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EASTER 🐣 2018

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I do hope you are all having an enjoyable weekend no matter what you are doing, I always think about the people who have to work during any holidays and I have so much respect for them.

My day was started with an Easter egg hunt over the pub The Hungry Horse in Folkestone with my daughter Billie and family. Mia and Zac were working up an appetite for lunch with Mia being very pleased with herself that she could get all the way across the monkey bars.

They each got an egg for completing the hunt and finding all the eggs, considering this was free I was really pleased that they had got the children a proper egg. I am hoping to take them all to see the new Peter Rabbit film this week.

Dinner was nice and the roast was 2 for £10 so another bargain. I also got an egg from Billie I wonder how long it will last LOL.

As usual the best bit of the lunch was the deserts, I had the millionaires cheesecake, Paul had the hot fudge cake and the children had ice-cream mania with Billie and Jade sharing a big one.

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Dimple face, she lost her front tooth the other day, I have never known a child who so enjoys pulling her teeth out! A lovely day was had by all of us.

 

OUT WITH KARA

FINDING YOUR FEET

I am so pleased we decided to go and see this as it was really good, crying and laughing, yes I even had a few tears at one point, will not tell you why as it will spoil it for you.

I loved the characters and when Joanna Lumley popped up then so did Kara with “I met her Nan” yes Kara I remember. I am sure some people will relate to this and hopefully it will give you the courage to FIND YOUR FEET.

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LUBENS PIZZA, FOLKESTONE

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We both really like it here and it never disappoints us, we do stick to the same starter as both of us enjoy that with a glass of rosé wine. Sour dough bread and humus, probably the best humus I have had any where.

Then the pizza which we do try different ones, this was caramelised apple, onion, pork and it even had some crackling on it! Very nice and one pizza is just right for two of you, I have no idea how some people eat a whole one.

A lovely time had by both of us and I caught up with all her news, she does make me laugh sometimes.

We have the next film sorted when I can remember what it was lol.

LUNCH AT PORTOFINO IN FOLKESTONE

Some of you will be pleased to know I remembered to take photos of everything! I was amazed myself lol.

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March already and the third lunch for the ladies, we celebrated Sheila’s birthday and had a few laughs, mostly about Lynda. This time it took her 30 minutes to travel not even 5 minutes then blaming the sat nav and the best bit was she had been there before! No wonder one of her closest friends call her Dinny! lol.

Portofino is a small select restaurant, with the food always very good as is the service. They do a very good lunch time menu which has three choices, garlic bread and a glass of wine for £9.50 which I think you will agree is a great deal. Also the choices were something a bit different which really makes it enjoyable. With bread and butter on the table as soon as you arrive, there is no rush for your orders, again a positive point, I hate to be rushed. You had a choice in the wine and I went for the red which I must say was very nice, which again was a positive as they can be a bit tart when in a meal deal.

Four of us had the tortellini which had a lovely tomato and mushroom sauce, with the others having filled pancakes all came with garlic bread.

I loved the little gadget for the parmesan cheese, was nice to get enough on your plate so you can taste it. Why are many restaurants so tight with it? I can remember when you used to get a small dish of it and you helped yourself.

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As we have been doing birthdays for a few years we decided this year to pick something we really wanted or a voucher for somewhere so we can all get what we would like. Sheila had a magnolia tree and a garden center voucher so as long as the tree lives she will always remember us buying it for her.

Dessert was extra as not included in the deal but you must have dessert, yes?  The choice was extremely good so we had, a banoffee dish, tiramisu and lime cheesecake.

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Brilliant food and as always the best company with lots of laughs. Looking forward to next month already and we will be meeting at The Grand for Corinnes birthday.

These are the other menu’s so you can see there is a wide choice here.

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Thank you very much for an enjoyable lunch.

 

OUR LADY AT LUNCH TURNED 70!

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I would like to thank Prestige Flowers for the super purple flowers we ordered for Jackie, they were gorgeous.

