On a blustery day in the middle of a particularly hectic December, I took the Park Plaza Cardiff up on an offer to review their ever-popular Escape Package; jumping at the chance to laze by the pool, indulge in 80 minutes of spa treatments, and hit the restaurant to enjoy a two-course solo dinner (and exude some big main-character-energy).
Recently, the hotel has been working on improving its sustainability measures too, so I was keen to find out what’s changed – and what’s to come in 2023.
If you’ve made it one of your new year resolutions to try and eat more seasonal, British produce – these monthly blog posts are for you; demystify ‘seasonal eating’ with some simple info on the fruit, veg, meat & fish in season now, along with some ideas for how to cook & eat it.
With the cost-of-living crisis biting hard, Coed Cadw, the Woodland Trust in Wales, has come up with a guide to its best woodlands for festive – and completely free – winter woodland walks for all the family to enjoy.
Coed Cadw has over 100 sites in Wales, a total area of 2,897 hectares (7,155 acres) which are all free to visit and open every day; plenty of choice to keep you busy during that weird time between xmas and new year.
This year’s Slow Food UK award winners have been named – and four of the Welsh winners are based right here in Cardiff.
Cardiff Farmers Market won best Welsh market, Pettigrew Bakeries picked up best Welsh bakers, Ashton’s was named best Welsh fishmonger, and Oriel Jones won best Welsh butcher (for the second time). Elsewhere in Wales, one of my favourite food businesses, Wrights Food Emporium (pictured above), picked up two awards for best Welsh deli and best Welsh restaurant.