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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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The Pasta Pot- A Great Lunch Time Alternative

When you’re at work and you have half an hour or an hour at the most to grab lunch, it can be more difficult than you would think. There is no time to sit in somewhere because by the time your food arrives, you have to gulp it down so fast there is no chance to enjoy it and you end up leaving with indigestion or you are nursing a burnt throat for the rest of the day.

On the days when I don’t get round to making lunch before I leave for work, I usually make the trip into town leaving me with just enough time to grab something and run back. I get fed up with sandwiches and I don’t like to eat too much bread so I was very interested to hear about the Opening of Pasta Pot.

Pasta Pot brand themselves as a ‘new delicious nutritious take away concept for Cardiff’. The idea is that you build your own meal from their selection of pasta, sauces and ingredients available. It gives you total control so you can make sure you get exactly what you want. It is made right in front of you and packed into a handy take away container. Quick, easy and very tasty!

There are both hot and cold options available and if you’re anything like me and a little on the indecisive side, you can pick  the daily special which changes regularly or the example options that are available and have been tried and tested. The specials are seriously appealing and although a little more expensive than the normal pots (at about £4-£5) in my opinion they are worth paying more for.

I sampled a build your own chilled pasta pot and a hot daily special and very much enjoyed both. For the chilled pot I went with a recommendation of chorizo, chicken tikka, mushrooms, spring onions. rocket and a sweet curry sauce with gluten-free pasta. It was very refreshing and the flavours went very nicely together. The regular pot at £3.20 was the perfect amount for me but a larger pot is also available for £3.50.

While I enjoyed the concept of building your own pasta pot, for me the it was the daily special that will keep me coming back. They always sound so appealing and the one I tried was so fresh and fragrant compared to a prepackaged pot you might buy in a shop. I had basil pesto with chorizo, tomatoes and rocket and again I chose gluten-free pasta. Delicious!

As well as the pasta there is a range of delicious soups, coffees and cakes, meal deals and even a breakfast menu which is great value. If the Pasta Pot was on my way to work, I would certainly be stopping regularly rather than running down the road with a banana like I so often do.

I think that this is a great idea and I hope it does really well. I love that you can pick your own pasta and that they provide a gluten-free option. It makes it really easy for someone with a wheat intolerance and the pasta is really nice, I wouldn’t have guessed it was gluten-free. This is a fantastic alternative to a sandwich and definitely worth a visit.Take a look at their menu and see what you think.

My Last Mouthful was: Hot Pasta pot special with Basil Pesto, Chorizo, Tomatoes and Rocket.

 

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