My 25th birthday was on October 11th and I’ve had the best birthday week ever. Yes you read that correctly I’ve managed to milk the most I can from my birthday stretching it into a whole week (yes I took it off work and that’s allowed)! I’m even planning a dinner tonight with my friends I’ve not managed to catch up with, who do I think I am…the queen?! (Nope that would be big sis biff, Elizabeth obviously!)
I’ve been up to lots of different things but thought I’d do a little post about my weekend in Belfast with my bezzies. This weekend was brilliant and mainly revolved around great food and drink. I did feel my trousers a little tighter the morning after arriving home but I enjoyed myself so much I don’t regret going a bit wild. I’ll also do a post soon about the other things I’ve been up to this week which (hopefully) will help to keep the balance.
Just to give you some context my birthday basically started last Friday when one of my lovely friends and now colleagues again (as we used to work together, I moved and now she’s joined too!) brought in birthday cake…chocolate fudgey goodness.
My team then went out for a Friday lunch to this amazing little tea room where I had…more cake!
…and a cheese and black pudding toastie…ouch so good but so bad.
After work I headed straight for the airport to meet Cat and Kirsty (my best friends from uni), hassle free quick flights from Glasgow airport meant we were in Belfast in no time.
We were all ready to go out in Belfast on the Friday night but had so much catching up to do we ended up staying in the apartment we had for the weekend, drinking and eating and having such a fun night. We consumed a lot of wine, gin and Mexican food. I think I’ll be copying Kirsty’s feta veggie toasted tortillas they were amazing (look out for a recipe soon)…
Saturday saw us doing some touristy site-seeing and getting in plenty of drinks at the oldest pub in Belfast, the Crown bar…worth a visit for the private booths alone.
We had a great lunch in AM:PM which consisted of some sharing boards and sweet potato fries. The portions were massive but the food was absolutely delicious, we definitely made a good go of finishing everything off! A bottle of wine and some cocktails helped wash it all down.
St George’s market was on the list of places Cat wanted to see so we walked along for a look. The food on display was wonderful, I had serious trouble restraining myself.
After some shopping it was back to the apartment to get ready for the night ahead…with some prosecco of course.
If you can believe it after the day we had we still managed to go out for dinner to McHugh’s where I had a seriously good steak made all the better that I cooked it myself on a hot stone (1 min each side please!). Dessert and Irish coffees followed, of course.
After drinking until late in bars the Sunday (my actual birthday) saw us slightly worse for wear and looking for a good brunch to bring us back to life. Maggie May’s did the trick and as you can see from the pictures we did not hold back in the slightest.
I even went all out sugar rush with this hot chocolate (hey it was my birthday)…
A short walk around the Botanic gardens and then it was back home to Glasgow. All in all a fantastic trip, I think we struck the right balance of site-seeing, shopping, eating, drinking and absorbing the culture without being completely done in.
Belfast I feel this is not the last time you’ll be seeing me…