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Review: Cake Stories, Jesmond

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If you are, have ever been, or know someone with, a little girl then you will love Cake Stories in Jesmond. It's the cute cake shop of dreams. We're talking...
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Review: Brunch With Kith & Kin (And Kim)

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Last week, on a sunny Saturday morning, I put the roof down on the Sarah Mobile and headed up the coast to meet my friend, Kim, who dwells in Whitley Bay...
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YOLO Townhouse Launch Party

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On Thursday night last week I dusted off my inner blogger, my Canon and my Louboutins, and popped along to celebrate the launch of the new member of the YOLO...

The Big Apple

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Standing on top of the Empire State, looking out over Manhattan through the haze of early morning fog; waking up in New York City is exactly as good as I'd...

Birthdays in Barcelona

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Upon finding out that we could fly to Barcelona (and back) at the end of April for £47 each I justified the other costs (accommodation, spending money, all the boring...

Coffee and Cocktails With Currys

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In my house we like coffee. But that's where the easy cohabiting ends. How we like our coffee divides us into two camps; the half who can be arsed to grind beans...

The Botanist – Newcastle

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I’ve now been to The Botanist in Newcastle A LOT. From their first opening night in December, through their big swanky launch party in January and more recently, as a place that already feels at home on the Newcastle restaurant scene. I’ve taken some time…

Harvesting Brunch At OCC

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A lazy brunch is my favourite perk of having a day off. If it’s a work day I’m shoving hastily scrambled eggs in my face at 7am to fill me up til my lunch break, but on a free day I tend to just grab a mug of coffee when I first wake…

The Cake Boss

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Bloggers like a good cupcake. It’s a well known fact. It’s a blogging cliché, like cats and gin, and one I’m certainly on-board with. I must confess I don’t watch the Great British Baker or whatever it’s called, but mainly because I can’t stand the…

Cocktail Tasting At The Coach House

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You know when you jokingly make up your perfect job title? Like Biscuit Inspector or Kitten Snuggler. Well last Thursday night I was offered the chance to be a genuine, bonafide Cocktail Taster and you just know they’ve got the right girl for the job….

Eating With Gusto

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An invitation to any event that stops me spending all of my hard-earned money shopping in the packed-out city centre on a Saturday afternoon is probably worth attending. Especially one that offers food and wine. But the success of the combined Gusto summer menu tasting…

Bonbar & The 467 Club

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It’s official, Bonbar know how to throw a party. The new and exclusive private members club unrolled the red (actually it was black) carpet this weekend and hosted a launch bash to be proud of. Described as “Newcastle’s most decadent playhouse”, the aspirational new venue…

Fat Hippo: Going Deeper Underground

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Those of you who’ve been paying attention may remember a time, not so long ago, when I wished for Fat Hippo to open a place a little closer to me. Well perhaps you should all start crossing my palm with silver and call me Madam Sarah because lo…

Paris: Part Un

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At the beginning of this week I spent a few days in Paris to escape my birthday. Not that leaving the country has ever stopped me aging a year but it’s become something of a tradition to never graduate to a new year in the UK. Going…

Fat Hippo: Spreading Burger Happiness Since 2011

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Talk about ‘late to the party’! I think I must be the last person in Newcastle to eat a famous Fat Hippo burger. Probably. It’s my old excuse of city dweller forgetting to ever actually leave the city. Lame. Don’t worry Sarah and/or burger fans,…

NE1 Restaurant Week

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You would’ve been hard pushed to get a table at any of the decent joints in Newcastle this last couple of weeks. Everywhere in town was full to bursting of people trying something new, tucking into a good meal after work, happily instagramming their meals and…

Six Ways Sundays

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Since The Herb Garden opened their doors (and positioned a life-size fake horse on rollerskates outside them) there has been plenty of buzz surrounding the new restaurant, based under the bridge arches at the bottom end of Westgate Rd. They are primarily a pizza restaurant, and…

A Storm In A Teacup

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Winter and Christmas may be getting a little close for comfort but don’t for a second think that this means the elegant afternoon treats have to come to an end. In fact, now that we’re going to be spending more time hiding indoors as the…

Party At Cal’s Place

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Living in the city centre you sometimes get lazy. With everything on your doorstep, why travel to get anything? I mean, occasionally we’ll make a proper journey up into Northumberland for a Sunday roast or similar but we very rarely drive to, say, Heaton for…

Happy 5th Birthday Pan Haggerty!

