Friday, 29 April 2016

LEEDS INDIE FOOD FEST //


LEEDS INDIE FOOD FESTIVAL


12th - 30th May


Leeds is full of wonderful beings, culture and maybe most importantly - food. It was only a matter of time before something as great as Leeds Indie Food Festival came along and this year is going to be even bigger and better than the last.

We've got an abundance of independent food hubs in the city and luckily, a lot of these will be taking part in a festival of foodie discovery from 12th - 30th May. 

There's a whole load of events (see them all here) over this period happening around the city to help people discover new food favourites and venture into some hidden gems they may not have come across before. There's often too much choice in Leeds now - if there ever was such a thing - when it comes to deciding where to head for a bite to eat so this is the perfect opportunity to try a bit of everything. Many of these events are also completely free which means you can get involved in the festival, even if you're on a budget.

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City of Cake


Now this sounds like a cool venture.

The Gallery at Munro House teamed up with the Tattooed Bakers last year to recreate famous works of art in, wait for it, CAKE form. They're going one better in 2016 by creating Leeds as a huge edible exhibition -  cake landmarks, streets and all. The launch of this is on the same night as the Brandon Street market I've mentioned below but the installation will be up until the 20th, giving you plenty of time to visit and help them out by eating a slice of the tiny city afterwards.

House of North/Further Koko


Somewhere I've still not had the opportunity to visit is House of Koko but I'm hoping this will all change come May. They're partnering with neighbour bar Further North (see what they did with the names there?) to provide a mixture of their talents and provide an impressive food & drink menu in both venues.

In the meantime, follow House of Koko on Instagram for furious food envy.


BundoBrunch


Bundobust + brunch can only be a winner, surely? Laynes Espresso just down the road are teaming up with the indian street food bar to provide what I can only imagine will be one tasty, and flavoursome, brunch experience. There are events right through the month but as this is over the weekend, it's a perfect opportunity for you Monday-Friday workers to get involved in LIF this year. No excuses.

Who's coming with me?


Real Junk Food Banquet


The Real Junk Food Project is an amazing network of people and places that intercept food that would normally be binned and turn it into meals. All the food they serve is perfectly safe for consumption, of course, but they help reduce food waste by doing what supermarkets, cafes and restaurants cannot do and using expired or 'out of date' food. Teaming up with Northern Monk for the Leeds Indie Food Fest, they'll create a menu purely from the surplus food they can get their hands on that day.

To see what the team will manage to cook up, it's definitely worth a visit. Plus, they work on a 'pay as you feel' basis therefore you can pay as much or as little as you like to help give back. Read more about them here.

Brandon Street Night Market x Hedonist Project


I'm really excited about this one. Last but not least, down at Canal Mills you'll find a host of street food combined with craft beer and music and it should be a fantastic night. They're working alongside Leeds' new home of gin The Hedonist Project to bring you cocktails galore.

I imagine it's going to be crazy busy but hopefully, that just means you'll bump into lots of friends around the city right?!



Find out all the dates for these events and more on the LIF website and get following #LIF16 on Twitter to keep up to date on the foodie gossip.


Let me know which events you'll be attending and hopefully see you at some of them!

leanne

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

ALL BAR ONE // LEEDS


Millenium Square in Leeds is host to some amazing festivals and events throughout the year but it's also home to some great bars and restaurants. I was recently invited to All Bar One in the EP building for a chance to sample some food and drinks in their newly refurbished venue.

Although we have two All Bar One restaurants in Leeds I've not actually ventured into either before (although I've visited their restaurants in other cities) so it was great to try their Spring Summer menu. We were also given the option to make our own cocktails at the mixing station which was certainly an experience!





Due to Laura's natural cocktail making talent (and the fact she does this full time) and the serious amount of concentration on my face, our cocktails turned out perfectly. Thanks to the lovely chaps who helped us out and let me spill alcohol all over their table.

They offer cocktail parties which would be great value for a group celebration and the perfect place to have dinner in afterwards. I know I definitely want to go back soon to try out more of their tapas dishes, especially after being hooked by the nachos after our visit! Especially now the sun has been sort of shining recently, it's the perfect spot to have weekend brunch or lunch with the girls. 


