Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Hottest Ticket in Town - Cardiff Blogging....

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Greetings dear readers. As I sit nursing a rather delicate head, memories of last night bring a smile to my face. Good food, good company and good music made for a great new year opener. We booked, many months back, a table at Pier 64 in Penarth Marina. A fairly regular haunt of ours so we knew it would be good. It didn't disappoint ....


Friends dressed in their finest clobber, smiles all around and the evening kicked off perfectly with a champagne cocktail. I love the contemporary feel of this place. It's the perfect size which makes it feel friendly and intimate, even when surrounded by strangers. The service is great and the 9 course menu (yes 9) was both varied and delicious ....


There was not a lot left on the plates. There was live, ear splitting, music and at the strike of 12 hugs and kisses all around ....



Not everyone lasted the distance :-) I know how she feels.  As I gazed out of the window into the darkness, fireworks in the distance and the twinkling lights on one of the boats reflecting in the water, I wondered what 2013 would bring. I have a good feeling ....



Happy 2013 dear friends!

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  1. Dear Di,

    Looks to have been a most wonderful time and your shot of the reveler laid out the banquette is priceless, wish not to think about the number of times I have struck such a poise :-o

    Wishing you and yours all the most splendid of everything in the coming year, fun, laughs, wild abandon frivolity…

    Now for your current delicate condition, I’m all for a Bloody Mary, hmm??? Go on …. – gary

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    1. I have always fancied Bloody Mary's Gary, but never tempted enough to try one. For my mind anything with tomato juice as an ingredient, the dish, glass, should be served hot, preferably with a spoon and meat thrown in :)
      I will stick with my gin and tonic one the sun is over the yard arm!

      Happy New Year honey.
      Glad to have you in my life.
      Di
      xxxx

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  2. All my best wishes for a very good, healthy and
    HAPPY NEW YEAR, Dianne!

    It looks like you had a wonderful and joyful start to 2013, surrounded by friends, family and just simply happy people!

    Warmes greetings from the Périgord,
    karin

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    1. How lovely to see you Karin.
      Hope your celebrations were great. Usually our New Year's Eve's are a fairly quiet affair. There were times during the evening, when the music was so loud, that we had decided to keep it quiet. That and the fact that we could have spent the week in the Perigord for the cost of the event may be the deciding factor on what we do next year.

      It was fun and a once in a lifetime thing though - great fun!
      Happy New Year.
      Great to have found you this year.
      Much Love
      D
      xxxx

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  3. Een heel goed en vooral gezond 2013 !!!.......

    Bedankt voor je liefde en vriendschap van het afgelopen jaar......

    Ik ben zo blij met je !!......

    Liefs van mij....xxx..



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    A very good and healthy 2013 !!!......

    Thank you for your love and friendship over the past year........

    I'm so happy with you !!..........

    Love from me....xxx...

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    1. Ria darling,
      All that love coming right back at you!
      Hope your 2013 is happy.
      With Love!
      Di
      xxxx

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  4. Ti auguro un 2013 che inizi bene, prosegua come desideri e che termini con grandi soddisfazioni.
    Ti auguro di camminare su una strada chiamata vita, di inciampare in una pozza chiamata fortuna, di cadere in un abisso chiamato felicità.
    Ti auguro un amore sincero accanto a te che sappia comprenderti e guardarti nel cuore con amore per ciò che sei.

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    1. Giancarlo,
      Mi auguro felicità e salute doccia nel 2013.
      Grazie caro amico.
      Con amore
      Di
      xxxx

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  5. DI DEAR! I am sitting here with a huge smile on my face as I feel as if I was there with you. Last night was so special to me as you came to visit me....you were already done with this lively celebration when you came my way and I can only imagine the FUN YOU HAD! But yes, the head splitting feeling is being felt around the world today!!!! Oh how wonderful this restaurant must be! It reminds me very much of my life in Southern California where we frequented lovely restaurants on the water, and also in Boston Massachusetts as well where seaside dining was a normal but very festive part of our lives.

    2013 my dear Di will open its arms wide for you; you are creative, a go-getter and your taste for the beautiful will continue to soar! LOVE TO YOU DEAR ONE! Anita

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    1. Anita,
      It was great fun and I told you you were on my mind when I got home. I was wondering what you were doing on the other side :-)

      I am facing 2013 with open arms and expectations. It had better not let me down!
      Much love
      D
      xxxx

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  6. Happy New Year, Di! That 9 course dinner: F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!!! Now that's the way to celebrate, my friend :-) Cheers to 2013 ~ Loi

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    1. LOI,
      IT'S 2013 - YAHOO!!!
      Di
      Xxxxx

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  7. Happy New Year to YOU! I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time. Here's to more 2013 fun--blog and otherwise!
    Cheers! :)
    xo

