Monday, 5 March 2018

Edit: Bristol's First Audiophile Bar

Get ready for some serious food envy. I was recently invited down to Edit Bar and Kitchen in Bristol to try out their menu and to see what the new restaurant (located on the bustling Cheltenham Road) has to offer. Edit is Bristol's very first audiophile bar - a concept that is brand new to Bristol and heavily inspired by Tokyo's food and drinks scene, where high quality music is an integral part of dining. If you are unfamiliar with what an audiophile bar is, an audiophile bar is essentially a place to enjoy delicious food and drinks while listening to music on a high quality sound system. 

Forget boring dinner music - I'm talking different DJ's playing music from all around the world each night. From classic albums to the groovy collections of local residents, Edit brings something new to the table of culture and music in Bristol. They even recently had a Tarantino themed night - and I can't think of anything better than eating Asian small plates and drinking beer whilst listening to the Pulp Fiction soundtrack on a beautiful sound system. 
On our arrival we spotted the impressive speakers straight away - a Klipsch heritage sound system that consisted of one big speaker and nine smaller speakers suspended from the ceiling, above a set that a DJ was mixing on. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the music was not too loud or overwhelming - still bold and bassy, but not too intrusive. The atmosphere and interior inside Edit is classy and intimate: dimmed lights, long tables with stools (that encourage groups of friends to gather here) and a funky forest feature wall. 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Jamie's Italian, Bristol

A few weeks ago Lewis and I were invited down to Jamie's Italian in Bristol to have a little taste of their menu. Although I love Jamie's Italian I had never before visited the Italian Restaurant in Bristol so I was excited to check it out and see exactly what the restaurant had to offer.

Jamie's Italian is located on Park Street in Bristol which is a pretty central area and easy to get to (it actually makes the perfect shopping break brunch spot). We arrived around 7pm and were guided upstairs to our table. The restaurant, as a whole, is much bigger than I was expecting. It is far more spacious and open than it looks from the outside and the decor is modern, fresh and funky.

To begin, we ordered a bottle of Corvina Verona which was recommended by our waiter. We then ordered our starters. I ordered the squid and Lewis ordered the spicy meatballs. Both starters arrived promptly and were delicious. My squid was cooked well - it was light and crispy with a tasty kick to it. Lewis's meatballs were succulent and the perfect starter-size, although he did say that they weren't quite spicy enough. A teeny bit more spice and they would have been spot on!

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Caring for a Horse: The Do's and Don'ts

Horses are beautiful and elegant animals and can make the perfect, loving companions. If you have a horse or are hoping to get one in the future, there are a few basics that you need to know. Caring for a horse can be a great task, so make sure that you are fully committed when deciding to look after a horse. Scroll down for some basic do's and don'ts when it comes to looking after a horse. 


Give your horse a healthy diet. By itself, hay may not make up enough calories of your horse's guided daily intake. Feed your horse a nutritious horse feed such as Spillers Feed to keep your horse happy and healthy. There are plenty of various horse feed options available and different feeds are suited to different horses. Make sure that your horse also has access to clean water at all times.

Create a routine. Horses, like many humans, thrive on routine -it actually helps to reduce stress. Feed your horse at the same times every day and clean out your horse's stable regularly. Also make sure that your horse has regular exercise times.

Provide your horse with shelter. Your horse needs protection from wind, snow, rain, thunderstorms and other natural weather conditions, so make sure your horse has some shelter.

Groom regularly. For a more healthy and attractive coat make sure you groom your horse regularly. Groom your horse just before you ride him to avoid chafing and sores. Grooming is a great way to bond with your horse (it's almost like a game of trust) and also a quick and easy way to check for any injuries daily.

Approach your horse correctly.
Always try to approach your horse from an angle, so that he can see you, rather than walking straight towards him from behind or the front. This will ensure that you do not alarm him or scare him. It can also help to speak when you approaching so that the horse knows that you are near.


Overfeed. It's nice to treat your horse (carrots, apples and mints make great treats) but do not overfeed your horse with foods high in sugar and calories as this can lead to obesity. A horse's digestive system is not build for sugary snacks and too many can cause disruption within the digestive system.

Forget vaccinations. Horses need annual vaccinations to fight against infections, diseases and sicknesses. Don't forget to get your horse's vaccinations sorted!

Medicate your horse unless instructed to by a vet. Incorrectly distributing medicine can be very dangerous for your horse's health, so never medicate your horse by yourself unless instructed to by a veterinarian.

Wear sandals/flip flops/bare feet around your horse. Always wear boots around your horse - if a horse steps on your toes it can be VERY painful and very damaging. Avoid this by always wearing the correct footwear.

Kneel around your horse when grooming. When working on and grooming your horse, be careful and do not kneel or sit around your horse's feet. They can easily become spooked or alarmed and you need to be in a position to move quickly if your horse tries to move or kick.

Monday, 29 January 2018

5 Tips For Buying A Car

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Buying a new car can be a pretty daunting (yet very exciting) task and experience. There are so many different things to take into consideration and the process of buying a new car requires a fair bit of planning - particularly if you want to find the car that is best for you. Scroll down for a few tips to consider when buying a car.  

1. Research, research, research. 

The very first thing to do when buying a car is to work out and decide exactly what it is that you want. How many people need to fit in your car? Do you need a big boot? Do you want a family car? How many doors? It seems obvious, but it is important to have all the small details sorted out before you go looking or purchasing. is a great place to start researching various models and makes.

