Thursday, 26 March 2015

Birthday Wishes

On Tuesday I celebrated my 21st birthday. Immediately I'm expecting life to be downhill from here (I don't even know if I'm being sarcastic, ha). At the weekend, James surprised me by taking me home to see my family and my friends - something I really missed last year so I was so thrilled.
It was such a privilege to be able to see my beautiful puppy Patrick, two of my good and longest friends and of course my family, all in the space of 48 hours.

On the Saturday evening we went for dinner at the River Cottage Canteen, owned by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, which specialises in fresh, local food - think freshly caught fish, specially grown veg and lots of flavour. 
I so wish I'd snapped some pictures of the interior as it's huge and on all different levels. Beautiful, glistening carbon filament lightbulbs swung down from thick rope, making the surroundings feel magical.
I stuck to my father's heritage and opted for the Plymouth sole, which, despite almost turning 21 at the time, I maaay have had to get my Mum to de-bone for me. Nonetheless it was scrumptious and you could taste how fresh each element of the dish was. It was simple yet packed a punch of flavour.

 Of course, being a chocoholic and salted caramel-aholic, I just had to go for the chocolate brownie with salted caramel sauce - OMG. It was just what you'd want, crunchy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside. I practically licked my plate clean for every last scrap of salted caramel!
 My actual birthday on Tuesday was filled with lots of gifts, too many if anything, which I'm so incredibly grateful for. James and I had a spot of lunch and then decided to escape to one of our favourite places - the mini golf course! It's silly, I know, but we were the only ones there and it was just one of those things that let me clutch onto any last element of youth remaining! Being the gentleman James is, he didn't let me win (snort) - but I came close, with just one point behind!
 Finally, saving the best tip last, I was treated to what can only be described as a perfect birthday meal at Sotto Sotto - if you're ever in Bath or planning a trip, book this place for dinner in advance as it has a long waiting list, particularly at weekends.
 We had a glass or two of prosecco each, and a strawberry and limoncello prosecco cocktail for the birthday girl of course.
 The menu is bursting with choice - too much if anything, and it's almost overwhelming when you've waited so long to visit! Pizza, pasta, a speciality dish? Choose wisely!
We eventually settled on our options, promising to share each others plates. That's definitely one of the best things about being in a relationship, or if you go as a group - you'll most likely all want similar dishes, so if you're struggling to pick just one dish, get both and swap plates halfway.
I opted for the calamari which came with a dinky jar of one of my favourites - aïoli! (We both demolished little dishes of this on our holiday last summer - and returned about a stone heavier!)
James, meanwhile chose the prawn bruschetta which was zingy and bursting with juicy flavour, and the prawns were beautiful.
 At the perfect time, our mains arrived - seafood linguine for me and the 'Pizza Parma' for James. I'm not really a big fan of pasta however when I do go for it, I make sure it's going to be the best pasta I can get my hands on! This was perfectly al dente and you could taste that it was freshly homemade. This was like eating the Ocean; with the perfect amount of seafood and a gorgeous chilli tomato sauce to compliment. I could have licked my bowl clean if possible!
 Of course, I had to grab a slice or two of the pizza - the base was the perfect mix or soft and crispy and the toppings complimented one another and were perfectly balanced. Empty plates all around!
 Finally, despite being pretty stuffed, we of course had to help ourselves to dessert. An Amaretti laced chocolate mousse for me and limoncello and white chocolate profiteroles for James. I was stunned to see the waiters burst into an Italian rendition of 'Happy Birthday', and even know my name! It was a lovely touch.
 Of course a birthday girl, has to make a birthday wish, or four, right?!
Umpteen wishes later, we both licked our plates clean once more, feeling completely and utterly satisfied. The service was impeccable and the waiters could not be more attentive. It was the perfect end of a lovely few days of birthday celebrations.
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5 comments

  1. Happy Birthday! The food all looks amazing, especially that fancy dessert!
    RachelShuchatMakeup

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  2. Happy belated birthday Lucy! March is such a great month to be born. ;-)

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  3. Love your top! Nice photos, looks like a lovely time :)

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  4. happy belated birthday! all the food looks great :)

    danielle | avec danielle

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    1. Thank you Danielle! The food was insane....! xx

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