This summer has flown by. I had the purest of intentions to blog my way through the fun, but the fun took up too much time. Sorry folks! Now that I'm back at work after my summer holidays, I have a little time to post some updates.
The obvious place to start is our dinner at the Underground Restaurant. We attended this beautiful and intriguing eating club on 15 July, with a dinner to celebrate Bastille Day. The meal was in the French theme, with a menu and ambiance (including an accordian player doing his best traditional hits, as well as Radiohead) to match. If you check out the photos and commentary from that event on the host's blog, you'll see all the fine details (yes, people, that bread was as delicious as it looks). You'll also see me (in the top photo on the blog, in the upper one-fifth of the page, just to the left of the light, I'm drinking some of the lovely wine on offer that night) enjoying the festivities.
There were several memorable aspects of the evening. First had to be the range of guests this event gathered. We met some interesting, funny, witty, and charming people, and the host certainly had all these traits and more. There wasn't a moment of dull and/or obligatory conversation; everyone was chatty and engaging.
The next had to be the beauty of eating in someone's home. There was no doubt that we were guests in someone's loved residence. The surroundings of the dinner enforced the fact that one person (with a bit of help, I'm sure) prepared this delicious and beautifully presented meal, in her own home. This gave me the pleasure of having dinner as a guest in someone's home (instead of a restaurant) and all the enjoyable social aspects that surround that type of get-together.
The next was the thoughtfulness of the menu (all French, with the beauty of the English ways thrown in) and the comdination of the food and drink. Everything we ate was simply delicious, but the courses worked with each other. The food and drink sparked discussion and questions; how cool is that?
Lastly, I adored the social aspect of the event. We all know food brings people together, but this food brought cool and nice people together. Getting to chat with cool and nice strangers is a good thing, and I wish my life had more of the opportunities each day.
If you are at all intrigued by this, please give it a go. The tickets can be booked through this site. Bon appetit!