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
29 St Stephens Street, Bristol, BS1 1EQ
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.
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!
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.
Cook Food, 3 St John’s Court Whiteladies Rd, Bristol BS8 2QY