Review: El Tico Beach Cantina


El Tico Beach Cantina, Jersey

We have recently returned from a trip back to my home town/island, Jersey in the Channel Islands. I miss the laid back vibe that you get from living by the coast and there is nowhere more perfect to experience this vibe than at El Tico in St. Ouens bay. We were staying in some self catering accomodation about 5 minutes away, so it made perfect sense to pop by for some breaky one day!


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Latest menu from El Tico Beach Cantina

There really is a super choice for breakfasts from the menu and it varies from dishes that are very, very healthy to some choices that are a little bit naughty. The weather was a little bit wild and windswept outside, so I decided on some comfort food in the form of Tico “Hash”. My husband opted for the full breakfast and the little tyke went for some toast and jam (not on the menu, but the waitress was very helpful).


Look at the view!

We sat at the end of one of the large communal tables, with the little man perched in a high chair. Whilst we waited he had some sticker and colouring books to help pass the time. I loved looking out the large windows, where we could see surfers riding the big Atlantic waves.


St. Ouens Bay

It didn’t take long for our breakfasts  to arrive! My El Tico Hash looked scrummy! It included; chorizo, serrano ham, sauté potatoes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes & poached eggs. It tasted as good as it looked! My husbands full english went down a treat also!

Yummy, yummy breakfast time!


Before we left I bought myself a little momento of home, an El Tico ocean scented candle.  I cannot wait to use it, its the perfect thing to remind me of home.

I hope you all have a lovely evening, ta ta and nighty night xxx





Eating out: Mercado Lounge


As promised, I have put together a little review of our favourite family eating place in Market Harborough – Mercado Lounge.

Location: Mercado Lounge, Edinburgh House, Abbey Street, Market Harborough LE16 9AA

Opening Times: Monday 9am–11pm, Tuesday 9am–11pm, Wednesday 9am–11pm, Thursday 9am–12am, Friday 9am–12am, Saturday 9am–12am & Sunday 9am–11pm.

Interesting Fact: Based in the former HQ of Golden Wonder Crisps!

Whenever we get the chance to pop into Market Harborough we like to treat ourselves to lunch at this lovely cafe/bar. It has a warm and relaxing atmosphere, which is perfect for families with young children. I hate it when you go into a restaurant with a baby or toddler and you are made feel as if you are not wanted. This is totally not case with the Mercado Lounge and you are often surrounded by other families with young children.


The decor is kooky and eclectic, with mismatched furnishings and retro graphics. Totally my cup of tea! You can also find a variety of board games for children and adults, daily newspapers, free Wi-Fi, highchairs and a free neighbourhood book swap facility where customers can bring in an old book and swap it for one in their bookcase.


But most importantly, the food is scrummy! With a menu that offers a wide variety of dishes including a large brunch menu (my favourite), burgers, tapas and restaurant style specials.



Plus, they also offer a lovely children’s menu, with a complimentary pot of veg and breadsticks for a starter. There is also a selection of games, colouring sheets and pencils to occupy impatient little tinkers. They also provide highchairs and baby changing facilities.



On Saturday we ordered the following – Daddy had chicken & chorizo panini with a vanilla milkshake drink, Mummy had a vegetarian breakfast with a white coffee and the little tyke had poached egg and baked beans on toast with an apple juice drink. Delish!

The little tyke wiping the plate clean with his toast

Where is your favourite place to go out as a family? Have you found the perfect family friendly restaurant/cafe?

Nighty night all, hope you have had a good week so far. Ta ta xx


Eating out: Pizza Express


Before a spot of Christmas shopping we decided to treat ourselves and go out for lunch today, but where would be suitable for a toddler? The little tyke is active, easily bored and a bit of a messy eater at the moment. I’m making him sound worse than he actually is, but he’s just a typical toddler who’s learning how to fit into the world and all the bizarre rituals us adults refer to as manners. We picked Pizza Express as we had been there before and it seemed to cater really well for families with young children. For those not familiar with the name, Pizza Express is a chain of restaurants in the UK that specialises in handmade pizza and has been around since the sixties.

Arriving at midday, we were one of the first to be seated in the restaurant and were able to pick a nice cosy spot in the corner with a leather banquette. Little tyke had a nice little white wooden highchair to sit in.

Little tyke modelling his festive hat

We were handed our menus and a little fun pack for the little man. The pack included: a festive themed hat to colour in, a plastic bauble to colour in, an activity fold out and a sheet of stickers. He also had a pot of crayons to use for his colouring in. He’s not really into colouring at the moment, but he did have some fun with the stickers.

Pizza Express festive fun pack

Pizza Express has a children’s ‘Piccolo’ menu to choose from. For starters they could choose garlic dough balls. For main they could choose Bianca, Napoletana or Bolognese pasta, or Margherita, Pollo, La Reine or American pizza. The little tyke loved Bolognese, so this was an easy choice.

When the dough balls came out they were a little bit too hot for him, which was unfortunate as he was hungry for them as soon as they arrived at the table. Cue much distracting by Daddy whilst Mummy blew on them to cool them down! Hot, hot, hot! Once they were cool enough, he scoffed them down and was ready for his main. He was more intrigued with his Daddy’s food than his own and pinched a little bit. Oh well, we know for next time. He did eat a fair amount though and I don’t think he could possibly have eaten any more.

The waiting staff (all Italian) were absolutely lovely with him and they really made the experience all the more enjoyable. The lady asked if the little tyke wanted his dessert and I said he was a little bit full, so she then proceeded to put his little brownie in a take away box. What a nice thought!

Take away brownie!

So, if you are itching to get out but are losing confidence with your little ones, go to somewhere family friendly like Pizza Express. I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Hope you all had a nice weekend, ta ta my lovelies xxx

Baking: Pumpkin & Pecan Muffins


I found this recipe from the fantastic Good To Know website and I thought it might be a nice little weekend activity whilst the little tyke had a nap. He seems to be a bit fussy at the moment, hanging on to my leg for dear life if I try to do anything that resembles house duties. Arrrghhh! Is anyone else going through this? What do you do?

So keeping with the Autumn theme, the pumpkin and pecan muffin recipe sounded really yummy and very fitting for the season. Oh and they are supposed to be bit healthier than normal muffins because you don’t use so much oil. Bonus!

Pumpkin & pecan muffin ingredients


  • 1 egg
  • 175ml semi-skimmed milk or unsweetened soya milk
  • 100g canned pumpkin puree
  • 55ml olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 220g plain flour
  • 75g sugar
  • 75g chopped pecans
  • 3 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves
  • dash grated nutmeg
Line the muffin tin

Step 1: Preheat oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and line your muffin tin with paper muffin cups.

Pumpkin mix

Step 2: Beat egg in medium-sized bowl, then add milk, oil, pumpkin, and vanilla. Stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth.

Dry mix

Step 3: In a separate large bowl, mix together all remaining dry ingredients.

Cake mix

Step 4: Add all of the wet mixture to the large bowl of dry ingredients. Fold together gently until the flour mixture is just moistened, ensuring you do not over-mix (over-mixing will cause the muffins to not rise properly). The batter will be lumpy, not smooth.

Cake mix in tin

Step 4: Spoon batter into muffin cups, filling nearly to the top. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean at the centre of a muffin.

Finished muffins, yummy!

The finished muffins were really quite yummy and go perfect with a nice cup of tea. Lovely!

The little tyke looks like he will get up from his nap very soon, time for me to grab a muffin and chill out for 5 minutes.

Ta ta for now xx

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