I love this time of the year, when you really start to feel festive. Yay its December and I feel I am allowed to feel festive, decorate and plan for the season ahead. And I kicked off the festivities, with a little trip to Manchester. To visit the absolutely gorgeous Co-op building, seriously it blew my mind. It feels more like a swanky hotel than a head office.
And that set the scene for the event ahead. I got to mingle with blogging buddies and try out the Co-op festive menu. And let me tell you I was gob smacked. I don’t think I have ever shopped at Co-op before, but trying out the festive menu was a real eye opener.
Every course was paired with wine; there were lots of hints and tips to choose the right wines for Christmas dinner. And each course offered a sample menu of what Co-op has available for the festive table. Particular favourites of mine where the cranberry pate, the pre made roasted parsnips, the Christmas pudding, oooooh and that chocolate mousse.
It was great to have the food design team on hand to tell us about the journey of the Christmas menu. Do you know they are already planning next years offering? It was so interesting to find that food goes through trends and fashions. It’s not something I have ever given much thought to before, but the amount of work going on behind the scenes to bring our festive table to us is staggering.
I have had loads of behind the scenes stuff to do this week too, some of it very exciting. I love planning for the year ahead, and here’s to a great year. Although I still cannot believe this year is drawing to a close, it has flown.
And then we rounded our week off with another trip to Manchester. Chris and I had debated whether to visit, Manchester, Leeds or Liverpool and eventually decided on Manchester. The atmosphere at this time of year is just incredible. I love wandering through he streets all lit with fairy lights, and stopping in bars to enjoy a glass of wine.
We were so lucky with the weather too, yes it was cold and windy but we had a break in the rain, so were able to enjoy the markets and Manchester without worrying about getting soaked.
And finally, I am looking forward to tomorrow, its that wonderful day of the year when you watch a Christmas movie, decorate the tree, and cook a winter roast, of course with a celebratory glass of wine. It something I look forward too every year. I decorated the fire place in the week, so I only have the tree to do, so it will be a lovely chilled out day.