Instead of eating out, we decided to all go back to Cara’s kitchen and make frozen pizzas. It was a money-saving decision, not one based on taste or adventure. I got this frozen pizza at the local Tesco grocery store for about £1.15 I think. It wasn’t horrible, the chorizo was nice, but the whole thing was a little greasy, and kind of light on the cheese. It was a good deal though, and eating with friends always makes the food taste better.
I grabbed a chicken avocado sandwich on the way to the Oxford Tube bus to London with Robbie and Cara. I really wanted some soup from Pret as well, but you are only allowed to bring cold foods on the bus. The sandwich was amazing, as everything from Pret always is. I might just have to eat there again today….
I ate at Pret, again. Sorry. It’s so good and they believe in sustainability, local food, and keeping preservatives/steroids/dyes/enhancers/etc out of the food. They don’t have organic food, which kind of sucks, but all of their food is all-natural, which is the next best thing. ALL of their packaging is recycled and recyclable! I wish we had Pret A Manger in the US.
Oh yeah, and I ate a sandwich. It was very good. The bread, baked fresh daily, was crunchy and slightly salted. The prosciutto was so smooth and also salty. The tomatoes were fresh and sweet, and the basil, even though I normally don’t like basil so much, was a good addition to the party in my mouth. The perfect amount of homemade mayonnaise tied everything together. The sparkling apple was simple, sweet, and had real apple flavor, (probably all the apple juice they put in it.) I’m so glad I found this place! It will be hard for me to stay away from it.
Pret is my new favorite lunch spot, it’s like Eat. but better. They sell sandwiches and salads and soups and weird drinks with a flair for interesting combinations that are inexpensive as well as delicious. My sandwich was awesome! Marinated grilled chicken that was slightly shredded and added to the mayonnaise, layered with thick pieces of salty English bacon, and a fresh punch of mixed greens. The soup was a bacon and tomato with crème fraiche. I normally don’t go for tomato soups, but it sounded so good, I just had to get it. And it was well worth it, so creamy and smooth with chunks of that amazing salty English bacon. The drink was pretty great as well, it was another “no nasties” sparkling beverage flavored this time with grape and elderflower! It was more tart than sweet, but also very pleasantly aromatic. Overall, it was a great lunch! I will be back to Pret again!
I felt like something a little lighter for lunch, so I picked up this orzo salad from Pret. It was pretty good, lots of orzo and rocket and lettuce with loads of kalamata olives and carrots and fire-roasted red peppers. The dressing was a simple vinaigrette. I washed it all down with a carbonated orange juice that claimed on the can to have “added no nasties, just juice and CO2.” It was a well good lunch for takeaway.
This was my first trip to the famous EAT. restaurant that Rachel was obsessed with. I don’t usually like deli style turkey, but this sandwhich was pretty good. I think it was the cranberry sauce that made it work. There was also plenty of rocket on there. The crisps were good too, salt and vinegar crisps are always good.
After walking almost all the way down Cowley Road during the annual Cowley Road Carnival, and just when Stu was at his breaking point for the amount of my curry-quest related whining, we found it. This chicken curry was pretty decent, the chicken could have been a bit more moist, but the flavour and spicy level were spot on.
Fish and chips, a small mixed greens salad. For my first ever fish and chips in England, this one was pretty good. The fish was flaky and perfectly cooked inside it’s crunchy shell of fried batter. The chips were not so good, a little dry. But the tarter sauce was home made and awesome. The salad was a nice touch of freshness on a plate otherwise piled high with friedness.
Chicken and mushroom pasty, with 500 mils of Dr. Pepper. More of a snack than a real lunch, but I was on the go. The pastry was flaky and well seasoned, lots of herbs in the sauce. The Dr. Pepper was cold and refreshing.