Friday Night Fun!

Matt hasย had 6 weeks off rugby training for the Summer, and as much as I have enjoyed having him all to myself, I must admit I have been missing our big group meet up’s and night’s out! (Shh don’t tell him that!)

We knew our friend Dan (who we met up with in New York) would be playing the Piano at Urban Nine, a local wine bar. So we thought this would be the perfect excuse to get everyone together for a fun night out, before the craziness of rugby begins again in a few weeks time!

The evening started as a bit of a manic one. It took me ages to get home from work due to bad traffic, the weather was hot and stuffy so my hair was a bit of a frizz ball and I was a sticky mess (nice!), we then had some people over to look at some work we want doing to our house, but they ended up looking and chatting forever (more on house progress another time!) and so by the time I actually got a chance to start getting ready it was already gone 7pm and Emily & Sam we’re coming over at 7.30pm so we could head to the bar together.

Due to Matt only taking roughly 5 minutes to get ready, he kindly cooked a couple of pizzas for us and poured me a chilled glass of white. While I frantically showered, attempted to straighten my hair in the heat, applied minimal make up and finally threw clothes around the room trying to find something to wear. This was the end result:

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Skinny white jeans, my new fluffy black strappy sandals and a very summery printed vest top, not exactly matching but hey I liked it!

Em and Sam had obviously already arrived by this point, so I quickly joined everyone in the lounge, took a large sip of my drink and then attempted to paint my nails while eating pizza! Bit of a fail oops!

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^^ Em & Sam โค

Finally ready to go ๐Ÿ˜‰ we grabbed a cab and Em and I realised how matchy matchy we were! ๐Ÿ™‚ Great minds and all that!

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Urban Nine is a small piano bar, situated above it’s sister Urban Kitchen. Kitchen being open in the day as a cafe and Nine being open at night as a bar.

Luckily we had reserved an area as there were quite a few of us and with the venue being quite small tables fill up fast! Our tables were in perfect view of Dan on the piano, whereas the other tables are around the corner in the bar area.

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As it was still pretty hot and I was in a holiday kind of mood, I decided to go for a frozen strawberry daiquiri as my first drink and it didn’t disappoint, full of flavour and just what I needed to cool off. Matt then kindly brought bottles of prosecco to share, before we had another look at those cocktails! They have a large choice and they are all delicious.

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^^ Girls group shot! I can’t remember what those lethal green looking cocktails were but they were very sour and soo good!

As the night went on Dan had the whole place singing and dancing and the atmosphere was buzzing. It could have been those cocktails though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dan is an amazing Pianist but also a great all round entertainer, he isn’t just going to sit in the corner and play quietly, he likes to put on a show and he is so much fun! He even encouraged people to join him sing and he happily took requests.

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^^ Dan in action

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^^ White jeans were clearly the way to go

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^^ Andrew joining Dan for a song

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^^ Dan’s lovely wife, Sarah & I

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^^ Just a couple of the rugby boys, posing for a picture ๐Ÿ˜‰

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^^ and Andy taking his posing to the next level!

Unfortunately, after a good few hours of listening to Dan play and sing, catching up with friends, dancing, singing and attempting to try all the cocktails, a DJ takes over and plays the usual chart music for the rest of the night.

Which is when Em, Megs and I decided it would be a good idea to do a few shots of tequila Rose;

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From then on the night is a little bit of a blur, but a good blur! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Cheers Guys and Girls and here’s to the next one, and if any of you are ever in Reigate I would def pop into Urban Nine for ย a cocktail or 2 or 3…

Love, Chloe xx

Bye Chicago – Hello NYC!

Friday morning started early, finishing our last minute packing and saying goodbye to Jason and Christina.

This was emotional, well for us girls anyway! I hadn’t seen Christina for 9 months and now our 6 days together, which we had both been looking forward to for soo long had just flown by. They were a lot of fun, but had made me realise just how much fun we used to have together and how much I miss her back home! She is most definitely my partner in crime!

Jason will be popping back to the UK in September for a friend of our’s wedding, however Christina couldn’t get the time off work which is a real shame. I don’t know how American’s deal with the lack of holiday days it’s just crazy! They will, however both be back over the Christmas period, so I really hope we get a chance to catch up with them properly again then.

After lots of hugs and tearful goodbyes, they left for work and Matt and I had a quick breakfast before getting a cab to the airport. I know I should have been happy, as I was heading off to NYC for the weekend, however I still felt sad that our time in Chicago was at an end and I was leaving one of my best friends behind.

