One of my foodie friends realised his gastronomic dreams when he booked himself and 14 friends in for a feast of Whole Roast Suckling Pig at St John Bar and Restaurant. St John is unlike any restaurant I've been to. Located in trendy Clerkenwell, the entrance to the restaurant is tucked away around the side of the building (an old smokehouse) and through the bar. The dining room is large and open with high ceilings and lots of white: white walls, white paper table cloths, and white coat hooks that encircle the entire room. It has an industrial feel with rows of metal lamp shades hanging from metal poles and a stainless steel kitchen in the corner. Although nice and simple, some of the atmosphere was lost amongst all that whiteness and it felt a bit cold. In saying that, the interior made it very clear that the focus at St John is firmly on the food.
Last weekend was epic, the kind that reminds you how great it is to live in a city like London. Filled with good friends, good food and an amazing rugby match, I had the best time.
|via Ninetyeight Bar and Lounge|
It started with a girls night out to celebrate the upcoming weddings of two of my favourite girls. We drank cocktails here, went dancing here, and finished the night at a very strange pub that was open late. Polishing off a meat feast pizza with the three remaining girls was the perfect way to end a night that went far too quickly and was way too much fun.
The weekend continued with a piggy feast for 15 friends and ended with the All Blacks winning the Rugby World Cup, so Sunday was pretty much the best day ever. We celebrated at the pub, like every New Zealander in London.
My excessive blog-reading has opened my eyes to a number of very cool-sounding places in London. These places get added to my list of 'Things to do in London'. Now that totally ingenious Pinterest has been invented I can make my lists online (see my 'London' board here). It's brilliant.
One of the places on my list was Railroad (discovered through Brian's blog), a cafe in Hackney, East London, serving brunch, lunch and dinner. I love brunch. It's probably the best meal of the day, but unfortunately it can only truly be appreciated in the weekends. We're always on the lookout for new places to have brunch and Railroad seemed like a pretty good option. So one Sunday morning in September, S and I took the overground to the other side of London to check it out. I had high expectations after reading Brian's glowing review of Railroad, and I was not disappointed. The mis-matched furniture, handmade espresso cups and little book shop made it feel nice and homely. The short and simple menu was so fresh and tasty. The Moroccan eggs baked in a terracotta dish was a winner and their almond croissants were delicious. This would be the perfect place to spend a few hours on a Sunday morning with the paper or an afternoon with a beer. We'll be back to try the dinner menu for sure.
|by Brian Ferry|
I love Ryan Gosling. I first fell in love with him when I saw The Notebook and fell for him even more deeply when I saw Lars and the Real Girl. He is so talented (and good looking).
I went and saw Drive a couple of weekends ago and thought it was very good. One reviewer described it as "deeply cool", which is exactly what it was. I remember it in shades of blue. The dialogue is minimal and the scenes between Ryan and Carey Mulligan are so intense it's almost painful. Surprisingly violent, it takes you on a thrilling ride that leaves you wondering who the driver really is.
The soundtrack is fantastic and complemented the movie perfectly. I've been listening to it almost non-stop since I saw the film. The synthetic beats can't help but make you want to get in your car and drive.
GBK stocks peanut slabs. They must be the nuttiest bar around.
GBK also gave me a water jug... for free. Apparently they had too many. I was pretty stoked and it almost justified the extortionate price they charged us for the peanut slabs and pineapple lumps we bought. I'm already making plans to go back and buy the over-priced jet planes.
Old Amersham is a picturesque old market town. Consisting of one high street lined with pretty boutiques, old pubs and old fashioned sweet shops, it is perfect for wandering. We checked out the market in the ancient market hall, admired the Tudor architecture and visited the church and its beautiful gardens before heading to Artichoke for lunch.
I read a lot of blogs. Probably too many. So I thought it was about time I tried my hand at writing one. I like writing, but I'm out of practice. This will be a good place to learn again and to hopefully find 'my voice', as cheesy as that sounds. I'd also like to get better at taking photographs. I don't know anything about photography, but I'm hoping that putting my photos out there on the internet will encourage me to improve.
I'm not sure what I'm going to write about yet. Probably: my life in London, the travels I go on, the food I eat, the movies I watch, the music I listen to and the books I read. I hope you enjoy the ride.
Posted by Sarah at 22:38