This morning I think I started a family trend on Valentine’s Day. I asked Little Man and the OH what they loved most: Little Man said dinosaurs, the OH said burgers – and my answer? Cocktails, of course. ūüôā

So later in the day we all set out to enjoy a few of our favourite things … Magnolia Tree in Chelsea

Of course, when we arrived at the Natural History Museum we didn’t bank on the weekend/half-term crowds and the queue that snaked along the front of the stunning¬†Romanesque architecture. Admittedly I did ask Little Man if he loved engines too (his other love) but he was adamant that we weren’t going to go round the corner and that we queued here, insisting ‘I love dinosaurs’.

Natural History Museum - Dippy

So we did it, we queued and¬†as we waited I realised how much I appreciated some of the world’s renowned museums being on our doorstep. The Science Museum and V&A are also¬†places we always¬†visit.

Natural History Museum

The running around and the visit to the gift shop where we picked up a dinosaur egg, which is now sitting in a jar of water as we wait for it to hatch – and the cutest dinosaur toy – exhausted Little Man.

And as he fell asleep in his pram, the OH and I wondered – where to next? Burgers and cocktails, it was a no-brainer as we headed for Sophie’s Steakhouse.

There, the OH had a Black Angus Burger, which was really good. I tried the meat which was very tasty and the OH described the burger as, ‘if you could describe a 10oz burger as light, it was light and full of flavour’. He also loved the brioche bun and burger sauce.¬†Sophie's Steakhouse

As for me, I had to order Sophie’s margarita ‚Ķ

Margarita at Sophie's Steakhouse

‚Ķ which I sipped whilst thoroughly enjoying Sophie’s tuna steak (cooked rare) with avocado – my new fave!!!

Tuna steak at Sophie's Steakhouse

And of course, I had to have some fries to go with Sophie’s legendary steak sauce.

Fries at Sophie's Steakhouse

It was such a lovely afternoon, which ended with a trip to Daunt Books across the road and Little Man unable to wait until we got home to unwrap his Valentine’s Day gifts: Love is My Favourite Thing and The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.

I’ve got a feeling that if we do this again next year and the year after, and the year after that – until Little Man is old enough to go on his own dates, things won’t really change for the OH and I. But for Little Man, I think it’s going to be very exciting to see how his favourite things will change over the years. I love this journey.

Chelsea Girl

One of my favourite rituals with Little Man is to go out for a bite to eat. We usually go √† deux and usually to Sophie’s Steakhouse because this is the only place where he doesn’t have a problem with the children’s menu. So we’re here almost on a weekly basis.
Sophie's Steakhouse

Last week however, we made a couple of visits. The second was on Sunday so we could enjoy a family roast. My self-interest was to also try the prime rib which I’ve heard so much about. Except that whilst it all started off as usual, quite normal, and very pleasant … our linner took a surprising turn.

Sophie's Steakhouse

Little Man’s roast chicken arrived ok¬†with roast potatoes and vegetables, which all looked good to me.
Sophie's Steakhouse

Problem is, when he saw the prime rib, he wanted what mummy was having. He usually does. But normally he’s fine with me having steak frites whilst he has haddock and mash. The prime rib however was something he hadn’t seen before. It was in a different league and there was no way he was going to be stuck with the chicken when the grown ups were having this gorgeous piece of meat and Yorkshire pudding.

This was food envy on another level. And thanks to OH¬†working with me to¬†create distractions so I could eat my roast, I discovered something very impressive. The thick juicy meat was very tender. It was so easy to eat and it now makes sense why Sophie’s is so popular for roasts too. The Yorkshire pudding was crisp and golden …
Sophie's Steakhouse

… whilst the roast potatoes were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. Just how I like it.¬†Sophie's Steakhouse

And of course, the added bonus of having a roast at Sophie’s is their margaritas.¬†Sophie's Steakhouse

Eventually Little Man simmered down and by the time his ice cream arrived, I had successfully finished my prime rib without him batting an eyelid. Next time though, I think I’ll skip the chicken and go for his usual which never fails. I’m definitely returning for most roast linners at Sophie’s.Sophie's Steakhouse

Sophies Steak House, 311-313 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9QHChelsea Girl

 

There’s something about a bank holiday weekend¬†only feeling¬†complete when I¬†stop by Sophie’s Steakhouse for a cocktail.

