The Fox’s Revenge

Theres nothing like spending a rainy afternoon tucked away in a beautiful location. This afternoon I decided to head over to The Fox’s Revenge which is situated on Carvynick Farm in Summercourt just outside of Newquay. After having a few meals there before I thought it would be a great place to have some lunch and catch up with a friend. Their food is fine dining pub style and the atmosphere is relaxed and the interior matches the beautiful exterior perfectly. I cant wait to attend the events this venue hold in the summer.

 

There is nothing quite like a Tarquins & Tonic on a rainy day to help push your spirits towards the summer feeling. Photographed here is a Tarquins Raspberry & Rhubarb.

An absolutely perfect lunch, with a generous portion size to match the price, I would highly recommend it here if you wish to be slightly outside the busyness of town pubs and restaurants.

Roman Restate

When I reached 25 I made a plan to try and travel around the occasion of my birthday. So last year on my 25th birthday I spent the day photographing a point break in Morocco.
This year I headed to somewhere on my list of places I would love to travel to – Rome, so here are a few tips and things to help you should you decided on a trip to Rome.

 

  • Pick a time of year that best suits you, we didn’t go to Rome to soak up the sunshine and get a tan we went to look at the beautiful architecture. So we picked February as well as being my birthday month it was one of the quietest months, meaning we got to see and photograph lots of the landmarks without the crowds of people. 

 

  • You will need a good quality pair of walking shoes or boots, it is best to have some that will support your ankles fully as whilst walking in Rome the ground can be uneven and slippery when it has rained. If you are a photographer take a good comfortable backpack, we took this one. https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/advanced-camera-and-laptop-backpack-travel-black Which allowed us to hold our two Canon cameras, 4 lenses, tripod and laptop easily and comfortably during our Easyjet flight as hand luggage and travelling around Rome minus the laptop.

  • If you are going to stay near the tourist hot spots then have a look at https://www.airbnb.co.uk We found a wonderful property just 10-15 minute walk from the Colosseum. Our host Emanuela was so amazing, with tips and local maps we found our way around very easily. Check it out here, she is doing a 20% off in April deal. https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/4350737

 

  • Be prepared for saying no a lot or unfortunately eventually ignoring people, especially around the big landmarks. There are a lot of tour companies trying to get your attention along with people selling selfie sticks and bracelets. Its best to do your homework have a look at different tours before you go ahead with booking one. We were very pleased that we did the Vatican and Sistine Chapel Tour, as our tour guide was brilliant and told us everything we needed to know. In addition when it rains be aware you will be asked about an average 200 times whether you would like to buy and umbrella or a poncho, which will still remain a running joke when it rains between Matthew and I.

 

  • When it comes to the security of your personal belongings be aware of your personal space when in crowds, we looked out for each other. Also if you have one already then great, but if not then invest in a jacket with inside pockets, whilst at the Trevi Fountain Matthew had a person put their hand in his coat pocket and then remove it when they realised it was empty, he thought it was me but it was a opportunist pick pocket.

 

  • If you are looking to sample the delights that Rome has to offer in terms of food & drink. Try not to get taken in by the ones near the centre of the tourist spots. I am talking from experience, we despite reading about it got overwhelmed with the view leading up to the Vatican and before we knew it we were sat down in a restaurant finishing off our lunch, to then being surprised by the price of the bill. Yes, we were well and truly spotted a mile off and they scooped us up and amazed us with their restaurant, and in a flash we hadn’t asked the price and had ordered food.

 

  • Re usable drinks container, we took our elephant box water bottle which came in very handy as with a lot of walking you get thirsty and in Rome there are free water fill up stations.

 

  • Travelling
    We arrived in Rome from the airport at night we got a transfer arranged, as it is a little easier and less stressful and it also allows you to get your bearings the next day. We decided to take the tube back to the airport as it was daytime and we had lots of time to kill, so it was very relaxed and we were quite lucky with this as once I had purchased my ticket it would not stamp before getting on the train. Which is something you have to do, if you do not get your ticket stamped then you will get a fine. You will find green ticket machines dotted around the train terminal.

