A Mission with Clint Eastwood and an unforgettable evening…

Sometimes an evening is so perfect you wish it would never end.

If any destination in the rest of the planet, the galaxy, the universe was offered to you right then, there isn’t anywhere you would rather be and you fear that if you leave that place and that moment in which you have fallen in love with everything about it, you may never be able to recreate whatever it is that has cast you under this spell.

Such is the magic of the Mission Ranch, Carmel.

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A stunning birthday dinner at Boundary, Shoreditch…

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Having already had one fantastic birthday dinner this week, I have now been lucky enough to not only have another but to have one in a place with food so amazing that it now ranks as one of the top 3 meals I’ve had since moving to London. It’s hard to compare places against each other – how do you decide whether this portions-as-big-as-your-bathtub American style diner is better than that cosy-with-the-scent-of-garlic-lingering-around-you-for-days-afterwards Italian or if that impeccably-romantic-and-tastefully-muted French bistro tops that super-chilled-dig-in-with-your-fingers sushi place? It’s kind of impossible but actually sometimes a place comes along that simply can’t help knocking all other competitors out of the running, acsending to that gold medal podium and shaking it’s fists in euphoric victory.

Such a place is Boundary, Shoreditch.

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Falafel and half price red wine equals a good time at Giraffe, Southbank…

Things I liked about today…

…knowing I get to spend the day with my mum…

…having breakfast with my mum…

…shopping with my mum…

…walking in the sunshine through London on a bright blue sky filled spring day with my mum…

…coffee and cake with my mum…

…chatting about everything important and nothing important with my mum…

…having dinner with my mum and my sister…

…enjoying a half price bottle of red wine with my mum and my sister…

…gorging on deluxe falafel burgers with grilled pepper, hummus, beetroot, rocket, halloumi, tzatziki & harissa with my mum and my sister…

…sharing frozen yoghurt with with crushed nuts & orange blossom honey with my mum and my sister…

…finding, in Giraffe at Southbank, a very reasonable, friendly spot for a low key dinner with unexpectedly superb service and good food…

…with my mum and my sister.

Today was awesome.