Situations Turned Around

I’ve been a little absent from the blog recently because of all that life stuff getting in the way. Here’s a quick recap about whats been going on (and a prod to myself to blog about some of these things!)

Call me a spoilsport, but I’m kinda glad the heatwave is over (again). I just don’t cope well in hot weather – this photo was taken after work one Friday, sitting in the shade at 7pm was as much as I can handle!

A few weekends ago, I headed over to London for the iFabbo bloggers conference. It was a really interesting day, and I felt like I learnt loads (which seems so wrong for a Saturday!) – I’ll try to get a post together about it! Vanessa met me for dinner, and we headed to Burger and Lobster where the menu is…er…burger or lobster (or lobster roll for people who can’t be bothered to deshell their lobster). Since neither of us had ever had lobster before, obviously we had to go for that. Verdict: weird looking, too lazy to shell, but quite nice actually.

Wine already in a glass may not sound as good as gin-in-a-tin, but I still approve. I saw Selina on the train back to Bristol (we seem to have a thing at the moment for spotting each other on public transport!) and we gossiped about our days at blogger meetups!

On Sunday I headed over to Bath to take part in the Sky Ride – a cycle around some closed off roads in Bath. Despite the rain, it was still quite enjoyable to cycle around, especially around the Circus and Royal Crescent, which are two of my favourite areas in Bath. Its been a while since I got on my (or someone elses) bike, and the short ride reminded me that I really do want a bike. If only Bristol wasn’t so hilly, I would love to cycle to work!

After the ride, I headed up to the Fashion Museum to meet Ally. Embarrassingly, this is the first time I’ve been outside the museum –  despite living over in Bristol for 4 years, I still haven’t visited. I’ll visit this summer. Honest.

We headed to Bea’s Vintage Tea Room, a lovely new find by Ally the day before, and had lunch. I went for coronation chicken (well, obviously) which was delicious, and Ally’s cake looked amazing too. Sadly I couldn’t quite fit one of these pretty little cakes in! I think I will have to visit Bea’s again with my camera this time, its such a pretty little tea room.

Finally, Fern. Cause, y’know, everyone loves the silliest spaniel in Bristol.


A few weeks ago, there was talk of cake on Twitter. I know, I’m just as shocked as you. A few tweets flew about, and the #cliftoncakecrawl was born.

Organised by Bonny of Hi Street, there was seven of us in total – Rachael, Sam, Emily, Sarah, and Helen. Thankfully, Sunday was such a beautiful day, as one of the stops didn’t have a huge seating area and we would have had to picnic in Victoria Square!

We met at our first stop, Lahloo Pantry which had a gorgeous array of cakes on the counter, along with their salad bar. Just looking at those bottom two photos is making me hungry!

I started off with a macaron and a lemon ice tea – so delicious and probably the best way to start the crawl. Lahloo has such a great range of tea to drink in or to buy to take home, along with teapots and brewing things.

Next was Arch House Deli, where we decided to share 4 slices between the 7 of us to cut down on trying to decide on what to have – when the slices appeared, we realised that was a pretty good strategy, since the slices were huge! Clockwise from the cherry at the top, we had a cherry and coconut polenta, chocolate and star anise, banana and honey polenta, and jasmine tea and lemon (I think!) cake. My favourites were a split between the chocolate and star anise, and the cherry and coconut polenta cake.

Arch House Deli is (of course) mostly taken up with the deli side, with a few tables hidden in the back. I had to avoid the cheese counter otherwise I would have bought it all!

Next, we headed over the way to Primrose Cafe. Primrose Cafe is one of those places that seems like its been around forever, but it’s actually not that old. I just had a little chocolatey flapjack here, but it was still too rich and I ended up leaving some (boo!)

Next was Zazu’s Kitchen, a recent arrival in the village from their old location in Stokes Croft. I avoided the cakes this time, since by the time we arrived, there was just little Portuguese custard tarts left and I don’t like egg custards things.

Saving the best for last, we staggered into Cordial and Grace on a total sugar high. Maria, the owner, had prepared a plate full of different cakes ready for us to taste, which we washed down with some fizz (always a win!). Most of us ended up choosing the pesto scone with cream cheese and chutney since we were craving something savoury! I’ll be sharing more about Cordial and Grace soon, I love it!

Thank you so much Bonny for organising the crawl, and Hi Street for treating us to a few cakes along the way. There was talk of a cocktail crawl too…I can’t wait! Sam has also written up her post   – she’s a lot more foodie worded than I am!

And, because you know I bloody love mapping things, here’s a tiny map of our stops!

Cupcake Fondue

Oh. My. Word. Cupcake fondue. CUPCAKE. FONDUE. If you’ve ever read a girly blog in the past year or so, you’ll probably know that bloggers love cupcakes. Like, more than a friend.

I honestly can’t see anything bad with this idea, who doesn’t love dipping food into food? Crazy people, thats who. And they just fling poo about. Anyway. If you would like to come and make this for me, theres a recipe here on Pintsize Social, along with an interview from the amazing genius who came up with it, Amanda from Bake It Pretty.

I need to lie down after thinking about so much sugary goodness.

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