Food, Fizz & Friends

When I first started this blog I never really thought it would be anything other than a place to record our memories as a family. However, alongside Twitter it has allowed me to connect with some truly amazing and inspirational ladies. Some of these ladies have gone on to become friends and last weekend I was invited to join Vicki (who blogs over at Honest Mum and Mummy’s Got Style) to help celebrate her birthday and blogiversary along with these beauties; Katie (Pouting in Heels), Hannah (Mums Days), Zaz (Mama and More) & Mirka (All Baby Advice).  

from left to right; Vicki, Hannah, me, Mirka, Zaz, Katie
In all honesty I was a little nervous about this blogger get together. I have met Vicki & Katie a few times before but never the others.  I can’t quite put my finger on why I was nervous but it turns out I had absolutely no need to be.  Together we all had an absolute blast.

We all convened at Vicki’s parents house to do some posing in our beautiful outfits (which were very kindly gifted to us by Fever London, more on that tomorrow with photos of us all looking gorgeous) and generally do what bloggers do, take photos! Before long the volume was raised as we all laughed and chatted away.  


After we had all bagged our shots we headed over to The Olive Tree, which is owned by Vicki’s parents.  Sipping glasses of our preferred poison, rum and coke in my case, we all got nattering and apart from to laugh we didn’t stop nattering all night.
Once we sat down for our meal the champagne started flowing and we did some more posing.  Mirka & Zaz were serenaded by George, the resident musician.  You can’t blame the man for trying can you, they are both beautiful ladies.

Now I put my hands up, I have never had Greek food before, apart from tzatziki and humous which I’ve never been overly impressed with.  So it’s safe to say I wasn’t entirely sure it was going to be my cup of tea.  How wrong I was!  We were treated to the seafood, vegetarian and meat meze over three courses.  The first of which consisted of a sea food salad, greek salad and warm, fresh pitta bread to dip in the mixed Greek dips.  It was all delicious, especially the aubergine dip thing that I cannot remember the name.  We asked for extra it was so yummy.



After we had polished off all of the first course, Vicki got us all tearing up the dance floor Greek style. Opa!



Then came out the plates for some traditional plate smashing.  How mischievous does Vicki look here:


Next up was more amazing food.  Another seafood platter with whitebait & calamari.
A meat platter with meatballs and chicken kebabs and the veggy platter for me, which I can honestly say was all lush.
More dancing, where Vicki and her Dad Papa G, showed us all how it is really done.  
We were even graced by the head chef who showed off his dancing skills too.

Could she get any sexier??
Third course then arrived and by this point I knew how appetising it all was and so in my excitement to get it in my face, I only took notice of my veggy stuff so you’ll have to check the other girls blog posts out for what they had.  Mine consisted of moussaka and spinach pie teamed with the most delicious rice I have ever had. I think I could of just eaten the rice on its own it was so tasty.


No more dancing by this point, we all had bellyfuls of truly scrumptious food and I honestly thought I couldn’t eat another thing.  Until this…

Cupcakes by Sprinkled Magic followed by Hotel Chocolat’s Chocolate Dipping Adventure which was mouth watering.  I ate a few too many marshmallows and biscuit bits and strawberries dipped in heavenly dark, milk and white chocolate!  Oh and no matter what she may tell you I did not drip melted chocolate all over Hannah’s bag.  I seem to remember her being the one who couldn’t get it to her mouth!! 


If you are ever in the area (Leeds) then you must go visit The Olive Tree, the food was utterly delicious and the staff were so friendly and accomodating.  


The evening of eating and dancing was all interspersed with lots of laughing & chatting.  I think a few of us declared that we were about to pee ourselves a few times and my abs and face muscles were given a good workout.  These ladies are absolutely wonderful and between us all we most definitely had a blast.  It was lovely to finally meet Zaz, Mirka & Hannah, ladies who I have chatted to on Twitter and who I can now say I also click with in real life too.

I also wanted to thank Zaz, who gave me such a lovely compliment when we were all posing for pictures in the restaurant, that it’s put a spring in my step for days and one I think I will always remember. 
Together these girls have reminded me that real women are strong, inspirational and a force to be reckoned with, especially as a group and I feel lucky to be part of that. 

So thank you Vicki for inviting me to celebrate with you and to you all for making it a night to remember.  I think we should make it at least an annual thing, what do you say ladies??




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8 thoughts on “Food, Fizz & Friends

  1. Mirka @Kahanka says:

    Franki, such a lovely post written from your heart. I was also nervous about meeting you and hannah, but also knew that if you are a friend of Vicki you will be mine too. Love all the photos, and will never forget how much we laughed on that night. It was one of the best nights out in my life, and hopefully we will catch up again soon. By the way, you looked stunning, love your short hair, used to have a similar hairstyle in my late twenties. Love it!

  2. Katie / Pouting In Heels says:

    Didn't we all have a blast?!?! What an incredible night it was. Wish we could do it every week. So lucky to count you and all the girls are wonderful friends. You had no reason to be nervous either…I knew you would get on with everyone like a house on fire 🙂 Here's to doing it again and soon! Lovely post darling and well done on the pics! Xxx

  3. Honest Mum says:

    Annual, bloody weekly lady! Ha, what an amazing night, love, love, love this blog post, was smiling and laughing reading it all, couldn't have asked for a better night with brilliant ladies, thanks for being so awesome and so pleased you loved the food, your pics are amazing lady! Mwah x

    • Franki says:

      I did say AT LEAST Vicki! If we could do it weekly I would so be in!! But we should definitely do it again.
      Glad you liked the pics and I am a Greek food convert. I'm going to take Ant for a date night soon. Thanks again for arranging it and inviting us all. xxxx

  4. Zarouhi Zaz says:

    Such wonderful piccies Frankie! And I loved your post, it's brilliant reading everyone's angle on the night, and I wish that we had had more time to talk properly, but you have such a lovely energy I know we'd get along super well! Thanks for linking up to #AllAboutYou xx

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