British Airways – New Club World food

I’d read that British Airways was cutting costs on most things (you now get a food bar instead of a second meal at the end of a long-haul flight, and have to pay for food in economy on short-haul flights) but was upgrading their service in Club World, so I was excited to check this out…

There is now a larger tray, with a bread/butter/olive oil side dish…

And now, instead of choosing your appetiser from the menu, they bring a trolley around and you can check what it actually looks like before partaking…

I went for the mozzarella with tomato carpaccio, which was drizzled with olive oil and balsamic dressing in front of me. I have to say, the piece of mozzarella was huge, but delicious.

Then, I went for the artichoke ravioli, which was served with roast artichokes, roast cherry tomatoes, and a sage and butter sauce. It was nothing to write home about, but decent…

So? The atmosphere was slightly nicer, with the meal taking a bit longer to serve, but feeling much more civilised (and closer to the First Class meal than before). I’ll be back for more!

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Constanzer Wirthaus, Constance, Germany

After our very rainy day in the Austrian Alps, we decided to spend the next day on Lake Constance, as the weather looked like it would be much better there… and it was!

On our way, we drove through Switzerland, through beautiful, rolling fields and charming Swiss houses. On the way, we found a pumpkin sale on the side of the road…

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As we drove in Konstanz, we wanted to find a restaurant overlooking the river to have lunch… and the Warthaus, which claimed to be a large beer hall/ restaurant, was such a restaurant, with good reviews to boot!

So we parked ourselves and got a table outside….

We started with a mixed salad. I love mixed salads in Switzerland and Austria, with all sorts of different veggies mixed in and a creamy dressing… It turns out they’re exactly the same in Germany 🙂

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Andre went for the weiner schnitzel, served with potato salad… and once again, it was spot on.

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I went a bit more exotic and went for the ox-tail with onions and peppers in a tangy sauce and herbed butter… with roasted potatoes in a delicious crust. How was it? Okay. The best part was the deliciously roast potatoes, that tasted as they had been roasted several times.. crunchy on the outside and really soft inside… topped with that herb butter… mmm. The rest of the dish was fine.

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Then, we napped by the lake as our feathered friends walked by…

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What a beautiful day on the lake, after much chillier weather in Austria earlier in the weekend!

Bistro Rosa, St Helier, Jersey

A day in Jersey for work… what a beautiful island! As you are landing, you see large patches of different green, and lots of swimming pools next to large houses!

Then, into town for the meetings, I had some time in between and headed to the fish market for lunch (we’re on an island, after all…)

Bistro Rosa was the first place on the left when you walk into the market, and looked the best of all the choices.

The atmosphere is low-key, the kitchen is visible, and the waiter speaks perfect French… what else could you ask for?!

I had a salad to start, as the seafood lunches seemed pretty substantial…

And then the half lobster with scallops in butter and garlic… YUM. I also got a medley of steamed cauliflower and broccoli on the side… this was the perfect meal, especially as I got to use the fresh bread to sop up the butter and garlic in the plate once I was done!

Would I come back? Definitely. There was a great-looking lunch prix fixe and many other fish and seafood dishes that I would love to try!

Taco Tuesdays!

Sometimes, eating healthfully at home gets boring, so we need to mix it up a bit! That’s where Taco Tuesdays come in… they’re really a general term for fajita, taco, anything mildly similar…

This Tuesday, we bought some big spelt wraps at Whole Foods, as the regular corn tortilla wraps weren’t available. And they were pretty crappy, they fell apart as soon as you bent them slightly (important to have a wrap that can bend without ripping, when you’re wrapping your food!)

But anyway. Dinner turned out very good, regardless!

We went for two proteins, prawns cooked in taco seasoning and bavette in a chili and garlic sauce. After smoking out the kitchen and our lungs, Andre left the beef to sit for five minutes, before delicately slicing it.

