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Coffee A Go Go! For lunch on the run

St Andrew’s place is now home to a new take away cafe- Coffee A Go Go! Owned by those who own the Promised Land and Deli A Go Go, I had little doubt that I was going to enjoy this new offering when I visited last week.

It looks great from the outside, similar to Deli A Go Go which reinforces the brand but Coffee A Go Go has a real trendy feel to it. It’s very nicely laid out and looks very smart but it also feels very laid back with chatty and friendly staff dressed casually in Coffee A Go Go t-shirts and hoodies. I think it will appeal to students and people working in the area alike. Off the main drag, it’s a bit hidden but I think that once people get to know it’s there they will be back.

Recently opened, Coffee A Go Go are still in the early stages of trading and have lots of plans. I enjoyed chatting to the friendly enthusiastic staff about what is to come. At the moment, you can pick up sandwiches and soup and some lovely looking cakes but in the future they are planning to add other things to menu including jacket potatoes and homemade scotch eggs. All food is currently made on the premises apart from the cakes which are made at home by the manager.

Mr V opted for a sandwich of beetroot and goats cheese which was toasted for him while we waited. I wanted to try the broccoli and Stilton soup but unfortunately we arrived a bit late and being popular it had sold out. I decided to indulge my sweet tooth instead and tried the carrot cake which was very good. Soft, moist with a light icing- yum! There was also a Guiness cake on offer and some cupcakes which I will try another time. There was also a good selection of drinks on offer. Mr V had an Americano and I had a latte.

I think Coffee A Go Go will do well. Drinks and food are competitively priced and there is obviously more to come. I wish them the best of luck!

My Last Mouthful was: Carrot Cake

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Deli A Go Go- A must go for your foodie treats!

Guest review by Mrs. J

When I was asked to review Deli a GoGo I was very excited as I love my food and I’m always happy to try somewhere new. Deli a GoGo is situated on the busy Whitchurch High Street by the crossroads. When you enter you firstly come to the delicatessen which is full of a wide variety of tasty treats. They have a selection of olives, sun dried tomatoes and stuffed peppers which you can help yourself to or grab one of the pre packed boxes. They have an even bigger selection of cheeses both from Wales and around the world. The staff are extremely helpful and are happy to cut the cheese to a smaller size if there isn’t any available the size you want.

If olives and cheese aren’t your thing, they also have meats, wines, oils, homemade chutney, sandwiches, cakes and plenty of other food for sale. As I visited Deli a GoGo the week before Christmas they also had food hampers for sale that looked like they would be a welcome gift to any food lover. I would be really happy to unwrap one as a gift!

When you walk through the delicatessen you come to the café. The café is a small cosy area with simple white painted walls and wooden tables and chairs. It’s quite a small seating area and space is tight so it isn’t ideal if you have a puchchair as I found out. There wasn’t much space to leave the pushchair where it wasn’t in everyone’s way so if you have a baby, you should bear this in mind.

It’s a nice place to meet for a coffee as they have a huge selection of hot drinks available. I went for the Baileys latte and Mrs V chose the chocolate chai latte. We both agreed our drinks were delicious and creamy and a good price. They were very generous with the Baileys in my latte and both drinks came nicely presented with an Amoretti biscuit.

We couldn’t decide what to have for lunch so we went for the dish of the day – chargrilled vegetable pie and a dolcelatte, walnut and honey salad and shared them both.  The pie was full of courgettes, aubergines, peppers, tomatoes and came with a salad garnish. The dolcelatte, walnut and honey salad was very tasty.

The prices were extremely reasonable with sandwiches even cheaper than some of the pre packed ones you get at supermarkets.

I’m a big fan of independent shops and eateries and Deli a GoGo is a winner in my book. If you’ve got time to stop and eat great, but if not, treat yourself to some cheese and wine to enjoy at home.

My last mouthful was: The Baileys Latte

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10 Maryport- Penylan’s hidden gem!

On Sunday 23rd October at 10am, I felt like I was the only person in Wales as I drove through Penylan on my way to meet Kate, the owner of the lovely 10 Maryport Cafe and to have a spot of breakfast. With everyone watching the world cup final the roads were deserted but I got a lovely warm welcome when I arrived and had the place to myself!

