Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Breakfast at Dirt Health, Chillingham Road, Newcastle

It's not often you leave a restaurant feeling truly inspired but that's exactly what happened to me on my first ever visit to Dirt Health on Chillingham Road in Newcastle. This little place in the middle of Heaton is home to one of the greatest new eateries in the Toon and if you need a refresh, some damn good scran and a whole lot of positive energy believe me this is the place to go.

Dirt Health have been on my radar for quite a while now. I've built up a wonderful network on Instagram of locals who share the very best places in the North East and I have to say that most of my "must try" list is now made up of places that I've spotted on Instagram. The colourful dishes at Dirt Health have popped up time and time again and having seen some seriously beautiful breakfasts it was only a matter of time before I got myself to Chilli Road to try one out for myself.

Breakfast at Dirt Health, Chillingham Road, Newcastle


Dirt Health is run by lovely lady Jess who is the kind of person you meet once and immediately want to be best friends with. Her enthusiasm for life is infectious and she runs her business with such passion that within moments of stepping through the door you immediately want to join the Dirt Family. The people that work there are some of the nicest people you'll meet in Newcastle (and we all know what a friendly bunch Geordies are!) - they love a chat, make damn good food and provide service with a smile that seems so effortless you know they actually want to be there.

Simon and I dragged ourselves out of bed very early on a Saturday morning and made the journey to Chillingham Road, powered by the thought of a delicious breakfast to fuel our busy day. If there's one thing I love at the weekend it's a breakfast that I haven't had to make myself and I had been dreaming of this one all week!

Breakfast Dirt Health, Chillingham Road, Newcastle


Settling down at a table with the perfectly formed menu I managed to get my choices down to four options by the time I made my way over to the counter. Their breakfast menu is so good it is impossible to make a quick decision so I had to run through all of my "maybes" at the till because I desperately needed help to place my order - I'm no good with decisions at the best of times but when a menu has so many of my favourites it's impossible.

Breakfast Dirt Health, Chillingham Rd, Newcastle


We decided to start our brekkie off with Smoothies. Simon opted for the Cacao Kick (£4.00) - Coconut Milk, Tahini, Cacao, Dates and Vanilla. I went for the Strawberry Split (£4.00) - Oat Milk, Strawberries, Kiwi, Banana and Raw Honey. Yum!  If smoothies aren't your thing then they also serve a range of coffees, organic teas, protein shakes, superfood lattes and cold pressed juices which change daily.

Breakfast Dirt Health, Chillingham Rd, Newcastle - Smoothies


All of the food served at Dirt is made on site from scratch including the sauces and spice mixes and there are no chemicals, preservatives or refined sugars used ensuring that all of the dishes are fresh. I've heard a lot of people referring to Dirt as a vegan or vegetarian restaurant but they actually cater for everyone and there are plenty of delicious meat dishes on the menu as well as plant based foods.

So what did we go for?

After changing my mind a lot, I eventually decided on the Sweet Potato Protein Pancakes served with coconut caramel and banana (£6.00). I've had Banana Pancakes plenty of times but was so intrigued by the concept of Sweet Potato based pancakes!  When my plate turned up I couldn't wait to tuck into my bright orange pancakes!

Breakfast - Dirt Health, Chillingham Rd, Newcastle
They were really thick and moist compared to banana pancakes and I found them to be far more filling which was good. The sweet potato gave them a lovely natural sweet flavour and they worked so well with the coconut caramel and banana. I'm now wondering if I can work out how to make them at home.

I had severe food envy when Simon's food appeared. He ordered the Breakfast Burrito (£7.00) - a wrap stuffed full with spicy rice, scrambled eggs, chorizo, salad and house sriracha. The filling was so generous it was spilling out and when I managed to pinch a forkful I was so impressed! If there's one thing Dirt do really well it's creating really delicious flavours, I could have happily tucked in and finished it all off for him.

There's no doubt in my mind that we'll be back at Dirt soon for some more breakfast, after all I have a lot of menu to work through (the smoothie bowls look incredible and I really want to try root veg rostis and the full Dirt breakfasts!)

