I’ve been supremely distracted these last two weeks. I’m now a parent. Celia is two weeks old, and all I can say is that while labour is pretty rough and breastfeeding even rougher, I’m a fan of this parent gig so far.
Celia came into the world via emergency C section. Thumbs down to the midwives who didn’t identify that Celia was a breech baby until after I’d labored for what felt like forever. Thumbs up to the surgical team at UCH for being great communicators and total pros.
Feeling restless and with Jon on his last day of paternity leave, we spent this afternoon at Jamie Oliver’s “Feastival,” a three-day music-slash-food festival this weekend on Clapham Common. While I’m no music connoisseur and therefore generally characterise the bands performing this afternoon as fun for a sunny day out, I was pleasantly surprised that the food stands were as good as they were. The restaurants represented are pretty legit from a food lover’s point of view, and the mains sold are all priced at £5. It was good value once you forgot about the sunk cost of admission to the festival (£35 at the door, but do some googling and you’ll find a few half-price deals on-line).
I enjoyed the food we sampled and am happy to report that La Fromagerie has its own large-ish tent selling freshly-fried donuts and chocolate chip cookies for £1 a piece, and enormous brownies for £2.50 (all of which I’ll vouch for because, umm, I ate one of each).
In the “cocktail bar” area, we snagged seats on comfy outdoor sofas and enjoyed Pimms (a somewhat-pricey £7.50 a glass) in the sunshine, and then we checked out the Providores‘ Peter Gordon doing a cooking demonstration (winner tip of the day: cook couscous in cold or tepid water so that it doesn’t get claggy).
Overall, a relaxed and tasty experience for a sunny weekend. If you’re at loose ends tomorrow or Sunday, give the Feastival a try. All proceeds go to charity, so even if you find the admission price a bit high, just remember the money goes to these good causes.
As for me, I’m going to take a break from this blog. I’ll be back in three weeks (on Monday, 25 July), hopefully with an idea of what to do with this restaurant and travel blog now that I’ve got un bebe. Suggestions welcomed!
Jamie Oliver’s “Feastival,” on Clapham Common from Friday, 1 July through Sunday, 3 July. Admission is £35 per adult, and food and drinks are additional (but generally reasonably priced) once you’re admitted.
Half-price tickets were available earlier in the week via LittleBird, TimeOut, Lastminute.com, and Groupon, though I’m not sure which of these offers are still available. Closest Tube station: Clapham Common. Look for the tents when you exit the station – it’s less than a ten-minute walk.