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No doubt you’ve noticed that one of my favourite things to do is eat. If this has somehow passed you by I refer you to any of my previous food-related posts or, in fact, my Instagram or twitter feed. I get genuinely excited about good…

Urban Night Feast 2013

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All of the best things come but once a year; Christmas, birthdays, the Urban Night Feast… That last one there is, in fact, happening this very weekend so if you’ve not been yet, get your arse down there and commence stuffing your face to your heart’s…

Dinner At Six

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Combining a whole host of my favourite things, Six at the Baltic recently sent me an invitation I couldn’t refuse. Dinner, drinks, intelligent company and arguably the most beautiful views of the city I now call home. All in celebration of the impending re-launch of…

Desserts Delivered

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I don’t know about you but I sometimes find myself with an extremely strong urge to eat cake, in large quantities, at really awkward times of the day. Most often a Sunday afternoon or evening, when the shops (even the ’24 hour’ Tesco in town)…

Tea on the Tyne

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As you probably know, I lived abroad when I was younger and, although I’m now safely nestled back in the northeast, I have very fond memories of being a kid in warmer climes. One of my favourite memories is of going with my parents to…

The Importance of Being Ernest

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I’m doing plenty of eating breakfast out at the minute. Probably because I’m actually awake early enough. I find it heaps easier to wake up and then actually drag my arse out of bed when it’s light out. In winter I’m comatose for a lot…

Big Brunch at the Mal

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It seems that the Newcastle Malmaison’s exceptional hospitality knows no bounds. A couple of weekends ago I was invited by the Mal and the lovely Hannah Layford (of Raspberry Kitsch fame) to while away my Saturday afternoon sipping prosecco, picking at canapés and schmoozing with…

Tea on the Quay(side)

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Exciting event alert! Girls and gays of Newcastle, look lively! The lovely jubbly folks at The Teashed* are throwing a party and you’re all invited! On September 8th The Teashed* will be hosting a delightful open air Afternoon Tea on the Newcastle Quayside. Think clashing…

Are You Missing The Quay Ingredient?

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I know you know this. I know you do. But on the off-chance that you don’t, I’m going to tell you anyway. If you want breakfast in this town, there are only a few good places to get it. I know we’re usually all “Butterfly…

The Royal Tea

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You’ve had a busy day, you’re in town with bags full of shopping and you badly need a sit down. Or perhaps you’ve got a well-deserved day off and need somewhere central to while away a couple of hours with a friend or three, over…

One Night In Edinburgh

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Not technically ‘Jetset’, I know, but it’s my website, that’s my name above the door, and so I reckon I can afford a little bit of artistic licence. So in this case Edinburgh is as exotic as Dubai, the Maldives and Thailand. I was going…

Cocktails & Cupcakes

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There are a few things in life that I just can’t say no to. Things that quite frankly no one in possession of sound body and mind should refuse. An exclusive invite to a cupcakes and cocktails party is most definitely one of those things….

The Boiler Shop Steamer – June 2013

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Well, well, well. It’s turns out that we now have a regular and very popular event within walking distance of my kitchen that will provide food, drink, music, company and good times. My kitchen doesn’t do that. Not even for £5 per portion. The Boiler…

The Pleasure’s All Mine…

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There’s a new kid on the block. Pleased To Meet You has finally opened it’s charming doors (or rather the dashing doorman opened them for me upon arrival) to the pleasure of all the gin junkies in Newcastle. This May – June weekend saw the…

Rock Down To Electric East

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Yes chaps, yet more song-lyric butchery. All in the name of love. The love of food. Sometimes the food, and service, somewhere is so good that these reviews practically write themselves. Electric East is one of those places. I’m obviously aware that it’s not new….

