Steve had a weekend off and finally the sun was shining. As we are heading off on holiday soon we thought it best to stay in Bristol and get ourselves organised. We did manage to get a bit of fun in as well.
Sunday we went to Bath and ended up at Jamie Olivers Italian restaurant in the Milsom Place mall. Wow! We had forgotten had wonderful Italian food can be once you get past the stock standard pastas that people pass off as Italian. Steve started with some green olives with a black olive tapenade and music bread. I had stuffed pepperdews. The olives were wonderful (as were the other items but the olives were particularly note worthy). Next Steve had the sardines and I had pork skewers. I had actually ordered a crabmeat spagattini but somehow that got mixed up with pork skewers (???). Even though salt and pepper is nicely presented on the tables you don’t need it! Everything is so well balanced in flavours that it would be a crime to add anything else. We topped it off with an affogato! A shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or gelato). Only the second place in the UK that we have come across that had it on the menu. A bit costly at 4.50 each but the espresso was excellent with a very creamy vanilla ice cream. Yum. It has inspired me to venture more into some Italian recipes.
We also managed to get to Baristas Coffee Collective on Saturday for a coffee before they closed. When the owner is on the machine he tends to be rather flexible about opening and closing hours which can be very frustrating. They do the best coffee in Bristol! Sorry about the quality of the pictures, what can you expect from IPhone photos.