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A little bit of Belgrade

Hello people,

We hopped on a plane to Belgrade last week to see my mom for her birthday. An all too short trip but one of the places we went to was Lorenzo and Kakalamba; a great little quirky restaurant which also does very tasty food.

Without photos to help, it’s a little hard to describe the decor. In a few short hours, I saw a stuffed polar bear (not real – relax animal lovers), santa, a knight statue which held my toilet paper in the bathroom, and a chastity belt.

The food was incredible. But also, it is Serbia after all and great food is not hard to find. I’m not bragging. It is simply true.

I did take some grainy looking pictures to give you a feel for it:

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And then the food..

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There was not a single item of food I didn’t like. I ate it all . But then , that isn’t a hard thing to do lately either.

We returned to a rather mundane week in London where several obvious things have been making headlines:

– The weather – It’s cold. Everyone I’ve spoken to “can’t believe it”

– Charlie Sheen has HIV – is anyone surprised by this ? And is no-one annoyed that he’s pushing out years of education around HIV by being so nonchalant about it? Another blog for another time.

And until next time, have a great weekend 🙂

 

 

 

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Lazy cooking

Hello everybody,

I’d like to say that I enjoy cooking. But the truth is I do it because if I don’t eat , I will die. So I cook, begrudgingly.

I have tried all manner of short-cuts to feed myself (whilst keeping it relatively healthy). I have tried Jamie Olivers’ 20 minute meals (1 hour in reality – remember, you have to chop things and peel things and follow instructions) . I have even tried Jamie Olivers’ 15 minute meals. Same thing.

Recently, we convinced ourselves (Correction – we were convinced by a salesman) that ordering a ‘Gousto’ box is cheaper and faster than buying and making our own food.

You may have come across companies here in London, or elsewhere, who offer you fresh ingredients delivered to your door for what they claim is the same price as either going out for a meal, or buying organic ingredients from your local stores.

Gousto is one of those companies. And yes , for our first order it was cheaper (£20 for 4 meals for two people). But every order after that ? – £42 per week.

So here is my review of this experience. Pay attention because this is the last time I ever order a pretentious little Gousto box.

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Your box arrives. It is an obsessive compulsives’ dream; each of our four recipes had the exact amount of ingredient to make that recipe. If you recipe requires one spring onion , you get one spring onion, and so on.

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For our first recipe , I decided to try ‘Curry in a hurry’.

Your recipe card guides you through every step of the journey. I feel like I should use the word ‘journey‘ here because that’s how pretentious I felt cooking this.

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Very quickly you will start to realise that all the recipe cards and ingredients in the world will not take away from the fact that you have to cook this. And it will not look like the picture on the recipe card because again, you did it.

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I will give Gousto one thing . It is very, very tasty. The products are about as organic as they can be; it’s the best tasting chicken I have had in a long time and I will make this again (fortunately you can keep the recipe cards).

Next on our menu was a Double Chipotle Burger. Again very tasty. But my god, complicated to make.

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Tonight we will be having Mediterranean vegetable cous-cous. I’ve been keeping this menu item a secret from my husband who does not yet realise that the recipe contains no meat. Fun!

So, I’m not exactly a fan of the Gousto box. If you come across a good deal online or elsewhere, give it a try for the fun of it.

But remember: you still have to cook.

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Heartbeat

Hello everybody,

We are swapping sunglasses for umbrellas and it’s starting to feel more like Autumn here. Fortunately, Londoners still have a little more time to go outside before they spend the next 7 months indoors. If you’re looking for something to do, make sure to see Charles Petillons’ Heartbeat display in Covent Garden which is on until the 27th September (don’t ever say I don’t give you enough time!).

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The display is 54 metres in length with different dimensions for each balloon. It is meant to represent the hustle and bustle of the marketplace and I have to say is accurate; clusters of different sized people bobbing about with no purpose, and getting in each others’ way.

