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Monday, 27 October 2014

My Birthday!

On Saturday we went out to Manchester for my birthday celebration, so I dressed up for our "high tea" in Lolita and my new 1920s-style cloche hat, plus some leather gloves as it was cold. It added a slightly more sophisticated element to an otherwise cutesy outfit, I think (and also, it was raining so I didn't want to wear my Baby headbow, whereas my new hat is more weather appropriate).

Blouse: Dorothy Perkins
JSK: Lovely Sweet Room - Baby the Stars Shine Bright
Socks: Secret Shop
Mary Janes: H! by Henry Holland
Cloche (not pictured): John Lewis
Leather Gloves (not pictured): Marks and Spencers (borrowed from my grandmother)

The restaurant we went to was called Tea42, and was situated rather closely to the Arndale centre, which was convenient from a window-shopping point of view. Tea42 specialises in gluten-free high tea, but also serves food for non-celiacs, which was good seeing as I'm the only gluten-free person in my family. The whole restaurant was very glamorous and girly, but also very quiet seeing as there are only a few tables at a time (we had to make a reservation). Also, the food was very high quality!

I had the gluten-free afternoon tea stand with the "99 tea" which was a lovely black tea with vanilla flavour. There were so many teas on the menu that I had difficulty choosing just one! The tea stand consisted of  plate of sandwiches - a salmon bagel, egg and cheese on bread cut to the shape of a star, and ham with cheddar and pickled lettuce, warm scones with the most delicious strawberry jam I've ever tasted (plus cream), and a plate with little cakes on - pink sponge with jam and cream, a chocolate mousse with a biscuit base, raspberry meringue, and a creamy desert with a raspberry on top. It was all so lovely, and I expected myself to come away still rather hungry, but I was absolutely full before I could even finish! My favourite was the scones with currents! I'd love to go again someday. 

After lunch my sister, mother and I visited the theater to see Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat, which was amazing needless to say; so dazzling and fun!

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