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Eating Out in Leeds – Food Tour of The Light

Best Cocktails in Leeds - Firelake

Before Christmas I was invited out for a Food Tour of The Light in Leeds. Gone are the days when The Light was a destination for me as a teenager  – a trip to the cinema followed by all you can eat Chinese! The Light is now a foodie destination with options varying from a light snack to grab on the go, to going all out on a special meal with cocktails to follow.

Instead of trying a meal at one of the vast variety of restaurants on offer for eating out in Leeds, we were taken on a tour of restaurants with one course at each destination – a fun way of mixing up your evening out. We started at George’s Great British Kitchen for a cocktail and their amazing sweet shop inspired menu did not disappoint.

Best Cocktails in Leeds

Knowing we had a long night ahead of food and drink, I opted for a shorter, lighter cocktail in their Parma Violet offering (who can resist a Parma Violet flavoured anything? Not me!), but the other girls had some amazing candy floss concoctions in the Candy Annie. By all accounts the cocktails were super sweet, but definitely a hit and with a variety of deals on cocktails every day it’s definitely worth a pit stop.

Firelake Restaurant Leeds

We continued on to FireLake, a restaurant tucked away inside The Radisson Blu hotel, but unlike any hotel restaurant I’ve ever visited. We were seated for our starters amongst their plush high backed booths and chic tiled floor, a mural and hanging fire pit just around the corner. For anyone staying at The Radisson Blu, you’d be mad to order room service to your door and miss out on this incredible decor.

Gin Cocktails in Leeds at Firelake

We tried a range of starters from the FireLake menu, which puts a Yorkshire twist on it’s Minnesota roots with locally sourced produce. Unexpected cocktails were served by the most enthusiastic cocktail bartender I’ve ever come across, who brings his signature style into the menu he created. The staff were knowledgable and clearly proud – I think FireLake was my favourite place on the tour and I’d love to try their full menu next time I’m eating out in Leeds.

Food Tour of The Light Leeds

Brazilian Steakhouse Leeds

Next on our food tour of The Light wouldn’t have been a personal choice for me as I don’t eat red meat, but we had a table reserved at Estabulo, The Light’s Brazilian all-you-can-eat offering. We were provided with a token to show the serving staff whether you were too full of meat or hungry for the next round and the meat just kept on coming with pork belly, sirloin steak, sausage and chicken thighs amongst their menu. I was mostly interested in the salad bar, though, that offered fresh sushi, a cheese selection (including this amazing carved beauty pictured below) and some meaty beans which are always my favourite BBQ/grill dish of choice!

Estabulo Leeds Salad Bar

We rolled out of Estabulo wondered how we were going to squeeze in a pudding from round the corner at Turtle Bay, but the banana and toffee cheesecake was calling my name. With a colourful Caribbean vibe throughout, Turtle Bay seated us at a long wooden bench with vibrant chairs. Still in keeping with the theme, the puddings were served in worn looking enamel dishes – I was a little upset the end of my cheesecake seemed to have gone missing, but really I didn’t have enough room for that extra bite anyway ;)

Best Puddings in Leeds

The Light is found on The Headrow in Leeds with around 16 places to eat and drink inside.

Loves x xx

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Eating Out In Amsterdam: The Avocado Show

Best Places for Brunch in Amsterdam - The Avocado Show

A brunch spot entirely dedicated to the avocado? Well yes, we HAD to visit The Avocado Show in Amsterdam, for research purposes of course! Near the Heineken Experience and I Amsterdam sign, The Avocado Show is open for breakfast and lunch, but closes by 5pm so make sure you make your day time eating plans around this amazing avocado heaven!

Eating Out in Amsterdam - The Avocado Show

Places To Eat in De Pijp Amsterdam

We arrived around 11am and were seated straight away, but shortly after that the restaurant became extremely busy and there were a whole bunch of people waiting outside for a table at some point during the brunch period. There is a lovely vintage shop down the road if you’re stuck waiting for a while, though.

It might seem like an obvious thing to say, but just in case, if you don’t like avocado this is not the place for you. You might get away with ordering the nachos and not eating the avocado dips, but even the fresh smoothies have avocado in.

Where to eat near Heineken Experience in Amsterdam

The Avocado Show Amsterdam

The food at The Avocado Show is hands down the prettiest food I’ve ever been served

I went for a chicken sandwich, which was a chunk of crusty bread topped with truffle mayonnaise, an entire avocado sliced up, several slices of chicken and topped with pea shoots and edible flowers. Anywhere that serves pea shoots instead of standard salad gets an A++ from me!
Stu ordered a whole avocado cut in half and stuffed with hummus – it was topped with various spices and edible flowers and was an excellent taste combination. We got some nachos on the side that were basic, but covered in tasty cheese and came with a rich avocado dip.

Drinks wise Stu chose an avocado based smoothie, which was deliciously creamy and contained no milk. I chose an espresso, which you’ll be glad to hear contained no avocado!! They also have fresh orange juice, made in house.

Avocado Restaurant Amsterdam

Eating Out In Amsterdam

The restaurant seating of dreams

I loved the decor too – one wall was painted mint green with pink booth seating – the restaurant seating of dreams! The wall opposite was a textured grey that looked like an old industrial wall. I loved the effect, but it looked like it took ages to create so I’ll probably avoid trying that at home. Other areas were created with floor to ceiling greenery and there were cute cacti and green potted plants on every table. The decor in the bathroom was gorgeous too, they’ve really put care and attention into the place.

Instagram Brunch Spots Amsterdam

Vegetarian Food in Amsterdam

The Avocado Show can be found on Daniël Stalpertstraat in Amsterdam
Open 7 days a week, 8.30am – 5pm
Card payments only, no cash
More info on their Facebook page

Avocado Cafe in Amsterdam

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