Vicki Psarias - My Yorkshire weekend
PUBLISHED: 17:11 23 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:36 20 February 2013
West Yorkshire filmmaker Vicki Psarias explains why great Greek food is always on her weekend menu
Since moving back to my hometown of Leeds after 11 years in London I am relishing how much the city has changed and developed in the last decade.
As a freelance writer/director I go from very intense periods of pre-production, shooting and editing to having bouts of free time before the next burst of work. At the moment, Im working in the world of commercials while writing for BBC Comedy, so my weekends are sacred and mostly kept free for my husband, Peter, and 14-month-old son Oliver.
A perfect weekend begins with Peter and me escaping for dinner together on Friday evening while my mum babysits. The Olive Tree in Headingley is great, partly because its run by my parents, George and Vasoulla, and partly because its so close to my favourite cinema, The Cottage Road. So after a sumptuous Greek dinner that takes me back to my familys roots in Cyprus, we grab some popcorn and head to the flicks for either a blockbuster or (if Im choosing) a festival favourite.
Saturday morning sees me visiting my favourite boutique, Therapy in Headingley, followed by an escape to the country, possibly Grassington, for a long walk by the waterfalls with the family to marvel at the lambs and feed the geese. If were staying closer to home well visit Meanwood Valley Urban Farm or my ultimate favourite a walk round Roundhay Park lake.
Saturday evening is a time to relax in front of ridiculous reality TV, my guilty pleasure, with a glass of red wine and dark chocolate (only for me; sharing is not an option).
Sunday usually involves lunch at my brothers fabulous Italian restaurant, Giorgios, before a visit to either the Corn Exchange to support the indie boutiques or Ilkley, the town I grew up in. If we opt for Ilkley, I take my toddler to the park I once played in as a child, followed by afternoon tea cinnamon toast is a must in Bettys.
Eating features a lot in my weekend, but I try to balance it up by running five times a week. As the daughter of restaurateurs, I grew up knowing what good food is and have high standards as a result. Thankfully, Leeds more than lives up to my culinary expectations.
An occasional weekend in London adds variety and usually involves meeting friends in Soho or Notting Hill followed by dancing in Floriditas on Wardour Street or perhaps China Whites. Then Im back on the train to Leeds, slightly foggy headed but looking forward to seeing my favourite boys and beginning the working week.
Vicki Psarias is an award-winning filmmaker, scooping Channel 4s 4Talent Award for best filmmaker in 2007 and The Square Mile 30 Under 30 London Talent Award 2011.
The print version of this article appeared in the July 2011 issue of Yorkshire Life
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