Olympic Games, day 4

It's day four of the Olympic Games and I'm currently watching the final of the Women's Gymnastics. As a big fan of the TV show Make It Or Break It where the hopefuls try and make it on the US team, my anticipation for the real final has been a long time coming!

Here's hoping Team GB can pick up another medal. -We don't have nearly enough at the moment with our two silver and two bronze medals, although on day four at the Beijing Games we had two gold and one bronze medal at the end of day four so comparatively we're doing well! Here's hoping for gold at the Gymnastics and any other event we can medal in today!

What have been your favourite events so far? x

Let the Olympic Games begin!

OK, so the first Olympic event *may* have been on Wednesday - Women's Football: Great Britain vs. New Zealand; GB won! - but we're all saying that *today* is when the Olympic Games actually begin and tonight the Opening Ceremony proves just that!

That's tonight though, but yesterday it was the Coca-Cola Olympic Torch Relay Finale Concert at Hyde Park, celebrating (almost) the final leg of the Torch Relay. The sun was glorious, we listened to some great music acts - Rizzle Kicks were my favourite - drank some free Coca-Cola, Boris made an appearance ... oh, and we saw the final torchbearer (although it still has to get to the Olympic Stadium and was at Hampton Court Palace this morning, so not quite sure how he was the last torchbearer, but anyway!). Olympic fever is definitely in the air!

Will you be watching the Opening Ceremony tonight, and are you going to any of the events? I'll be at the Beach Volleyball (Olympics) and the Athletics (Paralympics) - it's going to be awesome! {^_^} x

Tower of London

 This weekend involved a trip to the Tower of London. Here's the famous White Tower, begun by William the Conquerer in 1066:

 Inside the White Tower we found knights, lions, unicorns and dragons, and I discovered my hometown was a temporary Royal Mint during the Civil War:

Afterwards we had a mooch by the Thames where we spotted Beefeater Mandeville and some famous London landmarks:

Oh, and we also had a visitor to our garden this weekend - Batfox - and speaking of bats, we also saw the rather brilliant The Dark Knight Rises (who didn't see that film this weekend!). 

How was your weekend? x

Crab cakes and home-made salsa

At the weekend I learnt how to make home-made salsa whilst Olly took care of making the crab cakes to accompany them. I have attempted crab cakes before but they turned out... wrong, so I wisely stayed clear of that part!

Still, my salsa was spot on and utterly yummy - I'll be making it a lot in the future as it's much yummier than shop bought salsa (obviously) - and Olly's crab cakes were yummier than my attempt!

The recipe for the crab cakes and salsa can be found here - it's a Jamie Oliver one - but if you like your salsa on the hot side, don't discard the seeds! x

The Wahaca Southbank Experiment

Last night, as a guest of Google London, I went down to the South Bank to try out the Wahaca Southbank Experiment. It's a temporary restaurant that's been built from eight recycled shipping containers and it's right by the Thames, affording a lovely view and creating a summer vibe for the space... if this weather ever eases up, that is. The menu at this special Wahaca will be adapted on an on-going basis, which is why it's the Southbank Experiment, and the dishes that prove popular there will be added to other Wahaca menus. Got it?

I took Olly with me - he's never been to Wahaca before - and he took most of the photos in this post. Well, he needed to earn his dinner somehow! ;) There he is, bottom left, exploring the top level of the shipping containers; I'm top right enjoying a beer - it's not Mexican without a beer to wash it down, after all!

The space itself is pretty sweet, although I did question the loos which were sort of avocado green and plastic... OK, I guess they fit the whole recycled shipping container vibe, plus it's not as if we were there for the amenities.

Anyway, the important bit, the food. After plenty of chips served with guacamole and tomato salsa - and more beer - we were brought dish after dish to try.

One thing I have to admit first up is that I do not like cheese or salad so the first two dishes were not for me. I tried some of the chorizo and potato quesadilla (top left) but cheese just ruins dishes for me - if it hadn't have had the cheese, it would have been exactly my kind of dish. The salmon ceviche salad (top right) I was told was nice and had quite a kick to it - more of a kick, in fact, than the chili tacos (bottom right) that followed. They were topped with feta cheese, but not melted feta cheese, which meant I could scrape it off and enjoy. We also had a 'summery new potato taquitos' (bottom left) which I could see people ordering with a main as an alternative side, perhaps?

My favourite dishes of the evening followed these - the carnitas sharing platter, which is pulled pork, cooked for hours in Coke, and served with tomatillo salsa, fresh onions, limes, frijoles and corn tortillas. I could eat this all the time, and sharing platter? Pfiut - all to myself, please!

This was followed by the pork pibil tacos which were just as delicious - really succulent marinated pork with spicy pink pickled onions which really give these tacos a distinct and yummy flavour - definitely another favourite from the menu. And then, as no meal is complete with dessert, Churros y chocolate to finish. By this point we were very satisfied and very stuffed.

The Wahaca Southbank Experiment is sure to be popular over the summer months - it opens tomorrow (July 4th) but won't be there forever - and I know we'll definitely be returning to see how the menu evolves, hopefully returning in the sunshine so we can make the most of the space. Will you be going? x


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