i felt well 和 truly spoilt on my birthday, with some lovely thoughtful foodie gifts 和 a few fantastic meals out too. with a few days off, i went off to 曼彻斯特 with my pal 阿米莉亚 , went away to 利物浦 with boyfriend sam 和 on the sunday my mum had made a 疯狂麻将茶会 on the sunday. warning: it's really quite birthday indulgent 和 picture heavy.
我们在曼彻斯特去曼彻斯特学院看刀。虽然自 阿米莉亚 is 纯素 和 i've told her all about my fabulous 素食主义者 meal 在 birmingham's 1847, it made sense to check that out too. you can read her write up 这里 .
the next day (many rum 和 ginger beers later), this delicious roast pumpkin, courgette 和 goats cheese pizza 在 小厨房 was more than welcomed. however we had mixed feelings about the place as 阿米莉亚 's pizza came out with slices of ham 和 parmesan cheese sprinkled on top, after she had asked for no dairy. strangely they had omitted the mozzarella though?
friday came around 和 sam rustled up a lovely meal for my birthday eve. baked camembert followed by rib eye steak 和 twice cooked chips, with a bakewell pudding from the official bakewell shop for dessert. bakewell tarts 和 puddings are truly the way to my heart.
as if i hadn't gone on about my birthday enough, the day actually came around. with a tradition of going away to uk cities for our birthdays, we went along to 利物浦 for the weekend. i hadn't been before 和 i'll certainly be returning.
首先是在会议厅下午茶 艰难的日子晚上酒店. tea, cakes 和 the beatles melodies in the background, what could be better?
晚上，我们去了 札幌 。我不得不说这是最有趣的之一 hilarious and terrifying meals of my life. i was familiar with the concept of a chef cooking for a group of people 在 once, although i hadn't realised the showmanship around it. our chef, who was called ketchup, was putting on wigs, throwing food in our mouths 和 pulling pranks left right 和 centre. all 在 the same time there were flames to the ceiling 和 a delicious meal 在 the end of it. very bizarre but a real experience.
as well as all the fun of the teppanyaki, they also do fantastic 寿司 和 japanese inspired cocktails, which i couldn't pass up on. this is the caterpillar roll, made from salmon 和 avocado.
在寻找早餐时，我们偶然发现了一些不同的东西。 巴基奇 on bold street is a lebanese kitchen, where i had a deliciously cheesy omelette, salad 和 pitta. not your usual breakfast, but it was actually amazing. fyi, their coffee is super strong too.
our long journey home was gladly met with further tea, cake 和 sandwiches. the spread featured a chocolate cake that could put bruce bogtrotter to shame, white chocolate 马卡龙 , homemade cheese twists, fresh scones 和 cute cheese sandwiches with cucumber sails.
i think i've gone on about my birthday a little too much now. i'll leave you with some pretty pictures of my foodie gifts (no food blogger can have too many aprons 和 novelty measuring cups). my mum also made me a cover for my mixer - how fantastic is that? i really need to set her up an etsy shop.
this weekend i've aimed to do as little as possible except read my favourite blogs 和 start running again. the amount of cake i've eaten this month is ridiculous.