Friday, December 27, 2013


with no dishes to wash!

Would it surprise you if I told you that in all my years of existence, I have never cooked a Christmas dinner; I’m not in any hurry to change this either! The tradition is that I either go to my parents for the big day or the family and I treat ourselves to Christmas dinner at a restaurant; the latter is what we did this year. We booked ourselves a table at Birmingham’s Hotel Du Vin restaurant: a beautiful, ornate, early Victorian, red brick building in the city centre, which has kept all of its original features.

Having watched my mum and aunties slave over a hot stove on previous Christmas mornings and then have to  play host to a bunch of overly merry family members and then load the dishwasher, then unload, and then reload it again, I really don’t understand why we don’t opt to go to a restaurant every year. Well, I guess there is the price; they certainly add a substantial supplement to the price during the festive period, but it’s only once a year as a family treat so we can almost justify that. The other disadvantage is that once you are stuffed as a turkey, you have then got to get up, walk to the car and drive home, instead of falling asleep in front of the Queen’s speech on TV.

I sneaked a few camera snaps at the dinner table - how disrespectful, I know – of some of the delicious food. I’m such a foodie and everyone kept reminding me that I’m a nutritionist, but on Christmas day, I'm a firm believer that CALORIES DON’T COUNT! However, by the 27th December I'd usually recommend you should be resuming your normal healthy eating regime.

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you good health, lots of happiness and prosperity for the new year - see you on the other side.


Later x


  1. Looks like you had a lush Xmas! Yes the main reason is the price isnt it? Costs a bomb xmas lunches even at the pubs...But I do like hotel du vin - they are so reliable and they have their routine down pat so must have been great. I also have never cooked xmas dinner but it doesnt look like we are missing out!! hope you having a great rest xx

  2. Hi Colleen! I'm really happy you had such a great time with your family!:) Yum, the restaurant looks like a perfect place for gourmets, every dishes are soo appetizing. I follow you, on Xmas day calories dont count!:) My dear, wish you a very happy New Year, lots of success, love, health and luck!:) Kisses and have an amazing weekend! xo

  3. Oh My, how not to stay hungry after these amazing photos!!!
    Happy Holidays!
    XOXO from Shanghai

  4. Loll @ 'with no dishes to wash'.

    The food looks super yummy!
    Now there's a rumbling in my tummy. Hehehe

  5. Hi Colleen, you was a few minintes quicker, i was in teh way to you. ;)

    The pictures looks like a fantastic evening with your family. Every dishes looks so yummi. A perfect christmas dinner.
    I wish you a great Year 2014.

  6. Hi dear Colleen, this is the perfect idea to go to a restaurant on Christmas! We did the same on the December, 25th, with my parents and it was delicious and no work for me :)

    Normally I would say I cook okay but somethings happens on Christmas Eve because in the last years each thing which we eat on this evening doesn´t taste very good. This year it was the same although I didn´t cook, we only took a fish plate from the fish monger but the fish wasn´t really good and the bread simply not eatable ... let´s see what happens next year with our Christmas Eve dinner :)

    Wish you some relaxing last days in 2013!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    International giveaway for your good figure

  7. WooAhooo!!! How fantastic..I love this idea of booking a restaurant for Christmas,Their food looks great and I love the traditional setting of the restaurant. Eye popping on that VWW bracelet Lurv it! I wish you posted your outfit.
    Happy holidays.

  8. Wowww.. Colleen, what a great snaps!!! I am so happy that you had (and have) a wonderful time with family! the food looks delicious!!
    Wishing you fun an amazing year, the best you had so far:)

    Have a great weekend,

  9. I love the cow creamer! Hahaha. It's a beautiful restaurant....and I'm afraid you ate too much! Haha. I did too and started slowing down yesterday. Still had a new year's eve party to go to, so there'll be drinking again, but I'm making up an excuse to leave as I'm back to work.

    Happy New Year Colleen! It's my pleasure to have met you online xxx

  10. Those are shots of SOME of the delicious food? There's more?? Now I'm really jealous... We were supposed to have a huge family lunch tomorrow but my mom got sick and now nobody gets to eat anything.:D Anyhow, food or not, we all have to make these last days of this year special, right? And have ourselves an amazing transition into the new one! I hope you get to do something fun with someone fun and that a fun-fulled year awaits you, dear!!

    See you on the other side indeed.;)

    1. And to answer to your cap question: Do swimming caps really work? No.:D Ok, they do, I dived in and the top of my head wasn't wet, but around the ears of course water leaked in. Still, that's better than not having it. I guess.:) But it was really unpleasant putting it on. And today I'm doing it all again.:D

      Happy Monday, dear!

  11. That was tempting lol

  12. Hi dear Colleen, thanks a lot for your nice and interesting comment!

    I wish you a wonderful New Year's Eve <3

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    International giveaway for your good figure

  13. Dear Colleen, I need to stop by instead. Wish you a very lovely evening, hope you have lots of fun and a great start of the new year. Happy 2014, may it be gorgeous, full of happiness and love!:) Many hugs! xo

  14. Have a super New year babes,Loads of joy,good health,happiness and more more money.
    Heart you.

  15. Christmas dinner at a restaurant sounds like a brilliant idea - I've never done it but I'd love to get it a go one day, the idea of not having any dishes to do after the meal is just too tempting! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and wish you all the best for 2014 :)

  16. Wow delicious post!!! Happy New Year, dear Colleen!!!
    my g+ and like for you!!!:)))

    Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

  17. Yummy!!!Happy New Year :)

  18. Well presented food! I am sure everything was delicious! I also never cooked a Christmas dinner and like you, I am not eager to change it :) Yesterday I thought of you, cause you are a nutritionist and I thought I should tell you I am slowly changing the way I eat, due to medical advice (I guess I told you). So yesterday I ate nectarines, lamb's lettuce, tomato (1 :), mushrooms... believe me, it's abnormal for me, but I need to do something good to my body! I wish you a great happy new year and if you ever go to the Bullring for a coffee, and want some small talk, just tell me :) denisesplanet com

  19. Beautiful! I have only spent Christmas dinner in a restaurant a few times, but I love my family's food too much to miss out. But, this is a great alternative and looks amazing! :-) Happy new year! /Madison


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