Ladana Cafe

Is it too soon to talk about pre Covid 19 days?. I felt hesitant to put this post on, because I didn’t know whether it is right or not? Is it tooo soon? … Oh well, I think I’ve decided it’s about right, if lockdown continues this may be a story I won’t ever be able to tell…

So Let’s talk birthday’s…… I was turning 37 ( ouch that hurts) and in all honesty i wasn’t really feeling up to much…. 37 is definitely the wrong side of 30- and too close to 40… I couldn’t deal with it… It’s a daunting age….

The hubby dearest was not going to be around, he had a work do up in Malta and schools and colleges were still on (lockdown started 2 weeks later). So my plan for my special day was to lie in, fill up the tub, and then just enjoy lazing around in the house…. That was until,the day before at silly o clock… The hubby walks in….”Happy Birthday!”

Urm… Ok. So there goes my day in alone in the house…. Yes I know… Sweetest suprise ever. I get it…. But like… I wanted to do nothing… At my age doing nothing is actually a gift. No matter how much ‘nothings’ we do… It’s never enough. I could do ‘nothing’ forever….well maybe not, but I needed a ‘nothing’ day that week.

He’s not usually a suprise kind of person, the hubby isn’t. He usually can’t keep things in…. Don’t get me wrong- he forever spoils me- but I know he’s going to spoil me before he does it. He can’t keep things in, that one. Gets too excited, spoils the suprise…. So I’m usually always aware… This suprised me- and I’ve realised I don’t like surprises. So hopefully first and last one…. Well it will be once he has read this. (Hi Dude ♥️)

Birthday came- kids got off to school/college and the hubby bundled me up into the car…. And we ended up here

Ladana Cafe in Birmingham. How pretty is this place? It has proper Lauderee vibes. Off a main road, it’s the prettiest picture ever, and seems like a hideaway from the buzzing Birmingham streets…

It wasn’t the warmest day, so outside was out of the question.

And inside…. Well have a look… It really does take your breath away….

On entrance there’s a room blocked off by glass for families, all prettied up in pastel greens and cream, beautifully draped curtains, and chandeliers dropping from ceiling…. It really is the prettiest of pictures….

We went into the next section…..and that was even more better than the first. The bold midnight blue, gold and burnt orange against the green is such a beautiful rich combination. It oozes class, and richness. I absolutely fell in love. It is such a gorgeous set up.

One thing I hate about pretty places, I loose focus of who’s with me and pay attention to the props around me….. the hubby however loves that, he allowed me to be fascinated with my ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and taking a picture here and there whilst he continued to work on the phone. Sometimes (just sometimes) we made a good combination.

Just look at this chandelier! ( Jaw drops!) And the drinks bar area! ( Can you tell I was excited!) By the way zoom in guys- the water bottles in the bar area are to die for…..

Next minute I know I was using Google lens to find out where I can get the tea pot, or this water bottle… Im still struggling with the water bottle. If you guys see it- please please please let me know. I must have it….. Here’s another picture of it….

I think I have made it clear how much I loved the surroundings, but a surrounding can only be made better with good food…..

Started our morning off with tea and mojito… Look at those cute dishes…. Oh I’m a sucker for all things preety. ( Hold on just got Google lens out again)

And for breakfast the hubby went for chicken club Sandwich whilst I decided on the eggs shakshuka with warm nan….

The club Sandwich was huge. We both could have eaten the one, and it heavy and filling. ( And so pretty) .

Same for my dish, the portion was huge was every bit divine! And the nan was super soft and warm. Surroundings ticked off, food ticked off…. The extra suprise…..

….we ordered a lychee and watermelon shisha…….. When he knows the way to my heart. Breakfast and shisha ♥️.

Yes. The Dude smashed it. He got me rolled into one. Forget fancy smanchy dinners and high heels. You want my heart… You have to start with the best breakfast ever… And add in a shisha… And I’m putty in your hands!

And then…. Ub40 “I can’t help falling in love with you” song came on….this was our wedding song. I would love to say it was planned but nope it was god who staged it not the hubby. I kept staring at him thinking he will catch on, but nope, it fell on deaf ears…. Never mind had loads of surprises already today… Plan for rest of the day….. Absolutely “NOTHING’- just the way I like it.

Ladana Cafe details can be found here….. and they do Afternoon Tea!….. Afternoon Tea and Shisha!!!! (excitings)- Once the lockdown is over…. Ill definately be paying them another visit….. (added onto to-do list)

Love and regards

M11bna

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DIY your own ‘House Warming’ Hamper

My friend bought her first home, and to celebrate this she invited the girlies over to a dinner party.

Knowing that I cant go empty handed I decided to look around for a house warming gift, but the problem here was I didnt have a clue what her house looked like, or what colours she had gone for.

I didnt want to be in a positon where I bought her a vase, or a tableware set and she would put it as far back in her cupboard as seemingly possible, so that her hands never come across it….. (come on we have all been there with gifts we dont …..really use or like)

so the one thing I did think of is a hamper, the thing I love about hampers is that, theres so many things to it, you can just keep adding, and you can choose what you want to give, so customise it to your own… or their preference…

I had a look at a few ready made hampers, and then decided ‘hold on- I can do this myself’.… and I did… and now ill share it with you all….

1. Buying the Products

The first thing is buying the products, since its a new home, I thought of candles (no body says no to candles) diffusers (nobody says no to diffusers) chocolates (nobody says no to chocolates) sweets (nobody says…. you get me right?) drinks( nobody says…. ok ok. im stopping now!) and generally leaning towards that kind of stuff. So themeing it according to event is important… so baby shower would hold different things, as would a hens night.

