June Food Highlights

I know I start off almost every post by pondering about where the year is going, but seriously...HOW is it already July? 

The month of June was fabulous and of course, it will filled with visiting so many new and already loved restaurants and coffee shops. Enjoy :)

Saint Kitchen- St Pauls Square, Birmingham

I lived in Birmingham for 3 years, and how I wish Saint Kitchen was around during my student days. After perusing the breakfast menu, I opted for the coconut milk pancakes topped with Seasonal berries, vanilla ricotta, chopped mint and flaxseeds, and oh boy was it oh so delicious. The texture of the pancakes were light and fluffy with just the right hints of coconut coming through.

The decor inside Saint Kitchen looks like something straight out of my pinterest board with bright bursts of flowers on every table. If you're heading to Birmingham soon, I would highly recommend Saint Kitchen.

Milgi- City Road, Cardiff

I love Milgi's and this vegetarian restaurant will forever be my favourite place to eat and drink in Cardiff. I popped in for a much needed catch up with my beautiful friend Hann where we demolished the tastiest vegan cakes and cold drinks under the sun. Their pineapple and carrot cake was oh so delicious and I can't wait to try out more of their lovely fresh bakes.

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April/May Food Highlights

How is it June already? How? Make it stop, please! Enjoy mooching through my Foodie highlights from April and May.

Ruth x

Coppa Club

The tastiest Elderflower and Passionfruit Spritz in the world!

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March Food Highlights

March was a pretty great month which consisted of me finally visiting a lot of awesome places to eat in around Cardiff and further afield.

With it being Easter weekend I am looking forward to suffering from a many chocolate induced comas and then feeling all the guilt when I struggle to fit into my bridesmaids dress (soz, Charl), but anyway, here are my Foodie Highlights for the month of March. (How is it basically mid April? HOW?)

I love it when instagram friends become real life friends, Alice and I have been planning on meeting up for over a year or so and we finally managed to sort something out when I was up in Manchester for a weekend with my family. She took me to Ezra and Gil in the Northern Quarter for brunch and some chats. The tastiest smashed avocado on toast, for sure.

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Outfits From The Past Part 8

Fluffy cardigan and bag- Charity Shop// Striped Top- H&M// Culottes- Zara // Brogues- Missguided// 

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February Food Highlights: My Creations

Some of my favourite dishes I whipped up during February.

Charred Avocado and Fried Eggs

  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 1-2 large free-range eggs
  • ½ a fresh red chilli
  • A few sprigs of fresh coriander

  1. Slice the red pepper and spring onions into fine strips. Then grab your avocado, remove the stone, peel and chop into large chunks.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a medium frying pan over a medium-high heat, add the spring onions, avocado and pepper and fry for 4 minutes, or until lightly charred.
  3. Using a peeler, peel the skin from the sweet potato, then continue peeling into fine ribbons. Add to the pan, tossing with the charred veg, and fry for another 4 minutes, or until the sweet potato ribbons start to char.
  4. Spread the veg evenly in the pan, then use the back of a spoon to make a small hole. Crack an egg into it, then tilt the pan so the whites run into the veg and bind everything together.
  5. Season with sea salt and black pepper, cover with a lid or tin foil, then reduce the heat to low and let the eggs cook for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how runny you like your yolks.

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Conversations with Catherine Jenkins

It's not often you meet someone as positive as Catherine. From graduating from Oxford to braving the transition to London from Cardiff last year, Catherine radiates a drive and determination that you can't help but be in awe of. 

I was lucky to nab her for a few hours when she made a trip back to Wales a few weeks ago. We headed to Bute Park and caught up through people watching (one of my favourite things to do).

If you could give your 16 year old self a piece of advice, what would it be?

Just know what you want and then just go for it. Don't waste your time worrying and tell yourself that what you want is not achievable because you're setting yourself up to fail from the beginning and shooting yourself on the foot. 

Whereas, at 16 you don't really know what you want but you've still got a gut instinct of what you'd like to do. Just go for it, whether it's a relationship or sky diving. I think it's actually one of the best ages to be because it's before you hit your 20s, and you probably will be living in the same community that you've lived in your whole life and it's the moment you feel the most comfortable to try new things before going off to uni.

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February Food Highlights: Places

Hey, hi, hello! How is it already March? Oh my word, I can't cope with this!

February was a great little month for FOOD. Here are my highlights:

Penylan Pantry

Catching up with my favourite Ellie over yummy brunch in the most delightful place. The best smashed avocados and chorizos I've ever had, all washed down with a warming cup of matcha and coconut latte.

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Flourish into February with Benugo

Benugo at John Lewis Cardiff is the perfect destination for a delicious lunch. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and escape here to sample their absolutely gorgeous menu.

From the Tomato and Pomegranate Salad and Genovese Pasta Salad to the Roast Chicken and Italian Antipasti Baguette, Benugo really do offer something for everyone.
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Lessons We Can Learn From Ellie Philpotts

Ellie is one of my favourite people. This girl is smart, funny, ambitious and so easy to get along with. We recently marked our first catch up of the year over yummy brunch at Stag Coffee (a sweet little place on Crwys road that I've been dying to visit for a while) and I've documented segments of our conversation that have truly inspired me. I've kept this post nice and short so read on :)
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(A picture of a sunset to make you think of something poignant)

This year, I've vowed to dedicate my time to exploring the art of altruism. I'm fascinated with people. Strangers to be exact. 'Sonder' is one of my favourite obscure words and it's definitely in my top 5 favourite words of all time (yes, I have a list). There's something so poignant about that word that makes me want to curl up in bed. It makes me want to analyse the most intricate and insignificant sequences of events that have ever occurred during my lifetime. So insignificant that it's lead me to write this post at 22:19 on a Tuesday night, slumped over the kitchen table (my ginger and lemon tea has gone cold but I'm still going to drink it). 

I don't even know where this post is going. I never really do whenever I have the sudden urge to write these posts. Oh yeah, being an altruist. So instead of just being in awe of the complexities of other people's lives, I'm vowing to learn something from every encounter that I have. One of the most prominent realisations that I've had is the importance of listening to what people have to say. Too often I have conversed with people simply to reply. Not to learn, but to reply. How obnoxious is that? 

I'm forever neglecting this blog but through my vision of posting recorded conversations with friends, I know that this little corner of the internet will start inspiring me again. I truly believe that we can all learn something from someone. I could be that 'someone' for you, and you could be that 'someone' for me, but just having the wisdom of embracing a selfless nature and wanting to listen to what other people have to say is a beautiful thing (I think).


Outfits from the past part 7

Oh hey, hi, hello! My name's Ruth and I have a hideous habit of neglecting this blog. I used to absolutely love this wee corner of the internet and I'm so determined to get back into blogging as regularly as I used to (at an organic pace, of course). My last post went live back in October 2016. Oh dear! As always, I'm vowing to post something at least twice a month from now. You. Can. Do. This. Ruth.

Anyway, here are some outfit shots from the end of 2016 and early this year. Enjoy!
(Note: I'm really really not a fan of my legs hence why most of my pictures kinda stop mid thigh, or not at all. You with me?)

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