Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anniversary Weekend

I'm really going to try hard not to overload you with sappiness, dear readers, but I have to say that this weekend was amazing.  I am so lucky to be able to share all of these adventures with such a wonderful guy... oops,  there goes the gushing!  Goodness, it's harder than I thought to tamp down my ardor.  I suppose that's a good sign, though, right?

On Friday night, Jon and I met at Gordon Ramsey's Foxtrot Oscar for dinner.  Most of the reviews I read said that the food was really good though the service wasn't great, but I have to say that both were stellar.  We started with a glass of Prosecco each and split a Caesar salad - it was old school, topped with a poached egg, bacon, and anchovies.  The main draw of the restaurant, though, was their steak-sharing option: we got a meltingly delicious ribeye with a green salad, thick-cut fries/chips, and onion rings plus a decent bottle of red wine.  (I learned the sinus-clearing way that English mustard should be taken seriously.)  We finished with a delicious cheese plate - or so I thought: our lovely waiter, who was very impressed that we were still going strong after three years and who asked Jon for tips on how to keep a woman happy, brought us chocolate truffles at the end on a plate that had "Happy Anniversary" written on it in chocolate!  It was the perfect start to the weekend.

We woke up on Saturday morning and treated ourselves to a lazy breakfast at my flat before heading up to the Southbank for the Cheese and Wine Festival.  It was a gorgeous day - we both ended up taking our jackets off because the sun was so strong - and it was lovely to wander along the river, catching the sights and people-watching, before picking up lunch (a spinach and feta wrap for me plus a pint of pale ale; raclette with potatoes and gherkins along with mulled cider for Jon) at the Festival.  They had a bunch of seminars, and we snagged seats for the one on cheese/beer pairings.  It was hosted by Meantime, which is the beer featured at the Old Brewery in Greenwich where Jon and I had dinner two summers ago, and La Cave à Fromage, a yummy specialty shop in South Ken.  The only two pairings I remember off the top of my head are stout/Stilton and IPA/Manchego - absolutely delicious!

I made Jon suffer through my amateur photography tour, stopping every five seconds to try to get a different angle of the London Eye...

In the evening, Jon took me to the Café de Paris in Soho, where we enjoyed a cabaret/burlesque show.  I don't have any photos for you because it didn't seem appropriate to whip out my camera, but I will assure you that it was very tasteful - very old-fashioned, almost - and such a fun and unexpected way to spend a Saturday night.

Breakfast on Sunday morning was pancakes; I discovered that English pancakes are more like crêpes than American pancakes, and Jon taught me how to flip them in a frying pan without using a spatula like in the movies.  I was a pro by the third try!  We went our separate ways around noon - me to the King's Road to make my worshipful pilgrimage to Anthopologie for sale dresses and Bea's cupcakes, and he to his house to prepare for his sister's visit.  (I enjoyed my interlude meeting up with AT and gabbing over coffee after she provided invaluable sartorial advice at Anthro - thank you for the company, lady!)

vanilla/rose macaroons

hat display

pretty wallpaper

I hope that you all had a delightful weekend - here's to another week ahead!


  1. Yay, happy anniversary!! And I may have a wee bit of weekend envy ;-) Sounds wonderful! And you made me really hungry, too.

  2. What a beautiful blog you have! I clicked over from Sarah's Texpatriate Musings blog.

    It sounds you had a stunning weekend - happy anniversary! English mustard definitely demands to be taken seriously! We went to the Old Brewery for dinner last Saturday. It was lovely!

  3. Thanks, Carla! And hello, Emm, welcome!

  4. Aww congrats guys! So cute. hahahaha I was impressed by your initial dinner alone, and then when you ended your description with it being a "nice start to the weekend", I laughed... Having been MARRIED three years, and now with a baby (err toddler?! ahh!!!) my idea of a celebration is like 2 hours out of our apartment, without a baby. Hahaha Just a different phase of life, but I remember with fondness when we used to celebrate in big ways (like when Matt had his 28th birthday our first year of married and I went ALL out with a surprise every day, huge party, etc...) I wish I could still do that :) It's so fun, and it sounds like you guys had quite a blast (and delicious fare)! I'm so glad.

    May each year bring new blessings :) Cheers, my dear. And, of course:


  5. We also went to Foxtrot Oscar for our anniversary last year and it was fantastic! I loved everything about it, and the service was great too. We arrived waaay earlier than our reservation but they got us in anyway. Glad you liked it too!

  6. You two are too cute, Happy Anniversary!


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