I managed to find room to squeeze a pudding in. Unfortunately, though, this is where it all went a bit downhill…

We ended up having to wait about 40 mins for it to be delivered, because our poor waitress, who was looking after the whole restaurant pretty much by herself, was taken back by a large birthday party who had just arrived. When it finally did get here, my ‘Cuban Mess’ was pretty underwhelming – a few scoops of ice cream with some crushed up meringue, banana slices and toffee sauce. Call me picky, but that is a poor excuse for a dessert *shakes head in sadness*.

So, what is the overall verdict? We had a bit of a hit and miss experience at the Cuban. The food was good, but we’ve eaten better tapas in the city. I’ve heard bad things about their mains, but I’ve yet to try it for myself. The bar staff happily let that poor waitress look after the restaurant by herself without checking on any tables, meaning we had to wait ages for our pud.

One good thing, though, was the cocktail that we had. Man, that was delicious. The bottom line is – I probably wouldn’t go back there to eat, but I would definitely stop by for a cocktail in the sun after work or for a boozy lunch, especially now they are running a 2-4-1 deal from 12-6.

Have you ever eaten at the Cuban? I’d love to hear what you think!

Disclaimer: I was given a complimentary meal at the Cuban for the purpose of this review, but all opinions expressed are my own.

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November Favourites

I can’t believe it’s December already! I’m certainly not complaining; I’ve already been doing my Christmas shopping from the comfort of my sofa (won’t catch me in a crowded shopping centre!) and feeling very festive.

Here are some of my favourites from the month on November (which seemed to fly by) through the medium of Instagram:

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I hired an awesome brand new shiny car to go to my friend’s wedding. I was terrified all the way there that I would crash it!

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I ordered some fancy little business cards.

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I saw the ever-brilliant Frightened Rabbit at the Anson Rooms in Bristol.

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I fell in love with this little WI teacup.

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I dressed the family dog as a babushka.

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I did some childish embroidery for the Creative Initiative.

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I went to the #southwestbloggersmeet!

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I did a Christmas craft at our very first Lovehoney Stitch and Bitch.

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I ate many giant bagels at Bagel Boy in Bristol.

December is shaping up to be busier than November – bring it on, and roll on Christmas!

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The Stable, Bristol

Hope you all had awesome Halloweens! If you pop over to my Instagram you can see how I dressed, it was maximum effort.

Anyway, t’other day me and Tom were in town late of an evening and decided to try out the Stable, to see what all the fuss was about.

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It is located on the Harbourside, next door to the Watershed. The place is huge inside, but they had trouble finding us a seat, which is testament to how busy it was on a Tuesday evening. This may have had something to do with their excellent ‘Tuck in Tuesday’ offer – any pizza or pie, side salad and a drink for just £10.

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I had their Halloween special, which I was pleased to see was vegetarian. I am by no means a herbivore, but I’m much more of a fan of veggies on pizza. Tom is the opposite, and had the meatiest pizza I had ever seen, topped with massive fistfuls of beef, ham and chorizo. They were both absolutely lush. The dough was stretched so thin, and they certainly don’t scrimp on toppings!

So if you’re passing the waterfront and fancy bingeing on pizza (who doesn’t?), then I would heartily recommend the Stable, it’s fantastic food at a very reasonable price.

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View from the Poop Deck

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Bonjour blogosphere.

This is one of those grovelly apologetic type posts, because I haven’t posted for six whole days! Holy moley.

The reasons are many – I’ve been super stressed at work due to two upcoming product launch dates, both in September, but the main reason is I have moved on to a boat!

Moving house is stressful enough, but there is added worry when you attempt to move to one of the most picturesque tourist hotspots on a Saturday, plus there is the danger of things falling overboard. We are in safe and sound, however, and even managed a mega Ikea haul earlier today.

As a parting gift, here is a quick iPhone pic of the view from what I like to call my ‘poop deck’, just outside my kitchen window. I’ve made a friend, his name is Swan Ronson.

I’ll do a follow up post soon, when I have the proper camera back, and everything is in it’s correct place!

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Dinner at the Olive Shed, Harbourside.

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Sausage

Patatas bravas

Bounders bath ciders

We went to sign the tenancy agreement on our new house this evening (yay!) and stopped off for dinner on our way home.

We were on our way into town from the SS Great Britain and walked past the Olive Shed. Now, I’ve walked past here a few times and never really thought much of it. I’m glad we stopped. It were lush!

We had bread and oil, chorizo with Spanish blood sausage (I can’t remember the name for the life of me), sweet potato and spinach cakes, patatas bravas with aioli and Harissa chicken, washed down with our favourite cider made by the lovely people at Bath Ales.

It was so nice sitting upstairs watching the world go by below us; I’d never realised just how quiet the Harbourside is in the evening.

We will be living round here soon – EXCITE.

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Bristol Harbour Festival 2013

Mammoth post alert.

Me and Tom went on a mini adventure down the road on Sunday, to the Harbour Festival.

