A Collision And Some Tapas

We had a lovely day in South Kensington today.  I suspected, correctly, that lunch would be late so we had a substantial breakfast to keep us going.  I stir fried some onion, yellow pepper, mushrooms and spinach in coconut oil.

veggies 29-12 Tipped in 4 eggs (to serve 2 people) and cooked it through.breakfast 29-12 I like my eggs and veggies with Cholula, a hot pepper sauce.  Harvey used to like his with ketchup but since we no longer have ketchup in the house, he just eats it as it is.breakfast 29-12-13 We went to the Science Museum with James’ sister Anne and her family and booked to see the special exhibition about the Hadron Collider.  I will put my hand up at this point and state I am not very knowledgeable about science.  I happily gave up science after O’-Levels.  However, I know the Higgs boson is a big deal, I don’t really understand it and was keen to discover more.

I am reluctant to be negative in case it put someone off visiting who would get a lot from it but to be honest, I was very disappointed by this exhibition.  Myself and my children, who went in there with very little or no knowledge of the Hadron Collider and the Higgs boson, came out with only a little bit more.  James who is ‘sciencey’ didn’t come away knowing much more either.  So that was a shame.Hadron Collider writing However, the Science Museum is great and we enjoyed pottering around it and I loved being in this incredible building.  It has been too long since I visited a London museum and I will go back soon.  Our museums are fantastic places.  They are free if you can’t afford to pay but they recommend a £5 donation which is excellent value for money.  The next one on my list is the Natural History museum for the Wildlife photographer of the year exhibition.Inside the Science Museum Lunch time 🙂

Casa Brindisa menu

We went to a fantastic Tapas restaurant near the museums – Casa Brindisa.  I have visited the Borough Market restaurant owned by the same company previously and this was on a par with that one.

I am not a sherry drinker.  I associate it with my beloved Nana and traditional trifles.  I would never choose it as an aperitif.  But, my sister-in-law chose one so I did too.  I really enjoyed it and it seemed appropriate since we were in a Spanish restaurant.
sherry If you have not been before, tapas is very sociable.  The portions tend to be small but they are quite rich and are made to be picked at, passed around and shared which is a very sociable and friendly way of eating.  While we read the menu we nibbled olives, almonds and some delicious chicken liver pate.chicken liver I did pass on the octopus leg!octopus war The cheeseboard was good.  The thin slices of sharp apple and sweet quince jelly with Manchego were delicious.cheese board Potato tortilla.potato tortilla Chicken breast stuffed with goats cheese.chicken and goats cheese My favourite was the lightly warmed spinach with pine nuts and sultanas eaten with …..spinach with pine nuts this spectacular goats cheese with honey and beetroot crisps.  I have eaten this before and it is amazing.  The combination of salty chalky goats cheese, crisp beetroot and the earthiness of the spinach make a fabulous mouthful.  It was so good we ordered it twice.cheese and honey We all enjoyed the food and the fun way of sharing so many little dishes.  We had others too but I did not photograph it all.

Cute cousins.T, D and H More cute cousins.L and I Siblings.A and J Thank you Casa Brindisa, that was great fun.Casa Brindisa We strolled around South Ken’ as we were looking for somewhere to go for a dessert and a coffee.  We stuck to savouries at the Tapas restaurant.White buildings South Ken This is such a beautiful part of London.Exhibition Road We eventually found a space at Le Pain Quotidien which I am a fan of.  We sat at their large “Sharing Table” which is perfect for groups.  The younger members of our party had hot chocolate which is presented with the hot milk in a bowl and the chocolate served separately in a little jug.making hot chocolate 4 thumbs up to this beverage.I and D making hot chocolate There was a lot to catch up on.J and T chatting The largest cookie the little fella has ever had.Harvey and the cookie This delicious fruit crumble may have been mine but I may not want to confess that!fruit crumble

So an interesting and fab foodie day out with the family.  Lovely.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. 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 do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. 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. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to A Collision And Some Tapas

  1. suzjones says:

    I love to see the food that you eat. Some of it I probably wouldn’t eat but some I would. I would have eaten the octopus leg as I love calamari. 😉

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