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Why I’m always at the White Rose Shopping Centre

I can just about remember the White Rose Shopping Centre opening when I was a kid, and although I didn’t know what a big deal it was at the time, I do remember being excited about trips to a new… Continue Reading →

A new favourite restaurant – Leeds’ Indian Tiffin Room

I was walking along Park Row a few weeks ago with a group of friends, and noticed signs for the new Indian Tiffin Room where Wagamamas used to be. We all commented on how inviting it looked, so when I… Continue Reading →

A gastro pub in Roundhay, a cafe in the city centre and a Mediterranean restaurant in Weetwood

I have so many ideas for blog posts but just never seem able to get round to writing them. I thought I’d try save myself a bit of time by combining some together! Here’s a very brief overview of some… Continue Reading →

Making the most of Happy Hour

In the same way that I probably spend as much time browsing books to buy as I do reading them, I probably spend as much time leafing through theatre brochures and websites as I do actually watching shows. I love… Continue Reading →

Last week in Leeds

I had such a lovely week in Leeds last week so I thought I’d share what I got up to. On Tuesday I met with my new mum friends and had a really good lunch at The Deer Park in… Continue Reading →

By George – this is a good fish dish!

I have a new favourite restaurant. I’ve only been twice but would very much like to go again. George’s Great British Kitchen, as the name suggests, celebrates British food, but for me it’s all about their seafood dishes. The restaurant’s… Continue Reading →

Just des(s)erts

Saying I have a sweet tooth is an understatement. I love chocolate. And biscuits. And milkshakes. And ice-cream. And cake. Don’t forget about cake. I love December, not because of Christmas, but because you can eat chocolate first thing in… Continue Reading →

Brunching with babies

There aren’t many places that can accommodate 17 adults, eight babies and all their accompanying paraphernalia for brunch, but luckily Leeds’ Revolucion de Cuba is up for the job. The antenatal class I went to had a reunion recently, which… Continue Reading →

The true spirit of Leeds: How Manjit’s Kitchen turned a nasty experience into something brilliant

There are many wonderful things about Leeds. I’m such a fan of the city that I created this blog to shout about it to friends and strangers across the UK so that they could make the most of their home… Continue Reading →

How to do a beer festival right

Earlier this year, Northern Monk Brewery hosted Hop City Beer festival. It seemed like a really cool event and was one a few of my friends were excited about, however it wasn’t something I was interested in attending as I don’t drink… Continue Reading →

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 →

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