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    1. I am with you there Elizabeth. I can't wait to see what Henny gets up to in 2013!
      Love coming your way across the pond.
      Di
      xxxx

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  8. Hello Di

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year. What a fabulous venue and the menu just fabulous. Hope you year s filled with many more great dinner parties

    Helenxx

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    1. Helen,
      What a delight to see your name here!
      Lots more dinner parties for 2013, sounds like a great idea.
      Here's hoping that 2013 is a special year for you Helen.
      Much Love!
      D
      xxxx

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  9. Dear Di, this brought a smile to my face, celebrations with dear friends and others, enjoying the revelry.....looks like too much fun! The menu looked delicious as well! Wishing you the very best for the coming year, N.xo

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    1. Hi Nella,
      Thanks for popping in to visit me. It was a fun evening and I dread to think how that poor woman felt the following morning!
      Di
      xxxx

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  10. Dianne! My goodness, thank you for the fun report! I loved the photos of the dish served and the dish devoured. hahahaha

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    1. Renae,
      I would have licked that plate had I not been in polite company :-)
      Happy New Year :-)
      Di
      xxxx

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  11. Hello Di!

    It looks like a wonderful night out with friends, the menu looks fabulous! I could do without the loud music though.

    I hope that 2013 is filled with so many wonderful adventures and blessings for you and your beautiful family.

    Take care, xx Elizabeth

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    1. Yes, I must admit, the LOUD music was the only down side. However, others seemed to enjoy it so it must be me :-)
      Hope your year has started well Elizabeth?
      Di
      xxxx

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  12. happy happy happiest of everythings!
    x

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    1. Thank you honey!
      Ditto right back to you :-)
      Di
      xxxx

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  13. Your New Years Eve looks like it was really fantastic.. everyone so happy and in their finest
    The menu looked and sounds great.
    All the Best Yonks..for 2013.

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    1. Hi Val,
      If I think about the food again, I start drooling. It's really embarrassing :-)
      Di
      xxxx

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  14. What a fun celebration Dianne and the food sounded great! As we're just back in the US from Torquay and going out was not in the cards with unpacking and jetlag! We built our first Winter fire in the hearth, I made lovely soup, and we popped a bottle of good bubbly, managing to stay awake for the stroke of midnight!

    I'm now packing for my trip to Antarctica - many days at sea ahead!

    Happy New Year - may this be a wonderful year for us all.
    Hugs - Mary

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    1. Hi Mary,
      Travelling is so trying, just sitting in one spot for 8 hours. I always lose the use of my legs when I eventually get going.
      I am sure your peaceful NYE was sublime!
      Enjoy your next trip. I can't wait to see what you get up to.
      Much love.
      Di
      xxxx

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  15. Looks like a great night!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Can't wait for next Christmas already. I love a good excuse to indulge :-)
      Di
      xxxx

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  16. What a beautiful (and chic) New Year's Eve celebration. Glad you didn't end up like the woman on the sofa!

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    1. Not this time at least. There have been times in the past when I have felt like that!
      Happy New Year Mitch.
      Great to know you!
      Di
      xxxxx

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  17. Live it up, you go through only once. Was the last photo your vision or just a shaky camera, Tee Hee,
    Happy New year and best of life to you.
    yvonne

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    1. Hi Yvonne,
      Although I was almost seeing double, that was camera shake, honest!
      It was a gooooooooood night :-)
      Happy New Year and love to you and yours.
      Di
      xxxx

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  18. I welcome 2013 with open arms. Happy New Year to you.

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  19. A very jolly start for you! We baby-sat grandchildren, which is not chic or glamorous, but is fun, and one's head feels superb in the morning :-)

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    1. You made a wise choice methinks.
      Happy new year x

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  20. What a lovely meal, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.
    A lovely walk in the chill damp Welsh air is almost as good, treat yourself again.

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    1. TSB
      You're back - great to see you.
      Happy New Year.
      Di
      XXXX

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  21. Happy New year Di
    Are you in those epics or do you remain totally anonymous like me? ( I don`t want to scare people!!)
    xxxxxxxxxxx

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  22. I meant pics not epics.....well you now what I mean!

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    1. Today, I am mostly being anonymous. There is a picture of me on the ABOUT page :-) I generally hate to see images of myself.
      Di
      xxxxx

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  23. Looks like a great night. I also have a very good feeling about the year ahead. Wishing you and yours all the best!
    Phyllis

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  24. A little late ... but a very Happy New Year to you. Looks like you had fun!

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  25. I am only about 14 days late!! :))
    Happy and Healthy New Year, dear friend!!
    I am so glad to see you welcomed it in with joy and festivity!
    Big hugs,
    - Irina (off to catch up with your new ones)

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