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Month: April 2017

Real Life in: Cuba – Part 2 (Varadero)

Real Life in: Cuba – Part 2 (Varadero)

Real Life in Cuba Part 2 – Read all about our day trip to Varadero beach and the lush sights along the way. Viva Cuba!

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Brunch Style – Spring Fling

Brunch Style – Spring Fling

Brunch Style – more details on the look from last week’s brunch at Counter Vauxhall. Also introducing Sope from StyleNecessity.com

Dining Out: Brunch at Counter Vauxhall

Dining Out: Brunch at Counter Vauxhall

Happy Easter lovely people! Hope you’re all having a great bank holiday weekend.

Last weekend I met up with my friend Sope to celebrate her birthday with brunch at Counter, right opposite Vauxhall station. They serve a bottomless brunch at the weekend so she booked a table for all 20 or so of us. For £28 you get two hours of bottomless prosecco and get to order two courses from the menu (although some dishes – lobster royale for example – are not included in the deal).

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If you live in London you’ll know that the weather last weekend was the best we’ve had this year so far…it was sooooooo nice! So of course I was quick to pull out a backless maxi dress for the occasion. The birthday girl on the other hand refused to compromise her fashionista status and wore an off shoulder wrap sweater with wide-leg pants. @StyleNecessity for the win! More details on these two looks here.

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I was feeling all types of summer time fly…and doing a great job of hiding the fact that there was a pretty cold breeze!
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The birthday girl looking fab

Now let’s get down to the nitty-gritty – you guys know about African time right? For those who don’t:

African time [noun] – A disease that plagues numerous people, particularly us Nigerians, where we show up late for just about everything! 😂😂 Example – Sope invited Lou to her birthday brunch at 2pm, however as Lou was running on African time she showed up at 3.30pm

In summary, almost everyone was late haha! Admittedly I had a netball match beforehand and had told Sope what time to expect me. But by the time I got there, there were still quite a few people who hadn’t arrived yet. I think this completely threw the restaurant staff, as they had to keep taking individual orders. Plus the table was only available for a certain amount of time (a point they regularly reminded us about).

To start I ordered the banana split, sounds crazy right? It didn’t come in a tall glass but rather was a deconstructed version. Tbh all I saw when I looked at the menu was nutella and I was sold. It had a banana, yoghurt, granola, peanut butter, chocolate sauce and of course NUTELLA. It was delicious!

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Deconstructed banana split

As a main, I really wanted a burger but for some reason was still in a breakfast-y mood (at 3.30pm – don’t ask), so I got the eggs royale. Now, eggs royale are pretty standard order. Yes, occasionally a place may not have the best salmon and that can be off-putting. In this case the salmon was fine, as were the eggs and Hollandaise sauce. The muffin, however, was stale and tough. I was so disappointed because how can you go wrong with something so basic?? I put it down to our different arrival times throwing the kitchen off their timing, but hmmmmm… 👀👀

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Eggs royale

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Verdict – Based on this and the service in general, I don’t think I would go back to this restaurant anytime soon. I’d still say it’s worth trying out, but maybe not in a group bigger than four, and maybe not with anyone that runs on African time!

My rating – 5.5/10

Have you been here before, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below, or hit “like” 🙂

Dinner at Coppa Club

Dinner at Coppa Club

Date night ideas in London: Read all about our dining experience at Coppa Club in Tower Bridge. A great place for a romantic date with its outdoor seating area and stunning views of Tower Bridge and The Shard…

Real Life in: Johannesburg

Real Life in: Johannesburg

Pit Stop in Johannesburg: Read all about our two-day stop in Johannesburg, South Africa after an amazing wedding in Cape Town

Real Life in: Cape Town

Real Life in: Cape Town

Last summer I got to witness the union of two of the loveliest, bubbliest, most fun people I know, my friends Nono and DK. Tbh as soon as DK proposed I said to Nono “let me know when and where in the world it’ll be and I’ll be there!” There was no way I was going to miss this wedding.

Funny enough I had only met Nono a couple of years ago when I worked in consulting. It was the end of November/early December so prime Christmas party season. I got dolled up and headed to my group Christmas party (or “Winter party” if we’re being politically correct haha).  I jumped on the train and I saw this girl wearing the most FABULOUS shoes I had ever seen – I chuckled to myself that she was probably going to a Christmas party of her own.

A couple of stops later, another girl gets on the train and greets her – they’re obviously friends. Then new girl turns her head and it’s someone in my team at work – what are the odds? I say this because I NEVER see people I know on the train; most of my friends live on the other side of the city from me. Anyway, that introduction was the start of a beautiful friendship (and lots of brunches of course!)

Fast forward to August 2016 and I was packing my bags to head to South Africa for their wedding.

I landed in Cape Town on a sunny albeit slightly chilly day. The drive to the Hilton in the city centre brought back memories of previous visits for me – visiting my cousin while she studied out there, then on the last trip going with the whole family for her graduation…good times!

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At the hotel, I got settled in and prepared for what I hoped would be an epic trip. It took a lot of planning because I didn’t have very much time, especially as I was a bridesmaid I wanted to be at Nono’s beck and call if she needed. Still I managed to visit the V&A Waterfront (more than a few times 😀 ), played laser tag with the wedding party, met up with old friends, and even managed to squeeze in a salsa class with my friend Nicole!

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The actual wedding would be held in Stellenbosch, about an hour’s drive from CT (boy did I spend a lot of money on Ubers *hides face*). The cab took us to our accommodation, a group of luxury villas at Spanish Farm and just wow…the place was phenomenal! (Honestly, click the link to check out their site.)

I’m really kicking myself now because I didn’t get many pictures of the actual villa, but believe me when I say it was EVERYTHING. Floor to ceiling windows, under-floor heating, a fireplace, bedrooms overlooking the mountains with a front row view of the sunrise in the morning *sigh*

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As for the wedding itself…there literally are no words. It was such a beautiful ceremony and the love that overflowed was palpable. I was truly honoured to have shared a part in this day.

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Recording a video message for the couple as part of the wedding video…

And then time for the reception. DK gave the most loving speech to his new bride, the whole room was emotional…DSC_3173DSC_3192

The morning after came too soon and we all had to head home, the newlyweds came round to say goodbye to all their guests. Clearly the groom woke up in a great mood!

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I was off to the airport – but of course the trip wouldn’t be complete without a quick stop in Johannesburg.

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Airport adventures: photobombed by a keen model 😀DSC_3426

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Read about my stay in Jo’Burg here

Chat soon,

Lou xx