Hellloo! Happy Friday, friends!
This past Friday was soo hot! The temperature got up to about 30 degrees in Nottingham. So after some cooling cocktails, we headed to a new spot in town, Bill’s restaurant. It’s a popular chain from that London, which my lovely friend Emma is a big fan of!
The decor, though not massively to my taste, is nice and it’s a cool place to hang out. I had the veggie burger (which is friend halloumi rather than a veggie patty) which normally comes with hummus but they kindly changed it to guacamole for me. The dessert menu also looks amazing, with the Eton Mess, Chocolate Brownie and Pecan Pie all massively tempting!
I was really looking forward to Bill’s food, so it pains me to say that my meal was just average… ! The fries were pretty poor (I still ate them, because fries!) and the chocolate brownie was the twin of the ones you get for dessert in nine out of ten high street restaurants. They don’t taste like homemade brownies (and they’re always triangular!). Were they made at Bill’s? My strong suspicion would be no. The big test of any meal out is whether you could make something superior at home, and my experience at Bill’s definitely failed on this test! But the service was very good and the drinks are good value too.
We’re giving Bill’s another go in a few weeks, this time for brunch – fingers crossed for a better experience!
Last weekend was chock full of rain and thunderstorms – I LOVE THUNDERSTORMS – and we managed to go to the supermarket and back without getting drenched (narrowly!).
This week I tried my hand at a bit of interval training at Attenborough nature reserve. It went PRETTY poorly in that I can only run at full pelt for about 10 seconds before collapsing in a heap!
Yesterday I tried my hand at Levain Bakery style Chocolate Chip Cookies… they turned out SO good! They are serious BEASTS of a cookie – each one is about 200 grams of cookie dough (don’t judge me!). It’s a meal of a cookie! I shared them with some of my lovely lady friends as we went over to see my friend Helen’s beautiful new house. (This week I also made some gourmet choc ices!).
(And here’s Milo relaxing and staring intently at a cat game on our tablet!)
A few more pictures from this week – various meals, plus a trip to the Beach in Nottingham! We’re so far from the seaside in Nottingham that it’s nice to have a little taste of the beach!
Today I have the day off from work, hurrah! I do really appreciate that my job allows me to take flexi leave (so you record the hours you work and can then take surplus hours as a day off) – it really helps me to manage my holiday allowance and make some time for me!
What are you up to this weekend? Have you baked anything delicious lately?