So this week I had a proud sister moment…Gnomes graduated (with a first may I just add)! To make this even better the graduation was in Brighton- the home of the weird and wonderful, gay-pride, a pier, great shops and even better food. We decided to make the most of the graduation by stretching out the celebrations to last a couple of days so that we could cram in as much of Brighton as possible because it sure does have a lot to offer!
Everyone knows you need brunch in your belly before a graduation (perhaps not but it seems a good idea) so we filled up at the Wooden Belly cafe which was just round the corner from where my sister lives. People were catching up over cups of teas and amazing big breakfasts. We opted for fruit salad with granola and big bowl-fulls of ceasar salad topped with chunky croutons, anchovies and parmesan shavings. My mum and sister had freshly made smoothies too. The food was fantastic, so wholesome and fresh! Cup cakes, deli platters, sandwiches and cakes were all on offer too but unfortunately we only had time to stop for brunch.
Graduation was then calling so after slipping into something slightly less comfortable we headed to Brighton where we stopped for beers and Pimms at the White Rabbit pub before heading to the Brighton Dome where the graduation was taking place. What a venue! I am slightly jealous knowing that my sister’s graduation is taking place in one of Brighton’s most famous and most fabulous landmarks whilst mine will be in my university sports hall in which I sat exams and therefore only associate with memories of fear and panic! But hey ho. We sat in our seats and the ceremony began. It was at this point that Sanjeev Bhaskar (a famous British Indian comedian known best for being in the Kumars) took the stage in a gold-edged gown and tricorn! Lo and behold he was the chancellor of the university and the one doing the ceremony. The outcome of this was that instead of the custom hand-shake that is usually expected at a graduation there were high-fives, hugs, cheek-kissing, dancing and one girl even picked him up! It made the whole occasion much more of a celebration, much more fun to watch and the speech at the end was very entertaining. So my sister did her thing and got her certificate without falling over which was a great relief to both her and I!
So after the drinks reception there were then of course compulsory photographs in the gardens next to the Dome …
Jamies Italian was the next stop. If you’re reading this from Britain then you’ll probably know all about Jamie Oliver’s restaurants and if you’re reading this from across the pond then you’re missing out! These Italian restaurants are now in most big cities and they’re always a good choice if you want great food with lots of flavour and atmosphere without the feel of being a generic chain restaurant. These restaurants have character…if you order a platter it comes on a wooden board mounted on 4 tin cans of beans! We had mojitos (with a Jamie Oliver twist) whilst we awaited our food. And the food did not disappoint. Between us we had most of the menu….meat platter, fish platter, salad, rabbit linguine, pizza, pasta, lamb. It was all delicious so thank you very much Jamie.
We walked off our dinner by strolling down to the seafront where the light was just right for taking some nice piccies of the pier and beach. The bright railings in the picture are typical Brighton…everything seems to be painted either turquoise, pink or yellow…
It had been a long day and it was time to get our beauty sleep ready for another fun-filled day in Brighton.