Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Picnic Time

We seriously lucked out with the weather over the bank holiday! Shockingly, I didn't actually have any plans so me and Ben chilled a lot and Sunday we decided the weather definitely merited a picnic!

Bank Holiday Picnic May 2013

We hit the local tesco and bought some picnic essentials...

Bank Holiday Picnic May 2013

Bank Holiday Picnic May 2013

Bank Holiday Picnic May 2013
There was lots of people watching to be done down on Haven Green - a girl was practising her back flips which made for some fantastic entertainment. We discussed when a PDA went from cute to really inappropriate, and witnessed some examples of seriously crossing the line...and also enjoyed the adorable animals!

Bank Holiday Picnic May 2013


....and Ben, stuffing his face.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dine in For Two by M&S

I have been inactive for a while - unfortunately I've been ill with some virus or bug or other and I lost my voice and generally felt sorry for myself and rested a lot. Fun times. Anyway, Ben and I haven't had a lot of quality time together lately, my social life is unintentionally manic because I'm lucky enough to have so many awesome friends I always want to see...as such Ben and I are making sure we get some 'us' time, but also keeping our spending down...so last night, we had our first 'dine in for two' night - Marks and Spencer style!

Date night in M&S May 2013
Ben lost online rock, paper, scissors so he was in charge of picking the food. He opted for Chicken in Provencal Sauce...

Date night in M&S May 2013

And potato rosti cakes! M&S were doing a deal (sadly finished yesterday) where you got a main, side and dessert for £6! It wasn't the usual deal with wine but luckily, I still have a few bottles lying around from my trip to Paris!

Date night in M&S May 2013
This was nice enough - but give me my Franprix own brand any day!

Date night in M&S May 2013
Everything was super easy to make - shoved it in the oven and waited (well, played a quick Mario Kart tournament whilst waiting, but I digress).

Date night in M&S May 2013
I have to say it was absolutely delicious...made me sad I couldn't cook better really, something to work on.

Date night in M&S May 2013
I don't know if I've mentioned the gift Shreena got me and Ben as our house warming present! I love these!

Date night in M&S May 2013
If you love them as much as me you can buy the 'sir' one here and the 'madam' one here.

Date night in M&S May 2013
For dessert we had New York Style Cheesecake - a-yum! But my favourite cheesecake is still Wagamamas...heavenly. A successful home date night meal...followed by Go For Broke, still an awesome game!

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Wedding

For months I have been looking forward to the event that took place over the weekend. Some very good friends got engaged a while ago, and we all thought their wedding was going to be a wedding to put others to shame - we were not wrong!

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
Introducing Mr and Mrs Kitney! An absolutely gorgeous couple. I can't really give you much on the story about Kate and Alex cos I've only ever known them as Kate and Alex. What I can tell you is I've never met a couple who seemed more suited to each other than these two. They are absolutely fantastic people.

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
And made for an absolutely gorgeous bridge and groom!

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
After the gorgeous ceremony we headed to the reception. Check this out! On the right we have Tom who usually towers over us at 6'3" - this day he learnt what it was like to be like the rest of us normal-heighted people! Also, you've got to LOVE Rupert in this fantastic suit and bow tie - dapper indeed!

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
The reception was held in this barn, it was gorgeously done out!

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
The weather was hit and miss but the sun came out long enough for us all to get outside for a bit - though gravel and heels are a very dangerous mix...and I suffered after a few drinks...but we'll just breeze right over that...

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
Several several several pictures later we all headed back inside!

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
Herb themed tables!

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
Chris' speech was fantastic, but I have to say it was Alex's that had me in tears, so beautiful!


Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
Unfortunately after these pics they all get a bit blurry...no idea why....

Kate and Alex's Wedding May 2013
Ahem.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Steph's Bday @ Wahaca

My beautiful wife turned some ridiculously young age the other day and organised everyone for a dinner at Wahaca! And definitely not cos we couldn't get a reservation at Bodeans...

I had a Wahaca Mule which was, yum! But if you're not a cocktail person, there's a little selection of interesting beers.


Now I'm not a massive fan of Mexican food, I find it a bit too stodgy and I always feel a little bleurgh after it, but the food was still really good! I'm not guna lie, I felt really lethargic after, but it was good.

Potatoe and chorizo quesadilla - I'll be honest, I didn't really taste any chorizo, but it was cheesy delicious goodness none the less.


Pork pibil - nice, but oddly watery...


Ben had chicken tinga, which was spicy deliciousness!


The guacamole was ok...I'm not really a huge fan of guacamole so I'm probably the worst person to ask. I've had better though.


These were a serious win! Sweet potatoe chips and they were phenomenal. Loved them. They weren't even mine, they were Chris' - but I stole some anyway. And he's a good friend so he pretended he wasn't completely livid. Barely. We also had the salted caramel ice cream which was AMAZING!

So overall. The food was ok...the company made it a fantastic night. I won't be running back to Wahaca personally, but everyone else enjoyed their meals and I enjoyed seeing my wife all dolled up :)


Sunday, May 5, 2013

19th Reading Beer Festival

Yesterday we made the last minute decision to hit Reading Beer Festival! The original reasoning fell apart but it seemed like the perfect opportunity to catch up with my Dad and Liz, I haven't seen them properly since I moved back from Paris and they live a short train ride from Reading. Perfection. Even the weather decided to be on our side!

Reading Beer Festival May 2013
We were very happy indeed! First we hit some of the games!

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Dad did well and cashed in for a prize and then we went in search of more beer and food!

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

They look SO pretty! Tasted good too! And then more beer... to be honest, things just got a little silly!

Reading Beer Festival May 2013
My Dad, proving not everyone matures with age...

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013

Reading Beer Festival May 2013
Miraculously in all this carry-on, not a drop was spilled. Until next year for the 20th anniversary!

Reading Beer Festival May 2013