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TGI Fridays – Birthday Celebrations

I’ve finally got round to writing this post, super busy, and so many other topics I want to write about. But this is all about my friday birthday celebrations at TGI Fridays in Covent Garden.

Overall: FAB NIGHT!

SO me and my two housemates got to TGI at 7.40pm on Friday night, and tried to get our table booked for 6 (You can’t book before the night on a friday or saturday, you have to wait for your table). Unfortunately you also have to wait for everyone to turn up too before being put on the waiting list, so we waited in the entrance for Alex, his best friend and GF. Luckily they weren’t too far behind and so we got us put on the list for our table once all together.

We headed to the bar to wait for our table, opening the cocktail menu to decide on drinks – they have some amazing cocktails, there’s so many making it very difficult to decide. Going for a paradise punch to start, Alex ordered me a large (Mahoosive cocktails…they come out in large bowl sized glasses – AMAZING!). Alex’s best friend and his GF also bought me a bottle of sparkling for my birthday present so we all had a glass and toasted my birthday.


The sparkling didn’t last long that’s for sure


Me and the girls at the bar

The table was an hour and 20mins wait – which for 6, at peak time on a Friday evening in London I guess isn’t too bad. And it did go pretty quick with us all drinking and chatting. We managed to fit in a couple drinks before being called by our bleepy flashy thing you get given at the beginning.

We were sat down at our table and given a few minutes to decide before ordering. Absolutely ravenous, especially after drinking and not eating since lunch, we skipped starters and went straight to mains. Half of us ordering burgers, Alex ordering steak with ribs and Shrimp, and I ordered chicken and shrimp with sweet potato fries. We ordered more drinks, me having another cocktail (again, very difficult to choose, Alex’s was awesome – it had a black vodka shot on the top, tasted so nice!)



Alex’s friend had a delicious looking cocktail with lots of fruit in it – I will admit I did have a little drink envy!

Food didn’t take long after ordering – or perhaps it was the fact we were enjoying ourselves so much.


Alex’s Food – Yummmm!


I caught Alex’s best friend eye-ing up Alex’s chips – Alex doesn’t like veggies or onion rings so ordered extra chips, Look at the mountain of them!


My Food

It was delicious! The sauce was Jack Daniels sauce, which is sooo good. And the sweet potato fries were definitely a better choice than cheesy mash, and I don’t really like normal chips, so i love it when this scrumptious side order is on the menu.

Plates emptied rather quickly. Everyone seemed very happy with their choices – not much food envy that evening!

Our table was cleared and we were all sat just chatting again, when our waitress brought out a piece of chocolate cake with a  candle in it. Everyone sang happy birthday to me – I was so happy I didn’t have to wear a birthday balloon hat! (Some TGI’s I remembered doing this for people’s birthdays – OH the humiliation!)

We shared the cake for dessert – still super full from our mains, each having a little bit.

We finished up, and paid the bill – wasn’t too bad a price either!

I loved my Fridays celebrations with friends! There’s a reason this is my fave restaurant and I keep returning – FAB cocktails and AMAZING food! If you haven’t been, you MUST go experience a TGI fridays outing.



The Boat Race IS A Big Deal


The boat race … IS a big deal so I found out this weekend.

On Sunday it was the big Oxford vs Cambridge boat race on the Thames. Going from Putney Bridge, just over 4 miles away from city centre, the rowers pull their oars at such speed to win. They must have so much stamina!

Having not long come back from my run – training for the half marathon, and with it spitting with rain, I can say I wasn’t too keen on heading back out. But when my housemate, Meg, invited me to go down to the boat race to see what all the fuss was with her and her boyfriend and a group of friends I couldn’t say no – need to try these things out! And we’re also not too far from Putney Bridge so I had nothing to lose.

We headed down and had a drink (Coke from the pub – SO Rock and Roll! Ha on a little detox), and stood  listening to the brass band – they were playing on stilts! Balancing and playing a trombone, now that’s skills.

With 40 minutes until the race we started to head down the other side of the bridge to try and get a good spot. It was so busy, many people using the excuse to spend the afternoon drinking, some random guys in some funky suits (a saw one in a full jammie dodger print suit!), and others climbing trees to get a good view. The people with the houses close to the Thames were very lucky, some seemed to be having little boat race parties – any old excuse, eh?

From our spot this is how far we were from the start:


Everyone was chatting and people seemed so hyped for the race.

The race started, everyone cheering, waving flags, smacking their bam-bams together….

20seconds later, we could no longer see. It goes so quick! Not wanting to go to the pub, me and meg headed back.

I found out when we got home that Oxford Won!

Perhaps if you want to see the whole race it would be best to watch it on TV. But to see just once what it’s like, it was definitely worth the little walk down the river!



Fruit & Veg – The Marmite Effect?

