I had an amazing weekend so I thought I’d share the highlights here with you! It was my birthday on Saturday (like my friend Kerry always says; May the fourth be with you..) and it was a beautiful day; just as well because I had a birthday picnic planned! We had a great afternoon in Regents park, which is just up the road from me and is one of the most beautiful parks in London. On Sunday we went to Brighton which was so much fun and I can’t believe I hadn’t been there before now. Unfortunately on both days I forgot my camera so I had to make do with my phone – but you get the picture, so to speak…
Check out this playful pigeon diving in the fountain!
I made orange cupcakes for my birthday and I also made a bunch of vegan picnic goodies for everyone to share and they all loved them! My friend Bex said the sushi was the best she had ever tasted! 🙂 I made:
- Brown rice sushi with avocado and cucumber
- Sushi with fried tofu, avocado and red pepper
- Roasted veggie wraps with tofu and hummus
- Vegan brownies
- Orange cupcakes with orange and lemon pink icing/frosting
- Fruit, chips and dip
- Lots of champagne and cider! (If you want to make sure the champagne is vegan, check out if they use fining agents)
How cute is the cupcake box? I picked it up at Sainsburys, and you can get different patterns.
I must thank my friend Ray for all the photos! I was (obviously) too busy drinking to take any! 🙂
On Sunday Federico had a surprise for me and we took the train from London to Brighton (only took an hour and 10 minutes) and spent the whole day there! It’s such a great place to visit, especially when the sun is out and there are loads of people there! Our first stop was a vegetarian restaurant that I had been hearing about called Food for Friends and it lived up to all the expectations! We both had the carrot, mushroom and fennel soup and for the main I had the vegan roast and Fede had the curry. Both were incredible! I’ll be posting a review shortly.
Brighton actually has so many vegetarian friendly cafes and restaurants; I even found a shoe shop selling ‘vegetarian shoes’. After lunch we walked all over the city, through the famous Laines, the pavilion gardens, the esplanade and finally the pier. We finished off the day in true beach style with some fish n’ chips down by the water’s edge. (I had chips and a veggie burger, Fede had the fish!)
The Pavilion gardens were beautiful and right in the centre of the town.
As an Australian, I find pebble beaches to still be a novelty and the idea of rollercoasters and merry-go-rounds on a pier even stranger! But it was all very cool and I’ll definitely be going back there soon. We finished off a great long weekend on Monday down by Camden Lock, just drinking in the sun. Thanks to all my friends and my man for an awesome birthday 🙂
My birthday roses 🙂