Afternoon Tea

Date With My Love

We were lucky enough to receive a gift voucher for afternoon tea at Marco Pierre White’s restaurant. It was a Christmas present from my father, I know what you’re thinking, why have we only just been when we got the gift back in December. Well I’ll tell you, this is one busy and booked up afternoon tea, we couldn’t get a date until mid June!

I had such a lovely afternoon spending quality time with Dave, sipping on bubbly and eating nice food. Thankfully they catered for my gluten free allergy, meaning I could eat away without having a care in the world. My favourite sandwich was the ham and cheese, now that’s a classic!

Photos – Shooting Dave

Family Time


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I mentioned in my last post that I had a family filled weekend, we stayed local, our first meeting point was one of my favourites The Graveney and Meadow in Tooting Broadway. We tumbled into this warm and welcoming eatery, glad to escape the cold and chatted over a drink and shared hugs and hellos. Once everyone had arrived we exchanged birthday presents, drank tea, coffee and a beer or two, catching up on the latest news makes you feel peckish, so we headed over the road to Tota, another favourite local spot. It’s had a revamp recently, creating a new bar area. We deliberated over the yummy menu, ate loads, drank cocktails and beers and chatted the evening away.

It was so much fun spending time with family, drinking cocktails and eating naughty puddings. I was so engaged in the celebrations that by the time I’d downed my third cocktail, I was eating pudding … time was flying by, I love days like that. However, I was having far too much fun gossiping with my sister and Momma, but still managed to insta-story of it all. If you don’t follow me on Instagram, maybe you could come take a peak, so you can catch up on snippets of what I get up, much of which doesn’t always end up on the blog , plus I’m heading to LFW later this week🤗 

Anyhow, back to what I had for lunch, I went for the mashed avocados on gluten free toast. I was so happy with this choice, it was full of texture, flavoursome and fresh. Having been virtuous with my main course, I was persuaded by the girls to nosh on a sumptuously naughty chocolate and leché pot of heaven – t was so good. Family fun, time to connect and share, bliss.

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Photos by Shooting Dave and Amy

Dinner at Vin & Marée

IMG_8789Vin & Marée
71 Avenue de Suffren
75007 Paris
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Lois and I got all dolled up and headed out for dinner at Vin & Marée, just a stones throw away from the Eiffel Tower. Vin & Marée offers a wide range of fresh fish and seafood – now I’m not the biggest seafood or fish fan, well apart from salmon, tuna and cod that is. I guess I’m not very adventurous, however that all changed at Restaurant Vin & Marée.

The wine waiter was first on the scene to take our order and guide us through the aperitifs and wine options for each course. He was most helpful talking to us about the selection of wines to suit the different courses, I like the care that was taken over this.

 

 

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For the first course, they brought over Mussels and yep, I must say they are not for me, but I gave them a go. Fortunately Lois loves them and was happy to tuck in, she said that if you like mussels, you will love how they are cooked here the sauce was amazing.

Up next was a light salmon dish starter, delicately infused with lemon and garlic, I could have eaten another helping, it was truly divine!

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The pace of each course was good, not at all rushed, we had plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings, do a spot of people watching, enjoy the wine and talk.

Throughout the meal so far, I had managed to avoid ordering anything that presented the awkward conversation about gluten free menu choices. I asked the waiter about any possible gluten that could be hidden in the main courses. He recommended sea bass, another fish I hadn’t tried before, but wanted to. I opted to have it filleted (as I’m a wimp) I can’t bear fish bones and much prefer the head removed too. Our waiter and Lois found this highly amusing, but it’s all about personal preference and Lois’s doesn’t mind removing fish bones. I like that the waiter offered us both options.
Lois also chose sea bass for her main course, which was accompanied by a garnish of lemon and a small pot of freshly made pesto. Now we are talking! I’m a real fan of pesto, it’s my favourite sauce and I really enjoyed the delicate sea bass which was complimented by the citrusy sharpness of lemon with herby pesto. I had it was served with green beans and Lois also ordered French fries (I pinched a few – ha ha!)

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The staff take great pride in the quality and freshness of the menu choices and I can recommend the restaurant wholeheartedly. The food was served beautifully and each dish proved to exceed the previous course in excellence.

Our waiter was a delight and so much fun, fancying himself as our creative director, suggesting so many things we could photograph…..and did I mention that he had the dreamiest of French accents?

Vin & Marée beside the Eiffel Tower proved to be a great restaurant and the chef was really accommodating of my gluten intolerance and would aim to accommodate any other dietary needs. He even suggested that on our next visit, to let him know in advance and he will get GF bread and dessert in especially for me. I will definitely be taking him up on that offer, now I have extended my repertoire of fish and seafood and want to try other menu options.

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When it came to dessert, tracking down wheat and gluten free options was tricky, it always is. I was very happy to demolish a bowl of fresh strawberries with a sprinkling of sugar and Lois was tempted by a trio of ice creams.

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 We had a wonderful evening, we laughed with the staff, enjoyed too much of the fine wine. We were given such good advice on what to order, each one went well with our food. I will remember this deliciously healthy and very flavoursome meal for some time.

It was a great being wined and dined by the lovely folk at Vin & Marée, thank you for having us and accommodating my allergies! I look forward to our next visit, you made us very welcome.

Staying with Hotel Pont Royal, Paris

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Hotel Pont Royal

We hopped in a taxi from the a train station and swiftly arrived outdid our hotel Pont Royal, a beautiful example of typically Parisian architecture. We were greeted by a bell boy, whisking away our luggage as we made our way into reception. We received a warm and friendly welcome from the hotel staff as they efficiently checked us in. 

We were pleased by how helpful and friendly the staff were. Nothing was too much trouble for the Hotel Pont Royal. It had that luxury vibe with genuine customer service right from from our friendly welcome to checking out. I must say that as tourists we found the reception team offered sound local knowledge and provided us with maps and tips to find our way around the city. 

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We headed to the first floor and found our room, which was much larger than I anticipated, it was nice and airy. We had a wonderful view over the streets of Paris. There was so much space and I enjoyed perching in the sofa seating area just gazing through the biggest floor to ceiling window I have ever witnessed, taking in the busy hustle and bustle of Paris life. Of course, I did the customary Goldilocks bounce, testing out the two beds and confirmed their snuggly status. Seriously, let me tell you the beds and pillows were heavenly, so comfy and crisp bed linen; which was just what we needed after an early start, a long days travel and hitting the streets of Paris hard eager to take everything in. 

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Another considerate aspect of our vast room was having separate bathroom and toilet, really handy. I enjoyed the luxury and delightful finishing touches.  The hotel must have received the luggage memo, as the wardrobe was massive wardrobe – a must for us fashion bloggers! 

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That window above the entrance is our swanky room – that window is amazing and with great views looking out!

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Breakfast in bed

 Now who doesn’t enjoy the luxury of a lazy breakfast in bed? 
We selected this option and I’m so glad we did, it was delightful not having to rush in the morning, we enjoyed a leisurely start to the day.

For breakfast we munched on a range of croissant’s and conserves, plus yoghurt’s and a refreshing pot of tea to share – a very impressive start I must say. I think the photos have turned out great too!

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It was a such a marvellous stay, we were really well looked after and our room was both stylish and comfy. I promise I will be back for another visit soon! If you get the chance, check out the Hotel Pont Royal, you won’t be disappointed.

 Photos by Lois & myself.