Redhouse: A Taste For Trendy Pie

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The Redhouse website implies that if you’re sick of stupid salads and couscous you will enjoy their pies. I actually quite like a nice big salad and believe that various foods do in fact taste nice with couscous, however much of a dick that may…

Taking Tea In The Teashed

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Last week myself and my favourite Afternoon Tea Buddy (every girl needs one) went along to check out the pop-up teashop in Fenwick’s dept store, Newcastle. I missed the launch bash so was playing catch up a bit. Everything’s feeling so hectic at the moment…

Highbridge Quarter Festival 2013

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Last Saturday saw the return of the fiendishly popular Highbridge Quarter Festival, down on the little winding, cobbled street between Grey Street and the Bigg Market. Each year this tiny street party seems to grow and grow, with festival goers travelling from near and far…

9Bar Coffee Heaven At The Theatre Royal

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Where have I been?! What have I been doing?! It certainly hasn’t been writing things on here, that’s for sure. Ah life. Life is so busy sometimes and then, just when you don’t think you have time for anything extra curricular, you get a stomach…

Brunch at The Butterfly Cabinet

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Was there ever a more perfect place for brunch than the hungover student’s favourite, The Butterfly Cabinet? Even though the achingly mismatched decor won’t help if you do actually have a hangover, the food is the very epitome of Comfort with a capital C. From…

Soaking Up Singapore

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Bon matin mes amis. Comment vas-tu? I’m doing very well, thanks for asking. It’s been a little while. You might be pleased/uninterested to learn that I’ve been continent-hopping again. Here’s the photographical evidence, for your viewing pleasure. You may or may not know that Singapore…

A Standing Ovation

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The Stand, Newcastle, is the newest addition to The Stand family of comedy venues. Since opening in October 2011 it seems to be gathering quite a following of both homegrown Tynesiders and those from further afield. Yet, even though it’s just round the corner from…

Highbridge Quarter Festival

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Dear Loyal Followers, both of the North East England variety and beyond. Please find enclosed some quick photos from last weekends Highbridge Quarter Festival. I’m sure a great many of you were there in person, it certainly seemed like most of Newcastle turned out on…

Street food: Newcastle Mela 2012

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Today many of Newcastle’s inhabitants braved the rain and flocked to Exhibition Park to soak up some Indian culture at the Mela. And rain it did, of course, being a bank holiday in the UK. But thankfully it didn’t seem to put too many people…

Sunday at The Sage

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A couple of Sunday mornings ago we found ourselves down on the Newcastle Quayside. We had my partner’s son with us for the weekend again and like to take him out of the house when the weather suits, just to keep him off the computer…

Paris Upon Tyne

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As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, The Big Eat, there’s a new bakery on my radar. The French Oven can be found baking up a storm in the Grainger Market in Newcastle. How this escaped me for so long I do not know, but…

Mexico Moves In

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Well I think we’re all a little excited about the fact that a new Mexican restaurant has opened up on Tyneside, no? I certainly am. I mean, obviously it’s no real replacement for the much loved Blue Coyote (RIP) but at least now we have…

The Big EAT

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Last weekend the North East Newcastle & Gateshead Big EAT! Festival drew to a reluctant close. That’s the NE’s culinary celebration, running from July 13th-29th, across the region, for those of you not in the know. We went along to a couple of the final…

Grazing Away

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When I received my first Graze box several months ago (time flies when you’re having fun!) I wasn’t really sure what to expect. Admittedly, I did already know I liked most of the things I suspected would be sent my way. I will happily sit…

Edinburgh Etiquette

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So we just got back from spending Easter weekend in Edinburgh with my (sort of) mother-in-law, who is, by the way, a lovely woman. She likes cats, mid-day gin and appreciates good grammar. She also bred my wonderful other half. It’s easy to see why…

Tea For Two.

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It being summery now and all, I thought I’d take a little inspiration from the weather and do a bit of a review of some of the afternoon teas, the ones I’ve sampled, on offer in Newcastle. No, I’m not 64 years old, thank you…