The Kingslodge Inn – Durham

'I much prefer very small dinners with close friends' - Tom Ford One look at my Instagram feed and and you'll know how much I love my food. One look at my twitter feed and you'll know how lazy I am. So when It comes to going out for dinner Dave and I inevitably go … Continue reading The Kingslodge Inn – Durham

Partners in Wine do The Split Chimp

'Prosecco: How classy people get shitfaced' - Unknown Diamonds, dachshunds and my good self (ahem) are all proof that good things come in small packages. I'd first clocked Newcastle's first micro pub, The Split Chimp, when we walked past on the way to the Spoiler Shop Steamer last September and always had it in mind to … Continue reading Partners in Wine do The Split Chimp

If Carlsberg did Wedding Dress Shops….

'Try everything on, even gowns that you don't think you'll love. You might be surprised and fall in love with a gown that you weren't drawn to at first' - Reem Acra I reckon, even the girls who say they're not bothered about getting ,married have once in their life given a passing thought to what … Continue reading If Carlsberg did Wedding Dress Shops….

Why you should take Trip Advisor reviews with a pinch of salt

'Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth' - Marcus Aurelius Years and years ago back in the 80's and 90's, when you wanted to go on holiday the process was this: pootle along to Lunn Poly get a handful.of brochures, try to decipher the … Continue reading Why you should take Trip Advisor reviews with a pinch of salt

Saturday at the Steamer

'I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day' - Frank Sinatra It's the first weekend in September, the mornings are getting darker and cooler. The only good thing about this time of year is that the dog over … Continue reading Saturday at the Steamer

Review: Sway – Deliverance

'Music washes away the dust of every day life' - Art Blakey I don’t tend to buy full albums all that much these days. It’s not like I listen to physical CDs anymore (apart from in the car) and technology has made it so much easier to download the single tracks you like rather than having … Continue reading Review: Sway – Deliverance

Review: Oli & Joes Italian Restaurant, Westerhope

'I love Italian food. I love pasta. A refrigerator full of water and Gatorade? Honey, that's just not gonna happen' - Queen Latifah Where: Oli & Joes 429 Stamfordham Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE5 5HB Email: enquiries@oli-joes.com Telephone: 0191 214 5111 Parking: Yes It's rare we venture out for dinner on a random Tuesday night but … Continue reading Review: Oli & Joes Italian Restaurant, Westerhope