So, May has turned out to be one of those amazing months where I’ve got to tick some top-tier items off my bucket list.
Firstly, I was lucky enough to go to the Monaco Grand Prix last weekend and talk about exceeding expectations. It really was one of the best weekend’s I’ve ever had.
As well as an electric atmosphere at the race itself with Lewis Hamilton taking home the title, there were touching tributes to the late Niki Lauda, I even got to meet some Love Island stars and celebrity chef Tom Kerridge, which was a nice surprise.
He just so happened to be cooking up a storm at a party I attended, and all I can say is – wow. We had a catch up on his Pub In The Park event, which kicks off in Leeds on Friday at Roundhay Park.
The three day festival features Michelin Star quality food, the best local beers, and a host of chart-topping music acts.
I personally can’t wait for the Basement Jaxx and Soul II Soul DJ sets, and am also looking forward to a bit of Will Young, who closes the event on Sunday.
The weather looks set to be a scorcher, so if you haven’t booked your ticket yet, then I suggest you don’t waste any time.
And, while we’re on the subject of music – who’s heading over to Manchester tonight to see the Spice Girls?
I was really gutted when my ultimate favourite Victoria Beckham confirmed she wasn’t in, but I’m still ready for a healthy injection of 90s fuelled nostalgia and can’t wait to get my Zig-a-Zig-ah on along with some 55,000 other screaming fans.
Back in Leeds, I’ve been to my fair share of barbecues of late as it seems to be the big thing for summer, but the Midnight Bell summer launch topped them all.
They’ve just dropped their tastiest new food menu to date, and have also announced a series of barbecues on Fridays throughout summer.
The grill is fired up from lunchtime onwards, but they really turn up the heat come 5pm when everyone’s left work and is getting ready for the weekend.
Their Yorkshire Dales steak burgers really are next-level, but they also serve up veggie options tasty enough to tempt the most hardened of carnivores.
And when it is washed down with an ice-cold glass of Leeds Brewery’s finest seasonal ales, this is one beer garden you don’t want to miss.
Speaking of burger porn, if you’ve not yet checked out the new bottomless brunch offering at Yard & Coop then you’re missing out.
Their Chicken Waffle Burger is one of the naughtiest food creations I’ve devoured in some time, and while it won’t do anything for your beach bod, it’ll definitely take your taste buds on a rollercoaster ride.
Finally, as I missed out on Glasto tickets this year, I’ll be settling for the annual Brewery Wharf Festival taking place next month on Saturday June 29 instead.
This year looks set to be a amazing, as my good mates the PBR Street Gang will be headlining and bringing with them some of the best booty-shaking Balearic beats you’ll hear outside of Ibiza.
The party is completely free and kicks off at midday. I’ll also be swinging by Lamb & Flag’s live music and barbecue across this weekend so hopefully I’ll see you there for a drink or two.