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Review: Pizza Pronto – Penarth

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Pizza Pronto kiosk Penarth

The peculiar little shack near Penarth train station has some new residents, in the form of Pizza Pronto, a new artisan pizza takeaway, which opened today (30 June).

The Penarth Kiosk is officially the town’s smallest business premises, and you can definitely tell as you squeeze past the two people stood inside to get a better look at the menu, and they have to move outside. However, what Pizza Pronto may lack in space, it makes up for in really, good, pizza.

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Getting back on the ole’ blog horse

It’s so easy to find an excuse not to do something, but it seems so stupid when it’s finding an excuse to not do something that you enjoy. It’s been a while since I’ve been here, but I’m in a much better place now, and have been stacking up the posts in my head, and on my camera.

I’ve been via London and I’m back in Cardiff now, which seems to be having a bit of a moment. There’s been a few interesting openings recently, and a few scheduled over the coming months. I like Cardiff and I want to be part of that. So making this public is making things official to me. Watch this space.

Restaurant Review: The Kings Arms Pentyrch

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Kings Arms Pentyrch Dining room

After a brief drive through the Pentyrch countryside, the Kings Arms almost sprung out on us from the lovely village it is found in. Taken over recently by Otley Brewing Company, the newly renovated Kings Arms has only been open since February, working on the philosophies of: using locally sourced foods, creating innovative seasonal menus, and operating as sustainably as possible.

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Purple Poppadom: Deep Blue menu review

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I’ve never been a particularly lucky person (10 near-death experiences and counting). However, I was fortunate enough to win one of seven spots to taste the new Deep Blue menu at Purple Poppadom in Cardiff. This nouvelle Indian cuisine restaurant has already won the award for Welsh Curry House of the year 2012 after being open for less than a year!

Head chef Anand George has so far done an amazing job of creating an Indian restaurant so unbelievably far removed from the garish tikka massalas and ghee-laden curries people unfortunately think of when mentioning Indian food. Constantly updating and reinventing menus, Deep Blue is the newest offering from the Cowbridge establishment.

The menu we sampled was still in its final trial stages and we were giving feedback throughout the evening. So if you do head down and the menu is even better, I’d like to think I had a helping hand in that! Each course is served with an accompanying beer or cider which is an interesting twist to the usual wine accompaniment.

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Christmas music in Cardiff’s independent eateries

Music and food in the Welsh capital

Music and food in the Welsh capital

Some people love it, some people absolutely hate it, but whatever your opinion, there’s certainly no avoiding it. Christmas music is blasted into our ears and souls from as early as September these days. Maybe it is to be expected, but how do you feel when you’re eating in a restaurant from November onwards and Christmas music is playing?

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Purple Poppadom restaurant launch

Restaurant openings and launches in this economic time can be very tricky. You really need to nail it and promise something different – especially in a city already full of Indian restaurants. Yet for Anand George’s Purple Poppadom – a nouvelle-Indian restaurant, I don’t think this will be a problem.

Anand George, award-winning Indian chef, was responsible for bringing the culinary delights of Mint and Mustard to Cardiff, as well as Chai Street. He has also worked in some of the most prestigious five star restaurants in London and Mumbai.

So what makes Purple Poppadom so different?

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Rockin’ around the Christmas tea/Stop the carvery

For the past six years of my life, I have worked on Christmas Day in my parent’s restaurant.

This admission is usually greeted by shocked faces, concerns about how I cope, and even more concern about what time I finally get my Christmas dinner and open my presents (usually around 9pm for those who are interested).

How do I survive? Well, one way is to ensure that East 17 – Stay Another Day (the band’s one and only number one single, topping the Christmas chart in 1994) is heard at least three times during the day.

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