A Great Day Out In London

Once again I was awoken in the early hours by torrential rain and winds.  But, to my complete delight, at sunrise the sun did actually rise.  I was relieved as we had a day out planned in London that involved quite a bit of walking.

First though, came breakfast.  I have been enjoying this recently, rose Harissa paste.

Rose Harissa paste I really like the flavour of this but it is very spicy so I only need a little bit.  5 g is 20 calories and it adds a lot of flavour for those calories so it is well worth it.Rose Harissa ingredients Today I added some to brown Basmati rice, 2 boiled eggs and some cherry tomatoes and a red onion I had baked in the oven for 15 minutes.  No oil added and no milk in my tea meant breakfast was a very acceptable 311 calories.egg, rice, tomatoes It was delicious and with the aid of a couple of black coffees, kept me going until we had supper.  We did eat breakfast late and supper early.breakfast 11-1-14

I was incredibly strong willed today.  We went to London for our family Christmas present to ourselves – a trip to see Charlie and The Chocolate factory.  We were early so stopped for a coffee.

It was around 1:30 pm when we arrived in Central London so the others had a bite to eat with their coffee.  I had a black coffee while they enjoyed a chocolate tart and a latte.latte and chocolate tart Or a toasted goat’s cheese sandwich with a cappuchino.  I sipped black coffee and felt virtuous as I had absolutely not even the tiniest taste of their food.Paul's cheese and toast Theatre time 🙂CATCF The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is a beautiful theatre.  Charlie and The Chocolate Factory is a brilliant production and an excellent choice for a family outing.  Do go and see it if you can.Rotunda in Theatre Royal statues in Theatre Royal We enjoyed a stroll through a crowded and chilly London to our restaurant.Leicester Sq Tucked away behind Regent Street is Ottolenghi’s fabulous restaurant, Nopi.looking up Regent St I am completely in love with it.  Everything about it was completely fabulous.  It is pared down and simple but very comfortable and pleasant.  No fancy tablecloths and unnecessary adornments in here.  This restaurant is all about the food which is sensational.  I apologise for the photo quality.  I had a problem with my camera and half the photos didn’t come out which is a shame but here are some that did.

I stuck to my January resolutions; no alcohol, no dairy, no sugar and no wheat !!! I am not sure how but I did.  When I have lost 3 stone, I am going back to Nopi to eat and drink whatever I like!

We shared mixed nuts, olives, bread with olive oil and tzatziki with Lavosh (a flatbread).  I didn’t eat the wheat and dairy bits so I just enjoyed some nuts and olives with my mineral water.Nopi startersThe food here is like tapas.  Lots of small servings that you can share round.  You could order a main meal but there is a small choice of main meals and we all wanted to try so many different dishes we all chose from the section of the menu that had dishes to share.  I ordered beans, sugar snaps and edamame which were delicious.
Ottolenghi beans This tasted much better than my picture suggests – twice cooked half a baby chicken with a spicy tomato sauce and lemon myrtle salt.Ottolenghi baby chicken This dish was one of the VERY BEST THINGS I HAVE EVER EATEN !!!  Truly, it was amazing.  Worth going to Nopi just for this.  3 out of 4 of us liked this best and we all liked everything.  It is venison with blackberries and an aubergine cream.  Simply, the best.  I can not put in to words quite how amazing this was and how well all the flavours went together.Ottolenghi venison

We also shared cod on a bed of dal,  roast pork  on a bed of sweet potato, tenderstem broccoli with almonds and a mustard vinaigrette and a lovely sweet potato dish, similar to the one I made form Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem cookbook earlier.

The others all had cocktails and puddings and I had mineral water and a mint tea.  I would have loved to try everything but I am pleased I didn’t.  I will go back when I have lost 3 stone – a definite incentive.

Nopi is one of the best restaurants I have been to for a very long time.  The food is different, interesting and surprising.  This is not one for the person who likes traditional restaurant settings and familiar food on the menu.  This is a food lovers restaurant.  A very, very, good food lovers restaurant.

On the way home we walked past a Wholefoods Market in Picadilly.  It was open and I couldn’t resist a quick shop.  I bought some nutritious treats, including a Bounce Ball so I had a semi healthy sweet treat that did not break any of my rules.  I also have some healthy goodies in the larder to enjoy in the coming weeks.  What a great day out in London we all had.

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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