Street Food Circus and a Foodie Birthday

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So last weekend we had a very special birthday. Sophie, the queen of all things foodie was another year older and we just had to celebrate with street food & gin.

Sadly, it is the last weekend for the Street Food Circus but I'm sure this won't be goodbye forever. After the delicious food I had, it is quite possible I will chase them far and wide to have it again.



My favourites were Hangfire Smoke House, Chuck's & The Hemp Hut.

I really feel like pulled pork is having a moment. The saucier, the messier, the better. I imagine every pulled pork enthusiast in Wales has heard of Hang Fire Smoke House. I had heard really great things and made a trip especially, there was a pretzel bun with my name on it. So picture this, a pretzel bun, packed full of tender pulled pork, dressed in the sexiest bbq sauce, creamy house slaw and a savoury doughnut like ball of yumminess, ALL in one bun. I can now confirm that it was the best thing ever and I am a converted pulled pork piggy.




Warning: there will be bbq sauce, and lots of it. It is highly likely you will get it over your face, hands, shoes & your boyfriend (guilty) but it is SO worth it.


Of course, when there is any form of meat in a bun, there has to be a side of posh fries from Chucks too - They were truly spiffing.

As you probably know, I am big on falafel. At each visit to the circus, I would spy on the platter's from The Hemp Hut like that emoji that has one eye shut and its tongue hanging out. One quick skim of the menu and I was sold. I went for the falafel wrap with extra halloumi. I cradled the weighty wrap in my arms, as we headed back to our seats like the falafel mama that I am. It was all my hopes and dreams in one flat bread. My carnivore boyfriend, who was stuffing his face with a steak sandwich, was eyeing up my meal, after one bite, he scurried over to the queue to get one for himself. So even if you are the biggest meat eater, I would still recommend The Hemp Hut. When there is halloumi involved, what's not to love?



So after a night of stuffing our faces and drinking one too many gins, there is only one cure. Iced coffee & pancakes. Luckily, we have Nina, the best breakfast host living just seconds away, it makes rolling out of bed with a headache much easier. We laughed, ate, drank so much coffee I got the shakes and got emotional over Sophie opening her presents.



All in all, a fabulous weekend. Street Food Circus, please come back soon.

xxx


A Swansea Weekend

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I am originally a Swansea girl and love any excuse to go home, especially when there are promises of gin and Vietnamese food.

It was my mums birthday, so a good old knees up was in order, but first...Breakfast.

We headed down to Blackpill for some much needed coffee and bacon. The rain was lashing down and we ran for cover in The Junction Cafe. When I used to drive the land train, I would pop in for door stop toast and coffee's most days, it is still as fabulous and the perfect spot for an early morning bite to eat. I went for the bagel with cream cheese, bacon, pesto & tomatoes. I made the biggest cream cheese mess but loved every second - It was so delicious and I am definitely going to make this at home. My mum had the cooked breakfast which looked every bit as delicious as a full English should.



If you're visiting Swansea and you are stuck for somewhere to go for brunch, make The Junction your first stop. The inside is so cute and the staff are all so fab - It's the perfect Saturday Morning hideaway.


We spent the afternoon drinking tea, eating cake and beautifying ourselves, which quickly brought us around to dinner time, the best time.


Sadly no birthday candles were available...


Accidentally all dressed in white, we headed for quick gin stop off at Noah's Yard (I am still yet to find a bar cooler than this one but its hard to beat) before heading to Vietnam. We went last year for my mums birthday and I loved it so much, that I was rather skeptical on going back because it was so good I didn't know how they could top it....but they did.

Since returning from Thailand, I am completely obsessed with noodles and all sorts of spicy, aromatic dishes. This time I went for a lemongrass, chicken dish and it was incredible. We ordered everything we fancied and ate far too much, but when food is that good (and cheap) its hard not too.




I urge any foodies in Swansea to try this place, as the food is superb and the service is unbeatable. It isn't fancy in any way and you have probably walked past it a dozen times, but it's a real gem and I can't wait to go back already.

36 Uplands Crescent, Swansea SA2 0PG
01792 650929

xxx

Foodies guide to Roath/ Penylan

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I have been living in this area for a year now and feel it is my duty to share my foodie knowledge with you.

If you are looking for a sexy Italian - (the food kind...) La Vita.

I have been to this place many times and I have raved about every meal. From pizza to fish, they know how to cook. It is take your own booze too, so it's perfect if you are on a budget but still after amazing food. 
Tip: The aubergine bake as a starter will change your life.






If you are looking for carbs - Il Pastifico

If you're about the carby goodness, you MUST get yourself to Il Pastifico. It will be the best pasta you have ever tasted. It is all made fresh, just meters from your table and they are a very knowledgeable and passionate bunch.
Tip: You must try the dessert too.




If you are looking for wholesome, locally sourced food. - Penylan Pantry.

This is quite possibly my favourite place in Cardiff. It houses the best avocado on toast and once you're in, you will never want to leave. They are also a deli and support a lot of the local producers, it is unlikely that you will leave empty handed, from cheese to chocolate, you will want it all.





If you are looking for a good cuppa - Waterloo Gardens Tea House.

These guys know their tea (and coffee) If you are after a milky brew or any herbal tea, you will find it here. Warning: You may get distracted by their selection of cakes and their breakfast/lunch menu's are totally dreamy. They cater well to vegetarians and gluten free babes too.



If you are looking for the most delicious cake - Tea & Cake.

If you want to hunker down somewhere cosy to drink tea and eat lots of cake, then Tea & Cake is for you. They serve the thickest slices of home made cake and they do a bounty tea, which is both chocolaty and coconutty and AMAZING!



If you are looking for anything from brunch to evening drinks - Juno Lounge.

When you can get a cup of jelly beans for the table, whats not to love? This is an all round place, where you can get fed and watered any time of the day, it always has a nice atmostphere and they have an outdoor seating area which catches the sun perfectly.
Tip: The lounge eggs are an eggcellent choice.

www.thelounges.co.uk



If you are looking for a pub - The Pear Tree.

This isn't your average pub. They have just launched a cracking brunch menu and I have heard great things about their tapas. Expect good atmostphere, top notch food and a good selection of beers and ales.



If you are looking for Ice-Cream - Joe's.

There is only one place where you will ever need to go for ice-cream and that's Joe's. It is an absolute must if you have visitors to Wales, as it is the best ice-cream in the world (Ben & Jerry's look away) and you can also rave about how it's Welsh and we manage to do everything best.
Tip: you must have the vanilla scooped from the big tubs.



If you are looking for Coffee - Coffee #1

I am not usually a fan of coffee chains, but Coffee 1 is an exception. Their toasted tea cakes are bigger than my head and they are one of the few places that do coconut latte's.




If you are looking for something different - Chaiholics.

So it may be a tea house but they also serve food right through to the evening. It's proper authentic Indian food with a lot of chai inspired dishes, I absolutely love Indian spices so this is just my cup of tea. They are the UK's first authentic chai tea house, so it is a must to visit if you are in the area.
Tip: Make sure you try the chaislaw.



www.chaiholics.com

So this weekend, instead of venturing in to town, make your merry way down to my neck of the woods. 

xxx

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