Last month I ate… July roundup

It was sunny! Last month It. Was. Sunny. Which meant I had a spring in my step as I munched my way around our fair city. So here’s my foodie round up, last month I ate…

Probably the best mushrooms on toast ever from Stock Exchange Bakery on St Nicholas Street. Cooked in garlic and cream and served on sourdough these were simply sublime. I could eat them all day.


Stock Exchange Cafe

Stock Exchange Mushrooms on Toast 2

 

In a beautiful beer garden at Eastfield Inn, Henleaze. It’s probably the most family friendly pub in Bristol. The food is unfancy pub grub but tastes good. I was impressed that the children’s fishfingers were home made. The beer garden is huge with swings, climbing frame and a slide and also has a rabbit hutch and fishpond (covered) which kept us entertained.

Eastfield Inn 1

Eastfield Inn Fish Chips

Cake from Arch House Deli in Victoria Square in Clifton. Arch House cakes are really tasty – we took a slice of their rocky road and a takeout coffee and went for a good old romp around the park.

Greek pastries from Sotiris on Park Row. In particular we all loved the feta and spinach pie. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen the foodie baby eat spinach so readily. The sweet pastries were a real treat – a small mouthful of sugary, sticky, yumminess. I thought the price was very reasonable, we’ll definitely be back, if only for more of that spinach and filo.

Sotiris Spinach Filo Pie

Sotiris Sweet Pastry

My first ever corn dog from Plead the Fifth on Park Row. I’ve been meaning to try this American Diner & cocktail bar for a little while & finally got around to it. It’s filthy deep fried food, there’s no escaping it. But I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. My fellow diners praised their Juicy-Lucy burgers and we all enjoyed the accompanying skin-on fries. It had a very casual vibe – more of an “in/out” place than somewhere you’d spend an entire evening – but enjoyable none the less.

I reacquainted myself with At TheWell Cafe. Man, I love it there. It’s just a cute place. It’s small and quirky with tons of personality & is very child-friendly. The menu is simple  but the food is good. We enjoyed a scrambled eggs on toast lunch washed down with apple juice.

At The Well 2

At The Well 4

Fancy chocolates from A Bar of Chocolate in St Nicholas Market. I love this chocolate shop. I love even more that they sell Booja booja (we bought them as a special treat for a birthday meal we cooked for a friend). Organic, gluten and dairy free truffles – these ones were filled with rum & raisin. So decadent. So worth it.

Herbed polenta with fennel & asparagus on a Saturday night date night with the foodie baby in the Canteen. Daddy was out & I couldn’t be bothered to cook so we headed down the road to The Canteen on Stokes Croft. Well presented, well cooked, well tasty.

Canteen herbed polenta fennel asparagus

Organic meat from The Better Food Company. I’ve slowly been transitioning to organic food. It started with milk and yoghurt, then meat when I could afford it. Now, after lots of reading, a few TED talks, and a really interesting talk from The Soil Association, we’ve decided to only buy organic meat. It mean’s we can’t afford to eat it as much. But when we do, it’s better for us, better for the animals, and better for the environment.

Watermelon. I love how watermelon is so available at the moment. I’ve mainly been buying it from Full Basket near the arches and from Bear Fruit in the Bearpit.  The foodie baby loves it and on a hot day it is so refreshing. I keep meaning to try making watermelon ice lollies like these ones… definitely on my August to do list.

Watermelon

Follow Gemma’s board I flippin’ love watermelon on Pinterest.

 

Mezze & prosecco in M&S. It’s not very often that I go to chain restaurants, and even less often that they get a mention on the blog. But when my mother in law & I went to Cribbs for a spot of late night shopping last month we were pleasantly surprised with our Marks and Spencers tea. For every small plate or sharing platter, you get a glass of prosecco for £2 – meaning we got a mezze plate, a bowl of chips and two glasses of prosecco for little over £15. Worth a try if you’re in Cribbs one evening – it definitely beats a pre pack sandwich.

Home cooked Chinese food. We eat this a lot. I bought my boyfriend a copy of Ken Hom’s Complete Chinese Cookbook and he loves it. As such we eat Chinese food at least once a week. Standout recipes from this book for me are the ribs and the hot & spicy fish. My boyfriend loves it because it takes a lot of precision and prep but is cooked in a flash and a sizzle in a matter of minutes.

Ken Hom Book

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