If you’re hungry whilst in the Covent Garden area, I very much doubt that you’re relying on this blog to find food. If you are, you have a problem. And I didn’t eat in Covent Garden on this day, so I have nothing for you.

I did however have the best burger in Dirty Burger, Whitechapel. (I may have also enjoyed it more than the balloon display, sorry Charles Petillon).

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I hope you all have a great week full of good music, good food, and some sunshine (predicted to happen for us here in England at some stage on Sunday 27th September . I’m very excited )

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Paris

Hello everybody,

It has been quite a weekend indeed; it turns out seeing a new city in 1 day and a couple of hours is not easy if you need to use the toilet or eat. We started our trip on Friday, hopping on the Eurostar  from Kings Cross to Gare du Nord.

*Note – in the spirit of not making this a depressing read, I won’t tell you about the people and families we saw running along the tracks trying to escape whatever they were running from , to get to wherever they were going. I also won’t tell you about the jackets we saw lining the fences along the train tracks which were no doubt used for crossing over. If you have been watching the news, you will be aware of all of this but trust me when I tell you it is very different seeing it out of a train window. 

Once we arrived in Paris, everything largely looked the same because it was dark.

The next day started perking up …

The Eiffel tower is quite something. I didn't realise how big it was until we stood underneath the structure. It has approximately 2.5 million rivets, for those of you that are interested in rivets.
The Eiffel tower is quite something. I didn’t realise how big it was until we stood underneath the structure. It has approximately 2.5 million rivets, for those of you who are interested in rivets.
A drivers nightmare - The Arc  de Triomphe. We watched the traffic going around this for quite some time. Could not figure out how it works. Did you know that driving insurance companies actually offer additional 'Arc de Triomphe' cover? Well there's a reason for that.
A drivers nightmare – The Arc de Triomphe. We watched the traffic going around this for quite some time. Could not figure out how it works. Did you know that driving insurance companies actually offer additional ‘Arc de Triomphe’ cover? Well there’s a reason for that. They say ‘give way to cars entering the roundabout’ but I’d like to see you try with the billions of scooters that nobody sees until it’s too late. 
The Louvre - my surprise favourite of the trip.  We didn't have time to go in unfortunately but if you get the chance, it is worth spending an entire day! You will not be bored.
The Louvre – my surprise favourite of the trip. We didn’t have time to go in unfortunately but if you get the chance, it is worth spending an entire day! You will not be bored.

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Now for the important stuff..

Pork fillet mignon. I wish this wasn't my first experience of ''real french food'' because it was *the worst* and I paid more than anyone should ever have to pay for a plate of food. The pork was dry and the bacon dotting those potatoes was tasteless.
Pork fillet mignon. I wish this wasn’t my first experience of ”real french food” because it was *the worst* and I paid more than anyone should ever have to pay for a plate of food. The pork was dry and the bacon dotting those potatoes was tasteless.
French onion soup - thankfully the French redeemed themselves from the fillet mignon the day before. The perfect cosy meal at the end of a long and active day. The soup is covered with grated cheese and normally contains croutons but mine had big pieces of bread in it.  I rather liked it.
French onion soup – thankfully the French redeemed themselves from the fillet mignon the day before. The perfect cosy meal at the end of a long and active day. The soup is covered with grated cheese and normally contains croutons but mine had big pieces of bread in it. I rather liked it.

All in all, the city had a lasting impression on us. We felt like we were part of a moving piece of art.

We have lived in London 10-15 years between the two of us and it has taken us this long to make the 2.5 hour trip but I am so glad we did.

If you are there for a quick and short stay, the metro and bus system was also easy to navigate and every site was within 20 minutes of the last so don’t hesitate to buy a travel card for the day!

Enjoy the week folks 🙂

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Remember when I used to blog?

I started asking myself this question about two weeks after my last post. And that was over three months ago.

“What happened?” , all few of you ask?

