F.E.A.R. is a production which will keep you engaged, in a good way. But it will leave you with questions, questions which won’t leave you in such a good way. Questions which confront where fear starts and how you can … Continue reading →
The last time I saw Gwenllian Higginson perform I went home and downloaded a couple of Kodaline albums onto my phone. The tracks are still accompanying my journeys. After seeing Critical Ambition’s production of Blink at The Other Room I … Continue reading →
David Harrower’s Blackbird is hard-hitting. There’s no doubting, regardless of interpretation, that you will leave with more questions focused on the core of your morals and potentially the justice system. Blackbird at The Other Room in Cardiff continues the run … Continue reading →
Whilst I’m writing this late in the day, The Weir has now finished its run at the Sherman Theatre, as a co-production with Tobacco Factory Theatres, it will be in Bristol from 25 October -5 November. And it is well-worth … Continue reading →
Our second week off was spent with the children choosing our days out. And of course they reach for what they know, in this case Llantwit Major beach. At the heart of the choices my children make is the options for food. … Continue reading →
We were planning to spend our third day of beaches at Trecco Bay. But as we stood trying to figure out which side of the bay was better on a murky day there appeared to be a stretch of sunshine … Continue reading →
CM went on a school trip this year to Rest Bay in Porthcawl. It was followed by a school assembly where the children took over the Beach Boys classic with “Everybody’s gone surfin’, surfin’ at Rest Bay”. It really doesn’t … Continue reading →
There are some days which just turn out ok. In spite of the drama. We weren’t planning to spend time at Swansea Bay. To be honest I didn’t even realise a beach existed so close to the city centre. We … Continue reading →
I function on coffee. I wish it weren’t true. I’m weak like that.
Although I guess it’s another sign that I’m getting old that I drink herbal tea in the afternoon, more than ever appreciating the effect of caffeine.
But good coffee, well, it’s a holy grail.
So discovering a new place locally that meets the brief. It deserves a little happy dance (no doubt caffeine induced).Barry’s pumping station has seen a complete overhaul, and now features Academy Espresso Bar. Within this grade II listed building, the decor of the place instantly makes me feel happy.With the kind of leather armchairs I always imagined having in my home thanks to Carrie Bradshaw, the industrial flooring not only is in keeping with the design but also serves an additional function, in making the place very pooch friendly.It’s also very parent friendly, I had to recite “do not approach the mum of twins” over and over as I people-watched so many parents enjoying a bit of time in these gorgeous surroundings. Because as you sit, you are able to take the time to breathe it all in.These features which only serve to make you happy. And I have never tasted an almond croissant quite as delicious. With coffee which more than stands up to the mark. And great company, of course.Now, I just need to find out if there’s wi-fi.
And if they’ll put up with me working there every once in a while*.
When the sun is shining and you get to spend time with friends and/ or family, I’d have to say I enjoy nothing more than sitting down with good food and drinks to while away some time. And this week I got to spend some time with my best girls at Jamie’s Italian in Cardiff to enjoy the super lunch menu.We really couldn’t have planned it better to take advantage of the half term good weather, and we were able to enjoy watching the world go by as we dined on The Hayes in Cardiff. And whilst it couldn’t have been more perfect for four women and a baby, I couldn’t help but think eating inside or out, the atmosphere created really works.With enough time to while away the afternoon we managed to get through the three courses of the Super Lunch Menu. Available between 12.00-18.00 Monday to Friday, and priced £10.95 for two courses or £12.95 for three, it really does offer value for money, especially in the city centre.
For starters we went for the Fritto Misto and Pâté Bruschetta. As a huge lover of fish (and mocked in work for my tendency to always go for squid in restaurants), the Fritto Misto was perfect, the garlic and lemon aioli was a great accompaniment and the batter was so light it didn’t overwhelm or over-faze. The Pâté Bruschetta was picture perfect, with pancetta, vin santo & Parmesan it didn’t last long. For mains we went with Spaghetti Primavera and the Superfood Salad. The superfood salad featured roasted beets, fennel, quinoa, black rice, curly kale, sprouting broccoli and pomegranate and was perfect and similar to the favourite salads I pick up on lunch breaks when working away. It was accompanied with avocado and spicy harissa & creamy cottage cheese, at this point I wished I had read the menu more closely, I don’t do spicy and wished I had the foresight to have requested it without the harissa, as it was one of those things I kept eating because it was delicious… as my senses streamed.It’s fair to see we’re all dessert girls, and unlike our mains we ended up selecting one of each from the menu: chocolate orange cheesecake (Brownies were off, but it was great to have an alternative option offered); orange blossom polenta cake; strawberries and frozen yoghurt; and chocolate ice-cream with berry compote and smashed honeycomb.
And they were, of course, absolutely lush.The three courses were delicious, more than filling, they definitely offered value for money. The service was prompt without being overbearing, and as my latest bugbear in restaurants is how long it takes to pay, I was really impressed that from beginning to end there was no waiting around. The relaxed atmosphere of summer days was definitely achieved and enjoyed.
Disclosure: We were invited to try the Super Lunch Menu by Jamie’s Italian, Cardiff. All views and opinions contained are our own.