Bueno and nutella milkshake | Coffi Co

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I discovered Coffi Co on pretend Christmas day last year. Chris and I were due to go back to see our families for actual Christmas day so we decided to both take a day off work a couple of weeks before and use it to celebrate with presents, too much food and The Holiday. Normally Christmas mornings in the Bush household involve Church and carols but as nowhere could accommodate that on a random Wednesday in mid-December, we settled on the secular alternative – a nippy walk. Given that we live between a retail park and dual carriageway, most of the walk wasn’t particularly lovely but we ended up at Cardiff Bay and the first coffee shop we found was Coffi Co.

Coffi Co in the bay is in such a great location as it sticks out over the water so there are great views of the sea and passing boats on three sides. The other thing I loved about it was their selection of interesting coffees and hot chocolates: Jaffa Cake mocha, Aero hot chocolate, cookies and cream cappuccino.  I’m pretty indifferent about coffee but if it’s a sweet, frothy coffee with whipped cream and a bit of Bueno sticking out of the top then I am on board.

My first post could have very easily been just been about my love for Kinder Buenos. I’m a big fan of anything that combines chocolate and nuts but there’s something about the light crispy shell and white creamy middle that really just blows every other chocolate bar out of the water.

Even though the Bueno latte was very nice, my favourite drink came a few months later at the Bayscape venue of Coffi Co. I was absolutely buzzed when I discovered that Coffi Co have a café just a few minutes’ walk from our flat and so on Valentine’s day after work, Chris and I went again. It was a really bright and sunny afternoon and despite the fact that it was still February and pretty cold, I bought a Bueno and Nutella milkshake, Chris got an iced latte, and we drank them outside by the water. I ate the stick of Bueno on top and then drank my milkshake in about 3 slurps. Creamy, nutty chocolatey and everything I love from the middle bit of a Bueno in a milkshake. I was expecting it to be a bit sickly but it was actually light and refreshing with plenty of ice. It had whipped cream and a dollop of Nutella on top which I attempted to tip into my mouth at the end. If money and calories didn’t matter, I would have gone and ordered three more on the spot.

Hi, I’m Mima

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If I have something delicious in a restaurant then I will almost certainly force a forkful of it upon whoever I’m with. That’s not a humble-brag about my generosity but should indicate why I wanted to start a blog about food – if I eat something nice I’ve just got to tell someone about it. My aim is to tell the story about my favourite food, both things I’ve made and things I’ve tried in restaurants and cafés.

Me in the summer with some orange juice, outside our student house.

Cooking and eating are some of my favourite things to do and I’m convinced that joy, sadness, celebration and boredom are always improved by eating something lovely. Any success, milestone or just a free weekend is my excuse to go out for food and try somewhere new or somewhere I know I love. I recently moved to Cardiff and that brings the exciting bonus of having loads of new restaurants and cafés to try. Half of the posts on here will be about my favourite food that I’ve found when eating out, whether it’s from a pub, street food van, restaurant chain or garden centre café. My purpose isn’t to criticise or review them but more to acknowledge and applaud good food.

Mackerel salad from Godrevy Cafe

The other half of the blog is going to be things that have come out of my kitchen. I like to use cookery books for inspiration but very rarely stick to recipes, mainly because I haven’t got the money or cupboard space to buy fiddly ingredients for just one dish. I cook almost every day and like experimenting with flavours and techniques, safe in the knowledge that whatever I try, nothing that bad is going to happen. Normally what I make is nice but sometimes it’s flipping great and it’s those recipes or ideas that I want to share.

Quiche making

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce my fiancé and fellow foodie Chris. He’ll be the one across from me at a restaurant table in my pictures and in a few months will become my number one co-chef for life.

My fiancé Chris, about to tuck into a slab of quiche

That’s all the necessary introductions, let’s get on with the food. Bon appetit.