Berlin

Touchdown!

Afternoon guys, just landed back from Berlin. It’s a unique sort of city like nothing I have ever experienced. It’s calm and so relaxed and far from a hustle and bustle of a standard city.

I went with one of my best friends; Zoe. It was a lovely positioned weekend, straight after January and just enough time into February to have money again after Christmas. 

We left Manchester T3 with Ryanair on Friday for the weekend trip. Did you know that Manchester have tightened up on the liquid rule? Well if you didn’t, you heard it here first. First stop; the Escape Lounge. Zoe purchased the tickets @ holidayextras for a slightly cheaper price of £18.50. We arrived around 10:00 (our flight was at 13:30) so we could get the most value for money. 
So for those of you that are curious I had a sausage butty, a sort of cheese and meats plate and a mini pie from the buffet. Along with 3 Carlsberg’s, 3 Gin and Gingerales, 1bottle of Coca Cola and a hot chocolate. I think I got my moneys worth.
It’s worth bearing in mind you can only spend max 3 hours in there but as you can probably see I was kind of full.

Once we boarded the plane it was Stag do central. I can confirm none of them looked as wild as Jimbobs affair. But it made for a unique travel experience.

We flew into Schonefeld and from there it’s just a simple turn left out of the airport toward the train station. The machines for tickets are super confusing, but basically if you have purchased a €7.70 ticket you can travel all day up until 3am the following day including all public transport. It took us around half an hour to get to our stop. And from there only a 15 minute walk.

Hotel Zoe was our accommodation and it was so in style. Gold and black was the running theme. 

The hotel doesn’t have a massive amount of amenities and in all honesty had s*** lighting for applying make up. But it does make up for it with a swanky G&T bar downstairs.

Once we’d had a quick change we had a long an unnesscary walk(we had no idea where we were going) looking for a Resturant. After asking about 6 different people for help, we ended up at probably the best Italian I’ve ever had.

Sisal was its name and what a lovely trio the staff were. The interior is cafe style with candle light to see. The kitchen is open so you can see the dishes being made. The food was incredible and the carafes of wine we sampled weren’t bad either. And to top off the event free limenchello with the host. 

We moved on to a tapas bar for Sangria and met some Swedish guys for a good chin wag. And that’s when it went a little silly and we ended up @ Am to Pm..#dancing! 

Yesterday was a day of exploring, a day of sight seeing…
Followed by the Hard Rock, of course!
Because public transport is so simple, easy and cheap it makes exploring super simple.

We had a steak for dinner @ Maredo; we needed to go out with a bang.
For €35 it was a delish piece of meat! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my mini diary 

Cx



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The Search for the Perfect Afternoon Tea – Stirk house Hotel

Good morning All,
The search for the Perfect Afternoon Tea began yesterday with 4 friends and me. This was my first taste of afternoon tea, I know shocking right, its just never happened for me.
This was also a little more fabulous that just going, it was a surprise for Katie’s birthday.
I was a little bit of a moron and didn’t take too many snaps- noted for next time.
We arrived around one, with a glass of prosecco in hand! We sat in a centre semi circle booth. The beautiful view only metres away from us. It was only a short wait for the birthday girl and co.
I will say it again i have never been to afternoon tea so i wasn’t sure of the protocol but what arrived first was a little odd, fresh buttered bread with condiments of marmelade and honey. I passed on the bread – the ladies said it was delicious.
What arrived next was a beautiful affair of savoury and sweet elements. including scones with clotted cream which is one of my new favourite things.

 

The savoury side included brioche buns with beef and mustard filling, egg and mayo finger sandwiches(I don’t care how cute they made them look I’m never going to get to grips with that consistency), salmon, chive and cream cheese bagel, home made sausage roll(party size of course-this isn’t Greggs) but probably my favourite was the toasted bread with chutney and slice of melted brie.
Moving onto the sweet items there is a chocolate sort of cheese cake, and vanilla – I cant be 100% i didn’t have either, there was also parkin (again I think) none of us tried that.  Then in the centre a sort of posset – Gemma confirmed it was very tart!
Then on top the quintessential British sweet treat, scones, clotted cream, raspberry jam and butter.
Of course it was served with tea or coffee.
I have never been to afternoon tea before but I feel the perfect afternoon tea requires more search more investigation, more days out testing!
To Score I need to put some reasons
+ Setting, the interior and exterior are both beautiful
+ The sausage roll was incredible
+ I discovered clotted cream
+ Very reasonable in price
+ The waiter had wit
+ We were able to take what we didn’t eat home
– We didn’t eat everything, but then again are you meant to?
– I wasn’t offered a selection of different teas
– I was hoping for a cucumber sandwich – just to be totally British
I am going to aware Stirk House – 7 out of 10!
Wheres next?
Cx