Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Chester saves the day!

Last Monday I awoke with excitement at the day that lay ahead of me!! Yes, I know, you don't usually associate that level of enthusiasm with me living in Wales but that was because I was going to be venturing back to ENGLAND...because that's where all the good stuff goes down! 

Byron had the opportunity to go to Chester Zoo to learn about Mitten Crabs (a Chinese crab that is invading our rivers and causing lots of trouble!) for an upcoming conservation project he will be taking part I did what any normal person would do and traded in my classes that day in search of lots of yummy treats! 

...and it was so nice to be surrounded by actual shops, proper shops that sell things you want to buy! I started out at Liberty Bell which is one of my faves, it has tons of old skool Americana house decor and a range of yummy candles with flavours such as campfire marshmallow, key lime pie and pumpkin spice! 


I also found an amazing tearoom called Mad Hatters, and of course I had to go in when I saw that they had a whole counter filled with different flavoured cupcakes!! 

You will be pleased to know I FINALLY found a tasty cupcake! it's only taken me 2 months and it came as no surprise that it wasn't in Wales that I found it! This was their apple crumble cupcake and it was delish.

I also knew one of my must visits would be Sweets from Heaven, a shop that stocks American groceries and sweets...because I needed a root beer fix.

There is something really lovely about the city of Chester.  From the black and white historic buildings to the town walls that you can walk around, it just has a really nice feel to it.  They even had their Christmas lights up which made it feel a little bit more magical, and of course having been stuck in North Wales for so long with no good shops it didn't take much to get me excited! 

After By finished his course, I picked him up and we headed to Cheshire Oaks (a Jones family favourite!).  It is an outlet shopping centre just outside the city centre and you can get some great bargains there! 

It's also home to after 2 months I finally got a Mexican fix! so not only did I get to indulge in  some virgin pina coladas, yum...I also got to have a PULLED PORK quesadilla.  Yes, you heard me right, a fusion of two of my favourite things - Mexican and pulled pork! It was amazing and my day in Chester was worth every minute of the lectures I missed! 

This weekend, we are England bound again as we head to my parents for a Jones Family Thanksgiving feast! I am beyond excited, and no doubt I will have tons of yummy photos to share next week! 


  1. Good old Chester! Its one of my favourite places I think, like all your pics like the rootbeer on the railings! I need to go to chiquito to try that pulled pork quesadilla! x

  2. I can't believe you went to Chester and didn't visit Mummy's Yummys cucpakes:

    Shame on you!! :p x

  3. Hey Gem, Karin passed on your email to me, bless ya!
    Hopefully you'll get a chance to pop by next time! =)

    Nadine x