Yes, it's happening. I turned 30 yesterday and it feels great and also a bit scary, how on earth did all those years pass by so quickly?!? I had a great weekend full of surprises, all arranged by the husband. He is pretty ok to have around. Then he arranged for us to spend the night in a hotel yesterday and currently I am sitting in the spa in a robe, relaxing. Celebrating 30 years has been great so far! x
Temporary living has many downsides, like not knowing where anything is, never having much to wear or the right cooking utensils, but a good thing is it makes you discover a new area. We have been slumming it (only joking, it's lovely here) in Canada Water for the last 3 months and when there are only 3 pots and a pan in the kitchen, going out for dinner seems like a great option. We have been trying out a couple of places in the local area and my favourites are collected here.
Canada Water Cafe
Mostly a place for coffee and teas in my kind but they do have a good food menu as well. On my second day in the area I felt like life was not being so great to me and I went to Canada Water Cafe and treated myself to eggs Benedict to cheer me up. It worked. I also spent way too much money on take away coffees on early, cold mornings when I felt I needed a little motivation and treat.
Don't go to cafe east for the decor or atmosphere, there isn't much of either, but the food is worth a visit. The menu is pretty simple and there is no alcohol served so it's a great place for a quick dinner or a weekday treat. We had the pork spring rolls and they were so good. The husband had prawn soup and I had noodles with loads of stuff. Absolutely delicious, quick, good price, and exactly what we wanted.
Salt Quay Pub
On NYE we wanted to do something to mark the occasion, but with a bit of an interesting living situation (maybe ill tell you all about that later) we didn't want to do anything at home and London on NYE is generally quite stressful. So we found a local pub and booked dinner for 2. It's the most low key NYE I have ever had ( not counting the year I was on my own with a migraine, had Indian take away, vomited most of the evening and saw the fireworks through the bedroom blinds while hoping it would all end. NYE 2011 you were a challenge) and it suited life right now. This year I want a huge party or dinner with loved ones so I'm going to have to make that happen. But back to the Salt Quay pub. Loved the food, the atmosphere was like a normal pub, and the crowd was a happy one. With menu prices being seriously blown up on NYE our 3 course menu for around £25 was a bargain.
Can that be a thing? Happy Thursday? I feel like Sunday is a great day for a little sum up as its the end of the week and if there is anything I love a lot it's a new beginning on a Monday. Makes sense? However Sunday's are difficult days for me with work and so I just never have the energy to blog, so until that changes (might happen later this year!) I might make this a Thursday thing. Not that I have been great at blogging or doing anything related to this blog in months. Ooooops. Well, one of my 2016 goals is to get back on it as I love writing these little notes and take pictures that wont just clutter up my phone. So that's that, more blogging in 2016. It's been a couple of interesting weeks lately with work/life all developing and changing soon, it's all so exciting and I want to sort out my thoughts and get them all down on paper (or rather, in a blog post), until then, here is a little look into what I got up to this past week(s)
Happy new year! I know we are on day 3 of 2016 already but we will be wishing people a happy new year for weeks to come so I feel I can do the same here.
I'm so excited for 2016, I think this year is going to be great as we hopefully will move in to our new place and I will have some changes in my work life too which is both exciting and scary. I'm also going to turn 30 towards the end of this month. Although I feel like 30 is a high number when it comes to age, I'm looking forward to all the new and fun things we will be doing to celebrate and I'm crossing my fingers the husband will buy some gold foil number balloons for the occasion. It's the little things!
For now, I'm filling my yearly planner, sorting out papers, thinking about fitness regimes and promising myself I will eat healthy. Now let's see what the year actually brings.
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