Breakfast Burrito - Dirt Health, Chillingham Rd, Newcastle


The core values at the heart of Dirt Health are things I think we probably all aspire to hold - sustainability (you won't find any plastic there!), local (they are passionate about using local produce), health (no nasty diets just delicious fresh nutritious food), positivity and kindness, community and education.

As you can tell, I am a bit of a fan, and if you're wondering how on earth you can get all of this from a visit to a small cafe you really need to go and check them out for yourself!



Find Dirt Health at:

250 Chillingham Road
Heaton
NE6 5LQ

dirt-health.co.uk/

0191 369 2054
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Thursday, 13 September 2018

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland - Luxury Glamping in the Cheviots

* This is a collaboration with Huts in the Hills

Simon and I have become quite the Northumberland explorers over the last few months and what better way to end our Summer of adventure than with a night glamping in the Cheviots with Huts in the Hills, a small collection of luxurious huts in one of the most beautiful locations in Northumberland.

The Cheviots have been on my "must visit" list for a while now and as one of the parts of Northumberland that we were yet to explore, an opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful views in the county sounded like a pretty great way to spend a Sunday. Confessions out of the way first, before our visit I had no idea that I'd been walking around saying "Cheviots" completely wrong (thanks to all my followers on Instagram for putting me right!)

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland - Luxury Glamping in the Cheviots


Huts in the Hills are very new to the Northumberland glamping scene, so new in fact that they've only been open for a few weeks so we felt very lucky when they invited us to stay over for the night - we would be one of the very first couples to experience their brand new luxury huts - what a treat!

You'll find Huts in the Hills on a working farm in Prendwick, on the edge of the Northumberland National Park. A stone's throw from the beautiful Cheviot Hills and the stunning moorlands of Simonside, if you love your staycations with breathtaking scenery then this really is the ideal location for you and it's the perfect spot to explore Northumberland's very best parts.

Huts in the Hills is a very small and exclusive glamping site with three specially designed huts to choose from. The largest hut, The Cheviot, sleeps a family of four with a large King Size bed and separate room with bunk beds (and a climbing wall!) for the children and the two smaller huts, Dunmore and Hedgehope sleep two.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland - Cheviots


Hedgehope 

We arrived at Huts in the Hills bang on our 3:00 pm check in time and after a nice easy drive with no dramas (our SatNav directed us straight to the farm) we met owner Nicola who directed us to our hut.

Driving through the farm and out to the fields we followed the signs for the huts and were so surprised at how spaced out they were. Each hut sits in its own paddock surrounded by ample amounts of space with no chance of seeing your neighbours, perfect for a relaxing break!

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland - Luxury Glamping in the Cheviots Hedgehope


Our home for the night was Hedgehope, my favourite of the three huts, with her beautiful green pitch pine exterior making her truly stand out from the crowd.

Stopping the car in our own private space right next to the hut we rushed out for a proper look, completely forgetting about the high winds and cold rain, nothing really matters when you have something so beautiful to admire.

I think I'll just move in now please!

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland - Luxury Glamping
When we'd eventually stopped mooning over the outside we scooped up our luggage from the car and opened the doors to Hedgehope for our first look inside our luxury hut and we were over the moon to discover the most perfect cosy hideaway, the ideal place to shut ourselves away from the horrible weather outside.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping




The living space in Hedgehope was perfectly furnished with so many features it was hard to believe so much could fit into such a small space.

Our fully functioning kitchen came complete with sink, gas oven, fridge and all of the utensils we could possibly need and our bathroom had a flushing toilet and shower and even came with the added luxuries of toiletries, fluffy towels and dressing gowns! I've stayed in hotels that are no where near as fancy as our beautiful hut.

Our bed for the night was kingsized with Egyptian cotton sheets, squishy pillows and extra blankets - the perfect place for us to chill out and the cute bunting above the bed really gave our hut a cosy feel.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Bed
Perhaps the cleverest feature of Hedgehop was the wooden bench and chairs that pulled out from under the bed. The solid oak table was perfect for dining and also, quite handily, doubled up as a nice sturdy step up to our bed. Genius!

We had everything we could possibly need to make our stay really luxurious and comfortable including a power point to charge our phone, lights and even a massive cupboard to stash our luggage.

I honestly don't think I could ever try normal camping after being so spoilt, why go camping when you can go luxury glamping?

