Thanks to Jenn for hosting, as per usual!
Today’s WIAW is from last Sunday, where I was home for the weekend. You will notice that today’s post is almost entirely lacking in green things. But I’m ok with that, because everything I ate on Sunday was freakin’ delicious. I got a burger, I got fries, I got Mexican food, I got a brownie…no regrets whatsoever!
Due to the time change on Sunday, the clock read 9:30 when I got out of bed at my parent’s house. Yay actually feeling like I got to sleep in!
By the time I got up, got in a quick workout (core + 10 minutes on the treadmill) and got organized it was 10:30. I was meeting Chelsea for lunch at noon, so I went with a small breakfast to tide me over.
Coconut Oikos and Brown Sugar flavoured Mini Wheats. I didn’t like Mini Wheats when I was a kid, but I developed a HUGE obsession with them about three years ago – the only breakfast cereal I wanted for about six months. It was a little bit of overkill so I don’t pick them up too often anymore, but they’re still easily one of my favourite breakfast cereals.
Chelsea and I met at the Works, a burger place that popped up in London a few years ago. I’d been a few times before, but it was her first time so I was excited for her to check it out. Basically, it’s a build your own burger place with a ton of insane toppings – check out her post for more details!
I decided to go with a “Down Under” turkey burger on a whole wheat bun. It came with caramelized onions, an egg, beets, grilled pineapple and gouda.
We had absolutely no idea what was so Australian about this burger, but it was good! Although, the first burger I ever got at the Works still wins out though. ‘The Sweet Ride’: caramelized onions, half of a grilled pear and brie.
Sweet potatoes fries on the side – The Works has fabulous sweet potato fries. Perfectly crispy with the right amount of salt!
Other burger options that are definitely on my must-try list at the Works:
- Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love: peanut butter, banana and bacon
- Sexy Burger: pineapple, sweet and spicy sauce, cream cheese and hot peppers
- The Love Goat: peppercorn crust, goat cheese and bacon
So delicious…and definitely filling!
After lunch, Chelsea and I wandered around Covent Garden Market for a while. It’s a gorgeous year-round indoor market in downtown London – I hadn’t been since the summer, which is entirely too long! I was a tad disappointed though – I had hoped to pick up a mini cupcake at the cupcake place, but the stand wasn’t there anymore.
So I bought cheese instead
Thornloe’s Eventural. I worked in a cheese stand during my last year of undergrad, and this one was always one of my favourites. Brie with a line of vegetable ash in the middle – it’s so good.
Chelsea was also kind enough to set aside a jar of coconut butter from Organic Works for me.
Finally! This stuff is so hard to find, and paying for it online it ridiculous. I haven’t tried it on/with anything yet, but I tried a bite out of the jar and I think it was worth the wait
Thanks for a fabulous lunch/Covent Garden date, Chelsea! ❤
Afterwards, I had plans to meet up with my mom for a movie/dinner date. The movie of choice?
Oz the Great and Powerful in IMAX 3D.
Of course, this movie is pure Wizard of Oz nostalgia. I really enjoyed it! I thought that Mila Kunis’ acting was a little over-the-top and soap opera-ish (which pains me to say, because she’s one of my favourite actresses), but everything else about the movie was great. It was a two-hour long movie and I didn’t get bored once, which is saying something.
And James Franco is just awesome. Could not think of a better person to play Oz. Seeing it in IMAX 3D was really cool too. It was so intense! Really expensive (as if regular movie tickets aren’t enough already) so I wouldn’t do it too often, but pretty fun once in a while. Although the 3D glasses get a tad annoying after a while.
Our original plan was to go to the Milestones that’s in the same mall in the theatre, but earlier in the day my mom and I got to talking about Under the Volcano, one of the few Mexican restaurants in London that we both really love. So…we went for Mexican.
Under the Volcano actually just changed locations – as in, it was changed over two days before. Unfortunately, they were still getting organized and didn’t have all of their usual options – they didn’t have their extensive margarita list and they were out of a lot of items on the menu. They weren’t quite done the redecorating phase yet either – they had leased a building where an old diner was, and they still had the old diner sign up. The inside of the restaurant still looked like diner-esque, but with Mexican-style blankets everywhere. But the food was still good, which is the most important part, clearly.
My mom and I both love sangria, so we split a pitcher.
I’m not a huge red wine fan, but I suppose if it’s mixed with juice, I’m good to go?
Hello, chips and salsa. Which, is not complete without guacamole thrown in the picture as well.
For dinner, my mom ordered her usual at Under the Volcano – the chicken chimichanga. Basically, a chimichanga is a deep-fried enchilada, but it doesn’t come off as overly greasy.
I decided to go with something I hadn’t tried before – the blackened tilapia, which came with rice and coleslaw.
I hadn’t had tilapia in a while, but it’s one of my preferred fish. This was delicious – nice and spicy, which I love.
We had hoped to share deep fried ice cream for dessert, but unfortunately, they were out (boo). But…a chocolate brownie with ice cream and chocolate sauce makes for a good second choice.
We definitely polished it off without trouble
I love Under the Volcano, so I will definitely be back once they get a little more organized in their new location!
After dinner, I went home and collapsed on the couch to digest – so.much.good.food! I need to go home more often…I eat so well!
Have a good one!
<— What should I use my coconut butter on?
<— What’s your usual order at a Mexican restaurant? Quesadilla or crunchy tacos of some sort is usually my first choice.