2012 – 2014! Re-Re-RECAP!

15 Mar

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Yes, this is a random man.  Well actually it’s a waiter who decided to take a selfie when we asked him to take a group photo.  But hopefully his face has made you laugh (no shade!) which means you forgive me!

I know it is late.  And yes, it is inexuseable.  So, without making saying much else (because I know you luuurve me), I’m going to quickly bring you up to speed on what’s happened over the last year and a bit…

1. We are still ALIVE and KICKING!

The LWB family are very much still in action, eating, travelling and gisting as per usual 🙂

2. Where have we been?

Well, we have eaten in quite a few restaurants.  Here’s a  brief run through and please note, unless stated, it is safe to assume that the experience was gooood! –

December 2012 – Aubaine, Heddon Street: Yummers way to end the year

January 2013 – break: we were musing and strategising for the year ahead

February 2013 – Bread Street Kitchen: an intimate and carb-heavy affair courtesy of Gordon Ramsey

March 2013 – The Rembrandt Spa & Hotel: pure R&R at its finest daaaaahling

April 2013 – Bills, Covent Garden: an intimate catch up for the April lovers

May 2013 – Bistrotheque followed by dessert at Duck & Waffle: amaaaazing date!  The sun was shining, the weather was sweet, the gist was juicy and the ladies were looking luscious!

June 2013  – Karaoke and dinner at Firecracker: all I need to say is You don’t have to call…..  It’s OK guuuuuurl.  Coz I’mma be alright toniiiiight!  There’s never a dull moment when you mix heels, cocktails, music and a good Chinese meal.

July 2013 – The Modern Pantry:  The weather was on our side, the waiter was on our side and time was n our side.  FABULOSO!

August 2013 – 3 Course: We ventured into North London and what a glorious treat we had.  Everything at this restaurant was served as part of a 3 course meal.  Safe to ay, no one left hungry!

September 2013 – Cambridge: 2 Year anniversary day trip to the picturesque University town.  It was an amazing day filled with sightseeing, interesting facts about one of the best universities in the world and of course gorgeous girls and juicy gist!

October 2013: Kopapa: the afternoon may have been wet and windy, but LWB always keep it client! Ay papi!

November 2013: Cut at 45 Park Lane and Taste of Christmas 2013: We finally managed to hit one of the restaurants at the top of our hitless.  Hoorah!  The food was good, though a little pricey (as to be expected), the service was great and the girls as ever, TURNT UP!  We also attended Taste of Christmas, which this year was held in November and in a new venue – Tobacco Dock.  Verdict: Not as good as previous years I’m afraid.  The layout was really poor, and due to the outdoor set up, it felt like we were suffering everlasting cold.  We love spending crowns on new things, however i’m not sure our 3 year love affair will stretch to a 4th…

December 2013: Ice Skating at Canary Wharf Ice Rink, followed by Dinner at Jamie’s  Italian, Canary Wharf: it was an excellent way to close 2013 (wow I’ve said that twice in the same blog post. Chei!) but it really was.  And no-one fell.  That may or may not be a fib.

January 2013 – Plum & Spilt Milk: Wow! 2014! We saluted the new year with an intimate dinner in Kings Cross (no funny jokes please!)  Yummy food, sexy setting.  Delicious

February – Citrus, The Sheraton Hotel London: The glam roll was set and we dined in the lovely Italian restaurant in the heart of London.  Only comment – they took aaaaages to bring the bill.  Grrrrr!

WOOHOOO!  I’m up to date!  And guess what?

3. We have brunch Club today!

I have a brand spanking new laptop so there really is no excuse.  Watch this space for the next post boo boos! And in the mean time, enjoy the montage of pictorial experiences below

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For Ladies Wot Brunch… At Christopher’s! I know I know it’s late(!)

17 Jun

SHAME ON ME!  YES!  It has been too long!  And it is unacceptable!  I promise to do better…

So without further ado, herein begins the backlog.  First Stop – November!

