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12 May 2014
OK, so I decided to end on a high note! This is a picture of the absolutely delicious meal that I had on Friday at the Folk House, which has the most wonderful locally sourced and reasonably priced food, and where it is as easy as pie to pay with the Bristol Pound. I didn't think I would be able to top that, so I ended my challenge there a bit early. To sum up, it was more difficult to carry out my challenge than I expected. But I am going to carry on next year, and during that time I hope to help get more cafes, more market stalls at food festivals, more butchers, more late night eateries, more independent businesses and more buying groups around the city to discover the benefits of strengthening Bristol's growing local economy. Bring on 2015!
7 May 2014
This is not food that I have eaten. This is food that I could have eaten if I had not been trying to pay in Bristol Pounds. Tuesday was the low point of my Bristol Pound challenge in terms of trying to find a place around Whiteladies Road where I could buy lunch in Bristol Pounds. The first cafe we wanted to go to doesn't take them. That was OK, we weren't sure that they did, and we knew of another place a bit further that did take them, and served great food. So we were off...Unfortunately their kitchen was being redone, so no hot food to be had there. OK, to the burger joint that we believed took them from our hazy memory of looking at the directory. No luck there either as people looked at each other in confusion as to what we were talking about. OK, one more place that we know took them before that has good fresh food. Ooops! They had just changed hands and were renegotiating their txt2pay account! By now with stomachs rumbling we went back to the first cafe in defeat. Conclusion? We need more cafes in Clifton and Redland to take the Bristol Pound! Why not go out armed with the Directory you ask? Because even if we had we would have been disappointed by change of owners and closed kitchens! But we are still eating good meals at home powered by Better Food, Wild Oats, Sims Hill Shared Harvest and Stream Farm. Yes, this was my first real failure in terms of my challenge. Let's see what happens tomorrow...
28 April 2014
Working in a community cookery school has its perks - not least delicious lunches from our students. I am very lucky. I should cook from scratch and shop ethically - after all I have the skills and know lots of great local producers and independent retailers. BUT working long days/evenings/weekends means I don't always manage it. During the Bristol Food Connections Festival I pledge to only shop at independent food shops/stalls/markets. Perhaps this is madness, after all its the busiest 11 days of the Square Food Foundations calendar - but then again there will be loads of amazing food available in Knowle West and wider Bristol.... if not now, then when?
28 April 2014
As a relative newcomer to Bristol, I am astounded by the range of quality, cheap produce that you can get from independent shops. Living a stone's throw from Gloucester Road, I am really enjoying being able to do my food shopping on foot, buying things from people who have a real connection with and a passion for what they are selling. However, I still fall back quite a lot on buying things like cheese and yoghurt from supermarkets. Being able to dash out and buy milk at 10pm has come in handy more than once. So, for the duration of the Food Connections Festival, I am going to try and buy everything from independent shops on Gloucester Road. I hope this will make me put more forethought and consideration into planning what I'm going to eat, as I can't just nip out to Sainsbury's if I forget something. Inevitably, I find myself throwing quite a lot of food away, so I'm going to be conscious of buying only what I need.
17 April 2014
I am planning on buying all of my food in Bristol Pounds during the entire period of the Bristol Food Connections Festival (from 1st to 11th May). This will include all of the food we prepare at home during that time as well as buying whatever lovely food is on offer while I am out and about during the Festival (and that is going to be a lot!) We will see how I fare...