They've got a huge menu selection and plenty of veggie (and vegan) options too, so there's something for everyone. Check out their website here for your nearest venue.

leanne

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

IF YOU GO TO ONE FESTIVAL THIS SUMMER, MAKE IT ONE OF THESE //



Cliche, cliche. With Coldplay, Muse and Adele (two of these I've never seen and have on my bucket list) it's an absolute must for me this Summer. If you haven't been, let me just tell you this: the hype is totally worth it. Have a gander at some pics here from my last wonderful Glasto.


It's a smashing line-up in Spain, basically. I've wanted to do Benicassim for a while so this year we took a punt on it and booked the tickets after only a couple of acts were announced. After all, we'll still have a blast and get a tan won't we?

THEN Biffy Clyro amongst other ace acts were announced and myself and Laura are gonna feel like all our Glastonbury's have come at once.

I've been to V Festival a couple of times before and despite it being essentially a live performance of a Capital Radio playlist, it's a great atmosphere. I found it much more family friendly than others (it's pop music, innit) so we could get drunk and still have a good night's sleep.
And hey, Bieber's going to be there!

Slam Dunk Festival (South, Midlands or North. But y'know, North is clearly the best)


Definitely my favourite 'city' festival. Forget your lairy Tramlines after 10pm lark, Leeds knows how to have a great festival without fighting in the street (well, mostly.) Slam Dunk is like my 16 year old self's dreams come true every year and this year sees the appearance of Panic! At the Disco, New Found Glory and Yellowcard (YES) to name but a few.


Y Not Festival


Just go look at the line-up here. Seriously. It's fairly local and sounds like it offers something for every type of music taste. I'm not entirely sure (if A. I have enough holidays or B. if there are tickets left) but I think we're planning to grab a ticket to Y Not very soon...hopefully.


If I weren't at Glastonbury this year, I'd definitely be at this festival in Poland. It's a cracking line up and in a country I really want to visit soon. If anyone's got any tips on where to visit in Poland or if you're lucky enough to be going to Open'er this year, let me know!


Are you attending any festivals this Summer?

leanne

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Sunday, 3 April 2016

APRIL GOALS //

So in 2014, I started a series of 'monthly goals' (read some old ones here, here and here) posts to help encourage me to focus on small improvements to my life at once. These series often flit in and out as I have time to write them but I do find them really useful. Writing down small goals in black and white often spurs you on to do something to achieve them.

Sometimes it's easy to set your aims too high and if you make 10,634 resolutions, it's likely you're going to break most of them and inevitably feel bad when you do.

For April, I want to focus on me, me, me. I'm quite a selfish independent person but I really don't give myself much of a break when it comes to focussing on the things I really want to spend my time doing. Here's a few things I'm planning to start this month:



Yoga

It's safe to say I'm not a gym bunny. I mean, I've tried like the best of us but it's not for me. I've found a saviour in aerial hoop classes which means I really get a kick out of working out and having fun at the same time. One thing this focusses on however is strength, so although I may have biceps like the Hulk by the time I'm done I won't be as fit as I'd like to be in general.

Yoga is something that I think I could really take to, if I just spend the time needed on doing it. I'm quite a spiritual being (which people probably find surprising) so switching off and focussing mind and body in unison is a huge goal for me.

Driving

In complete contrast to yoga, driving is something that fills me with fear. I don't know why it is but I've managed to turn a useful life skill into something that I try to avoid with a passion. After having a breakdown over a parking space this week, it's been decided I should probably get some driving lessons to recap and hopefully, give me a confidence boost.

I'll keep you updated...

Declutter

I don't know about you but I'm getting tired of hearing myself say the same thing over and over: I'm going to sort my flat out. It's certainly not in a terrible state but I really want a lot less clutter and I have a tendency to keep things I have no need or use for.

It's time to be ruthless, grab some bin bags and CLEAR SHIT OUT.

Reconnect

I've not seen some of my favourite people for a while now, just because as always, life gets in the way. We're scattered around the country and often it's difficult to find a time to catch up that suits us. Next weekend I'm heading to Stockport to see my best friend's new place for the first time and have all the LOLs and I'm really excited about it.

I'm planning lots of meals out and day trips with other friends I've missed a lot, too and this makes me super happy.


What do you want to achieve in April?

leanne

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