Ida is a gorgeous little restaurant situated in a grade II listed former corner shop.  Oozing with personality and that lovely Italian feeling which makes you feel you are dining in a little part of Italy. It was a really hot evening and the front of the shop was opened up to let in the breeze which added to the feel of the place! 

It was a birthday celebration which was made special by every person in the restaurant singing Happy Birthday.

Ida is a family run business owned by a husband and wife team, Simonetta & Avi. Most of the recipes are passed down from family and the pasta is to die for!  Really worth a visit! 

 

 

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Visiting Louth this weekend, I came across a fabulous tea shop Wonderland, Gifts & Tea Shoppe selling delicious cakes and delights, run by two cheeky chappies, Wayne and Paul.  All the cakes are freshly made by Paul using ingredients that you wouldn’t think of using, with a wonderful array of sweets, chocolates, jams and chutneys,  and not forgetting the cheesecake selection, which is to die for.  You can order any type of tea, from English to Herbal with a good range of coffee. The decor is an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme which makes it stand out from your ordinary tea shops.  

I couldn’t resist the Avocado & Courgette cake and it didn’t fail to impress me!  Most of the cakes are gluten free which is one of the reasons I chose to eat in there as my Mum suffers with Celiac disease.  
 

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Visiting The Shard was an amazing experience, one that I would like to do again.  The lift went from ground to the 32nd floor in the blink of an eye.  We were greeted with a champagne reception and canapes served in the private glass room with amazing views of the city.  This was going to be a fabulous evening.

Our meal was served by waiting staff who were very attentive and always on hand to top up my glass so it was hard to keep a track of how many glasses you actually drank over each course.  It was a great choice of wines, so hats off to The Shard. on their choice of wine for each course.   I think tonight I am just going to enjoy. 

I hadn’t eaten too many of the canopies thank goodness.  Saving myself for the wine, because boy, was it flowing.  I even took a photo of the label on one bottle of wine as it was something I would buy myself and me being a G&T girl, would make a welcome change!   

The first course was served and I had opted for fish, which I thought was a good choice, as the saying goes, if it swims, it slims!  we shall see.                 

The main course consisted of steak and salad with a few veggies with the wine being topped up as soon as it was drunk.  I kept reminding myself of the syn value of the wine, so was trying to take it easy, not that easy though, a girl has to enjoy herself, plenty of time later for beating myself up (not)

But when the dessert came up, oh my! it was delicious.  Bramley apple cheese cake served with a dessert wine, so sweet but absolutely devine.  I was in heaven, literally according to the view!   and just when you think it is all over, out came the cheese board which I can never resist.   This evening I had used about a month’s worth of syns but I can honestly say, it was worth every mouthful.  

This sure is what they mean by the Slimming World journey…

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