Wow, what a day! I actually had THE BEST meal ever!! But I’ll get to that in a minute 😀
So I actually got to RUN yesterday, which was so lovely!! I did 9 miles in 1hour11mins – a bit slower than normal, but there were patches of black ice randomly so I probably ran a little more timid than I normally would. But still, it was so good to get back out there. And it also means, provided we don’t get more snow, I probably will still be ready for my first half marathon on Feb 7th, which is ace 😀
Before I ran, I had my usual – apple, wheatgerm, chocolate – then when I got back, I knocked back a big glass of chocolate orange milk (the last of that flavour L) before dropping my car in for its MOT.
Breakfast was a big bowl o’ steamin’ oats! Sprinkled with granola, and made with lots of unsweetened soya milk, banana, nutmeg and cinnamon. So tasty!!
It was then a great 3hr ish commute to the Royal Albert Hall – isn’t outer London just beautiful…?
Just outside the Royal Albert Hall was much better 🙂
I packed a lunch with me cos we were going to be travelling over lunchtime, so I had a nice big salad:
Chicken, soya mince, spinach, mushrooms, blackberries and pomegranate seeds, all covered with salt and pepper, agave nectar, cinnamon and lemon juice. It was delicious!! Oh, and here’s a little picture of my mum, sister and I before we went in to the performance:
During the interval of Cirque du Soleil, I shot to the bathroom and came back to find some Haagan-Saaz Belgian chocolate ice cream in my place! I wasn’t in the least hungry, but I figured it’d be just plain rude to waste it and not eat it; besides, who refuses ICE CREAM!!??
Cirque, by the way, was AMAZING. Those people (acrobats) defy every single law of physical being ever written!! And they do it all without proper harnesses and they. Are. Mental. The angles that one woman’s back could bend (backwards!!) was incredible; like, her butt was touching the base of her neck pretty much…it was out of this world. I’d definitely recommend people go see them – they tour all over the world!
We then went to dinner at an amazing restaurant called Pasha – it was Moroccan and was IN-CRED-IBLE! Even the bathroom was beautiful in this place:
Soo much food but so amazing! Sadly the ice cream had reaaaally filled me up, so I wasn’t really all that hungry, but it didn’t matter cos the food was so good. The lighting was terrible though and my camera did NOT like it – so these are terrible photos!
We started with some olives, breads and cucumber/celery/carrot sticks and a few cherry tomatoes (I nicked all the tomatoes :p),
then came the proper starters:
hummus (BEST EVER! Sooo smooth, very lemony, with lots of pine nuts) , mashwiyah (slow cooked roast peppers, coriander, tomato salad), zaalouk (roast aubergine puree, cumin and coriander) and tabouleh (a watercress salad thing, with cinnamon and lemon). The hummus was my favourite!
There was also a beetroot, cinnamon, orange and honey salad, which was beautiful J some kataifya (kefta wrapped prawns with citrus avocado puree – they were to die for! I had half of one), jaweneh meshwi (chargrilled ginger and lemon confit, chicken wings – tiny baby ones! – and aubergine chutney. The chutney was amazing!) and briwat al walida (chicken, lemon and ginger in wakra pastry – I had a 3rd of one of them). Lamb sausages and little lamb cake things also made an appearance, but as I don’t eat lamb, I shan’t ramble about them 😛
For mains, we all had different things – chicken tagines appeared twice! – but I had djaj shwa; chicken marinated in onions, garlic and saffron on a skewer. The chicken was the best I’ve ever eaten ever ever ever! Sooo soft, I was gutted I couldn’t finish it!
For dessert, there was a dessert platter thing: grapes and kiwi on the top, Turkish delight, 4 little cake things (baklava, a coconut one, a nutty one and..another one..I can’t remember what it was!) and pistachio nuts on the bottom. No pictures of everything cos we started eating before I had a chance to get snap happy! I had a lot of grapes, 1 piece of Turkish delight (which I normally hate, but it was surprisingly nice!), ¼ of each of the tiny little desserts, and a couple of pistachios. It was so much better to have lots of little desserts to share – I wish English restaurants did it more.
We also ordered stuffed dates – baked stuffed dates stuffed with an almond orange paste, served warm with honeyed greek yogurt. Again, we started eating before a good picture was taken L but OH MY GOSH. They were the BEST thing I have EVER TASTED! I had one date with a little bit of yogurt (I didn’t really care for the yogurt thought) and it was one big massive MOUTHGASM! I could’ve eaten soo many of them!!
And that was our night 😀 it was the best meal ever!!!
I slept so well last night, it was unbelievable (cos we got back very late).
This morning was pretty dull – I had an apple and…etctec, before a quick 39minute/4.5mile run, with about 20mins worth of 30sec fast/30sec slow intervals. It was good! But my legs cramped up walking back into the house which sucked 😦
Breakfast was the usual big bowl of oatmeal, with a glass of banana milk,
and quite possibly a little handful of fru-grains on the side:p
I’m now off to the shop quickly, so I’ll post more later 🙂