Outside-In serves up street food in Portsmouth

Outside-In serves up street food in Portsmouth

Grab the napkins and prepare for big messy eats, a street food extravaganza has arrived in central Portsmouth!

There’s a storm being cooked up at Outside-In Food Court! Tacos, dumplings and fully loaded burgers are just a few of the foodie offerings on the menu at this market style dining experience.

Plus, Outside-In are going all out trying to tick all the boxes for our beautifully diverse society. I’ll round them up quickly in case on of them catches your eye, here we go…they are cashless, plastic free or recyclable, vegan friendly, gluten free friendly, family friendly and dog friendly. PHEW! Let me catch my breath guuuuurl!

Click on the image to take a look at what’s happening just a few short strides from Portsmouth Guildhall.

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Dinner and cocktails at Cosy Club, Portsmouth

Dinner and cocktails at Cosy Club, Portsmouth

[AD*] Looking for something new in Portsmouth? Is it time for cocktails over a hearty meal? It is? Oh good, then it’s time to get yourself down to the newest restaurant to open at Gunwharf Quays. Cheers!

Cosy Club has a setting that makes you feel instantly at ease. From the fancy lights dimmed low to the retro decor, it has a friendly attitude and a relaxed charm.

The lovely folks from Cosy Club HQ invited me to try the menu and a few tipples of my choice to review and share with you.

Come on in and take a look at the warm and welcoming Cosy Club…

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Discovering Trading Post Coffee Roasters in the Lanes of Brighton

Discovering Trading Post Coffee Roasters in the Lanes of Brighton

There’s nothing like discovering an excellent new coffee shop on your travels!

Over the year’s I’ve spent a lot of time in Brighton so I knew that heading straight to the lanes would yield an instant result for a morning caffeine fix!

Thankfully on my amble down Duke Street it wasn’t long until I discovered Trading Post Coffee Roasters. And, oh boy, what a find it was! Continue reading “Discovering Trading Post Coffee Roasters in the Lanes of Brighton”

Picking up pastries from Bread Addiction in Southsea

Picking up pastries from Bread Addiction in Southsea

Cakes and buns by the sea! A short stroll from Southsea Beach will find you on Elm Grove at Bread Addiction, a cosy cafe that will satisfy all of your bakery desires.

Portsmouth’s foodie scene is an ever growing hub of independents offering treats both savoury and sweet. Take a look at my recent stop for croissants and don’t forget to let me know what you think if you decide to pop by!

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Ned’s Noodle Bar arrives in Southampton

Ned’s Noodle Bar arrives in Southampton

[AD] Well check me out living my best Carrie Bradshaw life with cute take out noodle boxes at the launch of Ned’s Noodle Bar!

Recently nominated for ‘best noodles in the UK’ at the UK’s Golden Chopsticks Awards Ned’s is bringing its twist on Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Malaysian and Vietnamese flavours to central Southampton.

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Good Friday breakfast at The Winchester Orangery

Good Friday breakfast at The Winchester Orangery

The Winchester Orangery has recently opened and it’s as gorgeous as its Instagram indicated. Not only is it filled to the rafters with stunning material flowers but the black and white tiles, chic counters and glass topped tables will make you feel more like you’re on the King’s Road instead of the pretty lanes that frame Winchester Cathedral.

We started Good Friday right with a hearty breakfast, plenty of coffee and orange juice to set us up for a glorious four days free from work, commitments and poor weather!

Take a look around the newbie to Winchester’s foodie scene in a few of my snaps, I say a few…there’s ruddy loads. I couldn’t help myself it was so pretty and the staff were more than obliging – yes, I think I was indulged!

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Bao buns at Two Doors Down in Southsea

Bao buns at Two Doors Down in Southsea

It’s safe to say I’m completely obsessed with bao buns. After having them at Wagamamas my obsession grew during my travels to Australia last year. I tried to eat as many as possible in China Town in Melbourne, in Sydney and Perth!

I haven’t found many places in the UK that do them yet, especially not in the south! Although I’m sure there’s loads of places that do them in London before you start @-ing me.

Anyway, you’ll imagine my surprise when Henry and I were walking through Southsea looking for somewhere to eat and stumbled on Two Doors Down. Continue reading “Bao buns at Two Doors Down in Southsea”

An evening of mindfulness with Wagamama at Gunwharf Quays

An evening of mindfulness with Wagamama at Gunwharf Quays

[AD] Recently I was invited for an evening of mindfulness and conversation to mark Wagamama’s partnership with mental health charity Mind at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth.

This was a gifted dinner but, all opinions are my own otherwise what’s the point?! You can’t buy my opinion and I firmly believe talking about mental health and that breaking the stigma surrounding it is very important!

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Anniversary dinner at The Florist in Bristol

Anniversary dinner at The Florist in Bristol

Henry and I celebrated five years together with a rather sumptuous meal at The Florist.

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How to make apple and blackberry gin

How to make apple and blackberry gin

Who doesn’t like the spirit of the moment? Thanks to restrictions lifted by the government we’re all enjoying a gin resurgence and the industry is booming.

We have a lovely collection of gin but a few ropey old bottles have remained in our alcohol cupboard for far longer than I care to admit.

I love making my own gin infusions and I shamelessly stole this idea from a friend who shared her recipe with me on Instagram. This is a great way to make a plain gin something special and worthwhile drinking. It also would make a great gift, two years ago I made earl grey gin which went down very well with all who received it.

Here’s how I made it, it’s really simple and will make you look like a domestic goddess, Nigella eat your heart out!

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