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Wee Do Bristol 12th August

  • Posted by howies
  • 4 August 2010

Next Thursday, Tom Herbert from Hobbs House Bakery is going to be talking about all things baking and artisan bread.

As usual there will be free drinks on offer and maybe this time even some nibbles.

If you would like to reserve your place please tweet us @howiesbristol, email [email protected], call 01179298928 or pop into the shop and pick up a ticket, you could also accept our invitation on facebook.

Its the last Wee Do whilst I'm still working at the Bristol shop so I hope to see all my favourite Bristol customers in attendance to say farewell. See you there, Amy :o)

buy bread no more

  • Posted by howies
  • 29 July 2010



We have just invested in a bread maker and it has been a life changing event.

I will never buy bread from the supermarket again.

I have been told about them sooo many times and we have now finally got one.

It was so easy and quick to make and tastes amazing.

And you can't beat a sneaky slice of the crust with butter, as soon as it comes out of the oven.


Here at Carnaby Street the offical favourite animal is the dog.. but my personal favourite has always been the bear. There are quite a few bear themed things in my life.. Grizzly Bear, Polar Bear and Panda Bear are all lovely bands and my favourite t-shirt which has a bear on the front.. and now I have a new bear themed goodie to add to the list! Healthy snack enthusiasts BEAR are a great company specialising in natural dried fruity granolaie nibbles... yum (thanks to Gavin who dropped by the shop and let us taste test the products). Today they have earned my respect even more as they took to Westminster in search of Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to growl about his cuts to Government funded healthy eating initiatives (AND if that isn't enough to earn your respect please BEAR in mind that it is a hot hot day here in London and there is a fully furred guy running around in a bear suit for the cause.. kudos!).  If you want to pop your name on their petition visit wearebear.co.uk .


I also drew some pictures of bears in support of the cause.... 


Sinead x


  • Posted by howies
  • 3 June 2010



last week I made my annual trek home to see my family in the US of A

Each time I go, the list of "goodies" that my howies co-workers request grows longer..... (I don't actually eat most of this crap btw!!!!)

Here's the who and what:

Pete: Salt Water Taffy (gooey sweet stuff)

Hollie: Jolly Ranchers (hard sweet stuff)

Tomos: Peanut Butter M and M's (chocolate covered peanut butter sweet stuff)

Scott: Lucky Charms (crunchy puffed sweet stuff) and Twinkies (non biodegradable spongey cake like substance with artificially simulated cream-like filling)

Robin: Sloppy Joe Mix (dehydrated stuff combined with tomato paste and mince to make a scrumptious sandwhich)

No one asked for this stuff, Fluff.  Unfortunately I couldn't bring any back, my luggage had reached maximum load capacity.  Fluff is whipped marshmallow that you put on bread with peanut butter to make a sandwhich.  They also have fluff mixed with strawberry, blueberry or raspberry jam....saves that extra step when you are making a peanut butter, jelly and fluff sandwhich!

making anyone hungry? :-)

Bioblitz hits Bristol!

  • Posted by howies
  • 21 May 2010

The other day Scott was going on about his lovely walk in the sunshine, well tonight I'm going to the BioBlitz Twilight Walk to spot owls and bats. Today's sunshine is very welcome indeedy but there is something magical about summer walks at dusk too.

BioBlitz is an annual event,  a 30-hour race against the clock to find as many species of wildlife as possible, taking place during the UN’s International Day of Biodiversity.

Scientists, naturalists, the public and over 250 schoolchildren will work in groups across Blaise Castle Estate to find and identify as many species as possible on Friday 21 May and Saturday 22 May. Information will be recorded, with some specimens brought back for identification to a temporary base camp lab. TV presenter and nature expert Philippa Forrester and wildlife filmmaker and photographer Charlie Hamilton-James, will also help the team and announce the findings at 3pm on 22 May.

In addition, there will also be the following special sessions taking place:

    • Lichen Walk with David Hill, lichenologist and botanist at 4:00pm on Friday 21 May
    • Twilight Joint Dusk Walk with Roger Moses of the Hawk and Owl Trust and David Brown of Avon Bat Group at 8:30pm on Friday 21 May
    • Moth Trapping with Bristol & District Moth Group at 9:30pm on Friday 21 May
    • Dawn Chorus Bird Walk with ornithologist Ed Drewitt at 4:30am on Saturday 22 May
    • Spot the Lady Bird with Dr Remy Ware, coordinator of the UK Ladybird Survey, two walks at 9:30am and 1:30pm on Saturday 22 May
    • Fungi Blitz with members of the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group at 10:30am on Saturday 22 May
    • Mini Beast Bug Hunt with Pete Dawson, local educational ecologist, two walks – one at 10:30am and one at 12:30pm on Saturday 22 May

These events are free of charge and open to anyone interested, but spaces are limited. People who want to take part need to sign up at the BioBlitz website: www.bioblitzbristol.org

Cakes & 20% off in Bristol

  • Posted by howies
  • 13 May 2010

The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting, and we've got cake for you all to enjoy if you pop by to take advantage of the 20% discount on all items, including items already marked up in the sale. We have several things in our Bristol shop that mail order has run out of too. We are open until 8pm tonight so you have time to check out what cakes are left after work.

And Carnaby have 20% off too...but no cakes!

Come on down for a cuppa and tell us all about your summer holiday plans....

birds eye view

  • Posted by howies
  • 19 February 2010

On my lunch breaks I really enjoy trawling through the internet to find what random events are going on in London. 

Well today I stumbled across this film festival Birds Eye View- celebrating women filmmakers.  It's on at the BFI Southbank from the 4th- 12th March. (tickets are on sale through their website)

They have some amazing UK film premieres, that even if you cannot make it to the event are well worth a look.  I particuarly want to watch Amreeka- the story of a mother and son immigrating to the US in a post 9/11 world.  This film was written and directed by Cherien Dabis, Palistinian herself but brought up in the States.  Should be really thought provoking!

Here's a trailer for the festival itself... ;feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Wee Do - Shared Interest


here's a taster of the Shared Interest lecture we had at the shop last week, there was some very interesting stuff about how a Fairtrade Co-operative really works.

information about our next talk will be up here shortly!

Shared Interest is a co-operative lending society that aims to reduce poverty in the world by providing fair and just financial services. We have been part of the fair trade movement for 20 years and work extensively with community-based businesses in Africa and other continents to help them make the most of fair trade.

We work primarily by providing finance up front to producers, often via their buyers, to enable them to buy raw materials, tools and the other things they need at the time they need them. We also offer longer term loans and other credit facilities to support the development of fair trade businesses.

We currently have more than 8,700 members who have invested over £25 million to allow us to make a range of financial services available to fair trade producers and the businesses that buy, market and retail their goods.

There's plenty more info here on the Shared Interest website.

It is taking place on Tuesday, 26th January at 7:30pm here at the Carnaby Street shop, drop us an email at [email protected] or give us a ring on 0207 287 2345 and reserve your tickets. As always we will have Organic Beer and Fruit Juice available, and we look forward to seeing you all!

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