A French culinary tour through London…sort of

We have been setting out to accomplish so much everyday and falling quite short. Today we set out to have lunch, walk around the Saatchi Gallery and have dinner. And I must say, we accomplished it all!

We thought we were experts at the train by now, but we still managed to get on the wrong one for our transfer to Chelsea. The great thing about trains is that you can just get off and get on the next one at the next stop. As long as you are not on a time schedule, this works just fine.

Anyhow, today was a day in Chelsea with a wonderful dinner to cap off our night. We stumbled across a delightful restaurant called Cote  Brasserie where they had a wonderful 2 or 3 course lunch menu. I indulged in the Duck, Chicken and Pork Liver Terrine with Chargrilled Sourdough Bread and Cornichons followed by the Sauteed Haddock with Pea Puree, Pea Sprouts and Bacon Lardons. Peter and I also decided to try a French beer since we were in the French mood.

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Next stop was the Saatchi Gallery. As I have mentioned before, I love museums, but this gallery was AMAZING! The art was off the wall and totally odd and absolutely amazing. I will let some of the pictures do the talking.

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Casa Tomada by Rafael Gómezbarros (The ants)

Figures in Red by Antonio Malta Campos

No Way Out by Christian Rosa

Lifetime by July Sumalde (16 years old)

There were so many amazing paintings in this gallery and I am sure I could have spent hours here, but the pieces above are just a few that caught my eye.

We took a little more time to stroll around Chelsea before heading to a pub and dinner. Once again, we stumbled upon a quaint little pub called The Iron Duke. We had a few pints there since we had about an hour to kill before dinner at Le Petite Maison.

One would think that since we had French for lunch we would not have French for dinner, but we did. Le Petite Maison is on the corner of a fantastic little neighborhood and requires a reservation. The atmosphere is bustling and the staff is very attentive. Everything is served family style and I think we managed to try half the menu. We had the Salade de Haricots Verts au Foie Gras, Burrata et Tomates, Calamars Frits, Escargot, Pates du Jour, Sole Poelee au Grain de Moutarde, Cotelettes d’Agneau Vivienne, Vanilla Crème Brulee and a Strawberry Gazpacho with sugar coated croutons! Of course this was accompanied by a delicious rose and all was right in the world!

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It was a great day full of amazing food! Everyday brings something new and exciting to my adventures!

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