I like walking down to the harbourside from our house because we get to walk across a really lovely Victorian bridge, and down past the old railway track, which is right by the river. It’s a really beautiful walk. I’m somewhat obsessed with Victorian engineering, so little things like this never fail to excite me.

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We passed under the bridge and were making our way to the Buttery, when I heard the familiar puff and pootle of a steam train! I got suitably excited.
I really love trains.

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This particular train was making journeys up and down the harbour all day; I would have loved to go for a ride but we didn’t have time.

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There were more narrowboats than usual in the harbour; they were moored in little clutches like this along the length of the harbour. I’d never been to the festival before and was amazed at the sheer amount of boats in the water.

We got to the Buttery and the queue was HUGE, so we left our growling bellies and walked down the waterfront past the M Shed in search of sustenance.

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There was a Victorian mechanical crane in operation, giving demos. As with the previous, I would have liked to stop and have a proper look, but we were on a mission!

The Mathew always looks beautiful, from any angle. I was lucky enough to go on a journey on the Mathew for my friend’s birthday a couple of months ago, it’s pretty awesome being aboard. Like a real life bona-fide pirate.

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Then we found the Pyronaut.

What… the… ?

It’s a fire-boat! That is, it’s a boat to put out boat fires. It was made in 1934 (or thereabouts) and pumps out water from the harbour in chuffing great big jets! It really was impressive, considering it was such a tiny boat. I couldn’t get my head around how old it was.

The mist was reaching us slowly and drifting across the whole harbour, and had a welcome cooling effect as it was so hot that day.
It was REALLY sunny. Uncomfortably so. I think it was maybe at some point around here where I picked up the majority of my sunburn. Damn you, pale skin!

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We walked a bit further along and got to Pero’s bridge, aka the trumpet bridge, aka the horny bridge. I have to admit that I didn’t know the proper name for it until a couple of months ago, when I was reminded how important this Pero guy was, and told to never forget his name.

I think trumpet bridge has more of a ring to it though.

This is the view from the bridge, looking over to M Shed. ZILLIONS of boats moored, and felt like even more so going up and down the harbour. The rowers were out in force too, we were accosted by a lady and asked if we wanted to have a go (I was not dressed appropriately).

We went to a sausage stand just down from here and had a massive baguette with a giant butcher’s sausage in it, I would have taken a picture but I was too busy stuffing it in my gob.

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We finally made it to the amphitheatre!
So exciting. It was packed with people and stalls offering food and drinks (we obviously stopped for a beer), handmade craft items, a massage tent, a portable forest (it was a tree in a wheely bin), and a tent offering free workshops and seminars.

We didn’t stay here for too long, we were conscious of running out of time, plus it was too busy to enjoy properly.

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On the way out I spotted some awesome fishy yarn-bombing. They were pleasantly oscillating in the breeze, and I wondered how long and how many people it must have taken to cover the railings like this.
There are a few examples of yarn bombing in Bristol, but this one was particularly awesome.

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A little further along and I noticed a giant teapot.

It was the lovely people at Clipper, who were handing out free samples of their delicious beverage. I managed to score a box of 10 free teabags, which didn’t last very long in our house!

I have to admit that we never buy Clipper in our house, we are far too cheap for that. Along with the teabags there was a voucher for 40p off, and I’m considering buying a stash to take to work, considering the amount of tea I drink throughout the day. It’s FAR superior to whatever horrible teabags they buy in for the staff cupboard.

The ladies handing the samples out had the most awesome dresses on – 1950’s puffy skirted things in different pastel colours, with printed teaspoons down the length of the skirt. They looked amazing, and it was really nice to see that Clipper had put some thought into the ‘uniform’ that they were wearing, instead of just getting a load of plain old printed tees like most businesses do. I wish I’d got a proper picture.

They were also running a mini competition via a wheel-of-fortune style affair, to win a Clipper branded cup! Of course I had a go.

The queue was almost exclusively made up of families and children, and I felt a little self-conscious queueing up by myself. When it got to my go I thought I had completely fudged it up, and was ready to throw a strop if I didn’t win.

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But here he is! Thanks Clipper!

I’m chuffed to bits – I’m currently sitting here drinking chai wondering where the lovely weather went.

Hopefully it will return in time for next weekend.

Here’s hoping!

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Brunel’s SS Great Britain

I love history. And engineering. So Brunel happens to be one of my favourites.

After living in Bristol for nearly four years we finally got round to visiting the SS Great Britain a couple of months ago.

It was full of strange waxworks which Tom found terrifying, and I found quite funny. We stopped off for tea and bacon sandwiches at Brunel’s Buttery on the way there (as you do), which is a Bristol institution in itself, and most definitely merits a visit if you are by the harbourside.

What’s great about the SS GB is that when you buy a ticket it’s valid for a whole year, for as many repeat visits as you wish! Seeing as I have a slight obsession with the aforementioned, plus boats in general, I reckon that is most definitely on the cards.
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