Monday, 23 October 2017

Afternoon Tea - Koukash - Liverpool

afternoon tea koukash liverpool review

After a long, luxurious morning at the Eforea spa, what better way to finish off my top to toe pampering day than with a little afternoon tea? You can have this added on to any of their spa packages, and why wouldn’t you? Finger sandwiches, dainty cakes, prosecco and unlimited hot tea? Consider me signed up!

Being a Monday afternoon, I pretty much had the entirety of the Koukash restaurant to myself. So, here’s a little confession, coffee shop stops aside, I’ve never actually eaten out alone before. I was a little nervous, would I look weird? Alone? Sad? Would the waiter ask to wait until my company arrives for the food to be brought out? I’ve never taken myself out on a date, I had no idea how this would work!

Insert Paul, my server for the afternoon who was, hands down, straight out of Downton Abbey and an absolute joy. He had me laughing, smiling, insisted I started with prosecco and never let the tea pot run dry. Unfortunatly, he wasn’t allowed to take a pew so I had to prepare to enjoy my own company *shudder*.

afternoon tea koukash liverpool review

Prosecco sipping, the afternoon tea for one was brought out. Three tiers of treats just waiting to be devoured. As afternoon teas go, Koukash’s airs on the more traditional side, starting with 4 finger sandwiches; cheese and pickle, egg and cress, ham and mustard and a salmon and cream cheese. Not the biggest cheese and pickle fan, it wasn’t all that bad! The ham and salmon were undoubtedly my favourites, super tasty and light!

afternoon tea koukash liverpool review

Next tier up and we’re onto the cakes. I had three to choose from; red velvet, batten-burg and what I think was a salted caramel - one of these day’s I’ll remember to ask before I dig in! Each one was a delicate delight. I half wish they were a few mouthfuls bigger, but who can resist the cuteness of a dainty cake? The one I think was salted caramel was the biggest winner, though the red velvet came a close second. The frosting was a little too sweet but who am I to turn my nose up at cake?

afternoon tea koukash liverpool review

Last, but certainly not least, the final tier and the icing on the cake for my day at the Doubletree, a fresh baked scone with clotted cream and jam. Is it just me or is this always the best part of an afternoon tea? I do love me a good scone, cream then jam of course! Filled with fruit and mahoosive, it went down very well with another cup of english breakfast tea. 

Comfy-cosy surroundings, my own company turning out to not be all that bad, and freshly baked cakes and scones, I mean really, what do I have to do to make every Monday this divine? 

afternoon tea koukash liverpool review

What’s your favourite part of afternoon tea?

Until next time, 

Friday, 20 October 2017

Reading round-up #5

reading inspiration

I am flying through the pages this year! I’ve really made a point of making time for reading, either by turning off the laptop and/or TV earlier, or picking up my book as tea cooks. It really goes to show that just the odd page here and there soon adds up to fully read books! Let’s have a nosy at my latest reads!

Stardust - Neil Gaiman
Having re-watched the film recently, when I noticed this book on the shelf in the library it felt a little like fate to pick it up and see how the page translated on screen. I was actually really surprised how close the film and book are, that doesn’t happen all that often! The book was as magical as I expected, a fairy tale for adults that they can tell their children. Gaiman has a brilliant ability to drive a story, everything moves at the perfect pace and he ties up all the loose ends and story arcs in the end, a happily ever after with a little less Disney-esq cheese on top.

Something wicked this way comes - Ray Bradbury
I’ve been wanting to pick up some Bradbury for a while now but my local library shelves are less than inspiring when it comes to the sci-fi greats. This was the only Bradbury on the shelf at the time. Not a bad read, a little confusing to follow at times, but a really great run up to Halloween read none the less. 

Daring Greatly - Brenee Brown
Hands down one of the most life changing, thought provoking books I’ve read this year! I actually gave it a whole post here, where you can read exactly why Daring Greatly has given me so much to think about. 

Pebble in the Sky - Issac Asimov
Wanting to continue to expand my exploration into sci-fi, how could I ignore one of the greats themselves? I really want to read his Foundation series but our library doesn’t seem to have the first one! In searching for it, I found this and the premise really intrigued me. A 63 year old man is transported hundreds of year in the future, where Earth has discovered it’s not alone in the universe, in-fact it’s seen as very small and insignificant by the rest of the galaxy. Earth isn’t all that happy about being deemed the lowest level on the evolutionary ladder, oh and once you hit 60, you’re euthanised so that the youngsters can have your share of food and space on an ever crowded planet. There’s also brain experimentation and mind control powers, incase it wasn’t sci-fi enough for you!

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert
If a book could make you fall in love with writing, Big Magic is it. Not only did it give me the writing bug back, but it really taught me what it is that I love about writing so much. Writing as a vocation, not a way to pay the bills, writing for enjoyment and play, not because I have to get a post out. The same theories can be applied for whatever creative outlet you choose. Watch this space because I have a much more in-depth look at what big lessons Big Magic taught me coming soon!

Have you read a book recently that’s really stuck with you long after the last full stop?

Until next time, 

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

30 things I've learnt on my 30th Birthday!

30 lessons on your 30th birthday

I’ve been doing these little birthday reflections for a few years now and what I love is how each time, the list seems to change and evolve. Just when you think you’ve learnt all there is left to learn, life surprises you and in just 12 months so much can change - sometimes it’s takes for writing it down to actually realise that.

30 is a big one. If they sell glassware and photo frames with an age on, you know it’s a milestone worth taking note of. If you’d have asked me 10 years ago where I see my 30 year old self, the answer would be nothing like how my life looks right now. For a while, I don’t think I was ok with this. I thought I would have ticked house buying, babies and a dream job off the list. But as you get older, you really do realise that everything happens when it’s supposed to happen and life isn’t one big tick box exercise. Do I regret not having any of those things yet? Hell no! I am beyond in love with my life right now and everything, everyone, it’s filled with. I wouldn’t change it for the world!

Without dragging this intro out any further, let’s dive into 30 things I’ve learnt on my 30th birthday!

  1. Find the magic in the everyday
  2. Spend time outside
  3. Sometimes you just have to show up and take part - it's not about winning
  4. Make time for what you love
  5. It’s ok for a job to be just a job
  6. You’re never too old to play
  7. Set an intention for the day/week/month/year 
  8. Spend time with yourself
  9. Explore where you live like a tourist
  10. Take pictures of the people, not the things
  11. Care less about what others think of you
  12. Life’s not all about followers and likes
  13. Take regular breaks from social media
  14. Exercise should be fun, not a chore
  15. Life is not about ticking all the boxes
  16. Experiment in the kitchen
  17. Go with your gut
  18. Perfectionism is a myth
  19. Make time for the people you love
  20. It’s ok to say no
  21. Don’t believe everything you read/see/watch/hear online
  22. You’re never too old to learn something new
  23. Challenge yourself
  24. Put yourself out there
  25. Don’t let anyone tell you how to spend your money/time
  26. Don’t feel guilty for spending your money/time on yourself
  27. Be inspired by others but don’t copy them
  28. Listen
  29. Start your own traditions
  30. Age is just a number

In my twenties I had zero idea about who I was or what I wanted , but now, as I leap into my thirties, well, I’m bloody excited! I know myself, I know what I want, I know what I love and what I don’t love so much, and I’m finally becoming ok with all of the little things I’ve never been that ok about. 

I’ve got a feeling that my thirties are going to be epic.

How do you feel about your next big birthday?

Until next time, 

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