Arriving at The Hungry Horse in Folkestone we were told that there was no booking, we did book but didn’t have the confirmation with us so we could not have our usual round table, we did find a smaller one so that was good as it makes it so much easier to talk to everyone. It was quite busy for a Wednesday lunchtime but I think we out stayed everyone! We can blame Lynda for that as she got stuck in traffic on the M20 for three hours! So we had to have another bottle of wine once she arrived which I must say is a bargain on a Wednesday as it is only £5.00 a bottle then we had dessert and Lynda had a salad so keeping with her diet.

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The food was nice and hot with no complaints from any of us, we had some of the deals which were two meals for £7.99 so four of us had the scampi and you got ten pieces, also a decent size pot of tartar.

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The salads are a nice size here with a bit of everything in them, Carol had chicken with hers which looked really nice and Sheila had the fish and chips.

Once again I am afraid this time I forgot to take pictures of the desserts apart from Sheilas, I was obviously talking too much and not paying attention, I must do better.

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We did have a lot to talk about as Carol had been to Australia to see her daughter, that flight is so long I really admire her for doing it every year. There was a lot of discussion about the body that had been found on the motorway the night before and then my head was bursting with ideas for a story. The ladies putting in their ideas and it got very bizarre but good fun. I will have to tell Lisa Cutts that I am writing that story as she is a great author who also works for the police here, lovely lady. I have also just started one of her books, Buried Secrets, very good. Look out for Ladies who lunch investigate.

So a pleasant afternoon was had by us all as we put the world to rights, it was the turn of the government, the NHS and our local Shepway council. I am sure we would run it all a lot better and not waste anywhere near the amount of money that they all do.

 

NATIONAL PIZZA DAY

LUBENS PIZZA, FOLKESTONE

No excuse needed to go for pizza today as it is National Pizza Day and the best bit is that Lubens have got a new menu.

I love this place its got a great atmosphere and the staff are lovely, oh!  Not forgetting their pizza….delicious!

Contact them  here

THE VAULTS, SANDGATE

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Last Saturday was Freddie’s 4th birthday party, it was nice that Sam was home to celebrate with everyone as he works away a lot of the time.  I am not sure who had most fun, Freddie on the bouncy castle or the twins running about everywhere, also getting a cuddle from us all. Considering all that was there was the bouncy castle, a large connect four game and some wooden blocks for making towers it kept all of the children happy for two hours.

 

It’s so sweet the way Freddie follows Alfie and wants him to play, they are both so great with the twins.

After the party we made our way over the road to The Vaults, this is a new bar and restaurant that has been open a couple of months.  A super selection of gin and tonic’s, also wine. The area is divided up into small areas that make it all very cosy and intimate, I would say this is an ideal location for a valentine’s meal if you are still deciding where to go.

We had some hors d’oeuvre for the children, Freddie loved the whitebait and I am not sure if it was the little pot of mayonnaise or the chips that Lily liked a lot. A super time was had by everyone and another birthday over.

BLOG ANNIVERSARY

The years roll on, feeling like they are going so much quicker the older you get. It certainly does not feel like I have been writing this blog for five years! I am amazed that I still find things to write about but I can honestly say that there is always something that pops into my mind as I open the mac.

I am now getting authors and publishers sending me books to review, so I am enjoying reading a variety of stories, which is good.

Companies have started requesting reviews, which is very exciting as I get to try many products, from cat foods to magazines and of course the wonderful flowers I had the last week from Prestige Flowers. I could do with a car to review lol.

The reviews of the restaurants/bars and coffee shops are very popular especially with the people of Folkestone and I have a couple of new places coming up soon, so watch this space.

My reader numbers have gone up on all the platforms that my blog goes on, actually increasing everyday.

I am looking forward to doing a bit of travelling in the camper van round the UK once spring arrives so that will then be travel posts to add to the many others.

Someone asked me the other day what I blog about and what heading would it come under, so as there is so much variety but it is always to do with my world I live in, I said it all comes under lifestyle, KAREN’S LIFESTYLE IN KAREN’S WORLD.