Wedding Anniversary

December saw our 5th Wedding Anniversary.

It really does not seem like five years ago but when you look back at what has happened over those years you realise how fast time flies.

Mark truly is my rock. In the eight years we have been together he has supported me through so much,( I would like to think I have done the same for him). He has supported me through ups, downs and totally changed my approach to the world. Without his strength I would not be able to sit and write most of the stuff I do. We don’t get a lot of down time but we truly do savour every ounce of it.

We were both working on the day of our anniversary, so decided that we would leave any celebrations until the Monday night.

Following our visit to Bella Italia at Intu MetroCentre we decided to pay a visit to the newly opened branch at Intu Eldon Square.

We both have a soft spot for Newcastle, but living in the sticks, it isn’t the easiest place to get back from. Mark decided however that he would drive up as far as Gateshead and from there we would get the bus. Save having to fight for parking.

It is a long time since I have been to Intu Eldon Square as the food section was minimal last time I was. There are some amazing food places and Bella Italia stands out amongst them.

We received a warm welcome and were escorted to a corner table where we could see everything that was going on around us.

Like the Intu MetroCentre branch you can see what is going on in the kitchen, which is a feature both of us like.

The branch itself appears smaller than the Intu MetroCentre branch but still has a warm feel.

The clientele was different, there were a lack families, so it all seemed a little bit more grown up.

Our waiter was lovely and very efficient. He served us with our drinks quickly and took our orders when he did.

We had a very clear idea what we wanted having been before. The starter we chose was…..

A Taste of Italy Antipasti

Selection of Italian hams and salami, Pecorino cheese, buffalo mozzarella, Italian olives, marinated courgettes, ciabatta, breadsticks, peperonata and black olive tapenade

We love a sharing platter and this certainly met our expectations. (I do love a good olive)

Having polished of the platter, our mains were…..

Panzerotti Funghi

‘Half-moon’ shaped pasta parcels filled with mushroom in a creamy mushroom and spinach sauce

Pollo Sapori

Roast chicken and garlic mushroom, with black olive tapenade, chopped parsley, mozzarella and tomato sauce

Both tasted amazing and for a calorie counter like Mark, his main came in at under 600 calories.

Pleasantly full I perused the Dessert Menu and decided on the Trio of Shot Glass Deserts again. I was looking for an excuse to get them and take some photos,  last time my camera decided it had enough and turned itself off.

My Trio were….

We had a lovely meal and thoroughly enjoyed our food along with the waiter service that we experienced.

We said goodbye and went for a wander.

Christmas time means that Fenwicks window in Newcastle is on display, and believe it or not, I had never been to see it.

Mark didn’t take much persuading, so we had a wander down to have a look at what magic had been created.

It was so cold, but I love Beatrix Potter and the window was simply beautiful for anyone, let alone a Beatrix Potter fan. (I must admit I am not sure how Beatrix Potter ties in to Christmas but it was fabulous to see). I will let you make your mind up from the photos.

       

A lovely night was had by both of us and we can not wait until the next one. I would love to think we could get an overnight babysitter for the next one and maybe go away for the night……..we shall see.

To learn more about Bella Italia you can visit the website or their Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

Until the next time……

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