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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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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!

For Ladies Wot Celebrate! Spa Weekend Snippet

18 Sep

Sooooo!  As many of you will know we recently celebrated our one year anniversary and decided to celebrate in style by taking a weekend trip to the Brooklands Hotel and Spa.

It was amaaaaaazing!  From the journey there, the treatments, the food, the laughter, the dancing, the gisting and most importantly the company!

Check out the game of musical chairs which brought out the competitive streaks in the Ladies…

And the winner is…

Watch out for the full post coming soon!

For Ladies Wot Pole: Pole Dancing Special!

12 Sep

I’m catching up with posts… Nearly there… Yippeee!

Here at the Ladies Wot Brunch, we like to keep things funky and fresh.  Given the wide range of skills, experience and appetites for good times that we have across the group, we are always looking for the next big and bashy activity to partake in.  The recent creation of my right hand women aka VVRs (Vivacious Venue Researchers) has got us thinking about our Brunch Club meetings in a new and exciting way and July’s catch up was the first manifestation of this.

Our beautiful Tobi was responsible for surprising us and making us shriek by proposing… a pole dancing class!  Followed by a nice civilised dinner for those of us not quite feeling bumping and grinding a metal pole(!)

Booking

Dealing with People Pole, the dance studio was a pretty straightforward process and the price of the class is calculated based on the number of attendees.  It’s a basic economy of scale: the more attendees there are, the cheaper the class!  So my advice is get rid of your shyness and get involved!  Tobi also placed the dinner reservation at Lena, a cute Italian restaurant in Shoreditch.  Overall, booking and dealings with the restaurant were fine: number of diners was confirmed, deposit was placed and reservation was set!

Gist!

Well, given the fact that we had 18 sexxxy ladies stretching, lunging, sliding and grinding, it was pretty difficult trying to concentrate on anything other than their bootiful bodies!  The pole dancing session brought out the inner freaks, sexy sirens and bad ass dancers in the Ladies.

Do it like a pro...  Of course it’s one thing to pole dance for fun and given the fact that it’s a great way to keep fit, many of us saw it as a new and exciting way to exercise.  But what if you decide to take it up a notch and use the sexy skills outside the dance studio…?  I believe I’m fairly creative and like to think outside the box and so I plan to treat my husband (to be) to pole, lap, burlesque and other dance sessions in order to keep things funky and fresh.  I shared these thoughts with the girls in between my practice routines *ahem*.  Some slapped me with enthusiastic and encouraging high 5s, some laughed at me.  Some cowered and cringed and some were indifferent.  What is it about women dancing in a sexually charged manner that appeals to certain people and disgusts others?  Are you a woman who has ever done any of the afore mentioned?  Are you a man who would love your wifey to pull out pole dancing tricks for you?  Do you abhor and detest any kind of sexy dancing?  Share your thoughts, ‘coz the jury is still out!

Acrobatics!  Hmmm…  All I can say is that Tobi is a flexible lil mama!  The young lady showed us some tricks that I daren’t expose to the public.  What I can say is that your hubby-to-be will be one LUCKY fella!

Surprise Surprise!  I appreciate all my Ladies and was especially impressed at their gusto and let’s give it a try attitude.  What I was NOT expecting is for so many of them to be SO GOOD!  From our babette who LITERALLY single handedly hung onto the pole with one leg in the air, to the beautifully choreographed and free style gyrations, the Ladies Wot Brunch definitely aren’t a shy bunch.  They are ridiculously talented, refreshingly confident and extremely blessed with curves, rhythm and oodles of feminine prowess.  Caliente!!!

Food

After a vigorous work out, we hopped into the convoy of cars and made our way to Lena.  The menu was simple but offered very tasty, wholesome food.  We were able to work with the restaurant and choose the items on our set menu, ensuring we had a good variety and as we guessed, the fritto di calamari and chili marmalade starter and speck wrapped chicken breast, zucchini, lemon & chili butter main were the most popular.  Good simple food.  Nothing more, nothing less.  I was also told that the Seafood Spaghetti Nero with Devonshire clams, squid and mussels as well as the pan fried salmon were also very tasty.

The portions were generous and fed everyone who at that point had built up a giant appetite!  And the staff were also very attentive to detail, amending orders for those of us who wanted our food hot and spicy (not mentioning any names…)

Some of the Ladies also ordered extras such as roasted new potatoes and pasta carbonara (which wasn’t on the menu) to complement the food.  It’s definitely somewhere worth visiting if you’re in the area and want something to eat in a chilled, mellow but positively charged venue.

