I'm sure I have blogged about this place before as it isn't the first time we have had a meal there, but it always impresses so it's worth another mention. Prix Fixe is in Soho and it is one of those restaurants it's easy to forget about in the Soho jungle of new openings and places you have to queue to get into. There are a lot of those... I'm not sure I have mentioned this before, but I HATE queuing for a table.
Prix Fixe is easy, good prices, GREAT food and serious portions. We never really have much space for dessert as the menu is just too full of amazing starters and mains we want to have instead. On this occasion I went for crab and avocado toast to start and I almost didn't have space for my main. The crab mixture was delicious on the crispy sourdough bread and I just couldn't stop eating until my plate was empty.
For main I just couldn't resist the steak and fries. Honestly it was just the perfectly cooked piece of meat with crispy, delicious fries and drenched in garlic butter. I was so happy with my choice! My mum had a delicious piece of pork belly and the husband went for fish. Everything was delicious, as usual. I just can't fault this place and I know we will be back before long. Perfect for a casual date night, for a meal with friends or just any night really.
I have had the best weekend! I got so much done, including laundry (really, I do other things too...), cleaning the house, an hour reading a book in a cafe, booked plane tickets for Christmas (Oslo, yay!) and even was a bit creative. The creative bits happened mostly today, as yesterday I went to central London to get a birthday present and then just lost 5 hours of my life. I came back to the flat in the late afternoon and just had to have a nap and a coffee.
So my creative streak this weekend came in the form of a chocolate guinness cake and then the husband and I spent 15 minutes in the store contemplating which chocolates to buy for decoration. I have to say, I decorated it so nicely I am actually so proud of my work (must have picked up some things while working in the cake shop for years...), I had to send a picture to everyone back home, just to have proof it actually happened. The cake is for a fun occasion for tomorrow btw, so I am really looking forward to that.
I also made some scented candles this afternoon, while making the chocolate frosting for the cake. I'm all about multitasking. I was thinking that homemade candles would be this years Christmas present, so I had to test it out, seeing as I have never made any before. It seemed pretty straight forward, and I think I have managed pretty well with my essential oil mixing and pouring of wax into different containers. Watch this space, this might be my new thing.
I'm really looking forward to this week, we have some fun plans and I am even doing some interesting things at work, it's all looking up.
I have always loved Burberry and spent a lot of time obsessing over their trench coats, and many years back I saved up and bought one, and it is still going strong. Cost per wear is probably in pennies as I wear it every year during spring and autumn. Probably the best thing I ever bought myself. So when there was a chance to see a bit more of the brand, I obviously couldn't say no, and rushed to get to Burberry at Makers House for the creative display they put on for fashion week.
I think the reason they set up the exhibition at Makers House was to showcase craftsmen and inspiration for the current collection. Burberry showed they SS17 collection during fashion week and right after the whole collection was put on show for the public and Makers House was open.
I loved seeing the inspiration, all the materials and colours and the craft on show from the craftsmen. The embroidery on show was insane. And I loved the wall of scissors.
Watching this guy slowly and painstakingly creating a sculpture was incredible. And the screen printing below was beautiful.
The real reason for it all was of course the new collection from Burberry and I watched the whole show online (watch it, the live music made me super emotional, it was just beautiful, definitely worth it!) so I was really excited to see it all in real life and not on a screen. I was most excited about the tassels!
I loved seeing all the clothes and felt so super inspired to care more about how I dress (small victories!), I also loved being able to share it with my mum who was visiting. After ohhhing and ahhhing over all the tassels and chunky plastic chains on the bags and the tassel coat (!!!) it was time for a small snack. I went for cake and coffee and my mum went for tea and crudités with a seriously delicious bean dip. The Thomas cafe did not disappoint.
i think what was most impressive was the incredible atmosphere and music. The whole space just felt like entering a magical garden where anything could happen. All in the middle of busy Soho. I honestly really loved it all and I wish it was still open so I could tell you all to go, and go again myself!
If there is one thing I never do, that we never do, it's to go to the cinema. For some reason, I am just not so into it. Don't get me wrong, I can go to the cinema, however I am just as happy doing laundry while having a Netflix gem on in the background. You know what I mean? No?
