Happy Anniversary to me! I have now been a vegetarian for four months!
The Silly Asparagus has been far too busy to blog over the past week — apologies for my absence. I have been eating out a lot over the past ten days. I will now share three of my outings with you…
I have been to Nando’s twice in my life. You can read all about my first experience here: http://wp.me/p21TV4-2i. I have little to add to my initial views of the place. I had the bean burger with mash again. However, I did try something new: halloumi. I hadn’t tried halloumi before, but veggies seem to get very excited about the rubbery cheese. I really enjoyed it, unfortunately my skin did not. Eating certain cheeses causes my skin to breakout. Cheese triangles are the biggest culprit — this is most unfortunate, because I adore them.
It was a week of seconds, as I made my second trip to another restaurant: Crazy Bear, in Beaconsfield (http://crazybeargroup.co.uk/beaconsfield/). Crazy Bear has four restaurants: English, Thai, Italian and Japanese (opening in May). The Silly Asparagus ate at the Thai restaurant. Crazy Bear offers a set ten or twelve course menu. A majority of the dishes contain meat, but can be altered to be suitable for vegetarians. However, courses are put on the table and shared. As the only vegetarian out of eight diners, it was inconvenient to ask for vegetarian dishes. Thus, I ate a lot of rice and crackers! I would not recommend Crazy Bear for vegetarians, if you are dining with a lot of carnivores. If you are only eating with a few others though, it would be quite easy for Crazy Bear to fill your veggie needs. For Thai-loving carnivores, Crazy Bear is a a delight. I do not feel disappointed at what I ate — before turning veggie, the only Thai I ate was chicken satay. I would not have gone anywhere near venison or the black cod that they had to offer. Dessert arrived, beautifully presented. I’m not certain as to what it was, it resembled a panna cotta / cheesecake / jelly. I was instantly suspicious of the creamy pud. The chef confirmed my suspicions: ‘not suitable for vegetarians’. After four months, I am getting good at spotting non-veggie food. I was given sorbet instead. MY GOODNESS, the sorbet was a mango, lychee, strawberry-infused heaven!
My final food adventure for today’s blog took place in Windsor. After taking a look around the mighty Windsor castle, it was time for lunch. Papa, Mother and Baby Asparagus ate at the Gourmet Burger Kitchen (http://www.gbk.co.uk/). I hadn’t heard of the place before, but there are at least 60 in England. I had a very yummy bean burger with super skinny fries (oh, the irony!). My meal was delicious. I do feel that it that it was over-priced though. Everything is an extra, including the chips and sauces!
“You can see the best sights in the world, but the eating is the best part of the day”. Father Asparagus, Windsor, 2012.
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