Category Food

La Yuan

I have not been this excited by a new restaurant in a long time. If you’re long-time readers of this blog, you’ll know that we lived in Chengdu, Sichuan in China for a year from 2013-2014, and since coming back to the Toon, we’ve badly missed the food we grew to love there. But then […]

Chaophraya, intu Eldon Square

The new food court in Eldon Square has been causing quite a buzz, and it can be hard to choose which new restaurant to dine at. We were excited to be invited to the VIP night for Thai restaurant Chaophraya. One of our favourite cuisines, and with a rooftop terrace to boot, were we in for […]

American-style Afternoon Tea at Karbon Grill

Who’s ever had an American-style afternoon tea before? Not us! So, when we were invited to Karbon Grill to try their American Sharing Tower we were intrigued to see whether this would be a welcomed alternative or whether we should just stick with the classic. Read on to find out more! Karbon Grill is the […]

Scoop and Bean

You are going to think I’m crazy doing an ice cream review in October, especially when this morning (*EDIT – I started writing this on Tuesday!) was so foggy and cold and definitely Autumn weather, but by lunchtime in South Shields the sun was shining and I couldn’t resist stopping by new ice cream parlour Scoop […]

House of Tides, Newcastle

Ever since House of Tides opened on the Quayside I’ve wanted to visit. Then they got a Michelin star and I was desperate to go. MrJ, knowing me so well, booked a table as a surprise for our 5 year wedding anniversary (how have we been married for that long?).  I didn’t intend to blog about it, […]

Time Banhmi

Just a quick little post. So, I had lunch at Vietnamese cafe Time Banhmi the other day and it was fantastic. It’s on Grainger Street, just a short walk from Monument Metro station, and it’s the perfect place to stop for lunch if you like Asian cuisine. I’m actually kicking myself that it took me this long to […]

5 Alternatives to Chain Restaurants in Newcastle

When confronted with choosing a place for dinner, it’s so easy to just end up at a chain restaurant – even if that wasn’t your intention! Why? They are reliable, there is usually something on the menu to please everyone, and they are everywhere.  But we’re lucky in Newcastle to have lots of independent restaurants […]