City living is great for a lot of reasons. I know I love it compared to small town life. Most cities are exciting places to be. You can pop out for a coffee, or a meal, whenever you fancy. You never have to miss out because the bus times were wrong, or you had no way of getting there. Plus points aside (and, honestly, there are a lot of them!) there are some not so great things. Sometimes, city living can get on top of you. We all need peace and quiet sometimes. And, something that’s a particular problem when the sun starts shining; outside space can be hard to come by. I know this at the moment, especially as sometimes when the sun comes out I miss my garden!
With the announcement that Nottingham might be getting its own street food market (yaaaas!), I thought it’d be sweet to round up some of the best street food markets and pop-ups in the UK right now. It’s safe to say that we’re definitely very excited to be getting our very own street food market because it’s something that we feel Notts has been missing for a while. We get the occasional pop-up here and there but nothing as monumental as some of the other street food markets in the UK’s other cities like Manchester and London! Here’s the run-down of the best out there at the moment…
I love finding new coffee shops and cafes when I head away because I love to recommend great places for people to go to when they travel, that’s one of the best things about being a travel and food blogger, the two go hand in hand!
My newest favourite is 3FE. 3FE Coffee were founded by Colin Harmon, an ex-trustee officer for a professional investment fund who worked in Dublin’s financial district. He realised that finance wasn’t really for him and in 2008, quit his job and got a job as a barista and now owns two coffee shops in Dublin city centre and creates some pretty tasty drinks and awesome food. 3FE have locations at Grand Canal St and Sussex Terrace.
I headed to London this weekend to see some of my best friends, do some shopping and also attend a blogger networking event. I love a quick trip to a different city and I had the best time. Check out my Instagram with some snaps from the weekend if you fancy! I explored some new places and absolutely loved Hoxton & Hackney but definitely found that I was missing some essentials that would have made my trip a lot easier.
When you tell people you’ve signed up to run a 5.3k race at 5.30am in the morning, most of them look at you like you’re a bit crazy! I felt a bit crazy as I got up at 4.30am on a Friday morning ready to get in my taxi at 5am and run around Nottingham city centre at half 5 in the morning.
Run 5.30 is an annual event where you can discover your city at a totally unknown time to you by running 5.3k at 5.30 in the morning. It’s a completely different feeling to wandering around the town centre at a normal time and it’s was so cool. The event began in Modena to encourage local people to take part in some physical activity and the creators now have 13 events across Italy, 3 in the UK and 2 in the USA. How great that Nottingham, Derby and Leicester are the UK ones? I think it really puts the East Midlands on the map!
I’ve teamed up with UBER to give you guys a free first ride up to £15! These bad boys are awesome, I use them whenever I’m in London but they’re also available in Birmingham, Bristol, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Dublin, Leeds, Merseyside, Edinburgh, Nottingham and Manchester. Simply sign up and use the code ‘FRIDAYGIRL’ for a free ride. Toot toot!
Just a little bit of exciting news on the blog today. I now have a weekly blogger feature on Grazia sharing my knowledge of my city and what to do for the week & the weekend coming up! This week I featured Suede Bar, an awesome Pizza place just off the Lace Market in Nottingham. You can check them out here and you can check out the post and see what the other bloggers are suggesting from their cities here!
I’ve been away for just over a week from my little blog and I’ve missed it! I had scheduled a few posts so I wasn’t totally silent but I’ve missed all the blogger chats and constant Twitter! But, I’m back now and I thought I’d share a few little photos of my trip to Tokyo.
It was amazing but so tiring. Jet lag has got me and I keep waking up really early and then crashing in the late afternoon because I have no idea what the time is! I’m very glad to be home, and we only just made it out of Narita airport because a snow storm was starting, we were actually the last flight out of Tokyo, which is quite scary because I’d spent literally every last Yen and I wouldn’t have been able to survive all Tom Hanks in the Terminal!