Welsh and Wonderful

A lifestyle blog written by a Welsh lady living in Wales.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Snapshots from Sagres

We recently spent a lovely return visit to Sagres in the Algarve, and I thought I'd share some holiday snaps with you. Sagres is the most South-Western tip of Europe and it's a great place to get away from it all. It has beautiful beaches, plenty of surf and laid-back restaurants and bars. We spent our days relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty of the area, and enjoyed the lovely food and drink.

 1. Lounging by the pool with a nice drink and a good book
2. Breakfast with a view. I miss this!
3. Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts) are so nice with a cup of coffee. I miss these too!
4. Time for some dessert

 1. Delicious pizza
2. A pretty pink orchid
3. Cheers! Mojito time
4. Cheers again! This time it's a glass of sauvignon :)

 1. Sand, sea, and sky
2. Cooling off by the pool
3. Enjoying the view
4.  The most beautiful dessert at Terra, an Italian restaurant

 I hope you've enjoyed the photos. As always, thank you for reading! Angharad x


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

What a View! My Favourite Restaurant in Rome

If you're planning a trip to Rome and you're looking for lunch with a stunning view, then Aroma Restaurant at the Manfredi Hotel is the place to go. This was the first Michelin starred restaurant we'd ever been to, and it certainly didn't disappoint. We arranged to go on a guided audio tour of the Roman Forum and the Colosseum in the morning, followed by lunch at Aroma Restaurant; this itinerary worked out really well, and I'd recommend it if you want to combine seeing some of the historical sites with a bit of fine dining thrown in for good measure!
Seared scallop
Pasta with porcini mushroom
Beef & mixed vegetables

Complimentary mini desserts with coffee (the ones on the end tasted like Lindt chocolate!)

This is one of the best restaurants we've ever been to (for the view alone!), and is definitely one to add to your list. Let me know if you've got any restaurant recommendations for Rome...I'd love to hear about them! 
Thank you for reading, Angharad x

Ristorante Aroma

Via Labicana, 125 - 00184 Roma
Tel. +39 06 97615109
Fax +39 06 7005638

Monday, 13 March 2017


The daffodil is the national flower of Wales, and is worn on St. David's Day on 1st March. It is a symbol of our patron saint, David, and of rebirth and faithfulness because they bloom every year. Daffodils remind me that winter will soon be gone and the days will be longer and warmer...they're such a bright and cheerful flower! I love having a vase of daffs in the house to brighten up a room and cheer myself up 😊

On our way back from Cornwall on Sunday we drove past some beautiful fields of daffodils, and we decided to stop so we could enjoy them all the more and take some photos. Daffodils are one of my favourite spring flowers, and it was so special to see so many of them!

I hope you've had a great weekend and you're enjoying the springtime blooms as much as I am! Angharad x

Friday, 27 January 2017

Oxwich Bay

Hello jet lag, my old friend! 😴 One of my least favourite things about travelling is the jet lag when you get back home...it's not much fun to be honest. On Monday we thought we'd chase away the cobwebs with a trip to Oxwich Bay, a large sandy stretch in Gower. The weather was glorious! It was cold yet clear, and we had a beautiful sunset to enjoy 😊 It's good to be back in Wales!
We walked the entire length of the golden sands as the sun went down, and after our rather long walk we rewarded ourselves with a bite to eat at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, which has an open fire and is especially cosy at this time of year. I think these photos capture the natural beauty of Oxwich Bay and show how Wales is such a fantastic country!
Have a great weekend! Thank you for reading, Angharad x

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

10 Photos to Inspire you to Visit Barbados

I've just got back from such a lovely break in Barbados, and I'm so excited to show you some of the best parts of this amazing island. Barbados is a wonderful place to celebrate the new year, and it's the perfect place to beat the January blues. From the glamour of the 5 star hotels and swish restaurants on the island's West Coast, to the beautiful and relaxed area of St. Lawrence Gap, Barbados can be whatever you want it to be. Welcome to the tropical paradise of Barbados!

Alleynes Bay is situated on the West Coast of Barbados, and it's so pretty! Imagine dreamy expanses of the softest sand, swaying palm trees and warm turquoise waters which are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Alleynes Bay is the ideal place to spend a lazy day relaxing in the sun.

The Lone Star is one of my favourite restaurants on the West Coast...it really has one of the best outlooks, and the white interior is uber stylish and glamorous. It doesn't look particularly special from the roadside, but as soon as you you walk through the main entrance and stand at the top of the steps overlooking the restaurant, you are literally blown away by the stunning view. On this occasion we made a reservation for breakfast and we enjoyed the lovely eggs benedict and smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. I think that The Lone Star is best enjoyed in the day time, so you can fully appreciate the gorgeous view of the beach and the ocean.

St. Lawrence Gap is one of my favourite areas of the island. I actually prefer it to the West Coast because there are more bars and restaurants which you can walk to within close proximity. It's less pretentious than the West Coast, but it's certainly not tacky, which can be difficult to find in some holiday locations. On our last night we saw the most beautiful sunset which coincided with happy hour (yay!). If you fancy a rum punch or an exotic cocktail at sundown then head to one of the lovely bars and restaurants in The Gap!