In this case and perhaps in the light of a wonderfully intense week of Chelsea in Bloom I decided to have the Orange Blossom special, which includes Cognac, Grand Marnier, orange mist and rosemary syrup.

I do love the odd drop of Cognac and I’ve never considered myself a Grand Marnier fan. But this cocktail really nailed it for me. Full of depth and flavour, I really enjoyed it.Sophie's Steakhouse cocktail

Chelsea Girl

Up until last month, it had been a while since I’d stepped into Sophie’s; for one reason or another, it was pretty safe to say that it had been over a year or almost two. For some of you, this doesn’t mean anything. For others, if you’ve been following me since the beginning, this is quite a huge deal.

Sophie’s is a stone’s throw away from home and I just about remember when it first opened. I had to be reminded some time ago though that Sophie’s had also saved Chelsea’s Beach from All-Bar-One’s permanent residence.

I digress.

The point about this post is that it’s good to be back. Recently, I popped into Sophie’s with the OH to grab a bite to eat, and was greeted by the familiar welcoming of Sophie’s board of salami, which I prefer to bread any day.

Sophie's SteakhouseWhen ordering from the menu, it’s difficult not to order a cocktail or more specifically one of their fabulous martinis. My current favourite is their classic cucumber and mint which is wonderfully refreshing and tasty.

Sophie's SteakhouseThis time round, we didn’t have starters. So for my main, I had the 10oz ribeye …

Sophie's Steakhouse… whilst the OH dived into a whole rack of BBQ ribs, which were pretty great.

Sophie's SteakhouseAnd no meal at Sophie’s would be complete without their hand cut chips and steak sauce.

Sophie's SteakhouseFor dessert, OH and I shared a brownie …

Sophie's Steakhouse… which we washed down with a delicious gift from Sophie and Rupert. Thanks guys!

Sophie's Steakhouse

See you again soon!

Sophie’s Steakhouse,¬†311-313 Fulham Rd, London SW10 9QH.¬†

I started the week by checking out Jeremy Reed at Chelsea Theatre as part of their SACRED Season.

On Wednesday, I listened to David Byrne of Talking Heads fame in conversation with Matthew Herbert aka Doctor Rockit/Radio Boy/Wishmountain amongst other muso identities. The first question put to this duo was ‘Do we have enough music?’ The evening was an opportunity to indulge in a discussion about the state of today’s music industry, which was fascinating.

I attended a cocktail-making masterclass at Mahiki. But beforehand I sipped a couple of cocktails from the bar, including this Wiki Tiki delight. Yummy!

I finally managed to enjoy Sophie’s free breakfast offer this weekend, which ends on 4th November 2012. A tip: get there early because not only does it get very busy but the steak and chips breakfast also goes very quickly.

Spotted at Burlington Arcade: Pudsey in Theo Fennell’s window. Have you seen their limited edition bracelets for BBC Children In Need?

One of my fave documentaries is Banksy’s Exit Through The Gift Shop and I’m wondering if this is a piece of work by Space Invader in Soho. Anyone know?

Who, in Chelsea, hasn’t spotted the parrot man yet?

I love being a member of the V&A. Not only can you just walk into an exhibition by simply showing your membership card but you can also pop in over and over again, if you enjoyed the exhibition that much.

The Hollywood Costume exhibition was heaving on Saturday – and I’m keen to return. There’s plenty to take in and with the crowds, it wasn’t easy to read all the placards which contribute largely to the meaning of the costumes.

The Gourmet Burger Kitchen tomato sauce container always makes me smile. I love it. Yesterday, I grabbed a Classic Burger from the O2 branch whilst discovering that GBK are also still serving the Windsor Burger, which I wholly recommend.

Last night was Muse’s gig, which was amazing!! Laser lights, stunning visuals and rockstar performances – I wanted to see it all over again as it came to an end. Definitely going to see them again!

I took this photo whilst walking across Hungerford Bridge yesterday and as I watched a similar view whilst watching Skyfall earlier today, it made me feel lucky to be a Londoner. Urban paradise. ūüėČ

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