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Hedgehope Bed




Glamping in the Rain

It's important to remember when you're planning a glamping adventure that the weather in the UK isn't always terribly kind so booking yourself a stay somewhere that works just as well in the cold and wet as in the beautiful sunshine is a must and Huts in the Hills is the kind of glamping that you can enjoy whatever the weather.

Sure, it's nice to be able to sunbathe outside, skip about in the sunshine enjoying the views, and light a camp fire but the reality of a staycation is expect the unexpected and if you're wanting to book yourself a glamping trip but are worried about the weather, Huts in the Hills is a great find!

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Hedgehope Hut


It didn't bother us at all that it was too wet to go outside as it was so lovely snuggling away just us in our cosy hut for two. There is something so romantic about being warm and dry inside listening to the rain fall on the window and as soon as we had got the wood burner going our cabin was so toasty we decided to just shut ourselves away for the night.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Window Seat
Hedgehope had loads of hidden extras to keep our rainy evening busy and it wasn't long before we were fully invested in a competitive afternoon of board games thanks to the small stash of games we found in our hut.  Taking a few hours out to enjoy a board game is a luxury you very rarely get in modern life so sitting about drinking cider and arguing over Monopoly and Bananagrams felt pretty special.

A shelf of books and some of my favourite magazines gave me the perfect excuse to pile up the cushions and rug on the bed to create my own little reading corner by the window and I tell you there's no better way to spend the evening than indulging in a book, something I very rarely get a chance to do.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Reading Corner

Food from the Farm 

As a huge fan of delicious homemade food, Huts in the Hills was a bit of a dream come true with plenty of tasty treats on offer delivered straight from the farm kitchen to our hut As well as a welcome pack of coffee, tea, milk, butter and a huge loaf of fresh bread we were thrilled to discover a dish of homemade cakes waiting for us in our hut.

The very indulgent slabs of Brownie and Caramel Shortcake went down a treat and we'd demolished them before we'd even finished unpacking our bags.  They were just too good to resist.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Cake


As we are pretty lazy when we go on staycation we decided not to bother making our own food and ordered our meals in advance of our stay. Huts in the Hills prepare a variety of dishes on the farm using local ingredients (including freshly laid eggs from their very own hens) with a choice of ten meals to pick from that can be booked in advance ready for your arrival.  We opted for the Macaroni Cheese (£10.00) which we found sitting in our fridge ready for us to eat whenever we fancied it.

It was a while before we were ready for our dinner (over indulging in cakes will do that to you!) but when we finally got hungry and decided to turn on our little oven we discovered that one of the knobs was broken. After failing to fix it we found a list of contact numbers in our welcome book and text Nicola to let her know. We felt pretty bad about interrupting her evening but she was so helpful and within minutes had sent her other half down to fix the problem for us.

It wasn't long before we were in full working order and set to work preparing our food. Our dish of mac n cheese was absolutely huge, and with a very generous portion of garlic bread and salad to go with it we couldn't quite manage to finish it and rolled ourselves in the direction of bed with very happy tummies.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Mac n Cheese


You'd think after indulging in all of that food we wouldn't be feeling hungry again for a while but breakfast the next morning was a full on food affair! Breakfast can also be ordered from the farm for £25.00 for two people for two days and we ordered the Ocean Basket - Smoked salmon, egg, pastries and conserves.

Served with a thick slice of toast lovingly created from our fresh loaf we enjoyed the greatest start to the day with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, croissants and greedy amounts of jam - all washed down with a nice hot cup of coffee.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Farm Food
Bath Time

There was one thing I had to do before leaving Huts in the Hills and that was to enjoy a soak in the stunning antique French iron bath outside our hut. Simon wasn't overly convinced that taking a bath alfresco would be the best way to start the day so he enjoyed a boring shower inside our hut before sitting out on the decking to watch me fill up my tub.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Bath


With a generous splash of the complimentary Molton Brown bubble bath I started filling the deep bath tub with hot water, it took a while to fill but once it was at a good level I quickly pulled off my towel and dived in.

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Bath Tub
Although there is a screen by the bath to protect your modesty and there's just miles of fields and hills at the back of the hut, I still felt quite risque getting into the bath. It's not every day you're naked in the Northumberland hills.

