Finally, after almost a year, B and I went on a date! After last weeks post on Parenting Can Be Lonely, the timing of our date couldn’t be better. It’s so important to look after your relationship as well as the kiddies. Since time as a couple is now limited, every chance we get should really be jumped at but we’ll be the first to admit that we don’t take these golden opportunities. Luckily, for us, Star Trek: Beyond was just about to hit the cinema and as massive Trekkies, we pushed the parental guilt aside and scheduled the grandparents in for some much needed babysitting. Muchos Gracias! Our date was not without a few hiccups. We’re clearly quite rusty but it had its highlights too.
Star Trek: Beyond – Eeek Fangirl!
A has been forced into being a Star Trek fan since birth. Her first nappy bag was a Star Trek messenger bag. We loved it but as A got older, her clothes and nappies got bigger and somehow the bag got smaller. When the zip popped we were forced to buy an ordinary Mom style changing bag. Zip fixed, B inherited a bag for work and I was a smidge jealous that I didn’t bagsy it first!
Our first home photoshoot consisted of A being strategically placed in said bag at two months old. Ah yes, back when A could fit in the bag and rummage around!
We dropped a happy A at her grandparents. They were spending the day at the local street festival which, I’ll be honest, we were happy to avoid. Pulling off in the car, A waved enthusiastically at us, “Bye Mummy, Bye Daddy” – fantastic she’s happy, parental guilt be gone … and of course we’re all sad then that she doesn’t seem to miss us!
Regardless, we head to the cinema forgetting just how expensive the bloomin thing really is! We went to an early showing so there were no fancy deals for us to cheapen our date with. Of course we still buy the obligatory large popcorn and drink. I stupidly hold my popcorn wrong and spill a third of it on the floor right inside the screen doors. Phew no one saw. I kick as much as I can to the side so it’s not trod on – aren’t I nice.
I am useless at reviewing movies without spoiling something or other so I won’t review it in case you come back cursing me. All I will say is, if you’re a Star Trek fan, you won’t be disappointed. Chris Pine has literally become Kirk. Since the first installation of the series he’s morphed into the Captain with such ease and expertise. Zachary Quinto is again incredible as he delves deeper into the role of Spock. Karl Urban has managed to effortlessly pull off the quirk and dire pessimism of Bones. I could go on. The entire cast has taken the original Star Trek, honoured it with grace and kept its name and purpose alive.
The screenplay for Star Trek: Beyond was written by Simon Pegg and Karl Jung. We’ve been Pegg fans since the days of Spaced so again we’re biased, but the screenplay is perfect with its subtle nods to the late Leonard Nimoy, its inevitable quirky humour and one liners and as the story progresses, the tension and dramatics are intensely exciting. The production quality is again top notch and the Enterprise is just a marvel to see on the big screen.
Verdict 9/10 Star Trek: Beyond is awesome and I can’t wait for the fourth addition to the series!
With our tummies rumbling from the empty calorie salty cardboard, we head to the car. Walking out, I notice a cinema attendant with brush and scoop in hand clearing up my expensive popcorn fail. Yikes. Guilty.
Ordinarily, we would have stayed close by to have lunch, there are plenty of choices, but with the festival on we decide to go further afield. Rookie mistake.
Of course, there was also a street festival on in the next town over. For 45 minutes we drove around trying to find parking, getting stuck in lines of traffic and road rage with other exasperated drivers. Giving up, we parked miles away. But it afforded us the opportunity to stroll hand in hand through a park and chat a while so no real loss. Yep, readers, I held his hand a lot!
Scotch Bonnet – Satisfying Tummy Rumbles
Eventually, we made it to our destination. The Scotch Bonnet in Malahide, Co. Dublin – advertised as an Urban Cafe and Grill House. I read “hipster joint” into that and have a world of expectation – be that good or bad. We’re not one for trendy places. Give us the vintage Cafe Einstein Stammhaus in Kurfürstenstraße, Berlin and we’re happy to nestle under the shade, drinking strong coffee and watch the people go by. But we wanted to try somewhere new – and we weren’t in Berlin.
