One of the two gig tickets I bought for us for my gift to Jack for year one of marriage (paper) was to see Jamie Lawson at Brighton Dome.
I really enjoyed our evening. I don’t know that Jack would necessarily choose it as a gig of choice, as we described the audience as a mix of Radio 2 listeners, us included.
I’ll admit it, I’d really only heard his single ‘Wasn’t expecting that’ before I booked the tickets, but I really enjoyed his other material, especially some of the new songs that are potentially coming out on his next album.
Have you been to see anyone recently? Got any recommendations for my ‘to listen to’ list?
I love a spot of alliteration. Did you enjoy my title too? Probably not as much as me!
The last two weekends have been a lovely collection of activities. They were both wintery weekends packed with things to do but they were all very chilled.
The first Friday evening was spent keeping Fran’s lovely little kitties company whilst she was up in London town at a party. They have grown so so so much and have made quite firm friends with Fran’s christmas tree.
Saturday afternoon was spent with my mother-in-law making Christmas wreaths. Melanie found some bargain kits from Laura Ashley in the sales after last Christmas and picked up a few.
Sunday afternoon I went for lunch with some of my favourite ladies at the Earth and Stars in the centre of Brighton. They do such delicious vegetarian roasts. No I did not take a photo of it. I ate it too quickly.
Afterwards we took a trip down to the Etsy Christmas Market that was going on, so many lovely stalls!
I bought such a cute decoration from Brighton Jewel‘s stall. It was like the inverse of the one I’ve linked and I love it.
Then back to work for the week, which included our team christmas party. My secret santa (Aisybee) got me the cutest palace pet, and some chocolate – which is long since eaten.
On this most recent Saturday morning I got up far too early and headed up to mid sussex to help my mum buy and decorate their tree and I think we picked a goodun’. It smells amazing, I know you can’t tell from the photo, but it does.
On Saturday night we went to Duke’s at Komedia to watch Bridge of Spies, which is Tom Hanks’ new film, about a prisoner exchange during the cold war. I have to say I thought it was brilliant. It wasn’t a short film but I was captivated.
And then on Sunday Jack and I split up our tasks: he and his dad went over to my sisters to pick up the beautiful dresser about that she had kindly (and patiently) been storing for nearly a year, and I went into town to help his mum with her Christmas shopping. After our jobs were done we went for a gut busting all-you-can-eat at Bombay Aloo.
This week is my last week at work before a two week Christmas break and my plans include, posting the last of my Christmas cards, making mince pies and wrapping the last of my gifts, so keep an eye out for a fairly festive post coming later this week. Woo! Christmas!(What kind of Atheist am I, seriously!)
Being the self serving person I am, I usually make a massive deal out of my birthday and get all my favourite people together but… I’m tired. We’ve had a big year this year and I saw lots of lovely people in the lead up the wedding and it feels a bit much to do a big celebration this year.
Instead J and I went for dinner at Hotel du Vin – just the two of us, to celebrate my birthday on the 13th and Jack’s which is actually today. I think it might be the lowest key birthday celebration in my living memory. Short note about the meal – Jack’s Moules Frites Marinière was apparently delicious and there was loads. My grilled Globe Artichoke with Buffalo mozzarella and preserved lemon wasn’t very good. But we made up for it by going to Kooks for a cocktail and dessert. Yum.
On the 13th, we woke up pretty early and headed out for a walk along the Undercliff walkway out to beyond Rottingdean and back.
Then unashamedly pigged out in Zizzi’s who had sent me a *have a free birthday main* email voucher. Yes please, I like free pizza.
Tonight, if our car is in functioning order following it’s MOT, I’ll hopefully pick Jack up from work and either take him out for dinner or hunt down an appropriately exciting supper to have at home.
On Sunday some in laws are coming over for Sunday lunch and then later this month I am seeing some lovely ladies for a little lunching which I am looking forward to.
I love ’em. We should have more. All Mondays ideally… but no, ignore that, that’s not practical for a productive working life.
However when they do come along it’s good to use them. For the most recent bank holiday weekend (Easter) I made mine into a beaut of a five dayer. That’s right folks five whole days off and I am going to tell you how I spent them.
