30 June 2013

Sun, Fun and Soju

After a hectic week, I had been planning to have a fairly quiet weekend, and although I was out and about quite a bit, the weather was so unusually nice that most of it was spent sitting in the sunshine eating and drinking. A colleague (and friend) from New York is in town for a couple of weeks and came to stay chez moi last night. Yesterday lunchtime, we headed to Maltby Street for some gin bloody marys and pulled pork sandwiches at Ropewalk, splitting a pistachio and cherry panna cotta for pudding.

Little Bird Gin bloody mary and a pulled pork sarnie.

Pastries from Polly Smadja.

I bought a new camera on Friday — the Canon EOS 100D — and I was keen to test it out, so we wandered along the river. My friend was surprised to see Tower Bridge opening and so was I. I told her that it happened only rarely, so of course we saw it opening for a second time later that evening.

Tower Bridge opening up.

It is The Bro's birthday today, so went out to celebrate with him last night, starting at The Woolpack, on Bermondsey Street, and then heading on for Korean BBQ and plenty of Soju at the Old Justice, in Bermondsey. I'm slowly getting into Soju, and the food — especially the bulgogi — was delicious and very good value.

Korean-style birthday fun.

As I hadn't eaten enough this weekend, I then went to join The Bro and his lady for brunch at Bea's Diner, which is now opening on Sundays too. Hooray! Although the pancakes are great there, I went for the poached eggs with hollandaise sauce on a toasted English muffin, which was delicious too. Two mugs of the "bottomless" coffee from Hasbean helped to ward off the effects of last night's Soju.

Poached eggs at Bea's Diner.

Cocktails at Browns.

So too did the Bramble I had at the Shad Thames branch of Browns. It was glorious to sit in the sunshine sipping something cool and fruity, while people watching. I then took my new camera for another walk along the Thames, this time towards Rotherhithe, before returning home via Southwark Park, where I paparazza-ed an unsuspecting couple.

A brave kitty enjoys the view.

Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

Vive l'été!

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