So yeah, cinema trips are never high on my to-do list. But then Backyard Cinema came along and I was sold. If you send me an email and ask if I want to book tickets to watch the Jungle Book in a fake jungle, yeah, I'll be there. Fun story, when I was little I LOVED the jungle book sooooo much (we watched a Norwegian version of the musical about 3 times when I was 4 years old) and asked if maybe I could change my name to Mowgli. Sadly that didn't happen, but one of my brothers still call me Mowgli when he wants to wind me up. And my other brother calls me Tarzan when he wants to wind me up. Family, am I right?
All this led to the husband and I getting into the car last weekend and driving to Elephant & Castle to find this fancy jungle cinema. As usual we were a bit hangry (maybe just me, but sometimes you just NEED food) and rushed to find the nearest place serving food. Funnily enough we stumbled upon this large food market and only after eating a delicious burger and inhaling some fries, did we realize that the jungle cinema was actually in the same space. Funny coincidence, and super convenient.
I loved the yellow tables (plenty of them, not difficult to find a space to sit), the flowers in red plastic crates, salad grown in beds around the property and that industrial metal structure along the wall. Not sure why that was there, but I liked it. Almost as much as I liked my burger. We ordered from Brew Tap Burger and their burger was exactly what I needed, a good size for me (tad bit small for the husband, and he even had a bite of mine) and it tasted so good. Mine had some sort of miso something on it, and it was all kinds of right.
The fries were also just right. It might have been just that I was very hungry by that point, but they had a very delicious seasoning on them that just made me want to order several portions and munch my way through.
Part of the food market is also an actual shop where you can buy cheese, meats, drinks and basically everything else you want to buy at a deli. Anything you buy you can also eat at any of the tables provided in the rest of the space, if the actual food stalls don't tickle your fancy.
After food and an ice cream that was just that bit too big (but delicious, so I ate it all!), we made our way to the cinema. To get in we had to climb through a hold in the wall and suddenly we were in the jungle and had to find our way out.
How amazing is that? it was so well done, and to get out of the jungle you had to jump off a cliff and into a pit of boulders where you had to navigate your way out carefully. Quite difficult in heeled ankle boots if I say so myself.
Also, those weren't really boulders, but I guess you got that already?
When we finally made it out of the jungle we were in a lovely room decorated like the jungle complete with a rain forest soundtrack. The cinema chairs were beanbags, how fun! We gratefully sunk into ours after the ordeal of navigating the jungle and were lulled into almost sleep while we waited for the film to start. I don't think I have been that relaxed in a cinema, ever.
I am not so great at film reviews, and I'm not going to start improving right now. But I will say that I really enjoyed the film, even shed some tears at times, and I still think it is a magical story. I was a bit sad that there were not more songs as that is what I was OBSESSED with as a child (although it was the Norwegian version, in theater, that I fell so madly in love with) but the film was still so beautifully made. So yeah, watch it.
Today is just not the day. I woke up with a cold and well, it wasn't a great way to start the day. I have mainly stayed in all day, done laundry (I always mention laundry, which is because I do love doing laundry, and I often blog on the weekends when I have to do the majority of the washing!), had to pop out to buy some food as we didn't really have much and even managed to clean the floors and watch an episode of Colombo. All in a day, huh?
We have had my mum visiting for the past week and a bit (she left on Thursday) so we have had meals out and been quite busy most days when on a "normal" day we don't do much after work. So today I am charging my batteries with an evening TV marathon. It's been so lovely to have her over here for a while, except for the Saturday we decided we should head to Borough Market and the rest of London also had the asme thought. We had an amazing sandwich, so that was perfect, but we just had to weave in and out of the crowds to get anywhere. Very stressful! I'm not doing that again any time soon...
Happy Sunday from the sofa. The TV is on in the background and I am of course watching NCIS (it's usually that or CSI, unless I feel a bit fancy and pop on The Food Network) and blogging. I also have a couple of books on the living room table waiting for my attention, but I am just not feeling like reading today.
My brother stayed over last night so this morning we got dressed and walked to a local cafe for breakfast and then walked to Clapham Common for a coffee. It's not the farthest away for us, but it did take around 40 minutes and it was lovely to walk around quiet London streets in the morning. Also loving that the weather isn't so hot anymore (Indian Summers are not something I enjoy) and a walk doesn't automatically mean you need a shower ASAP. We made it to a cafe and had a coffee before he headed home and I started walking back and jumped on the bus once that passed me.
I was home by 2pm and the husband is at work so I have been left to entertain myself by painting on a canvas for the bedroom (I have no clue what I'm doing but I am adding a little bit each day so we will see how it ends up looking once it's "done") and doing a very large amount of laundry. I really am living the dream...
