Sunday, 20 April 2014

Nina Eats - New York Deli

So I finally paid another visit to New York Deli in Cardiff thinking I was like Adam Richman (of Man vs Food fame).  Adam Richman I am not but I think I gave it a good shot!

New York Deli is an old Cardiff institution dating back to the 80's.  It's tucked away in the High Street Arcade and even though it's only a small place, it packs a big punch.  Specialising in American food (surprise surprise) they have fed many mouths over the years and it's always on my list to recommend to Cardiff newcomers.  The food is cheap and there is no way that you will leave still hungry.  If you do then you've not done it right.  A word to the wise: don't eat ANYTHING before you come here.

I thought 'go big or go home' and settled for the New York Hoagie: sliced bread piled high with pastrami, swiss cheese, coleslaw, thousand island dressing, lettuce, tomato and gherkins.  My mother would have been shocked and would have shouted in her German accent "cholesterol runs in the family Nina Maria!" but she wasn't there so I tucked in happily.  Also they sell Orangina, I got addicted to that stuff in France.  Happy days.

Now I couldn't managed to finish it all I'm not going to lie to you.  But oh boy it was good.  The elements on their own were obviously a bit drab and pastrami has a tendency to be dry but when you get a huge mouthful of all the components it's like an explosion of flavour (sorry I've been watching too much Masterchef).  The hoagies that are served are for the brave, and you need to do some ground work before you can pick them up with your hands.  I had to dig in with my fork first to clear away some of the salad and the best coleslaw I have ever eaten. Coleslaw has always been something I've hated because it always has too much mayonnaise and not enough crunch but New York Deli have got it down.

You can check out the New York Deli menu HERE.  The service is quick, the decor pretty authentic and it's always packed.  Next time I won't try and be Adam Richman, and I'll just go for a bagel but the combination options are endless.  This place is well worth a repeat visit but make sure you squeeze a run or some yoga in between your visits!

I hope you enjoy these attractive pictures of me eating, these are the best of a hilarious set.  I'd also gotten some Lana Del Rey nails done that morning so that just made the manoeuvring even more difficult!  If you ever end up visiting let me know how you got on!

More soon!

Price: £
19 High Street Arcade, CF10 1QR
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:00 - 16:30
Sunday 11:00 -16:00
Telephone: 02920388388 (order by 10 and they deliver for lunch!)

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Friday, 18 April 2014


A while ago (quite a while ago to my shame but life gets ahead of me so badly!), the guys at Sundried got in touch with me to help promote their initiative and sent me this unique handprinted shirt to help spread the message!

Sundried are deeply passionate about charity work and South America.  They seek to build better relationship with communities, schools and local surfers.  Now I'll put my hand up and say I'm not a surfer (the closest I ever came was as a kid in the 90s when boogie boards were all the range) but I grew up by the beach and know the profound affect that communities can have on the well being of the people in the community as well as nature.  As South America is going to be my family's new home this is something that is becoming close to my heart.  Getting out of our own bubbles and taking a look at how the rest of the world is faring is something we really should do more often.  I'm guilty of being quite self absorbed most of the time!

Sundried are also sponsors of Surfers Against Sewage which I feel is a really important initiative.  Going on camping trips when I was little and seeing all the litter on the beaches broke my heart.  Getting the email from Daniel at Sundried was a reminder that I need to do my part to keep the world as clean as possible.  It's as easy as simply reusing plastic bags and recycling properly, 40% of marine litter is generated by the public.  If we do our bit we can lower this percentage and both us and nature can enjoy cleaner beaches and seas.

For more information please check out Sundried and Surfers Against Sewage.

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Pretty in Pink

Coat, jumper and skirt: New Look.  
Bag: TK Maxx.  
Shoes: Astrix - Topshop. Available in leather here
Necklace: Ever Ours
Glasses: Glasses Direct*
Lips: Revlon Matte Balm in Showy

The lovely Laura took these photos of me a while back for some blogger work that she was doing.  It's great having someone to take your photos for you, especially a fellow blogger as they know exactly what kind of shots you like! Thanks for being such a babe Laura!

Even though this is quite an early spring time look I'm still pretty much wearing New Look pretty much all the time. This is almost a head to toe New Look outfit (all accidental I swear!).  I picked up this pink crepe skirt and baby blue jumper in the sale back in early March and they've gotten a fair amount of wear.  It makes a nice change for most of the black and muted colours in my wardrobe.  The pink skirt is almost a perfect match with the coat which leaves me feeling a bit Cher Horowitz.  It's slowly getting too warm to wear this coat all the time now though which makes me so sad!

