Thanks to Southeastern running late trains (AGAIN!!!!!) I came to work in the West End via the City. I thought it may be better to take a Cannon Street train and then the tube over to Holborn rather than take a chance that another Charing Cross train might or might not be cancelled.
Most mornings, despite trying to resist (to reduce calories and caffeine), I do come to work via Timberyard, where I buy a delicious and perfectly made soya milk latte. Today however, that would have involved a detour and another delay so instead I stopped at a coffee shop I walked past and had never been to before; Holborn Grind I see from their website they are a cocktail bar too but none of that was in evidence this morning. I really liked the urban pared back decor, there was a good range of fresh juices to order, some mediocre looking baked goods and a menu for breakfast items. I didn’t see anything vegan but I only wanted a coffee. Unfortunately, Monmouth coffee if you consume dairy, and Timberyard if you consume a wide variety of milks, does set the bar very high indeed for a coffee and Holborn Grind was not a close match. The soya milk latte was small, luke warm (I am being generous, it was practically cold) and cost £3.30!!!! which I think is extortionate. So I won’t be rushing back. 3 bananas and 4 clementines for breakfast. Back to Planet Organic for lunch today but this time I visited the Tottenham Court Walk store which is new. It was great. I had company on the walk too because my colleague Phoebe joined me which was better than going alone. I went for a hot food selection today; if I recall correctly there were about 8 vegan hot dishes to choose from. Look at this lovely clear labelling. I had the enchilada layers, roasted root veggies, brussel sprouts and stir fry. The layered thing had an unusual flavour I wasn’t sure about but the rest was really good. All 3 veg dishes were excellent. In Planet Organic they have quite a few tasting stations. So many actually that you can practically eat a light lunch while you shop. I tasted and bought this packet of ‘Seaveg Crispies’. I thought they would make a good alternative in case I fancied a bag of crisps or popcorn later. 65p was cheap and only 28 calories for the pack. I did also have another soy milk latte this afternoon so a few too many calories there. I was tired by supper time and couldn’t be bothered to cook so I had 2 slices of bread (Sourdough wholemeal made by Pauls ) with humous, tomatoes and a little gem lettuce. This had to be eaten with a knife and fork!
That was a pretty good day. I shouldn’t have had 2 lattes but it was all vegan and I did eat lots of plant foods. I am not quite up to 10,000 steps for the day so I need to go up and down the stairs or on my exercise bicycle to reach goal. Fitbit emailed me my weekly stats today and my average daily steps is 9,527 so not bad at all. Certainly a good start.