The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

Is there a more perfect way to launch yourself into autumn than with a Sunday lunch? I think not.

Last Sunday, on a beautiful sunny day that had just about enough crisp-ness to count as autumnal, Dom and I headed out of Bristol to the Ethicurean.

Based in the pretty little village of Wrington, the Ethicurean has been building quite the name for themselves, producing some of the freshest, seasonal meals around.

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

And really, words don’t do it justice, so I’ll just let you look at the photos for a while.

We had some lovely pork, with varies purees (I’ve got all the lingo…), with roast potatoes that have been in my dreams every night since.

Just joking… 

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The Ethicurean - Girlglobalising

We sat in the little conservatory, basking in late afternoon sunshine, content that we’s chosen the best way to end the weekend.

Then pottered around their walled garden, taking in all the hundreds of vegetable delights that they are growing for autumn.

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You can even buy some should you be needing anything for the week. One thing I love about autumn is a great bowl of soup at lunchtime. The only thing that spices up the day spend at my office desk, and the Ethicurean had some cracking winter squash available for just that.

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Make sure you swing by before the menu changes to something more wintery – or just pop back again for round two! I’m not judging, I’ll probably see you there…

I am in full autumn mode now, where most of my time will be spent under a blanket watching Escape to the Chateau, or crunching through autumn leaves if you believe all that happens on Instagram… The only thing I can hope is that I haven’t hit peak autumn just yet.

 

It’s been quite a while since I shared any local places with you. My Bristol coffee guide was so long ago now that it definitely needs some updating. Trendy new places seem to pop up all the time in Bristol, we are certainly slightly over run with specialty coffee, flatwhites, avocado on sourdough and all the other super popular dishes of the moment. I’ve gathered a few of my favourites, all of which are well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

Anna Cake Couture, Bristol

Anna Cake Couture – Clifton Village

Starting with the prettiest, Anna Cake Coutour. Primarily this is a cake shop where you can order anything from a box of macarons to your wedding cake. Dom ordered a salted caramel banana cake for his Mum’s birthday and all I can say is I hope I get the same treatment come my birthday! They also have a small cafe, plus some tables outside, where you can enjoy a nice coffee and any of their baked treats.

Pinkmans Bakery, Bristol

Pinkmans Bakery – Park Street

I have the willpower of a saint since Pinkmans arrived on Park Street. I walk past it literally everyday on my way to and from work and I can tell you their products get better looking everyday. We popped in for an amazing iced coffee on a very warm day and Dom also tried one of their Peach Melba Doughnuts. I couldn’t resist having a try myself. Their bread also is baked fresh every day in the open kitchen at the back of the cafe. Check out Kym’s post for a bit more detail.

Roll for the Soul, Bristol

Roll For The Soul – Quay Street

Roll for the Soul is practically a Bristol institution now. It’s very popular with cyclists, mainly because of their bike workshop upstairs, but probably also because of the bike paraphernalia dotted around the place. They are very reasonably priced, especially considering portion size and they do a cracking halloumi wrap to either have in or take away.

The Mockingbird Cafe, Bristol

The Mockingbird – Alma Road, Clifton

This is the only American inspired coffee shop that I have been to and it’s now one of my favourites in Bristol. They offer a few American treats such as chocolate mud pie and a coffee made from condensed milk, but they also make really good regular coffee. The interior is just beautiful and I’ve also seen photos of thier avocado on toast from Lyzi of the Being Little blog. Watch out for their opening times though, as they tend to close earlier than most others.

Mokoko coffee, Bristol

Mokoko – Wapping Wharf

Mokoko is the latest coffee shop I’ve tried and is based in the newly delevloped Wapping Wharf area. Once they’ve finished the work down there it’s looking like it will be a very nice new area. But for now I’ll stick to Mokoko and I have to say I’m obsessed! The coffee was beautiful, but more then that they had a large selection of salads and tarts for savoury choices and some truely amazing looking cakes to choose from. We tried the vegan banana and chocolate loaf which almost made me consider becoming vegan. But what I’ll be going back to next time are the danish pastries that were the size of my face. You may also recognize this photo from a recent post, but I couldn’t resist using it again!

 

If anyone has any other recommendations then please let me know! Discoving new places on the weekend is one of my favourite things to do. You can follow me on Instagram for plenty more photos of cute cafes, and on Bloglovin to keep up with all the new content on here.

 

Birdcage Walk

Western style belt

Birdcage walk, Bristol

Photos by Dom John

 

What time of year would you call this? Mid spring? Or early summer?

Whatever it is, now that all the bloody rain has passed, I am loving it. I’ve officially packed away my winter coats and welcomed back the lighter layers that leave me feeling freer and less weighed down. Hallelujah, am I right?!

This summer marks my second year in Bristol, which is pretty hard to believe. I swear it wasn’t that long ago that I was slogging my way through my dissertation. If you caught my recent post about what the hell any of us are actually doing on the internet, then you’ll know that I’ve been going through a bit of an identity crisis with Girlglobalising. So with that in mind I’ve decided to focus my efforts on content that really, truely inspires me and that is mainly travel content.

With moving house on the cards (more on that once I actually know where I’m going to be living…) plus trying to save for the illusive NYC trip later in the year, my summer travel plans have had to be whittled down somewhat. But you know what that means? A staycation, my friends. In my 18 months(ish) of blogging I have barely scratched the surface of my current resisdence in the west country, and it’s about time I addressed that.

