22 Sep 2013

Braxton gardens

Today was mummy and daughter day so we decided to go exploring and stop for tea at my favourite local tea room...

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Braxton Gardens is nestled just off the main road to Milford on Sea, without knowing about it you'd miss the turning and just keep driving but by sheer luck we discovered it and it's stayed a firm favourite ever since. Sarah and Si the owners took over Braxton Gardens in 2011 and have transformed the place in to a wonderfully well kept garden, small nursey and shabby chic countryside tea rooms. Sadly it's not the time of year for thousands of beautiful flowers, although the garden does still look wonderful, so I'm going to talk to you about their amazing cafe, let's face it you're probably already dribbling at the cakes...

Muffins Galore offer an amazing home made selection of cakes, cream teas and lunches. Today we went for a lemon muffin and a cherry and almond muffin, both of which are vegan. Since cutting eggs and milk out of my diet I've really struggled to find vegan friendly cafes so when the waitress told us that I could indeed eat about half of the cakes on offer I was pleasantly suprised. We did a little bit of cake plate swapping and I can safely say they both get the seal of approval, bursting with flavour and the perfect texture- you wouldn't even know they were vegan if you didn't check the menu! Much to my amazement they also offer a take home service, which I am most definitely going to have to check out one day soon. 

We washed everything down with white vanilla tea and rose lemonade before having a little wonder around the garden and heading home via a near by farm shop to stock up ready for a big roast dinner, perfect.

You can find Braxton Gardens at Lymore Lane, Milford on Sea. They're open Tuesday - Sunday all year round. Dogs are more than welcome. You can find the website here


xo

7 Sep 2013

this could be anywhere in the world

but it's not, it's Wareham forest....

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I've got in to quite a nice routine with all this time off work (I've finally got my return to work meeting mid next week!), I wake up have a long, drawn out breakfast with too many cups of green tea, get dressed and then head out for a long walk with pup. Wareham Forest used to be a 'special' doggy walk but I've got bored of the same walk over the past month, so we've been heading here for our mornings now I'm able to drive again. I pack a little box of fruit and nuts, take a carton of smoothie out of the freezer and pack lots of water and an ice cream tub for pup then we bundle in the car and sing and dance and stick a heads out of the window excited for our walk, I'll let you guess who does what. We walk, explore, throw furcones and play until our leg get tired then stop and sit at the top of the hill for a little snack break, then it's back around to the track to continue our walk. It's been so refreshing for pup to be able to run to her hearts content and for me to meet new dogs and dog walkers, a fresh faced smiling hello really does brighten my lonely mornings!

I've popped the last picture in as I've had my hair stripped ( effisor?! ) to get the red out and I'm pretty happy with it. It was really blondey when it was first done but now it's oxidised I'm really happy with it.

xo

1 Sep 2013

wahaca westfield

Whilst in London shopping last weekend we couldn't resist a little lunch break at one of my favourite chain restaurants..


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Wahaca is the love child of chef Thomasina Miers, famed for winning masterchef back in 2005, the restaurant boasts mexcian market style food made fresh to order and you can really tell it's made fresh as it all arrives at different times, but all within a few minutes of ordering. Each dish is bursting with flavour and can easily be spiced by wahaca's gorgeous table sauces. Wahaca also pride themselves on serving real tequila, which should be sipped slowly, the taste savoured. No shot allowed, if you facy trying tequila or a tequila based cocktails the bar staff really do know their drink. What I love most about wahaca though is the portion sizes, think mexican style tapas, I'd recommend at least 2 dishes per person but luckily the food is really affordable; we shared all the food above, plus some ice cream and drinks and the bill came in just under £30.

It's by no means the best mexican food in the world, but for a chain restaurant with really quick service, it's really not bad at all.

Have you been to wahaca before? What did you think? xo

22 Sep 2013

Braxton gardens

Today was mummy and daughter day so we decided to go exploring and stop for tea at my favourite local tea room...

