KAFFEEHAUS AMADEUS RE-LAUNCH

Good evening beautiful souls,

FirstlyΒ  I would like to apologise for not posting anything on Sunday evening, however I have a very valid reason – and this is why:

The Kaffeehaus Amadeus Re-launch

Kaffeehaus Amadeus is my dad’s amazing Austrian/German coffeehouse in Lanchester, County Durham. After Christmas we shut for 2 months for a big refurb and this past weekend it was finally time to reveal our lovely new look!

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We had events on all weekend, from a Coffee Workshop, Viennese Afternoon Tea, Evening Glow with a Feuerzangenbowle (which is a rum punch that is set alight) and a musical affair on Sunday with our in-house quintet Quintessential Voices. The new interior went down well with all the guests and it was lovely to finally see many of our regulars enjoying our coffee and cakes again.

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If you haven’t heard of our little gem of a cafe you really need to visit. Come experience something quaint, exquisite and different. I know this is a biased review but I am proud of what my dad has achieved. Being different and bringing a piece of our heritage to this little cafe in Lanchester is what is important to us. We prize ourselves on an atmosphere of GemΓΌtlichkeit and believe we offer the best coffee in the North East, prising ourselves on our fresh single origin bean V60 brew! There are numerous beans to pick from and lovely loose leaf teas if you’re not quite a coffee fan. We offer light lunches ‘Jause’ style all on homemade bread of course as well as soups and salads. Everything is homemade on site from the famous Viennese Sachertorte to our scrumptious German Kasekuchen!

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And if that isn’t enough to persuade you to come and try a lice of Vienna on your doorstep, we have the wonderful Anna our professional chocolatiere creating all her heavenly handmade truffles at the cafe!

So please come and say hi and take your taste buds on a journey!

Love Carina xo

DURHAM LUMIERE

Good evening beautiful souls,

On Thursday the Durham Lumiere began. It is the UK’s biggest light festival and works with different artists to bring various light displays to the centre of Durham. The Lumiere is a four day event drawing in people from all over England to come and see the light festival. This is the Lumiere’s 4th year and it’s the first time I have been!! I was only at uni in Sunderland, so just up the road really, so I don’t know why I never bothered to come home to Durham to see the previous Lumieres I realise now I totally missed out!

So I was very excited to finally go and see all the light installations! I went with my housemate Jessica and we walked around for a good 2hs; I absolutely loved it! We only saw about half of the Lumiere and I’m gutted I didn’t go back another day to see the rest, but Sunday after work I was just far too tired to go out into the cold again.

Anyway, here are the things we went to see:

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Did anyone else go and see the Lumiere? What were your thought’s on it?

Love Carina xo

MINI GETAWAY – DESTINATION ALNMOUTH

Good evening beautiful souls,

At the beginning of the week I was away in Alnmouth, a beautiful village on the seafront. It is my dads 50th this November and he’s celebrating early with his brothers, sister, their spouses and his mum who have all flown over from Germany so they can enjoy a weeks holiday together in Alnmouth. I could sadly only visit for three days as I had to work, but I did enjoy three days with my extended family. I took the train up on Monday and on Wednesday we all drove down back to Durham together so the family could see our hometown. Although short it was so lovely in Alnmouth; I am already missing it. Anyway the coastal scenery is just so beautiful there I just had to share some photographs with you.

On Monday we went to Bamburgh a short drive up the coast from Alnmouth, for a lovely walk at the beach, although it was so windy the sand whipped around our legs in a bit of a sandstorm.

The next morning the sun was rising over the beach and I enjoyed my breakfast with a view. The living room window had a lovely window seat looking out onto Alnmouth beach and it was the most peaceful breakfast I have had in a long time – breakfast goals on point!

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After breakfast I went for a walk at the beach with my dad which was lovely as the sun continued to shine. The weather was just fab!

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Later on in the day we went to the Alnwick Gardens where we had booked to eat lunch in the tree house in which is just so cute and quaint. The food was amazing and we all enjoyed ourselves. I sipped on my favourite Rose Lemonade, had a terrine for starters and pork belly with broccoli and apple mash for mains which was just scrumptious!

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After our meal in the tree house I walked to Barter Books in Alnwick. It is one of the cutest bookshops I have ever been to. A large building filled with secondhand books, antiques and first editions. One can really spend half a day here browsing through all the books. If you are ever in Northumberland I totally recommend you take the time to visit this quaint bookshop. There is a little cafe for refreshments and chairs to sit and read in oh and there are some CD’s and DVD’s too, but only a small section. As far as I am aware you can also exchange books, as in if they don’t already have certain books you can trade them.

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On Tuesday evening we continued family time and had a lovely night reflecting on the past by looking at old photos which was cute.

Well that sums up my mini getaway in Alnmouth; thanks for reading! Also I’d love to know if you have ever been in Bamburgh, Alnmouth or Alnwick, so please do let me know!

Love Carina xo

FESTIVAL BLUES

Good morning beautiful souls,

This past weekend I was dancing away on a field with views of the sea at the Lindisfarne Festival. It’s only Wednesday today and I’m already feeling those festival blues! I had such a great time and wanted to share my experience of this beautiful little festival with you.

After seeing the forecast predict rain on our arrival, we were so happy it was wrong and we could pitch our tent in dry grass whilst watching a beautiful sunset.

After a relaxed breakfast we joined in on the friday morning yoga session and gave our limbs a good wake-up.

Post yoga it was time to get our festival faces on, gems and glitter at the ready!

We spent the afternoon exploring, listening to various artists, soaking up the sun and sipping on rose lemonade gins (one of my all-time favourite gin drinks). There were some cute stalls and I treated myself to a really beautiful 3 tiered dreamcatcher in coarse multicoloured thread! Best purchase ever!

When we came back for dinner we found someone had annoyingly planted their tent right in front of our entrance making space for their giant gazebo and tents, but completely stealing our outdoor space! We mumbled and grumbled, then once out of our system we cooked some yummy stirfry for dinner and watched another stunning sunset.

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We only had two specific acts we wanted to see that night, Bryde and The View. Bryde was amazing! She has a beautiful voice and I loved her song. We said hi afterwards and I bought her two EP’s, I love supporting smaller artists!

Next we wandered over to end the night with The View. The tent was a lot more packed for this gig, but I enjoyed it, although Bryde was definitely my highlight artist all weekend!

On Saturday morning we were awake early and after a healthy breakfast decided to make the most of another gorgeous day and popped over onto holy island for a quick walk before the tide closed.

Once back at the festival we made lunch, popped open a bottle of prosecco, snacked on olives and poppadoms and threw the dice around trying to beat each other at Yatzi, it was a perfect afternoon.

Lunch was followed by more wandering around the festival, listening to some spoken word and stand up comedy, having a sway to country music and again soaking up more of that beautiful sunshine that stayed with us all weekend!

When the sun began it’s decent we decided to eat out that evening and treated ourselves to a yummy burger with fries. Afterwards we bumped into a friend of mine who I used to work with on holy island and we invitedher and her friend back to our tent for some more drinks. Once it was dark we headed back to the arena and had a good dance in a haybale circle that was firing out some beats!

It was the final night so the headliners were The Fratellis and we even got a great place half way through their set, although it did mean getting pushed and kicked about once Chelsea Dagger came on and a mosh pit almost started aha.

After the last gig we stayed warm by the fire for a while before heading to bed at around 12.30 again – aha yes I know we’re old grannies!

Well, that’s a wrap! Lindisfarne festival was amazing! I can’t wait to see what next year’s festival brings!!!

Love Carina xo