Thursday was spent:
Kitchen Shopping – I have my heart set on a Homebase basic, country style like this.
Hen Planning – Myself and my buddy Alice are busy planning a hen for our lovely friend Ailie who is getting hitched in June. I will share some info after the event, for fear that she might get wind of what the deal is.
Holiday Planning – I’m tagging on to my sisters holiday in September for a long weekend in Majorca and I can’t wait!
Friday was spent:
Waking up some hungover men – J went out with some Sussex based buds for what I am calling his sussex stag.
Lunching with Fran and Amy at Burgers & Cocktails by Giraffe – It was lush and I was good and had a salad until I had a delicious Sundae for dessert. Oops.
Date in the evening with J – We headed to Meat Liquor for our first visit. I have to say: I didn’t love it. Maybe I am too old, uncool and stay home too much but it seemed loud. Loud visually and audibly. I did like the food, which is a surprise as a veggie in a meaty world but the veg burger was good and the cocktails were lush. But I couldn’t think. Couldn’t enjoy them or J’s company because I wanted to Get Out! That’s just me though…
Saturday was spent
Being lazy – then feeling bad about being lazy and going to the gym.
Going for Dinner – With the lovely Lou, Lou, Adam and Jo – We went to Breeze and I’d go again. The food was tasty and it had a good vibe (forgive me for the use of vibe). It was very hot there though – knitwear not necessary!
Sunday was spent
Eating – Easter Sunday lunch was spent with all of J’s family tucking into a great lunch his dad cooked and too many dessert and then chocolate eggs. We did venture out on a little little walk around the village but not long enough to warrant the sheer quantity of chocolate.
Watching a detective drama – Vera on ITV on sunday evenings – I don’t know that I am sold but I did watch the whole thing. Ask me again after this weekend.
Monday was spent
Walking – We were so lucky to have such beautiful weather for a walk on Monday (the second bank holiday) and I got sunburnt would you believe it! We saw lambs – spring lambs! Awwww.
Eating – after a significant walk (2.5 hrs round trip) we got to The Coach and Horses and sat out in their Garden for some grub. It was good and you should definitely eat there if you are in the area (Danehill/Chelwood Gate)
More Eating – We had takeaway round our flat with some friends from Mumbai Express in Brighton – what we believe to be the best Indian takeaway in the City. Personal opinion but you should totes check them out – I love the vegetarian Thali.
So I think you’ll agree a lot was packed in, and I probably need to go on a fast to repair the damage done to my pre-wedding eating plan but it was fun and I can’t wait for the may bank holiday in a few weeks time.
I thought I would share my favourite places in Brighton, in case any of you happen to be in Brighton and at a loss as to where to head.
Food For Friends
I freaking love this place, so much so I have never bothered to try Terre A Terre. I love their Vegetarian menu, and it’s such a treat having such an amazing, broad choice of food. Being betrothed to a meat eater, we do tend to hit up regular restaurants more.
J is a bit of a fan of their Sticky Toffee Pudding – you can kinda see why!
Cocktails, cocktails, my lovelies. J and I went to Koba a little while back, in what must be a very Dry January, and we had the place to ourselves! This place is normally pretty buzzing, but we got to sit where we wanted super quick service, delicious happy hour priced cocktails, and then just a short skip home after.
I snuck in here with the lovely Charlotte and Andy when they came to visit for New Years ( Yes, I’m sorryI spoilt my appetite for dinner that night) and the crepes were all that you need from a crepe, sweet, crips edged, filled with deliciousness. I had a Nutty Ella, and I wish I had photo to share with you, but I scoffed it too quickly!
This place… this place has the most delicious cakes of anywhere I have had cake in Brighton; I have had a lot of cake from a lot of places. Also, I’ve yet to photograph a single slice… I always eat ’em too quickly!
Their breakfast menu is also excellent, I had Welsh rarebit with Portobello mushrooms & soft Duck Egg last time I visited (though swapped my duck egg for scrambled egg: fussy!) and it was lush!