Bank holiday recap 3

Since Hubbie has cut out caffeine for his migraine detox, we are mainly drinking Rooibos tea with soy milk. At first, he winced (and cried) about the prospect of having to say good-bye to good old milky English tea for foreseeable future. However, once he has got used to a new diet, Rooibos tea has won over him, and he has not missed the old way at all. Even though I still drink odd mocha here and there and always start my day with normal tea, the choice of my hot drink throughout the rest of day has become Rooibos with soy milk. The best thing I have found in this tea with reddish hue is how easily I fall asleep and how well I sleep if I drink it after dinner. Sometimes, I also have pretty wacky dreams which I find fun. Last night’s dream was another crazy one in which Justin Timberlake was a sky-diving instructor and trying to teach me how to jump! I still can’t figure out why I dreamt about him because I am not his fan – I don’t dislike him but I never fancy him either, you know what I mean? Why did he pop in my head? It was so bizarre.

Anyway, our bank holiday Sunday was spent locally. Hubbie’s migraine had disappeared and the weather wasn’t too bad – cloudy but windless. ‘Shall we have late brunch at Ozone?’ The good old restaurant was open despite the bank holiday weekend, therefore, we sauntered along City Road with Bella the sometimes reluctant walker.

Well done to Bella’s short legs. We are here!

Surprisingly, the eatery was not too busy. Any normal Sunday, a queue by their till entrance can stretch out beyond the door during the peak time. After waiting for about 15 minutes, we were ushered to one of the table.

The chefs busy at work….

While Hubbie sipped green juice, I had to have my mocha moment. Sorry!

I had smoked fish cake with poached egg, and Hubbie tucked in their veggie big breakfast….

I would have given 10/10 for the dish if the fish cake was not too salty. The poached egg was a good antidote, but it was not enough. Therefore, I had to score it as 7/10.

For dessert, we ordered our favourite, Lamington!

After brunch, we headed towards east. ‘Do you fancy browsing some magazines?’

Bella having rest on the floor of Artwords Bookshop…

‘Which magazine are you going for, Bella?’

All the sudden, Hubbie declared that he needed to buy tulips. ‘I want to shoot tulips!’ Alrighty, we made a beeline to Columbia Road Market.

Lots of flowers! So beautiful, aren’t they, Bella?

Two for tenner, it was…

I wished if he bought less because the flowers took so much space!

And they had to be left in the vases until they were half-dead. It took a whole week to be in this state…

When will I get my ironing board back?

And Bella was not too concerned…

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Progress Report…

It was again another run of the mill kind of weekend, pottering around & taking things slow & easy. At Shepherdess the greasyspoon. I scribbled Mr.B’s name over my cheese omelette with brown sauce…

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I feel so much better than a month ago. Still, my fitness level is miles away from being fit and I am not sure when I can get back on the ice. When I am a little exhausted from running daily errands, a tingling sensation submerges from the back of my throat and urges me to cough. This worries me as if I have done too much or if I am having a relapse. It is so frustrating! I miss the training on Monday night and am depressed to see my hockey kit gathering dust by the doorway being made redundant for a very long time. Oh well, what can I do? There is no such elixir to restore my health & mojo instantly. I just have to be patient and let the time to do the healing. Oh, I am so bored…

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Quiet Brunch @ Shepherdess the Caff

Hubbie returned from NYC yesterday, bringing home his weary body as well as a few pair of undies and socks to be laundered.
Having all of us at home must have made such a difference in our psyche, Hubbie, I & Mr.B slept soundly until midday.

Then, our customary Saturday brunch at a local greasy spoon, the Shepherdess. We grabbed newspapers which were left behind by another diners and masticated our weekend nosh quietly…

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Christmas at Shepherdess the caff…

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It was raining and looked miserable. Therefore we decided to share an apple pie with custard and fresh cups of tea…

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I flicked through a TV guide with Christmas listings. It was as dull as last year’s and the year’s before. Why do they keep on showing us the same films over and over? We would be bored stiff, Hubbie & I nodded in a grave agreement. BTW, the apple pie tasted nice…

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A perfect antidote for any miserable weather…

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Brunch @ Salvation Jane

I felt shattered when I finally rested my head on the pillow after a long and fun day out with a fellow WP blogger, SC, from Wandering Cows.
When I reviewed one of the eateries around Old Street station, SC kindly recommended Salvation Jane on City Road which proved to be a spot on suggestion. Then naturally, we decided to have brunch at there together.
Yesterday morning, around 11AM, Hubbie and I arrived first at Shoreditch Grind where we were to rendezvous. Shortly afterward, SC joined us and we made our way to Salvation Jane. The restaurant was far from being deserted, despite the fact it was Saturday – a weekend is the most quiet time in the City. In fact, we waited for a fairly long time before our foods were brought to the table…

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Over another round of tea & latte, we resumed our talk which was interrupted by a malfunctioning fire alarm at Shoreditch Grind…

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It turned out that we didn’t live that far from one another. What a coincident! That means only one thing. We are going out together more often. Hurrah!

Eventually, our brunch emerged from the kitchen…

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I ordered a dish of salt beef hashcakes with poached eggs, fresh spinach and smoked tomato relish…

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The salt beef and mashed potato was perfected done and when the cake was drenched with a runny egg yoke, the result was a divinely delicious dish.

Hubbie opted for thyme roasted Portobello mushrooms and Goat’s cheese with crisp polenta, watercress and a poached egg…

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The dish looked very wholesome and healthy. I should have stolen a bite from his but I was too absorbed to our chat. By the way, SC picked BERT – toasted sourdough, organic sausage instead of bacon, a fried egg, rocket, fresh tomato and aioli. My apology for not taking a picture of her plate. I was more interested in sinking my teeth into the salt beef hashcake!

All in all, the brunch at Salvation Jane was a pleasant way to kick-start our exciting day out at Spitalfields area…

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Egg Benedict @ The Wolseley

The Wolseley had been one place I always tempted to visit but never managed to do so for no apparent reason. Therefore, I eagerly included the Wolseley in my short-list and forwarded it to Madam Bentley when she suggested a brunch date last week. She must have picked up my secret plea from my email because she proposed the Wolseley from the list. Yippee!

The good old Wolseley. Can’t remember how many time I walked past you. But today, I am walking in instead…

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The inside of the restaurant was already a hive of activity.
Under its arched ceiling, chandeliers with a contemporary twist were suspended elegantly. A midday sunshine was flooding in from the large west facing windows, making the Wolseley’s signature monotone interior decor even more striking. As smartly clad diners chatted to their companions animatedly and their cutlery clinked, waiters glided between the tables briskly without lacking their professional grace…

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Soon, Madam Bentley and I were ushered to one of the tables and settled into it nicely by their smily receptionist…

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Madam Bentley, fresh from her romantic weekend in Brighton…

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What did we order for our brunch? Yes, as you probably have guessed it from the title, it was Egg Benedict…

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I must say, their Egg Benedict tasted better than the Shepherdess’s. Having said that, it was rightly so because the dish was nearly five times more expensive. Madam Bentley and I munched through our delectable breakfast and chatted about the events of the past four weeks.

After relishing our first visit to the Wolseley, we walked up Old Bond Street, admiring a row of fine jewellery stores as well as their opulent Christmas decorations.
At the junction with Conduit Street, we turned right towards Regent Street…

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The sky was full of dramatic looking clouds after early morning rain. It resembled a giant tiger print…

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A perfect backdrop for Christmas decorations…

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