Eat Cambridge 2016

The alternative title for today’s post is “How to torture yourself when you are on a diet”. The food festival ‘main event’ for Eat Cambridge took place last weekend, so I hopped along for a visit and an opportunity to chat to some of my favourite indie foodies in the city.

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Let me give you some history here. When we first moved to the city 10 years ago, the street food scene didn’t exist and good sushi was hard to find. Deliveroo was not even a concept and the indie food community was small. Now we are spoiled for choice with new restaurants and pop-up events happening on a weekly basis and there is an amazing bunch of people championing indie food. It’s official – Cambridge is now the foodie’s dream.

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Here are a few of my favourites that I came across at the food festival this year.

I picked up some fresh Cypriot halloumi from SBS winners OOO Company which was delicious. We went to a BBQ later that day and it went down a treat. No squeak and so much flavour. I spent the rest of the day regretting that I had only purchased one block.OOO-Company

Pinkster Gin were there with their eye catching branding.Pinkster-Gin

These delicious savoury muffins were so good and each one focused on a different herb. Find out more at Herbalicious Muffins.

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It was good to catch up with Claire, owner of Breckland Orchard posh pops. The flavours just sum up British summer and they are perfect for picnics! If I still drunk alcohol I reckon they’d make great mixers for vodka and gin too!Breckland-Orchard-Posh-Pops

It’s always a pleasure to see Katie from Allotment Cafe. Her cakes are like beautiful floral art pieces and her girl gang of helpers were just as lovely. Allotment-Cafe

I was SUPER tempted by these but the diet said no. I can definitely vouch for the brownies though as I may have caved when Katie had her pop-up at Novi.Floral-Cakes-Allotment-Cafe Cardamom-Carrot-Cake-Allotment-Cafe

Ali was there with her Baltic Bakes which I did treat myself to one of. I tried a warm apple and raspberry piragi which was just the right amount of sweet. With a little cinnamon added it was perfet.
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I totally resisted the Ely Fudge Company stall. Can I please have my medal now?!Ely-Fudge-Company

Lastly, it was super to see Cambridge Artisan showing their beautiful hampers which contain locally sourced goodies from all over East Anglia. I shall definitely be visiting their website for Christmas presents this year. A family run business (the guys behind the amazing Churros van) and this one is led by 15 year old Amelise. One to watch!Cambridge-Artisan-Hampers

I left with some goodies for G (Burwash Manor Sausage rolls) and took a sneak peek in Sticks and Sushi on the way out before they opened to the public later that day. If pre-opening reviews are anything to go by, I think we finally have quality sushi in Cambridge in a really cool setting.

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Talking of sushi, Eat Cambridge has some amazing fringe events running until 22 May, so I’ll be taking a Sushi class with Jo at Bridges Cafe this weekend. Keep an eye on my Twitter if you want to see the results!

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Place In Print – A Map Of Cambridge

In our (rented) house, we have quite a mish mash of art work. There are some canvasses of my photographs, some Japanese pieces G picked up on his travels, illustrations from local artists and a Quentin Blake print of G’s favourite childhood book Matilda.

I recently discovered Place In Print, a London design studio which specialises in locally themed art products including a great range of typographic city prints.  This Cambridge Type Map is just brilliant! All the street names are listed in the shape of the city centre map.Place-In-Print-Typographic-Cambridge-Map

These clever prints are a great keepsake for your home city or for somewhere you have once lived. It works pretty well for Cambridge as the city is so small and contained. They have lots of specific London area maps available too. Place-In-Print-Maps-of-UK-places Typographic-Map-Print

I think it fits really nicely with my vintage books on Cambridge, I’m planning to style a city themed bookshelf with the print as the main feature.Things-Seen-In-Cambridge-Book

Place In Print are going to be at the Renegade Craft Fair in London on 7 and 8 November, so I look forward to seeing more of their work in person! Would you guys be interested in a haul post or video about my purchases from the market?

Have you discovered any cool prints lately?

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 *I received this print for review purposes. As always, opinions are my own Read more about my disclosure policy here.

Tourist In Cambridge #7

The change in season always makes me want to share another post for my Tourist In Cambridge series. This weekend, we took a walk along the riverside and captured some beautiful autumn light.

Living near the river is something I value so much. Even though we are in a city, there is a sense of calm near the water or green spaces. If I ever need to switch off and take a break from work, this is where I go.

So when Travelodge asked me to share my favourite place in Cambridge for their #FlauntYaHaunt campaign, I knew this would be a great excuse to take a photo walk. Along the river you always see plenty of rowers, kayakers, cyclists and runners. It’s also the place I’m learning to rollerskate!

I hope you enjoy the results of the photo walk and our impromptu stop off later on!

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Whilst we were out, we also took a slight detour to the Varsity Rooftop Terrace Bar to see some views of the city from up high. I think this could become a new favourite place and we hope to catch the fireworks from here on bonfire night.

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Looking down on the city reminded me of when I got G a flying lesson and he flew us over the city in a light aircraft. That’s a story for another day I guess!

I’d love to know your favourite place in your town or city. What makes where you live special?

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*This post was written in collaboration with Travelodge.

EAT Cambridge Vlog

Just a quick post today as I’m working stupid amounts at the moment!

I shared another weekend vlog over on YouTube this week. Watch to the end to see an awesome busker! I just bought his album as it was so relaxing to listen to whilst working.

I hope you’re all having a great week!

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Photo Walk: Spring Time Flowers and Bicycles

There’s something about every season in Cambridge that makes me love it even more than the year before. In Spring, it is definitely the flowers!! There are so many green spaces and gorgeous parks that are filled with colourful blooms.

I’ve called this post a ‘photo walk’, but in fact it was a photo cycle! Here are some images of Florence enjoying the flowers. I had to include her yearly photo shoot with the wisteria. It smells AMAZING.

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You can see my previous floral photo walk/cycle posts here and here. I love how the tulip colours in this park change every year!

Oh, and here is Florence’s wisteria picture from last year, her basket was naked as she was quite new! I think the flowers are much fuller too.

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I do look forward to some summer photo walks, I think I’ll be punting and picnic-ing lots! What’s the best thing about where you live in the Spring time?

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