Day 1 - Thursday
Breakfast: Egg, Bean & Mushroom Hotpot, Chocolate Croissant, Latte @ EAT
An early morning flight on 3 hours sleep called for a warm breakfast followed by breakfast dessert of a chocolate croissant and a latte. I was worried about when I’d next get to eat so I loaded up. I made a mess of the croissant as usual, creating a rain of pastry. I contemplated picking up the lost flakes of pastry off the table, but thought better of it. I regretted the decision the moment I got on the plane.
Rounding up everyone for lunch was like herding cats. I resorted to some nuts I had brought with me for such a situation. It stopped me from eating my own hand, which I obviously needed for a weekend of gaming.
Lunch: Veggie Burger & Fries @ Nando’s
A few weeks ago I made my first ever trip to a Nando’s, I didn’t even think they provided anything but chicken but it turns out they have a pretty good vegetarian selection. I ordered the medium veggie burger with fries. When the dish arrived, and the waitress called it out, the words “that’s not chicken” were loudly announced by a member of our table. The restaurant turned to stare at the vegetarian, like I was there to rescue all the chickens from their mouths. Insensitive comments about my dietary choices were made. The burger was good.
I was impossibly full from a late lunch and then standing. While everyone else opted for a pub dinner, including a bowl of mashed potato formed into a phallus, I was suddenly pleased I’d decided not to eat. On our way to the pub I did see the world’s smallest bunch of bananas in a grocers, and this delighted me greatly. So much so I made a Cards Against Humanity card about them.
Day 2 - Friday
The Kensington flat we rented for the weekend provided free cereal. I usually eat granola every day, so muesli seemed like a good replacement. There were a lot of flame raisins and chewing them made my jaw sore.
Lunch: Veggie Burger & Fries @ Byron Burger
Are you noticing a trend? I could happily eat burger and fries every day, and I almost got away with it too. Byron is a beautiful proper burger joint, and their veggie option was a classic portabello mushroom and goats cheese offering. Their fries were exceedingly good. Lunch was almost a write off when we discovered they were out of onion rings, but we survived. The owner sat at our table to split our bill for us when we were taking too long. It was a weird experience. But I forgave him as a provider of tasty burgers.
I had a sudden desire for Skittles. D needed bandaids for his finger so we went to Boots. People questioned whether or not Boots, a pharmacy, would have Skittles. “Of course they will”, I said, “they’re a health food.”
Boots had Skittles. I refused to share. And mourned when I dropped a precious red one in the line for Alien: Isolation.
Dinner: Soft-shell Crab, Grilled Prawns, Thai Green Curry, Steamed Rice and Iced Black Tea with Lemon @ Addie’s Thai
Firstly, my iced tea was delicious. Everyone else foolishly opted for beer, and conversation swiftly moved to moon cups where we destroyed the dining experience for everyone within ear-shot. After D’s failed attempt to get everyone to share a selection of dishes, myself and D chose 3 dishes to share between us. We cannot go to a restaurant that has soft-shell crab and not order the soft-shell crab, which was in the most amazing dry onion and curry sauce. The grilled prawns were butterflied and cooked to perfection, while the green curry was sweet and fragrant. It was genuinely some of the best Thai I’d ever had, and I’m glad I squeezed it in.
Day 3 - Saturday
A creature of habit, I opted for muesli again. The same chewing occurred. I thought about pastries and was sad I didn’t have a coffee the size of my head. I thought about the Thai from the night before.
Lunch: Foxe’s Fruit Glacier, Roasted Carrot & Fennel, Feta Wrap with Harissa Hummus @ Crussh
Originally, I was told it would be at least another hour until lunch. We played Olli Olli 2 and I decided to eat my last Foxe’s fruit glacier I had pocketed which came with our bill from the meal at Addie’s Thai. Within 5 minutes the plan changed and everyone decided to go to the Pizza Express in Earl’s Court “as per tradition”. I saved my fruit glacier for later. Everything at Pizza Express had meat on it, and I can’t really eat too much cheese so I wandered to Crussh which had a surprising selection of lovely fresh foods not swimming in grease. I went for the carrot and feta wrap, and returned to Pizza Express where I sneaked my lunch in to sit with my friends. I ate my wrap and attracted guilty stares from pizza munchers. Everyone got dough balls, and I thought about the time I ate 20 dough balls, a pizza, and a slice of double chocolate cake on my first Pizza Express trip as a child, after which we went to see Independence Day and I was scared of the Aliens and the sheer amount of dough I had consumed only added to the horror.
I ate the rest of my fruit glacier for dessert.
Dinner: Innocent Veg Pot Rendang Noodles with Prawns, Coconut Macaroons, Nakd Cocoa Bits
It was decided that due to the fact we were going to the EGX afterparty at Namco Funscape that we should pick something quick up at the Tesco for dinner and eat at home. Myself and D went light with an Innocent veg noodle pot and added some prawns, D got chocolate eclairs for dessert and out of jealously and desperation I finally settled on some chocolate coconut macaroons and Nakd cocoa bits which were on offer. When we got home, food didn’t happen right away so I ate most of the Nakd cocoa bits to keep my ‘hanger’ at bay. Eventually I caved and cooked the noodles as I became too hungry. I ate alone before everyone else. I had a chocolate coconut macaroon and a cup of tea after, and decided that wasn’t the best dessert. I envied the chocolate eclair even more.
Day 4 - Sunday
Breakfast: Porridge and Latte @ Starbuck’s
After attending EGX in the morning, and by attending I mean waiting on the sofas by DOTA, or the “Dofas” as they became known, for the others to arrive, the queues were just too big and we had afternoon plans. We decided to leave and find breakfast. It was surprising how small and obviously packed all the cafes were along Earl’s Court so we had to resort to a Starbucks. I was left with the only option of porridge and a latte, which was rather decent though I somehow managed to get honey all down my t-shirt and had to change in the disabled bathroom.