Invite. Fancy a festive catch up with Cardiff food and lifestyle bloggers? Yes, please?! Earlier this week I headed to Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff Bay. It is not often I get to be a customer, so was looking forward to trying the food and drink and experiencing the Christmas vibes.
Thomas Restaurant at Future Inn Cardiff decorated with twinkling fairy lights and Christmas trees for the festive season.
On Saturday 30th November 2019, I went to the matinee performance of Jack Whitehall: Stood Up in the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff. I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and left with my cheeks hurting from the laughter. I was disappointed to read the scathing reviews of the tour; the Guardian gave it one star saying, “The comic, who doesn’t seem to have any interest in people or the world, puts on a weak show with anecdotes that ring untrue”. The Metro gave it two stars and Chortle only 2 and a half.
So, let’s put the record straight…
It is the most wonderful time of year… or, at least, it is supposed to be. Yet, for many, Christmas can equal excess expectations and extreme expense or indulgence. Has it all become a bit too ‘extra’ for most of us?
Fortunately, 2019 looks set to be the year that ‘excessmas’ takes a back seat. Research reveals a backlash against the Insta-perfect of prepping, cooking, gorging and one-upmanship shopping.
Did you know that Cardiff is the City of Arcades? A little-known fact about Cardiff is that it has the biggest concentration of Victorian, Edwardian, and modern-day indoor shopping arcades in Britain. These corridors wind through the centre of the Welsh capital, crammed with boutique shops, family-run cafes, independent bookstores, gelato bars, and hidden tea houses.
The Castle Arcade runs opposite Cardiff Castle and features a beautiful gallery with a wooden second-floor balcony and footbridges. One of the longer of Cardiff’s famous Victorian arcades, it is also one of the city’s only two-level shopping arcades other than Cardiff Central Market.