Hungry Eyes, But…

Pleasing to the eyes...

A couple of weeks ago I was really hungry so I went to my local supermarket cafe to get a bite to eat at lunchtime. Actually brunch. The cafe area is arranged in such a way so that you grab a tray and pick what you want from the buffet then pay at the end of the line – at the cashier.

As I stood in line, the first thing that attracted my two big brown eyes was this sweet thing – a cream bun of sorts. I stood there debating whether to put it on my tray or to resist the desire and just walk past it. I decided that less was healthy so I walked past it but first I took a shot of it so I can at least remember how I resisted great temptation.

Loads of cream weakens the knees...

There was quite a range of sweets and they all looked delicious. I stopped long enough to take this photo too, conscious that people were queuing up behind me. I walked past this one as well. I did not indulge my desire for sweets that day and funnily enough, did not feel deprived at all.

Had I picked up one or the other it would have been because my eyes were bigger than my stomach. That was it – I had hungry eyes!

The lesson I learnt from this experience was that instead of taking food or whatever tickles my fancy or taste buds as in this case, I’d take a photo to remind me that I had triumphed over temptation. Now that makes me happy.

Glace In Glass

Looks so real...

I visited a really lovely shop along Piccadilly Street. I accompanied a close friend who wanted to pick up a gift for a friend who had invited her for dinner that evening. I was just so pleased to go with her because I love this particular shop. Always lovely things on display whichever way you look.

What greeted my eyes when we walked into the ground floor was just absolutely stunning. Enchantingly inviting and ooooh soooo real. I felt like reaching into the glass case and touching them. I guess the closest I got to these wildly exciting sweets was via my camera.

These are glace in glass! Glace has many definitions but in this case I’d have to go with candied fruit. Learn how to glace fruit which should not be too difficult…oui, pas facile…I think.

Walking out of the store infront of these glace in glass was my way of availing myself a second look. Well, being true to myself, I took a few shots (in the foregoing) and yes, felt good about it. I love taking photos of food!

Café Au Lait, Mes Amis?

Like pretty maids all in a row...

I love milk – skimmed milk. I use it on breakfast cereals, omelettes, sometimes on porridge, scones, and a number of desserts. I saw these milk bottles lined up along the window sill of one of the eateries near the office. I walked past and had to double back to take a shot. It was a novelty to see milk bottles left outside a restaurant or on a window sill in the arcade. Unusual isn’t it?

I’ve never seen anything like this anywhere I’ve been to. I found the line up of milk bottles interesting and cute. I wondered why someone would leave nineteen (?) bottles of milk at the mercy of the elements, and an invitation to sticky fingers! I wondered if the bottles were left out there for a couple of hours or over a few days. I wondered whether someone would call health inspectors who would question why these perishable items were left out in a thoroughfare. I wondered whether standards for the transportation of food are so low so that although left outside the restaurant door for sometime the milk would still be used. Was the delivery company careless in this case, and should this kind of behaviour be tolerated? I didn’t want to think about it that way and took my shot.

If anything, as I walked towards the office I couldn’t help thinking that there is still great respect for other people’s belongings even when it’s out like that on public display. Somehow deep down I felt that no matter how long the milk bottles were out there, it was a clear demonstration of the trusting nature of people who operated the small shops along the arcade.  Hmmm…there is confidence in humanity yet, wherever you go and wherever you are!

Cafe au lait, non?

I was amazed that one could walk through a public thoroughfare and see bottles of milk left outside an eatery. Just like that. If this were in another place, one that I am familiar with, there wouldn’t be a single bottle of milk left within a few minutes of being left alone especially if it were during a time when not many people were walking through the arcade. Yes, a bottle or two would have been nicked. No doubt about that!

The picture of these bottles was cute, spoke volumes about human nature – respect and honesty on one hand, and on the other prosperity and a deep sense of wellbeing so much so that milk, for some people – a staple, was left untouched in a public place. It was a great thought to  start my day off at the office.

So café au lait, mes amis?