Hello, it’s me again!

I’m sorry I couldn’t finish Blogtober, but there has been lots going on here that I really can’t go into. I am glad that I managed 23 days so I might try Blogmas in December.

Aqua Italia

In October, I turned 34. I had a lovely day with my family and my mum very kindly looked after Annabelle and Heath so that Andy and I could go out for dinner. He surprised me by booking a table at a restaurant but I had no idea where we were going until we arrived outside Aqua Italia in Bath. We had a delicious 3 course meal and the staff made an extra special effort knowing that it was my birthday.

Andy also surprised me with lots of amazing birthday presents. Firstly, I got this grey checked shirt from Oasis.

Grey Checked Shirt

I was also given Lush Snow Fairy shower gel, one of their Bath bombs and this gorgeous Yankee Candle with a Berry Trifle scent.

Yankee Candle

Thanks for sticking by me while I’ve been away and I hope to be back again soon with a post about Childs Farm products. Until then, you can see what I think about their shampoo and conditioner in one of my YouTube videos from last month. 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