LOVE FOOD, LIVE FOODIE:
I'm sorry but check out this video first. A sea lion sleeping, dreaming and it is just so cute.
We got to see so many of these amazing creatures and they just want to enjoy their lives alongside humans too. This is their land and they will do as they please.
This is the same with the tortoises, birds and marine life.
Such spectacular sights and the chance to walk amongst the wildlife. The sights and sounds were amazing and I would encourage everyone to do this.
Thanks to gadventures for a great time. What everyone needs to do is follow their example and have a:
Great Adventure People!
The last week I have been lucky enough to be in Peru with Laura. We did a tour of cusco and visited Machu Picchu (The Old Mountain) and saw the sacred valley.
Below are my highlights, food included and a brief description. If you haven't been you should go.
We booked our tour with gadventures; a Canadian tour company who worked with the Planterra Foundation in order to help communities in Peru. Part of our tour included a woman's weaving co-op and we got to meet the lovely ladies and heir llamas and alpacas.
An amazing six days. We have done so much and woken up early but all so worth it.
Other highlights which are not above are my love for Ceviche, the lovely people on our tour and the weather.
Now onto Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.
First of all, thank you Google Maps. Trying to find one place helped me find Burger Shack. Now there are 2 burger places near my work. This one the same in that a Burger 'operator' has taken up residency inside a Pub. The Pub this time being the Royal Oak in Marleybone, London.
I found it and then rushed over to try it. Quite a good choice on the menu, but as always i said, stick to the basics and i went with the cheeseburger with fries on the side.
£8.50 for a burger is quite a bit really, so quality needed to be really high to justify! (That rhymes). Out came the burger and fries and 3 different sauces, Mayo, BBQ and Hot Sauce. A splashed a bit on the side.
What i did next was wait. I just sat there and let the smell of the burger hit me. Usually i just dive in, but that bit of patience made the first bite even more enjoyable. The glazed bun immediately stood out. A nice shine to it and it was Strong! By strong i mean, once in my hands, didnt feel like it was going to fall apart. First bite in and the softness of the patty coupled with the twin flavours of ketchup & mustard ensured straight away that i will be back. The taste of the mustard and pickles soon followed and what i like most about the pickles was it brought back the sensation of home-made burgers.
The fries were not too bad either. They had a good crunch and served in a very generous cup sized portion.With the different sauces on offer, i devoured every crumb served to me.
Thanks alot BurgerShack & Royal Oak. I will be back!
One thing i can pride myself on is that I am a hard worker.
Five extra push ups.
Achieving ambitious targets.
Setting unrealistic goals.
Putting yourself in an uncomfortable position.
Being outside of your comfort zone.
Maybe it is all the above, I just couldn't answer and then I struggled to think of any example to get close. In my mind all of the above can be achieved by working hard and therefore you don't need to push yourself. This is the case in the first two points but the last three do then need you to PUSH YOURSELF.
A bit of stress may come about, some nerves too but the end result will be pride, relief and happiness. I truly believe this and I will now try to push myself at work and at home. How? I don't know yet but if anyone wants to set me a challenge then please do let me know.
I was asked about my cholesterol the other night after my cousin had viewed my site and my so called food diary. I like to think that i eat good food and last night at The World's End Market i definitely did.
The World’s End Market is located in the iconic building which formerly housed the World’s End pub, originally a tavern during the times of Charles II from which the area gained its name.
The concept is simple: offering only the very best “market fresh” produce for all day dining, supporting, wherever possible, local suppliers. Clients are encouraged to choose from the resplendent fish and meat selection, much of the produce coming from their sister restaurant’s own Butcher’s, Fishmonger’s and Grocery Shop.
The vibe as we walked in was very chilled, with both the waitress and barman being kind and chatty and offering us both what we wanted- a drink. Once seated we had a look at the menu and it is an eyeful. The selection for starters was focused on seafood with fish tartars and carpaccio the most eye catching for me. I went for the Sea Bass tartar which came with a poached egg and a lemon and herb dressing. This was tasty and i gobbled it after a few difficulties due to the bowel/plate it was served on.
The main courses were set up accordingly- you either go for meat or you go for seafood. I had been 'beefed' out last week so i chose Plaice and Laura went for a Fillet Steak. Both dishes came with fries and salad and a accompanying sauce. The Plaice came with a mint sauce, whilst the steak came with Bearnaise sauce. I would have to say that both were nice but not outstanding- i think this may have been down to our choices (Plaice, maybe not the best fish to choose and Rib Eye probably has more flavour than Fillet).
For desert we went for the Hazelnut and Caramel cheesecake and the Chocloate Fondant. Both were recommendations from the manger, who was very charming throughout the evening and they were nice. They were rich dishes and when i say WE, it is because we like to share and have severe FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). Like the main courses and all three courses i had, i wouldn't say that they had the WOW factor.
The food here is good and concept works. The introduction of a bar and jazz club downstairs and a function room upstairs does make The World's End the place to go to on King's Road. Good food and good options means that return visits will be commonplace and London's good food map is growing.
One Liner: Probably the only place of note to go on Kings' Road and will become the go to destination.
Address: 495 King’s Road, London, SW10 0LR
Phone: 0207 352 2150