Dining out on a budget – Bundobust Leeds Review

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 “The weekend is upon us we should all take the time to do the things we love with family and friends” someone wise once said.

You may have noticed that street food is having a bit of a moment. But this fast food is not a new thing; far from it. It seems to date back to ancient times when poor people visited the marketplace, soups, pitta breads and meats.

How funny that something once looked down upon is now something we desire? It’s a funny old world isn’t it.

In my home town of Leeds it’s a common sight to walk past a pop up shop or marketplace filled with street food stalls from different nationalities, creating a theatre of flavours that are hard to resist.

When you think about it, street food has all the ingredients of a perfect weekend moment, why- because its cheap, tasty and great fun!

5 reasons to enjoy street food this weekend

  • Great Value – At around £5 a dish, street food is convenient and good value meaning more money to spend on other things
  • Relaxed environment – The scene is so popular it seems to have evolved, from the streets to the food halls and canteens. All this makes for a no pressure, non pretentious environment that’s perfect for a weekend meet up. Of course you can still gather in a marketplace for a more authentic experience. StreetFood.org.uk has kindly gathered together a list of popular UK Street food to make finding a market near you easier.
  • Small delights. As with life it’s the little things that count. Street food often comes in little pots so you don’t have to choose just one dish, you can have 3 or 6 or however many you like. We all know new and exciting experiences make life more interesting after all.
  • Mango beer. Many of the street food vendors sell craft beer. Would it be wrong to say the perfect weekend moment needs alcohol? No? I agree. Look out for the mango beer, this stuff is like nectar. Hunt it out and enjoy, you haven’t tasted anything like it.
  • Add friends (see below)

Bundobust In Leeds Yorkshire Bloggers Lunch Meet – May

Bundobust  in Leeds serves scrummy Indian vegetarian dishes from the comfort of their quirky colourful canteen. It is a collaboration between Prashad restaurant and The Sparrow Bier Cafe. After the success of sold out events, the team made Leeds Mill Hill their permanent home.

It’s the perfect venue for meeting friends, and wile away some serious hours chatting. Which is exactly why I arranged the May Yorkshire Bloggers Lunch Meet there.

The food was fantastic. My faves are Vada Pav a spicy mash potato burger and the black lentil curry all served in manageable pots (I’d recommend 3 dishes)   Plus the Okre fries are so tasty. Okre is super high in fibre and vitamins. Bonus!

We all tucked in, there was barely a word was spoken the food was so tasty (that rarely happens on our lunch meets)  As usual it was great to meet some new faces and once again see some familiar ones all becoming friends. And this is the very reason I started to arrange the meet ups in the first place!  If you are from Yorkshire and want to join us for the next one drop me a tweet or email.

Happy weekend everyone!

Bloggers at May Lunch Meet

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The Bohemian town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire

Every two months a group of us meet up for our Yorkshire Blogger’s “lunch meet ups”. It’s an open invitation and arranged via Twitter a few weeks prior.

March’s lunch meet up was in the quirky market town of Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

Sheltered within the Calder valley, Todmorden feels like a million miles from Leeds, where I live. We arrived after an hour long drive, (largely down to a wrong turn on my part) greeted by green hills and woodland, offset by rows of cosy, stone cottages, steeped in history.

But Emmerdale farm this is not. Todmorden, like many rural towns is attracting a younger breed of house hunters looking for alternative living, and it’s easy to see why. It’s brimming with vintage charm, Cafes, bars, gift shops. Galleries sit next to delis that serve locally sourced delights, whilst antique centres house everything from the unusual to the truly bizarre.  Its a haven for those of us who love a good  old rummage or just want to escape the hustle and bustle.

A hotbed of creativity?

Todmorden sits near to the increasingly trendy Hebden bridge, a funky former mill town in the Pennines. Now it’s not just those who want a quiet life who reside there. Both towns are a hotbed for cultivating creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. In the past creativity of all kinds has thrived in cities, London in particular. But after chatting to blogger Adelle, from our group, who owns H is for Home, it seems attitudes to country living are changing. Now these two towns are attracting the cool kids, artists, musicians and small business owners looking to explore opportunities, such places offer, after being priced out of the city.

We ate at Site Pizzaria, a charming new pizzeria in Todmorden, explored the antiques centre, and took pictures of the quirky corners of the town that caught our eye.

 

 

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We are an intrepid bunch of bloggers and are constantly looking for new things and new people, so following our lunch we went on to visit a team who run Fundevogel, a new “fairy tale art cafe” who had asked us to visit.

After hiring a simple lock up the twosome plan to turn their canalside space a vibrant hub for emerging artists and bands.

On returning home, I was curious.. I love living in the city but is city life still where it’s at or should we be looking to rural retreats to let our creativity run free?

What do you think?

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Yorkshire Bloggers

The Tofu Diaries

H is for Home

Angel of the North

P.S Are you a blogger who lives in Yorkshire? Join us on the next Yorkshire Bloggers Lunch in May!

If you live in Yorkshire and want to come to the next lunch meet up in May tweet me @­_stylecreative and get involved! #yorkshirebloggers

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Anna from Angel in the North Blog

 

 

 

 

 

Things only bloggers will understand. #bloggerproblems

As a blogger it can often feel like you are the only one in the world who can struggle with the little, let’s say frustrations the blogging world can throw at you. Perhaps it’s issues with WordPress , demanding brands or maybe you’re wondering whether to go self hosted and need some advice.

You also want to do more with your blog, know more and explore more. You want to continuously improve and discover what works, because maybe this will work for you. Talking to other bloggers (and not just via Twitter) can provide a wealth of opportunity and a real arena for sharing advice, knowledge and experience.

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Cue Yorkshire Bloggers Lunch meets

From this need, our bi monthly Yorkshire Bloggers lunch meet ups were born.

Living in a city I have been fortunate enough to join a number of brilliant blogger networking events and have got to know a few faces quite well. After one workshop we all agreed we wanted a day to meet up away from any brands and work, chill –out, chat and enjoy a spot of lunch too (why not!).

We have since had two lunch meet ups so far. It’s really great to regularly meet up with a group of people who just “get” blogging.

We also use the lunch meet ups to explore different places in Yorkshire. There are so many amazing places to visit.

We plan to meet up every two months. The last one was in November when we met at Mill Kitchen in Farnsley. This time we visited Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds. Belgrave is an independent food venue with music, film and foodie corners across three floors. It has an almost bohemian feel to it which is right up my street. The food was really tasty and great value for money, in fact it was so good I visited again this weekend. They had a really quirky roof garden that would be ideal for a glass of wine or a cold beer (or five) when the weather gets warmer.

The next one will probably be In March. I will be tweeting under the #Yorkshirebloggers tag nearer the time.

So If you are a blogger and live in Yorkshire tweet me @_stylecreative and come along next time! Or if you don’t live nearby why not see if a there are like minded bloggers in your area and meet for lunch. Networking in a powerful thing. You never know what you could learn from a casual chat from a like minded person.

In the spirit of sharing the love, check out this list of awesome bloggers who came to January’s lunch meet.

Brilliant bloggers. From veggie bloggers to Photography and online vintage.

The Tofu Diaries

Grandma Eileen’s Vintage

Natasha Cadman Photography

Jen Little Birdie

Dancing Through The Fire

Juggle Mum 

H is for Home

 

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Laura from Grandma Eileens vintage experimenting with angles. Whilst we did the “I’m casual in front of the lens not so casual, pose”

 

 

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Natasha and the selfie stick. A modern handbag essential according to Nadine

 

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