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

Lunch with Chez Francoise

IMG_8443Chez Francoise
Terminal des Invalides
75007 Paris

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   Lois and I have such fun time at this restaurant and I could not get over how accommodating the staff were regarding my wheat allergy. I was offered a menu with all the gluten-free options. It’s so nice and reassuring, especially when you are abroad. So we sat down and had a good chat as we looked over the choices on the menu.  Sipping on a glass of white wine in Paris felt sophisticated, we nibbled on small appetisers of salmon and waited expectantly for our main course.  

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I chose the chicken, it was succulent and moist and so flavoursome, accompanied by ratatouille which is one of my all time favourites. After a tussle to choose, Lois ordered the steak grilled medium rare with smoked paprika roasted potatoes and a garnish of salad. A basket of bread arrived, placed in between us, with the waiter saying “not for you”. He meant it contains gluten and wheat, this soon became a running joke as most times I ordered anything for the rest of the weekend “not for you” became a recurring statement as wheat is hidden in so many inconspicuous food items, it’s tricky avoiding wheat back home in the UK, let alone making requests in another language (that I don’t speak.).

Imagine my surprise when shortly after he brought out bread which was especially for me. The chef had baked a loaf of bread suitable for me to eat. Eating fresh warm bread was lovely after feeling deprived of not eating those delicious croissant’s provided at breakfast. I was so in need of a bread binge, yummy! After devouring our main courses and bread baskets, we topped up our glasses, I sipped on wine and Lois had a coke.

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It was dessert time, many of the options usually contain gluten, so I selected fresh raspberries with some delicious home-made ice cream. Lois enjoyed a white chocolate cheesecake made with soya cheese and a strawberry coulis decoratively drizzled over the plate. We practically rolled out of the restaurant, we had filled lour boots with so much yummy food, wine and fizzy Coca-cola. 

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It was one of those places that makes me smile as I reflect back. Laura the hostess was engaging, a warm and friendly person and her English was excellent. I appreciated her welcoming manner, she did the Restaraunt proud and made us feel comfortable and relaxed. We pretty much grazed our way around Paris and out of all the places we visited, Chez Francoise was the most accommodating restaurant, their chef and staff truly went above and beyond my expectations, even creating fresh wheat free bread and fresh gluten free ice cream. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you have any food allergies. It’s well worth checking out – they will also accommodate for people shellfish allergies along with plenty of others! So special.

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Dinner Date

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On Saturday Dave and I had a dinner date, we were invited to the new Nando’s in Farringdon. This is a part of London we know very well because Dave’s studio is based there. I’m getting ahead of myself, lets talk about my outfit.
 
The weather was such a mixed bag on Saturday, it started off rainy but humid and ended up dry and cold; typical English weather! I opted for comfort, I love wearing my new trainers from River Island.  I teamed them up with a pleated midi skirt, striped tee and leather jacket. It needed something more, so to inject another dash of colour I added a recent favourite, this red backpack.
 

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What I’m wearing –
Backpack c/o Rokit Vintage
Trainers c/o River Island
Skirt – Blitz Vintage
T-shirt – Oasis
Jacket – Wallis
Belt – Topshop
Watch c/o Timex 

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Although we all know Nandos, it’s new restaraunt in the Farringdon area is situated right beside the train station. I must admit I’m a lover of Nandos food, it’s delicious, healthy and a great reliable place to eat.  It’s safe to say I have visited many Nandos eateries, but I’ve never seen such a beautifully decked out Nandos restaraunt.  I mean, just take a look at those lampshades! With plenty of copper detailing, rustic wooden textures and plenty of mustard coloured walls, I was transported to decor heaven!

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So, what did we eat? Well, Dave chose the Fillet Steak Prego Roll with classic sides of chips and garlic bread. I eventually decided on the butterfly chicken, marinated with lemon and herbs.  For sides I went with the sweet potato wedges and salad on the side. Now let me tell you about these Nandos potato wedges, a recent addition to the menu.  They are a must have, you get five roasted wedges with an amazing creamy coriander dip plus sesame & roasted seeds.  I really enjoyed the wedges, the creamy dip complemented them and the roasted seeds on top were just the perfect mix of texture and flavours; just brilliant!  I am defiantly having that again! 
…and don’t get me started on the many desert options, way too tempting, check out the menu, you won’t be disappointed.

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If you haven’t been to a Nando’s in a while, it is definitely worth a visit.  The menu has some exciting new additions and there is something for everyone. To find your nearest Nandos, click here.

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Nando’s Farringdon
99-100 Turnmill Street
London
EC1M 5QP

amy_blog_766amy_blog_760Thank you to Nando’s for the great grub on our dinner date!
Photos – by myself & Shooting Dave