Tonight is the series finale of Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution... an event I was reminded of this morning, in an email from the famous chef''s people. I guess signing his petition last week put me on a list -- which I don't mind, because I like Jamie. I liked his old show. I own one of his cookbooks and use some of his recipes -- all the time.
So I've been thinking: I might like to dine at one of his restaurants.
So imagine my surprise when I visited his website just now and discovered that he recently opened one in Cardiff - my husband's home town!
This is now #1 on my list of places to visit when we go to the UK in June... right next to Kew Gardens and the British Museum.
In fact - given that we are staying in less than luxurious accommodations in London... I would like to try out some other world class dining establishments:
Gordon Ramsay has several elegant looking restaurants in London. This one seems a bit more casual, which is a good thing, because I don't want to have to pack anything too dressy. Of course, Ramsay has an outpost of his London restaurant here in Los Angeles now... so I guess we can skip this one. Then again, he's got three pubs there, too - which should be quite casual. So that might be worth checking out.
Gary Rhodes is another chef I've watched on television since my first UK visit in the early 90's. He's got several fine looking establishments in London - but they range in price from 30-50 pounds per person ($45-$75). Perhaps this isn't the best idea I've ever had...
By the way: News headlines this week described our school lunch program as a threat to national security, because one in four young adults doesn't meet military weight standards - in other words, we are "too fat to fight." I think the writing is on the wall and it's on Jamie's side - but if you are concerned about the food being served in our schools, I hope you will sign his petition anyway and ask the US Government to upgrade our kids' school meals. You will find it here.