Thursday, 12 February 2015

LIFE: A Weekend In Sheffield

I love Sheffield, it's absolutely no secret at all.

Sheffield feels like home and it was a big part of my life for the four years I spent there for uni and in my post-grad year.

It's familiar, it's friendly and it is somewhere I know I can see myself moving back to one day.

This weekend was Emily's pre-birthday weekend. I jumped on the bandwagon a little late as I thought I would be away but HOORAY I was able to make that trip up North and see the ever-decreasing group of friends that are still there..everyone seems to slowly be branching out these days!

Sheffield holds a lot of memories for me and there's just something about it, y'know? Something that puts me at ease, leaves a constant grin on my face and, I'll admit, everytime I drive down Eccy Road I can't help but smile ear to ear, remembering my four years of fun there.

For Em's birthday we had tickets to see Quantic at Night Kitchen (what used to be DLS for all of you ex-Sheffielders).

Pre's were planned at our friends that lives down near Victoria Quays - THE nicest apartments. One beds with the most beautiful bare brick. Exactly the kinda place I want to find for myself in the next couple of years. It reminded me a little of Anne Hathway's place in Love and Other Drugs, but less of the big windows and high ceilings, just so cosy. And naturally we had to have something to eat...

Hummus, tzatziki, balsamic and wholemeal pittas - lining the stomach without bloating it, y'know? And a random addition of muesli Onken yoghurts and juices. Oh and gin, always gin.

We headed down to Riverside, a pub I've spoken about before. The vibe was great - a dj playing chilled out reggae which is always a winner with us. A few others met us before we headed down to Night Kitchen around midnight.

The location of Night Kitchen always blows my mind a little - it's basically a converted warehouse so you're constantly moving onto different levels, little rooms, big rooms,'s pretty cool but very basic, as you'd imagine.

We saw a few othe DJ sets before Quantic who, I must admit, played a bit of a mixed bag set-wise.

As we were COMPLETE dirty stop outs, finally getting to bed around 7am...we had a little lie in. By little, I mean around 4 hours of sleep - when the sun's up, we're up unfortunately.

We ventured out for a spot of breakfast, meeting a couple of other friends at the lovely Somewhere Else Coffee house and Bakery at Banner Cross (further up the hill of Eccy Road from Endcliffe Park)

Somewhere Else is a lovely family run business - by mother and daughter - with such a nice atmosphere. I absolutely love the d├ęcor and the staff are so lovely! We turned up about half an hour before they closed (GREAT planning as always!) but they were pleased to still accommodate for us, despite staying open longer than they had intended. And, as you can see above, a lovely place AND has toilet door pep-talks.

As always, when I'm with Emily, we go a bit crazy with our food orders. I opted for scrambled eggs, avocado, tomatoes and mushrooms on homemade bread. The mushrooms were cooked so nicely and the bread was delicious. The eggs were a little hard for my liking - I pretty much like them to touch the pan and be served up!

We also all decided on a mixed berry smoothie - which went down a treat - and a peanut butter slab.

Now, I am a huge advocate of peanut butter...but, my god, the peanut butter slab was OUT OF THIS WORLD. Like, incredible. I won't lie, taking a photo of it didn't even cross my mind. I cut it up a tiny bit at a time to try and kid myself into thinking I wouldn't eat before my actual breakfast had arrived...but in around 5 minutes, half of it had already been demolished. 

And, I can't not give it a mention - this tea strainer. I need it in my life.

Oh, there he is in the background - that cheeky little peanut butter slab. It may not look like a lot but it is genuinely a taste sensation. Yep, it really is!

I would definitely recommend a visit there - the girls said their coffees were great too and, as an ex-barista -  a good barista gets a cafe a long way!

We had a slow wander back to the house (via the shop for coconut water) in the lovely sunshine and decided needs must - we all jumped in bed, shut the curtains, put Frozen on and had a little nap.

What a wonderful weekend!



  1. That peanut butter slab looks immense!!! Was it pure peanut butter or did it have something like biscuit broken up in with it? I need to recreate this! x

  2. Oooh a lovely weekend indeed :) We're looking to move to Sheffield (currently in Manchester) next year so I must start exploring! The Somewhere Else Coffee House looks and sounds amazing :)

  3. I've never been to Sheffield but really want to go! Looks like you had a fab time. I totally want that strainer as well, it is awesome! x

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