Service

The service as mentioned was very detailed and the waiters and owner did all they could to accommodate us.  In fact, they were so accommodating that they even brought individual bills for each Lady as they respectively left the restaurant!  Happy customers!  Although my advice would be to settle the bill once and for all to ensure that everything is covered.  That aside, there were no complaints about the service rendered, especially when it was rendered with such pretty smiles 🙂

Overall

There wasn’t a bad word to say about July’s Bruch Club meeting, and what would have been an ordinary Sunday turned into a fantastic, flexible, freaky, food-filled fest!  It also doubled up as Tobi and my pre-birthday celebration (we share the same birthday which was the following day – fabulousity squared – July Babies Rock!) which meant we had to get crunk in the studio and eat like Queens in the restaurant.  I loved the fact that so many of us were open to try something so radically new and different to our normal brunching extravaganzas.  A huge thank you goes to Tobi for thinking, organising, executing and of course participating in the pole dancing class shenanigans!  It was an awesome experience and I speak for many members of the group when I say that we ghast do it again.  To the pole we gooooo!

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For Ladies Wot Brunch… At The Giant Robot

2 Sep

** Post 2 of my catch up series… Enjoy!**

June was a double whammy for the Ladies Wot Brunch, and following our trip to Madrid, we decided to end the month with one last catch up.  Saturday 30th was the date for our trip to Giant Robot, a quirky American Diner located in Clerkenwell.  There was plenty to catch up on and we love any excuse to get together really…!

Booking

Over the past 10 months, I had been responsible for finding and booking our Brunch/lunch/dinner venues.  It’s a lengthy process and so the creation of team of Vivacious Venue Researchers (VVRs) was a welcomed break!  Each month, one of our precious Ladies Wot Brunches will be responsible for organising the month’s event.  Rebecca “Bexabelle” kick started proceedings and chose an excellent spot in EC1.

Gist!

As we had a special guest in the form of Mr Pedro (one of our Lady Wot Brunch’s other half) join us, our conversation was not as explicit as usual!  But a few Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus discussions took place.  And so we tested several theories with our gentleman guest –

“Should women offer to pay on a date?”  Yes.

“Is it ok to assume the man foots the taxi bill?”  Uhmmm…

“How much should we expect of our prospective partner?”  A few expecations are required, but go with the flow and let it develop organically

“Is the 3 strikes rule acceptable?”  Depends on what the 3 strikes are!  But yes!

Needless to say that the conversation offered up a variety of responses.  If you’ve followed the Gist! section in previous blogs, let us know your responses on the above questions!  Knowledge is power and sharing is caring!

Food

Although the menu spanned across one single side of A4, it offered a respectable amount of variety.  Givent he sunshine, appetite for life and the fact that 90% of us made a mad dash to the restaurant to avoid being late, we were all hungry!  Brooklyn Brunch was the order of the day, with a veggie brunch and poached eggs also in the mix.  Each meal was wholesome, flavoursome and hit the spot niiiicely!

We all went goo goo gaga over the desserts and the selection, again although limited, was more than satisfactory.  If you have a sweet tooth, then you’ll love the cookie cake.  If you’re a pancake fiend, then you have to try the Robot’s take on the sweet griddled batter.   And well if you like cake, then tantalise the torta!  Easy peasy! 

Overall

The trip to Giant Robot was our last sneaky opportunity to catch up and break bread together.  A short and sweet catch up in Clerkenwell is what every girl needs at the end of the month!  Special thanks for Bexabelle for organising xxx

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For Ladies Wot Brunch… In Madrid!

24 Jul

** Firstly, I must apologise for taking so long to do this post.  It’s part of a series of late posts: I hope you enjoy them! **

Saturday 23rd June was the glorious day we flew out of Blighty in search of some sun, sangria and super fun times!  Bright eyed and bushy tailed, we arrived at Gatwick airport, checked in and shopped (of course!) before boarding the plane for the journey, which in itself was 2 hours of catch up and concentrated gist on tap!

Once we arrived in Madrid, we hit the ground running.  We dropped our bags in our rooms at Room Mate Oscar, the plush 4* hotel/roof top terrace located in the trendy Chueca district, before hitting the town sightseeing, shopping, and basking in the baking  sun!

Thanks to our dedicated Vacation Specialist Team (VST), the weekend’s itinerary provided lots exciting opportunities to enjoy the best of Madrid.  We had lots to do and lots of fun doing it!  From visiting exclusive boutiques and madrileño monuments, to sampling the best of Madrid’s brunch menus and nightlife, we were never bored.  It also helped that we had a home body tour guide to lead the way *cough cough* tee hee hee

Food

Comida formed a big part of our trip and I was eager to take the ladies to some of my favourite restauants and secret food haven’s which I grew to love during the years I spent living in Madrid.

