Pierre Le Bistrot


When deciding where to go for dinner with work to celebrate the end of our series, ‘Pierre Le Bistrot’ seemed like a good option. A relatively new restaurant serving, (as you might have guessed from the title) French cuisine. The restaurant is in The Brewery Quarter, minutes away from Cardiff/Caroline Street’s ‘Chippy Lane!” I’d heard good things about it from some of my colleagues and thought the menu looked pretty good so that’s where I decided to book.

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The restaurant inside has lovely wooden tables and chairs and a low lighting creating a relaxing atmosphere. There was also plenty of various wines to choose from, we opted for the Rose – which was fruity and light.

While waiting for our starters we were given baskets of warm, fresh bread to nibble on as an ‘Amuse Gueule’ which was a nice little treat. For my starter I had’ Parfait au foie de volaille,’ Chicken liver parfait with sourdough toast and red onion confiture, which was delicious. My friends had the ‘Assiette Méditerranéenne’ to share which cost £10.50 between 2 and looked incredible and was definitely worth the money. My other colleague had  “Salmon rillette of fresh and oak-smoked
Scottish salmon” for her starter which also looked and according to her tasted delicious.

For my main I had Fillet of sea bass baked with plum tomatoes,
shaved garlic, olive oil, flat leaf parsley with spicy chorizo which was really tasty. Our main courses were accompanied by potato dauphinoise and fresh broccoli, Chantenay carrots and red cabbage.

As a big group we had to pre-order which worked out really well as all our food came out at the same time and was piping hot and really tasty. I am looking forward to my next visit to the restaurant as I was very impressed with the service, food, wine and atmosphere.  MERCI ‘Pierre Le Bistrot’ 🙂



Le Bistrot Pierre
The Old Brewery Quarter
Caroline Street
CF10 1FG
(029) 2034 5990
Opening hours
Monday – Friday: 12.00pm – 3.00pm
Saturday: 12.00pm – 3.30pm
Sunday: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Monday – Thursday: 5.30pm – 10.00pm
Friday and Saturday: 5.30pm – 11.00pm
Sunday: 6.00pm – 10.00pm



It’s time to …blog!


So it appears that I haven’t blogged in far too long and now the content of my blog seems a little outdated. Initially it was set up with the intention of letting people know what they could do for fun and laughs in Cardiff as part of a university project, but now I feel like I may just blog about whatever I feel like blogging about. So here goes, one of my favourite things to do in Cardiff and generally in life is to eat. There are so many wonderful restaurants in Cardiff and not just in the town centre but also in Canton/Pontcanna.  Since moving to Canton a year ago I have taken it upon myself to try as many different ones as I can.

One of these is the ‘Hangfire Smokehouse Southern Style BBQ’ restaurant in the Lansdowne pub in Canton.  I’ve only been once but the food is so delicious that I am visiting again tonight to share the wonderful experience with a friend who is visiting from London. It’s a pop up restaurant on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5 until 9 (or until they sell out!) but you have to be quick as it sells out pretty quickly (because it tastes sooooo good!!!) The Lansdowne is a great pub with a great atmosphere and that’s why it makes for a perfect place to eat/drink/socialise.



Hangfire Smokehouse – pulled pork, chicken wings, beef brisket.



End of year CJS video 2011/12


After a year of hard work, early starts, late nights and the stresses of production days we decided to put the skills we learnt to the test by making an end of year video! As a group of 23 we had some great memories and in jokes and so decided to produce, direct and film to keep as a memoir of our time on the course. Here it is:

Top 10 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe

Top 10 jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe

As my mum always says ‘if you don’t laugh you cry,’ so I’m a great believer in finding every opportunity available to have a good laugh. Here’s a list of the top 10 jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

1. Stewart Francis – “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”

2. Tim Vine – “Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly.”

3. Will Marsh – “I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.”

4. Rob Beckett – “You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your book case.”

5. Chris Turner – “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet … I don’t know why.”

6. Tim Vine – “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze.”

7. George Ryegold – “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating.”

8. Stewart Francis – “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting.”

9. Lou Sanders – “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ’It’s not rocket salad’.”

10. Nish Kumar – “My mum’s so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism … she wouldn’t fancy her chances.”

I’m lucky to have a great group of friends that always make me giggle. These are some recent pictures of my crazy friends that made me laugh.

Giggles mid week


Originally my blog was meant to be a laughter guide which would involve me posting anything funny for you all to have a good old giggle at. I then realised my blog has in fact been taken over by my experience as a journalist, perhaps reflecting how much I’ve learnt and how much I’ve grown up since getting a proper job and finishing my course. BUT do not fear as I’m still always on the look out for funny things, so I came across this which made me actually LOL (laugh out loud,) so have a look and a laugh!


This video also reminded me of my dog and how human like she can sometimes be. You have to love Labrador’s 🙂

Working 9 til 5


After a 3 week placement at ITV Wales with the Welsh current affairs team I was so pleased when they offered me a job when I finished my course. I couldn’t wait to finish another month of exams so that I could step outside our university journalism bubble and put what I’d learnt to the test in the real world.  Two months on from finishing my Post-graduate Diploma at Cardiff University and I’ve had some great opportunities and learnt so much.

My first programme was an undercover investigation into illegal tanning injections. I was able to use the undercover investigation skills i’d learnt on my placement as well as interviewing, editing, filming, producing and learning how to use the technical equipment. I absolutely love my job and working with such a great team has been great. Here’s my first programme (it is in Welsh but you can put English subtitles on.)


After finishing our first 4 programmes we went for a celebratory meal at the Grape and Olive in Cardiff. Here are the Hackettes: Branwen is my producer, Hanna is the presenter, myself and Catrin are the journalists and Christine is the editing queen!

For our last programme myself and Hanna went on a trip to the set of ‘This Morning’ in London to interview Matt Johnson, presenter of the ‘Hwb’ on S4C and This Morning. Our programme was about Welsh learners and as Matt is currently learning we went to interview him about his experience. It was a great opportunity to see the live broadcast of ‘This Morning’ and to meet the crew.

To promote our new set of programmes myself and the girls decided it would be a good idea to design some hoodies for us to wear on location. They proved extremely useful that very weekend as myself and Hanna headed to the Eisteddfod to film some interviews. There was a few rainy showers but luckily for us the Hacio hoodies kept our hair in ship-shape!

Here’s a link to the previous programme we worked on, where I did some of the filming, interviewing and editing:


My time learning more about astronomy…


As part of our portfolio we had to do a 5 minute radio feature. After speaking to a previous contact I found out that his daughter had won a few competitions and had been chosen to represent the UK in an international Space Competition.

Sophie Gorno from Cardiff is only 15 and is the only girl going from Cardiff. I decided to research how popular astronomy was by doing some star gazing of my own. The Cardiff Astronomical Society were really helpful, in one of their observing sessions I saw Saturn through the telescope which was incredible. It was really fascinating and I met so many great people which is why I love journalism so much.

This is my feature: