22.1.13

Prezzo Lighter Menu {Review}

In 2009 we had our first experience of Prezzo. I was pregnant with Charles and we wanted somewhere different than usual to visit to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.
I’ve always been a fan of Italian food, and have a “thing” for restaurants that cook proper pizzas, with the thin crispy base.
We are quite fussy with restaurants and it doesn’t take much for us to not want to go back, be it due to a bad meal, bad service, or overpriced food.
The fact that we have visited Prezzo a few times since 2009 makes it evident that our first visit, and every visit thereafter, has been a hit.

We were invited to try out the new Lighter Specials Menu which is available until the end of January. The Lighter Specials Menu promises that each meal is under 600 calories.

I have a big appetite, so I went in thinking that I would be leaving hungry. I had a look at the menu online before we left so had an idea of what I wanted.

From the Healthy Specials Menu we ordered:
Starter: Chunky Tomato and Oregano Soup (130 kcal)
Main: Grilled Vegetable Flatbread (482 kcal)
Dessert: Lemon Sorbet (129 kcal)

The soup was a rather large portion, although from experience we knew the size of the bowl we would be presented with. The soup was beautifully fresh, with strong flavour although not overpowering. It didn’t just taste like any regular soup in that it wasn’t thick and creamy. It was filling, and warming in this horrible snowy weather, although it didn’t mean there wasn’t any room left for further courses.
We couldn’t believe that the soup was only 130 calories because it tasted so rich.

I was confident that the Grilled Vegetable Flatbread was going to be as tasty as it looked on the menu. When we visited Prezzo in December I ordered the Zilli Pizza, it’s huge and covered in Italian Meats…I think the waitress was surprised that I had managed to eat it all. At the moment I am quite obsessed with Italian meats so I was worried I would miss these from the flatbread.
In fact the flavour of the beautifully cooked vegetables (aubergine, courgettes, peppers and onions which all happen to be my favourite vegetables anyway) and topping of Basil Pesto (which I usually hate) made me completely forget about the missing meats.
The flatbread was served with a bowl of salad and a side of low calorie Italian Dressing.
When I was first presented with the flatbread I did say to my husband that I was sure that it wouldn’t fill me up and that I would be hungry at the end.
As I got to my last mouthful I confidently stated that I was wrong, and in fact it was filling.
The flatbread is served on a wooden platter, a detail I’ve always loved about ordering pizzas and flatbreads from Prezzo.

Then came the dessert. Lemon Sorbet. I used to buy the tubs of Sorbet from the supermarket and was able to finish off a whole one in one sitting, I love sorbet that much. In fact I prefer it over ice cream. So I had high expectations. It was presented beautifully. The taste was refreshing, cleansing and not at all bitter.

Other items on the Specials Menu include:
Buffalo Mozzerella Flatbread (597 kcal) I would have ordered this but the waitress informed me that due to the cheese on top it is served cold but with a warm base. It was snowing quite heavily outside so I wanted something that was warming.
Super Detox Salad: Looks and sounds really yummy and is only 98 kcal!
Chicken Andria: (310 kcal) Again, I would have ordered this, especially with it being a hot meal but I can’t resist the flatbreads.

I know a lot of people on diets feel like they have to have a night off from it or have to hibernate and can’t go to restaurants but the Lighter Specials Menu means you can stick to your diet and have a really tasty three course meal!
As I said, I have a big appetite and I left feeling satisfied and without the need to snack when I returned home.

Other food we ordered included:
Charles:
Starter: Garlic Bread with cheese.
Main: Spaghetti Bolognese.
Although a dessert was included in the childrens meal he opted for a drink of hot chocolate instead.

Harry:
Starter: Garlic Bread with Cheese
Main: Cheese and Tomato Pizza (not all of this was eaten so we asked to take the pieces left over home)
Again, no dessert but it was included in the package.

My husband:
Baked mushrooms
Lobster and Crab Tortelli (his usual)
Strawberry Eton Mess Cheesecake

We also had a side of French Fries.

The service, as always, was fantastic. The staff are always welcoming and friendly, which is part of what keeps us going back. It’s also very child friendly too. The boys were given a tub of crayons each, a colouring sheet and a tub of cars and animals to play with. We’ve never visited somewhere that has given them toys to play with so this was a really special touch. Charles can be shy when it comes to talking to strangers but the waitress was so nice that he took an instant like to her and talked to her a lot.
We all left with a smile on our face and a promise to return again soon.

The Lighter Specials Menu is available until February the 4th.
We were given a complementary meal in return for this review. All words, and photos, are honest and my own.


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7.1.13

I Walked Into Your Bedroom Tonight...

I walked into your bedroom tonight.
Not to say goodnight, not to give you one last kiss, not just to sit and stare at you.
But just because.
I couldn't believe I made you.
Two of you.
Two boys so different but also so similar.

Sometimes the feelings I have for both you and your brother make me feel like I'm going to explode.
How can one person feel so many amazing emotions just for two small boys?

You make me so proud.
I'm so proud to say you are mine. That I was your first home, I gave birth to you, fed you my milk, slept with you at night, helped mould you onto the boys you are today and continue to be.

You make me feel loved and make my heart feel so heavy and full of love.
I never knew that just by having these two boys love me would make me feel so complete.
You don't even have to say it. Your actions, the way you need me, want me, look for me, ask after me, need to know where I am and when I am coming back shows it.

You make me feel beautiful even when I'm at my worst. It doesn't matter what I look like, if I have make up on or not, if my hair is done or if I am wearing nice clothes, you will still tell me I look nice. You still look at me the same way.

You make me feel so protected.
Which feels wrong sometimes. I should be the one protecting you, and I do. But you do the same for me. You look out for me. You make sure I am ok and want me to be happy, if I am not you do the best you can to make me happy. Or make me better.

You make me realise that so many things we get worked up about in life actually don't matter. That by simply spinning around in the lounge or five minutes of being a Dinosaur can make so many stresses just go away.
Who cares that the dishwasher smashed another glass when you have a 1 year Stegosaurus and a 3 year old T-Rex chasing you?!

I walked into your bedroom tonight and felt so content.
No one else matters now I have you both.
When I walked into your bedroom tonight I realised how precious life is.
And I'm so glad to have you in mine.
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1.1.13

Adventures on New Years Eve

Yesterday I felt the real urge to just get out and get some fresh air. I didn't have any petrol so took advantage of our surroundings. And wanted to go over one last time to see the Combine Harvester as I knew it would soon be leaving.
The usually clean  road was covered, covered, in mud so I was glad we opted for wellies!
We found some fantastic deep puddles so on went the boys new waterproof suits. They both managed to fall face first into one of the many puddles.
We didn't go out for long but just watching them both splash and run around was lovely. Carrying Charles home due to his wellies not being watertight was not so lovely!
* I can confirm that NEXT Waterproof suits are infact NOT waterproof!
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