Colchester is a town that has many a restaurant, and I enjoy finding new places to eat with friends and explore on date night with the husband. However I often find myself wanting something a little different- enter Turtle Bay! Opening on the high street in Colchester town centre is this Caribbean cocktail heaven. I was invited along to their preview evening this week before they open on the 4th December. On arrival, we were treated to Reggae Rum Punch, a fruity cocktail with a twist of bitters and lime and oh my it was delicious! We chatted to the restaurant manager and then had a little tour around the restaurant including a peek at where the magic happens-the kitchen. Turtle Bay restaurants were founded by Ajith Jaya-Wickrema who also founded the chain restaurant Las Iguanas. He wanted to bring a restaurant to the UK that combined great food, great… View Post

Last Thursday, I was invited along to a foodie event in Chelmsford. All I knew was that there was going to be lots of amazing flavours involved as the catering company who were showcasing their food were Island Stories. Island Stories is co-founded by Ikram Naim and Devon Ricketts who are both from glorious faraway shores (Sri Lanka & Barbados) and who came together to bring an incredible fusion of cultural influences to food here in the UK. After being greeted with a glass of prosecco, we eagerly awaited the food and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Starting off with some delicious canapes of beetroot cured salmon and dill creme fraiche, Smokey aubergine and feta tart, breaded tuna with chilli and coriander jam and mini cheeseburgers (which were quite possibly the nicest burgers I have eaten!- and also an incredibly difficult thing to eat delicately as I… View Post