Crafting, Cabaret and Cocktails

What a very lovely day I had.  Sadly not the best day on a diet but lots of fun.  I just had tea for breakfast so I could save calories for lunch.  I was meeting Laura early in central London at a Japanese noodle restaurant.

Frith Street I had read about Koya recently and was keen to try it.  There is a Koya Bar next door which is a noodle bar but we sat in the restaurant.Koya Frith Street Apparently these are authentic Japanese Udon noodle dishes.  I haven’t been to Japan (yet) so can not say how authentic they are but this place was definitely very popular so it wasn’t just us that enjoyed them.Koya wall menu We sipped Hoji tea while we read the menu.Hoji tea We still couldn’t decide what to have so we sipped some sake.sake and Koya menu We eventually both went for the daily Udon special which was cod, spinach and broken egg.  It was very good.  The broth was full flavoured, the textures an excellent consistency and the egg, spinach and cod were tasty too.  It was a very light but filling meal.cod and spinach udon Having enjoyed our lunch we strolled through Seven Dials to Endell Street where we found the Hospital Club.  We went up to the 4th floor – I like this sign in the lift.weight limit in lift I have never been in here before and it was great.  Lots of different rooms and bars to hang out in and if the weather was warmer, there are several rooftop seating areas too.  This place demanded a cocktail, it really did.  I found one without sugar.cocktail in the Hospital Club We were here for Crafternoon Cabaret.  You sit at a table, are provided with materials and an instruction sheet for making things, have waitresses bring you drinks (and food if required) and watch comedy cabaret.  One of the most enjoyable afternoons I have had for a long time.crafting and cocktails We were making drinks charms.  I am not much of a sewer on a good day and under the influence of sake and cocktails I was not having a good sewing day.  But I managed a little bit of drinks charm bunting and a drinks charm bag.Crafternoon Cabaret Laura rather rudely thought it would best be suited to Ken, Barbie’s boyfriend.  She makes a good point.

I had a wonderful afternoon.  Thank you Laura for your lovely company and thank you Hannah for creating such a wonderful event.  I am looking forward to the next one.Ken's handbagI walked back to the station past China Town and on to Piccadily as I wanted to go to WholeFoods Market.  It was so crowded I cut short my visit.  Chia Town London After several drinks this afternoon I was in the mood for something forbidden. I managed to battle my demons.  I didn’t eat as healthily as I should have done but I followed my rules so didn’t go crazy.  This rice salad was very edible and I enjoyed it on the train home.Indonesian Rice Salad No calories were provided.Indonesian Rice I also ate these and a Bounce Ball with Macadamias and coconut.  At home I ate some more coconut pieces with raisins and mixed nuts. Fig Bites

I would definitely have been way over my calorie allowance today so tomorrow I must be very good indeed and go on a long walk. A very long walk.

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Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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3 Responses to Crafting, Cabaret and Cocktails

  1. goddessalexx says:

    this sounds like so much fun!

  2. laura1952 says:

    Zoe, you did great! (Y) which is a Yes!

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