Ice & Pies

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Last Friday, after a few drinks after work, I headed out for a blogger event with Visit Bristol which was showing off some of the fun awesome things you can do in the city this year. We had dinner at Pieminister first, before heading to the skating ring at @t Bristol – two of my favourite things to do in the city!

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Pieminister have four different pies available over the Christmas period – Deer Santa, Mistle Moo, Christingle and Three Kings. Me and Victoria went for the Three Kings pie – an open top pie with turkey, bacon, chestnut and parsnips topped with bread sauce and cranberries, which was served with Pieminister’s amazing mash, mushy peas, gravy, onions and cheese. It was so amazing, we had to take a selfie with our plates. (Piefie?) If you’ve never made it to either the St Nicks or Stokes Croft branches, put it on your to-do list immediately!

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It also happened to be the Christmas light switch on at St Nicks Market so we snuggled in the Pieminister shop, listening to the live music (on top of the smoothie bar!) and cheered along with the crowds when the Bristol legend, Big Jeff, turned on the lights.

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A short walk later and we were over at Millenium Square, where the rink had been set up. It’s a slightly different layout to last time I went – not sure whether the rink is bigger, but it’s plenty big enough for a few bloggers to shuffle around (and avoid the drunk bloke who was trying to throw himself into everyone and everything)

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(What if they had special movie showings on this screen while you skated?)

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(Sorry Sophie! This photo keeps making me laugh!)

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Tara, me, Sophie and Dulcie taking a ton of selfies while trying not to fall over!

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Who’s up for another trip to the ice skating rink soon? It’s open until 5th Jan, so there’s totally time for a few visits after work!

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A few weeks ago, I received an invite to come and meet a new brand, called Ted and Muffy who were opening a new shop in Bath, in the same spot as Duo Boots were last year. Duo have rebranded as a company more aimed towards the younger generation, but with the same excellent quality boots. (My Fader knee high biker style boots are still going strong, a year later!)

The shop has been completely refitted, with a much fresher look but it’s really the shoes that are the main focus. The new campaigns are a lot more different any other shoe company has tried before – just look at them!

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There’s still so many styles to choose from, it was pretty difficult for me to make a choice!

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Once I had picked up my key from the wishing tree, I picked out a few different styles and got trying them all on, but I kept getting drawn to the Zoom brogues in pewter leather. I’m not sure why – I don’t have anything like it in my shoe collection, and they’re not my normal style at all, but since they arrived at my desk, I’ve worn them so much!

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Thank you Ted and Muffy for a fun evening of gossip, nibbles and of course, my beautiful pair of shoes!

A Catch Up Over Chicken

Things have gotten really busy lately. Turning 32 last month kinda caused a little panic and I’ve ended up signing up to do my CIMA certificate (I only have one module to do to get the certificate, then I can start CIMA properly. Why did I wait so long to do this!), I’ve started going to the gym again (which I forgot that I really enjoy, and especially when I have a colleague come with me after work!), I’m seeing a personal trainer twice a week (which is actually awesome – when I went to the gym previously, I just went on the treadmill, cross trainer or bike – now I get to do weights!) oh, and there was a house purchase in the middle too. Blogging has taken a further back seat than before and meeting up with everyone is even further back!

TGI Fridays offered me some vouchers to head over to the Cabot Circus branch which seemed like a great opportunity to catch up with Sophie and spend lots of time talking about, well, everything.

We had a great waitress (who didn’t mind tooooooo much that we spent more time gossiping than choosing our order…!) who brought over our first cocktails – a classic mojito for Sophie and a “skinny” blackberry margarita for me – apparently, with less than 100 calories, but this just meant it was a little less sweet than normal – still very easy to drink!

Neither of us had been to TGI’s very much in the past few years, so we both ended up going for fajitas – I went for the Jack Daniel’s crispy duck, and Soph went for blackened chicken. We also chose a portion of sweet potato fries which disappeared quickly (more places should have them as a side dish!), and the Texan Toothpicks which were…interesting. They were like thin pieces of onion and chilli that had been deep fried – they’d be great as a topping to a burger, but weren’t the best side dish.

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The rest of the meal was delicious though! Probably the only time we stopped talking was to eat – my duck was much larger than expected (I expected a breast but it seemed like half a duck!) which came with a little pot of my favourite JD sauce (when I worked for a chain owned by the same company, I’d use my staff card to persuade the waiters to bring a jug of the sauce with my meal!) and came with cucumber and spring onions. Sophie’s blackened chicken looked just as delicious with a salsa on the side and the usual dips you’d expect with fajitas.

After dinner, I went for a royaltini which has raspberry vodka, blackberries, apple juice and a bit of fizz and Sophie went for another mojito while we carried on talking about literally everything in the world. I know that some people dislike chains but I think they have a place for meals where you need to cater for lots of different people and with the vouchers and deals that are around, they make an easy place to get together with friends.

Thank you TGI’s – I need to come back soon to tackle the Warrior again!

I was provided with vouchers to visit TGI Fridays Cabot Circus. This post has not been reviewed by the brand or PR company, and no links were requested as part of the review. All links provided are to make the post more useful!