Top row (L-R); The best margaritas in Cardiff* at Wahaca / mouthwatering halloumi ‘fries’** at the Brass Beetle on Whitchurch Road / Stunning autumnal runs along the Taff
Middle row; We travelled around Cardiff and the Vale hunting down the 43 snowdogs and during November we ticked the last few off our list! This was our final one – Chocolate Sundae at Penarth Pier. If you didn’t manage to catch all of the snowdogs, they’re on display in the Capitol Centre from this weekend (8-10 December). Details here.
Bottom row; Getting our hygge on with a delicious brunch at Brød bakery. Their coffee is AMAZING.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that we had an active Sunday over the bank holiday weekend. I ran the Cardiff 5k in Whitchurch on Sunday night and in the morning, my eldest ran Junior Parkrun.
I’m a huge fan of the Parkrun concept, weekly volunteer-run 5k runs that are free to enter. And for younger runners there’s Junior Parkrun, every Sunday 9.30am at Llandaff Fields.
Junior Parkrun is a 2k course for 4-14 year olds, and adults can run along with them (no buggies allowed though).
My eldest (who’s just turned six) has been taking part for a few months now and he absolutely loves it. As with the adult Parkrun it’s free to join, but you do need to register and print off a bar code beforehand. Here’s my Instagram story from the day;
I’m not always the spectator though, on Sunday night it was my chance to get active by taking part in the Cardiff 5k in Whitchurch.
This is the second year the race has taken place and I definitely noticed an increase in both runner and spectator numbers.
The atmosphere in the village was brilliant and really made up for the horrible drizzle.
The route took us from Whitchurch village, around Heol Don, into Llandaff North, past the library, over the horrible railway hill (known as Crown Hill to us locals in honour of the old Crown Pub) and back to the village via the common.
The end of the route was pure evil; even though you are in touching distance of the finish line it takes you around the corner for another couple of hundred yards, before heading back to the finish. I remembered this from last year so was prepared but there were a few runners around me who were fooled into thinking it was almost over!
I grew up in Whitchurch so loved running around my old stomping ground. There were plenty of familiar faces along the route and having my Mum and Dad cheering me on at separate points along the route was brilliant.
I finished in 31 mins and was happy with that. I’m not speedy!
There was a great party atmosphere at the finish, with a live band, food and drink stalls and plenty of food and drink options open in the village to celebrate. A great way to spend a rainy bank holiday Sunday.
I paid the full £15 for my entry to the Cardiff 5k and neither they or Parkrun Junior were aware I’d be blogging about them.
I realise I am extremely late to the party on this one! Brød, the Danish bakery, opened in Pontcanna/Canton a year ago and people were queuing out the door to try their wares. We talked about going but for one reason or another never went.
Depending on the route I take to work, I often pass Brød and on Friday thought I’d pop in to buy some pastries for the office.
I was amazed at how big the place is inside, there’s room for a good few tables, they do breakfast and lunch as well as the array of baked goods on offer.
I was offered a selection box of five pastries for £10, I could either pick the ones I wanted or they would give me a mixture, so I opted to let the lady choose for me. I thought £10 seemed a bit steep for five pastries but these were not your bog-standard croissants!
I have no idea what they were called but most of the pastries seemed to be a take on Kanel Snegl (cinnamon bun) The one I went for was a huge cinnamon swirl with custard in the middle and drizzled with chocolate. It was the nicest pastry I’ve eaten in Cardiff.
My colleagues raved about them too, the box was empty by 9.30am!
I’m already planning a trip back for lunch. Yum.
I paid in full for my box of pastries from Brød, and the bakery was not aware that I’d be blogging about them.
My friend Hayley and I love afternoon tea and it’s become a festive tradition that we always get together for afternoon tea before Christmas. We’ve tried most places in Cardiff so we’re always on the lookout for somewhere new to try.
I work on Cathedral Road and noticed a new place had opened at Number 73. Unsure if it was a B&B, bar or restaurant, a quick Google search revealed it is all of the above, also serving afternoon tea. Result!
I booked us in for a Saturday in December, a welcome respite from the madness of the Christmas preparations.
We were really impressed with the interior when we arrived, it’s clean, minimalistic and classy, while still looking welcoming. We opted for a cosy table tucked behind the piano in the bar, near the fire, although the orangerie at the back also looked lovely.
We were given the usual choice of tea and I went for my favourite, the Earl Grey, which was good. Top ups were offered for no charge and we both went for a second while we were there.
The food itself was a very good standard, finger sandwiches stacked full of lovely fillings (the usual; cheese and chutney, salmon and cream cheese, cucumber and ham). The scones with cream and jam were fine but were completely overshadowed by the festive top tier of miniature cakes; gingerbread biscuits, mini mince pies, mini Yule logs and a decadent chocolate liqueur truffle.
Overall I would describe this as a refined and classy afternoon tea. I’ve already been back to Cathedral 73 for lunch which was to the same standard and the delicious looking breakfast/brunch is next on my list. It’s a good job I only work a few doors down!
You can read about more places serving afternoon tea in Cardiff here.