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Science Cream


Who doesn’t love ice cream? Well, I love ice cream and I have an embarrassing number of loyalty stamps from Science Cream.I recently visited this small shop in Castle Arcade because I love ice cream and I had heard that this ice cream was better than your regular 99.

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.16The first thing you notice when you enter is how light and bright the interior appears; the white makes the place feel scientific and this affirmed by the ‘ice cream makers’ who wear lab coats. This adds to the sense of fun and excitement you feel when you enter.

It is an experience that involves all your senses; the sweet smell of the ice cream, the lively interior, the eerie smoke. Oh yes! When you enter, the area where they make the ice cream is barred off with clear protective boards with mixers, metal bowls and the key ingredient – Liquid Nitrogen.

Not only does it make the place utterly unique, it also is there for a practical reason – in a science experiment gone wrong, someone discovered that liquid nitrogen, if added to ice cream improves the flavour. The liquid nitrogen creates miniscule ice crystals which quickly evaporates after touching the ice-cream. Liquid nitrogen boils at -196C, meaning you won’t be able to taste it but this is what causes the really cool smoke, that bobs and swirls around the ‘scientists’ that create this delicious treat.

When I visited, there were so many options to choose from; the classic Madagascan vanilla remained but sat alongside Breakfast Cereal and Caramelised Peanut Butter. The changes change weekly but the classics always feature accompanied by new adventurous flavours.

So, I am not the best at choosing but it was close to Valentine’s Day so I decided go for the special – Cupid’s Straw-Brûlée (Small: £3.95, Large: £4.95) which was Coconut or Custard Vanilla Crème anglaise ice cream, (I went for coconut) topped with Italian meringue marshmallow dipped strawberries & fresh raspberry sauce. Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.47.44

It was absolutely delicious – much creamier than regular ice cream and the toppings complimented rather than overpowered the ice cream. This balance means that I will definitely be visiting here again.

I loved visiting Science Cream, the atmosphere was amazing – fun but I also felt like I was learning about Sceince, the décor is lovely and the ice cream should be called ‘really, really nice cream.’ Better yet, it is only a stones throw away from Mrs Potts and as it is right next to the castle, on a sunny day, it would be great to enjoy this treat sat outside Cardiff Castle.

As the weather is only just entering spring, I think I will relax inside but in my opinion, although it may be cold outside, it is never too cold for ice cream.Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.46.48

Science Cream Ice Cream Parlour is located at 28 Castle Arcade. All details were correct as of Feb 2016.



By Elouise Hobbs

Infinity Trampoline Park

 

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If you are looking for something exciting and different that will make your heart pound loudly in your ears then look no further than Infinity Trampoline Park, Cardiff.

This centre is a new addition to Catherine Park and is right next to Boulders Rock Climbing Centre. I hadn’t been on a trampoline since school and the thought was a bit daunting but I had the best afternoon, it was so much fun and there were giggles all round.

When you arrive, the place looks a bit like an industrial estate with grey buildings and massive shops but when you enter, you are greeted by something completely different. The center is covered in trampolines and the bright yellow and red padding and foam pits bring lots of colour and this emphases the pleasure that simmers in the air.

The centre advises you to arrive 20 minuets before your session begins so you can put your shoes and socks into the boxes, sign the waiver and listen to a safety talk by one of their trained supervisors. It costs £7 for an hour off peak and slightly more (£9) during peak times. The centre is open from 10am most days and closes between 9pm-10pm during the week and is open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

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Although there were children at our session, I was surprised by how many groups of adults there were. There is no age limit but you have to make sure you can still participate on health grounds. They run a three strikes system which works really well to prevent people acting dangerously in the center but apart form that, its really relaxed and you have freedom to do what you want.

There is the main court in which ‘open jump’ is encouraged. It has tumble tracks, boxes, walled trampolines and vaults, which mean that the possibilities of what to do are endless. But, if you are like me, you can just have competitions with your friends to see who can jump the highest!

There is a basketball area where you can do your best impression of Michael Jordan; a dodge ball area where you can have a game (or just fall over trying to pick up the balls) or just make up your own game.

If you fancy yourself the next best free-runner there is a vertical trampoline wall, which allows everyone to experience the thrill of parkour. The center also has fitness classes (it is the best workout I have has in a long time), which run on a weekly basis.

The foam pit is a great area to dive into whilst practicing your flips. I honestly thought there is no way I can do a flip (due to my highly inept acrobatic and general co-ordination skills) but by the end of the session, with some help from the on hand instructors, a bit of sweat and a lot of hard work, I was doing backflips! Not bad for an hours work!

I had such a great time at the centre, it was really fun, felt like a real workout and it was just great to do something different. Best of all, it is only a short ride from the city center and it is a great opportunity to make some great slow motion videos to show off your new skills to all your friends!

