I haven't wrote a blog post for a while, I've had a lot to think about. I've mostly been concentrating on my health and contemplating the future of my blog. I've decided that I'm really going to work at it now, I'm going to improve my IT skills and see if I can get a makeover organised. I've spent the few weeks in Thailand and I feel alive again. The sunshine and fresh food have worked wonders, but it could be the great coffee too.
At the weekend, I went to Stone Food & Drink Festival. The event has quickly become one of biggest and best gastronomic gatherings in the UK. I decided to go on the Sunday, mainly because I was busy on the Friday and I knew that the weather was going to be terrible on the Saturday. After the 'Tapas Trail', this was an event that I was really looking forward to. I caught the first train to Stone hoping that I would beat the crowds and I did.
One of the biggest and best food festivals in Staffordshire is taking place this week. To warm us for the big event, the organisers have arranged a 'Tapas Trail'. Stone Food & Drink Festival has grown year on year from the humble beginnings in Stone High Street. As a local blogger, I had to show my support. I caught the train to Stone with tapas on the brain and here is how it went.
I popped to Hanley yesterday, mostly for coffee, but also to show my support for RAWR. One of the most anticipated events of the Autumn, was the opening of their new shop on Piccadilly. After a VIP evening the night before, RAWR opened their doors to the public at lunch time on Tuesday. There was a small queue and people were clearly excited about the new addition to the city.
RAWR first opened in Newcastle-Under-Lyme, their goal is to encourage people to live a happy and healthy existence, so it's great to see that they now have an influence in Hanley. Not only that, but Piccadilly is quickly becoming the go-to street in the City Centre. So instead of moaning about Hanley, why don't you show some support to a few local businesses and take a walk around the cultural quarter? There are many independent traders offering quality products, from pizza to paint, coffee and cake.
The wait was certainly worth it, the place looks fantastic and you can tell that the whole team have worked really hard. Downstairs is like an informal espresso bar, there are a few large chairs and seats in the window. Upstairs sees the introduction of a fully fledged seating area, with table service and what looks like it will be a very busy kitchen. The whole shop feels light, airy and the new colour scheme is very welcoming.
I've been to RAWR a few times now and I've never been disappointed. Their menu is fresh, invigorating, full of taste and most of all it's healthy. With a wide range of eat in or takeaway options, there's something for everyone. I went for the snickerdoodle protein smoothie and the vegan cheesecake. The vegan cheesecake was absolutely delicious and really filling. I felt stuffed afterwards and struggled to walk to the bus station.
RAWR have a loyal following, I sat with a two lovely people who usually frequent the Newcastle store. Everyone was really pleased for the team, there was a real sense of achievement after so much anticipation. I was most impressed with the preparation, everything was seamless and running smoothly. The table service was brilliant and the staff were polite. What a brilliant addition to the city, RAWR-some work, keep it up!
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My name is Martin. I love food, travel, coffee and culture. In 2015 I had to give up a promising career as I battled with a chronic illness called cyclic vomiting syndrome (CVS). I started blogging to keep me busy between episodes and it has sort of grown from there. It's something I genuinely enjoy.