The weather promised to be perfect so we got up early and headed to Lac d’Aiguebelette! As usual, we took a few wrong turns and a 1 1/2 hour drive became a three hour drive. No worries… the drive was beautiful! We ended up on some lovely mountain roads with awesome views and luckily, a great restaurant!
We both started with Martini Bianco with lemon. So refreshing! We then had fresh green salads with beets, radishes, onion, and a great creamy balsamic dressing. I had the omelette with “house chips” and Adam had the steak with the “house chips”. WOW! I’m so glad I didn’t opt for the mashed potatoes. The “house chips” were awesome! Crispy, earthy, salty, a little charred in some spots – perfect! My omelette was done well, just a little borring. Adams steak was very good. Charred outside, rare inside, and surprise – sprinkled with cumin on the outside!
All was great, then I asked for mayonnaise and all became PERFECT! The waitress called inside through an open window to the chef. They didn’t have any, but he would make some fresh for me, “petite minute, s’il vous plaît madame”. WHAT?!?!? It was SOOO good. I dipped every chip in it. Adam even put it on his steak:) We finished the meal with espresso.
My beautiful wife has arrived in Oxford! From now on, my description will come first, and then Charity’s just below.
For her first lunch in Oxford with me, I had to take Charity to Pret A Manger, where else? I had the always amazing chicken bacon club, as previously described, it did not disappoint. There were no especially good soups today, so I accompanied my club with a bag of sea salt crisps. Everything was tasty and fresh as always.
My first meal in Oxford! It was simple and lovely. The smoked English river Trout was mild and delicious, especially with the horseradish mayonnaise to brighten it up. The coffee was really good- I know it’s a strange combination, but I really needed some caffeine. The nectarine was sweet and sour perfection. Overall, a great first meal in Oxford!
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….
It’s really hard not to get chips after a night out. The truck is right there…. just calling my name. Robbie and I got the exact same order without even knowing it! Which strange because it’s a fairly complicated and diverse set of toppings, from a menu with endless possibilities. I had chips with salt, vinegar, cheese, chicken, onions, garlic mayonnaise, and chili sauce. I know that all sounds overwhelming, but it tastes amazing. I need to travel to Turkey to get some real food though, they really know what they’re doing with these kebabs and such. Anyway, it’s always a great late night snack.
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!
After a long night of dancing at the O2 Academy, nothing tastes better than chips and cheese with mayonnaise and barbecue sauce. This is for sure not my first chips and cheese with mayonnaise and barbecue, but its the first one that I remembered to take an extremely blurry picture of. What else what I eat at 4am? So amazingly delicious.