I was invited along for a behind the scenes look into a venture from another one of the North East's individuals. This time, it was Joe Meagher, of Flat Caps Coffee. Joe has owned Flat Caps Coffee for a number of years and wishes to expand to be able to give what customers cannot get at the original due some restrictions, without breaking his brand's ethos. I had a chat with Joe about his ideas for an expansion and what it could do for Newcastle, and invite you to have a look at his Kickstarter where you can get involved but also receive some fantastic perks in return!

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Recently, I was kindly invited to have a poke around The Ship, Eighton Banks after a recent redecoration and new Head Chef. A really promising rebrand, Chef Stuart Niven is looking to switch things up. He came to The Ship a couple of weeks ago and has great aspirations for turning the place into something really special. The decor is already beautiful; cosy, industrial and even botanical in parts. I couldn't help myself but to even include a picture of the bathroom sink! With a separate section for the possibility of formal dining, a fantastic outdoor space with plans for a new childrens' play area and marquee, Stuart's excitement began to rub off on me.

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Happy Cinco de Mayo everybody! It's been too long since introducing my Taki Bar to you before actually creating something with it to share with you on here. Things have been quite manic, and will be for the next couple of weeks. I actually have no tequila in my home bar at present, but I do have Kahlúa, a Mexican coffee liqueur. Bad timing though as I wondered whether DECAF Espresso Martinis would be possible (and easy) to make*. I'm removing the one Mexican ingredient, however: Kahlúa, and creating my own decaf coffee liqueur. If you want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and with the added energy from the caffeine, just swap the homemade decaf coffee liqueur back to the standard Kahlúa.

*The fact we have a blog post on it, means this is really easy to make.

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I've had a radio show, I've had many blogs before, you could say I've had my fingers in many pies. Always wanting to get involved in the goings on of my own community, often, to keep my eyes wide open. One project, in 2013, was //NEMusic. I was in 2nd year at university and sitting in my apartment, bored of listening to the same old pop songs. I'd always been interested in live music and local talent, but for a 19-20 year old 2nd year student living away from home, I was completely in the dark as to what the North East had to offer.

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I love Thai and East Asian food and it's really really easy to cook. I was asked recently a few months ago what you should get in (fresh, herbs and cupboard) for when you're first starting out experimenting with Thai cooking. Then a few months later, I decided that it would make a very informative and colourful blog post to create a shopping list of east asian staple ingredients that you can get! I hope it inspires a few of you into experimental cooking with healthy and tasty ingredients. See below for a Thai Red Prawn recipe with many of these ingredients that I have used for years, first established from good old Jamie.

#GetYourWokOut

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