A few weeks ago, back when it was warm and sunshine was radiating all around, I popped over to Cambridge for the day to meet up with the lovely ladies Emily & Lottie.
First stop on our agenda was Bill's, a restaurant I've been clamouring to go to ever since reading about all its delicious offerings on India's Blog. If you haven't yet been, we advise you find your nearest one and drag along the girls for a relaxed and chatty atmosphere.
The decor is any foodie's dream; it;s homey, kitsch and eclectic. And to make it even better, you can buy the products to recreate the great food in the comfort of your own home.
After having been stuck in deepest darkest Wales for a few weeks I was ridiculously excited to tuck into this giant of a cooked breakfast. I pushed the boat out and added some bubble & squeak into the mix, which was a fab addition.
Lottie went for the veggie option and declared that she could happily live off hummus & avocado every day. And we have to admit, we agree with her when veggie food looks that good.
Bill's is definitely the trendy foodie place to go for food in Cambridge and it was nicely busy. The waiter was super friendly and helpful, allowing us to squeeze in our breakfast order at 11.58. The food is certainly reasonably priced and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they open one up in Birmingham for us soon.
After chit chatting for blogging, life, boys, uni and whatnot for several hours we decided a good leg-stretch was in order. So Emily acted as our very knowledgeable tour-guide and showed us round some of the sights of the famed city.
People have always told me that Cambridge is a smaller prettier version of my hometown, Oxford, and I've got to say I now agree with them. You wander down the cobbled streets lined with ancient old colleges with their immaculate lawns; the tourists all snap happy at every possible Kodak moment...
And then you turn a corner and you're down by the river, and the joyful chatter of the happy punters accompanied by the playful splashes reaches your ears.
England is indeed a beautiful place, but add in some sunshine, blue skies and the relaxed atmosphere of this University town and it's a whole other world of Britishness.
One of the best things about blogging is getting to meet the faces behind the words, and Lottie & Emily always have fun things to say and great recipes to share. You can follow someones blog for ages and feel like you really know them, and then you get to meet them in person and they're just as lovely as you imagine.
No foodie blogger's meet is complete without some perusing around the local eateries, and this mini cake and choccy shop was ever so cute. If only I had the patience to try and recreate these at home.
Last stop off before the journey back home was into this delightful Italian cafe, Aromi. They offer such an irresistible spread of ciabattas, pizzas, focaccias AND plenty naughty cakey nibbly things. I just couldn't resist this soft doughy bread stuffed with meats and roasted peppers and wonderful Italian goodness.
Oxford, you will always have my heart, but Cambridge, you have well and truly captured my imagination. I can't believe it's taken me 21 years to finally come visit you. Until next time Lottie & Emily, thank you for inviting me over to your neck of the words, I had such a lovely girly day x