For me, January is about catching up with friends after the festive season and somehow it always involves food. Since I’m trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, I’m making a more conscious effort to choose lighter options when dining out. Even though I see eating out as a treat (meaning I always go for the naughty option) I’m trying my…

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It’s time for peri peri spices to move aside, as there’s some new jerk flavours that are set to shake up our dining experience in Newcastle. I’m talking about the new Caribbean bar and restaurant, Turtle Bay, which is due to open in Newgate Street. Inspired by the beach shacks and street hawkers from across the Caribbean Islands, Turtle Bay…

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    The first time I visited to Sohe, in Jesmond, was last year when I had the pleasure of interviewing its head chef. I remember the venue looked absolutely stunning and I’ve always wanted to return, but being a Sunderland-girl and working six days a week I’ve just never had the time. So, I was very excited when I…

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Yesterday Eve Purdy and I were invited, as part of ETC magazine, to an exclusive taster lunch at The Botanist, in Monument Hall, Newcastle. The invitation welcomed us to take a tour around the new venue, sample their food menu and have a cocktail or two, before its official opening on December 15. Arriving at a small door opposite Waterstones,…

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