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London [Day 4]

27 Jul

Hello all!

How is everyone doing?

I can’t believe I am already more than halfway through my London vacation!  I feel like I’ve been here forever but it also seems like it’s flown by.  We’ve been doing so much and it makes the days go by really fast.

Yesterday we went to Covent Garden, a popular market spot with many stands, stores and places to eat.  It’s a bustling place with live entertainment, things to buy and tons of people milling around.  We browsed around for awhile and took it all in.

There were tons of cool places to eat, including a place with the largest pan of paella I have ever seen.

We settled on Union Jacks, a place with British tapas, grilled plates, wood-fired pizzas, salads and desserts.  We went with a pizza:

Mixed field & wild mushrooms, Westcombe Cheddar, red onion, tarragon & chervil

 It was delicious and unlike any American or Italian pizza I’ve ever had.  I love trying new things on vacation!

On our way out, we stopped in Kurt Geiger to look at the shoes.  It was unreal.

Next, we headed to Westminster Abbey.  Westminster Abbey is a famous church in London and the traditional place of coronation and burial of British monarchs.  Prince William and Kate Middleton were married there last year!

It’s a place full of so much history.  I really enjoyed our tour there!  The architecture of the church is beautiful and I loved learning about British royalty.

After our tour at Westminster Abbey, we headed to The County Hall Arms, a great pub right on the river.

We relaxed and ordered Pimm’s & Lemonade.

Pimm’s is a dark liqueur based on gin, and the drink is mixed with lemonade (which isn’t really lemonade, but Sprite), mint, orange, lime and lemon wedges.  It was so refreshing!

After that, we had reservations at Vertigo 42.  Vertigo 42 is a champagne bar on the 42nd floor of the Natwest Tower in a central part of London.  The bar has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers a spectacular view of the city.

We both ordered a glass of Pinot Gris and caught up while enjoying the view.

Finally, it was dinner time!  We went to Pizza Express.

Such a wonderful day!

Hello from London!

23 Jul

I’m here, safe and sound!  I can’t believe my second full day in London is already almost over.

The Friends episodes in London are some of my favorites. Anyone else agree?


Let’s back up with a recap!

Saturday – travel day:

After getting checked in and settled at the airport, I spent the time walking around and talking on the phone.  The Rochester airport is really small, so it was pretty boring trying to pass the time.  Finally, it was time to board the plane to Chicago!

The first flight was smooth and the time passed quickly.  I read for most of the flight (I’m currently reading Divergent by Veronica Roth).

When I got to the Chicago airport, the first mission was to find food.  I found a small place called B. Smooth that served smoothies and salads.

I created this salad beast with grilled chicken, avocado, red peppers, cucumbers, chickpeas, feta and roasted sunflower seeds topped with balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  It was a great option among a sea of some questionable airport fast food.

I boarded the next plane hoping the 8 hour flight would pass as quickly as possible.  This trip was a birthday gift from my parents and I was very fortunate that they got me a business class ticket.  The extra amenities made the long trip very comfortable and enjoyable.  They served food that looked like this:

The meal started with a glass of water and warm nuts (TWSS), followed by a salad and fresh bread.  I opted for the tilapia entree served with saffron rice and artichokes.  For dessert, I chose the fruit and cheese plate.  I honestly didn’t eat much of anything because I was full from the salad I had in the Chicago airport.  I thought they offered a great spread though!

After the meal, I did everything possible to fall asleep.  I wanted to be raring to go when I landed in London!

Sunday – Day 1:

After many hours of traveling and a five hour time change, I finally made it to London!  Katie met me at the airport and we headed back to her aunt’s house.  We had tea and toast, then got cleaned up and headed out.  Our first adventure in London was a double decker bus tour!


It was the best way to see all of the major sights without exerting a ton of effort.  I was feeling pretty good post-travels, but I knew I would crash hard later.  It was a great tour!

My favorite photo of the day:

Tower Bridge with the Olympic Rings.


Next up, Buckingham Palace!

When we returned back to Katie’s aunt’s house, we eventually ate a dinner of chicken, broccoli, squash and potatoes.  Everything was roasted and covered with gravy and it was DELICIOUS.  It’s nice to be on vacation and still get home cooked meals!  I crashed soon after dinner and was in bed by 10 p.m..

It was a perfect start to the trip 🙂

Day 2 recap coming soon!

Food Rut

10 Jul

Hey hey, how is everyone’s day going?

Before we get into today’s happenings, let’s back up to last night.

After my evening run, I showered quick and was still feeling (somewhat) ambitious around 8:00 p.m..  That ambition led me straight to the kitchen to try my hand at baking some more bread!   I loved my cinnamon walnut bread from last week, but I wanted to try something new.

Whole wheat zucchini banana walnut bread!  I used Courtney’s recipe, but switched up a few things.  The ingredients ended up looking like this:

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup (6 oz.) plain Chobani yogurt
  • 3/4 cup Splenda
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1-1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup walnuts

I mixed and prepared the ingredients according to Courtney’s recipe and ended up baking the loaf for about 45 minutes.  It’s delicious!  I’ve eaten a ton of zucchini this summer and was happy to be able to incorporate it into a baked good.

This morning started off with another protein pancake with 1/2 a sliced banana, some almond butter, honey and sugar-free syrup on top.  I definitely could have split up the batter, but instead I rolled with a single, thick pancake.  It was dense and super filling.

On the side, I had a cup of fruit salad.  I eat an unbelievable amount of fruit in the summer.  I love it so much!

Next up, a run outside.  I went for a little over 2 miles.  I originally had every intention of doing an Insanity video when I got home, but after the run I just wasn’t feeling it.  The clock was also telling me I needed to get in the shower and get moving or I’d be late to work!  I finished up the workout with Gina’s bedtime ab burner (although it certainly wasn’t bedtime) and some stretching.  Nothing crazy, but at least I got moving!

Some photos snapped of our flowers out front on my way back in the house.

This afternoon, my dad took me on a lunch date to Aladdin’s 🙂

Aladdin’s is one of my favorite restaurants.  They have delicious Mediterranean food and offer many salads, pitas, pastas and other dishes.

I’ve definitely fallen into a “food rut” at Aladdin’s.  At restaurants I like, I’m really guilty of ordering the same thing almost every time I go there!  At Aladdin’s, it’s the Roman salad:

Mixed greens, apples, toasted pitas and goat cheese in a lemon-citronette dressing.  I always have them add grilled chicken on top.  The salad is HUGE and always ensures great leftovers.  Yum!

We were able to enjoy our food right by the water.  It was a beautiful 80 degree afternoon with a breeze.  Perfect for a lunch date with my dad!

A question:

  • Do you fall into a “food rut” at restaurants you like and order the same thing every time?  Do you like to stick with what you know, or do you prefer to try new items on the menu?