You know how it is over the festive period. There’s lots of festive food & treats about, but sometimes all you want is a veggie burger & fries. So you head out to your favourite burger place. But wait! It’s closed until the New Year! You do a quick Google search & find another burger joint not too far from you. The menu & the website look great so you head out in the rain & off to Nelson’s Diner. Which is exactly what we did last Saturday. We arrived at the diner & were seated in a booth. Yep, it’s a proper American-style 50’s diner. Awesome! We were both slightly put off by the amount of stuff on the table: 3 menus, not including our own A3 ones. And it has a bit of a tired feel to it. I loved all the Americana on the walls but the Christmas decorations on the window were a bit much.
We both chose milkshakes to drink – I had vanilla, while my OH had a chocolate one. They were delicious! And huge! The vanilla seemed to be like melted ice cream. It was creamy & rich = a real splurge. The chocolate one wasn’t as nice, it didn’t seem to be as luxurious as the vanilla one.
I ordered a California veggie burger with regular fries. What arrived was a little disappointing. The veggie burger was the same that I can get up the road at the kebab takeaway. And I got two in one bun. Not only is that far too much food, even for me, but I expected better from an American style diner. The veggie options weren’t massive either. What is it with restaurants offering cheese & tomato food to veggies? What about jalapenos? Or chillies? Or BBQ sauce? Why make it bland? We don’t eat meat, but we still have taste buds!
My OH ordered the Chicago & he too was disappointed with the quality of the burger, feeling that it wasn’t anything special. There was nothing wrong with either of the burgers, but they were just ordinary. I think that we’ve been spoilt by having Atomic Burger on our doorstep and we compare everything to that. We didn’t have any room for pudding so we didn’t hang around.
Sadly I don’t think we’ll be going back, not while Atomic Burger exists. The food wasn’t special enough & despite having booths, the place needs a bit of a face lift. That being said, the milkshake was amazing and the best milkshake I’ve ever had. The waitresses were great & wore 50’s dress which was really cool. The best thing about this place is their website & their milkshake. But neither is enough to get me back there again.
Last week I noticed that Oxfork were going to be doing American Pancakes as a breakfast special. American Pancakes are my all time favourite breakfast dish, especially with eggs on the side. I’ve tried many, and liked most. But Oxfork is one of my favourite places in the area. I love everything they stand for: local, seasonal, independent. But not only that: They do brunch. All day, every day. And they have great tea. And amazing brownies. And free wifi. If I still lived in Oxford, I’d be a permanent resident. There is decent free parking in the surrounding streets too.
The dish came with bacon & maple syrup, but I asked to swap the bacon for some eggs, which was no problem. This was the perfect start to a fantastic Saturday. I really hope these stay for while, if not indefinitely. My mouth is actually watering while writing this! Along with this, I had a pot of the wonderful Jeeves & Jericho Breakfast Tea & perused some of the cookery books that they have on the shelves.
Is there anything better than a perfect brunch on the weekend?!
Have I said before that I like vintage things? I like nothing more than pottering around an antiques shop. I like thinking of the different people who have owned & used the items. Where it’s come from and how many different uses it has had. Love it! So I thought I’d start my holiday with a trip to The Old Flight House. I knew that they had some new sections open too so jumped at the chance of heading there. I picked up some lovely fabric that I’m going to use to make some more laptop cases & we also bought a new shelf for the kitchen.
As they have a cafe there too, it would’ve been rude not to hang around for a bit of lunch. I tucked into a lovely cup of tea & a toasted tomato, pesto & mozzarella sandwich. My OH & I also shared a delicious portion of chunky chips – well, I was on holiday! It was all very lovely & I especially loved the chips!
If you haven’t been out to The Old Flight House at Weston-on-the-Green, then it’s definitley worth going to. There are lots of lovely things to look at & buy and the cafe is worth a trip in itself. Perfect! x
Last week, my OH brought home some new Quorn Hot dogs to try. It’s been a fair old while since I had hot dogs & they used to be a firm favourite so I was pleased to see that Quorn had made them. They were pretty easy to cook – put in a pan & boil. Add your favourite sauce & put them all in a bun. Eat & enjoy.
They were pretty tasty & I’d happily have them again. A friend suggested trying the veggie hot dogs by Sainsbury’s, which I’d like to do to compare them with these. They tasted like hot dogs and had a very similar consistency. All that was missing from ours was some freshly fried onions to go on the top. Will add that next time!