 

We absolutely loved our trip to Rome, and we hope we have inspired you with our images and helped you with our tips. If you have any more questions do not hesitate to contact me.

Amanzi Restaurant

Do you ever visit a restaurant and fall completely in love with its food & drink along with its atmosphere?

I totally did this over at Amanzi a South African restaurant based in Falmouth, after being introduced to it by my other half Matt it was following our numerous visits that I decided it was time to write about it and it’s totally quirky and like nothing I had experienced before restaurant.

As we entered Amanzi from the busy Arwenack street in Falmouth, we were welcomed with a friendly face of one of the wonderful owners Caroline checkered our booking and took us to our allocated table, whilst her husband and co owner Ian works in the kitchen. We then sat admiring the decor of Amanzi, surrounded by wooden statues of African animals along with cute salt and pepper pots and animal print cushions and perfectly placed cutlery, giving off a warm and cosy vibe teamed with adventure. Whilst browsing the food menu I gazed above me to board which housed the cocktail list and quickly I choose a beautifully made Amaretto, rum and tropical fruit cocktail for myself called Zombie and a home made ginger beer chosen by Matt, something you definitely have to try if you love ginger beer. As we browsed through the wood covered menu, Matt in excitement was instantly drawn to his usual choice of Espetada -Braaied (char-grilled) and marinated juicy rump steak cubes on a skewer with peppers and shallots, served with chunky chips and garlic butter which is absolutely perfect, to which we released we hadn’t picked starters yet!

So back flicking back to the starters I chose deep fried crumbed Brie with pomegranate molasses, and Matt chose Trinchado Bunny Chow which is a Durban and Mozambique inspired Cornish beef dish which is slow cooked in garlic, chilli and red wine placed over a sourdough roll, in his words it was outstanding. On to the main course, I went for the seafood platter having not eaten much in the day I decided this would be perfect, not realising just how big it was until it came out leaving me open mouthed and shocked. It was wonderful a selection of king prawns, calamari and hake with a creamy garlic sauce to cover along with wonderfully cooked saffron rice.

After being completely overwhelmed with our food, we sipped our drinks and relaxed, over hearing another customers comment to his wife of “This will be the fourth time I have been here, and it has been spot on every single time, it never fails to disappoint” which in our books is another reason for you to go to Amanzi. When it comes down to dessert myself and Matt don’t normally indulge but being the night before valentines we thought why not lets go for it.

We followed on the evening with a Coffee Mud Pie – a chocolate and coffee flavoured pudding with Van Der Hum chocolate sauce, clotted cream, vanilla ice cream and spice kumquats and a Cape Dutch Melkert a milk tart dusted with cinnamon on a coconut base with fresh fruit both were absolutely amazing.

If you are looking for something different and unique to your usual go to restaurant and are  wondering as to whether to head over to Amanzi then I highly recommend it. They don’t just do evening meals they also have a wonderful lunch selection. They also dry and cure their own Biltong.


 

Coffee & Coast

Well its Monday I have woken up with a cough but its a sunny day here in Cornwall and I’m determined to make the most of it. So I decided to start my week off with a visit to the wonderful Sorting Office in St Agnes to talk coffee with Sophie followed by a bracingly chilly but blue sky walk from Chapel Porth to Wheal Coates using the National Trust coastal path.

The Sorting Office

The Sorting Office coffee house was previously run as a Sorting Office since 1902 next door to the village Post Office, with is quirky industrial feel it welcomes a large amount of local customers along with the customers visiting the beautiful quaint village of St.Agnes. It produces beautiful smooth coffee from Origin Coffee and stunning almost too good to cut cakes from Rustic Cakes.

Chapel Porth to Wheal Coates National Trust

After a coffee I decided to wrap up in my Finisterre jacket and put on my Oak and Hyde boots and stroll along the coastal path from Chapel Porth to Wheal Coates.  A very quiet walk with only the sounds of the waves rolling in and the birds chirping, a few hello’s from a couple of hikers as the sun beat down on my backpack and my feet crunched the rocky landscape, there is just something so magical about the Cornish winter.