Carluccios York Grand Opening

A few weeks ago, Bobby and I were lucky enough to be invited to the newest restaurant opening in York: Carluccios.

Having never been to a restaurant grand opening before, neither of us knew how to dress or what to expect but off we went after work on a Friday evening to see what it was all about.

We were greeted by the lovely staff and taken to the first floor area that had been set up for the grand opening whilst downstairs was open for business as usual to paying customers. We were offered a drink of champagne (orange for me) and then had the chance to mingle and take photos before the event began.

The view from Carluccio’s first floor (prime location near Betty’s may I add)

The fantastic bar set up

A gorgeous Italian style set up overlooking Betty’s

The evening then kicked off with a shed load of canapes coming out and they all tasted incredible. One waiter realised Bobby is like a Hoover and eats everything virtually so once clocked, he kept Bobby very food happy. He also had his glass topped up several times which he loved as it’s the first blog event he’s ever been to.

The evening then went on to Mr Carluccio himself who was celebrating his 80th birthday and had some fantastic opera singers for the occasion. They treated us to some incredible singing which was a great surprise and another huge tick for Bobby who loves Classical music as well.

We also got talking to the international operations manager who was a star and made me up an amazing non-alcoholic drink after telling him I was with child.

The evening was an incredible success and we went home with full stomachs from all the canapes we had gorged on. Thank you Carluccios for inviting us to this amazing opening.

Laura x

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Zucca: a lovely gem in East Kilbride

A few weeks back, my sibling and I jaunted off on a road trip to East Kilbride to stay with our gran before she moved house and also to see our young half-brother James as well. Whilst we were there, our gran decided to treat us to a lovely meal at Zucca Ristorante¬†located in East Kilbride town itself. She had only been once before herself but she loved it and wanted to share it with us as well. I’m so pleased she did because we had an amazing meal and would definitely go again if we go back to the town.

Starters included bruschetta for me:


Soup of the day for my brother: ( I think it was tomato and red pepper)


Minestrone soup for my Gran:


Mains were as follows: Prawns for my gran which looked nice


Pepperoni pizza for my brother:


Half spicy chicken pasta and half spicy pizza which was huge and I struggled to eat it all.


All of the food tasted amazing and the service was very efficient despite it being a busy Friday night. I would give it an easy 10/10 for food quality and service.

Hope you enjoyed the foodie photos…

Laura x

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Il Commendatore Playa Blanca Marina Review

What seems like forever ago now, Bob & I ventured off for a 2 week break to Lanzarote and stayed in the lovely resort of Playa Blanca. Being massive foodies we were really impressed with the huge choice of restaurants and eateries for us to enjoy and definitely indulged a lot during the 14 day break. I want to share one of the restaurants we visited which was part of our half board deal with Thomas Cook: Il Commendatore Italian restaurant.

It was positioned perfectly on the marina and is a bustling restaurant with incredible food and service. Here are a few of the snaps I took during my visit there, I wish I’d taken more but we got way too caught up in the food and vibe. (I know, bad Blogger eh?)

The View


The Fiance


The wine


Just one of the excellent dishes we ate.


I’m sorry I didn’t take more but we absolutely loved the vibe of the restaurant and just enjoyed being relaxed for the first time in ages. Playa Blanca is a beautiful place and we are hoping to go back next year for a short break again. I will be sharing some more foodie and travel posts soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Laura x

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