Khao & Bao, previously Bao Wow, is a sister restaurant of the popular Sticks n Broth also located on Balwin Street and the newly opened Bangkok Joes – that I am yet to venture to, but is very much top of my list.
A little over a week ago I was pretty much devastated as a colleague of mine returned to work with the terrible news that Bao Wow had closed down and a quick search on Twitter confirmed this closure. As my favourite lunchtime destination Bao Wow delivered delicious asian flavours for really reasonable prices.
Recently I have been loving the Wriggle app and over the past few months it has helped me to discover some great local restaurants notably Spoke and Stringer (definitely top 3 restaurant in Bristol) and Club Haus which is a great spot for lunch.
I love Asian food, so when I spotted Tuk Tuck passing through to town after work I definitely wanted to give it a try. Luckily not long after it popped up on my Wriggle account which gave me a great excuse to give it a try. With the great offer of any 2 mains, 2 miso and edamame beans for £11 it was perfect for a weeknight meal.
My office is full of some wonderful bakers and as it seems to be someone’s birthday every day of the week I get to sample some excellent cakes.
I was charged with making a dessert for my mum’s birthday lunch so when my lovely colleague Katka made this cake recently I knew it was the one. It’s moist, beautiful and utterly delicious – as my family later agreed. What’s more it was both a birthday cake yet that little bit more, taking it into more of the dessert territory. A little goes a long way with this cake as it is quite rich but I definitely recommend making this.
Having a day off work midweek has been lovely. Not only have I managed to get many boring ‘life-admin’ type jobs out the way, but I have made a batch of these lovely easy-peasy lemon shortbread biscuits. I am not too sure on exactly how many the recipe made in the end. After eating a few this evening, I definitely have a fair few to take into work tomorrow (which I’m sure there won’t be complaints at), as well as being able to keep some at home for my biscuit tin.
A few weeks ago I made this treacle tart after Alvin’s sad departure from the Bake Off for our work’s sweepstake. I was rather pleased with it, especially the pastry which had a crisp, albeit slightly rustic, finish. Mary Berry really does know a thing or two about a bake – this tart should have been very sweet however the lemon really does cut through to make it lighter.
After countless recommendations from friends and an array of Instagram snapshots hinting at the delicious looking, locally sourced and seasonal fares, we made plans to get ourselves to the Ethicurean Restaurant in Wrington, on the outskirts of Bristol, ASAP.