Dinner @ Et Alia at The Red House, Chester

Calamari fritti - crisp fried calamari with roast garlic and lemon salsa - £6.25 - Jessica

Tonight we were going out with the family and my Grandma and Grampy for my birthday meal, as Jessica and I will be in Sheffield on my actual birthday.

It was a surprise where we were going. Normally I can guess but I had no clue, and in the car on the way there I was just getting confused! 

Funghi al Aligio - mixed sautéed mushrooms with garlic in a light cream sauce served on a toasted crouton - £5.25 - James

I haven't been here for years and couldn't remember much about it other than the view over the River Dee - but obviously it was dark outside so we couldn't appreciate that today.

Linguine Gamberoni Piccante - linguine with garlic tiger prawns, hint of Napoli saice, courgette ribbons and cherry tomatoes - £11.50 - Jessica

The food was excellent and from the look of it surprisingly very filling! By the end we were all so full! We felt the staff could've been more smiley and happy, and a couple of drink orders were forgotten about, but it didn't deter from
what was a great evening! Shout out for the toilets also, which were right up there!

After the meal I was presented with my birthday cake and then my presents from everyone - mannn I've been spoilt!

First I opened my Grandma's which was a Ted Baker gift voucher, and a Ben Sherman pocket handkerchief and t-shirt.

Then from Mum, Dad and Olivia I had hospitality tickets for me and Dad to go to Liverpool v Mamchester City on 2nd March! I haven't been to Anfield for so long so I'm really excited for this day to come along! I also had another Ted Baker voucher so I am absolutely ballin next time I'm in there haha! 

Penne Piccante - penne tossed with spicy sausage, chilli, garlic, onions, cherry tomatoea and a tomato ragu - £10.50 - James

And then finally came my present from my Princess! And just when I thought I'd had a great surprise, came another one! 


Jessica gave me a card with The Eiffel Tower on the front and had added her own pockets on the inside which had our Eurostar tickets in and the itinerary for the weekend - beautifully presented too! 

So expect plenty of great food posts next  week haha! 

Honestly I don't mean to show off haha, I'm just so appreciative to everyone for my presents and spending the time with me this weekend! It was overwhelming at the time and now I'm just so excited to go to Paris and the football! 

The night didn't end there - once we were home we went out for a drive with no particular purpose. But as I started driving I knew where we could go. And to Jessica's surprise we ended up at Lion Quays Hotel - where we first met on 27th August 2014! It was the first time either of us has been back since!

We took the walk from where Micah's party was to the hotel (only this time we were both sober haha), and even got to go up to which room we properly met in! Yes I remember the room number haha!

Hopefully we can go back and actually stay there soon! 

Anyway, back to the restaurant, and here's our ratings...

Food: ★★★★★
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