Birthday Card

A pop-up birthday card I made for my friend.

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Kuku and Lisbon, Plymouth 

This month, I went to Plymouth. We had dinner at Kuku, a Japanese restaurant on Princes Street. It has a lot of good reviews on TripAdvisor, which swayed our decision making.

For starters, we had the Maki Platter, which had three types of sushi. I found the decoration a little over-the-top, especially the California Roll (not one I would try again). The other types tasted good and were well-made.

Alongside the sushi, we also had the scallops, which come with a ginger and yuzu dressing. These were delicious, and pretty big in size!

For mains, my partner had the sirloin steak with vegetables.

I went for Yaki Udon. This was delicious, and the sauce was lovely. Again, a generous portion, I was very full at the end!

All in all, a great meal. The service was professional, and they explained the menu to us. The restaurant itself is nice, although it did look like there was a sauce (?) splashed on the wall next to us that hadn’t been cleaned properly. The menus are bits of paper attached to each other; a little sticky and crumpled, but hey, you don’t visit for the menus, you visit for the food.

Earlier on in the day, we also visited Lisbon, a Portuguese cafe and restaurant. I was attracted by the pictures at the front of the building as we exited the car park. There is so much to choose from! I settled for some Portuguese tarts (probably the best I have tasted so far) and a Portuguese muffin. The prices are quite cheap for takeaway too which is another bonus. Delicious, and when I come back to Plymouth, I would definitely make a return visit!

Birthday presents!

For my birthday, I got a Tiffany necklace. This is a sterling silver piece from the Return To Tiffany collection. I really like the blue – the colour pops and matches the Tiffany box!

I love the gift-wrapping too – such a delight to open!

I have always loved looking at Mulberry handbags, and this year, I bought a Small Zipped Bayswater in Oxblood colour. It is so beautiful!

 

 

Birthday in Bristol

For my birthday, we went for lunch at Harvey Nichols Second Floor Bar and Restaurant. The restaurant is quite small and there are a few tables sat down to eat. We were taken to a table by the window by a friendly waiter, who asked us if we had any dietary requirements. We were then asked if we wanted some water before we read our menus.

We started off with some bread and salted butter whilst we waited for our food.

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I ordered the grilled plaice with potatoes and samphire. This was delicious and very well cooked.

My partner ordered the steak, as well as the scallops with orzo pasta and squid ink.


Presentation was beautiful and the food was delicious. Sadly, we were short for time. If we came back to Bristol, I would have liked to tried the set menu. For £22, you get a starter, main and dessert and a free cocktail, which is a really good deal!

We wandered around the shops (there are a lot of shops). Just before we left, we stopped off at Pop-Up, a small cafe serving Hong Kong street food, next to Ding Sing supermarket. I ordered a Hong Kong egg waffle and a bubble tea.

We also had dumplings, which weren’t the best. The bubble milk was ok and the waffle was nice.

Birthday offers and freebies!

We always like to get free things and something special when it comes to our birthday. Companies have caught on to these and do special offers or free items for your birthday.

Become a friend of Yorkshire Tea (https://www.yorkshiretea.co.uk) and you will receive emails of new products and offers, and a card plus Yorkshire Tea Gold teabag on your birthday. I have been signed up for a few years and I always look forward to my birthday cup of tea!

Signing up to Patisserie Valerie’s Cake Club will give you access to special offers (http://www.pvoffer.co.uk). In the past week I have received £5 discounts off their celebration cakes and an Afternoon Tea voucher offer. Normally priced at £25 for tea, this voucher is £20 (plus £1.95 delivery) and you also get two slices of cake for takeaway included!

A few days before my birthday, I received an email for free cake to claim in-store. I picked a chocolate cupcake, which sadly got squashed when taking it home 😦

Other offers I have received:

  • Quadruple loyalty points at Superdrug
  • Download the Greggs App – you get a free hot drink, and at the moment, a free cold drink. On my birthday, I have a free sweet treat included too!
  • If you have a Paperchase loyalty card, you get a free £5 spend
  • Yo! Sushi give you 1/3 off your birthday meal if you have signed up to their emails
  • If you have a Brewers Fayre loyalty card, the birthday person gets a free main meal (depending on which meal is the cheapest)
  • Prezzo gives you a free bottle of Prosecco if you are signed up to the emails

 

So, it is worth looking around and signing up for loyalty schemes as you can get really good deals around your birthday, and that makes it even better!