Frontline and the City

Another crazily busy week has flown by.  I have been out to some very interesting places with colleagues, old and new.  I have not eaten healthily enough often enough and this was definitely not a week to look forward to getting on the scales.  Hey ho!

On Wednesday I went to the Frontline Club ( ) near Paddington.Frontline photos It is a restaurant, bar, presentation room and hotel for journalists with a strong leaning towards war correspondents.  Many famous and interesting photos lined the walls; I really enjoyed looking at those.Frontline windows We went for an early supper and to see the work of 4 photographers from different war zoned and then a film by Robert King, a veteran photojournalist, shot during the horrendous (and tragically ongoing) civil war in Syria.  The images were not for the faint hearted and the film was truly shocking.  It literally had me in tears but that is a good thing.  It is important to be reminded of the brutality and horror of life in the world for so many.  So many children and civilians who are losing their lives and the true heroism of the Doctors trying to save them.

Before we watched the film we enjoyed a cocktail and dinner.Frontline cocktail menu I went with two colleagues from work, Zoe and Owen.Zoe and Owen This wasn’t mne but it looked so good I had to take a photo – the squid starter.frontline squid I had a mushroom and tarragon pie which was fantastic.Frontline pie On Thursday I worked in the City proper, up on Old Broad Street.  I haven’t been up here in the mornings for ages and I really enjoyed it.No 1 London Bridge I enjoyed the walk over London Bridge – the sunshine did help.Canary WHarf from London Brideg I have worked in the City for most of my life and early morning in the City is completely different to the West End.  The streets are packed with people in the City whereas they are much quieter in the West End.  Most people in the City are walking along alone and are focused, with their destination in mind, unlike people in the West End with time to spare, who dawdle along enjoying the shops, bars and cafes etc. They often hold hands or slowly move along the pavement in huge crowds.  In the City people march along, quickly.    And you will observe, mainly in one direction over the Bridge.  Just one bad machine here, trying to walk against the human tide.walking over London Bridge 1 These buildings are so familiar to mein the City and most are beautiful to look at.Leadenhall Market and New Moon Threadneedle St At lunch time I was delighted to be reminded of Birleys, a sandwich and salad bar.Birleys London Wall They were one of the first posh sandwich shops to open in the City and people used to queue to go there, even though they were very expensive.  Now their prices are similar to most other sandwich bars but they still serve high quality sandwiches.  It was in a Birleys, many years ago, that I first came across the winning combination of the avocado and bacon sandwich!inside Birleys I didn’t have that today though, I had the turkey and cheese toasted flatbread and it was delicious.turkey and cheese toasted flatbread This is Tower 42, previously known as the Nat West Tower.Tower 42 2 I remember it being built and it was the tallest building built in the 1980’s.Tower 42 Yesterday I worked from home so I could make a decent breakfast.scrambled egg on toast 27-6 Look what I found in the cupboard!new potatoes sproutingThe sprouts have forced their way through the bag!  The potatoes are now in the garden, hopefully growing to produce more potatoes growing out of bag Salad for lunch.salad in garden 27-6-14 I enjoyed picking my first peas of the year.salad in basket with peas They are so sweet and delicious there is no need to cook them.4 pea pods Served with tuna to make a simple and delicious salad.tuna salad 27-6-14 I enjoyed every mouthful of that.tuna salad 27-6

So that is a quick catch up.  I hope you have eaten more healthily than I have this week!

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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1 Response to Frontline and the City

  1. suzjones says:

    I probably haven’t eaten better than you lol. Not as long as there are biscuits in the house. But I am going to try. I’m always going to try. 🙂

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