Kirkgate Market is hands down the number one reason I love living in Leeds, so it's only fair that my first post of the year is about just that. I'm lucky enough to work only a couple of minutes walk from the market meaning that I can shop there on my lunch breaks, and this has very much influenced the way that I shop and cook: buying little and often and deciding what to have for tea based on what's available on the day. And when I'm not shopping in the market, I'm talking about the market and telling everyone else to shop there.
After spending a few festive days with my family in Buckinghamshire, I took the opportunity to spend the day being a tourist in London on my way back up to Leeds. With so much to see and do in this wonderful (and somewhat overwhelming) city, the hardest part was actually planning the day and, of course, where to have lunch!
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Budapest isn't the kind of place that I would have thought to visit for the restaurant scene, and someone had even told me that the food was the least favourite part of their trip when they visited. But every single meal I had during my long weekend in Budapest was excellent. There was one restaurant in particular that blew me away, so here's me raving about it.
I take my birthday very seriously and usually go away to celebrate. So last year we headed to Budapest, for no reason other than we saw a really good deal on Voyage Privé. We arrived late on my birthday eve and after a good night's sleep woke up fresh and ready for what turned out to be the most fun day ever and a perfect birthday! Here's how it went down:
I love sushi, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and not get sick of it (I think). It's also my go-to hangover food, which a lot of people find odd, but the freshness of the fish, the stodgy rice and the salty soy sauce offer the perfect combination for recovering from having one too many. I also love Leeds and everything it has to offer, but recently the sushi game in this wonderful city is starting to lack. Here's why:
Let's pick up where we left off in part 1 of my Hong Kong itinerary, where I spoke about my first three days exploring Stanley, Central, the Zoological Gardens, Victoria Peak, Lantau, Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui and the night markets.
If you've read my recent post Hong Kong: A Foodie's Dream, you'll know that this was a spontaneous trip planned on a night out. Hong Kong had never been on my bucket list and, as a result, I had no idea what to expect. If you're planning a trip to Hong Kong and, like I did, have no idea how to best use your time there, please do read on and pick and choose bits to create your own adventure!
My annual leave is usually spent on adventures abroad, but sometimes it's important to take time off work just to relax! I've spent the last couple of days doing exactly that with two of my best friends. So, how do three girls who haven't seen each other in a while and just want to have a good old natter spend 36 hours in the wonderful city of Leeds? Here's what we got up to, feel free to steal ideas for the next time you're at a loose end!
In Leeds we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants. Whatever you fancy and whatever your budget, the issue is never finding a suitable place to dine but rather deciding where to go. To help with matters, I've come up with a list of my favourite Leeds restaurants. If you're visiting for the weekend or you're hungry and can't decide where to eat, read on!
Cluj-Napoca (or Cluj) is situated in the Transylvanian region of Romania, and it has everything you would want from a European city break. I visited in September and weather was gorgeous for the 5 days (a sunny mid twenties) I was there, so this trip consisted of wandering around in the sunshine and drinking plenty of cold wine on sunny cobbled streets. If you're visiting Cluj or looking for inspiration for your next city break, read on for my must-do guide!
All I knew about wrestling was that it's choreographed (which I thought meant fake) and that men wearing lycra had to throw each other around a ring and pin their opponent to the floor for 3 seconds to win. It turns out there's so much more to it, and actually it's a really fun night out that I would highly recommend! Here's my beginners guide to Underground Pro Wrestling for those who want an unusual night out in Leeds and want to know what to expect.