What I Did: Hotel Indigo Launch Party

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Last night I was invited along to the launch party (as well as a little snoop around the rooms) of Hotel Indigo; a brand new boutique hotel that’s opened up right in the heart of city centre, just off Queen Street.  Not only was it fab night with live music and fancy grub (courtesy of the rooftop Marco Pierre White Steakhouse), but the hotel itself is stunning (it’s a blogger’s dream!), with little nods to Welsh culture, language and history are dotted throughout the reception area and the rooms.  Such a cool place to stay if you’re up for a weekend away in the Welsh Capital! 🙂

“The minute you walked in the joint… ba-damp!”

If you’re on Queen Street, it’s definitely worth taking a turn down old Dominions Arcade to see the new murals and pop into the cosy reception area of Hotel Indigo for a cup of coffee.  The walls are covered with Welsh iconography; from framed pictures of corgis, poetry by Dylan Thomas, daffodils, sheep… you name it, it’s up there (…except for a Love Spoon!  Get on that pronto tonto, Hotel Indigo! 😉 ).  There’s also a few hints at Wales’ past, with the caged canary and lit mining helmets behind the front desk a little tribute to King Coal.






I absolutely loved these quirky plates with Max Ernst-esque engravings and old Welsh sayings.  My Welsh is a little rusty guys, but I think this one means, “Every bird loves the sound of its own voice.”






The launch party moved up into Marco Pierre White’s Rooftop Bar and Steak Restaurant – including a terrace with views right across the city. 🙂


Couldn’t resist jumping into the photo booth with some fellow Welsh Bloggers: Leanne (The Globetrotter GP), Laura (Side Street Style), and Kacie (The Rare Welsh Bit). 🙂

Such a great night!  If you ever fancy coming to Cardiff for the weekend, then definitely check out Hotel Indigo for a taster session in Welsh Culture 🙂

Have a great weekend everyone! x

Isle of Fire 2017

After last year’s visit to Isle of Fire I had high expectations for this year’s event (it’s definitely become one of those must-see things on my Around Cardiff Calendar), and honestly?  I was a little unsure when we did our usual walk over the cliffs from Jackson Bay and found the promenade completely empty – as last year that seemed to be where all the fire sculptures and entertainment was.  This year it had all been moved up onto the gardens and around the old band stand, and even though the fire sculptures were just as cool as last year it wasn’t quite as magical.  The entertainment though, as always, was fantastic!




We went hoping to see the light drummers from last year but this year’s headline act was Mr Wilson’s Second Liners – an ecclectic New Orleans Jazz Band dressed like Sergeant Pepper who played all the old 90s Club Classics like Rhythm is Dancer.  They were awesome, and definitely sax-ed up this Isle of Fire.  😉




Did you see this year’s Isle of Fire?  What did you think?

The Champions League Final comes to Cardiff

How amazing was the atmosphere in Cardiff over the weekend?  It has to be said, I’m not football’s biggest fan (I tend to eyeroll every time Sunny demands that I “watch this amazing goal!”) – but I can appreciate the buzz it creates when a big match comes to town.  On Saturday afternoon we walked across the barrage to the fanzone down The Bay and had so much fun mingling with the fans and enjoying the pre-game atmosphere 🙂  (Bungle had the most fun, he was a big hit with the Juventus fans..!)


There was plenty to do (watch a couple of friendly games on the floating pitch, score a goal, see the trophy, EAT…); the best thing we did was this photo.  Bungle’s getting so much heavier now – but he was just about light enough to be held up for long enough to have this picture taken!



We stopped in Eli Jenkins for a drink and a hotdog on their football themed tables outside 🙂

Mingled with the fans…
Then we took the Aquabus back to Penarth and went home to watch the game.  On the way these armed police whizzed alongside the boat and playfully accused the kids on board of being pirates 🙂  The police (and organisers) clearly did a bang up job of keeping everyone safe and happy.

I’m still not a football fan, but proud of the city and everyone involved in putting on a great event 🙂

Isle of Fire

I love those long summer days when you spend the day whole day out in the sun and then stay out long after it sets.  Saturday was one of those days – definitely my favourite so far this summer.  In the evening we went down to Barry Island to see the return of Isle of Fire; the promenade was transformed with fire sculptures – including a giant, flaming cauldron (very sospan fawr) – lit torches, music and entertainment.  🙂

We started the evening off at Jackson Bay with a sunset picnic.

We drank Cider (Kiwi and Lime Cider is a new discovery; when Sunny told me about it I thought it sounded completely rank, but it’s actually really, really nice – light and refreshing and almost too easy to drink…)

…we dipped our toes in the sea (brrrrrrrrrrr!)...

…and Cath and I finally tried out the ‘Go’ part of Pokemon Go and got to see what all the fuss is about 🙂  We trotted around the beach trying to get it to work and eventually I found a Magikarp flopping around right there on the beach.  It’s cute, not sure if I’m that into it yet… I’m sure I’ll start gushing and walking into street lamps with everyone else if I come across a Snorlax though…


As the sun was setting we walked around to Whitmore Bay to see the Isle of Fire already ablaze.

The best bit of the whole night by a long way were the drummers.  Dressed in a bizarre space age pierrot-esque getup and Kiss facepaint, they appeared out of nowhere on the promenade with their light drums and percussion and were a brilliant surprise 🙂









International Food & Drink Festival

Hands down one of my favourite things about summer is going to the International Food Festival in Cardiff Bay.  I’m not saying that I salivate for it every year and starve myself the day before hand to make room for all the food… but yeah, I kinda do.  Going to this year’s festival was extra special; not only was it my first back living in the ‘Diff, but it was also my Mum’s birthday – which meant we could be extra indulgent.  Not that it’s difficult, with the smell of barbecue, paella, burgers, sausages and welsh cakes griddling away being conveniently wafted in your directions by the wind coming in off the Bay, you just can’t help yourself! 😉





Joe’s is practically a family tradition for us – we can’t see that Joe’s sign and not have an ice-cream 🙂  I’d recommend the Welsh Cake flavour if you’re into chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream – while my Dad enjoyed Key lime.  Best ice cream in Wales (and to us, probably the world).


Don’t forget to stop by Perfick Pork for a bit of sausage.  My Dad was taken with their Bubble and Squeak sausages and bought a couple of packs, but definitely give the Strawberry Jam and Black Pudding a go if you’re there!  Yum!












Also worth a look while you’re around; Gilly’s, whose Apple Balsamic Vinegar is off the charts lush, and also – a firm favourite with my brother and I ever since we were kids – The Fudge Box. Speaking of which, I’m off to sit in front of the telly with my box of fudge and a cup of tea.  Hwyl! 🙂