The Tea Warehouse

I spent today in a tea warehouse!  Yes, I really did.  This was not how I planned my day.  The plan was to have the breakfast of banana, Co Yo and berries I had prepared the night before and as a treat for all my good behaviour, a toasted cheese sandwich for lunch from the Raclette man in Borough Market.  But sometimes life does not go as planned.

I forgot my breakfast.  As soon as I got on the train I realised I had left it behind but there was no going back for it so Lara enjoyed it.  That was not the only thing I forgot – I also forgot to put on any make up!!!  I don’t wear much but I always wear mascara at least or I look as if I have mixamatosis.  Tragically (or luckily, depending on how you look at it) I didn’t even notice until lunch time when I didn’t have an opportunity to pop out and buy any mascara so there I was, in my bare faced glory all day.

Instead of my home made breakfast I bought a cup of tea and a pot of Bircher Muesli from Pret.  The muesli was good and had apple in it.  It was slightly too sweet for me but it tasted good and was only 304 calories :-).  It actually contained the daily recommended amount of sugar – according to MFP.

Pret tea and Bircher Muesli

I thought I was working in the office near Borough Market, hence I planned to have a browse through the market at lunch time.  However, by 10:30 I was off to a tea warehouse which is located in Bermondsey, an area of London I have never been to before even though it is only a short walk from London Bridge.

It is no longer used as a tea warehouse, it has been converted in to some very pleasant offices which made a pleasant change from the hermetically sealed purpose built offices I usually work in.

bramah House sign

We had back to back meetings scheduled all day from 11am – 6pm and at lunch time I literally only had time to walk to the nearest sandwich bar and grab something.  Look at this clever name of the sandwich bar we went to.

eat alia

This was a little treasure trove of goodies.  Along with my colleagues I ordered a panini.  I ordered the Ravello to avoid fatty meats of unknown origin.  It was supposed to contain fatty goat’s cheese of unknown origin but they seemed to have forgotten to put the goats cheese in.  I didn’t mind as it saved some calories and there were so many grilled vegetables inside it was delicious: aubergine, courgette, peppers, mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes with lots of raw spinach.  Fantastic.  I used MFP to look up a grilled vegetable panini and they seem to be about 500 calories.  I guess that is correct as most calories will come from the bread and the oil on the vegetables.inside eat alia

While my panini was toasting I nipped outside to take some pictures.  The street we were on was so pretty.Flower shop These are the warehouses opposite Ea Talia and they are very similar to the one I was in. They are so gorgeous and the big windows let in loads of light.restored warehousesWe finished earlier than expected so I enjoyed the warmest day of the year so far by walking a longer than necessary route back to Borough Market.  These colourful flower pots are huge.
large flowerpots There are lots of lovely Victorian buildings in this part of London.Guinness Trust Buildings 2 Guinness Trust Buildings 1 Plus brand new ones too!Walking up to The Shard I have been to the front entrance of The Shard, next to London Bridge station, but never walked past it and stood underneath.Base of The Shard When you do that, you really appreciate how very tall it is.Under The Shard 2 The tallest building in Europe, according to my knowledgeable nephew who came home with me tonight.Under The Shard 1 As I walked over to Cannon Street station I made time for a quick detour to Borough Market.  I am loving citrus fruits at the moment.Citrus ar Borough A quick and easy Greek Salad for supper.  Unfortunately I didn’t have any olives but we did have red onion, tomatoes, cucumber and Feta cheese.Greek salad 11-4-13 I also had 1/4 of an avocado1:4 avocado and 1 tbsp of the broccoli seeds I have sprouted this week.  I didn’t add any oil or dressing to this.  It was so fresh and delicious, I ate it as it was and it was just over 500 calories.Brossoli seed sprouts Followed by a blood orange I bought in the market today which was delicious.Blood Orange

It is hard to be certain as I estimated lunch but I think I am under today’s calorie target and have 225 calories remaining.  They can be tucked away until another day.  I didn’t account for any of the walking I did so I am definitely under calories as all exercise on MFP earns you extra calories.  I am over the fat, sugar and protein amounts.  The protein is only slightly over so I am not worried about that.  The fat came from the grilled panini and the Feta and the sugar mainly from the breakfast.  So healthyish sources of fats and sugar at least.

Totals 1,405 114 84 63 78 2,330
Your Daily Goal 1,630 224 54 61 33 2,500
Remaining 225 110 -30 -2 -45 170
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sugar Sodium

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

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 The Tea Warehouse

  1. Lucy Murphy says:

    I didn’t realise at the time, but that tall skinny building in Bermondsey you photographed opposite Talia is the Holly & Lil shop owned and run by our lovely friend Elaine and where Sunshine’s gorgeous collars come from. The shop is on the ground floor – and the first floor window is where Miranda used to make jumpers when she lived in London! Fancy that. x

    • Wow! What made you look back at this post? I was talking about it with Abi today because I walked past Delfina which I had never been to before and she said Elaine’s shop was there – coincidence number 1. A couple of weeks ago I met a friend for a drink who I used to work with many years ago and she was remembering my cousin who used to make jumpers in London as she still has one that she bought – coincidence number 2. When i published this post, one of my local friends identified another building as being the oner her grandparents lived in – coincidence number 3!!! We really do live in a small world. Next time I am there I will pop in to Elaine’s shop

      • Lucy says:

        I went to Dad’s for lunch and i wanted to show him something on-line. This post was on his screen and I recognised the building straight away. How funny. It is a small world indeed.

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