The Scotch Bonnet is nice. I think we’d have to go again to make a real judgement on it. Perhaps, at a less chaotic time. The street festival clearly had an impact on the service and I’m assuming they were busier than they expected for the day so I will give them the benefit of doubt with my minor thumbs down issues.
- I ordered Hickory BBQ Ribs – I love me some ribs! The meat literally slid of the bone and the sauce was sweet and sticky like a good bbq sauce should be. And you can’t beat a good side of coleslaw and chips. I really enjoyed the ribs and would order them again in a flash.
- The Ribs were served in a tray which I found mildly awkward but the high sides meant I didn’t end up with sticky sauce running down the side of the plate and on to my jeans. So that’s another win!
- B ordered a burger and chips. As a strictly meat man, he ordered the burger without salad or onions. Yikes, burger arrives with a head of lettuce and a gigantic buffalo tomato slice staring at poor Papa Bear! When this happens, B tends to grin and bear it and wait for the waiter to scarper off so he can scrape the rabbit food on to my plate which I obligingly eat or cover up. About twenty seconds into B looking forlornly at his burger, the waiter returns with an “oops we gave you the wrong burger,” swapping the two wooden chopping board ‘plates’. A sigh of relief from B as he double checks… and there sits the onions so he still has to ritually scoop them off the burger onto my plate. Needless to say, B doesn’t mind and demolishes the burger which was delish! Personally, I am mildly frustrated when a) the wrong food is delivered and b) the order isn’t right.
- The Dessert menu was on a rolling pin – I’m not entirely sure what to say about this… It’s a cute idea, albeit a smidge awkward and can I say unnecessary? I ordered Meringue which was nice but I have to admit nothing special. B ordered a Mocha Coffee instead of dessert, bypassing the sweets like a good Papa Bear.
- The staff were lovely at the Scotch Bonnet. Three different people looked after us and they were all happy and friendly. You can’t go wrong with good friendly service, yet B still had to ask for menus as we were sat without menus and possibly forgotten about. He also had go to the till to pay as we couldn’t get anyone’s attention to get the bill. Their smiles and apologies made up for our waiting.
- The restaurant is very family friendly, which despite being minus A, we appreciate as we know we can bring her here if we pop over again. The kids portion of chips and goujons was a great size and looked rather tasty – yes we were watching other peoples plates and checking out what else was on offer on the menu! And I just can’t help smiling at babies and toddlers at the table next to us. #mummyissues
- The decor was nice with some interesting wall art – you know how B and I like our wall art! They host parties at the Scotch Bonnet and I can see how it would be a nice venue for a get together or celebration. While the place was relatively small, I didn’t feel like we were sitting on top of any other table, and could freely talk in private which is what you want when you’re on an afternoon date!
- Lollipops and mints when you pay. So, mints are generally a worldwide thing and quite refreshing after a meal. But the lollipops were a god send! A was pretty tired on our drive home, so a quick surprise lollipop for the little one kept her awake at 6pm on the twenty minute drive home. God forbid she naps so close to bedtime! So, thank you for that Scotch Bonnet 🙂
- I was expecting the Scotch Bonnet to be a bit more quirky with slightly more inventive food. But again we only ordered two things off the menu and they were both rather nice. A lunch menu would have been good, but we didn’t see one at 3pm on a Saturday afternoon. In saying that, we were pleasantly full for the rest of day and enjoyed our lunch.
Verdict 7 /10 – I imagine we’ll go back with A some time in the future.
Home Ward Bound
In the car on the way home with a tired A, and a head-achy Mama Bear, I inform B that I would probably blog about our date. “Don’t make it too personal,” he says with a grin, “I don’t want to be reading online that I put out at the end of this date.”
Well, I’ll end it here so then 🙂
Thanks for reading! Where did you go on your last date with your other half?
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