Foodie Heaven

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After my third visit, I thought it was time to put into writing the wonders of Cardiff street food. 

I go through food phases, sausage is my current obesession and the depot has plenty of it ( you can take this whatever way you like..) ANYWAY, a couple of the girls had been raving about this place and I had seen countless pictures of dirty hot dogs on twitter - The first and only question: Where do I sign up?

I was told to follow the beards down Dumballs road, which led me to food heaven in the coolest place on earth. I've managed to try a forkful of most of the stalls, but these were my absolute favourites:



Haute Dog - I have tried all 3 flavours and every mouthful has been followed by a muffled "AAAAH MAAA GAAAHD!" they are SO good and proved that popping candy on a sausage is a genius idea. 


Meat and Greek - Since returning from Santorini in summer, halloumi, tzatziki and houmous have become a staple part of my diet. Unfortunately this does not make my dream of becoming a Greek goddess easy, but once you've tried their souvlaki, being that content, with houmous all over your face is a much better feeling. 


Doughboys - Pizza is not usually a favourite of mine, but I had heard such good things about these ones...I took one of these home and walked through town on match day holding it close to my chest, incase someone stole it and broke my heart. It tasted amazing cold,  so I imagine a warm gooey one is even better. 

Jols food co - I will say one thing - Philadelphia cheese steak sandwich. This was the contender that stole the show for me. I would never usually go for something like this, but my boyfriend left me alone with it to go to the bar... It was seriously the best thing I have ever tasted. Ignore the fact that it smells like a foot ( the Stilton) because nothing else will matter, except for you and that juicy steak sandwich. It was a special moment.
(Apologies for the terrible quality picture, my mouth was watering and trying to arrange the table would have been too much.)

For the sweet tooth, there is the creme brulee bar and Mr Churro - both just as delicious and the perfect fork to stick in once your done. 

I am going to be SO sad to see all these amazing food traders go their separate ways, but I have loved every minute and every single calorie. 

Please Come back soon!!!!

xxx

LONDON

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This weekend the foodie in me died and went to carb heaven. There is something about the sweet smell of London food joints, that makes it very easy to leave the city 2 stone heavier. 

The bustle of Oxford street can work up a hefty appetite, which is the perfect excuse for me. Bacon seemed to be the theme of the weekend, which I was more than happy to oblige with.


Besides how can you possibly do anything without a bacon sandwich and tea? 

These were some of my favourite things:




Some may say the burger hype is getting too much, this is perfectly understandable, but really have you tried Byron? I am totally getting the hype and they do courgette fries, that's enough to make me do a little dance.



Breakfast of kings (and queens) 



COFFEE BREAK. We went for a chocolate layer cake, it's sugar in its best form and the mini cupcakes are enough to make any woman get over excited.








See those giant baubles, that's me today. Round and extremely excited for Christmas. 

London you're so naughty, but I still love you dearly. 

xxx

I Love Christmas

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I am one of those annoying humans, who gets excited about Christmas in September. The sight of a Christmas tree or red cup sends me into festive over drive.

These are some of my favourite things:

Feeling like Rowan Atkinson in  Love Actually  when wrapping presents - This is my time to shine.


Chirades!!..unless you get Free Willy, then that's just awkward.

Looking into the ends of all the Christmas crackers and making sure the best one is by your plate.

Getting to wear a crown at the dinner table.



The Ultimate cheat day - 24 hours where you can eat anything and everything, because calories don't count.

When every girl thinks they can sing like Mariah, because suddenly at Christmas you can.

Getting to eat chocolate before breakfast everyday. Hello advent, I like you.

Sugar filled Christmas coffee cups - I am so guilty of loving the festive flavours.



 When its perfectly normal to hang a big sock on your door, that is filled with satsumas and an eyebrow pencil on Christmas morning.

Christmas shopping - The best competitive sport around.

How girls will happily sit on the knee of a fat, old, bearded man; If this was a Saturday night, this would not be ok, but because its Christmas, WHY NOT?!

Patiently waiting for the pyjama fairy to come with the goods on Christmas eve.

Drinking and eating non stop for 3 days straight.

Regretting drinking and eating for 3 days straight when your jeans no longer fit.

The only time of the year where a 6 foot tree is welcomed indoors.

The mad rush of Christmas morning, where you are guaranteed to see Noddy Holder on the TV at least once when opening your presents.

Turkey sandwiches, turkey dinner, turkey curry, turkey soup - No wonder we only have this bird once a year.

So I must get my elasticated jeans at the ready and prepare for some over eating, under sleeping and many renditions of the entire Michael Buble Christmas album.

Now where are the mince pies? 

xxx



Christmas List

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Dear Santa or my boyfriend,

First of all, I can explain about all those times I didn't do the dishes, truth is, it chips your nail polish something awful, BUT I did start recycling. (one bag)

Anyway, I thought I would give you a picture copy of my list as I imagine everyone else just wrote theirs out.

They don't have to be these exact items, it's just a few ideas, as I am sure you don't want to see this face again on Christmas morning..



