How hard is it to find unique gifts for that special someone? You know, that person that’s super difficult to buy for, the one that has everything. I always find that a local Christmas market is usually the place to buy a gift for these people you might get stuck trying to find a gift for.
The third annual Etsy Festive Market in Southampton was the biggest yet!
Local independent Etsy makers showcased some incredible gifts in real life in The Spark Building at Solent University.
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ad* What’s not to like about drinks with friends, hearty food and cosy fireplaces?
The Chilworth Arms is a real winter warmer, the place you could easily while away a Sunday afternoon after a long walk in the countryside.
With the festivities upon us, the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping – the restaurant and pub is a welcome escape capturing a slice of that seasonal magic.
Recently I was invited to try its new festive menu, take a look at what I dishes I tried and a peek at the interior…
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AD* | The Southampton Harbour Hotel is a stunning hotel standing tall in Ocean Village right on the coast.
It’s built in the shape of a cruise ship and has become an iconic part of the city’s skyline.
The penthouse or top level is the hotel’s main restaurant HarBar on 6th with spectacular views out across the marina and the Solent, the stretch of water between the south coast and the Isle of Wight.
It’s a stunning hang out with a terrace, floor to ceiling windows and a beautiful balcony.
It has a recently launched a new seafood focused menu which I was invited to review.
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AD* | The Day of the Dead is all about celebrating life! This, along with Halloween, is definitely my favourite adopted seasonal celebrations and it’s a huge excuse to eat ALL the Mexican food!
Wahaca invited me to a Día de Muertos dinner party, creating a cosy corner where we tried some tasty tacos and quesadillas.
Naturally, I was there with bells on!
Like Mexican food? See the delicious dishes from Masterchef 2005 winner Tomasina Miers…
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こんにちは Kon’nichiwa sushi lovers!
From nori and maki rolls to tempura and nigiri…I always am in the mood for sushi!
If you love sushi you’ve probably had the same problems I’ve had finding decent maki rolls outside of London.
Thankfully a fantastic food scene is growing in Bedford Place where Nara, a Japanese sushi restaurant, is based.
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Southampton’s old archaeology museum has been transformed into a new arts space by A Space Arts with the support of a whole host of funders.
FINALLY! The city has been crying out for more art spaces, culture and a step away from the huge chains that fill our high street. While they have their place in Southampton, the city lacks balance – now is the time for more independents, retail and places for live music.
Take a look at this fantastic new addition to the city centre…
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AD | David Michaels’ Australian burger and chicken joint has hit English shores and found its way out of the big smoke to my corner of Hampshire, Southampton.
Bite me Burger Co and Get Plucked combines witty branding and a wide variety of mini burgers and fried chicken in a new restaurant in the heart of city near Bedford Place on London Road.
And, aren’t I glad it has! I love a BIG eat, especially a good burger.
Take a look at the mini burger revolution…
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AD | It’s a deal, it’s a steal, it’s the foodie sale of the century! Go! Southampton has encouraged all of your favourite Southampton restaurants to come together and put on special meal deals for two weeks only.
‘#FoodieFortnight‘, as it’s been dubbed by the city’s tourist information guide, starts from Monday 23 September 2019 and lasts for, you guessed it, two weeks!
I headed to Bill’s to try out the special menu and the offer it has put on for the two weeks, take a look at what two courses for £15 will put on your table…
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[AD*] Who doesn’t love seeing awesome places, feats of nature and people doing extraordinary things pushing themselves to the absolute limit?
Adventure film festivals are a form of escapism for me, it gives me travel ideas and it’s one of my favourite ways to spend an evening.
When the team at Offshore Film Festival invited me to an evening of ocean adventure through a program of films focusing on the world’s best diving, surfing and sailing I, of course, said HELL YEAH!
This was the festival’s first time in Southampton, but this is its third year touring Europe and the UK. Here I give a little insight into my evening and the short films.
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AD* Ahem, I’ll try to muster my best Miss Trunchbull voice, you’ll have to use your imagination…
See here you maggots, you filthy lot need to head down to Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre to see the newest arrival in town, Matilda The Musical, or I’ll put you in the chokey!
Only joking, although you would be mad to miss this enchanting show, it’s on until 6 July 2019.
Continue reading “The revoltingly excellent Matilda arrives at Southampton’s Mayflower Theatre”