The water was deliciously hot and as I sunk myself into the bubbles I enjoyed the gorgeous views whilst sipping on a glass of Prosecco and realised that this was one of those moments where you feel truly lucky to be alive. Something tells me bath time will never be the same again after experiencing this, it's definitely not something you could easily recreate at home (I'm not sure my neighbours are ready for that!).

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Prosecco Bath


Our stay at Huts in the Hills was the greatest way to end the Summer and, in all honesty, made me wish we'd booked to stay in the Autumn instead. I can't imagine anything better than enjoying a cosy night for two when the seasons properly change.

So it seems we've well and truly been bitten by the luxury glamping bug and I'm so happy that we've discovered a way for us both to enjoy being out in the countryside together. If you're yet to give it a go I can't recommend luxury glamping enough.  Just be warned, you will get addicted!

Huts in the Hills, Northumberland Luxury Glamping - Hedgehope Hut


Find Huts in the Hills at

Prendwick Farm
Alnwick
NE66 4UZ

hutsinthehills.co.uk

Huts cost from £170.00 for two nights (minimum two night stay) and you can book your stay here.

We were invited to Huts in the Hills for a complimentary stay and food in return for this honest review.
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Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch with the Girls at Malmaison Newcastle

* This is a collaboration with Malmaison

I think I may have discovered the best way to start a weekend! Bottomless Prosecco Brunch with the girls at the Malmaison on the Newcastle Quayside. Yes, I did say bottomless.

If you are as obsessed with reading travel blogs as I am then you will probably know that a lot of places around the world have a huge culture for bottomless brunching. Eating delicious food whilst sipping on fizz sounds like my idea of heaven so I've always been rather disappointed that this trend hasn't really taken off here.  So when I heard that the Malmaison in Newcastle were launching a bottomless prosecco brunch in their beautiful Quayside restaurant I was thrilled.  This could be the moment that I'd been waiting for.

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch with the Girls at Malmaison Newcastle


If you're yet to visit the Malmaison on the Quayside since its relaunch last year (where on earth have you been?) then it's definitely time you put a plan in your diary. The gorgeous Chez Mal bar is one of my favourite places for a relaxing drink and the Brasserie offers delicious dining with what has to be the most perfect views of the River Tyne.

The newly launched Bottomless Liquid Brunch is served every Saturday in the Brasserie at the Mal and for £24.95 per person you can indulge in one brunch plate with unlimited Prosecco or Heineken (available for 2 hours whilst you're dining)

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch Malmaison Newcastle


Leaving the husband at home (sorry Simon, better luck next time!) I decided that Saturday Brunch at the Mal was the perfect place for a long overdue catch up with my girls and knowing that Sam and Katie love breakfast dishes and glasses of fizz just as much as I do, it was going to be a great afternoon!

Arriving at 12:30 pm for our booking we made our way up the stairs to the Brasserie, and were shown to our table. It's been a while since I last dined at the Malmaison so I was looking forward to tucking in and was hoping the food would be as good as I remembered.

Our first glass of Prosecco appeared in front of us as soon as we sat down to look at the menu and I was really impressed that the remainder of the bottle was put in an ice bucket next to us so we could keep ourselves fully topped up, believe me studying a menu is thirsty work!

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch Malmaison


There are nine items to choose from on the Saturday brunch menu and many of the dishes are absolute classics including Waffles with all the trimmings, Eggs served several ways and the indulgent Steak Frites.

I did consider a "proper" breakfast and almost ordered the Big Mal Breakfast which promised the full works, but in the end couldn't resist The Mal Burger. Served with Gruyere Bacon, and Burger Relish in a Brioche Bun with Pommes Frites on the side.

I do fancy myself a bit of an expert in all things burger, and might even have a little secret list of ingredients that make the perfect burger (maybe I'll share it with you all one day!) so I'm very happy to report that the Mal Burger ticked all of my boxes and was faultless so if you're planning your own visit to the Malmaison for a Prosecco Brunch I highly recommend this as your brunch plate choice!

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch Malmaison Newcastle Quayside
Sam went for the Steak Frites - Rump Steak, Pommes Frites and Beamaise Sauce and being the very best kind of friend she cut me off a little piece of Steak to try and it was so delicious (I would have had food envy if my Mal Burger hadn't been so good!)

