My September Discoveries

I have to say it’s been a busy old month, I almost ran out of time for this; the second in my new discoveries series! So, without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the new things I’ve been loving this month:

Hanoi Coffee Company, Bristol

Summer Rolls

This place is my current favourite thing about Bristol. And that’s saying something because I love everything about Bristol. We’ve been a couple of times now and I can’t rate it highly enough.  Try their Vietnamese drip coffee and make sure you have it with condensed milk for authenticity. The summer rolls are light and spicy but perfectly balanced with the sweet and sour dipping sauce and the Bahn mi:  O-M-G.

29 St Stephens Street, Bristol, BS1 1EQ

Bullet Journalling 

I don’t usually go in for fads and this isn’t a foodie thing but it’s really good, especially when you have a lot on and tend to work from lists. Basically, it’s an analogue form of diary/journal to help you keep on top of your to-do list, your calendar and get stuff done! I love my phone and use my mac for lots of things but sometimes you just need paper and pens!

I’ve been bullet journaling now for a whole month and love it.  It’s a great system once you get your head around the rules and I definitely think I’m getting more organised as a result.

Want to find out more? Watch this video here:

My bullet journal!

the Orange tree, Derby

Well, this one had to be included. Last week a big ongoing project as part of my freelance work came to an end when we opened the doors on a new cocktail and gin bar in Derby. The building is an old gas works office from 1911 and so, we’ve brought out the character with raw metal, exposed brick and sumptuous old fabric sofas. It’s super cool! 

The launch party last week was extra special to me too because my best mate Patrick (and a familiar face on the blog) is the General Manager and I know he’s going to kill it with his amazing cocktails and gin selection …. over 25 to choose from. Yep. Over 25 gins. If you’re in Derby, definitely check it out and in the meantime, give them a good stalk on Instagram here. the Orange tree, 5 George Street, Derby, DE1 1EH 

Tempura Seaweed Snacks 

Another amazing find from our local Asian supermarket. These are so moreish, a bag does not last long! This is the original flavour which is salty but they do a chilli version too! Yum!

Love these tempura seaweed snacks!

Cook Food

Since we started house sitting up on the downs, I’ve been spending a bit more time on Whiteladies road than I have before.  Last week I walked past the Cook Food shop on Whiteladies Road for probably the tenth time and decided to go in. Cook Food is quite a big but independently operated business with around 80 shops all over the UK. They make freshly cooked meals for your freezer. I’m a total snob when it comes to ready meals but these guys are definitely a lot nicer than those sad little ready meals you see in Tesco.

I bought two dishes out of curiosity and actually, they were pretty good. The prawn karahi curry was really good, loads of juicy king prawns and a good flavour to the sauce. At around £10 for a two-person serve, this is a bit out of my price range but I was genuinely impressed by the quality and variety of the dishes on offer. For busy people with a decent spare income, I think this is a pretty good way to eat well at home.

Cook Food, 3 St John’s Court Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2QY
Cook! Prawn Jalfrezi was delicious
Have you discovered anywhere or anything new this month which you’re loving? Let me know in the comments box below! 
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