Friday, 12 July 2013

Some of the best things to do in the sunshine

Finally, we have sunshine! As we are having a lot of really hot days at the moment, I though it was about time that I did a post that describes some of my favourite activities to do during the summer seasons. Staying in definitely isn't on the list!

So, here it goes...

1. Have a picnic.

I love picnics, and I even have my very own picnic basket. A top spot of mine in York is the Museum Gardens - it is a lovely location for a picnic, surrounded by beautiful flowers and squirrels, as well as the lovely river that flows through York. It really is a great place to go to relax in the sun.





2. Go to an outdoor swimming pool.

I recently went to the Lido in Ilkley, which was absolutely packed with it being so hot that day, but it was a great way to spend my day. Outdoor pools are great when it's almost too hot to lay in the sun, as you can keep dipping in the pool. The water here was absolutely freezing though as it wasn't heated at all, but you did get used to it...eventually. The pool was also packed full of kids, so you couldn't avoid getting splashed which was the only downfall. It would have been better if the pool had seperate sections for adults and children to avoid this happening (not to sound like a moaning old woman). Apart from that it was great, with some lovely views of Yorkshire.



Image credits - The Culture Vulture

3. Visit the beach.

If you live near a beach, then it's not hard at all to make a visit to one. I think we forget that there are some great beaches around England, such as Cornwall, Bournemouth and Great Yarmouth. When I was younger (being from Norfolk), I used to visit Hunstanton and always call in to Sandringham on the way home for a stroll in the woods. Cornwall is somewhere that I would definitely like to visit at some point soon. Even if it's just a tiny beach on the coast, they are great places to visit when the sun's shining.

4. Visit a zoo.

I recently went to Chester Zoo and really enjoyed it. If you fancy something a bit more exciting that relaxing by the pool, then a zoo is a great place to go. You can have a wander around looking at the different animals, and then sit in the sunshine whilst eating an ice cream. They are so much better when the weather is nice too, as you can really enjoy being outdoors. See my recent post here which shows you my trip to the zoo along with a range of photographs.



5. Have a barbecue and simply enjoy your back garden!

This is probably my favourite thing to do, as it's rare that I get the time to do this at the minute. But going back to my parents house and relaxing in the back garden on a hot, summers day is just the best feeling for me. I love the feeling of just forgetting all of my worries, enjoying the sun whilst spending time with my family. I love barbecue food too, which is an added bonus! The image below sums it up...


Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Recipe: Feta Pesto Pasta





This is a very quick and easy dish that can be eaten hot as a dinnertime meal or cold as part of a side dish or lunch (I prefer it cold as a side dish for a barbecue or salad). This dish serves two people.



Ingredients:

- 150g penne pasta
- 60g feta cheese, sliced into cubes
-  8-10 teaspoons of sun-dried pesto
- dried basil
- dried garlic

Method:

1. Boil pasta until softened.

2. Drain pasta.

3. Stir in pesto, feta cheese, basil and garlic, and keep on a very low heat until pasta is hot - this should only be a minute or so.

4. Serve.



I often cook this for tea and leave enough for my lunch the following day, as it's such a quick and simple recipe as well as being very cheap. Despite this, it tastes and looks really great!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Fiesta Latina: review


For my birthday I went for a meal at Fiesta Latina in York, a Mexican restaurant close to the river. Being a lover of nachos, I though a mexican restaurant would be a good choice and after doing a bit of research, I discovered this restaurant.

After arriving I definitely thought this was a good choice. The atmosphere was really great; with candlelit tables and cute wooden tables, the setting was quite small and cosy. They offer a range of cocktails and also do discounts, such as half price for students on Tuesdays. The food that we ordered was presented well, with generous portions, reasonable prices and it tasted delicious.

The image above shows the nacho starter to share (Nacho Cowabunga), with chilli con carne and chicken chilli, blended cheese,  bacon bits and scallions, salsa and sour cream. As always, I ate too much of the starter and couldn't finish my main course! But these really were the best nachos I have ever had, with it being the perfect blend of ingredients. The chilli was especially nice, and although I do like spicy food, I can't tackle food that's too spicy however this was just right.

The images below are two of the main courses that were ordered. The first image shows the chilli cheesey hotdog, which (as the title suggests) was coated with chilli and blended cheese. The hot dog was absolutely delicious with it being covered in chilli and cheese, but the portion was just too large for me to manage. The coleslaw was also very tasty, and was a nice bonus to the dish as it mixed well the the hotdog. The second image is the burrito, ordered by my boyfriend. This was a large flour tortilla stuffed with blended cheese and chicken, topped with sour cream, salsa and guacamole. Again, a very large portion! 

Overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant if you like mexican food and can handle big portions - I would give it an 8 out of 10.