Little Social Anniversary Dinner

On Saturday me and Brian went to Jason Atherton’s Little Social for our anniversary dinner and had a great time. I’m still not someone who finds whipping out my phone and taking pictures of my food a normal or natural thing to do, but I tried! I also find it very awkward when at dinner with friends and they start snapping away and taking pictured of food, so I’m hoping to not be an embarrassment to others either. I will get better with more experience I’m sure but for the moment the pictures aren’t great. Anyway, enough excuses; on to the review!

We started the evening with a drink at Ain’t Nothin But in Kingly Street and then moved on to the Masons Arms just round the corner from Little Social. I’ve been the Pollen Street Social with friends before so I had high hopes for Little Social. At Pollen Street Social we had the tasting menu and it was a very interesting experience with great food and drinks. Little Social is more informal but with really good atmosphere and of course great service. I started with cod brandade while Brian made do with a lovely bread basket (it only had to be refilled once!).

Cod Brandade

Cod Brandade

For mains I had lamb three ways, and it was very, very good, especially as I haven’t had lamb in quite a few months! Brian had the Little Social burger which according to numerous burger reviews is one of the best burgers in London. Brian’s burger didn’t look much like any of the pictures I saw of the burger on the Internet and Brian said that it was ok, though nothing very special. I was a bit disappointed in his verdict as I expected a lot from the burger but my lamb was great! For desert we shared an apple tarte tatin with clotted cream ice cream that was lovely and rich as it should be.

Lovely Lamb

Lovely Lamb

Tiny Burger

Tiny Burger

Dinner Aftermath

Dinner Aftermath

We had a great experience at Little Social, but best of all was that as they were aware that it was an anniversary dinner they presented us with a card and take-home chocolate cake at the end of our meal!

Little Social Gift

Little Social Gift

Little Social Gift

Little Social Gift

Selfie on Train Home

Selfie on Train Home

Some random pictures

I am not by any means an accomplished photographer and it will probably take me a very long time and a lot of trial and error to become any good; but I got a new camera the other day so I had to try out some of the settings! We went for a short walk on Sunday while the weather was lovely, mostly to try out the new camera and in the hope that the rhododendrons would be in bloom already. Alas, the only flowers we saw were daffodils – though of course they were lovely as well! Here’s some pictures…

Toy Camera

Toy Camera

Super Macro

Super Macro

Normal

Normal

Inadvertent shot

Inadvertent shot

Zoom

Zoom

Partial Color

Partial Color

Partial Color

Partial Color

Light / Shadows

Light / Shadows

Soft Focus

Soft Focus

Pop Color

Pop Color

 

Pictures taken 09-Mar-2014 at Childwickbury http://www.harpenden-history.org.uk/page_id__396.aspx

Saturday morning and waiting for the promised sunshine!

So over the last few months I started taking an interest in Vegan food and discovered tofu! That’s right, the one food I really thought I’d never develop a taste for despite trying it many times over the years. I also never had any idea about how many different types of tofu there were and the differences in texture and what you can do with the specific types….in fact, it is a whole new world and I’m still learning. This morning’s breakfast was leftover tofu, black bean and corn ‘scramble’ from ‘The Starch Solution’ that I’ve bastardised by adding some fresh tomato and spinach. Basically, the tofu is marinated, while cooking some onion with the beans and corn, the rice tomato and spinach then go in along with some BBQ sauce and other flavourings, with the tofu added last. This makes a healthy and satisfying meal whether for breakfast or any other time of the day. I can also highly recommend you read ‘The Starch Solution’, not only for some very good recipes but also for some food for thought.

Tofu Scramble

Tofu Scramble

And so it begins…

My name is Elsa and I’m a South African currently working, living and eating in London. Well, I say living in London but actually we live just outside London and commute into London every day to earn a crust. I’ve decided to start a blog mainly as a hobby but also as a way of (hopefully!) learning some new skills in the process. I’m not very good at writing about myself and probably not much good at writing about anything else either, but we’ll see!

 

In the main I am interested in food and restaurants and I spend a lot of time reading foodie blogs and recipes, though I don’t get round to making and experimenting with as many dishes as I’d like to. I basically like all food and will eat most things as long as it tastes good. I started this blog with the aim of getting into the habit of documenting our last (for a while anyway) year spent in London as well as covering any trips we may do in the coming year. The blog will be a visual reminder of where we’ve been and what we’ve experienced. I will see where the writing and the blog takes me as it remains to be seen how disciplined I’ll be about updating the blog. My blog is mostly aimed at friends and family or anyone else who wants to keep up with out adventures, both in food and travel.