The oh-so-instagrammable Prithvi winter menu


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On my way to the gym I run past the Indian restaurant, Prithvi - gazing longingly at the diners behind the blinds wishing I was doing that instead. One rainy afternoon last week I got my wish, and we sat in their beautifully decorated restaurant - drinking beaut (and I mean BEAUT) wine and sampling crisp mini poppadom appetisers as we waited for the first course.

The first course was Tandoor baked Salmon with beetroot 'ju', cucumber and mango. Light, but rich in taste it was the perfect first dish. To follow was Welsh Lamb, decorated with couscous (and a very pretty flower...), then venison with butternut squash and covered (by the man) in ginger & cinnamon sauce. The third dish was my favourite, nearly topped by the dessert - white choocolate, passion fruit cream and coriander/honey crumble...

Taking pictures of food like this is easily done, and it wasn't style over substance either. A great way to work your way into the winter season (also by forgoing the gym and having lots of food instead)...

From garden pancakes to posh #chelteats grill diners


It has been brought to my attention that I've eaten out a lot recently, I mean I knew this already but maybe I need to stop 'checking-in' so much and also...doing more cooking at home. Breakfast is one weekend meal that we usually do cook at home (albeit that's usually because we can't agree on where to go...), you also can't go wrong with pancakes. And as 'Project Garden' is underway, it also means we can make the most of our new garden seating - including some made.com inspired chevron furniture (found cheaper at homesense), garden lights and potted plants.

Another reason I keep venturing out for dinner is because so many new places keep opening up, including the new Firestation. My frequent dinner chum, Nicola, and I were quite excited about paying this place a visit (especially when we saw cocktails were a large feature of the dinner menu). The dinner was nice, and the cocktails were also pretty special - sat in a bar area decorated with hints of copper decor and a ladder to reach the 'higher' spirits. But the rather large price tag means I plan to keep this place for special occasions, or just the one cocktail.

Another grill place that is actually quite underrated is GridIron, I've been there recently for dinner and 'just drinks'. Staff are attentive and the food is indulgently good (American BBQ ribs, chicken burgers with avocado and smore dessert!) - with two cocktails for £12 I feel it's also a bit nicer on the wallet. 

To end this blog with something sweet...thanks to SoGlos for helping me discover Cheltenham's newest 'Freakshake' spot. Incase you've missed this Instagram trend - Freakshakes are over-the-top ice creams (quite literally) which look like they've come from Frankenstein's Sundae shop. Not quite there, but Blue Dogs Kitchen, are the Cheltenham-based creators. 

Enjoy these recommendations... and if you fancy a good eating out/eating in compromise try Siena Pizza on the Bath Road (Thursdays from 5-8pm) for some amazing stone baked Italian takeaway pizza.