Family Time

Last week was a lovely one 🙂

I’m still filled with warm and fuzzy feelings. I had my best friends birthday, a day trip out just with Mummy, my favourite Auntie and Uncle came to stay from Friday to Sunday, it was my Dad’s birthday on Saturday and we got to see my brother and his wife and my gorgeous niece and nephew.

Family, family family.

To start at the beginning….

Thursday:

Gorgeous turkish dinner at Havet in Bromley. This is amazing, I’ve blogged about it before here, Turkish-conkers-keith-lemmon, albeit a snippet. It didn’t let me down and we ended up across the road at The Barrell and Horn also detailed in the above post. – Not that I’m a creature of habit or anything?!

Friday:

Mummy and me went to The France Show at Olympia. This was a show with all things France. Admittedly I got jealous on Level 2 at all the lovely french properties for sale but Level 1 had lots of delights such as duck confit baguettes, crepes, sausages, cheese and one of my favourite bakers from Ropewalk in Bermonsey – Comptoir Gourmand which is a fast-growing traditional French patisserie company who had lots of tasty treats including these gorgeous meringue.

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I also picked up an amazing mixer/soft drink named Pimento. A ginger, chilli tonic which I have become quite addicted to with Gin and even on it’s own 🙂

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Saturday:

We went for a good run around at High Elms which is a lovely parkland and wood estate near mums, they have an eco visitors lodge where the kids made a collage picture whilst we looked at the history of the estate. Once we’d spent some energy we went on our trip to Frankie & Benny’s. Now I’m not one to moan (ok I did but…!) these chains aren’t really my thing to be honest but with 4 children in tow and majority rules this is where we went.

Overall it was OK. From a Tried & Tested and Toddler Approved side of things I would say all the kids had a great time so I won’t whine on. They had a kiddies pack to complete, their own menu with plenty to choose from including pizzas, pastas and burgers, this included a drink and desert and lots of balloons. The waiter did really well considering there were 13 of us!

The evening saw us all vegging after a manic day and watching Hot Tub Time Machine, hilarious very easy watching film starring John Cusack. If you haven’t seen it then do.

Happy Days!

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Toddler Approved Tuesday

 

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Family Friendly Restaurants; Zizzis.

I’ve written this post for #ToddlerApprovedTuesday hosted by @LaraBeeuk & @3princess_1dude and #Tried&Tested hosted by @Lollinski and @familyfever

Both great linky’s because you can often find inspiration for products, toys, days out with your toddler/pre-schoolers and that’s a thumbs up in my book!

This week I’m writing about our trip to Zizzi’s. I have always had good experiences at Zizzi’s and in my younger kid free days I was  a real frequenter with friends and a voucher code! Now those days are gone it’s a real treat to go out as a family to eat so it’s important that the kids have as good a time as we do.

Atmosphere

The restaurant was busy and buzzing and I was glad we booked – a great tip for anyone when you have kids in tow so you aren’t left waiting whilst they whine or scream (Zachy & Flo’s usual understandable tricks!)

Food

The Bambini kids menu is superb, in fact I think they have a better one than us adults!

Starters : Carrot, Cucumber and dough sticks

Main : Pizza or pasta and you can order some side of vegetables if you had a mind to.

Dessert : Ice cream AND a Chocochino

All for £6.75!

Mr Zachy was very pleased with his food and was even given another pot of crudités later on in the meal when he was still peckish! (Growth Spurt!!)

For smaller tums like Flo they offer pasta and a doughstick for £3 – How can you go wrong?!

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Entertainment

Zizzi’s have a lovely children’s menu sheet they hand out with plenty of colouring space associated to italian food and the cooking area of their restaurants, hams, onions and garlic hanging down etc. They also provide excellent Crayola Twistable Crayons. Both Flo & Zachy enjoyed these immensely and it kept them busy for a long time.


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Overview

It was a really great experience, the kids were busy colouring, their food was fantastic and served promptly. The staff were very attentive and spoke with Zachary directly rather than overlooking him and remembered his name. Its the little things…

Overall I would highly recommend Zizzi’s for a family friendly meal.

Where have you been that you can recommend?

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A little piece of Italy in Petts Wood?

So I was lucky enough to be asked along to review at a local restaurant Murinci’s  in Petts Wood, Bromley, Kent. Of course I jumped at the chance of a free dinner and wine and skipped off out the door 🙂 The restaurant is located in Petts Wood Station Square tucked around the back and so pretty to look at, it’s a lovely quiet spot away from the busy road making it a lovely choice for summer dining or even a cheeky glass of wine outside after a hot train ride from London. murinci Atmosphere It wasn’t overly busy being a Wednesday but we were greeted enthusiastically by the manager and shown to a lovely table in the window by the other diners. Food To start an amuse-bouche of spinach and ricotta cannelloni: IMG_0510 Starter: Huge tasty garlic chilli prawns beautifully presented with asparagus tips and red pepper pesto: IMG_0515 Main: Pan fried Duck breast, served with sweet potato, parsnip. red cabbage, broad beans and Grand Marnier sauce IMG_0520 Dessert: Passion fruit cheese cake… IMG_0521 Drinks Gin & Tonic for an aperitif (obviously!). Dinner was accompanied by a bottle of Castello del Poggio…

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Dessert was accompanied by some beautifully cold Limoncello:

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Decor

Fabulous, bright, colourful and funky – I loved it! The perfect mix of shabby chic and vintage. (maybe apart from the funky lights at the bar area ;)…) I personally think it would be an ideal place for a nice dancing area as well after dinner (meze bar style)

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Overview

The menu is lovely, the descriptions of the meals will have you salivating as soon as you begin to read. The A la Carte menu ranged from approx £5 for a starter to £15-£20 for a main but with a comprehensive fixed menu set a £15.50 for 2 courses or £17.50 for 3 it offers great value plus a selection of wines ranging in price for all budgets.

The staff are fun, engaging and you can see yourself being part of the family after only a couple of visits. My only criticism may be that the meal could of been served a little slower with some time to chat etc in between but to be fair we sat down at 8.30 on a Wednesday and were the last there so who can blame them.

 At Christmas they are offering a 3 course meal and arrival prosecco for only £50! Plus another Christmas Fayre Menu that runs Monday-Thursday that is real value. With New Years Eve only £60 for a 3 course meal and DJ after how could you go wrong..?

Would I recommend it? YES

Would I return? YES – when are we going?!

Book & find out more here: http://www.murinci.com/

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