Sure I’ve featured a few favourite lunch places and the best coffee shops in Bristol, but the west country is a far wider place than just this city. This summer I intend on spreading the word of the west, be it with an updated coffee guide (I’ve racked up a few more faves recently) or daytrips to countryside towns. I plan on celebrating all things Somerset!

As I can never resist a good pun I decided to dress as a cowboy for this post – or as much as my safe style of dressing will allow. A cowboy-lite, if you will. Apart from my teenage days when I couldn’t get enough of stripes, neon colours and many a novelty bag, my style nowadays is more tame. This Asos belt is my new accessory love, adding something to break up the completely black outfit. That, plus the neckerchief that I still can’t get enough of, reminded me of a cowboy-esque outfit fit for the west(ern) country.

These photos were taken at Birdcage Walk on a sunny Saturday afternoon stroll around Clifton, where we also spotted the very dapper man below and his curly furred dog. Make sure you follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin to keep up with all new Girlglobalising content!

Denim Jacket – H&M | Jeans – Asos | T-shirt – Warehouse | Belt – Asos | Sunglasses – Topshop | Bag – New Look

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Man and his dog

Mini backpack

Chia seed granola

Since I’ve been living in Bristol, for almost a year and a half now(!) I’ve made my way around a fair few eateries over that time. If one thing was clear when I moved here, it’s that there is an abundance of food options literally on your doorstep, so much so that you can slip into the habit of going to the same places each time, rather than trying a new place, because you know that it’ll be good. So I’ve created a little list of the top lunch spots in Bristol, just in case you’re in any doubt of where to go this coming weekend.

  1. Bagel Boy – this is a local chain that’s fast expanding across Bristol at the moment. With their original branch just down the road from St Nicks market, they now have ideal locations on Gloucester Road and North Street too. You can get pretty much any combination of bagel that your heart desires, but I thoroughly recommend the Plough Boy (cheddar, ham, pickle) and the New York Boy (salt beef, mustard, gherkins).
  2. Boston Tea Party – Another little chain that started in Bristol but is swiftly expanding across the west country. My favourites are the Clifton Village location and Stokes Croft, both of which I have lived about five minutes away from! Depending on the branch their menu expands across breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, but I fully recommend any of their eggs and toasties (which are HUGE).
  3. The Stock Exchange – I stumbled across this little gem when the Bagel Boy on the opposite side of the road was too full to get a table. The Stock Exchange is a bakery and coffee shop that’s well worth stopping by at lunchtime. Not to mention their amazing homemade bagels (is there a theme here…?) but they also have a huge selection of tasty pastries and there’s plenty of freshly baked bread to take home with you.
  4. St Nicks Market – This wouldn’t be a list of Bristol’s best lunch spots if I didn’t include this melting pot of different cuisines. St Nicks market is an absolute hive of activity and a place where you can find whatever it is you fancy. My recommendation would be Matina who serve up freshly baked and filled flatbreads, but Eat-a-Pitta is also very popular, as is the ‘sausage man’, whose name I’m not quite sure of, but sells amazing sausage sandwiches.
  5. Spicer & Cole – I was so close to including this little gem in my Bristol Coffee Guide, but as they’re a firm favourite when it comes the lunch offerings too I thought they were better off in this list. There are always some good looking salads, a huge seletion of sandwiches and paninis and I had some of the best soup ever here. Again they have a number of locations and while I live very close to the Clifton spot, their slightly quieter riverside location is my favourite.

There are so many places that I could have included in this list, but for the sake of not keeping you too long I have narrowed it down to just the top five. If you’d like to see more then by all means just let me know in the comments below – I have a lot more recommendations that I’m dying to share with someone! You can also follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin to keep up with the places I visit on a daily basis.

 

Zara shirt

Zara shirt

Clifton

Zara shirt

Photo’s by Dom John

Remember a few weeks ago when I posted about it being the start of spring, but actually it was still freezing cold and I posted some photos of me still in a woolly hat and trying to look as though my fingers weren’t turning blue? Well I think it’s safe to say that spring has actually arrived now along with the sun and plenty of trees full of blossom. So my woolly hat has been fully retired until autumn and I’ve been venturing out in far fewer layers.

This shirt is the newest item in my wardrobe and it was a bit of a impulsive purchase. I was wandering the aisles of Zara and there was something about that that came across so versatile that it seemed like a genius purchase. Most recently I’ve been wearing it over the top of t-shirts and jeans in place of my usual faux leather jacket. It’s a fairly substantial cotton shirt that works well as a layer, but I do also intend on wearing it solely as a shirt. On this particularly sunny day I paired it with my new obsession – a neckerchief! I’ve seen many a cool girl wear one of these of late, and while I’m not sure I’m quite cool enough to pull it off, I do love how easy it is to throw on and how much it adds to an outfit, and also these sunglasses that I’m so in love with that I wear even it it’s grey and cloudy. I’m just kidding myself I can get away with it. Here’s to hoping that this spring weather sticks around for a bit longer – me and my shirt are planning a few more outings.

Is anyone else enjoying leaving the coats behind as much as I am? If you fancy it you can follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin for more spring-loving content and plenty of blossom-based photos!

Shirt – Zara | Jeans – Asos | Neckerchief – Primark | Sunglasses – Topshop

Zara Shirt

Neckerchief

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