Another weekend. I feel like the busier the weeks, the faster the weekends come around. I have no issue with this as I appreciate a weekend far more after a manic week but it still terrifies me how quickly the time is passing although the speeding by of the weeks means there's no time to dwell on things past and worry about what's coming next (and thank goodness for that, it's exhausting). Especially when you have a lunch date at Polpo with (some of) the best girls ever for our Burger Queen's birthday.
And not a burger in sight! Our waiter explained that the concept of Polpo is sharing plates, we completely ignored this concept and all ordered what we fancied. Even friends do not share food in my books and only child tendencies are a hard habit to break. I started with a gin, cucumber and basil martini - I've only just got to the stage where a lunchtime drink no longer feels delinquent but doesn't quite feel necessary, a good stage and a very good drink. I had the goat's cheese bruschetta which I had had before and loved. The menu also features pizzetta, meatballs and fish dishes so there's something for everyone and if you do share you can have quite a feast! I passed on the other savory dishes because I knew I had to have the chocolate salami for dessert and it did not disappoint - perfectly rich without being sickening and with a sprinkling of sea salt on top. This was definitely one of those "if you could only eat one food for the rest of your life..." moments.
And because there's no such thing as "too much chocolate" I couldn't resist a slice (and a photo) of my friend S's birthday cake later in the afternoon - Malteasers, KitKats and Milo in one cake.
On Sunday morning I went for a run and had to take another picture of the Tower Poppies, beautiful, poignant and a site that I won't tire of seeing until it gets taken down. I ended up running 10 miles in the end, along the river and around Hyde Park, taking in the sights and the autumn leaves.
I met my friend P for lunch at Clerkenwell's Granger & Co - somewhere that I'd wanted to try for ages, especially as its only a 5 minute walk from my flat. I had the courgette fritters with a deep fried egg (ahhhmazing) and halloumi. P had the ricotta hotcakes - Bill Granger's signature dish - with a side of bacon. I admired the cake table for my next visit and P had a hot chocolate (my mint tea was less photogenic). Granger & Co is in a beautiful deco-style building, there is Aesop hand wash and hand cream in the bathrooms and (unusually, for me) at least four other dishes on the menu that I just have to eat soon. I'll definitely be back.