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As the weather was still good, we were obviously going to sit outside… but had too many bits and pieces to put them all on the table… so we put the most important, the prawns, beef, guacamole and salsa, on the table, and the rest on a side table.
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What else did we have? Sauteed onions and peppers (what you would typically put in your fajita), some Greek yogurt (sometimes we use this to cool the spicy dishes down… or add Siracha to it for a little creamy spice!), some shredded lettuce, some coriander, and a roast corn/mushroom mix.

Of all the bits and pieces, I’d say that the winners this week were definitely the steak and the corn/mushroom mix.

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Check out my “taco,” it’s not like I even put too much food into the wrap and that’s why it broke apart… psh. But what a delicious dinner!

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Pomona, Notting Hill

A recent local favourite is a restaurant called Pomona in Notting Hill. We’ve been for dinner a few times to this California themed restaurant, which serves a large menu of tacos, salads, and mains. It’s our go-to now when we want to go out for dinner, but want to stay on the healthy side.

But here’s the thing. Pomona has outdoor seating in front of the restaurant, cafe-style, as well as a terrace in the back… both very charming… and every time that we’ve come here, the place has been practically empty, we can’t figure it out! The food is fresh and good (and healthy-ish), and you can sit outside, which is hard to find in London… so why are more people not coming here?

Last night, we came last minute and each had relatively healthy dishes… Andre went for the tuna poke starter (delicious, its slathered with sesame oil and really nice)

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and the Cobb salad (which he almost always gets… with added grilled prawns).

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I got the soft-shell crab, which was served with a really yummy green sauce… I think with some cumin and coriander in it… and an especially juicy and not over-fried crab. Yum.

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And I got the Caesar salad, with grilled prawns added on… nicely coated salad with homemade croutons (check them out, they’re larger than your typical ones and slightly softer… and filled with butter).

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Other things we’ve tried here have been the hanger steak – all of their meat comes from the Ginger Pig, one of the best butchers in London, and this steak was no exception. The steak tartare is also very nice, as are the tacos – tiny, you order them in 2’s or 3’s, either the king prawn or my favourites, usually served with some roast corn. And finally… the smaller salads, the lentils with squid, the artichoke and parmesan, or the shaved Brussel sprouts (sadly no longer on the menu) in a nut oil with parmesan… all are delicious.

This place is a hidden gem, get over here and try it out!

Hippie Fish, Mykonos

Back to one our favourite low-key places for lunch in Mykonos, and half of the restaurant had been rented out for a party!! Oh well…

But we got a table anyway and went for a light lunch… starting with the Mykonian salad, this version with lettuce, local cured ham, tomatoes, efta, and dried figs. Perfectly sweet with the figs and savoury with the ham…

Then, the sea urchin… Andre thought that it had a slightly weird taste, so I happily gobbled the whole thing up 🙂


And the roast octopus… slightly dried out, but good… sprinkled with thyme, it had a pretty good flavour.

Overall? Good to be back at Hippie Fish!

We went back another night for dinner, and I got my favourite pasta dish, the pappardelle with cream cognac sauce and king crab legs… this is the most decadent dish on the menu, and delicious!

L’Uzine, Vieux Port, Nice, France

The night before the Iron Man, Andre and I left his friends to go have a crazy night out, and we went out for a chilled dinner before an early bedtime (and a subsequent 4:30am start the next morning!)

… as ready as every, with his bracelets allowing him into the participants area, and his number tattoo on his arm…

We went for a few nicoise specialties, for the courgette flower stuffed with marscapone and mozzarella cheese. These were okay, but they had managed to mostly stuffed to stalk, not the flowers themselves, and they hadn’t seasoned the cheese mixture… To be honest, I have done better at home!

Then, the roasted red peppers… these were much better, soaked in a brine and then seasoned with scallions, olives and garlic, they had a nice, subtle flavour.

As a main, we each got the fillet mignon de porc, tender pork in an apricot sauce. The pork was well cooked, it was not too dried out and the sauce made it extra juicy… and important to me, the sauce was not too sweet… but as it was a sweet and savoury dish, it wasn’t my favourite.

What I did love was the puree (mashed potatoes) that came with it, there’s really nothing more delicious than French mashed potatoes, made with tons of butter and cream!