Friday night treat

After a very long week at work, the Aussie took me to Wright Bros Oyster House for a Friday night to start the weekend off with a bang.

Grilled oysters with spinach

Grilled oysters with spinach

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An evening with the girls at Forge, City of London

I’m not one to go out for large meals mid-week – a glass of wine with a bowl of mini sausages or nachos usually does the trick. It had been a while however since I had had a proper catch up with three of my girlfriends so we met for dinner at a recently opened bar and restaurant, Forge, on Cornhill, last Wednesday.

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Sodo: a little slice of pizza heaven

After a tough day watching people sweat, the Aussie and I were famished! As he’d just done 3 hours of exercise, the general consensus was pizza!

A pizzeria had recently opened near us, called Sodo, so this was a perfect opportunity to try it out! We were lucky to get a table outside: we’d driven by plenty of times having never seen a free seat. The sun was still shining as we ate.

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An oyster lover’s dream in sunny Whitstable!

Last Sunday we drove down to Whitstable in Kent in order to indulge in the oysters at the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival.

We managed to park just south of the train station where we met friends Jo and Julie and walked to the pier. We were met with a multitude of small shops in traditional style beach huts, selling foodstuffs such as oysters and zebra burgers, alongside mini art galleries and arts ‘n’ craft stalls.

I was particularly drawn to the native oyster stand, which also sold Irish oysters, but I was keen to sample the local fare! Half a dozen oysters set me back £10 but they were shucked sin front of us and tasted really creamy – did I mention they were huge?!

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#Staycation

To prolong the celebrations/commiserations of turning thirty, we went to St Ives for a few days. The weather was great – who knew sunbathing on the beach in Cornwall was going to turn out so perfectly?!

Porthminster beach

We started off with a Devonshire pasty + clotted cream ice cream lunch in Salcombe, a small fishing village on the south coast in Devon, with the sun finally coming out after a few days rain. We then drove to St Ives with the sun shining, looking forward to our stay in Carbis Bay.

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Birthday indulgence

After leaving the amazement of ‘Matilda’ the musical, near Covent Garden, I was led through to the bright lights of Soho. We stopped off for a glass or two of pink prosecco at a bar with live South American music and it felt like we were on holiday!

We then walked around the corner to my birthday surprise restaurant, Chotto Matte – a Peruvian-Japanese restaurant in the heart of Soho. It was beyond my expectations. The staff were incredibly friendly and efficient, without hovering. The cocktails were amazing – I had a fruity number recommended by the waiter and the Aussie chose an off-menu margarita. Both were extremely good. We both ordered a glass of white wine to have with the meal and I savoured some of my cocktail with dessert.

We ordered 2 tasting menus – numbers 2 and 3 – which had some overlap but we couldn’t decide between a few dishes so we of course shared! We were treated to multiple delicately flavoured ceviche, delicious pork belly, beautiful black cod and some amazing sushi rolls. Dessert was a surprise from the chef and we were presented with a creamy cheesecake and a Happy Birthday chocolate fondant with ice cream. I am still so excited about this restaurant 3 weeks later. It really is spectacular! Continue reading

Prioritising

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option”

One of many quotes by Maya Angelou. This really resonates with me; so much so that I would like to try to incorporate it in my life going forwards by carefully choosing what and who to really focus my energies on.