Harriet Victoria

A Cheesy Day at the Races

Life, FoodHarriet Atkinson4 Comments

Waking up on a Saturday morning is pretty much the best thing ever, right? Especially when it's Spring, and the sun is shining and its warm and beautiful and stuff. So today, I woke up with a big old smile on my face because this Saturday, in all it's sunny gloriousness, was the day for a girlie day at the races!

Harriet Victoria

By races, I mean both the Boat Race and the Grand National. Now, I am not a fan of the Grand National at all, it's something I don't agree with, 40-odd horses running at once, falling over each other and injuries everywhere. I just don't get the fun in that, and I find it extremely hard to watch. So needless to say, I didn't watch that, but what I did watch was the Boat Race!

For those of you that don't know, the Boat Race happens annually and is a rowing competition between the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. It's a very 'British thing' and one of those things that makes you feel totally patriotic to your country.

So my lovely friends, the Amy's and I decided to wet our whistles and line our stomachs first, so we met at Kensal Rise overground station. We then meandered to The Shop, which at the moment is featuring a 'When Mac Met Cheese' pop up restaurant. The girls had a cocktail each and I had a pint of Camden Pale Ale because it's super scrummy.

When Mac Met Cheese

The restaurant is quirky and cool, and the staff were so friendly. We had a lovely table at the front window so we could get our tan on whilst endulging in cheesy maccy goodness. And let me tell you, it was goooood. The menu is very simple, only featuring a couple of starters and mains and just one dessert. I went for the 'Carlos the Cactus' main and we all shared some deep friend oreos for dessert because the guilt was too much to have one each.

When Mac Met Cheese
When Mac Met Cheese
When Mac Met Cheese
When Mac Met Cheese

Sadly, the 'When Mac Met Cheese' pop up is finishing in around a weeks time, so get down there pronto if you want to taste it's deliciousness. I believe the next pop up at this place will be something BBQ related, we couldn't get much more info than that. Guaranteed to be winning though because BBQ rules. They also have a bit of an art exhibition thing going on too, as all the artwork they feature you can actually purchase (the original or prints) - which is also an added bonus! The Shops website is this so you can take a look at the artwork and future happenings: http://www.theshopnw10.com/

After we were fully satisfied with bulging tums, we headed to Hammersmith to get a good spot for the Boat Race. We ended up getting a spot right on the beach surrounded by other supporters and the atmosphere was lovely. I definitely got that excited feeling when you know summer is just around the corner! EXCITEDDDDD.

The Boat Race
The Boat Race
The Boat Race
The Boat Race

The Boat Race itself was good, although obviously you see like 2 seconds of rowing every hour, but we had good banter inbetween so it's all good! Overall - very glad we did it and it was a flipping fabulous day out!

The Boat Race