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The Ivy Restaurant And Bar – Round Two.


It’s my birthday tomorrow and James took me to The Ivy at the weekend to celebrate. We went this time last year; so we’ve now decided to make it a bit of an annual event for my birthday. (This time it took 8 weeks of desperately trying to get dinner reservations! AND we booked 2 months in advance! CRAZY). We had the most amazing meal, I just had to share!

To start I had the Buffalo mozzarella with foccacia, crushed broad bean pesto and vine tomatoes. While James had the grilled squid, chorizo and parsley salad. For mains I had Cornish lamb with sweetbreads & broad bean fricassée. I have to say, the lamb is served pink – this is the most amazing lamb I’ve ever ever aten. Absolutely amazing. I might also add, until I went back onto The Ivy website, I believed my lamb was served on a bed of Fois Gras… I just googled ‘sweetbreads’ and found this definition on Wiki. MENTAL. James had a rib eye steak, which has to be the biggest steak I’ve ever seen! It was huuuuuge! And beyond tasty! This came with a side of fries.

We then had an espresso each before squaring up the bill… Then we moved into The Ivy bar and had a round of cocktails.

Absolutely 5 star food with 5 star service. Brilliant. I can’t wait to go again next year! See you then The Ivy!

The Ivy restaurant - Take Two.

Cocktail O'clock at The Ivy bar.

James and a lovely Whiskey Sour.

Chanel-lo and a Mojito.

Chanel-lo, JudyPink and a Mojito!

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BUY THIS APPLE POWERBOOK G4 12″ LAPPIE AND HELP US MOVE!!



Obviously selling this lovely little lappie to finance our move to Londres (goodness me how time flies!). We’re actually upping roots in 3 weeks! EEEK. and STILL we need the dollar to move… so please bid generously!

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Other Features:

Speakers, Mic, Bluetooth, Firewire, x2 USB2, Modem, Network Card, DVI


Selling due to upgrade.

The laptop has a few minor scratches on the exterior metal due to unavoidable wear. The only other small problem is that the processor fan is quite loud, although I have replaced it with a new fan, which reduced the noise somewhat, this does not effect the performance of the computer at all.

Any questions? send me an email!

Thank you!

Ms. Judy Pink.

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We need money for moving to London! So look at this!




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James literally bought this XBOX 360 Arcade console for the latest and greatest Grand Theft Auto release. He also bought Grand Theft Auto seperately. He’s selling both together as a neat package on eBay. He has completed GTA and subsequently has no need for this XBOX now (we’re not console players, apart from the Wii, but that doesn’t count!) So yeah, its ACTUALLY brand new!!

So please please PLEASE help us in our funding for our big bad move to the big bad smoke!

Clearly this package is well sought after, still! So get you bidding guns at the ready! [Please pass on the details of this auction to your family/friends/related parties! Thanks!]

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Thank You.


Thank you for my 10,000+ views. I enjoy the fact that people message me and ask me questions; and that indeed, my blogs are being read:) BUT please do comment on my blogs themselves too! I’d love to hear your thoughts; and perhaps create some sort of forum for discussion if the blog has interested you aswell:)

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London Wednesday 13th Feb-Friday 15th Feb.


Well well well, I will begin with saying that I will NEVER, EVER EVER, EVER, get on another Megabus in my life… even if my life depends on it!

– The Megabus, A.K.A the ‘HellBus’.

WEDNESDAY 13TH FEB.

After 10 minutes, Jennifer and I were ready to cry… then we were ready to get off the bus at Scotch Corner and either WALK home and hitch a ride. The bus didn’t stop at Scotch Corner in the end, so we decided to just see how far we could get. We were sad, and I thought the man sat on my right was an actual mental. He was erratic, RUDE, constantly twitching, constantly grunting, constantly ‘checking something’ in side his rucksack. hmmm. My thoughts exactly. SO after Wakefield, Jen and I got a seat together, she slept the rest of the way… I did not. THEREFORE, I had been awake exactly 24 hours by the time we got to Victoria Station. SHATTERED does not cut it!

We met Kelly at Liverpool St,then headed to South Kensington so I could head to LFW!

-Outside the BFC EXHIBITION Tent.

-My London Fashion Week ACTUAL Pass!!!!! 😀

I must admit, I was slightly disappointed with what I found, I think I would have been more open minded had I had SOME sleep! For September, I will definitely have my placement sorted, and will definitely gain more experience and knowledge! and get more pictures! damn pass!

-Two interesting Gypsy girls. Poseurs springs to mind;o

-Homelessness on the streets of Kensington.

I was truly mystified and saddened by the contrast of the 100 meters between what was going on at the Natural History Museum and outside the V&A.

As Kelly lives off Brick Lane we wandered down the amazing street a few times a day. We passed the Rough Trade shop and found this…

The Banksy Car🙂 I was best impressed. I’m an avid Banksy fan.

THURSDAY 14th FEB – Valentines Day.

Jennifer and I did some touristy things, I took her to visit the Queen for instance… and Hamleys was a barrel of laughs. We had then planned in drinks in Soho and off to Smash and Grab… however, after queuing for over an hour in -10 temperatures, we sacked it off in order to find some bars. We ended up in one bar, we ended up with a few randoms… trying to pull, with it being Valentines an’ all. I just flashed my ring though:) bonus! Then we had a guy come over, who was convinced I was Pixie Geldof. hilarious! We didnt correct him. I couldnt tell if it was a compliment or not…?? I cant say we look all that much alike to be honest!

can you spot a resemblance? at all?! nah, me neither!