2. Set a budget. 

To make the process somewhat easier, it is important to set yourself a budget - and to stick to it. Rule out cars that do not fit within your financial budget straight away to save you time. It is especially important to remember that the car purchase is not the first and final spend - buying a car brings with it constant ongoing costs: road tax, insurance, maintenance and petrol. When establishing your budget, remember that you will also need money for these things too.

3. New or used?

Although the idea of a brand new shiny car is most desirable you can often find a better deal when buying a used car. It is important to remember that a new car loses almost half of its value in the first three years of usage - that's a lot of money to lose out on. A car that is two or three years old can be far more cheaper and better value than a brand new one.

4. Test drive the cars. 

Test driving the car is super important - would you buy a pair of shoes without trying them on first? Before you make the big purchase make sure that you can drive comfortably in the car and that there are no problems.

5. Read the fine print. 

Make sure that you read all the small print and long documentations that come with purchasing a car. It can be long and tedious however it is worth it - you want to be totally clued up when it comes to the information. If you are buying a used car then make sure that you have all of the relevant and important documents - past MOTs, the owner's manual and the service book.

Friday, 26 January 2018

4 Ways To Make The Most of a Small Garden this Spring/Summer

Now that Christmas is firmly out of the way and we're almost into February, there's only one thing on my mind: Spring. And then summer. The days are slowly beginning to get longer and lighter and the countdown to having fun in the sun is officially on. The seasons of barbecues, paddling pools and late summer evenings in the garden will soon be upon us and, to lift us out of those January blues, it's a good idea to start thinking ahead. Garden parties and staycations are going to be popular this year, so make sure that your garden is ready for some sun.

If you have a small garden, do not fear. There are loads of things that you can do to best utilise your space - meaning that you, too, can enjoy your spring and summer in the garden. Follow these steps to make the most of your small garden this spring and summer.

1. Fairy Lights

Hang some fairy lights over the top of your fence or along the top of a hedge - or, better yet, hang and drape them across your garden like the picture above to create an atmospheric and shimmery outdoor ceiling. This will capture people's attention and encourage them to look up, drawing their eyes upwards and creating the illusion that your garden is a bit bigger. This also adds atmosphere and makes the garden seem cosy rather than small.

2. Pop-up Gazebo

A pop-up gazebo can be a great way to utilise the space in your garden. If you live in the UK, you can expect some (or a lot of) rain during the summer months - and this is when having a pop-up gazebo can come in handy. Just because it's raining or overcast doesn't mean you have to go indoors. They are quick and easy to put up and collapse, and not only do they act as shelters from the rain; they can also act as excellent protectors from the sun. They are perfect for protecting buffets and foods from the heat - and once you're done, just collapse it and put it away and enjoy the rest of the space in your garden!

3. Foldable Furniture 

Having a small garden shouldn't stop you from dining outside or enjoying a glass of wine or two in the outdoors! Invest in some foldable furniture to ensure that you can enjoy your small space comfortably. Pick a lightweight set of table and chairs that are easy to pick up and put away - and then your garden can double up on it's duties: by day, a sunbathing spot; by night, a dining area.

4. Small Storage Shed 

Getting a small storage space is a great way to utilise space. You can store all of your foldable/pop-up items in there and it keeps the garden looking neat and tidy. Things like watering cans and plant feeders can also be stored away, meaning that your small space is de-cluttered and has a more open, spacious feel. And when the sun does decide to peek his head through the clouds and you want to enjoy a drink or two outside, all your outdoor items are right at your finger tips!

All of the items mentioned above (lights, pop-up gazebos, foldable furniture and small storage sheds) can be found at Garden Camping for reasonable prices.

How do you make the most of your garden space?

- In collaboration with Garden Camping. 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

The River Grille At The Bristol Hotel

The River Grille is a smart little restaurant that is situated on the ground floor of The Bristol Hotel, overlooking Bristol's bustling and atmospheric harbour. Lewis and I were kindly invited down to the River Grille last Saturday evening, to enjoy some fine dining and to taste their delicious menu - and we were not disappointed. 

The Restaurant

The front of the restaurant was made up of floor to ceiling windows that offered pretty harbour-side views. The restaurant itself was lovely, boasting wooden floors, exquisite art and tables laid with white cloth.  It was the perfect romantic spot, yet also felt welcoming towards families and children. In fact, we were surrounded by a mix of families and couples which created lovely vibes - everyone was chatting away happily and enjoying their food. One of the first things that I noticed in the restaurant was the calm and relaxed atmosphere - the staff were relaxed and friendly, yet constantly on hand for anything that we might need which was great. There was a saxophone player playing live jazz at the top of the stairs, sending soft notes floating around the restaurant and the bar upstairs. It was the perfect setting for a Saturday evening: jazz, red wine and harbour views. 

Food and Drinks 

We ordered a bottle of still water to start, followed by a glass of prosecco for me (of course) and a gin and tonic for Lewis. The service was impeccable and the waiter that looked after us was brilliant - he was super friendly, he helped us with recommendations and he never once left us with an empty glass. For our starters I ordered the Prawn and Crayfish cocktail with Marie Rose dressing and Lewis ordered the braised pork cheek croquettes with celeriac slaw, apple and cider chutney. While we were waiting for our starters to arrive, we were offered two complimentary salmon mousse canapes by the chef which got our taste buds tingling. 

The cocktail starter was absolutely delicious; the prawns were fresh and tasted flavoursome and it was a very generous portion (in fact, Lewis did have to finish some of it for me so that I still had room for the mains!) Lewis's pork cheek croquettes were also tender and tasty - the breadcrumb texture was lovely and really complimented the slaw that accompanied. Overall, the starters received a big thumbs up from both of us.