When the weather brings you storms, find yourself a tea cup


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After a crazy and busy week, I finally had a Friday off, as did Mr L . . . YAY!!! We had planned we would head up to the Gruffalo Trail at Colin Glen, pick up a sandwich on the way from the Sunflower Sandwich Bar and then head on to a random road trip of ‘go left’ and ‘go rights’.  However our plans quickly changed when Storm Gertrude hit on Thursday night leaving fallen trees everywhere and properly horrible weather!

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You can’t really complain when your plans change though when you get to have a fun filled random day and you get to show your man some of your favourite places, and explore some new places together!  After finally climbing out of bed and attempting to clean my car (we got half way there before the rain hit, p.s. no surprise but this was his idea, not mine), we headed down to The Starfish at Cairn Bay Lodge.  Just round the bay from my house, we had planned to walk along the esplanade and check out the beach in the storm, but oh it was FAR to cold, so the car was called for!

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This is one of my favourite places to eat, (I keep it as my treat place) as the food is delicious, fresh and healthy and I love the décor; inside and out!

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Talking about the food this is what we had, don’t worry though, I (of course) took more photos and I’ll tell you more about what we had.

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Mr L went for the French toast with banana, bacon, maple syrup and vanilla mascarpone.  A little hesitant at the start, never having had banana cooked this way and not sure about the mascarpone (as he doesn’t like creamy things) he absolutely loved this, especially the mascarpone, Starfish you have converted him!!!

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I went for the crushed avocado on sourdough with chorizo jam, topped with a crispy fried duck egg.  This was delicious!  It was perfect for my obsession with crushed avocado at the minute, it was my first time trying a duck egg (which I really liked, but what is the difference, bar that it comes from a duck? because I didn’t taste the difference).  I wasn’t able to eat all the chorizo jam, it was so tasty, but a little rich for me, although that wouldn’t stop me from ordering it again.

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We finished it off with something sweet.  I picked these as I love them and wanted Mr L to give them a try, a millionaire square and chocolate and beetroot cake (the beetroot seemed a bit weird to him, but like I told him you can’t taste it at all, it just leaves the cake really moist and light).  He tried both and really liked them, but in the end he ended up eating most of the millionaire square and I stuck to the chocolate and beetroot cake, oh and we both went for a latte.

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I got mine to take away, just so I could stay warm when we left and well 90% because I loved the cup, seriously too cute!!!!

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Like seriously, look at this!!!!

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All wrapped up and with the winter sun blaring we headed off on a random drive and to check out what this storm was all about!

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‘Let’s keep driving down this random road and see where it goes . . . it looks like we are going to drive into the sea . . . Yeah that’s because I think we are!  Sure I’ll just drive round here and see where it goes!’  Total randomness and pure panic from me because I thought we were going to get stuck.  Mr L had it sorted though as always with his good driving (it’s ok I can say this without him getting a big head 🙂 because he doesn’t read my blog).

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After our drive we decided to go into town for a bit of shopping and a wander.  We ended up back in The Cathedral Quarter and got a good look at the amazing art and of course some photos.

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This amazing art was created by Ciaran Gallagher Arts and you can find it opposite The Duke of York bar.

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After a bit of shopping I introduced Mr L to a Boojum, scoring a 10/10 again on the food choice, yup I think I’m turning him into a bit of a foodie! We actually have a list of places we want to try . . .

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We finished off our random, yet perfect and fun day with a wander past City Hall!

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