Sunday, 19 October 2014

Miah's Kitchen - Leeds

Oh Groupon why do I fall for you every time. I can't recall once where I have purchased a voucher and felt like I had a good meal and got my monies worth. A good deal on a hotel or a day out trying archery... But food? No. Perhaps it's time to call it quits.

The deal for this particular establishment was two courses and a glass of wine for two for £18. Seemed like a bargain not to be missed. 

We followed the T&Cs and booked ahead for a Wednesday evening after work at 6.15pm. We were greeted at the door and asked to wait in the seated area near the front of the restaurant whilst they prepared the table... We were the only people in the restaurant. We'd barely sat down when we were being asked to stand again so they could take us to our table.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Rolled and stuffed pork belly with sausage, apple and onion - recipe

**Warning this post contains a lot of pictures of MEAT**

For those of you who have read the 'About Breadsticklers' page of this blog you will know that I rarely post recipes. It's not that I dislike cooking or even that I don't know how to cook, I do, but when I'm not following a recipe I'm making it up as I go along. Making it up as you go along makes it fairly hard to write recipes.

However, on this occasion I have made an exception. When you're told that it is probably the best dish you've made to date and it fits in seasonally it seems almost selfish not to share. 

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Roxy Lanes - Leeds


Typing in to google 'Roxy Lanes' my phone ever so eloquently corrected it to 'Roxy Lames'.

Clearly google has sixth sense of sorts.

Roxy Lanes is the sister bar to Roxy Ball Rooms (that Ping pong and pool bar on commercial street). I had previously been invited to their press opening so I could sample the food. Only to find the kitchen wouldn't be opened for another few months. As a food blogger I had felt that this could have been notified to me in advance to save me wasting my time. 

Anyway I digress as this post is about Lanes not Ball Room. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Competition: Two free tickets to 'Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair' in Harrogate

Competition time!! I have two free tickets up for grabs for the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair. 

The fair takes place in Harrogate on 27-30th November 2014 in the HIC. 

Here's some more details about the fair from the event organisers:

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Meat Liquor - Leeds

It started with a wagon. A meat wagon serving street food to Londoners that then turned into a burger joint in an actual real life brick building. Queues of people were reported waiting hours to get in. Then everyone else jumped on the band wagon, or should that be meat wagon?

Burger off!! I've heard the voices of (twitter) Leeds cry every time another new place opened serving burgers. However when Meat Liquor announced that their first venture north would be in Leeds it changed. There was a buzzing and hum of excitement "the people who started it all are coming to Leeds" it was reported. Move aside Manchester now who is the food capital of the north?

Saturday, 6 September 2014

The Tea Cottage - Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey is a beautiful place lying on the very border of the Yorkshire Dales.

It cost us £9 for the car to enter the car park for the day and then there were no further fees to pay to enter the grounds of the abbey. After a wander down to the abbey we felt a bit peckish so decided to head back towards the car park (which is located next to the post office/gift shop) and try out the cafĂ© we had seen there.

Friday, 5 September 2014

The Botanist - Leeds

I visited Botanist a couple of weeks after Trinity opened last year but have only just gotten around to editing all my drafts and creating readable sentences from my hastily written reviews! So please bear in mind these were from last year and the menu may have changed.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Cafe Andulaz - Westend, Glasgow

The Westend of Glasgow is far different from the central streets of Glasgow which are decorated with big shopping centres and the fast food chains on every corner. I feel that Glasgow, although the bigger city, is often overlooked over Edingburgh. It's a shame especially when the Westend has so much to offer. Kelvingrove houses one of Dali's master pieces and there is of course the Ubiquitous Chip a well famed restaurant.

Fuji Hiro - Leeds

Worth the hype? Not the night we went...

Fuji Hiro has come up in many conversations I have had about where to get good noodles or a cheap but great meal. I've tried to go the odd couple of nights in the past but have been unable to dine as the place was too full. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Carluccio's dessert and coffee - Trinity Leeds

When will I learn?

Not all chains are reliable.

Especially Carluccio's.

Carluccio's is a firm favourite of mine for a Friday treat of coffee and pastry to take away. This is where it should end. My first ever blog post was written about Carluccio's when it first opened on Greek Street in Leeds three years ago. It wasn't a great experience and I have never returned for a sit down meal.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tweedies Bar - Grasmere, The Lake District

We first visited Tweedies after a rather long walk in Lower Langdale, tired and hankering for a pint but not wanting to sit in a hotel foyer we found this place with the help of Google (Grasmere actually has 3G!). A CAMRA award winning pub we really had struck gold.

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Scott's Arms - Sicklinghall, Wetherby

Finding somewhere within Leeds to eat on a Saturday evening without prebooking at least a week ahead is becoming harder and harder. This combined with a longing desire to constantly get out of the city on a weekend brought us to Scott's Arms in Sicklinghall, Wetherby.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Grandy Nook - Hawkshead

On our first afternoon in The Lakes we had a couple of hours to kill before we could pick up our keys for the cottage. So we wandered around Hawkshead in search for lunch, what we came across was cafes and pubs. A pub, we thought, would be too much of a heavy lunch so we set about looking in the cafes. Hawkshead is pretty small and it wasn't long until we had walked around all the cafes and still hadn't chosen one. Fed up we chose the nearest to where we needed to pick up our keys from.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Brew Lab - Edinburgh

I'm not going to write a huge amount in this post as I don't feel educated enough in coffee to do so. In fact I only started drinking coffee 6 months ago. I'm still playing it safe with Mochas too.

Whilst in Edinburgh I noticed that another food blogger happened to be visiting Edinburgh too. Richard who writes Them Apples posted a picture on Instagram of a coffee place I had walked past the day before. Interested I asked him if it was a place he would recommend.

So on our final day in Edinburgh a very tired D and me decided to pay a visit.