Sometimes, you just can’t avoid shopping and today I needed to visit Cribbs Causeway to pick up some bits and pieces.  Normally, I spend the minimum amount of time possible in The Mall but I am trying to slow my life down and be more present so I decided to stay for a coffee.  

Carluccios have been trailing their vegan croissant so I stopped off there.  The croissant was very good: soft, aerated pastry with a crunchy topping of sugar, it felt appropriately luxurious accompanied by the excellent soy cappuccino.  It definitely felt like a little respite in the middle of an unlovely environment. The Carluccios website has a convenient filter for vegan options and I’d like to try some of their other meals but will maybe find a branch with a better atmosphere for that!