Well … a lot.

And I promise you, you’ll know all about it soon enough but some material takes a little longer to develop. This is that material.

In the meantime I will be back to my usual self, bringing you less meaningful news from across London and next week Paris ! (Yay!)

Today’s big story which I have decided to share a mere few hours before the day comes to an end: National Burger Day. I’m sharing this now because I enjoy the thought of at least one or two people reading this and then scrambling for a burger at a quarter to midnight.

On this day, we were able to receive 20% off of burgers at Patty and Bun. Here’s what they looked like:

Itty-bitty patty . Shit-load of chips.
Itty-bitty patty . Shit-load of chips.
The 'Ari-Gold' cheeseburger. I'm not sure why they named a burger after a character from Entourage (the worst show on the planet) but, you can't have everything.
The ‘Ari-Gold’ cheeseburger. I’m not sure why they named a burger after a character from Entourage (the worst show on the planet) but, you can’t have everything.
All of the mess.
All of the mess.

Patty and Bun is a great place to stop by for a quick bite; ruining all of your clothing, your face, your hands and your hair in the process as the contents of the burger squirt everywhere. If you’re into that , then this is the place for you.

Aside from the mess (and incidentally really uncomfortable chairs and lack of  toilets), the burgers are quite alright. We did good on this burger-day.

Questionable art.
Questionable art.

That’s all for now,

Have a great weekend folks .

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The luck of the Irish

Hello friends,

What a great weekend it was.

I packed my bags last Thursday and headed to the airport at 4.30 on a Friday morning , headed for Dublin. For someone who spends the majority of her time on the internet, I am embarrassingly un-aware of current events. The 2015 referendum for marriage equality was no exception. I arrived in Dublin a little clueless but quickly got my act together before anyone found out.

Thankfully the good people of Ireland voted Yes, which made for a beautiful atmosphere on a sunny Saturday.

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The following day, celebrations continued with Africa Day in the park; filled with great music, food (grilled fish and plantain gets a thumbs up from me), and dancing . Also, a lot of dogs and children.

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Africa Day was held in Dublins’ Phoenix Park which is the largest park in Europe, five times the size of Londons’ Hyde Park ! The stage and tents were surrounded by greenery and there was plenty of room to sit or walk around; whatever took your fancy.

I got a slight pang of nostalgia listening to all of the music and watching people dancing, but more than anything I was glad that I was there with friends who probably felt exactly the same way.

For the rest of this week, its’ back to work and back to reality here. I’m also trying out having no caffeine, which is going splendidly. I’m miserable and clean since Sunday.

Enjoy the rest of your week folks!

 

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How to eat a bunny 

I first remember hearing about the dish ‘bunnychow’ from my husband. 

He described sitting on a beach in Durban, having a loaf of hollowed-out bread filled with mutton curry. 

All of this sounded great to me , although I have to admit that the words ‘beach’ and ‘loaf of bread’ just didnt go together in my mind . 

Over the years, we each made several attempts to reinvent the foods from our childhood and this included Durban bunnychow. It was always a disaster. 

So you can imagine our excitement (and relief) when a Bunnychow place opened here in London. 

   
 

The menu offered up the classic Durban bunnychow, as well as choices of vegetable and chicken curries.

The curry was indeed served in a loaf of bread and a little side salad. The best advice I can give for eating this thing :

– be in good company . And by good I mean familiar . So familiar that you won’t feel embarrassed that you have food all over your hands because cutlery is redundant with bunny chow. 

–  side salad , also redundant . Don’t waste your time.

– don’t try to delicately peel away the bread because that doesn’t work either . You might as well slam your entire face into the curry 

If you’re in the area (Soho, Wardour Street) , head on over and try it! The place is still new (opened September 2014) and each bunny is about £5; not bad for feeling full for the entire day because need I remind you that it is an entire half loaf of bread. 

Enjoy the rest of the week folks!