For somebody who loves food, I can be incredibly stuck in my ways – especially when it comes to eating in my local area. It’s always either the same (albeit amazing!) places that we head to – Lakaz Maman, Coriander Lounge or Chilworth Arms, or we head to one of the new small chain restaurants built in our city centre.
Scoozi is set on Oxford Street, one of Southampton’s most popular spots for socialising over food and drinks. The street is not particularly long, but is packed with a number of both chain restaurants (Prezzo, Pizza Express) and independent but large, thriving restaurants (Simon’s at Oxfords, Max’s Brasserie). Scoozi is perched just on the corner at the end of the road, and believe me when I say I must have walked past it hundreds of times. A lot of friends from work have raved about the quality and food and value for money, so when Mr Greedy suggested paying them a visit after a few bank holiday drinks, I jumped at the chance.
OK, it’s official. I have found one of my new favourite haunts. During a recent day trip to Marlborough, the gorgeous and quaint, yet high-brow market town in Wultshire, we were wandering down the main high street. Packed with plenty of pubs and small local shops, it’s great for quiet day out. One tip – take a look in the windows of the many estate agencies. There are some seriously stunning properties available in the area, and let’s face it, out of a lot of our price ranges! No harm in looking though!
As usual, I was hungry (shocker!) so as we strolled, we were checking out the restaurants. Rick Stein’s place stands out, but we decided to wait and see if we could find anywhere else. I’m not a great lover of seafood, and I didn’t fancy pub grub. Suddenly, we came across 100 Chai Street. With its bright blue front and yellow interior, it is certainly eye-catching.
During our recent cruise onboard Azura, we had an overnight stay in Amsterdam. I went with my parents as a kid and still remember so much about it – how cool and chilled out the people are, how many sights there are to see in the red light district, and just how many cyclists there are to look out for when crossing the road!
The ship docked right near the city, so we could walk to the centre in 20 minutes.
Recently, Mr Greedy and I were extremely fortunate to sail onboard Azura, one of P&O’s 7-strong fleet of cruise ships for 5 nights, calling at Amsterdam (including an overnight stay) and Le Havre. As soon as we stepped on the ship, we knew we were in for a good time. The crew onboard are extremely friendly and helpful, and we had a great little outside cabin near the ship’s atrium.
Within half an hour of embarking, we were up on deck enjoying a drink in the sun (let’s pretend there were no cold winds, being in the UK in October!). Continue reading
Recently we visited Bath for the day, and spent the day shopping, sightseeing, eating and drinking far too many cocktails.
We recently tucked into a gorgeous lunch at Lakaz Maman, the Mauritian street kitchen set up by Shelina Permalloo, the 2012 winner of Masterchef UK.
As a continued birthday celebration, Mr Greedy and I headed back to my hometown of Ipswich to visit my parents. We all headed out to The Unruly Pig in nearby Woodbridge – a gorgeous rural gastropub set in a 16th Century Inn. They have the highest rating in the local area by The Good Food Guide 2016, and I had loved eating there previously when they were open as The British Larder, so I had high expectations.
The menu at The Unruly Pig changes monthly, with an additional set menu also changing nearly daily. They pride themselves on using local and season ingredients.
The decor really packs a punch – the bright blue, burnt orange and dark red colour scheme complements the original features, such as the high ceilings and dark wooden beams.