Trying Sri Lankan Food at The Coconut Tree in Bournemouth

•Review visit• Last week, myself and some of the other Bournemouth Bloggers headed into Bournemouth for a meal at the newly opened The Coconut Tree, situated in Old Christchurch Road. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, having never been in one of their restaurants, or having tried Sri Lankan food before. I was the last to arrive and the other girls were already enjoying a ‘coco-tail’ from the extensive...

Trying out Recipes from a Pinch of Nom

One of my goals for the new year is to eat healthier and move more, and in a bid to make a positive start, I bought myself the Pinch of Nom recipe book on Amazon. I have heard so many positive things about Pinch of Nom, and have followed the account across social media so that I get some ideas, but having a physical cookbook has always helped me to...

Festive Menus at The Riverside & The Cliff

•Press visits• Now December has arrived, I am feeling my excitement for Christmas has accelerated, so apologies for all the festive content at the moment! I was recently invited along to try out the newly launched festive menus at both The Riverside and The Cliff, which both come under the same umbrella of Premium Country Pubs. I took my mum along to The Riverside on a Sunday evening, to enjoy...

Dinner in Good Company at The Old Thatch, Wimborne

•Complimentary Meal• It is not often that Ed and I find the time to head out for dinner with friends. Not only do we have young children, but a fair amount of our friends do as well, so finding a time when everyone is available is tricky. Running the Bournemouth Bloggers network has introduced me to many new friends over the past couple of years, and it was lovely to...

Enjoying Afternoon Tea & Sunday Carvery at the Norfolk Hotel, Bournemouth

•Features complimentary press visits• If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will already know that I love food. Going out to eat is one of my favourite pastimes. I didn’t used to be a big fan of afternoon tea, as I am not a hot drink lover and am notoriously fussy when it comes to sandwich fillings. However, I have recently been converted, and was more...

Getting My Kids to Eat Anything

Gifted Book I have a constant struggle with the kids when it comes to mealtimes. Cameron used to be really adventurous when he was a toddler, but slowly he stopped wanting to try different foods and nowadays it is a battle to encourage the kids to have what we are having for dinner. More often than not I find myself giving in and reaching for the chicken dippers and turkey...

Foodie Friday – Quick and Easy Lunch Ideas for Freelancers

I wasn’t entirely sure about the title for this post. I don’t think you have to be a freelancer to enjoy the lunch ideas I am sharing, but equally I think you do need to either work from home, or work somewhere with access to cooking facilities in order to create the lunches so I figured I would stick with it… I am by no means at all a good...

Foodie Friday – A Visit to Baffi Pizza with Bournemouth Bloggers

A few weeks ago I took over the day to day running of my local blogging network – Bournemouth Bloggers. So far I am really enjoying it and have arranged a Christmas meet-up, which is next Tuesday, where I will have the chance to discuss plans for the group going into 2018. Part of running the network involves arranging review visits with local restaurants and when I saw that a...

Food & Fitness Friday – My Favourite Autumn Meals 

I can’t be the only one who was totally excited last week, when autumn officially started?  Although my depression has always tended to be worse during the colder months (blame those grey, dull skies), there’s such a sense of excitement when the leaves start to fall. There’s so much going on over the next few months for our family, and I’m feeling very positive.  One of the things I love...

What We Ate at Our Greek Wedding 

It’s only been a couple of weeks, but it feels like an age ago that we got married. I meant to post this last Friday but life and the post wedding blues got in the way.  When it came to food for our wedding, we needed to keep it fairly simple as we had some fussier eaters in attendance, including my mum who generally sticks to British food (think pub...