Archive | May, 2012

Leeds Loves Food

31 May

Me, the sunshine and my chicken

This weekend I spent a very sticky Sunday afternoon at millennium square, checking out the Leeds Loves Food festival.

Every restaurant in the city you could think of had a stand there, so choosing lunch was tricky. Having the little one in tow did save me from an afternoon sat outside the stand hosted by champagne bar, Epernay. Not a bad thing for my waistline or my wallet.

Nonetheless, we had a lovely afternoon checking out the food the city has to offer. For my lunch I decided on some delicious Korean chicken skewers from Chino Latino’s bbq, a Pan Asian delight served in a fabulous oriental tray. A lovely detail. And for my main course, a safe, by scrummy slice of authentic Italian pizza from Casa Mia, all rounded off with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice.

Whilst we ate, we watched a demonstration on the main stage from Gaucho on different cuts of beef. Very amusing given that this was demonstrated on a bloke!

A must visit again next year.

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Very nice ice cream at Veritas

24 May

Just a quick post to share with you a very pretty ice cream I enjoyed at Veritas, Great George Street in Leeds. Not quite the manly option that chap whose birthday we were celebrating was hoping for but tasty nonetheless. I personally enjoyed the vintage dessert. Yum.

Ice cream in a tea cup

Fenocchio ice cream – naughty but Nice

13 May

Spoilt for choice

Last weekend I spent with friends on a hen do in the fabulous Nice. A beautiful city with turquoise waters and well-dressed locals. It wasn’t ready for a hen do and I don’t think it wants to see another one in a hurry.

During the day we did the tourist thing and one of the bridesmaids got me rather excited about this famous ice cream parlour. Fenocchio. I couldn’t resist. Fenocchio boasts a number of shops nestled in the winding streets of Nice’s old town. With nearly 100 flavours including; lavender, tomato and basil, rosemary along with the more conventional flavours. I was spoilt for choice. Given my love for all things cinnamon, I went for specaloo flavour. It was delicious.

I just wish we hadn’t had so much of a headache that we could have gone back the following day to try another flavour.

Well worth a visit.

 

Me and my ice cream in Nice old town

Vineatily, Leeds

3 May

A wine dispenser? Why have I never heard of this before?

I was delighted today to be introduced to one of Leeds’ newest eateries, Vineatily. In a quiet corner of town overlooking a pretty part of the canal, this Italian bar and deli, which happens to be very close to my office, is set to become my new local.

Run by some very fabulous Italian gentleman who’s English is delightfully broken, the food is 100% home-made and the wine list is extensive.

The menu ranges from homemade lasagna and paninis, to grills and desserts, whilst in a corner of the shop, the gents sell their authentic Italian sauces and snacks. The deli even boasts a wine dispenser (something which I’ll be investigating to have installed in my own home!) Just credit a special card at the bar and fill up as  many times as you like from a range of Italian wines. Brilliant.

I tried the classico panini for lunch – simple but delicious cured meat and mozzarella. Yum. And with cocktails starting from £5.50, you’ll be able to find me there most Fridays after work.

Visit Vineatily at Granary Wharf in Leeds.

Authentically Italian