It seems like so long ago that we had our penultimate brunch of 2012 in one of my all time favourite brunch spots in London: Christopher’s.  Set in London’s trendy Covent Garden, it was the chosen location for the rainy Saturday afternoon.  Our darling Esther was fully in charge of organising affairs and worked her magic touch, securing us a private dining room in the glorious, 3 story building.  All that was left was for us to turn up, drink up, eat and GIST!

Gist!

Aha!  I may skim on some of the other areas, but the gist section is very much still alive and kicking mi dahlins!  With 25 of us present, there were so many hilariously funk-tastic conversations taking place I could barely keep up.  But these were the ones which made my little ears ping…

Nigerian PRAYAAAH!  With a large number of the women being Nigerian, and conscious of Church the following day, talk soon got to our individual experiences and in particular prayer styles.  Now, for anyone who may not be in the know, a lot of Naija Churches are exuberant – with lots of colour, music and pastors decorating each service.  Which is fabulous because we are colourful, musical beings in search of spiritual fulfillment.  One particular Church and their “die-by-fire” prayer point resonated with the ladies.  The aggression and force with which we make our supplications known to God did cause a cheeky giggle around the table, with re-enactments of bobbing heads and raised voices to illustrate.  But hey, it definitely works.  The Kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent take it by fooooorce!

How does one get a date?  Ha!  This is a serious question!  And both the singles and married shared personal experiences.  From accepting all invitations to weddings, even if they didn’t know the couple getting hitched(!) to looking turned up all day every day –boom pow pow! – every woman had a strategy, with lots of evidence of success.  Are you still single?  Did you bag your guy/gal using a ploy?  What’s the secret?  They do say sharing is caring…

Don’t call my baby “babe”.  Seriously.  This was one of the funniest stories shared on the day.  One of our babettes recounted how she had to check a fellow friend who slipped into the casual bad habit of calling her boyfriend “babe”.  Now to some it’s fine and to others it is NOT!  It all depends on the social connotations attached to the term of endearment.  But if it’s viewed as a word akin to my sexy-babylurve-alicious, then if you don’t stop calling my boo boo “babe” we about to catch a case.  Point Blank Period!

Food

scrambled eggs and salmon

fishcakes

blueberry pancakes

eggs benedict

fruit salad

strawberry daiquiri

There is nothing more to say other than magnifique!  The location is excellent (directly opposite the Lyceum Lion King theatre), the service is great, the price is right, but it’s the food at Christopher’s which has really captured our hearts.  My personal favourite has to be the blueberry pancakes, accompanied with maple syrup and blueberry compote, which I oooooobviously ordered on the day.  Small, yet rich, moist and sweet, they hit the spot and then some.  I just adore them and would recommend them to everyone!  If you’re feeling a little greedy, I’d advise you order both the blueberry pancakes and pancakes with bacon to get the best of both worlds.

The eggs florentine were also cooked to perfection, hollandaise not too tart, poached eggs the right consistency and flavoursome, and english muffins home made to perfection.  Mmmmmmm!  Another firm favourite were the fishcakes, again home cooked.  Now a problem I usually have with fishy lil’ fishcakes is that there’s always too much potato!  Certainly more potato than fish.  But the day’s offering was nothing like that.  The flakes found inside the golden butter breadcrumbs were so tasty and fell apart at the touch of the fork.  It was emotional!

To wash down the several plates of food, were the bespoke cocktails made.  From virgin daiquiris to extra strong mojitos, we had a jolly good time with our very own bar and barlady positioned outside the dining room.  Clink clink!

Overall

If I had to sum up Christopher’s in three words, they would be We Loved It!  Yes!  And our visit that day lived up to my high expectations.  The chic ambiance, attentive and pleasant service and gorgeous food all added to the wonderful brunching experience, which was partly why we ended up spending 5 hours there!!!  No joke!  Given it’s wonderful credentials and great location, it really is the go-to place for a great meal with the girlies after a Saturday of retail therapy, the prim and proper establishment to meet the potential in-laws for the first time, or even your central London haven for some good food on a Sunday afternoon.  So make sure you check it out.  You never know, you might even meet us there too…!

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…Happy New Year!

