“An explanation of cause is not a justification by reason” – C.S Lewis
Wednesday evening and it was my turn to host ‘Wine Night’ for the Citysocializer gang…
For any of you who aren’t already familiar with ‘Citysocializer’…it’s kind of like a dating site, but just for meeting people and making friends…I’ll talk more about that in a future post though!
When it came to choosing my venue there was nowhere else I’d rather spend an evening than Cosy Club!
In their own words…Cosy Club is quirky, eccentric, playful and offers casual dining, drinking and lounging in a homely and family-friendly environment…”Think Gents Club meets Village Hall meets Cricket Pavilion”.
If you are lucky enough to get a window seat, you can see all the way up and down The Hayes, the architectural detail of the buildings you can’t usually see from the ground. This in itself is a huge positive – in the day time, it’s light and bright, at night there is a romance of light reflection on the glass…both from the vintage tassle lampshades inside and the gentle fairy and street lamps on the out… This is a first floor, lofty seclusion, which I just haven’t experienced elsewhere in Cardiff.
As it happens, most of us ended up having varieties of cocktails or craft beer instead of wine…But hey, Wednesday Wine Night just has ring to it!
We also had some gorgeous tapas and garlic bread smothered in cheese with oils and balsamic which went down a treat.
We all decided to have a little dessert too and these guys know how to rock a dessert! I had the Salted Caramel chocolate pot which came in a cute little teapot with fruit on the saucer. If you ever referred to this as a ‘chocolate mousse’ you should be kicked down the rather grand Cosy staircase! It is essentially a pot of molten chocolate which has been chilled and in the middle alternate pieces of gooey and crunchy salted caramel which tantalizes every taste bud going!
If you haven’t been, get yourself a good book and pull up a sofa and get cosy…!
Out with the Citysocializers the other week and we found ourselves in Revolucion de Cuba…who were great hosts arranging a seating area for us and giving us the VIP treatment!
For anyone unfamiliar…this is the sort of place you need to go to wind a night up. It’s loud, crowded with drunken dancing people and you need to be one of them to properly appreciate it…All of these are good things, by the way!
Luckily, they do excellent cocktails, so there’s a very good chance that if you’re not already a bit happy they’ll get you there! I tried a rum-based cocktail first, which was great except it made me forget the name of it so I had no choice but to go back and try to order it again. This would have happened had I not been sidetracked by a Zombie, which is another type of incredibly delicious cocktail.
Before I had the chance to order another drink which would surely involve me losing even more of my short term memory, a charming gentleman came over with some complementary shots for all of us!
At this point I decided it might be time for a bit of dancing. Now I am rather uncoordinated after a few so seeing me dance especially in a slightly well-lit place would normally empty out most establishments. However, in this case, I felt welcomed and a couple of guys even offered to buy me drinks. No doubt they too were victims of The Zombie!
I left Revolucion de Cuba at about 2 AM after more dancing, some dramatic moments with the friends I came with… don’t ask – if there ever is a downside to drinking alcohol, I’ve seen it… but it was a great evening and I can definitely recommend it for the sort of experience I had. Be warned, though. This is NOT the sort of place you would bring someone for a romantic first date or a business meeting. This is a let-your-hair-down place, so make sure you don’t wear it up!
You know that feeling…
When you have something on your mind…
Sometimes you can place what it is, sometime’s it’s just a feeling you get, but it takes over…all consuming…and it becomes all you can think of.
I’m sure not really knowing what it is would be easier, but there’s always the voice of reason telling you that you know exactly what’s happening and that you need to act…need to make a decision.
So do you listen to your instinct or carry on regardless knowing full well that it most likely won’t do you any favours?
You should focus on your career. Men will come and go, even great men will come and go. But investing in yourself is always a wise choice.
You should focus on your relationship. Jobs will come and go, even great jobs will come and go. But investing in your happiness is always a wise choice.