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Braxton Gardens is nestled just off the main road to Milford on Sea, without knowing about it you'd miss the turning and just keep driving but by sheer luck we discovered it and it's stayed a firm favourite ever since. Sarah and Si the owners took over Braxton Gardens in 2011 and have transformed the place in to a wonderfully well kept garden, small nursey and shabby chic countryside tea rooms. Sadly it's not the time of year for thousands of beautiful flowers, although the garden does still look wonderful, so I'm going to talk to you about their amazing cafe, let's face it you're probably already dribbling at the cakes...

Muffins Galore offer an amazing home made selection of cakes, cream teas and lunches. Today we went for a lemon muffin and a cherry and almond muffin, both of which are vegan. Since cutting eggs and milk out of my diet I've really struggled to find vegan friendly cafes so when the waitress told us that I could indeed eat about half of the cakes on offer I was pleasantly suprised. We did a little bit of cake plate swapping and I can safely say they both get the seal of approval, bursting with flavour and the perfect texture- you wouldn't even know they were vegan if you didn't check the menu! Much to my amazement they also offer a take home service, which I am most definitely going to have to check out one day soon. 

We washed everything down with white vanilla tea and rose lemonade before having a little wonder around the garden and heading home via a near by farm shop to stock up ready for a big roast dinner, perfect.

You can find Braxton Gardens at Lymore Lane, Milford on Sea. They're open Tuesday - Sunday all year round. Dogs are more than welcome. You can find the website here


xo

7 Sep 2013

this could be anywhere in the world

but it's not, it's Wareham forest....

this could be anywhere in the worldthis could be anywhere in the worldthis could be anywhere in the worldthis could be anywhere in the world hurry up mum!
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I've got in to quite a nice routine with all this time off work (I've finally got my return to work meeting mid next week!), I wake up have a long, drawn out breakfast with too many cups of green tea, get dressed and then head out for a long walk with pup. Wareham Forest used to be a 'special' doggy walk but I've got bored of the same walk over the past month, so we've been heading here for our mornings now I'm able to drive again. I pack a little box of fruit and nuts, take a carton of smoothie out of the freezer and pack lots of water and an ice cream tub for pup then we bundle in the car and sing and dance and stick a heads out of the window excited for our walk, I'll let you guess who does what. We walk, explore, throw furcones and play until our leg get tired then stop and sit at the top of the hill for a little snack break, then it's back around to the track to continue our walk. It's been so refreshing for pup to be able to run to her hearts content and for me to meet new dogs and dog walkers, a fresh faced smiling hello really does brighten my lonely mornings!

I've popped the last picture in as I've had my hair stripped ( effisor?! ) to get the red out and I'm pretty happy with it. It was really blondey when it was first done but now it's oxidised I'm really happy with it.

xo

1 Sep 2013

wahaca westfield

Whilst in London shopping last weekend we couldn't resist a little lunch break at one of my favourite chain restaurants..


wahacawahacawahacawahacawahacawahacawahaca

Wahaca is the love child of chef Thomasina Miers, famed for winning masterchef back in 2005, the restaurant boasts mexcian market style food made fresh to order and you can really tell it's made fresh as it all arrives at different times, but all within a few minutes of ordering. Each dish is bursting with flavour and can easily be spiced by wahaca's gorgeous table sauces. Wahaca also pride themselves on serving real tequila, which should be sipped slowly, the taste savoured. No shot allowed, if you facy trying tequila or a tequila based cocktails the bar staff really do know their drink. What I love most about wahaca though is the portion sizes, think mexican style tapas, I'd recommend at least 2 dishes per person but luckily the food is really affordable; we shared all the food above, plus some ice cream and drinks and the bill came in just under £30.

It's by no means the best mexican food in the world, but for a chain restaurant with really quick service, it's really not bad at all.

Have you been to wahaca before? What did you think? xo
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