We settled for our share of  traditional spanish tapas in Plaza de Sol, feasting on paella, calamares, tortilla espanola (spanish omlette), huevos estrellados (broken eggs over fried potatoes and chorizo sausage), patatas bravas (potatoes with spicy tomato and garlic mayonnaise sauces) and so on, washing it all down with canas (spanish shandy), tintos de verano (red wine and lemonade) and of course sangria!  Delicioso!

There were of course a few restaurants which deserve a shout out –

Bazaar

This is my favourite training restaurant in the whole of Madrid.  Located in Chueca, it was a stone throw away from our hotel and did not disappoint (it never does).  The menu is simple with a twist and dishes such as lasagne and curry are given their own Bazaar bizarre stamp.  As it samples the best of trainee chefs’ handiwork, prices are not offensive at all and the staff are happy to cater meals to individual tastes, so my advice is try everything!

Lay Down

The lay down dining concept is very popular and you can find similar restaurants across global capital cities.  To be honest, apart from the cheesecake, which was pretty awesome, the food wasn’t anything to write home about(!) and if you were after fine dining, Lay Down Madrid wouldn’t necessarily be your first port of call.  However, if you’re after a venue where you can eat and boogie at the same time: this is your spot!  The live cabaret shows (all performed by an English in-house artiste) pulled out all the classic tunes and got everyone on their feet.  From raucous hen parties, to camp celebrities, Lay Down is a venue of mixed bag fun and frolics.  Party on dowwwn!

Café Oliver

Wow!  It is hands down the best brunching venue in Madrid.  Located in the quiet winding streets of Recoletos, the restaurant offers a family focused afternoon eating experience.  For 25€, you are fed like royalty!  Our starters of baked breads and condiments, eggs however you liked them and pro-biotic yoghurts were washed down with freshly squuezed watermelon and orange juice.  The hearty burgers went down a treat, although you definitely need to be explicit on how you want your meat cooked as the preference always leans to rare… Pancakes, fruits and complimentary mimosas rounded off our wonderful meal and we left like stuffed bunnies.  The service was impeccable and the bill which arrived in a cute, quirky sardine tin rounded off what was a great continental brunching date.  If you’re in the area, you must try it!

Diurno

This cafe-cum-takeaway-video & DVD joint represents the progressive flair of the Spanish capital.  Serving light meals, freshly baked goods and fresh juices/smoothies/shakes and cocktails you are guaranteed something sumptuous to tide you over until your next main meal.  We frequented Diurno for quick afternoon snacks and rich, alternative breakfasts.  Our final trip to Diurno earned us bonus cool take away bags, which held absolutely everything!  The food is on point, the bag is an added extra!  Don’t be shy make sure you ask for one when you go!

Highlights

Gaaaash!  How do I whittle these down?  Well the simple answer is I don’t! :p  A weekend full of beautiful ladies, sunshine and good vibes was bound to yield a plethora of great memories…

Celebrity hunnis – Madrid is not often hit with a group of foreign fabulous females on holiday(!) and so we were oooobviously mistaken for international celebrities on several occassions.  Of course, we used this to our advantage!  Several photgraphs and free drinks later, I think we started to believe the hype ourselves!

Stunting in the clurrrrb – Following our acquired celebrity stautus, it was only a matter of time before we accumulated a trail of admirers.  Our night out in RnB Club La Comedia had the ladies in fits of laughter.  From the chap who insisted on helping out our lovely Feyi who needed some shades to protect her eyes from the relentless strobe lighting, to the guy who wasn’t taking no for an answer from Miss Buky, the stunting performed that night was on another level!

England take a bow – Debo “Debs”, our resident football fanatic persuaded us to get involved in Euro2012 fever and we were lucky enough to have the big screen sectioned off in the hotel bar on the night England lost woefully to Italy.  Whilst the outcome of the match was not favourable, the banter with the waiters and Italian hotties present as well as the complimentary spring rolls were.  If this is what you get when England loose, I can’t wait to discover the associated benefits of winning!  Come one En-gerrrr-land!

Similar to the several hundred emails, polls, calls, BBMs and meetings required for the trip to Paris, we spent an ample amount of time and energy planning the Madrid City break.  And it was worth it!  The sunshine didn’t let us down and the never waivering attitudes of the Ladies ensured that our very first Brunch Club overnight trip was an excellent experience.  It was a blast!

Stay tuned for the next Brunch Club trip with a twist…

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