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Urban Mushrooms at Tyneside Bar Cafe

The YMCA Newcastle has embarked on a social enterprise venture in a bid to becoming more self-sustaining. One of these ventures – Urban Mushrooms – particularly interested me with its environmental and social agenda. Collecting the used coffee waste from…
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The Herb Garden at the Harbour – Evening Meal

Following on from our slightly disappointing lunch in the summer at Herb Garden’s Harbour restaurant (which you can read about here) I took my sister along for an evening meal recently. Some places do deserve a second chance as off-days…
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Handmade Burger Co returns to the Metrocentre

It was with some sadness earlier in the year that we discovered chain Handmade Burger Co had fallen into administration. It was with a little bit of selfishness on our part as this one of the few restaurants that had…
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Hinnies, Whitley Bay

One of my favourite places to eat – and recommend – is Blackfriars in Newcastle. As well as a seasonal menu focused on local produce, it also accommodates dietary requirements such as my own. Its sister restaurant in Whitley Bay…
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Wildflower Cafe relocates to Gateshead

Wildflower’s closure on Westgate Road earlier in the year was a disappointing turn of events in the vegan community. At a time when plant-based food is gaining popularity, it was a shame to see the cafe (and Sweet Memories at…
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Give something back this Black Friday with Ethical Superstore

We may be currently bombarded with special Black Friday deals from retailers, but a North East-based ethical online retailer has announced its own unique take on the event. Ethical Superstore’s ‘Foodbank Friday’ initiative is in partnership with local charity Newcastle…
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Sunday Lunch at Aurora Kitchen

Having more Sunday lunch options for vegetarians and vegans in the North East is something I actively want to encourage. Risotto or salad are not suitable meals to have on the Lord’s Day. We may not want to eat meat…
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Ask Italian, Metrocentre

While out shopping with my sister in the Metrocentre recently I got a real craving for pasta. There aren’t a huge amount of Italian restaurants in the shopping centre now the Mediterranean Village has ceased to be – who remembers…
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Lumiere Durham 2017 – A Photo Diary

Biennial event Lumiere hit Durham this week (Thursday 16th Nov to Sunday 19th) and the North East went crazy in the lead up. It seemed to sell out almost instantly but we were quick enough to secure a couple of…
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