Brighton newcomer and trainee journalist, Lucy Maddox looks at our city through fresh eyes…
Being somewhat of a newbie to Brighton, having only moved here in September, I did not feel fully confident at playing host to some guests at the weekend.
Let’s get cultural…
The experience was a little surreal, and pretty chilly (I think they need to turn the heating on) but interesting nonetheless.
The interior seemed very over-the-top in its opulence and certainly not to my taste, but like any historic building it is interesting to glimpse into the homes and party pads of the rich and famous and get a sense of how they lived.
I had been keen for a long time to check out Foodilic, both because I had walked past several times and been tempted by the scrummy looking salads in the window, and I had heard rave reviews about this place.
Satisfied with the signage outside that informed us we could enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet for £6.95, we headed in.
Having ordered our drinks (I opted for a carrot & orange juice – yummy and good for you, a no brainer) we could then head down and pile our plates high with a selection of beef stew, chicken wings, mashed potato, sauteed potatoes, sweet potatoes and an array of ‘super food’ salads- what a dream – on a cold wintery day, this is just what the doctor ordered.
After this leisurely (and extremely filling) lunch, we were ready to head out and check out some of Brighton’s quirky shopping centre.
Let’s get sophisticated…
As it turned out, there was a special exhibition of work by Sherree Valentine, with Ms Valentine herself in attendance.
We were greeted with sparkling wine and encouraged to stay and enjoy the art.
It was very much my cup of tea, gorgeous oil paintings full of texture – not unlike Jack Vettriano in style, but softer and more feminine.
I gave myself a pat on the back, imagining that I had set up this event especially for my guests.
We have to check out the Pier…
As we walked along – stopping off for an obligatory photo where you stick you face in the hole so it looks like you are a fat lady in a bikini – we were serenaded by the Happy Birthday song blasting out of the speakers for about 10 minutes (I am assuming someone was having a birthday party in the arcade!!?) before being given yet more free entertainment when we saw a small murmuration of starlings.
My guests happen to be bird lovers, so once again I passed this off as a special treat just for them – cheers, Brighton.
The day was drawing to a close now, getting dark as it does at about 4.30pm, so we headed back into town to grab a shot of tea.
Every time you visit this fine establishment they are offering samples of different flavoured teas and I always enjoy trying them all.
And now goodbye…
A good time was had by all.