As I walked in, I was struck by how homely it felt. I had been to 10 Maryport before when it first opened about a year ago and it has changed quite a bit since then. It has developed a real warm, cosy feel with its comfy sofas at the front of the shop, shelves on the wall which are home to a quirky teapot lamp and books, magazine rack and notice board.

The decor is clean and fresh in white but with these new touches and more pictures added to the walls, it create a perfect balance between fresh and cosy. I have issue with going into cafes and restaurants alone, I find it quite uncomfortable but this is the sort of place I could happily sit with a coffee and a book.

As the match finished, customers began to trickle in and Kate was attentive to them all, stopping to chat and effortlessly bantering with the children. One thing that really appealed to me is that 10 Maryport is very child friendly. Children are clearly welcome and as well as space for puchchairs, changing facilities and high chairs, there is even a special childs menu. This isn’t just your average small portions either. Children can have jam, cheese or ham sandwiches cut into the shape of a teddy bear! What a lovely idea.

For us adults, we can choose from a range of breakfast options, brunch or Paninis. All options are simple favourites which again adds to the homely atmosphere. Sandwiches range from £3.25-£3.95 and are served with a salad garnish and paninis range from £3.75-£4.25 with a good range of meat and vegetarian options.

I opted for some Welsh Rarebit from the breakfast menu which was served with homemade caramelised onion chutney. The bread was chunky, it had lashings of cheese and the chutney was sweet and sticky. All as it should be and very nice.

10 Maryport also do afternoon tea at a good price. For £9 per person, you can tuck into a selection of sandwiches, a slice of homemade cake or scone with jam and clotted cream, served with your choice of hot drink. Cream teas are another option at just £5.

After a year of trading, 10 Maryport is beginning to find its niche and although there is a good selection of tea on offer, Coffee is proving to be the favourite, as is the breakfast menu. In such close proximity to Roath Park I think once people know 10 Maryport is there, it could become very popular indeed. When you’re next walking round Roath Lake, I suggest you visit 10 Maryport Cafe and see what you think. I will certainly be back.

My Last Mouthful was: Welsh Rarebit with onion chutney

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Pretence Cardiff- This place should be full!

One of my fairly recent discoveries and somewhere I’m enjoying at the moment for a coffee or a bite to eat is Pretence in Cardiff.

My fiance and I first went for some food in Pretence a few months ago. It’s a lovely little cafe/bar/restaurant on Whitchurch Road. We used to live just down the road and used to pop in sometimes when it was just a coffee shop but since it has developed into what it is now, we havn’t been as we have moved to the other side of town.

However, we found a deal on Groupon for a tapas meal and bottle of wine for two for just £12.50 instead of £32. At an excellent price like this, we thought we’d go along. Since our last visit it had changed so much! I love the decor, it’s so stylish and quirky. Each table has two or three chairs all slightly different and everything is so colourful. There are comfy chairs, dining chairs, sofa chairs, so you can choose your seat depending on whether you fancy a cosy coffee, a nice meal or a beer.

When we went in, staff were so friendly and inviting. They brought us nachos and a bottle of wine and explained the menu and what we were allowed with our Groupon deal.  Sometimes, when you have vouchers, I find that you can be treated a bit different and a bit ‘second class’ however, the staff in Pretence could not have been more lovely.

We chose our tapas and it was delicious! Even for the full price without the Groupon deal it was very reasonable and there was a good range of choices. The food came very well presented too and it just made it such a lovely evening. I cannot recommend the dates wrapped in bacon with marmalade enough!

After the tapas we also got a coffee and cake of our choice included in the price. The cakes are very good, as are the coffees and again, there is quite an extensive choice.

The best thing about Pretence is the lovely staff and owners who make you feel so welcome. The atmosphere is so relaxed it’s like a cross between going to dinner at a friend’s house and going out for a meal. Since our first visit, we have been back for lunch, some more tapas and I have been there for lunch with a friend. This place is wonderful!

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