One important thing to note is that the park is changing locations as of the 31st January 2016. Please ask Staff for updated details. All details are correct as of 6th December 2015.

By Elouise Hobbs

http://www.infinitytrampolinepark.co.uk/

Cardiff Castle

Perhaps the most photographed building of the Welsh capital; Cardiff Castle is located right in the centre of town, about a 10-minute walk from the Bunkhouse.

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We took a tour on a lovely spring day, the sun bellowing down on the old castle stones, with every inch of it looking perfectly picturesque. It was the perfect occasion to climb onto the motte to see the whole of Cardiff below, and to really appreciate the vast ground that the castle sits on.

But if you happen to be in Cardiff during winter; don’t fear. Being one of the first places to have central heating in the Victorian era; the extravagant gold decorated rooms are warmer than you would expect.

The average entry tour (£12) allows access unto the grounds of the castle and the fort but perhaps is a little limiting. So we opted for the guided house tour instead. Although being an additional £3, gave us access to the opulent rooms Lord Bute and his family occupied, as well as an enthusiastic tour guide; who was filled with knowledge about every aspect of the castle and its previous occupants.

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If you visiting Cardiff in the spring and summer months, take advantage of the Wartime Shelters tour, which gives you insight into what it was like to hide in the castle during the air raids of the Second World War. Although there is no additional charge for this tour, it is however only available on the weekends, and on school holidays.

The café situated in the visitor centre is nothing to rave about, good for perhaps a quick coffee or to rest after an afternoon of wandering around the grounds. But you are looking a good lunch then we suggest heading over to Pettigrew Tea Rooms in Bute Park for some lovely afternoon tea (have a look at our review of Pettigrew Tea Rooms below).

As an introduction into Cardiff and its origins, the Castle is your best option. The décor will mesmerise you, its religious history will charm you and its ancestral history will enlighten you.

Vanessa

http://www.cardiffcastle.com/

Vegetarian Food Studio

Nominated in the Times, Guardian and Observer food lists.

Located on Penarth Road, a mere 10-minute walk from the town centre, the award-winning Vegetarian Food Studio is a well-kept secret for those in the know. Even the most dedicated meat eaters will find something delicious to tempt their appetites with the wonderful array of dishes on offer.

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The hugely extensive menu, which includes both South Indian, North Indian (Gujarati) and a selection of popular Oriental dishes, offers both vegetarian and vegan cuisine made with fresh, quality ingredients for a budget price.

The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming and the staff are always on hand to offer advice. Inside, the décor is understated, except for a few revered deities and the odd embroidered wall hanging, and the lighting is stark, but this is not about ambience, this is all about the food…

To start we had the VFS Platter Mix, (£4.95 per person), which includes a selection of their most popular starters: Samosas, Bhajia, Kachori, Onion Pakora, Atom Bombs* and Bateda Wada. These are served with delicious, tangy tamarind chutney. N.B. This is a very generous starter so make sure you leave some room for the main course!

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*Warning! Their famous Atom Bombs, (baby potatoes filled with a fiery garlic chutney), are not for the faint-hearted and are guaranteed to make you break into a sweat! Be warned, the heat is slow and lingering!

For our main course we ordered a selection of dishes to share; Paneer Capsicum, Ringan No Oro and Aloo Palak, (all £4.95 each), plus a portion of pilau rice and Peshwari naan.

Paneer Capsicum, (Indian cottage cheese cooked with peppers and chillies in a tomato sauce), is one of our go-to dishes. The sauce is deliciously rich and tangy and the peppers succulent and caramelised. We highly recommend it! If you like aubergine dishes, Ringan No Oro (barbecue roasted aubergine cooked with onions, coriander, tomatoes and chillies), will not disappoint. The consistency is similar to the Turkish dish baba ghanoush, but the flavours are distinctly Indian – spicy and delicious! And finally, Aloo Palak, a delicately spiced dish of fresh spinach and potatoes is a fantastic way of getting your daily dose of iron!

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We were so stuffed after our feast we couldn’t contemplate eating dessert, but there are plenty of tasty options to choose from. There is also a counter offering colourful Indian sweets to take away – my personal favourite is the pistachio flavour.

If you’re on a budget a very popular choice for a bit of everything is the Gujarati Thali, which comes with a huge selection of dishes, all for £6.95! One thing to note is that they do not sell alcohol, but diners are more than welcome to bring their own. In fact, the manager will happily advise you where to go to buy your booze!

Angie

www.vegetarianfoodstudio.co.uk
115-117 Penarth Road
029 2061 7534

 

located about 10 minutes walk from Bunkhouse.