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Spicy Valentine’s: Copper and Spices, Indian Restaurant in Folkestone

By 17 February 2014 Eating Out, Food, Restaurant Review
Spicy Valentine's: Dinner at Copper and Spices Indian Restaurant Folkestone. RachelBirchley.com

Yes sorry another Valentine’s Day post! But don’t despair, this one isn’t all lovey-dovey and vomit inducing. No. Instead I’m going to tell you about our scrummy Indian dinner at Copper and Spices. We actually ate there on Saturday 15th as it wasn’t intended to be a special Valentine’s dinner but a family dinner with the in-laws. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to make it so it was just hubby and I.

As it’s a tiny, intimate restaurant with just 6 tables they get booked up pretty quickly. Having left it until Tuesday to book we had the choice of 5.30pm or 8.30pm. Since 5.30 is pretty early for dinner, we went for 8.30. But this is about 2 hours later than we normally eat so it was starting to feel pretty late by the time we left the house. I know, we live such a rock n roll lifestyle!

We had a choice of the regular menu or the special Valentine’s menu, which was far too much food for us! As it turned out we got to try a few items off the special menu as it was, so we did pretty well.

We chose the Vegetarian Plate to share as a starter, followed by Saag Waala Gosht and a garlic and coriander naan for me and Lamb Tikka Biryani for hubby.

Poppadums and chutney at Copper and Spices, Folkestone

While we were waiting for our starter we were brought some mini poppadums and chutney, which were very tasty, and then the chef brought us out an amuse bouche each to try. Mine was venison and hubby’s was duck. They were delicious little parcels of mouth amusement! Plus, they were served on cute little heart slates

Remains of my starter at Copper and Spices Folkestone

The starter was also served on a heart-shaped slate, I feel a theme here! As you can see from the photo of our empty plate, I’ll never be a food blogger. I love food too much to remember to take a pic before digging in!

Here’s one I remembered though!
Dessert plate at Copper and Spices, Folkestone
Hubby and I shared this dessert because it sounded too good to pass up yet we were pretty stuffed. In the cocktail glass is saffron rice pudding, the heart-shaped dessert is carrot cake and of course there are strawberries dipped in chocolate. The rice pudding in particular was absolutely gorgeous. Saffron is such a fragrant spice.

Rachel Birchley at Copper and Spices, Folkestone

We had a lovely meal. The staff were very attentive and keen to help us understand the menu and the ingredients. I was even given a red rose to take home by the chef! All this made it even more embarrassing that we’d forgotten to get cash out for a tip! But, rest assured I shall be getting some money out and popping it through the door with a card! I can’t bear not leaving a tip when the service and food was so excellent. We’ll definitely be back to Copper and Spices.

Rachel x

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Valentine’s Gifts For People Who Don’t Do Valentine’s Day

By 5 February 2014 Life, Lifestyle
Valentine's Day gifts for people who don't do Valentine's day

Valentine’s Day is a bit like Marmite really.  Some love it while others hate it.  Over recent years, all the shops seem to have gone a bit doolally with Valentine’s gifts, decorations and various other bits and pieces that are only any good once a year.

However, I’ve succumbed.  Perhaps it’s all the American boards I follow on Pinterest and blogs I read, but I want to embrace Valentine’s Day.  Although I’ve got to try not to get excited as I’ll be lucky to get a card off hubby.  He’s not fond of the whole ‘enforced romance’ thing.

As many of us Brits aren’t too keen on the whole commercial Valentine’s Day thing I’ve decided to post a Valentine’s gift guide for people who don’t do Valentine’s Day.  No soppyness allowed!  And not a heart in sight!

 

Never forget wooden keyring from Notonthehighstreet.com

This is brilliant!  This keyring is perfect for any bloke who’s no good at remembering dates.  Have your anniversary engraved on this keyring so he’ll never forget again!  Plus it’s from my favourite website, Notonthehighstreet.com. I’ve been so pleased with everything I’ve bought from here, which includes a number of gifts for our wedding party and my grandad’s 80th birthday present.

The Man Box - meat, pork scratching, chutney and beer in a box.

Another gift from Notonthehighstreet.  This one’s right up my hubby’s street, although I’d not spend £25 on it! The Man Box, with beer, meat, pork scratchings and chutney.  What more could a man ask for?

Grey touchscreen gloves with red bows from ASOS

Pretty and practical.  It’s still so cold outside so these lovely gloves with a cute red bow would be a gorgeous gift on Valentine’s Day.  They can be used with touchscreens too so no need to get numb fingers while texting.

Knit your own boyfriend book from ASOS

For the singletons this Valentine’s Day. Knit your own boyfriend with the help of this handy book! Choose what he looks like and you can even knit little outfits for him.  Bless!

How do you feel about Valentine’s Day?  What would be your perfect present?

Rachel x

 

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