Dover Beach is my favourite beach on the whole island. It's much bigger than the beaches on the West Coast, and there is plenty of space for sun beds, so it never feels crowded. The sand is powder white, and the sea is such a fabulous colour; I love how it has different shades of turquoise, according to how deep the waters are. It was lots of fun swimming here, and we even saw turtles bob their heads up in the waves! My boyfriend enjoyed water sports such as surfing, paddle boarding, and windsurfing, whilst I read my book on a sun lounger under a palm tree :-)

Our visit to Bottom Bay made us feel like we'd been shipwrecked on a desert island; it's so sheltered and hidden away. We hired a car and drove to the beach on a cloudy day, so this photo doesn't capture it at it's best, but it's semi enclosed by high coral cliffs and a small cluster of tall, leaning palm trees, making it very picturesque. A local guy sat at the top of the steps leading down to the beach, and offered to make us homemade cocktails served in fresh coconuts (he told us that one of them was called the Rihanna, which I thought was pretty cool!).
Foul Bay is so beautiful, quiet, and unspoilt. We literally had the entire beach to ourselves, and all we could hear was the sound of the waves as the tide came in, which was really special. Again, we visited on a cloudy day, so I'd imagine it to look absolutely stunning when the sun is out. The natural beauty of the beach actually reminded us of Broad Haven South Beach in West Wales, with the addition of a few palm trees!
Castaways Bar & Grill was one of our favourite casual lunch spots in St. Lawrence Gap. Just look at the view! The beautiful shallow waters actually looked like a blue lagoon, and it was great fun watching a small fishing boat bringing in the daily catch which was prepared and barbecued at the waters edge.
Bathsheba is on the East Coast and it's more rugged and wild. It's very popular with surfers and offers a great change of scenery to the calmer and more serene areas of the island. We enjoyed watching the surfers take on the impressive waves in the famous Soup Bowl.
The surf! Here's my boyfriend enjoying the surf :-D There are some good surf spots which offer consistent swells, and the water is so warm and clean; it's the perfect temperature to take a dip and cool down on a hot day.
The Crane Beach is best viewed from The Crane Hotel, which is high up on the cliff edge. It's a large and impressive beach, and the sea has powerful waves. We enjoyed lunch at L'Azure, which has a beautiful cliff-side view of the beach.

I really hope that you've enjoyed these photos!
 As always, thank you for reading, and Happy New Year :) Angharad x


Thursday, 8 December 2016

Life is better at the beach

The lead up to Christmas can be so busy; David and I recently decided to get away from it all and relax and unwind at the beach. We visited Pobbles and Three Cliffs Bay in Gower, and it was so beautiful! The sky was brilliant blue, and it was actually warm in the sun; it really didn't feel like it was so close to Christmas. When you've had a busy week, it's so lovely to head to the beach. Days like this make me feel so fortunate to live in Wales. Life is better at the beach!

Three Cliffs Bay

We love the beach!

Thank you for reading! Angharad x

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Cocktails at Dirty Martini

Source: Dirty Martini
The 2016 Christmas Cocktail Collection has officially launched at Dirty Martini, so what better way to familiarise myself with these beauties than by attending a cocktail making masterclass?! I  had the pleasure of attending this event at the recently opened Dirty Martini in Cardiff, along with other bloggers from the South Wales area, and it was so much fun!

On arrival I was welcomed with a lovely Christmas Bellini, which was full of festive fizz. Next, our private bartender expertly demonstrated how to make the perfect cocktail, and then it was our turn to get behind the bar and have a go ourselves. I've never worked behind a bar before, so this was a novelty. We measured, we poured, we chilled our glasses with crushed ice, we learnt about the different spirits, we shook our shakers, and we even spray painted a cherry with edible gold paint. There is certainly a science and an art to concocting the perfect cocktail!

My finished creation was the Christmas Cheer, which consists of Bols Genever, Tanqueray Gin, and Cherry Heering liqueur, shaken with raspberry syrup, Luxardo Maraschino, pomegranate juice and a dash of orange bitters. Needless to say, this was very strong!  I sadly wasn't able to stay for the second half of the masterclass, but I've been reliably informed that it involved creating the Mince Chai, which looked very festive indeed!

During the Christmas Cocktail Masterclass, we tried the delicious sharing platters, which each serve 2-3 people. My favourite was the Distinctively Dirty platter, which has the signature Dirty Martini beef and cheese sliders, fried buttermilk chicken with buffalo hot sauce, grilled chicken korma skewers with coriander and spices, Korean vegetable samosas, grilled flatbreads with mint yogurts, and spinach and Italian cheese dips.

I loved the luxurious interior, with bespoke murals and mood lighting. This is the first Dirty Martini cocktail bar outside London, and no expense has been spared with creating the perfect atmosphere for a fun night out.

The Christmas Cocktail Masterclass costs £30 per person, and here's what you can expect if you're thinking of making a booking at Dirty Martini, Cardiff:

- Christmas Bellini on arrival
- Make 2 of their fabulous cocktails
- Enjoy some their delicious Christmas food platter (one platter per 3 people)
- Your own private bartender for the duration of the class

For more information or to plan your party, please contact 0207 632 2080 or email bookings@dirtymartini.uk.com

Link: dirtymartini.uk.com/

Cheers!🍸 Angharad  x

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