Friday 30 November 2018

My November Days

Anyone else slightly alarmed by the fact it's December tomorrow? As much as I'm looking forward to opening the first door of my Malteser advent calendar I have to admit the festive season has really crept up on me this year and I think I really do need to start getting myself prepared.

Here are just a few of the things that didn't make the blog this month.

A Miracle on Grey Street

Is it just me or has Newcastle really gone all out on Christmas this year? Everything seems bigger and better and the new addition of Miracle on Grey Street, a festive themed pop up bar, has got people queuing up the street to get their hands on a Christmas cocktail. I popped in on a very rainy Tuesday which I would say is the best kind of time to go - we got a table pretty quickly and the wait at the bar was minimal. With back to back Christmas tunes playing, an entire menu of festively garnished drinks and the most beautiful decorations, this place really is a Grotto for Grownups and I am loving it!

November Days - A Miracle on Grey Street

Cake at 1901

When coffee dates turn into cake dates! I visited Cafe 1901 in Jesmond for a quick coffee with friends this month and made the mistake of perusing the cake counter as I walked past. Not the best idea, before I knew it a huge slab of lemon and marmalade cake had appeared in front of me! Perhaps a little overindulgent for a Wednesday afternoon but definitely no regrets.

November Days - Cake at Cafe 1901

Wardrobe Rediscoveries

Since my style makeover with Helenleeloves I have loved rediscovering items in my wardrobe. I honestly can't recommend having a capsule wardrobe enough, I've been wearing things that I haven't really worn before. I bought this coat in the sales last year but have barely worn it until now. The colour and waist belt really fit into my style code and for some reason I feel like a proper grownup each time I wear it.

November Days - Wardrobe Rediscoveries

Greggs Festive Bake

When someone dares to challenge my Honorary Geordie title I take it very seriously. This month someone said that I couldn't have my title until I had tried a Greggs' Festive Bake - apparently Christmas in Newcastle really hasn't started until you've joined a mammoth queue for a bake so I needed to see what the fuss was about. Unfortunately I grabbed the last bake on the tray so it was a little cold, so I think I may need another one!

November Days - Greggs Festive Bake
Brunch at Aidan's Kitchen

I've been hearing so many great things about the dishes at Jesmond's newest breakfast spot, Aidan's Kitchen so I'm very happy that we finally got there this month for some much needed Christmas Shopping fuel. I had the Shakshuka, Simon had a pancake stack and it was absolutely spot on! An absolutely lovely place that you all really need to try, and if you can time your visit with Aidan's sausage rolls coming fresh out of the oven you've really hit the jackpot.

November Days - Aidans Kitchen

Christmas Markets

Newcastle's Christmas Market is bigger and better than ever this year with loads more stalls and some rather delicious food offerings. There are definitely more options than previous years and we munched on Halloumi Fries and Bratwurst before having to call it quits because we couldn't fit any more in. I've heard great things about the Yorkshire Pudding Wraps and Bubble Waffles so I think I'll be back again before the festive season is over.

November Days - Christmas Market
Festive Dressing

Whenever I stick on a red dress at this time of year I instantly feel Christmassy and start getting a little excited for the big day. This is my brand new cord dress from Zara and I absolutely love it.  I wore it for a day of Christmas shopping with Simon, which soon turned into an afternoon of touring our favourite gin bars in the Toon (Dacantus and The Continental in case you wanted your own shopping escape!) when the crowds just got too much. A great afternoon sinking G&Ts but it does mean we now have to brave the shops again next weekend to get our shopping finished.  MUST STAY FOCUSSED!

November Days - Festive Dress
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  1. Looks and sounds like you've had such a fun month! You amaze me at how much you get around exploring in the North East, I need to spend a Saturday with you and you can show me around places I've not even discovered! Miracle on Grey Street looks incredible, I must go there! Looks like my kinda' Christmas heaven! x

    1. I do pack a lot in! Simon's always up for a break if you want to take his place, I drive him mad!


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