Rock & Rose

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My sister-in-law has great taste and for her birthday, she chose Rock & Rose in Richmond as the restaurant to celebrate it in. It took a while to get to, but it did not disappoint.

First impressions are everything and Rock & Rose is fascinating upon entry. Before you get into the restaurant, it has a cosy outside seating area, which had been reserved for us when the time limit on our table had run out. They had provided cushions on the steel seats and blankets to keep us warm. There was also a fire burning.

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Inside, the decor channels a kitsch and antique mood. We were sat opposite a giant mirror with scratched gold detailing, and the wallpaper in the corridor by the toilets gave me ‘grandma’ vibes, but had a lovely beige chair in the corner, so it was a mixture of the old and new.

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I can’t remember what I had to drink but I know it was good!

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For starters, I had the chilli salt squid with sweet chilli dipping sauce. You guys know how much I love calamari for starters. I really have to start choosing something different, but it’s because I know it won’t let me down.

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For my main, I chose the rib eye steak with roast tomato and rock fries. It was tender, flavoursome and satisfying. Like I said, my sister-in-law really knows how to pick her places. I enjoyed it so much that I would even go back with Julious, preferably when we get a car.

Have you ever been to Rock & Rose?

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Mich x

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The best Duck & Waffle ever!

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I have a story to tell about the best customer service I have ever received. I had to share it because I was completely blown away.

My team had our Christmas breakfast at Duck & Waffle in the Heron Tower. Can I just say that the view is incredible, and so is that scary glass lift that takes you to the 40th floor in seconds. Thank God I came by myself so that I could hyperventilate in shame without anyone judging me. I had to hold my breath on the trip down though, so that I wouldn’t humiliate myself in front of my team (oh dear). Yes, you’ve gathered that I don’t like heights.

Anyway, when I found out that the majority of the menu either consisted of waffles, which are dairy, or eggs, which I also can’t eat, or both, I became quite dejected at the fact that I probably wouldn’t enjoy myself.

When the waiter came around, I asked for the house breakfast without eggs and without the cheddar and buttermilk scone. He asked me if I had allergies and I said yes – dairy and egg. He then offered to have a dairy-free waffle made for me. The eggs, he claimed, were processed, so they shouldn’t affect me. I decided to take him up on his offer and take a chance on the Duck & Waffle. For breakfast? Yes! I wasn’t paying after all.

Let me tell you, although the picture above looks plain, that was the best duck and waffle I’ve ever had! The waffle was so soft and fluffy. I didn’t react to it at all, and the duck was cooked so well. It wasn’t tough as I’d imagined it would be, but crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. And the maple syrup wasn’t too sweet, so it was a delicious extra to an already perfect meal. I enjoyed my food so much!

I will definitely be going there again, if only to have the exact same thing that I had that day. This time, Julious will be coming with me so I can hold onto him for dear life in the elevator.

Have a good day all. I hope you were entertained by my story. It’s true you know 😉

Mich x

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Anniversary dinner at Zizzi

My hubby and I went to Zizzi – an Italian restaurant – for our anniversary on the 18th October. This is where we had our first date; same restaurant, just different location.

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To drink, I ordered the blackberry and lemon cooler, with Sprite, fresh blueberries, mint and rosemary. It was lovely and sweet; the lemon gave it a tangy kick.

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I really wanted calamari for starters but, unfortunately, the fryer wasn’t working and so, no fried food could be ordered. I chose the butterflied king prawns instead and was very happy with my pick. It was served in a delicious garlic butter sauce with two pieces of bread that I used to soak up the sauce with. Thankfully, I didn’t really react to the sauce, as it contained butter. The prawns weren’t too soft, not too chewy, and served in their shells, which I ate happily. Nothing was left on my plate apart from the lemon – signs of a delicious starter.

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I had the Calzone Carne Piccante – spicy roasted chicken, bolognese, herby wild boar pork meatballs, mozzarella, mushrooms and red chillies, wrapped in pizza dough. However, due to my dairy intolerance, I ordered it without the cheese. I know that this option is available to me, but I am constantly reminded of how much of a difference cheese actually makes to bringing out the flavour in food.

For that reason, I found my meal to be unfortunately bland. The spice was just spice and the meat was just meat. It didn’t taste particularly seasoned so, I was a little disappointed. Not to mention that the calzone is actually quite big so, I only ate half of it. I ended up wishing I had ordered something else, which isn’t exactly how you want to feel when you go to a restaurant.

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Yes! This is what I came for! *cue Rianna song* Seriously. I’d told my husband that I wanted to go to a Thai restaurant called Yum Yum, for our anniversary, but changed my mind when I was nonchalantly checking Zizzi’s menu, and found that they had introduced few dairy-free options; one of them being this sticky chocolate and praline torte!

Pros: It was dairy-free, sweet. Cons: It was very overindulgent. I forced myself to eat it all, but I shouldn’t have haha. It was so sweet that it became all a bit too much. But I didn’t want to let that stop me. I was just happy that Zizzi had been considerate enough to introduce alternatives to their menu. I think I would actually get it all over again. Don’t fault me. Being intolerant to dairy makes life hard enough.

I will definitely continue to visit Zizzi in the future; I’ll just make sure to pick a different main.

