Sister Act

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There is a stereotype about sisters: you either hate your sister with a passion or she is your best friend. In my case the stereotype is true, the latter one that is: my sister is my bestie.

We try to have a ‘sister day’ at least once a month for a good catch up about the good things – and a rant about the bad things – that are going on in our lives. These occasions are also the ideal time to treat ourselves and try something new in the city: a new cafe for lunch, a new restaurant for dinner or a new bar for a drink. Today was sister day and what a fun one it was. We started out with a lush afternoon tea at Oscars Champagne Bar. We indulged in finger sandwiches, fresh scones with cream and jam and a fab selection of sweet treats – we both loved the divine chocolate and salted caramel brownie. The food was perfectly complemented with freshly brewed coffee served in a delicate China cup and an ice cold glass of prosecco. I am a huge fan of afternoon tea and this was definitely up there – it was reasonably priced, offered a brilliant, and more importantly tasty, selection of treats and we left feeling more than satisfied.

It was a nice day in Belfast, the sun was hiding but it was warm and dry so we decided our next stop would be The Dirty Onion for Prosecco & peach Bellini lollies which Gail, my sister, had spotted on the bar’s Facebook page. On the way, however, we spot a sign for Vandal, a new restaurant/bar/disco above White’s Tavern. Having heard good things about it on social media, we thought we would pop in to see what it was like for ourselves. It is a fun and colourful place with a mural on the wall jam packed with pop culture icons, from Darth Vader to ET. We ordered two Red Corvette cocktails, though there was also the option for boozy shakes as well as shots. As we waited on our drinks, we spotted a few tables being served their meals. The food looked so amazing we have already planned to go back for lunch! When our cocktails arrived, they were gorgeously presented and were the perfect concoction for a summer’s day: they were cold, flavoursome and so refreshing.

Our final stopped of the day was The Dirty Onion. It was packed with people enjoying a Saturday afternoon outside in the beer garden. We got our Bellini lollies and they were worth the adventure. They look like Calypso lollies and tasted just as good – these are now my summer must-have and at 77 calories a go, you don’t even need to feel guilty!

As our day came to an end, I have to say, I had a fabulous day trying new experiences. Belfast has so much on offer; brilliant venues and fabulous food and drink. With so much choice on offer, I think our wee city is a brilliant place to spend a fun filled Saturday afternoon with your bestie. Here’s to what we discover on our next sister’s day!

Posted: 4/6/2016

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