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The Botanist, Chester. Review

Nestled down a little ally off the famous streets of Chester is a wonderfully quirky and contemporary restaurant and bar that hit the UK scene by storm. The Botanist, sister to The Alchemist, was always going to appeal to my heart with it’s reflective connotations of Harry Potter crossed with the Secret Garden. Myself and Sam were fortunate enough to visit the Chester branch during our recent stay in the city and will most definitely be returning very soon. 

I’ve previously visited the branch on Boar Lane, Leeds and I confirm they achieve such a simalar ambiance. Both nestled away from the crowds, you’d be lucky to spot it without knownly seeking, this for me makes them that little bit more special than the average bar.   Food & Drink

We started our evening off right and I sampled some of the unusual cocktails on the menu whilst Sam enjoyed a beer related bevvy. Having spent the day wandering around Chester Zoo we found ourselves not overly hungry come dinner, so we skipped the starter and jumped head first into the mains. I ordered a chicken burger, which came with all the standard garnishes and a big portion of chips! Presented beautifully in a basket labelled ‘basil’, which I’ve since purchased for myself. Sam enjoyed a hearty Gammon, Egg & Pineapple, a classic, but enjoyed all the same. 

The Botanist is simply refreshing and offers an alternative to the conventional bars that we frequent. Perfect if your looking for a hideaway with your loved one, or an alternative bar for moorish cocktail with the girls. 


Whats Thicker? Blood or Water..

Last night, the UK saw the return of the 3rd season of The Vampire Diaries. I have to admit,
although I’m not one of those ‘Twi-hard’ vampire lovers, I do get a little over excited at the sight of Damon ripping apart some innocent bystanders neck, hence why I’ve been eagerly awaiting the return of the series for a number of weeks!

To begin with, I was a little bored, the whole Elaina crying and grieving constantly bores me. I get that she’s upset, and with good reason, but I can’t pretend I enjoy watching her maunge about over the whole experience. However the phone call during the closing scene practically had me in tears. ‘I love you Stephan, just hold on to that’ was so cute.
I am however in love with the whole Caroline/ Tyler Lockwood story line. You can just see the tensions intensifying between the pair and Caroline’s moody little stunts are always beyond amusing to watch (‘Excuse me’ *man flies out of her way* being one of my personal favourites from last night). The fact that when they finally got together Tyler’s mum, Mrs Lockwood, shoots Caroline repeatedly with wooden bullets was something I didn’t foresee and has made me so excited for next week’s episode!
Being a little Vampire Diaries geek as I am, I got the camera out and decided to shoot some Vampire-esk shots of my own. I keep my hope that Damon will come round for a drink one day soon..

Until then..

Christmas.. in October?!

Oh my god, is it just me or has the world gone mad! .. I practically cried today when I went into Marks and Spencers to find it filled with Christmas decorations. The Christmas shop was also being put up ready for its launch this next week. Why does Christmas have to start so early.. it takes the fun out of it for me! .. by December I’ll be sick of the sight of them! Halloweens by far my favourite holiday and I can’t see how the stores can market eerie Halloween merchandise in a Christmas grotto.
The worlds gone mental.

Steve Jobs inspirational speech. Stanford 2005.

"I will miss Steve immensely".

Bill Gates on the Death on Steve Jobs.

“I’m truly saddened to learn of Steve Jobs’ death. Melinda and I extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends, and to everyone Steve has touched through his work.
Steve and I first met nearly 30 years ago, and have been colleagues, competitors and friends over the course of more than half our lives.
The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come.
For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”