Have you been to Zizzi? What did you think of it?

Have a great weekend!

Mich x

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Frankie & Benny’s

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This post is so out of date – 2 months to be exact. I’m currently doing bridesmaid duties for a wedding on Saturday so, my posts have been a little out of sync. I haven’t been able to blog twice a week, but once the wedding is over, I will be able to get back into the swing of things.

When in Bournemouth, I took the hubby to Frankie & Benny’s for his birthday meal. I secretly chose it because I’ve never been and had always wanted to try it.

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For starters, I had the calamari. Calamari is my favourite starter ever! Frankie & Benny’s dish was the perfect combination of crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside.

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For the main, I chose the spicy meat pasta. And boy, is this exactly what it says on the label: spicy and meaty! I’m usually not fazed by spice because it is a staple in my mother’s cooking, but they really overdid it with the heat. There were so many green chillies. They could have toned it down a little, but the fact that there was just so much meat in my meal, made up for my burning tongue. I feel like Vapiano’s should take a note out of Frankie & Benny’s book. Don’t tell them I said that.

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I chose the Amalfi Sunrise – orange, mango and lemon juice and grenadine. Deliciously sweet, but I probably should have gone for good ol’ government juice (water) to help with the fire in my mouth.

I enjoyed my birthday dinner as much as the hubby did. I will definitely be going back. Have you ever been to Frankie & Benny’s?

Mich x

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Burger and Lobster

Happy Monday everyone. No Motivational Monday post today, but instead a post for all of you food lovers. I finally got to go to Burger and Lobster for part two of my birthday celebration! I had wanted to go for the longest while. I dressed up a little (a post about my outfit will be up on Thursday), and set off with my hubby after work.

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I can’t remember the name of the drink I chose – the green one is mine. I picked it because it had matcha in it, which I know is good for you because it is packed with antioxidants. It didn’t taste too bad, but it wasn’t the sweetest.

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I opted for the grilled lobster, as opposed to steamed. Whether you choose a burger, lobster or both, every meal comes with chips and salad. I would have really loved to try the lobster with garlic butter, but being dairy-free, I just went for the sweet chilli.

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The food was delicious, but I wasn’t satisfied. I guess I should have known. How much meat can you really get out of a lobster?

My husband, on the other hand, got a burger and couldn’t finish it so, I had half of his, which was delicious. I should have chosen a burger and lobster. After all, isn’t that what the restaurant name suggests? 😉

I will definitely go back to get a burger or both.

Have you been to Burger and Lobster? What did you think of it?

P.S This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Mich x

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Brunch at The Terrace

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On the last Bank Holiday in May, the Joseph’s (me, my hubby and my brother and sister-in-law) went for brunch at a new cafe in Finsbury Park next to Starbucks, called The Terrace.

Inside, it has a kitsch vibe with an interesting mix of furniture: multicoloured crystal chandeliers, old vintage lamps, flowers in vases, velvet chairs, wooden benches and metal garden tables and chairs. I love anything that is out of the norm, and it was so odd and pretty.

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I ordered the Terrace’s Cafe Mix Juice, which consisted of celery, apple, ginger, orange and spinach. It caught my eye as soon as I saw it. Anything to do my body a favour…

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…Although, I most likely flushed out all of the goodness with the Full English Breakfast. No egg for me because of allergies, nor mushrooms because they are simply disgusting!

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I was in love! Everything was delicious, although you can’t really go wrong with english breakfast. Even my sister-in-law loved her Eggs Royale – sourdough bread topped with salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

I am highly considering popping in just for the Cafe Mix Juice. I work close by and any way to get my five-a-day.

What do you think of The Terrace?

Mich x

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Vapiano

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Vapiano is what I like to call the Italian fast food restaurant. You get a card on the way in, choose your seat and your meal, and take it to the chefs at the counters to fix it up fresh for you.

I had forgotten I had been here before a while ago. This time I came with my husband and brother and sister-in-law last week on Bank Holiday Monday. After my meal, it was clear why I couldn’t remember my first visit.

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I ordered the Ravioli Con Carne with chilli and garlic, in a tomato sauce. When the chef took the ravioli out of the freezer, the first thought that came into my head was: “Is that all?” I tried to play it down with the fact that I was seemingly satisfied afterwards, but truthfully, I wanted more.

It was, however, cooked in a delicious tomato sauce and the garlic added flavour.

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My husband chose the Pollo Piccante. What disappointed me was the ratio of chicken to pasta. The chef took a portion as small as three fingers and cut it up whilst frying it. Even I felt bad for my hubby because he loves his chicken.

Like my dish, his meal was very flavourful—so much so, that he couldn’t finish it because it became a bit sickening towards the end. That was a shame.

To be honest, I left the restaurant very unsatisfied. I had wanted a lemon sorbet to curb my appetite, but they were all out—at 1.30pm on a bank holiday!

I guess it’s okay if you’re popping in for lunch during working hours, but I was looking forward to having an enjoyable and hearty meal on a bank holiday with family. Wrong choice for the wrong day? Possibly, but I don’t think I’ll be going back.

Have you ever been to Vapiano? What did you think?

Mich x

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*P.S This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.