We had wine and CHAMPAGNE bought for us!

Then we went to G-A-Y…. but for some reason you need a membership? who knows. We were ready for our beds anyway!

FRIDAY 15TH FEB.

We over slept majorly. I had a bad hangover… and well, we needed to prepare for our dreaded journey back! The journey back was horrendous. My ipod ran out of battery… I couldnt get any radio stations on my phone…i felt too sick to read my magazines and there was a group of school children who were from a special needs school. so again, i did not sleep. not a wink. Got back to Newcastle at 11pm, and walked home. James surprised me with a dozen roses when I got home:)

Then well, if you read my previous blog, you’ll know what happened next! Bloody As You Like It, horrendous.

For now…

Ms. Judy Pink.

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Our bitter disappointment at As You Like It and a rubbish evening….


Before I carry on from my previous blog, and the fact I got back from London 2 days ago, I MUST tell all about our ‘run in’ with As You Like It in Jesmond (although its blatantly Sandyford and they just want to sound posh), Newcastle.

We have been visiting As You Like It for around 8 months and have left with a beaming smile and a very full belly everytime. As You Like It as a restaurant is very very special, the interiors are amazing, and the food is spectacular (all local produce). The food and drinks are expensive, but the atmosphere is beyond anything you’ve experienced before, so its usually well worth the trek and entering with a full purse.

Like with the majority of restaurants, anywhere in the country, perhaps the world, you cannot book a table for less than a party of 6 people. Even though we know this, when we’ve been previously we’ve tried booking a table, especially when we’ve had family up, but As You Like It have always said ‘sorry but we cant accept reservations for less than 6′. Even last time James’ mum and dad visited for a special meal, I rang and they STILL wouldn’t accomodate a table of 4, and just said to ‘come along and we’ll sort you out when you arrive’. AND THAT WAS A SUPER BUSY DECEMBER SATURDAY EVENING… we STILL got a beautiful table after waiting around 30 minutes… and that was at about 8:30pm, so clearly it was really busy.

SO this Saturday (16th Feb), we obviously didn’t try and book a table, but got to the restaurant at 7pm! SUPER EARLY to make sure we could get a table at some point in the evening… we didn’t mind having to sit at a table in the bar and drink until a table was made available either. But we got to the front entrance and were greeted by ‘kerry’, who told us we were not getting a table without a reservation! I WAS MORTIFIED. She reckoned that you could book a table, any time of the day, any day of the week, for ANY AMOUNT OF PEOPLE, and she also reckoned that had been commonplace for “around 6 months”; which was a blatant lie. She was unaccommodating, and unhelpful. She did not offer us a seat at the bar to wait and frankly, her service was below par. James suggested us coming back in an hour or so, or waiting around, but she held her reservations clipboard close to her chest and shuck her brassy blonde hair at us. RUDE.

SOOOOO… i called up As You Like It about 20 mins later and asked if there would be any tables available later in the evening, she said there would be a few tables available in the Cabaret Lounge, but these seats were not even offered to us at the time of our visit. Making us even more angry, and to be honest, upset. All i’ve been thinking about the past few weeks is “i cant wait to go for our special meal at As You Like It!”, and now all I want to do is ruin their reputation if i’m honest! We’ve talked non-stop to our family, friends, and even the general public about how amazing the restaurant, food, interiors and the ‘service’ is. Now i just feel a bitter resentment to the restaurant, and indeed the “Vibrant Ventures” chain.


So we were starving at this point, having only had scrambled eggs on toast and a bottle of bucks fizz alllllll day. We couldn’t get a taxi, it was absolutely beyond freezing, and by the time we finally got into town, most places were fully booked. We ended up at Prima on the Quayside… we got a table after 20 mins, so we were like ‘PHEW!’. The table we were given was next to the door, and with people in and out smoking, it was FREEZING. I kpet my coat on because I was that cold. We finally got another table just opposite, it was still cold, but bareable. We had our starter, then our main came. I’d ordered Sirloin Steak Al Pepe, and James had ordered Sirloin Steak Dianne. However, James’ was correct, but I was given 2 SMALL, may I add, medallions, which were also £5 more expensive. The foreign waitress took the dish away and said my new steak would be ten mins or so…(since when did steak take more than 5 minutes anyway!??) so James had to eat his as it was going cold so quickly… we had no apology at all, just lots of stares from other waiters and the manager! horrendous. After such a shit evening all we wanted was the bill, but everyone kept walking by, it was left to the chef behind the pizza oven to shout a waitress over! THEN we get the sodding bill and we were charged for the medallions! FURIOUS. After eventually squaring up the CORRECT bill, and still without an apology we left without leaving a tip.

I am now in the process of writing a strongly worded letter to As You Like It. I probably sound really petty about it, and it shouldnt have ruined our night like it did…. but it was a special occasion, and we were given appalling service, PLUS we were LIED TO! you never know, we might actually get something out of it;o fingers crossed anyway! ha.

Ms. Judy Pink.

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