So I'm not a food critic but on my Instagram account I certainly have no problem in describing myself as a 'foodie'! I had such a lovely afternoon spending time to myself while Eli was at nursery, that I thought I'd write a short blog about my time at the Lemon Witch pancake café in my local Southend-on-Sea town.
My header pic is the lovely pancake I had, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, olives, bacon and cheese. A variation on the 'Stiff Upper Lip'. All the pancakes are named accordingly with their ingredients. I was asked for ideas for new pancakes. The owner seemed very keen to fulfil ideas for vegetarians, which is great as you do need to cater for everyone. But just because I love meat doesn't mean I hate eating veg! So my suggestion was to have more options for meat and veg combos, instead of just meat or just veg. Hence I usually go for the 'Stiff Upper' choice as it's one of the few with both. The ideas for new pancakes from fans on their Facebook page all sound very exciting and I look forward to seeing what they come up with!
The Lemon Witch certainly has that 'freshly prepared food, trendy boutique, gourmet pancakes' feel but without all the pretence or built up hype that is actually a let down when you try it out. (Henry Burgers here in Southend for example. Or Creams. Both places that look good and somewhere to try but not always living up to the hype.)
I found the staff lovely and had an interesting conversation with one of the young waitresses. She was only 14 or 15, I'm now 31 and it made me feel old! I was making a reference to the programme 'Absolutely Fabulous', who remembers it? Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, amongst others, hilarious comedy which I loved! When she said she was born in 2000 and this programme was around in the 90's, well! You get my drift!
The reason for the reference links to the above photo. The waitress was sincerely interested and I love how she asked 'what are you doing? It all looks very serious!'. Me? Serious? Never! Now, I'm not usually one for designer names, couldn't really care less what I wear. Apart from sneakers though, I do love my Converse and Vans. My one exception to this rule. So to be bothered about getting a designer diary, well....
As you can see it's Christian Lacroix and for those who watched Ab Fab, Jennifer Saunders character, Edina, or Eddie, was always flaunting her designer labels and one of the phrases was 'it's Lacroix sweetie, Lacroix!'.
For my birthday this year we had a little trip to London and a Prodigy concert in the eve (full of drugs as you might expect, when the drug dealer came round, we were dancing vigorously. He passed us by and approached a calm man, standing still with his pint, just taking it all in. So our joke was, 'just keep dancing, the drug dealers will leave us alone!').
After watching the Channel 4 documentary of 'Christmas at Liberty' I was in awe of the store and had been wanting to visit ever since. Of course, it was just another shop and I'd built it up in my head because it had been on TV. But we had fun exploring all the same.
So the dilemma was, I wanted a nice birthday present from Liberty but something precious. Not just buying something from there for the sake of the label. We looked around the stationery department, being a creative type, an obvious choice to look. And when I spotted the Lacroix notebook, ooh, I was so excited! The fact that it's designer and probably about £1 per page, didn't really mean much. But, the design is just everything I could dream of right now. The space design is not only trendy (as you would expect of a fashion designer eh?!) but it just to me, shows, the absolute awe and beauty of God's creation.
Living in this current revival, such an exciting time to be a Christian and how God is moving. What can I say, it's a lot to describe if God doesn't mean anything to you. But God's creation, I feel more and more He is just showing off His perfect design as our ultimate Creator. So the space theme, yes, not only bang on trend but bang on God!! Not to mention the jewels. For we are His dearly held treasure. Again, to me, it only re-iterates that we are made in His image and are all beautiful no matter what we think of ourselves.
So the notebook was the perfect choice as I'm using it as my diary. Classing myself as a 'writer', albeit, unpublished, it would make sense that I've kept a journal type diary since the age of 11. I love it. Looking back through my old diaries, I reflect back on my journey, it is all so precious. And makes this diary all the more so.
Back to the review! I was even impressed with the loo at the Lemon Witch! And took a little mirror selfie as I loved the quirky cupcake shape.
So I had a lovely time, writing in my spangly new diary, chatting to the lovely waitress and talking to another student about his George Orwell, '1984' inspired graphic art work adorning the walls. (Cue discussion about dystopian fiction...). Not to mention enjoying the food and getting high on coffee!
So I shall finish with one more photo from their bathroom and a lovely quote. As the Beatles sang, 'All you need is love, love is all you need'.
I'm Julia, Just Creative Julia, jolly pleased to meet you!
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