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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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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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