Honeymoon Dining Diaries: Afternoon Tea in London

The Date: May 17, 2010

The Place: The Georgian Restaurant at Harrod’s

The dining room had a great atmosphere. Not shown here — the piano player.

The “Meal”: We ordered one full-blown afternoon tea, featuring a plate of sandwiches, a plate of breads and a plate of pastries. Then, we ordered one additional tea with a single course of sandwiches.

Our platters — sandwiches on the bottom, scones in the middle, pastries on top

Kelley exhibiting some fine tea sipping form.

Paul with the pinky extension

Everything so clean and shiny

It was all delicious — Kelley wanted to lick her plate clean!

And then there was the table next to us, which featured two women and one little girl, maybe 4 years old. Well, she wasn’t quite into the classy tea experience. So, she played with her food. At the end of their tea time, their table looked like this:

For comparison sake — this is the final view of our table:

Meet Our Garden

On a warm weekend in mid-May, we made an impromptu decision to go to the garden store. Several hours (shopping, digging, planting), we had a garden. It was later that week that we wondered if we had made a huge mistake (since the latest frost date in our area is typically thought of as Memorial Day, which was about three weeks after our planting). Well, as it turns out, we were quite fortunate, and our garden is doing really well, as you can see in this little photo blog entry!

Our garden — based on what we found when digging here, we’re pretty sure there used to be a big tree in this general vicinity. If we continue to enjoy this gardening thing, we’ll probably build a raised bed and create some real soil. But, that’s a post for another time. Interested in buying commercial planters wholesale? Well you have surely come to the right place, do visit the link you can find planters which you can customize to your desire.

Onions that we planted for use as scallions (off frame to the left are some we planted to let grow to full onion size)

Strawberry plants — you can see some runners already coming off these. Why those runners went to the fence I have no clue.

Spinach — some Popeye bug or something seems to like these leaves

Tomatoes

Swiss chard

Mixed lettuce (primarily a mix of red and green leaves, but there might be a head or two growing in there too). This is going to be ready for a salad soon.

Beets!

Radishes — I think we might be harvesting these this weekend.

In the back center, we have a lavender plant (to attract the “good” bugs) surrounded by 4 pepper plants (green, yellow, red and purple, I think)

And, finally, we have two blueberry bushes. We weren’t expecting fruit this year, but it sure looks like some berries are taking shape here. The other plant is a little more bald than this one because there’s a bunny that has been visiting our yard and must have taken a liking to blueberry leaves. We now have a trap setup (thanks to neighbor Jill) in the hopes of catching that formerly cute, now super-annoying rabbit.

Oh! I almost forgot, we also have arugula in the garden. I didn’t include a picture because we chopped most of it down this weekend to make a potato and arugula salad. Both Kelley and I love the peppery taste of arugula, so we’re hoping to get a few rounds of leafy deliciousness before it gets too hot.

Honeymoon Dining Diaries: Night Two Dinner in London

The Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Place: The Ebury Restaurant in Chelsea (London)

The Website: http://www.theebury.co.uk/

The Atmosphere: First off, it should be noted that we weren’t intending to go here. We had come to the Chelsea neighborhood with the intention of grabbing a quick bite to eat then joining up with an organized Pub Walk. We consulted the Zagat iPhone app for a place to dine and it directed us to what sounded like a fantastic Italian place. Unfortunately, they didn’t open until 6:30, and it was 6:00. And the pub walk was at 7. So, we expanded the search and Zagat also gave high marks to the Ebury. We were lucky to duck in when we did too, since the only downpour of our entire honeymoon struck while we dined!

Overall, the atmosphere was very upscale/casual/modern, the crowd was small (it was a rainy Sunday night, after all) and trended to roughly our age range. The menu was classy, and we were able to select a nice bottle of wine.

Kelley’s Main Course: Risotto primavera: peas, broadbeans, fresh mint, spring onions. This was really tasty, and Kelley has never met a risotto she didn’t like, so this was a hit.

Paul’s Main Course: Roast lamb rump, olive oil mash, olives and sundried tomato au jus. This was also quite delicious. The olive oil mash was a nice complement to the tangy sweetness of the au jus.

Dessert: Kelley got an espresso that she poured over a scoop of ice cream. She loved it. I got a glass of port wine. I loved it.

Honeymoon Dining Diaries: Night One Dinner in London

The Date: Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Place: Some pub in London

Appetizer: Duck Liver Pate – this was quite delicious. In fact, it was Kelley’s favorite part of the entire meal.

Paul’s Main Course: Burger and Fries – Yeah, a pretty boring selection, but this was after some 12 hours of traveling, two airplane meals, and a bunch of walking in London. So, I was hungry and a burger sounded great. It hit the spot.

Kelley’s Main Course: Kelley was looking for something like Shepherd’s Pie, and this sounded like it on the menu. It turned out that it was more of a Chicken-Asparagus pot pie. Combined with the “bitter” London beers that she didn’t like either, Kelley was pretty disappointed.