Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Cupcake & Co

The lovely Anne from Cupcake & Co is one of the first people I met when we started Life in a Fine City, and it has been great to watch her business go from strength to strength. Cupcake & Co has recently moved from the market to the rather lovely St Giles Street where she is in the company of Roger Hickman and other independent businesses.

Cupcake & Co is the go to place if you want a delicious cake and she really does have something for everyone with numerous vegan and gluten free options every day, when I stopped by last Saturday I opted for the raspberry vegan slice and it was amazing! I'm not a vegan but you could not tell the difference between this and a regular cake. Working with other local independents you will find coffee from Strangers and hand painted cake plates from a local maker. Not being content with making the best cakes Anne has now branched out into savoury snacks and from the photos I have seen these look like they will deliver when you just don't fancy something sweet (it does happen I am told).







Amber
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

The Black Horse

The Black Horse has recently undergone a transformation from tired pub to contemporary eatery, some of the original features have been kept of course and enhanced like the stunning beams and bookshelves.  
The pubs menu is actually a little bit incredible, they do an amazing Sunday roast, sandwiches, light bites and burgers etc. Everything I've eaten has been to a really high standard. Last time I went I tried the Caponata, it was so flavoursome and comes in a large or light portion, the flatbreads are made on the premiss and you can tell, delicious. I also highly recommend the paprika chips with aioli, so good! The pub is warm for winter with its wood fire, and with plenty of parking round back and ample outside seating outside in the lovely garden, this is the perfect place to spend your summer too.






Ruth


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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

The Rumsey Wells

Norwich used to have a pub for every day of the year, we don't have quite that many now but we do still have some great places to sit and relax, The Rumsey Wells has a real English flavour about it, with pictures of noblemen and top hat lights, named after the hatter Mr.H.Rumsey Wells. This is a real pub with only the best ales and lagers, there's nothing run of the mill in here, the wooden furniture gives it a real tavern feel but you can relax on sofas too. Downstairs in The Underbelly you will find gigs, events and The Rum Bar which is open at the weekends.
The kitchen serves Pieminister pies daily, you can also get other hearty dinners such as sausage and mash or a burger (vegetarian options available...good ones!). The Rumsey boasts the best quiz night in Norwich and also a doodle club, so plenty to keep you entertained.



Ruth


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Monday, 8 February 2016

Takeaway Art

We're a little late to the party with this one but there's still time to get involved in Takeaway Art. Each month a different local artist could be delivered to your door, you can subscribe on a month to month basis, if you like the look of the months offering then sign up for a box, simple!

“Norwich has a fantastic arts community with oodles of undiscovered talent,” said founder Alina Sandu. “I think this will be a great way to find those artists a wider audience.”
Every month Takeaway Art will focus on one Norfolk-based artist, finding out how they work and what inspires them and keeping subscribers up to date on their progress through social media. Then, on the 20th of the month they will take payment for the month’s delivery. A couple of days later the artwork will be wrapped in takeaway boxes and shipped out to customers, before the whole operation starts all over again.
If subscribers decide they would rather take a pass on the work of one artist (art is naturally subjective) it’s only a couple of clicks to opt out before that month's payment. Subscribers who have received nine or more boxes will also have the option of joining the Art Swap, allowing them to once a year send back a piece of art they no longer want in exchange for a new one.





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Drug Store with Sam

More fashion from the indie stores of Norwich...
I had a feeling if I popped into Drug Store that owner Sam would be wearing most of his stock anyway, I was right he just had to change his trousers and put on the new season Dickies jacket, easy!
Sam describes his style as skate tramp, he wears workwear and clothes that he knows will last for years, he puts this down to his age and ethics, he isn't a fan of throw away fashion.
Sam wears the Dickies Thornton jacket with Horses hooded top, Dickies 873 work trousers in brown, Converse CTA's and a Volume 4 beanie rolled up. All items can be found in store or online.



Ruth







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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Brick Pizza

Brick Pizza opened fairly recently, it's a wood fired pizza bar situated to the side of our historic market, they offer the freshest ingredients lovingly cooked in a state of the art oven. The premises have been renovated to a high contemporary standard and fit in nicely with the beautiful Sir Garnet pub next door. If you're after some soul food too, you can pay £4 to have your name written on the wall and a pizza goes to a less fortunate person.
The pizza is authentically Italian the crusts are meant to be eaten so don't go leaving them on your plate! All tastes are catered for including vegan, they also do takeaway and deliveries through the new service Deliveroo. Brick is already very popular, I'm not sure if pizza will ever not be popular, we just can't get enough!
Ruth

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Ginger with Tiffany

Here's another of our style watch posts for Norwich Fashion week..

I've always admired Tiffany's style from her days as manager of The Birdcage, she always looked impeccable and had her finger on the fashion pulse, I couldn't wait to get her involved in a style post in her current job at Ginger Ladieswear.

Tiff struggled to define her style (I think this shows her adaptability) she said she likes print, pattern, pop colour, mixing vintage with new and is inspired by 60's fashion.

That being said the new Tara Jarmon collection is perfect for her with 60's cut dressed and jackets and flared jumpsuits all in pretty pastels, navy and cream. After trying a few on we all agreed on the pastel pink jumpsuit, with a wide leg and subtle open back just above the hips. A pair of Diane Von Furstenburg 'Michelle' shoes and 'agent' clutch bag in black completed the look.
I adore this outfit, I think Tiff looks stunning, the cut and colour both suit her to a T!





Ruth





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