Hello and happy Monday!
Might as well make it a marvelous one, shall we?
So, Eric and I have been in London for just over a week now, and we’re still so, so happy to be back. We went out for a date night downtown Saturday, and the entire time I was walking around with a giant smile on my face. It might be because it was a fantastic night full of great food, or it might be because we feel like we’re back home.
Being the restaurant foodie that I am, I’ve already been figuring out restaurants that are on my ‘must-go-to’ list in London. Either ones that are completely new to me, or ones that I love and haven’t been to in a while.
The first restaurant on my list and the first one I requested: The Early Bird in downtown London. It was another feature on “You Gotta Eat Here”, and since I absolutely adored the last restaurant we went to that was on that show, I figured this one wouldn’t disappoint.
The Early Bird prides itself as being a ‘Fine Diner’ – basically, accessible diner food (burgers, chicken sandwiches, french fries, big breakfasts) made slightly upscale and unique. For example, the dish they’re most known for is a ‘Terducken Style Club’ – smoked turkey, fried chicken, duck bacon, veggies and maple mayo on french bread. As a vegetarian sandwich option, they have a ginger beer battered tofu sandwich. So diner food, but a lot more interesting.
As for the restaurant itself, they had a really cool, eclectic vibe that I really appreciated.
Looking over the menu, the braised duck sliders really jumped out at me. I’ve only had duck once or twice in my life and don’t remember being blown away by it, but I decided to give it another shot.
Best decision ever. These were so good! It actually reminded me quite a bit of pulled pork, and I’m sorry, but sliders are just fun to eat.
Of course, it was no surprise as to what my resident poutine king ordered:
Poutine with pulled pork. Of course. Eric was definitely pleased with it – I swiped a few bites and can concur that it was awesome.
Over all, definitely an amazing dinner and we will of course be back. Their breakfast menu looks incredible (looking at their Facebook page, I saw that their brunch special on September 1st was a S’mores Waffle….need. Just need.)
And then, date part 2:
Movie night (and why this picture exists and what I’m doing, I’m not sure. And that is my sweater balled up in hand, also for reasons unbeknownst to me). We hadn’t been to see a movie since The Great Gatsby and there’s a cheap theatre downtown, so we decided to go see Riddick after dinner.
I keep insisting to people that I don’t like Sci-Fi, but apparently as long as it’s not Star Trek I’m down. We were both really happy with this movie! If you followed the series at all, this one is a lot more like Pitch Black (which if you haven’t seen, you should. Vin Diesel at his best). Basically, people trying to kill Vin Diesel’s character while he outsmarts them, then they all have to work together to defeat some pretty badass aliens. I managed to sit through it for two hours without getting antsy or fidgety, which is always a sign of a great movie for me.
Afterwards, we went for our final stop of the night:
Chil is one of the newer froyo places in London, and I have to say, I may have a new favourite.
Obviously, the fact that it’s organic is a plus, but I love how they actually have all the ingredients for each yogurt listed out. So you know what you’re getting, and the ingredient list is definitely impressive – organic milk, organic yogurt, unrefined cane sugar. Then, there’s the actual flavour of the froyo itself. I find that most frozen yogurt tastes like it’s trying to be ice cream without quite getting there, but Chil’s actually has the tanginess that you get from yogurt, which is delicious and a welcome change. They also offer non-dairy options, which is great news for those with intolerances.
And then there’s the toppings…
This was probably about a quarter of the toppings they offered. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much in one place! All kinds of candy, chocolate, cereal, sauces, fruit, nuts….I was actually a tad overwhelmed, and that’s saying something.
A mix of banana and cake batter froyo with:
- cookie dough
- mint oreos
- strawberry poptart pieces
- dark chocolate drops
- peanut M&Ms
- peanut butter sauce
- hazelnut sauce
- a pirouette cookie (I hadn’t had one of those in ages…so good!)
Ohmygod. I don’t even have words for how awesome that was. Ridiculous.
So, my usual favourite froyo haunts now officially have competition. Chil is another place on my must return list!
We wandered through downtown a bit before heading home. Clearly, we were out the same weekend that students were returning to school…
That’s at 10 pm. For a bar that isn’t even that good. (Locals, can we all agree that Jim Bob’s is not the best London has to offer in the way of bars? Not a fan).
So overall, definitely a fabulous way to welcome ourselves back to London. Such a great date night!
Enjoy your Monday!
<— Do you like duck?
<— What was the last movie you saw in theatres?
<— Are you a fan of the sci-fi genre? Is there any certain genre of movies or books that you really dislike?
<— Can you sit through movies easily, or do you get restless?
Note: the lovely people at Chil offered me froyo free of charge. But I was not compensated for a review, and all opinions are my own.