Thursday, May 21, 2009

uplifting distraction at ottolenghi


i'm still processing. i've decided that i'm not going to decide.

yet.

how's that for vague?

well, that's how i'm feeling these days. kinda vague and kinda numb. except right before i go to bed. then the feelings aren't so vague and numb. they are more painful than anything else. that is when i try to distract myself with imagining that i'm back in london and not here. not at home having to thinking about the decisions to make, the decisions made, and missing pieces of me.

right. i think it is time to think about london. it was very easy to be in london....all of that easy distraction. one place in london allowed me to forget everything else for a little while..... and that place was ottolenghi.


when i walked in, i immediately was overwhelmed with a feeling of happiness that i haven't felt in a while. the food was stunningly lovely....



the most difficult decision was deciding what to get.....




that is a nice problem to have.

the staff smiled at me quite indulgently as i kept saying "wow, everything looks so good. i'm having such a hard time deciding!!"

sometimes, it is good to be the american in london. when you are american, brits forgive you for being so enthusiastic about things....they seem to think it is in our DNA or something.



i eventually decided upon a few of the salads....

which were wonderful. my favorite salad was the basmati salad with mint, pine nuts, and pistachios....it was light, flavorful, and just scrumptious.

then as my "main" i had this yummy fritter.


was i done? oh hell no. i bought a lemon and mascarpone tart as "take away" and i have to say that it was the best lemon tart i have ever had. ever ever ever.



i just wish my stomach was bigger. if it was, i probably would have tried every dessert in the place.

i definitely need to send my thanks out to ottolenghi for such a wonderful and uplifting experience. it was just what the foodie hunter needed.

Ottolenghi, 13 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB, http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/, motcomb@ottolenghi.co.uk

2 comments:

Chelsea said...

I am SO jealous! I'm really glad that you were able to make it over there, so I can live vicariously. The displays are so abundant, beautiful!

foodie hunter said...

i was definitely thinking of you when i was taking the pics. :) thanks much for the recommendation! as you can see, i really enjoyed being there.

btw: the spicy carrot pickles look really yummy!