At the weekend I attended "#EatSleepBlogRepeat", my fourth blogger event, where I got to hang out with some of my favourites. We might not get all of the fancy launches up here in Newcastle but we do know how to put on a good meet up - they get organised pretty regularly, are well attended and we all love nothing more than getting together for a catch up over some food and drink (it's well known that us NE bloggers are all food obsessed!)
The event was organised by the lovely Paul from Taste of the North. Paul was one of the first bloggers I got chatting to on Twitter when I moved to the North yet it took us a good 10 months to meet up. I'm sure he's fed up of me now though because to make up for it I've seen him three times at various events in the space of a few weeks.
Paul booked us a lovely little area in newly opened Music Slash Art (MSA) on Hood Street (just off Grey Street) in the City Centre. I don't know much about it's former life but I'm informed by my Geordie blogging pals that it was originally the home of "Bar 42", a place that holds many a story from their youth. MSA is a little basement bar which is a haven for lovers of comfy booths, good drinks and art work. Unfortunately, being underground it's not the best for photographs so the below collection of pictures are what we managed to scrape together between us.
Each time I go to an event I'm so nervous, quite often I almost talk myself out of going at the last minute, which is just silly because I always have a fantastic time and meet such lovely people.
I met up with Kloe and Abbey who I saw a few weeks ago at the Gloworm Drinks Launch and being the eager girlies that we are, we were the first to arrive, which meant we got the pick of the seats.
We were soon joined by Amy who I was so excited to meet for the first time. I love her blog Cocktails in Teacups and she was just as lovely in the flesh as I imagined. Coming from a small town between Edinburgh and Newcastle, she also has the best northern accent that I've heard since relocating and I'm dying for her to teach me it.
It was also my first time meeting Jeff from Newcastle Eats, Ashleigh from Sugar Rushed and clever foodie Gareth Kyle (who I'm secretly hoping can teach me to cook!), all local bloggers that I've been familiar with for a while. I also had the pleasure of being introduced to some brand new blogs after meeting Steph of Jellybean Adventures and Christine of Diary of a Frugal Foodie.
Paul had arranged some glasses of fizz and some slices of cheesecake for us to enjoy whilst we were having a catch up which were greatly appreciated. I'm not really used to drinking in the middle of the day so I will admit by the end of the afternoon I was a little tipsy. I know this because after a while I started eating the chocolate and chilli popcorn sitting on our table even though I really don't like spicy food and I may or may not have danced around Tescos a little bit after the event, much to the amusement of Simon.
I'm not entirely sure where the afternoon went, but I know it went far too fast! I think at some point after my first glass of fizz I might have signed myself up for a bloggers "Night on the Toon" so I can lose my Geordie Clubbing virginity although, if I'm honest, Jeff promising me that a night on the Toon always ends with a Greggs sausage roll was what really sold it to me.
I completely ran out of time to talk to everyone and only got to say a quick hello to Sarah and Hannah before we all grabbed our coats and headed home. Next time girls!!
As always it was an absolute pleasure spending time with my fellow North East bloggers and I can't wait to do it all again soon!
Thanks so much to Paul for organising such a great event, MSA for letting us loose in their bar and to all the local businesses who contributed to our goodie bags.