I’m not a great fan of flying, especially in smaller planes that you use for shorter journeys, I just think that you can feel everything more. If that makes any sense at all ha. So to me our 2 hour long flight, felt like forever, and I just wanted to get off. To make matters worse we seemed to constantly be in cloud which made the plane a little bumpy again something I hate. Maybe I was just in a bad mood still from breakfast, but I just wanted to be in New York already!

We finally landed, grabbed our suitcases and jumped in a cab outside. The sun was shining brightly, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky and it was hot. This made me very happy!! Sunglasses on and taking in the new sights, sounds and smells of NYC I felt like I was truly on holiday. Unfortunately we had landed smack bang in the middle of Friday afternoon rush hour traffic, so it took us nearly 2 hours to get to Times Square! But I was just excited about what the weekend had in store for us!

We stayed at The W Hotel on Times Square and were greeted by super friendly and helpful doormen who took our luggage. I was in awe of the hotel right from the start. Take a look at the 360 degree water fountain in the hotel lobby!

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The dรฉcor is ultra modern and the staff are friendly and helpful and check in was a breeze. We had a room on the 28th floor, overlooking M&M World and Hershey’s World (see pics below)

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The room was also pretty spacious for a NY hotel as I know some can be tiny! We had a large long wardrobe, a big double bed, plus a sofa under the window. Then the bathroom had a large double shower, toilet and sink area. The shower head however was a little low for Matt who is 6ft 6! It was one of those which was fixed on the wall so you couldn’t move it, but he seemed to manage OK in the end! We quickly unpacked, freshened up and then headed out to meet friends for dinner.

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We walked into Rosa Mexicano (Union Square) and headed straight to the bustling bar and ordered 2 mojitos. I loved the atmosphere, everyone seemed to be excited it was the weekend. The place was packed, full of friends catching up, couples on date nights and many groups who had come straight from work. The Mexican music also made me want to start dancing the night away. We found a table to perch on and waited for our friends to arrive.

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First up was Andrew, also known as Kiwi, Matt had met him on Bruce’s stag do, but I was yet to meet him. He works with Bruce in NY and seemed a really nice, down to Earth kind of guy. Then Phil arrived with his girlfriend Jess. Phil went to uni with Matt, however now lives in LA with Jess. I have met Phil many times and he is a good laugh and fun to have on a night out. This was the first time Matt and I were meeting Jess, but she seemed really sweet and also up for a fun night!

We ordered more cocktails and then headed to our table. The cocktails were really good and you could tell they use all fresh ingredients, but be prepared they are pretty strong! They also do a mojito made with Tequila, known as a Mojito de Coquito, if you fancy trying something a little different!

40cfd53b9aac5ba428bc85b5e266066c_full_sizeWe ordered some nachos and guacamole dip to share to start. This was made freshly at our table by a chef who could slice avocados so quickly, I was scared he was going to lose a finger! It was delicious though and very hard to stop eating it all!!

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Even though the whole place was super busy, it had a really relaxed vibe and we were never rushed into ordering food, it felt like they were more interested in making sure you were having a good time and experience. I loved this, however this did mean drinking quite a few cocktails before our food was served! ๐Ÿ˜‰

In all honesty I can’t remember what everyone ate for dinner and I was too tipsy by this point to take photos, apologies. But the food was really good! For dessert we shared the churros which melted in your mouth and came with a variety of dips. We also decided to end dinner with a shot of tequila. Have you seen the size of American shots?! Crazy! At least twice the size of ours! eek. With full bellies and an excited tipsy feeling we headed to a bar to meet up with everyone else.

From then on the night is a bit of a blur, I don’t know what bar we went to but it was cosy and played good music. We met up with Bruce and Erin whose wedding celebrations we had come over for and we were introduced to all their family and friends. All I remember was, a lot of toasts, a lot of shots and being introduced to fireballs.

Fireballs are shots of cinnamon whisky I believe (please correct me if I’m wrong!) These don’t seem to be big in the UK yet but I’m sure they will be soon! I actually noticed a bottle of this in Sainsburys this week! So it’s coming ha. These shots are lethal! I loved the taste, I think I described it as Christmas in a shot haha, I love anything cinnamon. However after a couple, along with other shots and drinks, I had gone from being tipsy to full blown drunk and then I don’t remember the rest of the night or getting back to our room. Oops. It must have been a good one though! Needless to say I was a little bit ill when we got back to our room. I don’t think I’ll be having fireballs again in a hurry!!

Love, Chloe xx