Hi everyone! I’m currently sitting in a conference room in London (Canary Warf to be exact), which is why I haven’t been posting any of the recipes that I have cued up. Last week I had a few successes in the kitchen, mostly involving sweet potatoes, and my plan was to post them from my hotel room. Unfortunately I’ve spent exactly 4 hours at my hotel, all of which were spent sleeping.

Work has been keeping me busy. It’s basically been non-stop since we landed in London (after an overnight flight…I don’t recommend them). But I really can’t complain. Especially since part of my job is going out to fancy dinners or drinks with customers/partners. Last night I had the pleasure of eating a fairly large steak at a member’s only club in Piccadilly Circus. Apparently member’s only dining clubs are pretty common in London. I guess the American equivalent would be a country club? Only a lot more intimate. The partner we were dining with was the member and told us it’s been around since the 1870s. It was created so that members, who are in engineering or the sciences, can get together to discuss their work. The main door is actually hidden at the basement level and there is no sign. After signing in and dropping your stuff off with the front desk, you’re ushered up a winding staircase to the top floor to what basically looks like a small apartment with a few larger tables that seat around six. The whole place is lit only by candle light. Would be nice to have a few of these in Chicago. 

Anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to update while I’m here. Work gave me a cell phone so I finally have a camera to take photos. The Friday before I left for London my iphone was stolen. Never realized how dependent were are on our phones. It’s not just making calls. I lost the ability to track when the bus was coming, use google maps to get around, music to listen to on the airplane AND the camera that I use to take all of the photos for my blog…I know, I know. First world problems.

Things I’ve done so far that I’ve missed:

  1. Ordered a vodka/lemonade at the bar. It was my drink of choice when I used to live here in 2007. I guess the closest equivalent to their lemonade would be Sprite or 7-Up? But they are definitely not the same. Seriously considering buying a bottle and sneaking it into my luggage.
  2. Made tea in my hotel room. I love how every hotel room always has an electric kettle.
  3. Ordered fizzy water everywhere. Every restaurant I’ve been to always asks if I want flat or fizzy. Why don’t we do this in the US?

Things I still need to do:

  1. Buy something made of chocolate. The chocolate here, even the kind you buy at the grocery store checkout is significantly better here. 
  2. Buy salt and vinegar crisps, aka chips. Again, significantly better here.

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