Sooooo having said this wasn't going to be all about restaurants, Im kicking things off with a restaurant post (and a very nice one at that!)
A few weekends ago my brother and I were lucky enough to be taken to Heston Blumenthal's pub, The Hinds Head in the tiny village of Bray.
Ive never been to Bray before, the teeny tiny village near Maidenhead that for some reason is crammed full of famous Michelin starred restaurants. By teeny tiny I really mean that, it is probably the quaintest place Ive ever been too. Look at some of these houses.
The Fat Duck is very much at the top of my restaurant list but at £195 for the tasting menu, I need to save some pennies (or find a very nice man to take me, please apply in the comment box.)
Once inside my first port of call was a Bloody Mary....
Olives, grated horseradish, shredded celery, their own secret mix of bitters and tobasco's... the list went on and on.
Soon we were seated at our table, to my delight and my parents annoyance, by the kitchen entrance. Now I could see everything coming in and out. Perfect considering I wasn't allowed to order everything on the menu. Now my key rule about a restaurant like this is everyone has to order something different so you can try as much as possible. I try to enforce this rule every time I go somewhere, sometimes it works, other times not so much.
I ummed and ahhhh for a long time. Im so indecisive when it comes to choosing, make a wrong choice and the food jealously can be overwhelming.
In the end we went for: Pea and Ham soup, tea-smoked salmon, prawn cocktail (classic Dad) and a scotch egg for the brother (I don't blame him, I was going to have it as my pre-starter warm up, luckily I got to try/eat his.)
I enjoyed watching other people order puddings and seeing them come out of the kitchen. They do all look so pretty.
After stuffing ourselves to the brim it was time to head back to London. Waving goodbye to the fam I jumped on the train and napped all the way to Paddington.
Im excited for my next Heston experience. Im looking for dinner dates to come to Heston's Dinner with me. Anyone?