23 July 2019

Sunday at Coast

Coast

On Sunday, my Dad and I drove down to Dorset to the visit my sister and her boyfriend. The journey along the A31 and A338 was a familiar one, having spent three formative years in Bournemouth training for a career that - little did I know - would stop short at an unpaid internship. Although where I departed these sandy shores for promise of a new life in the big city, my sister remained, and has since become the envy of my family with her summer snaps from the golden coastline and crisp afternoon walks in the New Forest. It was a pleasure to savour even a few hours of a life I hadn't realised I had missed.

Leanne and Jonny treated us to brunch at Coast, uniquely combining an independent café with surf, skate and moto shop in a celebration of beach culture. The contemporary frontage is inviting; woven lanterns linger above outdoor seating screened by bamboo, leading then into a naturally lit café space with timber décor and an olive green feature wall draped with the tendrils of invading plants. A classic motorbike pitched beside a row of sleek surfboards casts little doubt to the true passion behind the business.

As we await our choices from the locally sourced menu (mine a smoked salmon scotch egg with roasted beetroot, salad and wasabi mayonnaise), I escape my family for several minutes to explore the room beyond the café. Another motorcycle is stood proudly before me, and to the right, shelves of surf and biking books, a rail of light and summery garments, and a vintage pool table decked with beauty and home accessories to complement one's coastal lifestyle. At the very rear of the store is a workshop for all of your board and bike requirements.

After finishing up our brunch and fruit smoothies, we returned to Leanne's flat ahead of our stroll to the beach. Yet, as we passed a scene of paddleboarders and windsurfers metres from the shore, I had to wonder, having lived beside the sea for three years, why I hadn't embraced beach culture like my sister and so many others here. Perhaps if I had been a tad more adventurous, I might be eyeing up those surfboards in Coast with a yearning for the sea, as opposed to wondering how best I frame them for my camera.

Coast may be found at 91 Salterns Road, Poole, BH14 8BL.

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17 July 2019

Graduate Fashion Week | Liverpool John Moores University

Graduate Fashion Week | Liverpool John Moores University

I didn't attend Graduate Fashion Week in 2018, because I was galivanting around Budapest, but gosh had I missed it. Unlike the commercially minded collections we often see at London Fashion Week, those presented on the GFW runway are unbound by the latest trends and market pressures, and steered purely by imagination and promising talent. As a consequence, the graduates' designs are spectacularly diverse, comprising all manner of colours, fabrics, styles and silhouettes. Frankly it's refreshing!

Liverpool John Moores University is the only show I photographed this summer, nonetheless I adored the creativity displayed by its graduates, especially in those collections that were a tad more eccentric. If I had to choose a favourite from the eighteen-strong student showcase, it would have to be Enola Wade's "Lost in Grace" - a vibrant, 80s-inspired collection that pays tribute to Grace Jones with neon catsuits, gold palazzo pants, animal print, and a cape made entirely from the supermodel's face. Special mention also to Lizzie Barnes for challenging the heteronormity of men's fashion in a flurry of fuchsia pink ensembles.

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12 July 2019

International Cheese Awards Press Evening

International Cheese Awards 2019

Whenever my parents and I open the refrigerator lately, our noses are immediately assaulted by the potent and unmistakable aroma of cheese. Which isn't altogether surprising, having returned from the press evening for the International Cheese & Dairy Awards with two goodie bags laden with vintage Cheddars, crumbling Cheshires, and wheels of gooey Camembert.

Much like last year's event, the evening was a majestic all-you-can-eat banquet of award-winning cheeses, held in the Southwark studio space of Lumiere London. Following an informative talk from Charlie Turnball, Director of the Academy of Cheese (where do we enrol?!), and wine pairings with Bradburys' Richard Paul, Maddy and I hungrily navigated a tantalising selection of cheeses supplied by the world's most accomplished cheesemakers, twice as many as last summer's spread, while stubbornly ignoring the inconvenient reality that my gut has since developed an intolerance to dairy. Hedonism has its drawbacks.

In satisfying my turophile temptations, I discovered my palate has a particular penchance for flavoured cheeses, such as Bradburys' White Stilton with Mango & Ginger and Dragon's Vintage Cheddar & Leek. But the ultimate choice had to be "The Guru" by Orsom, a red Leicester infused with flavours of mango chutney, which myself and Maddy couldn't help returning to throughout the evening. Frustratingly, this awesome Orsom was the one brand that wasn't present in the goodie bag, and I can't bring myself to purchase myself a truckle until my family and I make a greater dent in our supplies! (Anybody fancy helping us out?)

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Although held annually since 1897, the International Cheese & Dairy Awards remains little-known beyond the cheesemaking industry. Hence this intimate gathering of food bloggers and journalists, to encourage budding cheese connoisseurs to venture north for a slice or twenty of exceptionally good artisan cheese. Certainly I was tempted when they offered us all the chance to participate as judges.

This year's competition invites industry members to attend on Tuesday 30th July, when a panel of three-hundred cheese and dairy experts shall determine the 2019 winners from more than five-thousand global entries. The show then opens its doors to the wider public on Wednesday 31st, where ticket holders will be treated to more than fifty cheese exhibitors alongside cookery demonstrations from James Martin and other professional chefs. I admit a Wednesday seems a tad awkward for a food festival, but for those who can't attend this summer, fear not, organisers have announced the 2020 show shall be held over a weekend.

The International Cheese & Dairy Awards is held alongside The Nantwich Show, the UK's largest one-day agricultural gala, through whom you can purchase tickets.

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