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ELETO CHOCOLATE CAFE, FOLKESTONE

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What more could you require than a specialist chocolate cafe?  Well come to Folkestone as we have just that, newly opened this week and the talk of the town already. This was one place I could not wait to visit so when Billie suggested we go there for my birthday treat, I was a tad excited.

Upon entering you are struck by the vastness, chairs and tables with space round them and even some comfy sofas to relax on and enjoy your coffee.  Then when seated you are given the menu, wow, what a menu it takes a while to read it all and decide which chocolate dish to succumb to.  There are also some light bites that make it a perfect place for a quick-lunch while at work or shopping.

Every type of tea, coffee or chocolate you could wish for plus the usual cold drinks and then more, it even has a liqueur licence so a cheeky glass of Prosecco is an indulgence that goes so well with chocolate covered strawberries!

The crepe is light, ice-cream delicious in fact everything is wonderful as it is covered in chocolate.  Best deal I found was a coffee and croissant before eleven for £2.80 yes they have chocolate croissant, I’m having dreams about chocolate it really is the most amazing cafe I have been to, ever.

Opening early and closing late, also catering events this place has ticked all the boxes for a 5 * review.

 

MISSY MOO’S GELATO PALACE

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We had a new ice-cream, dessert, coffee-house open in Folkestone this week so we had to go and try it out. Alfie went for the strawberry gelato and I had hot chocolate fudge cake with vanilla gelato, very nice and will definitely be going back.  Some bits were not completed so will take pics next time.  Not sure where they got the name Missy Moo’s from so that will be one question I will be asking them.  Lots of choice of the menu so even for a coffee it is a nice place to go in Sandgate Road, Folkestone.

I am sure they have been very busy this week with our heat wave we have been having so they opened just at the right time.  I really hope they will start to do Cookie Dough as that is just delicious.

THE SUN BAR IN BENIDORM

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This was by our apartment and it had free wi-fi I could always remember her name as it was Karen lol.  A cute little bar that was always packed in the evenings.  Karen and her husband Miguel are so friendly and will always come and have a chat to you.  The coffee is really nice and you get it in a nice clean mug.

FILMING OF BENIDORM

We watched some of the filming one day as it was in the next street, very funny to watch but my they get so hot waiting about for the next take.

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Cocktails were always good but particularly in one bar near us where you could actually taste the alcohol.  My favourite was the blue one which was called The Swimming Pool!

 

BENIDORM, SPAIN

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I had a week away in Benidorm with my friend Corinne, the weather was fantastic and the whole place was buzzing.  It was so good to see it like it was a few years ago, no empty buildings and people in all the bars and restaurants.  They will have a super summer that will make up towards the loss over the last few years.

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This new way of renting places to stay in from weekends to long holidays is proving very popular in Europe at the moment.  It is so much cheaper than hotels and normally a better deal than B&B or guest houses.  We had an apartment that had everything in it you would need in fact it is like home from home, one bedroom with twin beds plus a sofa bed in lounge, fully equipped kitchen and even a washing machine so you don’t have to take dirty clothes home.  A nice balcony to enjoy a sangria and if you get too hot just pop the air conditioning on.

Plus the use of the pool, which was the only thing that lacked something which was sun loungers, we even had the pool to ourselves most days.  We were 200 metres from the beach plus many bars and shops in our road.

We made our own Paella one night and Sangria, very tasty.  Then at the airport I found the seasoning so I will be making my own at home plus the sangria and ali oli, I love that with bread and olives.

Our favourite drink was the strawberry and lime Kopperberg with lots of ice.

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Opposite our apartment there was an Indian restaurant and kebab house so we popped over for a meal one night, I have to say it was one of the best I have tasted, the service was brilliant and everything was so clean.

A brilliant time was had by us both, it was nice to sit in the sun and chill with no noisy neighbour shouting constantly.  Our host Sarah was lovely and met us as soon as we got there and gave us a tour and the keys, if we had of hired a car there was even parking by the apartments.  I love the atmosphere of Benidorm and the Spanish so I am sure I will be back again soon.  With just a two-hour flight which we got for £60 return each it is a cheap get away, I don’t really like flying so a short flight is perfect for me.

Then we bring the sun home with us so my holiday mood continues.

 

THE NEW FOLKESTONE GARDEN CENTRE

This is not actually in Folkestone but on the road out of Hawkinge, it is the old butterfly centre.  But it is well worth the drive or bus as it stops outside.  It stretches back and is full of just about everything you could think to put in your garden.  Reasonably priced plants and shrubs ready for planting.  I got myself some Clematis which were only £2.99 so a bargain.

The Groves restaurant is large with outside seating as well.  I had the cream tea which was delicious and I got a good two full cups of tea out the pot.  Choice of jams in cute little pots and of course the cream.  Next time I will try the ploughman’s as that looked very nice.

 

Even if you are just going for a drive this is a lovely place to pop into as there is so much to see and also it is nice to buy some different things for friends birthdays, which I did but cannot mention as she reads my blog.

So, even though Wyevale has closed in town we now have a bigger and better garden centre to stock our gardens from.  When you go here mention that you saw my blog please.

 

LADIES WHO LUNCH AT THE BLACKBULL HUNGRY HORSE, FOLKESTONE UK

This day came round very quick due to some having holidays coming up so we had to make the most of today as our next one is not until the 28th June.  Lynda was missing as was gallivanting about in Madera with her daughter Jo.  It was a cold, miserable rainy day but very happy round our table, we celebrated Sylvie’s birthday and she got some lovely presents, you know they are lovely when others want them to.  I even remembered to take photos today!!! I know, your all so shocked but look at these dinners, they were good.

We did have some extremely upsetting news as our lovely Liv who manages the place  (and us) and her Rob are going to be leaving soon, it will not be the same without you guys so we may have to trek to Thanet for some lunches, I wonder if they will do B&B? lol.  I did hear there is a wedding coming up, can you imagine that, The ladies who lunch go to a wedding!  I am sure we would behave, well some of us lol.

Dessert, I have got to say that the millionaire cheesecake was the best I have had, it was delicious and I will be having that again.

A good time was had by all, I returned and went back to bed as still not feeling right but they did all cheer me up so I am pleased I did make the effort.

Corinne bought me down my new mattress topper and put that on for me so bed is nice and comfy, I came back to see that Peaches had made herself very comfortable on the bed.

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Move over and let me in!

 

LUNCH WITH THE LADIES, APRIL

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It is that time of the month again and I must say I thought it was one of our best lunches, boy did we laugh.  We celebrated Corinne’s birthday, she received some lovely presents and stayed at mine so she could have some wine, then in the evening we went onto cocktails.  Sorry to say that there are no pictures as all the chatting and laughing distracted me, lol.  The Hungry Horse is our favourite place, food is good, wine is cheap and the staff are so lovely.

Going down to Rocksalt in the harbour where we both love to sit looking out over the sea with the 2for1 delicious cocktails between 5 and 7 in the evening, we were really disappointed as after waiting twenty minutes for a drink they then told us they were shutting in 7 minutes as they were having a comedy night.  The bar girl made us one drink and I have to say she did it very quickly and not the same as the cocktail man so we were very disappointed and it has really put us off going there again.

Love the many faces of Lynda!  Roll on May, I have the best friends ever and love them all so much.

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