Blogmas Day 21 – College Meal
Some of my closest friends are ones that I met at college. Since graduating, we all agreed to stay in touch and meet up as much as possible. You know how it is, people move away, get full time jobs, new relationships, start families, so we see each other less and less. Although we’ve all become so busy, every year we get together for a Christmas meal, and this year we celebrated our 10th year.
We ate at a restaurant in Cowes called The Coast. We’d been their previous years, and although it’s a favorite for some, I can’t say I’m keen. No massive faults, but there’s better food and service other places
Since we met so close to Christmas, and that there was 12 of us we could only get a sitting for 8.30pm my partner and I had been out during the day for a 3 course meal, so we didn’t join the others in their 3 course Christmas feast, and ordered off of the standard menu.
We had called weeks before to confirm what we would order from the normal menu, but of course when we arrived, they stressed because they had lost our orders (they clearly liked when they said they wrote it in the diary), and then I was told that my dish wasn’t available on the menu anymore.
I was just a tad irritated since they had made such a fuss about me picking the dish before hand, but luckily in the end they said the chef could still ‘whip it up’… Well I bloody well hope so!
Although we had arrived at 8.30, and they knew the group’s menu choices, the starters didn’t arrive until 9.15, which meant we didn’t receive our mains until 10, and then dessert about 10.45.
By the time we paid our bill, we left about 11.15, which was a bit of a drag.
Now I understand that it can take time, but waiting 45 minutes for pate and a piece of bread, is a bit longer than we expected to wait.
It was also I shame that although we had a big party we were crammed in the corner. One side of chairs was up against the window, with a large table in the middle and a long sofa on the other side right up against another table. Considering we waiting a fair while for our food, we struggled to move seats to get to and talk to one another as we were squished in, budging past one another and other diners.
I struggled talking to the friends either side of me as it was very loud so we were shouting at each other and nodding rather than responding.
It wasn’t quite the 10 year celebration I had hoped for. I think next year we will have to book somewhere earlier and a bit more spacious.
Although the night wasn’t quite what I expected, I felt like a million bucks.
I was originally going to wear a little black dress with a sparkly bag and heels, until I saw a gorgeous black and gold sequin dress….
I found this dress surprisingly, in Lidl of all places!
The dress was around £10.00 and was designed by Heidi Klum. What a bargin!
Why not treat yourself and wear something sparkly because if you’re not going to at this time of year then you certainly won’t be doing it any other time the year!
The dress was comfortable, chic, a good length and hugged in all the right places. I paired it with some black heels and black tights as it was rather cold outside that day and little leather jacket.