Baby’s 1st Flight – A Holiday Vlog

Heath went on his first flight in July 2015 at 8 months old. It was the first time we went on an overseas holiday as a family of four flying from East Midlands Airport to Faro in Portugal. We then had a 35 minute coach journey to our all inclusive holiday village near Albufeira.

Albufeira

Travelling with young children is not easy, well it wasn’t for us anyway! When we went to Zakynthos, Greece, Annabelle was 20 months and it was an incredibly difficult journey. She was restless and hated being restricted to our seats. Books, games and the iPad would hold her interest for five minutes and then she would be bored again. Thankfully this time these things held her attention for much longer but to be honest she needs interaction and so the iPad didn’t have much appeal to her. I think she used it for a total of 10 minutes per journey.

Andy and I had never been on an all inclusive holiday before. Before we set off, a close friend told me that everything was included in the package, even alcohol. I couldn’t imagine how that would work and I expected everyone to abuse the system but surprisingly, it worked out quite well. It was nice to eat and drink what we wanted without having to worry about money or ordering something that the children wouldn’t eat. This actually made meal times a lot less stressful than when we dine out in the UK. There were days when Heath barely touched his food and times where he devoured a portion almost as large as Annabelle’s! Additionally, as Annabelle can be a fussy eater, we could feed her a mixture of salad, chips, pasta and rice depending on her mood. She absolutely loves cucumber and chips (not necessarily together) so she could have that with a portion of broccoli to up her intake of fruit and vegetables.

This holiday definitely helped to encourage Annabelle to try new foods. She had a burger (without the bun) for the first time and actually asked for it again the following day. I was so proud of her willingness to eat something new and the quantity she consumed.

Anyway, enough of the babble! Take a look at our holiday vlog here and see how Heath spent his time on the flight. I hope you like it as much as I do. Bx

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Date Night at Raphael’s Bath

Raphaels

My husband and I went out for dinner yesterday evening without the children. It was our first date night since Heath was born. As this was long overdue, I completely forgot to take pictures of the food until dessert and they came out blurred because Andy was so eager to eat and rushed me!

Raphael‘s is a cosy, brasserie-style restaurant in Bath serving French cuisine with a British twist. Andy booked it but didn’t tell me where we were going, which was a nice surprise. To start, we ordered bread with oil and balsamic vinegar and a portion of crab cakes. Unfortunately, our crab cakes never arrived due to a mix up but I bet it would have been lovely.

For main course, I ordered the grilled Lemon Sole with Tiger Prawns and a chive cream sauce. It was served with petit pois, broccoli and wilted spinach. It looked and tasted divine with the right balance of seasoning, cream and for portion size too. Andy chose the venison with celeriac purée, Savoy cabbage, green beans and spiced poached pears. The meat was dressed with a Juniper berry and Port jus. Andy thought it was so delicious he could’ve ‘eaten two portions’! He also thought his dish was well balanced in terms of taste and combination of flavours. We shared some ‘Posh’ chips, which were covered with truffle oil and melted Parmesan cheese.

To finish, we had a trio of miniature desserts including a chocolate orange tart, vanilla creme brûlée and hazelnut ice cream. I always have to save room for the sweet course and this didn’t disappoint. There were strawberries and raspberries for a lighter, crisp contrast to the heavier texture of the chocolate and pastry and a sprinkle of mint leaves to cleanse the palate.

We had to book a table as it was pretty busy and customers without reservations had a 30 minute wait but it would be worth it. Address: Gascoyne House, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RN. Tel: 01225 480042 Bx