Happy National Pie Week!

Last week (March 6th to March 12th) was a week to celebrate the best of British pies. I went to Brewers Fayre to try their special Beef and Doom Bar Ale pudding, served with cheese and chive mashed potato, a mass of green beans and gravy.

Although it is more of an American treat, I saw this Moon Pie in So Sweet, Barnstaple. Moon Pie is similar to a Wagon Wheel but the biscuit base differs. This is a special Double Decker Moon Pie, a chocolate coated moon pie sandwich with marshmallow filling.

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Christmas is coming to Bideford: Lead up to the Bideford Christmas Lights Switch On 2016

Yesterday afternoon, Bideford Quayside was closed for the Christmas Lights Switch On event. Due to work, I wasn’t able to see the lights switch on, but I visited the fair beforehand. It was very cold but that didn’t stop the many visitors from getting into the Christmas spirit!

There was an opportunity to have a “steam train” ride around the town and free reindeer antlers and Santa hats were being given away for free!

There were lots of rides, hot food stalls and games. We won a teddy!

There was also live music playing from the stage.

Well known characters, including Batman, Peppa Pig and one crazy looking Pikachu walked around greeting everyone.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a few reindeers! They attracted a big crowd and mostly did some eating.


The event closed with some spectacular fireworks from the riverside, which I managed to see! It is less than three weeks to Christmas!

Sunday Lunch at The Royal Hotel, Bideford

We went to The Royal Hotel in Bideford for Sunday lunch. Priced at £10.95, you can choose from roast lamb, turkey or beef and a wide selection of vegetable and trimmings. The beef was too tough for me and the sausages were strangely sweet, but the turkey was lovely and juicy. I was left feeling full very quickly but you can have as much as you like! The Royal Hotel also does a carvery on Tuesday which is £6.95 if you are looking to save money.

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Pokemon Go!

Ever since the news broke that Pokemon Go was to be released, I have been very excited to play this game! Pokemon first came out in the late nineties when I was growing up so it holds a lot of childhood memories for me. I used to watch the anime on TV (the first season is the best in my opinion!), collect the trading cards and buy the merchandise (I owned a bag of Pokemon marbles!). Since then, although Pokemon is still popular, it never hit the crazy heights as it back then. Until now.

Pokemon Go has everybody in love with Pokemon again. When the game first came out, it was all over the news and the internet. Everytime I go out, there are always many people of various ages playing the game, and I am one of them. I have been playing for about a month now and have reached level 19!

One of the highlighted features of the game is the use of the camera for AR (Augmented Reality) purposes. It allows the player to catch the Pokemon using the visual captured through the camera, making it seem like the Pokemon is in real life in front of you. You can also take pictures, because everyone likes to capture the moment. Some users on Twitter has taken photos of Magikarp in a frying pan or a Pidgey talking to a pigeon.

I didn’t manage to catch such amazing shots but I have taken a few photos of Pokemon. These photos are from Bideford and London.

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Dratini outside East of the Water Restaurant, Bideford

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Lickitung ready to fight at Victoria Park!

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Golduck came to visit!

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Weedle on the steps of Bideford Quayside

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Magikarp enjoying the view on the London Eye

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Clefairy at the Tower of London

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Hitmonlee at the Canons at the Round, Bideford

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Growlithe at Victoria Park, Bideford

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Golem at Victoria Park, Bideford

 

Italian Kitchen, Bideford

The Italian Kitchen is a small restaurant which sits on Bridgeland Street in Bideford. It has drawn lots of positive reviews from locals and tourists in the area.

We were seated in the back half of the restaurant, and the surroundings were lovely. The furniture and decor made it seem like a rustic Italian garden. On one wall there are blackboards which detail the background of the restaurant, and that all their ingredients are sourced from Italy.

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The menu is fairly simple; split between Pizza and Not Pizza dishes. We opted for the special Campagnola pizza and the lasagne.

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All of the dishes are made using only the wood fired oven, which makes it different to the usual Italian restaurants. The food tasted great – nice and fresh – and the flavours were wonderful. To add, friendly service and reasonable pricing make The Italian Kitchen somewhere to visit if you are in the area!