Wednesday, 22 August 2012

A day trip to Bridlington

Bridlington promenade

My dad, my sister and me!

Me, my dad and sister all decided to go on a spontaneous trip to Bridlington.
We started with a walk along the promenade and me and my sister went on a couple of rides. I narrowly escaped my lung being crushed and exploded due to the rides violent and nauseating jumps and spins which resulted in my sister being continuously rammed into my side. Ouch.

After that torture I obviously needed comfort in some sort of fried sugar coated confectionery, but not yet!
First - a speedboat ride.

This was way more fun and not at all excruciatingly painful. The wing in my hair and the spray of the sea on my face, was very pleasant indeed.
Finally I enjoyed a couple of freshly made donuts. They were hot, sugary and stodgy. Just what you'd expect, perfect.

The fresh donuts being cooked

Sugar on my face and wind in my hair

After a bit more walking and sightseeing we stopped to get fish and chips from a place called Captain Scotts. I chose scampi and shared some of my dads plaice. The scampi was particularly flavoursome and the fish nice and moist. Didn't manage too many of the chips as I had those donuts not so long previously.

Plaice, Scampi and chips

Didn't purchase any but this ice cream parlour was very extravagant and reminded me of a tv show I once saw about an ice cream store in Las Vegas

We then walked just enough for me to find eating again reasonable and stopped off at The Rowan Tree. This was a beautiful little cafe and my sister agreed that it was not the kind of place you'd expect to find in Bridlington. Gorgeous home made cakes and organic local produce. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Loved the style of this place, the counter with various tempting tea and cake

Carrot cake and a chocolate orange gateau

Thursday, 16 August 2012

La Patisserie Review

I was celebrating my being able to enjoy dairy and wheat without side effects.
Can you think of a more fitting way of doing so that didn't involve chocolate raspberry cream torte?
No, me neither.

Beautiful dessert, the filling was soft as butter, the tart raspberries cutting through the intense rich cocoa pillow and creating a party in my mouth. My aunts baileys cheesecake was ridiculously good, creamy and satisfying.

Great cakes, elegant surroundings, nice outside seating. Definitely going to visit again and again.

Food - 9
Service -8
Value - 7

Italian Kitchen Review

I'd bought a voucher off Livingsocial for Italian Kitchen and noticed that I only had one day left to use it so booked a table for two, my aunt being my guest for the day.

Italian kitchen, Sheffield

 I'd recently visited Italy, specifically Tuscany, Pisa, Florence and Livorno. It is a stunning place but unfortunately, just before I left my doctor told me that he thought I may be a caeliac so he did some blood tests and told me to avoid wheat. This combined with my long term lactose intolerance didn't really give me many choices when faced with classic Italian cuisine. Once I returned home and had to call the doctor myself to find out I had the all clear, I was relieved but also a little pissed off that I'd missed out on so much amazing pasta and pizza!
I decided to go and eat some wheat, and while I was at it, I was going to eat some dairy too and see what happened!

Hence my decision to order the roast vegetable and goats cheese pizza. It was huge, it smelt divine and god damn it was worth the wait. I didn't care if I had any reaction, it was just heavenly. Proper stone baked flavour to the crust and a rich garlic sauce topped with creamy goats cheese and griddled veggies.

My aunts seafood pasta looked good too and she very much enjoyed it and trust me, she is a tough critic. The only critique I have is that the salad portion was a little small, as you can see in the picture above.

The venue is cosy and rather dark, even in daytime, didn't bother me however. There is a cake stand displaying cheesecake, carrot cake, a lemony looking one and another creamy one. We skip on the cake though and decide to visit La Patisserie down the road.

All in all, fantastic pizza. Well worth a visit.

Oh and I had no ill effects after eating the dairy! Next stop - ice cream!

 Food - 9
Service - 9
Value - 7