11.3.13

The Bear, and Bertie, and Me

Hi everyone,

I am very sorry for not posting in an absolute age!! Last week I was on holiday (more on that in a separate post) and the week before I was terribly poorly with flu and therefore incapable of doing anything other than going straight to bed when I got home from work.

For any of you who don't know - I turned 30 on the 25th February. I wanted to do something special to mark the occasion so arranged a decadent birthday lunch with some of my closest friends at a local establishment called The Crazy Bear. There are only 3 locations for this very individual and discerning chain, one in Oxfordshire, one in Covent Garden and one in Beaconsfield, which is a town just down the road from me.

Designed to harken back to the days of the speakeasies and opulent cabaret clubs, The Crazy Bear is the most exciting and unusual place I know that doesn't involve a trip to a larger town or London.

We started with cocktails in the bar......





Then we moved into the restaurant where we were seated in a private booth!



I started off with smoked salmon - it was delicious.


Everyone happily tucking into their starters.


Myself and Clare.


For the main course I chose the shoulder of roast lamb with all the trimmings.


Clare inspired serious food envy with her posh pasty and triple cooked chips!!



I think I'm rather tipsy here!!

Pudding was iced banana parfait - absolutely delicious.


Mr 'Whatlisawrote' plumped for a sticky ginger pudding which looked rather good.


I had a fabulous time, it was the perfect way to celebrate a landmark birthday.

More info on The Crazy Bear group here. Should you be near one of their locations you really should go, even if just for a drink. It'll be such a fun experience!!

Also, my parents have adopted a black lab puppy called Bertie. He is without a doubt the cutest bundle of fur in the world. But then, I am a little biased.





He is now 10 weeks old and turning into rather a handful (as puppies do!) but I'm sure my Mother will get to grips with him soon enough.

On my actual birthday I was working, so it was a lovely surprise to arrive at the office and be greeted by a decorated desk and presents!!


And cake!!


I was feeling tired all day which I now know was the beginning of my flu, so in the evening Mr 'Whatlisawrote' cooked me a superb dinner of duck breast with red wine and cherry sauce, mash and veggies.


Followed by some leftover chocolate peanut butter cheesecake I had made a couple of days beforehand when my family came over to the flat for dinner. I ate this reclined on the sofa under a blanket.


Tough life!!

Holiday post to come soon!

Bye for now,

Lx





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    1. It is really great, especially because where I'm from we don't have many exciting places to go!

      Lx

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  2. Bertie is gorgeous and so are you and Clare! The decor in The Crazy Bear is stunning - the food's a bit too meat and fishy for vegetarian me, though! xxx

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    1. Thanks lovely Vix!! Clare's pasty was in fact vegetarian and looked very tasty!

      Lx

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  3. cute pics!
    thanks for commenting on my blog - i'm now following you on gfc. hope you follow back xx
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    1. Thanks!! And thanks for following. I am already following you via GFC and love reading your posts.

      Lx

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  4. Mmmm I could eat it all again now! Bertie is extremely adorable, he's going to be loved to death. Love your chocolate cake too. Yum!

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    1. It was so good wasn't it?! Bertie is soooooo cute, as soon as I'm allowed I'll bring him to play with Monty and Ru!

      xx

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  5. Great snaps...it looks like you had a great time :) That food looks divine! And Bertie is absolutely adorable...

    Thanks for commenting on my blog as well! xxx

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  6. Happy belated birthday! Squealing at Bertie, he is super adorable! xxx

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    1. Thank youuu! Yes, he's very cute!!

      Lx

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  7. aww happy belated birthday! glad you had a lovely time :) the booth in the restaurant looks so amazing! and bertie is adorable xx

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  8. As a northerner I can say those yorkshire puddings look yummy!I will definitely be heading to the Crazy Bear in Covent Garden! x

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    1. Haha, glad they look like they come up to scratch! They were delicious :)

      Lx

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  9. Happy 30th! This looks lovely =) xx

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  10. Happy 30th!! Your outfit looked absolutely gorgeous and that pup is too cute!

    Hope you have a wonderful year ahead filled with much love and happiness xxx

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  11. Your 30th looks like it was beyond amazing! Crazy Bear is definitely the place for an opulent birthday bash, I'm a sucker for a lush private booth like that and the chandelier is fantastic :)
    Happy your on the mend from the flu, I had it a couple of weeks ago as well and it was miserable!

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    1. Thank you very much. Argh, the flu is terrible, I'm glad you're feeling better now.

      Lx

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  12. You look great, and the food look yummmm, looking fabulous there...

    xx

    http://www.attraction2fashion.com

    Tanya

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  13. Beautiful pics!! <3
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  14. PUPPY!!! CUTE. Ha.

    I'm glad you had a nice birthday, it was really sweet of your co-workers to do that for you!

    Where did you go on holiday?

    Corinne x
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    1. Thanks, yeah it was really nice of them.

      I went to Suffolk!

      Lx

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  15. Lisaaaa! Happy belated birthday. It looks like you had a really lovely lovely time.

    That strawberry milkshake is making me quiver.

    Hope all is good in the hood. Xxx

    Ps: has anyone ever told you you look like Ana Matronic from scissor sisters? Haha x

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    1. Thank you so much, sweet of you to say.

      Haha, do you know when I used to have red hair I was told that I looked like Ana Matronic a few times!

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