Don't make me wave my hairbrush at you Santa.

Just a heads up, my favourite colours are BLACK (of course) white, pink and gold - Even better when they are altogether, I  also like polkadots and stripes, and if you're going to get me any chocolate, I prefer dark.




























Happy Shopping S Dawg!


I will most likely see you before Christmas as I have heard you're in a grotto somewhere in Cardiff? 

Anyway, take care and don't go too hard on the cardio before your big night.

 I will make sure Jan puts the fire out early to avoid you burning your trousers.

Lots of Christmas love

Jade

xxx


P.s You don't have to eat the mince pie that I leave for you, it wont be Marks and Sparks finest, so I would probably leave it if I were you.


20 Things That Have Changed Since Leaving Uni

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Mondays are so much worse.



Now as a twenty something, my bag on a night out no longer consists of a little bottle of cheap vodka, a sharpie and £5.

Going out mid week? Sorry, you mean have a hangover on a week day? I don't think so.



A diet that consists of cereal and vodka is no longer acceptable.


Waking up like this on a Sunday morning, with toasted pitta in my bed, a stamp on my hand/face and looking for water is now quite rare.

Never wanting to touch an alcopop, strawpedo or any bright green juice of any kind ever again. (Unless it is a kale smoothie, then I am all about that.)

No more free money. 



Inhaling a bag of skittles at 3am to get you through that deadline. Nowadays at 3am, I have been asleep for 6 hours, not one skittle in sight.


Buying something new every time I went out. Now I have to justify a pair of socks.

Cost per wear is applied to anything and everything I now purchase. 5p bag..go on then I can definitely reuse that one as a rain hat.

Mid afternoon naps are sadly a thing of the past 



Cooking. Who'd have thought that I could rustle up something better than a bowl of cereal in the kitchen?


A month off for Christmas is something we can now only dream of.



Not feeling the need to hide the toilet roll when people come around. Only for people who live here, soz.


Bottles of £2.99 wine for pre drinks with a straw. Never Again.



Being able to put your food ANYWHERE in the fridge, not just the one, tiny, squished shelf that is allocated to you and your spinach.


Waking up and getting ready in the morning is not as easy as it used to be.

Running out of bread. In desperate times, one of the many cupboards before, would have contained someone's bread. Now when it's gone, ITS GONE. You can search all the cupboards but you won't find any.


Experimenting with all the different shampoos in the shower, now it's just the one that you buy. How boring.

Carnage (Or Cornage in Cornwall) and always managing to wake up with a permanent marker dick on your face that won't come off for days. Who is the infamous dick drawer? 


What wonderful years of cereal, whiskers and hangovers, but now give me a cup of tea and some fluffy socks any day.

xxx

Bring on the Burgers

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 I have always admired a good burger and with niche little restaurants popping up everywhere. the foodie in me thought it was about time to indulge in some burger time. I never knew what all the fuss was about, until I made a visit to Honest Burgers.

One very tough decision you are faced with when visiting London is 'WHERE TO EAT?' Luckily, I was visiting with the biggest burger enthusiast I know, so that whittled it down to a handful of meaty places to pick from. After a quick Instagram search to judge who had the best chips, Honest Burgers had won our vote.

As shopping is the hardest cardio around, by 3pm our bellies were rumbling and we were in much need of some good grub and a gin.



I went for the chicken burger and Sophie went for the beef special, every mouthful was followed by a sigh of utter delight from both of us, then an even bigger sigh when we managed to stuff a chip in the side, they were the most glorious sticks of salty goodness! I inhaled it all rather quickly and had an amazing honest cocktail to wash it down with. 




So from this moment forward, I can now confirm I have been converted to the burger side. 

Pray for my waistline

xxx





Totally inappropriate but appropriate goodies

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Give me anything that reads something highly inappropriate and I am all over it.

My two latest favourite finds do this perfectly.

Thimble and Bobbin and Jolly Awesome Art.

Thimble and Bobbin bare some very wise and inspiring words for us ladies, they are very much suited to myself and my girls after a gin or 5 - Just call us Destinys Child (if they couldn't sing..)


'Ghetto Fabulous Meets Granny Chic' 


I want to be reminded of the question "What would Beyonce do?" as I reach for that extra square of chocolate - Actually I don't think this would stop be but isn't it FABULOUS?!

If Fetch ever happened, these would so be it.


A major downfall of mine is card shopping; I could spend hours reading every single hilarious card to then have about 256784 to choose from. Jolly Awesome makes this a lot easier, with the ability to swag up a pigeon and suddenly make them cool, you can't beat them for fantastic cards. Me and my boyfriend simultaneously bought jolly cards for each other this year, its nice to see what he thinks I resemble... 






So don't be afraid to channel your inner ghetto goddess/god and go and check these goodies out

xxx


The best Italian Around!

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"CARBS, GET THEM AWAY" I hear you cry. I am afraid that is far from what is happening over here.

