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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

Treetop Adventure Golf

Bored of going to the cinema? Want to do an activity that’s a bit different and not too expensive? Look no further! Treetop Adventure Golf has just opened in St. David’s 2 Shopping Centre – located 5 minutes from Bunkhouse. Treetops is situated on the 3rd level of the shopping centre, and backs right onto the car park.

Our adventure began when we entered the 3-story building – I was already a bit apprehensive as my sense of direction is borderline non-existent – so following the trail lead by an enthusiastic cartoon Monkey was a great start.

We came out of the lift and right before us was only what I can describe as a wilderness rain forest wonderland – it was awesome!! I instantly felt like a child in a playground again, and couldn’t wait to get started.

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A friendly face, who described the rules and scoreboard to us, welcomed us in. The fact you actually get given a scoreboard instantly set my competitive streak off. The adult price was £7.50 for 18 holes, we were given the clubs and had to choose between two separate courses – Tropical Trail or Ancient Explorer. We chose Ancient Explorer; just because there was a group of shall we say “half cut” middle-aged businessmen starting the other one.

There is a bar /café there – with THE BEST cocktails. Staff are new and polite, very enthusiastic and really want you to have a good time. However, for obvious reasons you cannot drink and play at the same time – so we thought we’d get a little pick me up first. Cocktails are £6.95 (bit steep, but expected) I went with the Tropical Smash, which is a mix off London Dry Gin, Fresh Coriander, Lime Juice and fresh Pineapple juice smashed together and served over crushed ice. My Australian Competitor went with the Bamboo Cooler, which is Vanilla Vodka and Passion fruit Liquor served with Lemon juice and Vanilla Syrup. Beautiful and quirky presentation.

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After we’d refreshed ourselves, we made our way over to Ancient Explorer and away we went. From start to finish the whole thing can only be described as FUN! The maybe charming or frightening competitiveness makes the whole thing better – a lot of laughs were shared and it was something completely different.

They have talking statues that speak when you hit them – one of which sounded like a rough welsh Robin Williams that had just come back from Chippy Lane (Caroline Street) at 4am on a Friday.

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It has suspended lights and a waterfall running though the course with ambient lighting and surround sound of what I imagine being right in the heart of the rain forest would sound like. The effort and interior design of the whole place is really something special.

All in all a great date which was extremely enjoyable. Even better because I somehow managed to win!? Definitely would highly recommend to anyone who wanted to do something a little different.

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Jessie x

http://www.adventuregolf.com/

Garland’s Eatery and Coffee House

One of the best things about Cardiff City Centre, are the quirky hidden gems you can always manage to find in one of the Arcades. By complete fluke, I found one of these in the Duke Street Arcade called Garlands.

What makes Garlands a little bit different is the amount of local Welsh dishes advertised on the menu – and better yet, everything is under £9!! A lot of travellers staying at Bunkhouse ask us where to find good Welsh food, and from now on I will send them all here! Situated a mere 4 minute walk from our Hostel it is the perfect place to get coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch!

The Duke Street Arcade in itself is jam packed with Vintage and Antique shops. Along with bunting and décor very similar to Bunkhouse, it gives off a welcoming and warm vibe. For any of you Instagram lovers; get your filters ready – because this is the place to be!

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For food, I had ‘Good Morning Mumbles’ which is a Welsh Breakfast that consists of cockles (sea food) & fresh laver bread (sea weed) served on fresh laver bread pancakes, crispy bacon and black pudding served with a fried egg. Perfect way to start the day! They also serve a variety of teas and coffees. I had the Lapsang Souchong, which is a black smoked tea. This was presented in a charming little teapot, which set the tone for the rest of the meal.

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Garlands is open from 9-5 Monday-Saturday and 10-4 on Sundays. Breakfast starts form as little as £1.95 – with different toasts and cereal on offer. Portion sizes are generous and the atmosphere is cute and quaint. Very friendly staff and fast service!

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So, if you’re in Cardiff and looking to go somewhere quirky, affordable and WELSH then this is the place for you!

Jessie & Helen – Bros for life.

Garlands eatery & coffee house
4 Duke Street Arcade
Cardiff