Sunday, 31 March 2013

On it like an Easter bonnet

That's right, kids, this Easter bunny has been partying this weekend and has the evidence to prove it.

Me lastnight (on the right!):

Me this evening:

Slightly less fresh, but feeling good nonetheless.
Let's head back to Good Friday and some good eats and good times at Nicholsons, my favourite tapas place. We dined with a fabulous couple and had a great evening.
On the menu for me were marinated pork skewers - so tender and juicy - chicken and chorizo skewers, spinach with raisins and pine nuts and marinated grilled vegetables. Exquisite food, as always. I also enjoyed two glasses of a very light and fresh Spanish white called Borsao. Worth a try and a nice change from the usual Sauv Blanc.
A great start to the Easter weekend.
Saturday morning called for a fortifying breakfast. Those li'l anchovies are back on the frittata menu.

Plus lots of tea and an apple...

Before boarding a minibus with 13 other ladies, Cardiff-bound. Me being a sensible type, I packed some roasted veggies, ham, dates and almonds for the journey and had lots of water. Just as well as I also had a glass of Buck's Fizz and a cherry Aftershock shot. I was actually quite restrained compared to the others!
Three hours later we disembarked and checked in to our hotel, called Sleeperz. It was modern, compact and had everything we needed, including a well-stocked and reasonably-priced bar and friendly staff. Pinot Grigio Blush kicked off the afternoon's events.

Next up was a late lunch/early dinner at Las Iguanas to line the stomach/start the assault on it.
I had two very tasty Caipirinhas and an Iguanas Cosmo which was nice, if a little sweet and syrupy. It was 2 for 1 on cocktails!

Dinner was a very tasty Bahia Moqueca - coconut curry with peppers, garlic, tomatoes, plantain, squash, palm hearts and spinach. Served with spring onion, garlic and coriander rice and toasted coconut. Pretty much most of my favourite flavours. It was delicious. I also had some cassava fries with salsa on the side.

After a very filling and enjoyable meal, we went off and got ready to party. I drank lots of cocktails throughout the evening - Margaritas and Elderflower Collins - and danced for four hours straight, hobbling back to the hotel at 2am, although it was actually 3am as the clocks went forward. Damn I needed that hour back!
I woke up feeling surprisingly okay - we'd paced ourselves and had lots of water - but in need of tea and food. Nothing unusual there! Bacon, scrambled egg and tomatoes plus an apple and a slice of melon. And three cups of tea.

Then it was back on the minibus for a three hour snooze.
I arrived home hangry and in need of this ham salad.

And apple.

And VERY much in need of chocolate. No chicks were harmed in the making of this blog post, but I did later demolish a pack of dates and some 90% cocoa Lindt dark chocolate. And some almonds.

Hey, I'm making the most of my freedom before I start my second Whole 30 tomorrow! Wish me luck!
How have you spent the weekend so far?