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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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What To Wear For City Exploring: Casual & Colourful

Canada Maple Leaf Photo

The world is just so vast and so beautiful, I am leaving pieces of my heart all over the place and Toronto was no exception, especially when we happened upon Ontario Place on the map, not quite sure what to expect, and wondered into one of the most picturesque places I’ve seen in the flesh.

A public area with greenery, lakefront access and an events space, Ontario Place is the perfect destination for a lovely walk or bike ride and ideal to stop along the way for a picnic sat on the water’s edge.

Best City View in Toronto

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What to wear for city exploring
It can be hard to choose what to wear for city exploring as you’re on your feet all day in busy surroundings, not knowing what you’ll happen upon next. I absolutely love packing my favourite clothing for travelling with, so these clogs by Lotta from Stockholm had to come with me.

They are surprisingly comfortable for a heeled shoe, but if you’ve never worn clogs before I recommend a shorter wear at first – the soles are not flexible so walking in them can take some getting used to. I also always try to pack a small pair of flats in my backpack, too, just in case we end up on a much longer trek than expected and my feet need a fresh sole half way through!

Swedish Hasbeens Lotta From Stockholm Clogs

Casual & Colourful What To Wear For City Exploring Outfit

Another top tip for what to wear for city exploring is layers! Even on a really cold day, you can work up quite a sweat marching from one end of a city to the other and despite going to Toronto in October, they were experiencing quite an unexpected heatwave! I like to wear a vest, top, lightweight cardigan and scarf for city days and pack a raincoat in my back pack if there’s a chance of rain. Thin layers still trap enough heat to keep you warm and are easier to pack away in your bag than a chunky jumper or padded coat.

If you’re going somewhere breezy, always tie up your hair! Anywhere high up (like the CN Tower) or along the water’s edge like Ontario Place will cause havoc with your hair and no one wants to enjoy these amazing views with hair blowing into their eyes and sticking to their lip balm!

Best Views Of CN Tower - Ontario Place

If I spent some extended time in Toronto I would sit on those grass banks and read a book or doodle in my sketchbook while breathing in that fresh lakeside air. What an incredible place to wander around to gather some inspiration and get one of the best views of the CN tower in all of Toronto!

Outfit Details
Silk Blouse | Orla Kiely  //  Heart Necklace & Earrings | Onetenzeroseven  //  Mustard Cardigan | Forever 21  //  Jeans | Dorothy Perkins  //  Vegan Pink Clogs | Lotta From Stockholm

Loves x xx

Best Views Of CN Tower - Ontario Place

Ontario Place is located on Lake Shore Boulevard West in Toronto and is free and open to the public. 

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