I have just spent 2 days in Belfast!  I did spend most of that time in the office but managed to see a little of the city centre.

This is Belfast Welcome to Belfast I left home on Wednesday and caught an early flight to Belfast.  I arrived before my colleague so I had a soya milk latte and bag of popcorn at the airport for breakfast while I waited.popcorn and latte The office is on the edge of the City with nowhere nearby to grab any food so I had lunch in the office canteen.  A really good vegetable soup with wholemeal bread.  Today for lunch I just had 2 large servings of the soup.Lunch 13-1-16 2 But back to yesterday, I had a large mixed salad with my soup which was very reasonable.lunch 13-1-16 Before heading out for supper in the evening, I checked in to my room at the Radisson BluRB room 2 It was a bit bland and corporate but very comfortable.RB room 1Having checked in, we set off in to central Belfast, armed with a map and directions to the oldest pub in Ireland.Radisson Blue We found it!  The Crown Liquor Saloon is actually owned by the National Trust and the outside and the inside are stunning.  My little camera does not do it justice but we really enjoyed gawping at the decor and trying to capture the essence of the place, as well as enjoying a Guinness.The Crown Belfast 10 Look at the inside !!!!The Crown Belfast 8 It has booths 🙂 .  I do love sitting in a booth.The Crown Belfast 7 Cheers 🙂 Guinness The Crown Belfast 6 The Crown Belfast 5 The Crown Belfast 4 The Crown Belfast 3 The Crown Belfast 2 Having enjoyed a Guinness we set off for a vegetarian restaurant called Home.The Crown Belfast 1 We walked past the Europa Hotel, which is unfortunately famous for being the most bombed hotel in the world; it has been bombed 28 times!Europa Hotel We found Home and went inside.  The front half of the building is like a coffee shop and is used during the day and the other half is a restaurant.Home deli I had an Irish whisky with a splash of water.  Absolutely perfect.  I could have enjoyed several of those but stuck to one.Irish whisky They had a vegan menu – yippee.Home vegan I had the Vietnamese style salad as a starter and it was so good I wished I had ordered it as a main.Vietnamese salad The cauliflower and chick pea curry was good too.cauliflower chickpea curry Instead of rice I had it with mashed potatoes which were excellent.  Super soft and no lumps.mash and sweet potato fries We walked back to the hotel past this extraordinary building – City Hall.  Isn’t that stunning?Belfast City Hall 2 We enjoyed our evening in Belfast but were astonished at how quiet it is.  There were very few bars or restaurants and most were closed and the streets were deserted.  Apparently it livens up during the weekend.Belfast City Hall 1 Today began with a hotel breakfast of fruit and grapefruit  juice.fruit 14-1-16 Then toast with tomatoes and potato and toast and marmalade.  Plus tea.  Everywhere seems to offer dairy free alternatives to milk which is excellent.breakfast 14-1-16 Off to the office.Belfast office This was the view from my desk; across the City and to the snow capped hills in the distance.P1050610 I had 2 portions of vegetable soup for lunch and at the airport a bag of Taytos and a flapjack.  You have to check the back of crisp packets; salt and vinegar had whey and another flavour had egg white!  Who would have thought.Tayto flapjack It was good to get home and I had a bowl of gnocchi with pesto and cherry tomatoes.aer lingus

I enjoyed my visit to Belfast.  The highlight was the Crown pub and I would love to go there again.  I did well with food on Wednesday but did not make such good food choices today as I ate some poor quality food.  I am working from home tomorrow so I can eat ultra healthily.

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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