Celebrating Independent Shops at Leeds Corn Exchange

Celebrating Independent Shops at Leeds Corn Exchange

Leeds
Supporting local businesses is high on my list of values. When I’m travelling I’ll seek out family run restaurants, eat local produce and drink the local wine. So when I’m at home, this shouldn’t and doesn't change. So when I was invited to visit Leeds Corn Exchange to celebrate Independents’ Day I felt pretty honoured! It would be the perfect opportunity to discover some new local businesses, engage with the people behind them and hopefully inspire you to discover them for yourselves!
Taste Meson: A Shining Example of Gran Canarian Cuisine

Taste Meson: A Shining Example of Gran Canarian Cuisine

Gran Canaria
Thank goodness we walked past Taste Meson on a walk along the seafront in our nearest town! Overlooking the bay in the centre of Arguineguin, Taste Meson is a small plate restaurant designed to showcase local produce. It’s more of a fine dining style of eating than the tapas style that you might expect from a small plate restaurant in this part of the world, but the atmosphere is definitely holiday dining rather than anything fancy.

Hi, I'm Nell. I’m a Leeds based travel blogger creating content to inspire you to make the most of your weekends, limited annual leave and hard-earned cash by writing about part-time, mid-budget travel. Here you'll find posts about city breaks, hiking trips and tales of food and wine.

Eating and Drinking in Trento, Trentino

Eating and Drinking in Trento, Trentino

Trento, Italy
Whether or not you’ve been to Italy, it’s no secret that the food is great. If we were playing a game of word association, I bet food would be the first word that comes to mind if someone were to say “Italy”. Well, last week I visited Trento and my tastebuds can confirm that the rumours are all true!
My New Favourite Restaurant: Blue Sakura

My New Favourite Restaurant: Blue Sakura

Leeds
If you know me or have read my 'hunt for the best sushi in Leeds' blog post, you'll know that sushi is my favourite food, especially when I'm hungover. So when I saw that an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant was opening in Leeds, I literally squealed with excitement and eagerly awaited the next time that a hangover, a sushi craving and a bottomless appetite would grace my presence.
The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

Helmsley
I never planned on writing a blog post solely reviewing the hotel, but we had such a lovely time here that I had to! So here it is.
Eating My Way Around Manchester

Eating My Way Around Manchester

Manchester
Despite Manchester only being an hour away from home, I pretty much know nothing about it. So when Billy whisked me away for the weekend to see Jersey Boys at the theatre (which was great by the way, definitely recommend!) I took the opportunity to experience the city in the best way I know how... via my taste buds.
Where to Eat in Vilnius and Trakai

Where to Eat in Vilnius and Trakai

Vilnius
If you've read my most recent post, you'll already know that I spent my birthday weekend in Vilnius wandering snowy streets, eating constantly and drinking plenty of mulled wine. Having not done much research about Vilnius, I was surprised by how much there was to see and do, but also by the fantastic food scene. We ate a LOT on this trip, mainly because minus 11 is pretty cold so required plenty of stops to warm up! The below might look like a list of every single place I stopped, but honestly these are just the highlights!
The Man Behind The Curtain

The Man Behind The Curtain

Leeds
Before I get into this post I have to admit that I don't have many pictures to share. As it was a once in a lifetime kind of meal, I wanted to fully immerse myself in the experience rather than worry about getting the right shot of each of the 14 (yes, 14!!!) courses. Sometimes you have to forget about the gram and enjoy the moment.
A Yorkshire Adventure to White Scar Cave

A Yorkshire Adventure to White Scar Cave

Ingleborough
This weekend Billy and I had a day out to White Scar Cave in Ingleborough, North Yorkshire. As a Christmas present to Billy I created a year of fun, which has consisted of me planning a day out/activity/event etc. to do together once a month for the next year... Well this was January's treat! If you're looking for a day out in Yorkshire and a great place to eat afterwards, read on!
A Tapas Trail Through Playa Blanca

A Tapas Trail Through Playa Blanca

Lanzarote
There is one particular activity that Billy and I make sure we never miss out on, and that is what we term the 'tapas trail'. This consists of walking from Billy's parents house in Las Coloradas along the winding sea path to Playa Blanca's Marina Rubicon, and then stopping off at various places in the marina for a plate or two of tapas and, of course, a glass of wine. When it comes to tapas, I am OBSESSED with garlic prawns, so I order these everywhere and use them to judge which restaurants are the best. Here are my favourite spots on the marina tapas trail, to serve as a guide on where to eat if you're ever in Playa Blanca.
5 Reasons To Love Leeds Kirkgate Market

5 Reasons To Love Leeds Kirkgate Market

Leeds
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.
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