Couldn’t decide what to have for lunch. Too many choices now. So we had a little of everything:) Half a croissant with country pâté, Comte, Dijon, and greens. Chips, cornichon, French icicle radishes, apples, and a green salad with a red wine vinaigrette.
No more fairy tale castles for me. We’re staying in a mixed dorm at a hostel in London. It’s actually very clean and nice, but privacy and nutritious food are hard to come by. Despite some of the downfalls of hostels, we’re clean, well rested, and happy to be in England! Today they offered cereal, toast, and croissants for breakfast. No fruit. No protein. Couldn’t they at least give us a cube of cheese? An apple? Nope. We know now to pick up some fruit to accompany our “continental”.
Another amazing meal at the castle! They use only locally sourced ingredients and wow are they tasty. I had a huge breakfast of Irish bacon, black pudding, mushrooms, potato bread, soda bread, and white porridge with local heather-honey, heavy cream, and Bushmills whiskey!!! Why haven’t I ever had boozy oatmeal?!? It is sooo good! We also loved the black pudding. I’m still not exactly sure what it is- a strange blend of bread and sausage…? The bacon tasted more like a pork chop than American bacon- delish! Finally, I must tell you about the apple juice- it was so amazing. Adam drank five glasses!!! It tasted similar to my grandma’s fresh homemade apple sauce. Pure apple. So sweet and natural. Unbelievable.