Saturday, 28 March 2015

Pokerstars Pop-Up Restaurant

Back in January, PokerStars and Jones & Sons teamed up to celebrate the new season of the UK and Ireland Poker Tour. Uniting poker with gourmet food, the "All-In Kitchen" was created, the world's first pay-by-poker restaurant. A little creative and very much determined on luck, you place bets to see what you would pay for your meal - how ridiculously clever is that!? So, to break it down... First you play three hands of poker starting with 10,000 chips (£10.00). Then, what you pay is based on how many chips you have at the end of those three hands so either £10.00, £5.00 or nothing at all. If you end up with over 10,000 chips dinner will be free, 5-10,000 chips and it will cost £5. If your hand is terrible, you can't keep a poker face to save yourself and end up with 5000 and below, dinner will then only cost £10.00 for a three course meal and drink which is normally priced at around £50.00 per person! Bargain! 

The meal itself is even Poker related with the delicious dishes including 'Royal Flush of King Crab Thermidor', 'Queen Scallops accompanied by Salt Baked Swede and Bacon Marmalade, '4 Of A Kind of Lamb Chops, Rump, Kidney and Shoulder With A Rosemary Jus' and even a '2 Pair of Pear Tarte Tatin, Pear Caramel and Ice Cream’ - see what they did there?! 

You donactually have to play poker though if you dont want to - you can head into the restaurant and pay full price for your meal, which is obviously what you’d do in normal places or just try your luck and you could end up walking out having paid half the price! It was a huge hit when it launched in London and there is hopes that its coming to more cities around the UK soon so keep an eye out for the PokerStars Kitchen somewhere near you! 

Still don’t get it? Watch this Youtube video which explains it all...
*Collaborative post

Friday, 27 March 2015

Paris Photo Diary

Last Friday, Me and Adam set off on our weekend to Paris - the one I had won last year with Travel Supermarket and Expedia. Leaving Millie with my Mum and Dad for the weekend, we knew she was going to have the best time and so we were enjoying some much needed time to ourselves. We stayed in a gorgeous 5* hotel, 10 minutes walk from the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-ElyseĆ© shopping street and it was so accessible to the metro too! 

The first day, we arrived around 4pm and decided to head down to the Eiffel Tower, probably the most famous of all the landmarks in Paris, wouldn’t you agree? And we took the River Cruise down the Seine to get a rough idea of where everything was... 

On Saturday, we headed 45 minutes out of the city to Disneyland - super easy to get to and the metro was also free the whole weekend due to Pollution! It was an amazing day, cold but still incredible and it’s safe to say that we’ll definitely be going back with Millie! 

Sunday, we were tired and achy from walking round Disney all day the day before but still had plans to get some sight seeing done, so we headed out to Champs-ElyseĆ© and did a spot of shopping. With plenty of choice, there is definitely something for everyone and of course, I was sucked into Sephora the moment I saw it. We also went and had some cake at Laudree and got our hands on some Macaroons too! Later that night, we walked around the city and went to the Notre Dame which is simply beautiful, especially at night. 

Monday, we were completely shattered, our feet were hurting, our legs were aching and my shoulders were absolutely killing me, so we decided to take it easy. We went to see Le Louvre in the morning and walked over to the Eiffel Tower again too as it was such a beautiful day. We then made tracks to a restaurant I had seen recommended by Laura over at Heroine in Heels but unfortunately, it was closed. We made do with a simple burger from a little French cafe, which was fine - if you like raw burgers... More on that in another post. 

An incredibly busy weekend but it was something we both needed. You sometimes forget that you’re a couple when you have a child, constantly caring for them instead of each other but spending this quality time together was something we treasured and have some great memories from too. If you’re looking for a sight seeing, city break, Paris is definitely for you. I’ll be sharing some of my tips for exploring the city too, so keep an eye out for that!