Feeling Snug, At The Snug in Exeter

Normally if I rave about a eatery in Exeter, it can normally either be found in the city centre, or down near the River Exe. The Snug is found deep within the eastern side of Exeter, around the back of Whipton.

If you have kids, are in this part of Exeter, check this place out, if only for the kids play area. And its probably the kids area that sums up The Snugs selling point so well.

It feels like home.

I don’t have an indoor slide, or indoor soft play at home. But I have space, there are toys (sometimes all over the place), and I have a sofa. The Snug has all these things, with a fantastic sofa overlooking it all. The Sofa supplying a great place to both try and sleep, and show your daughter how a Jack In A Box Works.

Although called The Snug, they have plenty of space for buggies. There is also a “quieter” side of the cafe as well, which is away from the noise of the play area.

Food wise, its great little cafe style menu with daily specials… But I have to admit. I’ve been a few times now, and only ever eaten the breakfast. Make of that what you will, but it is worth noting that they talk about sourcing as much of their menu as locally as they can. Also the menu has gluten free options! Gluten free options are subject to what they have in stock, but I’ve always found the staff friendly and helpful when discussing this with them.

(Edit. The Good Lady Wife has just poked me in the back, and reminded me of their cake.)

Last point. (I feel I am gushing over this place too much). The Decor. Words cant explain it, so I’ll finish off with a few images.

More details about The Snug can be found on their Facebook Page.

Random Ways to Show Love and Acceptance.

So, lets face it. 2016 is an interesting year. With arguably negative political campaigns held on either side of the Atlantic, leading to negativity spilling out of the newspapers and impacting people in a real way. It feels like the world is leaving 2016 in a far more negative place then when it entered it.

I’m not going to write a full discourse looking at why this may be the case, instead I’m going to look at a few ideas of what could be done to improve matters. (There’s no way of phrasing the next sentence without being cheesy) How can we spread more love in 2016?

Read The Gruffalo…

Kids books are awesome, and the world needs more awesome. Try The Gruffalo for a flavour of awesome. Actually try anything from Julia Donaldson.

Volunteer For A Local Charity / Organization.

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Because volunteers are awesome, and there’s probably something out there you’d like doing. (I personally know of opportunities to cook, and build lego.*) If nothing else, doing something good might help to improve your CV.

Write A Love Letter To A Stranger.

Like these guys…

 

Abundance redefined. ?? #LL2S

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Cook Your Neighbour A Meal.

Because who doesn’t love free food?

(Doesn’t have to look this nice)

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Offer Free Hugs

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Like EVERYTHING

 

Step 1. Order loads of these stickers from Amazon.facebook-like-sticker

Step 2. PUT THEM EVERYWHERE!!!!

 

Any other suggestions you’d like to share?

*These are two separate volunteer positions, at different places. There isn’t a magical place where you cook AND play with lego…. I dont think.

This post has also appeared on The Church Sofa.

 

IBS. Some Newbie Observations

Around the start of August, and after having a massively weird stomach for a couple of weeks, I was diagnosed with having Irritable bowel syndrome. Reading over the IBS symptoms, made a few other things make sense – like going to sleep after some meals. That sort of thing.

So over the last month, I’ve been trying to work out what having IBS means. I figured (in case it helped anyone), that I would share my initial observations of the world of having Irritable bowel syndrome.

  1. Embrace it, you might feel better once you’ve worked out what’s causing it.
  2. Yeah, everything online about Irritable bowel syndrome is a bit complicated.
  3. If your IBS works that way, embrace the world of smoothies.
  4. Sainsburys “Free From” bread does indeed taste like Cotton Wool inside your mouth. That doesn’t mean it tastes nice.
  5. Your waist line might smile at you.
  6. Questioning what you should / shouldn’t eat can help your wallet as it forces you to think twice when out shopping.
  7. Gluten and wheat free beer is… alright.
  8. On second thoughts (after having tried it from Tescos) “Free From” bread rolls, simply don’t seem to be good. At all.
  9. Bar B Qs are weird without anything to hold the meat.
  10. You might feel great if you eat very little – make sure you don’t eat too little. Work out what you can eat, because, eating is good.

If you’ve got any tips and tricks about IBS please get in touch and share them with me.

In the mean time, I need to go and work out how to eat at a BBQ…

How Long Do You Wait?

Imagine the situation: Your toddler leaves the Living Room heading towards the kitchen, making “I want food noises”.

Question: How long do you wait until you go after the toddler?

A) Nice and Quick!
B) Do you wait, finish what you’re doing then go?
C) Hang on… See if you can identify any noises… then RUN!
D) Meh. You have locks on your cupboards you’re fine.
E) Meh… Let see what the toddler does.

If you’re settling for option E.
Good Luck