17 Jan

Guys and dolls, I know it’s grossly late but I’d love to wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year!  I hope and pray that 2013 is full of greatness for you and it exceeds all of your expectations!

Apologies for being MIA but it has been a busy time for me personally as well as the awesome force that is Ladies Wot Brunch.  We have a lot of amazing things lined up for 2013 so watch this space.  More details to follow shortly…

xoxo

For Ladies Wot Dine… At Amerigo Vespucci!

7 Nov

That time of the month came round, and October 20th saw the Ladies Wot Brunch congregate together again and brace themselves for an evening of fun, games and lots of laughter.  Our VVR host Bola or as we lovingly call her “Bosh” chose an awesome venue – Amerigo Vespucci, a beautiful Italian restaurant in Canary Wharf as our go-to spot.

Booking

As is the case with these fabulous VVR ladies, booking seems to be getting smoother and smoother (or maybe they’re just not telling me the full story!).  On confirming the number of attendees and selecting the venue, the restaurant worked collaboratively with Bosh to set the menu, send out prices and organise a private corner to accommodate us.  I should also highlight that as with many of our rendezvous, advance payment was made to ensure a smooth, cashless dining experience.  This is obviously favourable for the restaurant as well as us making it’s a win-win strategy!

Gist

OK.  So I’m getting quite a lot of feedback on this section.  Apparently you laaav it!  So I’ll continue to indulge your inquisitive minds and let you in on the hottest topics that were discussed and shouted *ahem*.  And the evening did not disappoint!

Love across the ocean… Alas, this is something that is close to my heart.  Many of the ladies in the group can identify with this subject and we heard stories about lovers having to travel every few months to see and spend time with their boos.  One lady said she’d travelled to the USA 3 times in the last 5 months!  And another shared her relationship timetable with us, which assured her and her other half saw each other at least once every quarter.  It’s a stark contrast to the ladies who have lovers in-situ, who they see almost on a daily basis.  So how does this love across the ocean thing work?  Is it realistic?  Can a relationship with someone who you can’t see or touch on a daily basis really last?  The optimistic answer is yes, but I guess only time will tell…  But in the meantime, thank God for the Ladies Wot Brunch, who happily fill the gap for each other.  And before you guys with imaginative minds start gassing(!) I’m talking about the brunch, lunch, dinner and holiday dates that we take each other on.  Yay!

Agaracha!  Darlings, you will hear this word a lot.  Meaning?  Well… technically it means promiscuous woman in igbo, a Nigerian dialect.  But we use it as a term of endearment.  So if you hear the word being bandied about, or if you are branded an agaracha(!) take it with love… 🙂

Yummy Mummies and maternity bras – Our resident yummy mummy shared some information about how to keep it hot and sexxxay during the pre-motherhood phase.  Now the perception of maternity bras isn’t very favourable at all.  They’re usually perceived as frumpy, stuffy things.  However, having seen our yummy mummy, we could not deny the fact that her maternity undersupport was doing an Ultimo Wonderbra-ful job and keeping those babies looking gooooood!  I’ve done some research and have found Hot Milk Lingerie, a company that specially designs  maternity underwear.  Even the name is attractive!  So to all you mum’s to-be and nursing mamas out there, do not be dismayed!  You can keep your sexy oooooooon!

Loveless Marriage – Many of us have read the bestselling book The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives by Lola Shoneyin.  Without giving the story away, one of the major themes addressed in the book is marriage without the presence of love.  So how does this work?  Is attraction and respect in isolation of physical love enough?  The general consensus among the ladies on the evening was a resounding NO!  It cannot go anywhere my friend!  Because if love is lacking, it cannot be shown.  If love is not shown, the members of the relationship are not connected.  And if there isn’t a connection, What the -eff are you doing wasting your time?!?!  It maketh no sense!  We shared stories of friendships we’d seen, dates we’d embarked and courtships we’d endured without the presence of love or even attraction which ultimately ended up being fruitless.  I personally don’t understand how people can suffer themselves and try to conjour up a feeling or successful relationship without the vital, amorous ingredient.  It is impossible!

