What have I been up to this week? Since payday a few days ago I have found a new lease of life which had been previously been deprived in the dark month of January – so here we are, February is round the corner and the mornings are now ever so slightly lighter. Hurrah! That little glimmer of blue in the sky is enough to make me look ahead to warmer and brighter months. For now, I’m going to look back at a few highlights this week.
[custom_heading center=”true”]Eating cake at Jessie Ware[/custom_heading]
This week saw Jessie Ware return back to Bristol after her Devotion tour in 2013. Only a stone’s throw from o2 Academy where Jessie blew us away with her voice two years ago, she talked fondly of Magic Roll and how Wildest Moments was written about her best friend – I’ll never forget how she told us they’d just fallen out and so singing that song means that much more to her. This time round, and it’s all about Tough Love, the second album is a fluid progression towards greater power ballads (if that’s possible) and an exploration into a sound I can only explain as profoundly 90s. Highlights include You and I and If You’re Never Gonna Move.
Jessie had kicked off the Tough Love Bakeoff to only discover she was the only one eating cake so she kindly asked her helpers to hand out cake into the front row – it was certainly a first, eating chocolate cake at a gig but it was an experience so great I am half tempted to pack some kind of homecooked bake in a tupperware box for King Creosote this Saturday.
If you’re going to a gig at Colston Hall or o2 Academy, I recommend stopping in at the Christmas Steps pub – we were served by Katie who was lovely and shared her thoughts on those dang selfie sticks!
[custom_heading center=”true”]Weird burgers at the Gryphen[/custom_heading]
The Gryphon put on a very special Burger Week this week, this was the perfect excuse to try out this cAMRA rated pub on Colston Street – any pub which sells two different types of porter AND Blue Moon is a hit with me – and yes we went from a porter to Blue Moon, that happened. Ashley, Hannah and I munched on our curly fries and our obscure burger meats whilst talking and drooling about other burgers in Bristol – a pastime that is all to easy to do while in the culinary cosmopolitan of Bristol.
I will be disappointing my veggie friends who have applauded my vegetarian efforts over January on Instagram, it seems I go from eating no meat to eating alpaca. Before going to this event, I ludicrously Googled ‘What does alpaca taste like?’, you laugh but you want to know what it tastes like. It’s a healthy meat and described as one of the most ‘flavourful meats in the world’ by the first Google search listing – in my mind it tasted like lamb, which confused both my friends and me. Also on the menu was camel, horse, mouflon, rosé veal, zebra (what?!) aswell as the classic burgers which the Gryphon usually cook (which I hear are also delicious).
[custom_heading center=”true”]Launch of I’M STAYING at Clifton College[/custom_heading]
Thursday the 29th saw the launch of artist, Shaun Badham‘s ‘I’m Staying’ artwork to be switched on at it’s new location of the Redgrave Theatre at Clifton College. It was really exciting to see the lights come to life at a place which the general public have voted for after it’s time at the Bristol Folk House. I won’t digress too much into this as I’m currently writing up a post for Bristol #Prospectus who I also write for… stay tuned to hear how the night went!
[custom_heading center=”true”]Compliments to the blogger[/custom_heading]
Wow, this has been a week of recognition and praise for my written work on Golden Pulse – thank you to Simon from Papadeli, Daniel from Wriggle, Lisa from Bristol Folk House and Shaun Badham for all of your praise on what I’m doing with GP, it’s so so so great to hear such feedback and has given me real motivation to pursure with expanding the blog this year.
Another blinder of a week – good riddance January!