Katie opted for Eggs California - Poached Eggs served on Smashed Avocado. Unfortunately she was on the other side of the table and I couldn't quite work out how to stretch my arms over to pinch any without her noticing, but it looked really lovely and will probably be what I try on my next visit.

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch Malmaison Newcastle Quayside - Eggs


Now I know you've all been patiently waiting for the important details (I know this is the question  you all want to know the answer to!) - how much Prosecco did we manage to sink during our Saturday Brunch, and is the deal worth the money?

Our glasses were kept constantly topped up and each time we emptied a bottle another appeared within moments. I actually lost count of how much we got through but we all left feeling pretty merry (I'm still wondering how on earth Katie managed to complete the Great North Run the following day!)

Considering how much a glass of Prosecco usually costs in a bar on the Quayside, the Bottomless Prosecco Brunch at the Mal was incredible value and we all left feeling like we'd got ourselves a very good deal.

So, I think it's only a matter of time before I book myself in for another visit, will anyone be joining me?

Bottomless Prosecco Brunch Malmaison Newcastle Quayside - Menu
Find The Malmaison at:

104 Quayside
NE1 3DX

0191 389 8627

www.malmaison.com

We were invited for a complimentary brunch for three in exchange for this honest review.
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Thursday, 6 September 2018

Walking the Simonside Hills - Harwood Forest, Northumberland

I have been desperate to explore Simonside in Northumberland for the longest time. Mesmerised by the most beautiful photographs of the vibrant purple hills, it's one of the few parts of the county that we are yet to discover. Unfortunately this year we have left it a bit too late to enjoy the moors in full bloom so instead decided to enjoy a spot of walking in Harwood Forest with a great opportunity to enjoy some of the Simonside scenery without having to climb up any steeps hills.

Walking in the Simonside Forest, Northumberland
Following the Northumberland National Park's Simonside Family Walk route (you'll find the PDF of the route here), we started our adventure getting completely lost trying to find the Forest Commission Simonside carpark. The moment when we were struggling to find a passing place on a single track road, completely lost I thought we'd have to head home having not even managed to start the walk! Luckily we worked it out in the end, but if you are wanting to try this walk I'd recommend that you rely on good old fashioned map reading rather than your satnav.

With its location perfect for a fair few popular walks in the hills the Forest Commission carpark gets pretty full so I'd say head out early. We managed to get ourselves the last space when we visited at around lunchtime and were incredibly lucky to get parked.  The spot is also rather remote with the nearest facilities being in the village of Rothbury so make sure you have everything you need with you and have emptied your bladder before you begin.

Walking Simonside Forest, Northumberland

There are two walking routes marked out from the Forest Commission carpark, an easy mile long  route through the forest and a tougher route that takes in the ridge and some pretty impressive views. Unfortunately our route didn't come with any helpful signposts to follow so it was time to test out our less than perfect map reading skills.

Walking Simonside, NorthumberlandOur chosen walk promised a 3.5 mile easy trail with plenty to see and do along the way. Following the main track through the woodland we began our slight climb up hill appreciating the lovely cool shelter of the tall pine trees.

Immediately spotting that these are the kind of trees that our friends the red squirrels love to hide in it wasn't too long before one had appeared although Simon somehow managed to miss it! Darting across the path just ahead of us it vanished pretty quickly, its bushy red tail a bit of a blur against the woodland floor. We crept into the trees hoping to get a better look but unfortunately he was gone. If you're going to take a walk through the forest make sure you keep your eyes open because it's a great place to spot some of Northumberland's best wildlife.



Simonside is famed for its beautiful purple moorlands, best seen in August we were slightly too late to see the full display of colour but there were still a few patches of heather to be found nestled between the trees and I think in the height of Summer this walk would be really beautiful - a great alternative way to enjoy a taste of the moorlands without having to do any climbing.

Simonside, Northumberland


It wasn't long before we'd found our way to the edge of the forest and the most beautiful views over the Coquet Valley to the Cheviot Hills. Wandering slightly off the path we made our way through the gate for a better look.

Simonside, Northumberland Hills


I could quite happily sit in this spot for hours and just enjoy the fantastic views. Sometimes taking the easier route and not climbing the hills truly pays off as you get to enjoy scenery like this.

