LUNCH AT THE FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ISTANBUL

Lunch At Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

To celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary Mr Rock Bakehouse and I went to Istanbul for a long weekend.  A lot of people rave about it and we were looking for somewhere that we hadn’t been to before but would also warm in June.  We got a great deal on BA holidays and flew out on the first flight on a Friday to make the most of the weekend.

I love getting recommendations from people who have been to places as my pet hate is wandering around trying to guess and avoid the really touristy places.  Some friends recommended The Four Seasons Hotel and although it looked swanky we thought it would be great for lunch on our anniversary.  So after climbing the Galata Tower (and rushing around as I was petrified being on a balcony high up about the city) we took a taxi to the hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

Just outside the main attractions of Istanbul the Four Seasons is close to other upmarket hotels (and miles from our quirky little hotel!).  A beautiful entrance with amazing flowers welcomed us and we were led to the large terrace where there were various tables and sofas.  Obviously the front row tables were taken but we were pretty happy with a sofa table enjoying the view and surroundings.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

I decided to start off with a lemonade with fresh mint which came beautifully presented in a science style beaker and the amazing thing was that there was so much of it.  Really refreshing and didn’t leave that furry funny aftertaste that some fresh lemonades can leave.

We then opted for a meze (when in rome and all that!) which again came nicely presented and tasted amazing.  The hummus was delicious, the aubergine potato and tomato salad was really fresh and the lamb meatballs were little balls of BBQ goodness.  What was even better was that for the first time in Istanbul we got really nice flat breads rather than old toasted baguette, which we seemed to get everywhere else we went to!

Lunch At Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

Finally I decided to go for dessert and had a pistachio roulade with vanilla cream and fruit puree topped with fresh berries which was so so good!  Really light and fresh and a perfect dessert for a hot summers day.

Lunch At Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

The hotel is beautiful and yes you could be pretty much anywhere with a nice view but the food was great, service was also very friendly and I would definitely go back in a flash!

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

Lunch At Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul

For further information: Four Seasons Istanbul At Sultanhamet

BLOOM & WILD FLOWERS BY POST

Bloom & Wild Flowers In A Box Post

I love fresh flowers and if I could have flowers in every vase and jar in my house every day I would.  However, I don’t, but I do buy them often and my lovely husband aka Mr Rock Bakehouse also buys them for me ‘just because’ which is great.  For my birthday I got some beautiful flowers delivered from Bloom & Wild a new company which I had seen online that deliver flowers via post in a nifty box that fits through your post box.  What I didn’t know is that my Mr Rock Bakehouse had bought me a three month subscription so I would be receiving two more sets of flowers in May & June.  What a brilliant idea and such a great birthday present, boys take note!

Bloom & Wild Flowers In A Box Post

 

Bloom & Wild Flowers In A Box Post

So I’ve now received all three bunches of flowers and I’ve been really impressed with the service and the flowers.  Great bunches of flowers, all different and have lasted over a week each time which is fab.  The best bit is that they come through the post so you don’t have to wait in for them.

Bloom & Wild Flowers In A Box Post

 

Bloom & Wild Flowers In A Box Post

I’d definitely recommend them, they make a great present but also as one off flower gifts that don’t cost the earth!

You can get £10 off for you and your friends if you sign up to their deal online here.