After reading Eat, Pray, Love it became one of my missions to go to Italy and eat carbs and gelato until my jeans no longer fit; Sadly this still hasn't happened. By that I mean Italy, I have definitely managed to make my jeans not fit..

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about a little gem that I discovered Saturday. In amongst the bustle of Wellfield road, you will find a little pasta restaurant with steamy windows and a divine smell that you will be met with half way down the road.

With Italian accents and long stringy pasta being served as we walked in, I was in love already. Armed with bottles of wine (Its a bring your own policy) we marveled at the menu and took our pick.

We chose a handful of starters and I ordered the pasta special which was an Italian sausage pasta in a dreamy, creamy sauce.

Down to my indecisiveness the waitress even came out with the most amazing big trays of freshly made pasta for me to pick from.

Then the starters came. Warm, squidgy bread with olive oil, olives, calamari and the most amazing aubergine bake. We wolfed it down in minutes!



I didnt manage to take a picture of my main as I was too preoccupied but it was a gorgeous, rich, creamy dish scattered with chunks of sausage.

But then came the best part..dessert.
You can see the chef preparing all the dishes and the precision that goes into the presentation is amazing! Our dessert platter was to die for. I went for the chocolate torte with pistachio ice-cream; So just imagine it, a hot, molten chocolate sauce oozing out of a perfect bundle of chocolateness, topped with a dollop of pistachio ice-cream - I don't think I even stopped to breathe. We also had panecotta which was equally as mouth watering.



The staff were brilliant and so passionate about food which makes the atmosphere of the place amazing. We were the last to skip out, all full up and content. 


Now I feel my Eat, Pray, Love mission is complete, as I definitely came away having to unbutton my jeans...SUCCESS!


I couldn't recommend this place enough, So Roath/Penylan folk book.now.

xxx





I love Santorini.

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Upon my discovery through pinterest, its sugercube-like houses clinging to the cliffs over the glistening, blue sea had me instantly hooked; Santorini was a place I HAD to visit.


We were situated in Perissa which is near the bottom of the island, known for its black sandy beaches and mountainous backdrop.



I trawled the internet for fun stuff to do before we went but couldn't find much, so here's what I recommend:

Take a trip up the mountain to Ancient Thira, this can be walked or done the traditional way by the jingling donkeys. It is best to do it early in the morning to avoid frying on the way up. Once you reach the top and get your breath back, you will be met with the most amazing views! Perissa one side of the mountain, Kamari the other. To see Ancient Thira there is a small fee of 2 euros. Rock, history and scenery lovers will be in heaven. We flip flopped up the mountain but would advise taking good walking shoes and its best to leave your fear of heights at the bottom.






Fira.
Shopping lovers, this is the place for you. A 30 minute bus ride from Perissa will find you in the main hub of Santorini, it can get very busy with tourists loving life and snapping away at the views, so if you prefer the quiet areas, this may not be your cup of tea. It is a bit more pricey here but has stunning views of the caldera, it can get a tad bit windy so I wouldn't advise wearing a majorly flowy dress like I did...



Gods Garden.
This traditional little Greek restaurant can be found on the way to the beach in Perissa. The food, service and atmosphere was perfect and with a litre of Greek wine for around 7 euros, whats not to love? 
Also look out for the moody cat who gives you the sad eyes whilst eyeing up your plate..





Tranquilo.
Situated right on the beach with hammocks and comfy chairs galore, it is the perfect spot for lunch or drinks. I am a big salad fan and when I spotted the super size salads on the menu, I was all over it. Little did I know that my dish had probably caused a shortage of lettuce in the world - It was honestly the biggest and best salad I have ever seen, with chunky pieces of chicken and mango hidden throughout, it was like a never ending mango treasure hunt.


Dorians bar/Grandma's recipes.
For very well priced lunch and cocktails this is the place - The gyros from grandma's are a must! A 30cm pitta filled with your choice of meat and tzatziki. It is also the perfect spot for an evening cocktail (or 5.)



The dream catcher catamaran.
95 euros may seem quite steep for a boat trip but I would recommend it to anyone who visits the island and is worth every penny. Starting off at Oia (which is the picturesque, gorgeous place you see in most of the photos ) you then sail through the caldera, seeing where bits of mama mia was filmed and historic little places that the captain tells you all about, you also stop off to swim in the hot springs - the captain mentioned that the springs have anti aging properties and with that, I think every woman stripped off and jumped into the sea. There is a free flowing bar and delicious bbq, you then sail on to watch the most incredible sunset. We did this on the last day of our holiday which ended it on such a high.









There are a range of different boat trips at all different prices, depending on what sort of thing you fancy. The history of the island is fascinating and there are numerous museums and trips that will tell you all about it.  

We booked through olympic holidays who were great, they have all the different trips which they can arrange for you which mainly include transfers from your hotel.

In terms of eating, we found that it was generally cheaper to eat out as the supermarkets can be quite expensive. Our average meal spend for 2 with wine was around 35 euros.
Also if you visit you MUST try the cherry tomato's, they are the best in the world!

If you haven't been yet, get it on your holiday list! 

xxx





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