Leeds Diary Dates: September 2016

If September is here, does that mean summer is over and we’re into autumn? I don’t know about you but I’m feeling vaguely terrified at how fast this year seems to be zooming by – the weeks seem to be eating themselves up but I guess that means I’m busy and happy which are always good things! I wrote a post recently about how content I’m feeling with my life in Leeds, and I think it’s the constant happenings in this city that make the months roll by. So let’s see what’s on this month… Continue reading

Hake at Iberica Leeds

An Evening at Iberica Leeds

Last Wednesday I was invited by Emma to be her plus one for an event at Iberica, a fairly new tapas restaurant on East Parade that’s drawn a lot of attention on social media for having the most beautiful bathrooms in Leeds. While I’d heard a lot of praise about the toilets, initial reviews I’d read of the food were not that enthusiastic, but a few weeks ago my Spanish housemate mentioned that she’d been with her parents and thought the dishes were excellent. I figured she ought to know, so I was thrilled to be able to try it out myself. Continue reading

Leeds Diary Dates: August 2016

Just like June, this month has shot by. I’m not sure why as it’s been a fairly quiet one – after going on holiday, moving house and taking on a more expensive rent that my previous one I was trying to have a no-spend month. I did fairly well; I’ve still been going out for the odd drink and meal here and there, and I bought Emma Gannon’s book Ctrl Alt Delete which gave me all the life motivation, but I’m hoping to be able to give my savings account a good boost with the cash I’ve saved this month.

I’m hoping to continue my thrifty ways for as long as possible in August, but I think the days are numbered as I’m attending a friend’s wedding in Ireland near the end of the month, which I’m pairing with a week-long road trip around some of the country’s best sights. I’m also in desperate need of a trip to the hairdressers, and am getting distracted by some of the lovely events that are planned in Leeds this month… Continue reading

Feeling Love at Big Disco

There are so many things I love about Leeds. I love the nightlife and the food, the buildings and the buzz, I love the feeling of coming home as I sit on a train and watch the skyline slide into view. But most of all I love how inclusive the city feels, the number of places you can go and see people of all ages, races, styles and professions mingling together, united by their love for a bar, or a cause, or some bloody good food. Let’s be honest – after the last few weeks, we could all do with a bit of unity. Continue reading

Leeds Diary Dates: July 2016

June has been a good month. It’s whizzed by in a flash, but that’s how time always goes when you’re having fun isn’t it? It started with gorgeous sunshine and me finding my new flat, in the middle I took a week-long trip to Slovenia and Venice, and it’s finished with me moving into aforementioned flat and enjoying a beautiful meal at Ox Club for my boyfriend’s very belated birthday treat. I’ve said goodbye to a home I felt settled in and flatmates that I’ve lived with for over a year to move from a 5-bed in Headingley to a more adulty 2-bed in city centre, so there’s a definite sense of this being the end of an era, but sometimes change is exactly what you need to give life a little shake up.

Of course this kind of fun comes at a price, so I’ll be counting the pennies in July to make up for an extravagant June. Hopefully I can still have fun on a budget in Leeds this month – let’s see shall we? Continue reading

Leeds Diary Dates: June 2016

Sooooo, it seems that the middle of the year arrived while I wasn’t looking – how did that happen?! I would almost feel sad about it, except June means that the days are longer, the evenings warmer, and summer can’t be far away (fingers tightly crossed on that last one). I’m also comforted by the fact that June is going to be a hugely exciting month – I’m going to Slovenia on my first holiday alone, finishing it off with a weekend in Venice, one of my favourite cities, and I’ll be moving house at the end of the month, although where I will be moving to is yet to be confirmed. All this busy-ness does mean I’ll probably have to miss a lot of the exciting happenings in Leeds this month, but here’s what the rest of you might be getting up to… Continue reading

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

Park Square, summer in Leeds

Things I Love About Summer in Leeds

Recently, the lovely Sophie Cliff wrote a blog post about all the things she’s looking forward to this summer. It made me smile so much I was already thinking about doing my own post on a similar topic, and then this bout of hot sunshine hit us this weekend and it’s reminded me about all the things I love doing when the weather is warm in Leeds. So here are all the things I’m looking forward to doing in Leeds this summer… Continue reading

Gin and tonic at Old Tom's Gin Kitchen, Leeds

Review: Old Tom’s Gin Kitchen at The Hedonist Project

This is just going to be a short appreciation post about my new favourite haunt – The Hedonist Project’s latest incarnation, Old Tom’s Gin Kitchen. I love their idea of a ‘permanent pop-up’; a bar that always exists in the same place but can look completely different from one visit to the next, but their winter venture, a Whisky Parlour, was unavailable to me due to me really, really hating whisky. Gin, on the other hand, is my drink of choice, and I’m already hooked on Old Tom’s. Continue reading

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