Here are a few products I bought

2. Colour Co-ord

Colour coordination makes a difference, seriously it does, notice online, how the hampers with similer colours look so much more better and ……’together’ then the ones that are just bunged together. Not that theres anything wrong with the others…. just it looks better for sure. But you know your friend/family better and do what you think is best.

as you can see I have stuck to pink and golds

3. Basket

It doesn’t have to be a basket, it can be a board, like a cake board, it can be a box, evan a general shoe box would work, just make sure you cover it well. All you need is something to chuck all your things into! and that something… just has to be preety…. ok? make sure its preety…. do not put it all in a carrier bag! please DO NOT, unless you dont like him/her, then ill give you permission. (*eye wink).

I used a wired basket -these things are preety, they are handy and because they are see through, you dont need to worry about the contents drowning into your hamper.

4. Doublesided Tape

Always have this ready! It is needed to put everything together in the end…

5. Tricks

The best way to do it is, choose a front…. once you have chosen what you want at the front, take all the longer items and put them first at the back, and then the smaller items at the front so that each item can be seen, whether that be just the tops coming out or through the wired basket in my case. The same rule applies if you have chosen a closed basket/box, make sure the bigger and taller items are at the back, and sit the smaller ones on top or at the front so that everything can be seen.

Heres a quick video of how I did mine

6. Rules

There are none, as you can see evan I took out and put back items, keep doing it until you feel it is right. Its ok to put things on top of each other

Make sure you ‘jiggle’ the contents, see what’s wobbling and tape it on.

Get the girls together and share the cost, you can make the hamper bigger and better this way.

7. Take pictures

Take loads of pictures because it’s so damn pretty.

Don’t forget to share your creation when you make them.

Love and regards

M11bna

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Dining in an Igloo. The Waterfront- Market Harbrough.

We have had quite a bit of trouble trying to book the igloos in London for Christmas or new year’s. Every Year- we sit tapping on our laptops and smart phones, constantly refreshing the page to try and get a booking in. It almost always crashes and leaves us all annoyed, angry and overwhelmed. (This is the 2000’s baby- patience and tolerance went when dial up internet went)

So when this advert popped up in the local newspaper. We were stumped. Here we are trying every year without fail (actually with fail) to book us into igloos all the way in London, when half an hours drive away we have igloos off our own!

OK yes, I know Market Harbroough is no London, and the view of River Thames is River Thames- but we weren’t getting anywhere with that 2 years in row…… So this seemed ideal. It’s round the corner, it’s a fraction of a price and its an igloo…thats 3 check boxes ticked.

So how did the booking go? Well…. It was Christmas time, so as you can imagine it was exactly the same! The page kept crashing. And we struggled… But we preserveered and in the end. One day, one lucky day, one seriously lucky damn day- I managed to get through to them by phone! But…. Yup as expected they were fully booked, and afternoon tea was booked all the way to Feb ( I love afternoon tea, i was so wounded) , but we decided on lunch instead, and they managed to slot us in early January…. Wahey! Finally!! We were going in an igloo!

The Waterfront is a British restaurant/pub in Market Harborough, and at the back of this restaurant facing the Canal basin at Union Wharf, are these two beautiful Igloos for dining. It is just the perfect spot, its a mini version of the River Thames… actually maybe a minute version…..oh Sod it! its not the Thames or London at all, BUT its so damn cute and picteresque.

And tell me how preety this is? Go on say it….. ok ill say it, its so preety!…. isnt it so preety?

Inside the Igloo its all snuggly and cute. It has a dyson heater inside so its nice and warm, blankets are available to get evan more snuggled up. We got our own dedicated Waitor, who we can call with a remote device whenever needed, so we didn’t have to get up and go inside once snuggled in

We were also given a bluetooth speaker which we synced with our phones so we had our own choice of music on, which was definately a special feature. All these little details made the day so special.

And now for the Food; we started off with theses non alcoholic mocktails, Mixed Berry Refreshers which were quite nice to be honest. Really Impressed with it…… and heres a cheer to the day….

For the Food we had to go for the Vegetarian/Fish options. The menu did have a few options available, and we did ask the waitor to make sure no alcohol was in the food aswell. He made sure the request was put to the chef, and came back and advised us what we should go for.

…..whilst we waited for our food…… its selfie time….and here we are. The Golden Girls, off on one of our many adventures;

And heres what we ordered; The Vegetarian Platter Grazing Board, the Boathouse Luxary Fish Pie, and the Parmesan and Herb Crusted Sea Bass fillet. And for dessert we had Chocolate Brownie.

And all of it was devoured. It was really good and served Warm. The Fish pie was so creamy and filling. and the brownie ending our day just right.

All in all our experience was amazing, the staff were attentive to our needs, the hidden extras were a bonus to the day and I loved that we were cooped up inside this igloo, where we were allowed to laugh as loud as we want without having to worry about disturbing anyone else.

The deposit of securing this igloo is at £5 per person and then we pay for whatever food we order, and truly it is worth a visit. Get booking people heres the webby: https://waterfrontharborough.co.uk/

I know I will be going back, hopefully for the afternoon tea this time.

And now its time to say goodbye; and here is one last pic in the evening, where it looks evan more beautiful all lit up,

And One last selfie from The Golden Girls: ” To Love, To Laughter, To Happily Ever After”

Love and Regards

M11bna

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