It’s just a few days before Christmas so I think it might be time to write some Christmas cards and buy some wrapping paper! Still have time, right?!
I do have an excuse for being slow though- going out too much!
As a quick roundup of the past week, on Thursday night I went to see The Coronas concert at Mandela Hall. The Dublin line-up are one of my favourite bands, having seen them a mere SEVEN times in concert now! (Five in Belfast, one in Dublin and one in Sydney.) I went with my friend Emma Fitzpatrick from Cool FM who had just interviewed them that day, so we were able to go backstage after to say hello! Great gig as always!
The Coronas at Mandela Hall
On Friday lunchtime the PR team in work headed out for Christmas lunch to Il Pirata Italian restaurant on the Upper Newtownards Road. It’s the same guys who own Coppi and Barking Dog (amongst others) so I knew it would be nice! For lunch I had Pork Fillet, Gnocchi, Roast Chestnut and Sage Butter, while others in my party had either the Prawn Gigli, the Tagliatelle Carbonara or the Spiced Pork and Fennel Sausage Ragu. I really love Gnocchi so it didn’t disappoint! A lovely way to spend our last day as a full PR team before Christmas!
Il Pirata Christmas Lunch
As if the lunch wasn’t enough to delight the tastebuds, our office staff do was that night in Ramada Encore in Belfast. We’d booked into one of the party nights, which was a three course meal, live band during the dinner and a DJ for the after-party. There was 12 in our group, but the room had about 100 people from other companies. For starter I chose the Creamy Mushroom Bruschetta, Pesto and Parmesan. For mains I had my first Christmas dinner of the season- Northern Irish Turkey & Honey Glazed Ham, Traditional Sage & Onion Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets and Homemade Turkey Gravy. Finally for dessert I had the Baked Vanilla Cheesecake, but could only manage a few bits at this point! The live band was a lovely accompaniment to the meal, while the DJ got everyone up dancing with the old Christmas hits!
Ramada Encore, Sasha and I at Christmas Dinner
Finally on Sunday, we headed to Belfast Zoo for one of their “Magical Christmas” Days. Visitors were treated to activities such as wrapping presents for the animals and decorating the elephants’ Christmas trees! Barry’s nieces are 6 and 1-years-old so they really enjoyed taking part, and of course, meeting Santa!
I think now is a good time to relax in the evenings and do some wrapping! Merry Christmas everyone!