... and here's where our lovely adventure comes to an abrupt end!

Maybe it was veering slightly off the path, maybe it's because we were too busy looking up in the trees for squirrels but it was this point in the walk that we accidentally walked in the completely wrong direction and then couldn't get ourselves back on the right path no matter how hard we tried. We re-read the instructions over and over, turned the map round and round but we just couldn't put ourselves right and in the end had to give up.

Simonside, Northumberland Cheviot Hills
So we never discovered Little Church Rock (which I'd been looking forward to attempting to clamber for great views) and had to return to the carpark defeated. Booo!

I guess walks don't always go to plan which is why I decided to still share our adventure, and I'm fully expecting you all to tell me how easy this walk is and how you've all managed to complete it!

Simonside, Northumberland Cheviot


Anyone else got a walking disaster to share? I'd love to hear your stories and make sure you let me know your favourite walks in the Northumberland hills.
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Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Breakfast at Kith and Kin, Whitley Bay

I have been planning breakfast at Kith and Kin ever since I first spotted their picture perfect dishes filling up my Instagram. The charming little cafe in Whitley Bay has become quite the location if you're looking for a breakfast that not only makes your tummy happy but also ensures that you make everyone jealous of your food photos. It was only a matter of time before I got there to try out the breakfast for myself.

Whitley Bay really has become my "go to" place for breakfast in the North East over the last few months. There are some fantastic family owned businesses opening their doors to welcome the good folk of North Tyneside with great quality, delicious food and Kith and Kin is definitely one of the very best.

I rushed to Kith and Kin first thing on a Thursday morning, desperately wanting to beat the crowds. I always worry that if I visit somewhere very popular I'll never get a table and from the outside Kith and Kin looks a little on the teeny side. So I was surprised when I arrived to discover there are actually a fair few tables hidden at the back of the cafe so if you do walk past and it looks full, chances are you will find a table if you venture inside.



Greeted by very friendly faces I grabbed a menu and made my way to a window seat to have a good read. There were so many dishes I wanted to try and I immediately regretted visiting solo as there was no chance of me trying any extra food. I'd recommend going with a friend and perhaps ordering three dishes between you (yes, that may sound greedy but believe me the breakfast menu is so good you'll struggle to choose just one meal!)

The main menu features many tempting treats and you'll also find daily specials on a board behind the counter often inspired by the seasons (their take on a Full English they did during the World Cup looked delicious!), also if, like me, you are OBSESSED with Proven Doughnuts you may be interested to hear that you'll find their delicious treats on the counter of Kith and Kin every Thursday morning (and yes, I give you permission to order doughnuts for breakfast, why on earth wouldn't you?)



Of course, my priority in the morning is coffee and having rushed out of my house so fast in the morning I hadn't had time and was gasping by the time I got to Kith and Kin so ordered a latte (£2.70). Their coffee comes from Pink Lane Roastery so I knew I was in for a treat.

Boy, Kith and Kin know how to make a good cup of coffee - perfectly blended oh so creamy and the best kind of way to wake up whilst I was waiting for my breakfast to arrive. I sipped slowly enjoying every mouthful whilst flicking through a trashy magazine and trying not to stare too much at the amazing looking dishes that were appearing at the tables around me (it would be rude to ask a stranger for a bite of their food, yes?)

Luckily my wait was very short and before I knew it my breakfast was in front of me, and it looked just as amazing as any of the photographs I'd been drooling over on Instagram.  The Passion Fruit Curd French Toast (£8.35) was the breakfast of my dreams!

Sourdough French Toast with homemade passion fruit curd, lime zest, mascarpone, toasted coconut, fresh passion fruit and mint - I LOVE my food with a bit of colour and the presentation was spot on. I immediately thanked my lucky stars that Simon wasn't there to whinge at me when I took photographs of my food from every angle. A dish that good needs a lot of photographic evidence!

Of course, good food isn't just about looks so I'm very happy to report that my breakfast tasted amazing!  The combination of flavours were heavenly - the zingy passion fruit and lime worked so well with the soft creamy mascarpone and the coconut added a little kick of sweetness. It was one of the nicest breakfasts I have ever had.

Hopefully it won't be too long until I return, I have an entire menu to work my way through!

