Friday, 17 September 2010

England 2010

England 2010
We had an amazing time in England, mostly visiting friends and family. As G is from Bristol, that was our base, and we spent time in Bath and went up north to York, as well. It was my first trip to anywhere in the North of England, and York is stunning- I was so surprised I hadn't heard of it being a major tourist destination fro those visiting England, since it is so picturesque and interesting.

When in Bristol, I had a certain something on my hit list. I had recently heard of Pieminister,  a Bristol-based savoury pie company that makes ridiculously delicious pies.... of the deep-dish, personal-sized kind. I have never met a pastry I didn't love, so I was very interested in trying it....
I Love Pieminister
and I was hooked. Guy and I loved the Mr. Porky, which is a lovely pork, apple and potato pie in a delicious gravy. I also love the Heidi Pie, which is a sweet potato, spinach and feta pie. So. Damn. Good! But above the tasty pies, I really support the mandate of the company, which focuses on free range, sustainably farmed and local animals and ingredients. Oh Pieminister, do you franchise? Because G and I talked quite seriously about opening one up here in Toronto. Except I'd eat the profits. I ate so many, I even got a frequent pie-buy card- I'm only 2 pies away from my free pie! When we're back in the spring, I'll finish it off.

I know I'm going on and on about pies here, but when we got a bit lost looking for G's friend's house, we needed to turn around, and guess what we found?
The Pieminister factory, of course!!! Look how elated I am in that picture. That's pure pie joy right there.
 
I have to share this hilarious (albeit blurry) photo of G's young self that he found at his parent's house: 
very young Guy
Doesn't he look like a extra from one of the Harry Potter films?! Fortunately he grew into his looks:

Guy now
I bought yarn in England, I swear. Yarn post coming soon.

23 comments:

Denise said...

Yay, pictures of home :-) I love them. Those pies look delish, I've never heard of them though, York is only about an hour away from where I lived, amazingly I never went there much!!

Jacey said...

Heh, you pegged it. G looks straight out of Harry Potter days. :) Lovely photos as always. I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip!

Ibunnysavetroy said...

he is totally a harry potter extra.
that's so funny he's from bristol, I live in bristol in CT. And we had a couple choirs from the high schools in bristol, uk visit us when I was in high school.

The Sweatshop of Love said...

I loved finding pictures of my boyfriend when he was little at his mom's house, too! Though PT didn't look like he'd fit into any Harry Potter films. So cute!

Siga said...

Looks like you had fun. Oh yeah, pies are great in England. And good thing you went to York - it's a very nice place.

Michele said...

It looks like you had so much fun! I love England. Those pies look and sound delish!

Kara said...

What an awesome trip! And those pies are making my hungry...

Madam Butterfly said...

Thank you so much for such a wonderful post!!! I love to travel and with you I had an opportunity to go to England!
Thank you for your post in my blog!

crystal said...

You two are so sweet! My boyfriend is from Yorkshire and everytime I go to England I spend a lot of time up there! It is lovely, but I have been to Bath and think it's also very pretty. I don't think I've seen a part of England I haven't liked yet! Next year we will be heading out for Glastonbury, it's such a great time - maybe you two could make it and we could all meet up!

slamskatkitten said...

it looks like you had an amazing time!

Laura said...

You've made me very hungry. Currently dreaming up recipes for savoury mini-pies.

Rebecca said...

Yes England is marvelous!! Glad you had fun!

pymette said...

I love that you got a frequent pie-eating card... and that you are only two pies away from a free one!! I have many frequent-whatever cards in my wallet with only one stamp... you really must've been dedicated :)

xo leanna

Allison said...

The pies sound fabulous! Usually the best part of vacation is all the tasty food. Also, your headband from last post is such a pretty accessory.

Renee said...

oh, gosh, I'm hungry now!

Maryse said...

The pies sure look good! I'll try to remember if one day I go to England again!

Kristen said...

hehehe I love the Pieminister pic, so funny...sounds so delish! Cant wait to see what yarns you brought.

erica-knits said...

I can't believe G let you put that photo on the internet. I'm pretty jealous, I always wanted to go to a school with a uniform. Not many of those in Manitoba. So glad the two of you had so much fun! xoxo

P.s. you look absolutely adorable in the Pieminister pic. (and all the rest, of course)

Aesderina said...

you made me hungry.
those look SO yummy

yoel said...

Mmm pie! Now I can't stop reciting the pie-related dialogue from Chicken Run in my terrible chicken/British accent. It looks like you had a ton of fun!

What are the lobster-like pastries in the last picture?

angelknits said...

Beautiful pictures, beautiful people, what a memorable and lovely vacation!
Love your story...and yes, Harry Potter is a mini version of G. So cute!!!

Welcome home, Julie!

Hilary said...

How fun!! Pieminster sounds *amazing*...I am now craving savory pies! And that photo of G is just adorable. He does look just like he stepped out of a Harry Potter book!

CanarySanctuary said...

Mmm, pie joy. If you do open one here, I'm so totally going to be there. You couldn't keep me away from that spinach pie.