L’Osteria Bristol

Tiramisu and fizz – perfect! @losteria_uk #losteriabristol

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Someone said to me that I was the best PR for Bristol because it always looks so cool. I think that just means that I am always posting about food that I enjoy eating. Not a bad thing, really. Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to the opening of L’Osteria’s first UK branch, located in Quakers Friars. I took Sarah with me, and we headed down the red carpet to the most fun opening party ever! When the restaurant has its own song, you know it’s going to be a crazy good party.

There were lots of trays of canapes being handed out – these were delicious and enormous! There were also lots of trays of cocktails and prosecco going around – I had a few Aperol Spritz’s which always remind me of my final year of uni. Later on in the evening, we were offered pizza, pasta and little puddings which were all excellent. I would never normally order pasta at a restaurant, but the different bowls of pasta going around the room were so good!

The kitchen is open plan to the restaurant so we were able to watch the kitchen staff making the delicious huge pizzas from scratch (and see them dancing about to the band that were playing all night!). There’s a private dining room upstairs as well, which could be really good for a #blogclub dinner perhaps. I’m looking forward to going back soon for a good catch up with my favourite ladies!

Hello pizza ??? @losteria_uk

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(Oh, and this? This is just a giant cheese wheel that they were serving pieces of next to a prosciutto slicer. Cheese and meat…such an excellent combination!)

New Years Resolutions 2017

3 selfies, 2 foods and 1 dog. What's up with that, Instagram? #2016bestnine

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Previous years: 2016 | 20152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009

My ninth resolution post! That’s kinda crazy. So, as ever, I’m going to look at last years points:

  • Build my strength more
    Actually, yeah, I think I have done this. I changed my routine in May or June to start going to the gym before work instead of after, and that was the best thing I did. I have really enjoyed weight lifting, and have even started running. I KNOW.
  • Look after myself more
    Going to the gym meant that I haven’t taken painkillers for my back in a year. Woo! I have also been seeing a physio on a regular basis which has also helped a lot.
    Beauty wise, I haven’t been very good. I think I’ve only had two hair cuts this year and haven’t been near a salon for my nails!
  • Study!
    Yeaaaaaah….lets not talk about this one. I got so busy!
  • Blog, but organically
    Yeah, I think I did. If by organically, I mean “when I remembered I had a blog and had some time”. To be honest, it’s nice to have somewhere to just write about things I like without feeling like I have to write something.
  • Something something Bonjour, Blogger!
    I reduced down the amount I was posting on BB, and it has been a lot easier for me to fit in. Automating a lot of social media stuff really helped keep the traffic at the same level, which is good and frustrating (good – yay, people still visit! frustrating – what was the bloody point in the first place?)
    I’d really like to hear what other people want to see from the site in 2017 – if you’ve got a few minutes spare, please head over to the survey!
  • Stop saving for best
    This has been surprisingly difficult! I even do this with food, which is so dumb. SO DUMB.

So what am I planning for 2017?

  • Get out more
    This year, we picked up a new pup, Jess. (I haven’t even posted about her here yet, how rubbish!) She’s a complete knobhead but very very adorable. My aim next year is to take her and Jill out more often (not Fern though because she’s an old lady and hates going outside)
  • Keep improving at the gym
    Not just by increasing the amount I lift (do u even lift bro) but with the cardio as well. Running has been a new thing this year that I hate but that burns more calories, so increasing the length of time I can run before slowing down would be pretty awesome.
  • Procrastinate less
    I’m writing this to procrastinate from doing something useful. Stop this, me.
  • Meet more people
    I have met some excellent new people this year, and next year I want to keep meeting more! It’s one of the best things about Twitter for me – that I can meet people where I live who are interested in the same things as me without having to do any weird meetup type things.
  • Say yes!
    I am not very good at saying yes to big scary things, so let’s change that one as well.

What are you planning next year?

On Skincare and Aging

Since turning 30 and having that panic last year, the one thing that I still wasn’t great on was my skincare. I’m pretty lazy with my skin, to be honest. I was invited to the launch of S-Thetics at 58 Queens Square and was interested to learn more.

The founder of S-Thetics, Miss Sherina Balaratnam explained to us about what the iS Clinical treatments that they used involved, and demonstrated a Fire and Ice facial treatment which uses different temperatures to resurface the skin. At the clinic, they have this odd looking machine…

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…which is a Visia skin analysis machine. You put your chin on the bottom rest and rest your forehead against the upper rest, and you have photos taken in different lights from different angles so the computer can analyse your skin and do things like count your wrinkles and see how sun damaged your skin is. I went back a week or two later to have my own analysis done, which was a bit of an (expected!) eye opener. You can see my results below…I know, I look pretty glamourous here!

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After the event, we were given a goody bag which had samples of the different products recommended, which I have been using since. My skin is usually very reactive to most skincare things that I’ve tried, but it’s been pretty happy with this regime, and I would recommend at least a visit if your skin is as grumpy as mine with most things!