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)...

Post-wedding planning Cheltenham treats & eats


I'm aware I should be sharing my wedding-planning breakdown here, but I have to say it's going swimmingly (queue disastrous event/supplier dropout). Early on I discovered the Bridebook app, which helps keep tabs on your guestlist/spending/suppliers - very useful. The geek in me hasn't been able to avoid creating a 'spending spreadsheet' though. Weddings require a hella lot of planning, starting with the invites...thankfully I happen to know a very good wedding stationery designer which helps (read: shameless plug).

Safe in the knowledge that wedding plans are under control, I've been sampling more Cheltenham delights. We started on a trip to the food festival, with it's pricey entrance fee, and massive queues - we made the smart decision to eat elsewhere - venturing to Grid Iron which is always good and probably a little bit underrated. The future bride in me went for the 'healthier' chicken burger (but couldn't say no to onion rings), whilst Wes had a massive American burger. Another gluttonous trip was to an oldy-but-a-goody - The Boston Tea Party for baked cheesecake (no self control when it comes to cake), before some more gluttonous behaviour in the form of purchasing Peonies (my favourites). 

A more successful event for us was 'Montpellier Day', in, you've guessed it...Montpellier. Full of classic cars, food/craft stalls and even a fortune teller (!). With it's beautiful parks and Cotswold bunting decorating the streets, good ol' Cirencester is also worth a visit when the sun is out....