Fruit and Veg.

Some people hate it, I guess to some it could have the marmite effect – vegetables definitely do with my boyfriend! But personally I love all fruit and vegetables – there may be some left out there to try, but I’m pretty open to a new tastebud experience.

This week, the 5-a-day guideline for fruit and veg has been in the news.

Experts are now saying eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day is healthier than the  five portions currently recommended.

Bad news for my boyfriend!

Eating seven portions a day was apparently linked to a cut in the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease. However other lifestyle factors could influence this.

It has been said that eating a few portions a day is better than nothing. But this made me start to think about my diet.

Is 7 portions really achievable? I know that’s probably why the government have actually given a 5-a-day guideline. But then when I really thought about it – perhaps if I had salad at lunch, that would increase my intake by 3 or more portions. I already have fruit with my breakfast, and that only leaves three for dinner – EASY right?! But could I do this everyday?

Currently I have a little bit of a thing for porridge with fruit. Might not be the healthiest for me to have for breakfast and lunch everyday but it keeps me happy. And I did used to skip meals, so this is definitely one step in the right direction.

Then yesterday I ate this for lunch:



It was delicious! So next week I’m going to start taking veggies and humus for lunch (reasonably cheap and really healthy) and keep track to see if I can eat 7-a-day…wish me luck!


The Ripe Old Age of 23 – Belated Birthday Round-Up


This year I had a fab birthday. First one in London. Was definitely spoilt.

I actually celebrated for 4 days – I know, talk about milking it. Well let’s call it making the most of it.

I would much rather have some fantastic nights with friends, family and my boyfriend and gain lots of experiences than get lots of presents. Experiences do make memories after all.

So here’s a quick look back over last week:

Wednesday (my actual birthday):

I woke up to my housemate singing ‘Happy Birthday’ down the corridor and birthday banners on the flat doors – I love my housemates.

I did go to work – what’s the point in booking the day off when no-one else would be off, I’d much rather spend it with my lovely work colleagues. They got me a lovely swanky salad bowl from John Lewis, and some LUSH pampering goodies. We also went out for lunch at The Breakfast Club in Spitalfields – was AMAZING! I had avocado with egg – which came on toasted bloomer, with chillies and I ordered chorizo to come with it too. Was so delicious! Everyone’s meals did look good, but I definitely didn’t have any food envy with this brunch delicacy in front of me:


In the evening I went to Alex’s to wait for him to finish work. I didn’t know where we were going, all I knew was the time to be ready. 8pm arrived, Alex was back and ready and I was excited – I really wanted to know what my surprise was! Jumping on the tube, he took us to Queensway (I had never got off here, so how would I have guessed where we were going). But then we walked to Whiteleys Shopping Centre and that’s when I realised – HE DID WELL! More than well.

Alex took me to The Lounge (Fancy Odeon Cinema we’ve been to previously, the weekend after valentines day) and we were waited on all night whilst watching the new Captain America Film (which is fantastic – definitely a MUST SEE!). We even had dinner in our screen (I had a naughty lamb kebab – I know! But was a posh one, so lots of lamb in a wrap and a side salad, so yummy!) and I had some delicious cocktails too. My favourite was one called a ‘red bird’ – prosecco, peach schnapps and grenadine with a strawberry straw (sweet) to stir. Very sweet but I will be re-making this at home!


Overall a birthday to remember!

But that wasn’t all:

Thursday (Night in with the housemates):

We all spent Thursday night in and cooked meatballs together and watched a chick flick. Love girly nights in with my two housemates! They then brought in cupcakes, singing happy birthday with a lighter – improvised candle haha. Lovely Evening!


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Friday (my second big celebration):

Friday evening after a long day at work we all got dressed up and went to TGI Fridays for some cocktails and food. I think if I tell you all now we’ll be here all day, so perhaps I’ll write this separately (keep an eye out!), but it was an awesome night with Alex, the girls and Alex’s best friend and his girlfriend. Such a funny evening, and food and cocktails were delicious!

Here’s a sneaky peek at my food and drink



Saturday (Family Celebrations):

Saturday I boarded the train to journey home for the weekend with mango smoothie in hand – I treated myself for the train ride.


Mum and Dad greeted me at the station, and we headed back to the house. I had pressies, and lots of family coming to see me all day – was lovely! Mum, Dad and I sat down to a scrumptious meal (Three fish roast, potatoes and salad), and a bottle of prosecco to toast my birthday.


It then turned into mother’s day celebrations for the rest of the weekend – Shopping, Roast ( I cooked for the family – I know, so nice of me!), Film, and lunch out monday before heading back to London.


Had a fab weekend – love going home and seeing everyone! Not long until Easter trip home.

And now my birthday’s over – Maybe I should start planning next year…