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The Chocolate Bar at Harrods

Yesterday, Evan had a day off. He worked all weekend, so it was a much-welcome break. And we decided to go out and enjoy ourselves.

We started by attempting to have lunch at Amaya. They stop taking orders at 2:15. We got there at 2:25. So we walked around Belgravia for a bit and ended up at Harrods. I’d never been in the store before, and if there’s ever a store where you think you could get anything you want, that would be it. It’s like 100 or so smaller stores just mashed into one giant building.

We’d heard good things about the Chocolate Bar, so we stopped in for lunch (they have sandwiches, too). We got sandwiches that came with chips and salad, and we also had an orange hot chocolate, which was quite delicious. And we got strawberries and chocolate for dessert — it ended up being a mini fondue, and it came with marshmallows, too. I left the marshmallows to Evan, since I’ve never been a fan, but the strawberries were good, as was the chocolate. They even brought us spoons to finish off the chocolate if we wanted — boy, do they know their clientele!

Also exciting were their chocolate mixing vats and pipeline, marked “Hot Chocolate,” that runs to their bar. We had visions of chocolate kegstand initiation rites for new employees.

We left with a chocolate chip cookie in tow, which ended up being disappointing — while there were some interesting aspects to our lunch, and I’d recommend popping in for a hot chocolate, I don’t think the Chocolate Bar would be on my recommendation list. I’m going to stick to testing out the amazing boutique chocolate shops around the city.

Lunchtime at Leon

Leon CafeToday, I went on a bit of a walk down to Leon by Harrods (which I have yet to go into). The place had some funky decor, mostly consisting of images of oranges and bulls, and it had customer response postcards with photos of Leon them and a mailbox by the door to drop them into, which I actually thought was a cute idea.

The cafe is known for simple, fresh fast food, though in my opinion it was a little too fast — I would have appreciated getting a salad that wasn’t premade, and though the juices are supposed to be fresh squeezed, when they’re already in cups and you can see the pulpy bits separating, they stop looking as appetizing.

I ordered the superfoods salad, which was devoid of lettuce, though otherwise incredibly green, with peas, avocado, cucumber and broccoli. It also had some feta cheese and a lemony dressing, which was nice and light. I felt healthier for having eaten it, though while eating in would have liked to eat off a plate and not out of a box.

LeonThe restaurant is supposed to have free WiFi, and I brought my computer along, but didn’t find out how to log on. I should have asked, though I decided to occupy my time with a bit of drawing. I do need to figure out where I can work with some free WiFi, though. It would be nice to get out a bit more while still feeling productive.

I’ll post my latest drawings as soon as I can get them photographed and uploaded. My camera is having a battery issue right now: It takes double-A’s, but my rechargeable batteries don’t seem to hold a charge anymore. I was able to take the photos, but my batteries didn’t last long enough to transfer the photos to my computer. Very frustrating. At least I took a photo on my cell phone so you can see what Leon looked like.

Update (1/18/08): The sketch is posted, though the photo didn’t turn out that great. The page didn’t lie flat, so that’s why the perspective is all weird.