Coffee and Cocktails at La Bottega Milanese

Last week was lovely for several reasons, one of which was the Coffee and Cocktails Fusion Experience event at La Bottega Milanese, a collaboration between Bottega and The Maven as part of Leeds Indie Food 2016. Hosted at the Bond Court branch on Wednesday night, it gave a select group a chance to listen to the wisdom of Alex Galantino, owner of La Bottega/coffee king, and Nino Antonino, owner of The Maven/master mixologist. Continue reading

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Leeds Indie Food 2016 Wishlist

It barely seems 5 minutes since we were at Leeds Feast saying goodbye to the first Leeds Indie Food Festival, but it’s been a whole year and now it’s back bigger and better! There’s a fantastic calendar this year, showcasing Leeds’ best independents and covering such a wide range of themes that there really is something for everyone. It’s been hard to choose, but here are my top picks for this year’s Leeds Indie Food. Continue reading

Leeds Diary Dates: May 2016

I can’t believe we’re talking about May already – April’s been a pretty good month and it’s flown by! I’ve spent a weekend at Traverse travel conference in Cardiff, helped host a blogger event for my company, enjoyed plenty of lovely drinks at Cocktails in the City, and booked my first solo holiday which is making me both excited and nervous at the same time. May is set to fly by just as fast – not only is there Leeds Indie Food to fill a whole 2 weeks of my life, I’m also trying out a free cruise near the end of the month which, while not the holiday I’d choose, should be an awesome weekend. Let’s take a look at all the other fun you could be having in Leeds this May… Continue reading

May in Pictures

Another month down – I can’t believe how fast 2015 is disappearing! I just looked back at my last monthly round up and was struck by the similarities; again I’m watching the rain pour down outside my window after a few lovely days of sunshine and wondering when the weather will get the memo that it’s now June and therefore officially summer.

May has been an exciting month – between my trip to the awesome TBEX conference in Costa Brava, Leeds Indie Food 2015 and a busy work schedule I’ve barely had time to stop! I’ve helped launch my company’s first ever blogger outreach campaign, booked a trip to Dublin that is now less than a fortnight away, and I’m deeply immersed in We Need To Talk About Kevin, which I’ve finally got around to reading. I also think I might be starting to like beer, an intriguing development.

And that’s been May! June is set to be pretty awesome; Leeds Food and Drink Festival is coming to a close this weekend in Millenium Square, as already mentioned I’m escaping the country for a long weekend to visit some friends in Dublin, plus my little brother is returning from his four-month trip through South East Asia and New Zealand next week and I’m more than a little excited to see him! But before we get onto that, let’s recap a pretty marvellous May…

Edible Art ShowAway From The Flock at Edible Art ShowTutti Frutti at The GalleryBundobust Leeds curryTBEX opening partyTBEX tomato bread tutorialMe at TBEX boat partyLaynes Espresso coffeeBeer and ice cream pop up partyPatty Smith's burgerClaw Hide Surf n TurfLeeds Feast

‘Til next time! How did May treat you?

Leeds Indie Food Wishlist

Leeds Indie Food, Leeds’ first independent food festival, is just around the corner, and I am beyond excited! I’ve lived in Leeds most of my life and the city has developed so much in the past few years, particularly in terms of the awesome food and drink on offer from indie companies. LIF has organised some fantastic events, and these are the ones that are topping my to-do list. It’s a great time to be a Loiner…

Brandon Street Night Market

8th May, 6pm-11pm, Canal Mills, free

I have yet to sample the Brandon Street market, but have heard plenty of good stuff from my Leeds friends who are not such chronic procrastinators as myself. I’m looking forward to getting down here to seek out my favourite street food vendors, discovering some new ones, and dancing off my food baby after a few cocktails.

The GINstival: Lazy Gin Fair

9th May, 4pm-9pm, Lazy Lounge, £10

Fun fact: I bloody love gin. With the Ginposium at Smokestack already sold out, thank god for Lazy Lounge and their GINstival! I’m looking forward to sampling some top shelf stuff that I could never afford and picking some brains for new cocktail recipes. There’s also going to be cake – gin-based cake!

The Decanter Presents: Wine Tasting With Yorkshire Wine School and Graze

12th May, 7-9pm, The Decanter, £30

I have an eternal love affair with wine, not just because it tastes amazing but because it still makes me feel a little bit fancy and sophisticated every time I drink it. Especially now that I’m older and wiser and refuse to drink Blossom Hill. Wine tastings always feel extra fancy, and with contributions from the Decanter and Yorkshire Wine School this session is sure to be a good one.

Thinking About Food: British Barbecue Culture

13th May, 5.30-7.30pm, Tall Boys Beer Market, free

As an ex-English Literature student, this one piqued my interest immediately. I wasn’t aware that there was a strong literary tradition associated with the British barbecue, but apparently I’m about to be enlightened. Books and food; what a combination…

The Great Edible Art Show

14th May, 10am-6pm, The Gallery at Munro House, free

To my eternal grief, the eating part of this entirely cake-based exhibition by the Tattooed Bakers is already sold out, but I’ll still be rushing down here after work to catch the end of the show. The Gallery have been kind enough to share a couple of sneak previews on their Twitter account, and I can’t wait!

The East Village and the Tipple Taxi Present: The American Fairground

16th May, 2pm-6pm, The East Village, free

Now this is the American Dream! Arcade games, popcorn, photo booths, cocktails…what’s not to love? I’m going to grab a big group of friends for this one, I literally can’t think of a single better way to spend my Saturday.

Beer and Ice Cream Pop Up Party

17th May/24th May, 12 noon-6pm, Black Swan, free

Beer is my Everest; despite all my best efforts I’ve never quite managed to love it. It’s embarrassing – I’m from Yorkshire for christ’s sake! Ice cream, on the other hand, has never been an issue, and I’ve already made several trips to Northern Bloc over the past few weeks in a bid to taste every delicious flavour on their menu. Maybe this will be the day I finally crack beer…

Leeds Feast

22nd May 5-11.30pm/23rd May 11am-11.30pm, The Tetley, £2

The guys at the Belgrave are helping out on this one, and if it’s anything like their monthly Street Feast we’re in for a treat! Food, drink, music and Q&A sessions are all on the agenda, and if that wasn’t enough, Laynes are launching their Northern Coffee Guide. Leeds is going to do us proud…

What are your LIF unmissables?