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Eat Leeds: Discovering a new and an old favourite

So as I mentioned in my last blog post, lots of restaurants and bars in Leeds took part in “Eat Leeds Week” last week, where they offered either two or three course menus for £10 or £15. I used this as a great… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: Eat Leeds Week

As you’ll have gathered if you’re a regular reader of the blog, one of the things I love most about Leeds is all the fantastic places you can go for food. Not only is there a high volume of cafes,… Continue Reading →

Celebrating at the DoubleTree by Hilton

Every now and then, I’m amazed at how lucky I can be. I felt like this at the weekend after receiving an invitation to review the DoubleTree by Hilton Leeds on an evening that just so happened to coincide with James’… Continue Reading →

A treasure hunt for grown-ups

As I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post, I’ve done a couple of “treasure hunts” in Leeds – both very different. This post is about the GPS pub treasure hunt, more suitable for adults. I went on this treasure hunt… Continue Reading →

An example of an excellent weekend in Leeds

This is a short blog post as I’ve actually already written about all the events I want to mention (click the links below to read the previous posts). I just wanted to give a “real life” example of what a… Continue Reading →

Good food and good vibes at The Good Luck Club

I love discovering great new places in areas of Leeds that I wouldn’t normally go to. It would never occur to me to turn left out of the train station, along Whitehall Road, to enjoy an evening out with friends… Continue Reading →

Pre-baby bucket list

My life is going to drastically change later this year as I’m expecting my first baby in October. Although I’m determined to still be sociable and attempt to leave the house, I know that long gone are the days where… Continue Reading →

Fine dining at Iberica

Iberica has been on my list of Leeds restaurants to try for a while now. Although I walk past the Spanish tapas restaurant every day I’d not yet had an excuse to visit, despite various friends recommending it to me,… Continue Reading →

Quizzing and eating – my new Wednesdays

Don’t ask me to do something on the first Wednesday of the month, because I have plans. As of last month, it is now tradition for me to go with a group of friends to the Waterstones book quiz and… Continue Reading →

Eating at Ox Club

Ox Club has been on my list of restaurants to try for a while now. It’s located in Headrow House, the four-floored bar, restaurant and events space, run by the same guys behind Belgrave Music Hall. You know what a… Continue Reading →

Veeno: Selezione wine tasting

One of the perks of running a blog about what’s going on in Leeds is that I sometimes get invited to new bar and restaurant openings. (Sounds fancy – I know!) I received one of these perks last week when I… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: #CookForSyria

On Monday I will be going to a Syrian feast at the Northern Monk Refectory. It’s part of the “#CookForSyria” charity campaign – “A celebration of Syrian cuisine in aid of the largest humanitarian crisis of our time.” This Leeds event has been… Continue Reading →

Pairing music with meals: an international flavour

“If music be the food of love…”  I love live music, I love eating out, and I love spending time with my friends, so I’m pretty excited about my birthday as I’ll be doing all these things in one evening. I’m… Continue Reading →

Lovin’ Livin’ Italy

Livin’ Italy – an Italian restaurant, bar and deli on Granary Wharf – has been on my list to blog about for a while, but I was saving it for a round-up of best places to go for breakfast in Leeds. I… Continue Reading →

Staycation – Days 7 to 11: Learning, shopping and gigging

Day 7 Thursday was quite a fun and unusual evening in Leeds. Both James and I ended up learning about something new. James did his coffee class (which you can read about here!) and I ended up in The Body… Continue Reading →

North Star Coffee Academy: A lesson for coffee lovers

When mum and I visited the Royal Armouries a couple of months ago, we went for a drink at Laynes Espresso in Leeds Dock and noticed that there was a rather impressive coffee roasting machine in the building next door…. Continue Reading →

Staycation – Days 5 and 6: tapas and open mic night

Tuesday – day 5 of my Yorkshire holiday – was spent having a lazy day at home (I tend to do a lot during days off so need to remember every now and then to just relax!) Don’t worry though… Continue Reading →

Staycation – Days 2 to 4: breakfast and music

Our second official “staycation” day was Saturday, James’ birthday. When it’s my birthday, James makes me blueberry pancakes in bed; when it’s James’ birthday, I take him out for breakfast. I can barely make toast, so going out is preferable… Continue Reading →

Staycation in Leeds – Day 1: The German market and our annual day of drinking

For the last few years, James and I have taken a week off work around his birthday to have a “staycation” here in Yorkshire. We eat and drink ridiculous amounts of food, without any guilt, and try go to places we… Continue Reading →

Christmas countdown (part two)

Carrying on the Christmas countdown, here are some other ace things I’d recommend doing in Leeds over the festive period. It’s a Wonderful Life at Hyde Park Cinema Built in 1914, Hyde Park Cinema is a beautiful, traditional cinema showing… Continue Reading →

Drinks with a view

The Sky Lounge relaunch. I have two reasons for creating and maintaining the Loving Leeds Blog. The first is that I love writing. The second, and perhaps more important reason, is that I genuinely think Leeds is an amazing city. There… Continue Reading →

Food, drink and a show at the Electric Press

James and I bought tickets to see Tape Face at The Carriageworks a while ago. I was actually purposefully looking for something to see at The Carriageworks as I realised I’d never been to a performance there before. Even if you’ve not been… Continue Reading →

Bossa – Bring me the meat!

You might have gathered from previous blog entries that James and I aren’t exactly vegetarians. We like our meat served with a side of meat, so when I heard that there was a new Brazilian restaurant – Bossa – opening… Continue Reading →

Upcoming: No Gloss Film Festival

I regularly go to the Showcase cinema but for ages I’ve been wanting to see films at different venues other than purpose built cinemas, and also independent films rather than just the usual, big blockbusters. There’s plenty on in Leeds… Continue Reading →

A true believer in Red’s

I’m a little bit surprised that I haven’t already blogged about Red’s, considering it is one of my absolute favourite places to eat in Leeds. Perhaps because I know it’s so popular already, I didn’t feel the need to promote it… Continue Reading →

Leeds’ best cocktails

Last month I went to the launch of EPIC cocktail bar (which used to be Brooklyn) on Call Lane. Despite the cringey name and an unfortunately long queue for drinks, there were some rather tasty cocktails being served. I had a… Continue Reading →

Pizza and pool with dad

Whenever my mum goes away on holiday, I use it as an excuse to go out for tea with my dad. They tend to be evenings of over-eating and drinking. We went to Smoke BBQ last time, and Reds before… Continue Reading →

Dancing and brunching at Revolución de Cuba

I love a good night out, and I love a nice big breakfast in the morning. Revolución de Cuba ticks both these boxes. Revolución de Cuba is a Cuban bar and restaurant on the corner of Call Lane. It opened… Continue Reading →

Second-hand books and first-rate kebabs

My friend Chloe has been mentioning for a while now that one of her favourite local treats is to browse the Oxfam second-hand bookshop in Headingley and then go for a bite to eat somewhere afterwards. This sounded like an ideal… Continue Reading →

Who ate all the pies? I ate all the pies!

It turns out that this is my fifth blog post that mentions pies. I must really like pies! It’s a good thing then that we have a Pieminister in Leeds – a whole restaurant dedicated to pies. Pieminister opened in… Continue Reading →

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