What have I been up to then?
Monday ended with dinner at home and a relaxed evening. I cooked cod baked in foil with carrot, tomato, lime juice and chilli. Steamed broccoli and samphire and sweet potato joined on the side. The fish is a recipe I used to enjoy but I found it just so-so. Andy enjoyed it, though.
The forecast for Tuesday wasn't so great, although our new friend was pretty optimistic...
Andy and I spotted this in HomeSense at the weekend and both instantly loved it! Total impulse purchase, but they're always the best, right?!
Cheered by my little birdy friend, I made myself a leisurely breakfast of smoked salmon frittata. Always a winner.
It was a bit grey and miserable, so I did some chores mooched about while Andy went to the gym in the morning. Later we headed out for a spot of coffee at The Garage Lounge, followed by lunch at Porters, both on Albert Road, Southsea. We had planned to eat at The Garage Lounge, but the selection wasn't that great and they weren't serving the one thing I fancied. Hate it when that happens.
At Porters I had a cajun chicken and chorizo salad. It was okay - standard stuff. I went for it because it was the only vaguely healthy thing on the menu, to be honest
I was due to go to military fitness that evening, but really wasn't feeling it, so I talked myself out of it, telling myself I was on vacation and had a busy couple of days ahead... I did put myself to some use, though, and made this amazing chicken mango cashew salad. Iowa Girl, you never fail me. LOVE this salad. I added asparagus, too, as we had some in. Just gorgeous.
It was another chilled evening because Wednesday was a big day...
I've had a birthday surprise stored up for Andy for months. I don't know how I managed to keep it quiet for so long, but on Monday I finally told him we were going to London on Wednesday to see The Book of Mormon. He's been dying to see it for ages, but I said no because it was too expensive. Mwahahahaha! Evil Jodea!
So, we got up early, and I had a veggie packed three egg frittata with asparagus and spinach to see me through the journey to the big smoke.
We took a drive through the countryside to the hotel where my brother works in Tunbridge Wells and left the car there to hop on the train to London. Fifty minutes later, we were tracking down lunch in Soho. I'd looked up places to eat online and decided on the Fresh Healthy Eating Cafe. It was tiny, and ordering was a little stressful as there were so many options and the service moved fast!
It turned out to be worth it, though. I had a really tasty ham salad and an even better fresh juice, all for £6.50.
OMG. I was obsessed with the juice! I had a Beetless - just carrot, beetroot and apple - and totally loved it. I can see how people become addicted to juice and juicing. On the way to the theatre, Andy and I were plotting to relieve my Mum of her juicer...
We really enjoyed the show. It's certainly not for the faint-hearted - if you've seen South Park or Team America: World Police, you'll have some idea of the type of content... That said, there was a huge variety of people there, and as I left I heard two older American ladies saying they couldn't remember the last time they'd laughed so hard!
Spookily, some friends happened to be seeing the same showing, totally by coincidence! So we met them for a drink after in Leicester Square, which was really nice and unexpected.
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped in at Wagamama for a bite to eat. I started with barbecue beef lettuce wraps with a very hot chilli sauce. Loved.
I also had a tasty seaweed salad. Crunchy and sweet and salty. All the good things.
And a couple of little sides for fun - tea-stained boiled egg (tastes like... boiled egg!) and kimchee.
A nice meal. I also had carrot and ginger juice in an homage to my AMAZING juice earlier in the day.
More on my staycation tomorrow folks. In the meantime I gotta get me a haircut and get my girls together for some dancing. It is Saturday after all.
Are you into juice/juicing? What's your flava?