Can you date a man over 35…?  The conclusive answer is yes.  But we didn’t get there without a vigourous debate.  On one side of the spectrum, we argued that there would be quite a significant difference in beliefs, timescales for things we wanted to achieve (older men were likely to adopt a been there, done that attitude) and how to have fun (the term fuddy duddy comes to mind!).  However, it was counterbalanced with the fact that older men know exactly what they want and thus are less likely to waste time, are more likely to be financially stable and generally know how to make a woman feel goooooooood!  The point that tipped the scale was that several of our ladies are successfully courting and married to men aged 35 and above illustrating that it can and it does work!

Food

The food on this evening was awesome!  I had bits and bobs of almost every meal and I was so impressed!  My favourites would have to be the mussels which were prepared perfectly!  The broth and tenderness of the mussel flesh was impeccable and not too heavy.  The fact that the portion was generous enough to feed three (ladies who picked my food with me, you know yourselves!) was an added bonus.  For mains, it had to be between the sea bass and salmon pasta, which was also cooked to perfection and under specific instruction (yes our hot AND spicy request was made again!)  Melt in the mouth fish, perfectly spiced pasta, served with beautiful veggies and roast potatoes and all at the correct temperature made the meal bellissimo!  The desserts were all equally fantastic and although there was hardly anything in it, if I had to recommend one it would have to be the tiramisu.  Ironic right?  An Italian restaurant making a bad ass tiramisu – what are the chances eh?  Tee hee hee…

Service

Considering how raucous we were (what’s new?) the restaurant were superb.  We had a team of zealous waiters and waitresses (again, what’s new?) who were at our beck and call, bringing drinks and topping up wine glasses consistently.  The fact that we had a private corner in the restaurant probably enhanced our experience; it almost felt like we were in our very own Italian cove, with loved and loud ones!

Overall

I cannot fault the restaurant, and despite my original reservations about eating in one of London’s prime business arenas on the weekend, the restaurant surpassed all my expectations and was fun and lively.  It is an awesome place to eat, any day of the week but of course it’s the company that makes the difference 😉

A huge thank you goes to our darling Bosh for organising what was a fabulous evening.  We love and appreciate you mama… Mwah!  A big shout out also goes to Sope “Sopelols” who shot some of the gorgeous photos you will see in the slide show.  Watch this space, this young lady is a photography star in the making…  Fantastico!

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Obama fo’ yo’ mama! Well done Mr President!

7 Nov

We just want to say a huge congratulations to Barack Obama for successfully gaining a second term in power in the US of A!

Now let’s celebrate with cheesecake, mimosas and grape soda… Whoop!

7 Nov

Showing some love to those who show us luuuurve!

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This is a public announcement to all the fabulous ladies who enjoy the thought of eating and nattering during the half time between breakfast and lunch. My girl has decided to create a blog called For Ladies Wot Brunch which gives a detailed review of the hot spots around London and whether they live up to their reputation. Alas, you may even see yours truly appearing in some of the blog pictures!

So if you are lacking inspiration as to where to go for brunch, why not give this blog a try?

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With Love From Friends – Way Back When!

4 Nov

WLFF 'WAY BACK WHEN' FUNDRAISING PARTY

Boys and girls!  Stop what you’re doing and pay attention!  With Love From Friends (WLFF) are back with an event!

Way Back When is this year’s charity bonanza, promising an evening of oversized afros and geeky glasses, twister, jenga and of course nostalgic muzaaak!

But what is WLFF I hear you ask?  Well, it is a charity started by a group of amazing women (some of whom are beautiful members of the Brunch Club!) who decided to stand up, take action and give back.  The ladies are dedicated to the advancement of quality education in Nigeria, through assisting charities and community school projects to raise funds and provide basic educational resources.  AMAZING RIGHT?!  Each year they host a big and bashy charity event and this year is no exception.  It promises to be an awesome evening, which hopefully will raise tons for Bethesda Child Support Agency, an inspiring Nigerian non-profit organisation.

We support.  So should you!

For more information visit the website here and the Facebook group here

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