Let me know if you've been to Kith and Kin and what your favourite dishes are, or if you have any more recommendations for eateries in Whitley Bay I'm all ears!

Find Kith and Kin at:

172 Park View
Whitley Bay
NE26 3QW

facebook.com/KITHANDKINWB/

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Friday, 31 August 2018

My August Days

Although it's been a month filled with sunshine, family visits and adventures in Northumberland, it's ended in a way that makes me feel very sad. So I'm keeping this month's intro short and sweet and although I know that things won't really be quite the same ever again, I am looking ahead to a brand new month and the start of Autumn.

Here are just a few of the things that didn't make the blog this month

Stack Arrival

You wait forever for "one of those cool container sites" to open and then two arrive at once! Following the huge success of By The River Brewery on the Quayside, Stack has now finally opened at the Old Odeon site on Pilgrim street and it's so ridiculously cool I'm not sure I should really be allowed in there! An amazing site showcasing some of the best local businesses, shops, restaurants and bars it's quite a place! So far we've only had a quick mooch round but I can't wait to return and try it out properly! Let me know if you've had anything to eat there yet.

My August Days - Stack


A Love Letter to the A68!

I'm not ashamed to admit that I am a bit of a loser but perhaps declaring your love for a road is a little weird even for me but I just can't help it. This month I've become completely obsessed with the A68! Seriously, the road up towards Kielder in Northumberland has to be one of the prettiest roads I have ever been on. Its high hills and hidden peaks reveal the most glorious scenery and the sudden dips and turns in the road makes my belly go wibbly. Every time we drive it we turn into big kids and yes we do start yelling "weeeeeeee!" as we drive up and down the dips. Don't laugh at me until you've planned an A68 road trip for yourself.  I promise you'll get it.

My August Days - A68


Cals Own

You know when you love somewhere so much and you mean to go more but somehow time slips away and it never happens? That's me and Cal's Own! Can you believe I hadn't visited since they relocated to Jesmond? I was stunned when I realised that they've been in their new place for over 2 years! As it had been such a long time I decided to go big with my order and dived straight into the epic calzone stuffed with mushrooms and goats cheese, I almost couldn't finish it ... almost!

My August Days - Cal's Own


New Car

The highlight of our month had to be picking up our new wheels.  It wasn't something we'd spent ages deciding on, Simon took our little Swift into the garage for a service and next moment he was test driving and buying a Suzuki Vitara.  It perhaps seems a little crazy to make such a snap decision but we've found the very best decisions we've made in life have been a little spontaneous. We are loving our new car and are getting very excited about grownup things like the amount of space in the boot and having air conditioning.

My August Days - Suzuki


Dirt Health

I have been stalking Dirt Health on Instagram for months now - the beautiful colourful dishes have really caught my eye so when I was invited to pop round for a little soiree for local bloggers I couldn't wait to finally taste some of their delicious looking food.  I was absolutely blown away by what I had, the most tasty local produce lovingly created into perfect plates of food that not only taste bloomin lush but are also healthy! If that wasn't enough the staff there are so lovely that I'm determined to make them all my friends.  I loved it so much I've already been back so expect a breakfast review very soon!

My August Days - Dirt Health


South Shields

If I had a pound for every time I've shared a photo from Scoop and Bean I'd be rather rich! The family came to visit us with our Niece and Nephew this month and we had the most wonderful weekend showing off the North East.  Blessed with sunshine we spent the happiest afternoon at South Shields - riding the little train, skipping about in the sand and, of course, introducing them all to one of the best ice-cream cones in North Tyneside. They were very impressed, so much so our 7 year old niece has decided she wants to move here!

My August Days - Scoop and Bean



Saying Goodbye

Yesterday we said goodbye to my Grandma, and although she lived to an amazing age I still feel incredibly sad that she is no longer here. I'm not going to go into it too much as my blog is a happy space and I don't like to over share but on a day when I felt very sad the North Tyneside coast saved me. I spent the most beautiful day walking from Whitley Bay to Tynemouth and that time on my own strolling along the sand, people watching and dodging the rain showers went some way to make things a little easier.  It's incredible how soothing the coast is and I feel so incredibly lucky that we have such a special place on the doorstep.

My August Days - Cullercoats Beach




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