Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

1. I'm still feeling sad about the Pirates losing to the Cubs last night.

2. This week we've been eating Coq au Vin, one of our favorite chilly weather meals. We make it a lot! Our other dinner: soup.

3. I still have restaurants from vacation to write about, but here's something we ate on vacation that was awful. I've named it The Worst Soup Ever. It's been on my mind because we've been eating a lot of soup lately.
The WORST Soup Ever (Vegetable Soup)
It was a chilly, windy, rainy, super soggy day and after we went to see the Changing of the Guard (honestly, not all that exciting) we went to Churchill War Rooms. CWR wasn't high on my original list of Things To See, but it is an indoor activity, it is near Buckingham Palace & St James Park, and after mentioning it to SP, who was very enthusiastic, my enthusiasm grew. Turns out, CWR is fascinating. So much information. It can also get crowded with people, people wanting to escape the downpour, and that can make it difficult to move through narrow passageways.

Anyway, we had reservations to see Buckingham Palace at 2:30 pm so we wanted to leave by 2 pm. Around 1:30 pm, we decided to grab lunch from the cafe at CWR. It is a small cafe and it was super crowded. They were out of a lot of the sandwiches, leaving vegetable soup as pretty much the only option. Soup sounded good since it was cold & rainy. Turns out the soup was awful. It was definitely not our idea of vegetable soup. No floating peas, carrot, celery, tomato, green bean. Everything was pureed together and it tasted like pureed squash. Ick. I don't really like squash and if it is prepared as squash puree it is even more disgusting. My mom and I barely touched our soup. SP ate his and declined to help eat mine which was unusual for him and soup. The bun/biscuit/scone thing served with it was bland, dry, and also disgusting. Mom and I ended up feasting on the pretzels and crackers we carried everywhere.

4. One tourist attraction cafe with decent food is Kensington Palace Cafe. We ate lunch there after touring the palace and before wandering through the gardens. It's attached to the gift shop and there is indoor seating as well as outdoor seating. We ate outside because it was a beautiful day.
 SP & I shared a Farmhouse Ham & Mature Cheddar sandwich on brown bread that was pretty tasty.
We also shared a slice of Victoria Sponge Cake. It was OK. Not as light & spongy as I expected, but I liked the plain, vanilla cake with raspberry jam and icing in between the layers.

5. The Victoria Sponge Cake might not have wowed us, but the most disappointing dessert on vacation goes to this strawberry & cream tart concoction from Caffe Concerto:
One evening, I think it was the horrible downpour day and worst soup ever day, SP had run out in the rain for some reason while I tried to dry off in the hotel. He came home with this dessert. I was stuffed and didn't try it because I had a yummy White Chocolate & Orange Cookie from Pret to enjoy. So he ate it.

He said the strawberries were good but the pastry cream was disappointing. The day that my mom spent on her own, she ate breakfast at Caffe Concerto. She said her omelette was just OK.

  Caffe Concerto Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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