More soon!

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Monday, 14 April 2014

Nina Eats - Pieminister

I have never eaten a pie.  

The reactions this statement gets vary from puzzled looks to "Oh my god how???".  I have eaten pie before, but only ever at school when they doled out squares of stale pastry with a layer of chew meat underneath.  Not a favourite, more like food trauma.  Another person who couldn't come to grips with my pie-less existence was my boyfriend (he's from Devon where I hear pies and pasties are compulsory?) so once we heard that the Bristol institution Pieminister was coming to Cardiff it shot to the top of our food list.  Seeing as I'm basically adopted British it only seems fair to give it a go.

It's only been open a few weeks (you can still smell the fresh paint) and it has been HEAVING every time I've walked past.  We were there quite early but most tables were either taken or reserved so we were seated downstairs.  Being a pie noob I stuck to something classic and went with the Moo & Blue - beef and stilton cheese plus two sides (mac and cheese and crispy fries). Any pie plus two sides is only £8 which seems ridiculously cheap.

A word of warning, don't order the mac and cheese.  I should have known better but couldn't help myself.  It was very bland and clearly microwaved.  Pass.  The pie saved it of course. Flakey crisp pastry but still soft on the inside with the perfect meat to pastry ratio.  Sadly I didn't really get that much of the stilton taste in the pie but that might be because I emptied my entire gravy boat onto my pie.  I was concerned that two sides plus a pie would be overkill but there wasn't a scrap left our plates. Definitely come here on an empty stomach!

For my next visit (already planning this!) I want to try The Mothership which is any pie with mash, mushy peas, gravy, grated cheddar and crispy shallots (clocking in at only £9!). Quintessentially British.  For those not disposed towards pies, or wary of the calorie count they also do a range of 'lighter pies' such as feta, butternut squash and sundried tomatoes.  Sounds delicious!

If you're looking for quick and hearty food this should be your first stop.

More soon!

Price: ££
35 St Mary Street, Cardiff CF10 1AD
Telephone: 029 2000 4155
Opening times: Monday to Wednesday – 9am to 10pm 
Thursday to Saturday – 9am to 11pm 
Sunday – 11am to 9pm

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Friday, 11 April 2014

I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger (+ GIVEAWAY)

Jacket: Zara
Shirt: Flea market in Montpellier
Jeans: H&M
Shoes: Topshop - Astrix
Necklace: Ever Ours
Bag: Longchamp
Lips: MAC Russian Red
Glasses: Les Specs C/O Sunglasses Shop

How are you liking my grungy deserted alleyway backdrop today? I met up with the gorgeous Helen (who also took the photos of me!) for a catch up at Stag Coffee.  The perks of being pals with a blogger is that they know exactly what kind of photos to take!

I'm still trying to do that thing where I'm wearing some older clothes that get neglected.  I've had this Zara blouse since my year abroad when I binged on Zara (it was sooo much cheaper there than here. Cry).  These jeans were long lost at my parents house because I normally reach for skinnies but the cut of these is nice and relaxed with a little bit of tomboy edge. Paired with a classic striped tea and big necklace I think you can't go wrong, am I right?

This was also the debut trip of my new diva sunglasses courtesy of Sunglasses Shop.  I got sent a pair of Les Specs frames of my choice so I decided to go for drama mixed with some classic retro cat eye.  They are huge and I left the house feeling like Elizabeth Taylor (harhar I wish!).  Contrary to the name Les Specs is actually from Australia and was first launched back in 1979 taking inspiration from old glamour and the coolest cities in the world such as Berlin, New York and Stockholm.  Neutrals is a big thing for Les Specs so there's something to suit everyone and to keep you looking as on trend as possible.  I feel ridiculously trendy in these, it's amazing how a pair of sunglasses can give you that bit of confidence to wear something you normally wouldn't!

Sunglasses Shop are being super generous and are letting me giveaway a pair of Les Specs frames to one of my readers! Just head to the Raffelcopter widget to enter.  Just a word of warning if I find the link to the competition on Money Saving Experts or any of those other competition forums I won't be amused!

Hope you guys have been enjoying the sunshine!


ALSO I spotted my face on ASOS the other day.  I died of happiness! 

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