Having handed in the last of my uni papers for the term - one a week early I will boast - I have breathed a sigh of relief and can now enjoy the Christmas season.
Thanks to the London Evening Standard, BoyWonder and I won tickets to Taste of Christmas, which was a lovely day out tasting food and wines, picking up a number of selections for our own Christmas feast. Not only did I blow the top of my head off with some chilli selections (we bought some of the seeds to grow), had some great pates, we also found nice wine to enjoy at home.
To be honest, the first thing that caught my eye was the name Chat-en-Oeuf (Cat on Egg) a great play on words with Châteauneuf depicted brilliantly on their logo... the wine is actually made just outside the Châteauneuf-du-Pape region and is aged in Châteauneuf-du-Pape barrels. While it won't be an award winner, it was a nice wine that we'll happily quaff at home. And I'm still giggling over the logo!
Taste of Christmas also offered a great opportunity to do some BookCrossing. Having done one wild release at a bus-stop on the way to my Osteo on Friday, I took a couple of books along with me, releasing one outside a cooking theatre and another at the dining tables. I did this last one after enjoying a delightful pie from Roast, a great texture and taste to the meat encased in a fantastic pastry. I was sorely tempted by the food at L'Anima but really want to go to the restaurant for the whole experience.
The evening saw me head off to see some friends perform in the London Gay Men's Chorus production of
Singderella. The singing was absolutely superb - well done guys! Not sure about the panto and dancing that went along with it - it just didn't compare to the standard of singing. Having checked my diary, I'm disappointed that I can't see the carol concert the Chorus is singing in a couple of weeks, so will have to wait to the 2010 season to see the LGMC perform again. And how pretty does Sloane Square look with the Christmas lights up...