Planning is 100% my jam, I love writing things down, jotting things on lists and have about 23 notebooks on the go at any one time. I plan so much that it can sometimes become a bit unstructured. I know, not the aim really of planning, but that's how it goes sometimes.
I am constantly picking up new stationary and adjust my systems. I use my outlook calendar synced with my phone calendar at all times. For everything. Need to do laundry, it goes in the calendar. Need to shop for groceries? Need to exercise? Yes it al goes in there. And I love that system and how things can be altered and moved without it being an issue. I am not a fan of a notebook with scribbles and pages full of lots items that has been crossed through. Love getting things done but it makes my lists look messy. So sometimes outlook is a savior because it never really looks that messy.
I still love lists and writing things on paper, so I will often put the bigger things in outlook and then in the evening I scribble tomorrow's to do list in my paper planner and add on anything that needs to be done as well. Like calling the hairdresser to book an appointment, I am the worst at calling places to book things like chiropractor, hairdresser and doctors appointments. It's so easy to do, but it's like I have a serious problem getting it done. I'm working on it, promise.
Not sure there was much point of this, but I do love planning and now you all know how much!
The idea of this post was of course that it should be up on Sunday, since I like calling them Happy Sunday and all that. And then.... I forgot. I know! I even spent hours on the computer doing very little and could have spent all those hours blogging. But by now we all know I didn't. So here we are, and it's Wednesday, I have had the day off and have spent most of it wandering around in the local area where we live. I went to the park and had a coffee (love the coffee there and they are due to renovate soon which is super exciting. Can't wait to see how it turns out!) then walked to the grocery store and spent way too long wondering what to buy (also spotted some floral workout leggings that are haunting me). I also managed a trip to the post office before rushing home as I was STARVING. And you probably also want to know that I have had pancakes for two meals today. Yeah, not sure what happened there.
Most of the pictures in this post is from when I want to Norway a couple of weekends back. One of my most fab high-school friends was getting married in Langesund and I didn't want to miss it. Sadly the husband had to work and stayed behind in London while I flew off to enjoy a couple of days off. The church was very different from others I have seen, so I loved that. And of course seeing two lovely people get married. I went to bed at 3am, which is very late for me these days, and I struggled very much with life the next day which started with a 3 hour drive (not ideal) and ended sitting in a friends garden in the sun, eating home baked buns. Going to Oslo is always lovely because it gives me the opportunity to see some of my absolute best friends and catch up with their lives. And I drive a car when I'm there and that feeling of freedom is just beyond. Man, I need access to a car in this country soon!
The weekend before last the husband and I got on the train and went to see his parents in the country side. Since I grew up in a suburb in Norway, and then spent the best part of 4 years living on the outskirts of the small town of Lausanne in Switzerland, I am used to be surrounded by trees and silence. So sometimes London just gets a bit much and I need a break, and a walk in the forest.
My in-laws live in a lovely part of England where we have access to green and quiet areas, perfect for Sunday walks along the river. Of course finished with a coffee at a village cafe, also on the river. It was a lovely two days of calm and relaxing nothingness, along with cleaning out our stuff in the attic (it was long overdue, my wedding dress is still hanging in a closet in their house, awaiting a decision with regards to it's future) and a couple of BBQ's.
A recipe that isn't really a recipe? You know I love those. In the London heat there is one thing you need, and that is iced coffee. The caffeine will perk you up and the ice will cool you down. Sadly I have nothing for that sticky feeling you get when the humidity is off the charts. Sorry about that.
For my iced coffee, made at work, I use two teaspoons of instant coffee and a teaspoon of brown sugar. I add hot water to this, stir while it dissolves and then I put a bit of ice in the glass to cool it down. This is usually when I go to the bathroom or just go stand in our garden for a bit and try to cool down. It doesn't always work. Once the coffee is a bit cooler I add more ice and then fill up the rest of the glass with milk. How easy is that?
Sometimes I make the coffee with a caramel flavored instant coffee, you know, just to be a bit fancy. And that's that! It is basically the only thing that cheers me up when the weather is amazing, the office is boiling and my energy levels are slowly dwindling (hello 3pm slump).
I'm Christine and I currently live in London with my husband where I do my best to go to as many restaurants as possible, bake, DIY and occasionally let my hair down and go to a museum. x