MUSINGS & MORE TURNS ONE!

31st July 2016

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I can’t quite believe I’m writing this post! When I first started Musings & More, I didn’t really expect it to really last. People won’t like it, they won’t read it! I’ll run out of things to write about… I’m not good enough! Yet, one year later and here we are! Even just thinking about the post gave me the time to reflect about my little space on the internet and just how far we have come. Never did I expect anyone would read my musings, my opinions or enjoy my photos. Never did I expect to be able to work with some incredible brands or be invited to events and meet fellow bloggers like myself both online and off, who I now count as friends. I certainly didn’t expect to land my dream job, thanks to my blog.
I thought I’d start by mentioning a just a few of the blog posts I have absoloutely loved putting together and that I am proud of. It’s these posts (and the reception they get) which makes me fall in love with blogging again and again.

1. A beach hut by the sea


2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter


3. 10 things only dog owners will understand


4. Easter caramel shortbread


5. Behind the scenes of Krispy Kreme

There are also a few of you I’d like to give a little shout out to. First off is Raashi – never have I been to someones blog and left it thinking so hard. That’s what Rash’s posts do to me. The great thing is that I never know what to expect from her but I do know it’ll always be thought provoking. I highly recommend you head over there ASAP! Sophie, Laura and Kat – My lovely fellow QBloggers. I genuinely never thought I’d actually meet up with any other bloggers, let alone that they’d live so close to me either! It’s been wonderful having blogger friends to navigate the world of Blog events with, each girl is completely wonderful in her own way and all of their blogs are ones to check out!

Last but not least, what’s really nice is that I’ve developed some incredible readers that have kept coming back to Musings & More, you know who you are and thank you. It means more than you will ever know.

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I was kindly offered the chance to sample the new menu at The Waterfront Restaurant & Grill* at Wyboston Lakes and thought it would be the perfect chance to celebrate my little blog turning One! I actually did a post on my visit to Wyboston here when I visited previously and which was actually one of my most popular posts if you fancy a read or want a fantastic spa to visit!

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So like a proud mother, Matt and I dressed up for the night and jumped in the car to The Waterfront. Upon giving my name, we were led to a gorgeous table which was bathed in daylight and looked out onto the lake. I’ll be honest, quite often during the meal myself and Matt would find ourselves staring outside rather than at each other whilst we talked because it was such a relaxing sight, the water rippling and the trees swaying in the light evening breeze.

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Our waiter Jacek introduced himself and was probably the best waiter we’ve had. Ever. He offered to go through the menu with us and while normally we wouldn’t do this, I’m so glad we did as it completely changed Matt’s choice of food, just by Jacek explaining each selection to us. To start, I chose the free-range Cotswold chicken liver parfait with was accompanied by shallot tarragon toast and bacon jam. Matt went with pressed ham hock terrine as he’d enjoyed one previously at a friends wedding. Parfait is always a go to starter choice for me and The Waterfronts was particularly excellent. I loved the sweet, smooth parfait in contrast to the crunch of the tarragon toast. The chef also kindly gifted us a bread basket which was accompanied by butter, tapenade (basically crushed olives), olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Bread is one of those things I could never give up and the different selection of fresh bread made a tasty starter to share. There is something lovely about tearing apart soft, crusty bread and dipping it into olive oil.

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There was a large selection of mains to choose from and we got a real sense of variation to choose from. If you were feeling a bit fancy there were a plethora of dishes to make you feel like royalty but if you just wanted a great quality burger or some high class fish and chips, you would still feel like you were enjoying fine dining, I think that’s one of the parts I enjoyed most about The Waterfront. There’s so snobbery, just fantastic food and a great atmosphere in which to dine with friends and family.

I told myself I would go for something different than my usual but low and behold, I could not help myself and went for a 8oz 28 days dry rib-eye steak, as recommended by Jacek. The hand cut chips were simply incredible and needed no sauce to be enjoyed while the steak was tender and flavoursome.

We were both so impressed by Matt’s Trio of Welsh lamb when it came out to us. I think looking at the photos you can agree that seriously elegant presentation has been implemented in all the dishes, but the Trio of lamb is one of the best! When Jacek came to check on us and found me snapping away, he told us how much it pleased him when guests took photos of their food as it was a real compliment to the chef (who actually happened to be his brother!). Obviously I needed to take photos for the benefit of this post, but all around the restaurant, diners were whipping out their phones to take photos they could show off later: “Look what we ate last night!”

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Admittedly, dessert has always been my favourite part of a meal and I always make sure to save just enough room to indulge. Matt chose a Sticky toffee pudding which consisted of a light and fluffy sponge surrounded by a delicious puddle of sweet toffee sauce. Safe to say, there was nothing left on his plate one he had finished! It’ll come as no surprise that I went for the Dark chocolate dream and a dream it certainly was. Sitting on shortbread biscuit was the most decadent chocolate mousse I have ever taste. So light and yes, dreamy. It was just right amount too that you didn’t feel too sickly either, as can be the trouble with a lot of desserts.

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A huge thank you to The Waterfront for inviting me to celebrate with them, it was wonderful to enjoy some fine dining and celebrate my little blog turning one! I’ve certainly recommended it all my family and friends and I do to all of you too!

Once again, I would like to thank you all, whether you are old readers or new. I hope you’ll all keep coming back and enjoying Musings & More, because I’m certainly not done yet!

*DISCLAIMER: Our meal at The Waterfront was gifted to us in return for a review. As always, views are 100% my own.

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