Posts Tagged ‘chocolate and guinness’

Who Has Two Jobs? Jess Has Two Jobs.

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

I don’t know what has happened to me – all of a sudden my life revolves around making sure I get to Artisan 15 minutes before my start time, serving food with a smile, and then trying to get enough sleep to do it all again the next day. Last week involved many hours of serving practise and I had my first REAL shift yesterday. The good news – I didn’t drop anything! I consider this to be a huge success and came away from yesterday’s service thinking that maybe I can do this waitressing business after all.

I am working tonight so am spending the day in my other office attempting to write. This was side tracked by the discovery that it is my friend, Nate’s birthday today and I was horrified to discover that he hadn’t eaten any cake by 10.30am! JESS AND A PIECE OF CHOCOLATE AND GUINNESS CAKE AT TAKK TO THE RESCUE!

This cake solves all problems.

This cake solves all problems.

The weather in Manchester has been relatively good and I have managed to wear sleeveless tops on occasion. That said, my temperature tolerance appears to have shifted dramatically and a 20 degree day feels hot. I am still a lovely whiter shade of pale but I have officially booked plane tickets to Croatia for my birthday. Beaches, sunshine and hot weather – these are the best presents I could ask for.

Sunshine equals picnic lunches in Piccadilly Gardens

Sunshine equals picnic lunches in Piccadilly Gardens

The Not So Rude Shipyard

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

After our large vegetable-filled lunch at the Blue Moon, Ben and I went and explored another area of Sheffield before heading to a café called The Rude Shipyard. A great name for a café although it certainly didn’t reflect the café itself as everyone was overly friendly and it was a wonderfully comfortable environment to be in. The café offers home made food, cakes and coffee and you can sit on couches, read books and I believe they sometimes put on concerts.

The Rude Shipyard

There's always something special about cafes on the corner of a street.

Ben and I shared two pieces of cake – a chocolate and Guinness cake and a pear, almond and pudding cake. The chocolate cake was rich and chocolaty and you could really taste the caramel flavours of the Guinness. The pear and almond cake was dense, rich and would make you explode if you ate a lot of it. I have never had a cake that was pudding consistency before and I liked it.

Cake from the Rude Shipyard

Oh yes.

The Rude Shipyard uses vintage cups and mugs to serve its drinks in and I had the absolute pleasure of using a large blue mug to drink almond tea from. It was one of the most enjoyable mug-using experiences of my life and I am now trying to find out where I could possibly source one of these mugs.

Rude Shipyard cup

The big blue cup. Find it for me!

I am desperate – it was such a beautiful thing to drink out of and was perfectly designed for tea drinking. If you know where I can find this mug, please tell me. I’ll love you forever.