Friday, February 27, 2015

A visit to The Treehouse Restaurant

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As I mentioned a couple of posts back, Rob took me along Alnwick gardens as one of my birthday surprises. The gardens themselves are absolutely amazing (definitely worth a visit!) but the highlight of the day by a clear mile was lunch at The Treehouse restaurant in the gardens. The walkway up to it is littered in fairy lights - I love fairy lights at the best of times, but when they present themselves in abundance like this it makes me want to pee my pants - and the actual building itself it pretty much the treehouse we all dreamed of as children.

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Just. Look. At. All. Those. Fairylights. Magical's the only word to describe the place, I've never felt more like I was in a Disney fairytale in my life.

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Even the walk up to the toilets is beautiful...

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I know, even the table water's fancy. After giving the beautiful menu a long ponder (I should probably add that I've recently fund out I'm allergic to gluten - lame - and that there's lots of choices for us little sickos) I settled on chicken breast with potato puree, roasted pistachios (oh god, so good) and buttered spinach, while Rob went for the roasted pork belly with mulled cider cabbage, mashed potato, apple tulles and creamy jus. It was all incredibly delicious and cooked to absolute perfection, the buttery mash just melted as soon as you put it in your mouth and the chicken fell apart at the mere mention of a knife. I'll let the photos do the talking...

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Here's a photo of what we look like when we're eating, I know you're all wondering. Just as it seemed life couldn't get any better, our desserts arrived and OH MUMMA. Rob went for the cheeseboard with home-made chutney and fruit which he said was a true delight, but I think I won the Battle of the Desserts hands down with my salted caramel and chocolate brownie cheesecake. That's right, salted caramel AND chocolate brownie. Has a better combo ever existed? To summarise, no. No it hasn't.

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We finished up with some tea in world's coolest (but also heaviest - I almost broke my wrist taking this photo) teapot and then made our way back through Alnwick gardens with a full-bellied, sleepy smile on our face. Kind of like the look Joseph Gordon Levitt always has.

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So, there we have it. A truly delicious meal in, visually, the most beautiful restaurant I've ever eaten at. Next time, though, I'm wearing my princess dress.


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Suspicious stains

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Me and my Mum had a gals day out last week (mainly scone-eating and shopping, I won't lie) so I took it as the perfect excuse to take my white dungarees out for their first visit. Was I worried I'd sit on something and leave an ominous looking stain on the bum? Yes. Did that happen in the end? Double yes. Honestly, my bum gravitates towards anything remotely brown and sticky as soon as it senses it's clad in white. And whilst we're on the topic of brown things - I'm about to cleverly steer the conversation away from poo - how sassy is this suede bag?! I have a very a similar one in grey with little studs, which you might remember from last year, but I think this tan one will be a very welcome addition to my Spring wardrobe. Oxford Street Topshop stocks a whole range of PB bags so if any of you lucky ducks live near then you can give them a good browse/try on in there!

Now, I'm off for some puppy playtime.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Meet Lilo

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So... I'd like to introduce you to the little munchkin who was waiting for me at the final stop of my birthday treasure hunt! I woke up on Sunday to a pile of envelopes from Rob which I was to open at set times over the following two days, the first of which said to pack a bag for a night's stay at Anwick near Newcastle. We stayed at the beautiful White Swan Hotel (with a surprise upgrade to the bridal suite, very exciting stuff) and had some drinks and a lovely meal. The next morning, the envelopes led to a delicious breakfast, a trip to Anwick gardens and their treehouse restaurant and then - finally - to a random house just outside of Anwick. When I realised what was happening I had a very long excited cry, composed myself, and went inside to meet my little pup. I went through a series of names - Edna Mode, Jessica Lange, Beans - before finally settling on Lilo after realising how much she was like Stitch (but Stitch was too boyish a name for this little Diva). It's safe to say you can expect to see a lot more of this face around these parts...


Sunday, February 22, 2015

It's Birthday, Bitch

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Just a quick post today becaaaaaause it's my birthday and it turns out Rob has a whole two-day treasure hunt planned for me which starts NOW. All I know is that the first destination is Newcastle! Taylor Swift had me all nervous about turning 23 after bigging up 22 so much but, I have to say, so far so good.


Friday, February 20, 2015

8 Celebrity Couples who stole all the cool

It was a toss up between Johnny and Kate and Johnny and Winona, but Queen Kate juuust had the edge

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Chungy's the main reason for them being included in this list, I'm not going to lie

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Just LOOK at them

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I'm surprised the world didn't implode when these two got together
Keith Richards and Patti Smith
Hands down one of my favourite couples ever

Mick Jagger and anyone, really.

It took me a while to recover from the whole JenAn thing, but when two of the world's most beautiful people get together the only thing you can do is sit back and enjoy 

Because my 5 year old self would kill me if I didn't include them


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