the virgins

Tired!

Oh I’m exhausted! I just got back from London, and all I want to do is have a cup of tea and watch Glee. Which I am doing.

Full details of everything once tea levels have been suitably replenished, and I don’t feel like I have a ton of London dirt on my face. It was such an awesome event though, I loved meeting my fellow frizzy girls!

Oh No Yo! Sushi

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I love sushi. So its kinda obvious that I like Yo! Sushi. As with any high street chain, you know what to expect, you know you wont get any nasty surprises, and you can expect the level of service to be quite decent.

I recently went to London, and had a bit of time to kill before my train back to Bristol so headed over to the Yo! Sushi concession in Paddington Station.
Let me start this review by saying that I understand that this is a stall mostly used by people grabbing a bento style box on the way past. So its not going to be as good for eating in as my local branch in Cabot Circus, but at least I can grab a few yummy things off the belt, right?

Well, no. Considering that it was 3pm on a Friday afternoon, the belt was poorly stocked. I assumed that given the time of day, more people would be doing the same as me – grabbing a late lunch whilst waiting for a train home. The branch was quite empty of people eating in though – that should have been a sign, but perhaps other people were put off by the lack of food.

So, if the food was rather lacking, maybe the great service made up for it. Definatly not. There were two people waiting on, a guy who seemed to be the manager, and a woman who seemed more interested in talking to some friends of hers that had sat at the bar than acutally serving people. She was rude and abrupt, not only to myself, but to the other diners around me.
I’ve been visiting Yo! Sushi since I found it randomly in London in 2002, and was really pleased when the Cabot Circus and Cribs Causeway branches opened (previously I’d have to travel to Birmingham to get a sushi fix!). Although the service in those branches isn’t what I had come to expect from previous visits to the Trafford Centre or Bullring branches, we always have a good time.

Whenever I am out shopping with friends, and they ask where to go for lunch, my first choice has usually been Yo! Sushi, but I’m so put off recommending them now, I’d rather go to McDonalds!

Blokes, Beachyness and Big Ass Cocktails!

On Thursday 3rd Dec, Zoe and I were invite to a “girls night out” as part of the whole Uncover Aussie thing. The night out was held at Mahiki in Mayfair, London.

For two non-London girls, this trip was far too exciting. I got the train to London after an agonising morning at work and ended up meeting Zoe at Earls Court. We hopped on the next tube to Kensington, and checked into our hotel. An aborted hunt for food ended up with trips to Tesco and Costa for some room picnic food and watching Friends on the TV. We lazed about for a bit until we realised we were going to be late, then lazed a bit more.
Thankfully, we weren’t the only ones late, as we met with Charlotte from Lipglossiping and her friend Vicky, who were also staying at the Hilton. Eventually we made it to Mahiki, and did a bit of cheesy posing.

Mahiki is a beachy themed bar, with bamboo and exotic cocktails everywhere. We had a chap serving us whilst wearing just a pair of trunks (although everyone has mentioned this, and said they weren’t perving at him, no one has complained so far that there was a half naked man serving us!) At one point, we had him bringing us random cocktails that we had ordered by colour.

There was also a magician which I thought sounded a bit cheesy at first (much like the above pose!) but I really enjoyed the card tricks that Alex performed whilst sitting at our table.
Nic of PixiWoo was doing makeup in a corner of the room – I have to admit, I didn’t really know who she was, not being a make up wearing sort of girl.
(Sample conversation whilst getting ready:

Z: “Will this powder stuff stop me going red after a drink” (powder stuff being Maybelline mineral powder)
H: “Meh, try it.”

We are not make up bloggers if you hadn’t guessed.)

The cocktail that everyone seems to have been raving about is the Treasure Chest, a liqueur filled chest with fresh fruit and flowers on top, which then had a bottle of Moet poured on top and straws stuck in so we could share. This cost £100, which is pretty insane when I think about it! (Delicious though!)

This is not the treasure chest, obviously, but shots of a yummy peachy cocktail.

We ended up having to move upstairs, where more treasure chests and pretty pink cocktails with orchids in were consumed, which may or may not have led to some pretty epic dancing to some uber cheesy choons. (It was that cheesy I said choons)

We grabbed a taxi back to the hotel at some time around midnight or 1am – we were having so much fun I didn’t notice the time!

One thing that amused me is that someone asked Zoe and I what sort of thing we blogged about, and we said “random crap” to which they replied “ah, lifestyle bloggers then!”. Yes, yes I am one of those. I think.
It was so fab meeting so many new people, and my first night out in London was amazing! Many thanks to the awesome guys at 1000Heads – they seemed to be having just as much fun as we were!

Going back to the old school drunken posing, the point.

Photos shamefully stolen from 1000Heads Flickr Set and Zoe’s Flickr Set.

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