Hello, my lovely people. It’s been a hot moment since I last blogged. So, to help get my writing flow back, I’ve decided to introduce a new series to Filer Chapters’ Inspired by one of my favourite writers The Little Plum, I’ve decided to start posting weekly catch-ups. So, without much further ago – here’s to my week in Geordie Land from 25th – 30th March:
My Week in Geordie Land: 25th March – 30th March
Ladies, Wine and Design – Photography Workshop
On Wednesday night, I headed to a photography masterclass hosted by Marion from Ladies, Wine and Design Newcastle. L.W.D is a wonderful collective that regularly hosts workshops and/or parties to champion local female. Essentially, you get to try your hand at a creative task – such as photography – with the added bonus of drinking wine, eating cheese and have a chinwag with other females.
Overall, the night was a complete hoot! I tried my hand at shooting flat-lays (see photo above) and met some lovely like-minded ladies. Another added bonus is the cheese and vino that is provided. Let me be totally honest with you guys: I recently discovered that I have IBS and shouldn’t eat any cheese. But I have my flaws – with one of them is a lack of willpower, especially when it comes to food. So in true (piggy) form, I tried a small bit of the truffle oil combination. Big mistake. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. In summary, I may have had almost a full block of cheese which made me feel ill. But I have no regrEATS.
Safe to say I had an amazing time and would urge you to visit a L.W.D night if you can! It’s not just based in Newcastle. There are groups all over the UK so have a little Google if it sounds up your street.
A Small Rant: People Take Social Media Too Seriously
Towards the end of my week in Geordie Land, I headed to the Baltic art gallery with a pal. Afterwards, we were drained from soooo much culture (I’m kidding) so we headed to the Great British Cupcakery for a coffee pitstop.
If I were to be totally honest – the cake was bang average. Which you wouldn’t think, considering the place was completely jam-packed. However, whilst I’m all for supporting local businesses – it’s clear that people were mostly here to take a photo for the ‘gram. I get it – it’s a beautiful location. I also captured a photo. However, after getting the shot, I put my phone down and carried on chatted to my friend.
In comparison, I noticed that a couple of groups spent a good 10 minutes perfecting their food flat-lay. Then after nailing the said shot, they would sit fixated with their phone as they edited each photo to perfection. Next would be a scroll on Instagram as they sat in silence with their friends. It just made me feel sad. Why are some people more engrossed with their online friends than their IRL friends?
Unfortunately, it gets worse too. Once they left, the waitress would clean up the remains of their food flat lay. I’m not exaggerating when I say that a good 75% of the cupcakes and freak-shakes were still left. This turned the sadness into anger. Shouldn’t there be a line between consuming for the experience and consuming for social media?
Breaking News: I Made Brunch Rather Than Buying It
On a more positive note, on Saturday morning I used the ‘Lean in 15 Veggie’ cookbook to make some cheesy eggy bread. I should actually mention that I’m not actually a vegetarian. But as someone who eats a lot of vegetables, I spotted the cookbook in Tesco and had a cheeky flick through. After realising it was a simple cookbook where you didn’t need tarragon, a hobbit heart or any other rare ingredients, I picked it up. Safe to say, I’m now obsessed. So much so that it’s inspired me to try and give up my daily Greggs bacon baps and budget soup for lunch. I am actually going to try and get my life together by meal prepping. Watch this space.
I Did, However, Buy Lunch – And It Was Delicious
On Saturday afternoon, the boy drove us 1 hour North to the beautiful seaside town, Amble. But in true British weather – it started pouring down as soon as we arrived there. So instead of getting our steps in on a beach walk, we decided to get our calorie intake in and headed to Sea and Soil. It was our first time visiting the family-run business but it certainly won’t be our last.
Naturally, the menu was full of fish focused dishes – which in my eyes, is the perfect scenario. There’s only one thing I love more than a fish dish and that’s brunch. So imagine how happy I was after discovering that their breakfast menu ran all day.
After humming and hawing between at least 80% of the menu, I finally settled on crab cakes. Topped with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce making it the ideal combo. M went for the octopus salad with beef bits and samphire. Luckily for me, M was very hungover so I got to wolf down my dish and a quarter of his. Anyway, if you live in the North East and fancy some seafood – Sea & Soil is definitely worth the drive up. But learn from our mistakes, and remember to check the weather!
The Rest of my Week in Geordie Land:
So, that’s my week in photos. But as I didn’t plan on this being a series, there are some other shenanigans I got up to:
- Heading to the launch night of Banyan restaurant. It looks beautiful but unfortunately, the place was so packed that I never got a real feel for the place. I am, however, desperate to go back and try the food.
- Attended a podcast workshop. I learnt many things but mostly that creating/ editing/ promoting a podcast is too much work for someone who doesn’t have enough time. So that’s for the future, maybe.
- I also got my cake/ eggy bread/ crab cake-loving arse of mine back to the gym. I pulled a muscle in a very unforgiving place and have spent the full weekend walking like I’ve broken my tailbone. But I went, and that’s my counts, eh guys?
Anyway – enough about me! What have you been up to this week? Alternatively, if you would like more recommendations of things to do in Newcastle – check out my Geordie Land guides.3