A Little Bit of Britain

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We’ve done so much already today!


I started the day with a nice bowl of oatmeal and a coffee.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: blackberries and brown sugar


I’m not sure what was different about these oats, but they were SO good!


The Husband and I headed over to our favorite British pub to watch the FAA Cup Semi-Finals (Manchester United vs. Everton).  We’re Man U fans, so we both wore red.


Cricketers Arms always makes the Husband feel like he is back at home.  They even have a red phone booth out front!  I also really love the menu, which is pretty traditional British fare.


We ordered the dinner-sized Fish and Chips to share:


I took 1/2 of one of the filets and a few "chips" (which are just fries).


And I supplemented my fish and chips with a nice side salad.  I took off the cheese.


Unfortunately, Manchester United lost the game in overtime.  The match even went to a penalty kick shoot off, which is always exciting… but I also think it’s a little unfair.  I mean, you make the players run around on the field for 120 minutes (90 minute game + 30 minutes of overtime) and then it just comes down to a shoot out!?  Ugh!


I just fueled up for an intense swimming workout:


A rice cake with a smear of PB.


Time to get my swim action on.  My left knee feels so much better, but I’m not going to push it with any high impact exercise!




Have you ever been to England?  Did you like the mother country?  I love England (but I’m biased).



  • Help Meghan Run April 19, 2009, 11:39 am

    Looks like a lovely productive day already! And delicious-looking oatmeal. Also, I’ve never been to England! Would love to go, though.

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  • Moran April 19, 2009, 11:40 am

    Goodness me FOOTBALL, as in, SOCCER for all you Americans 😉 is the best game ever!
    I heart Man U as well! They are the best! Although Rooney is a bit of a pain!
    I have been to London twice and loved it!
    And yes, I really do miss my home country

  • Meghann April 19, 2009, 11:47 am

    Hi, Caitlin!

    Another one of your always-reading, never-commenting fans here…but I had to post on this topic!

    My boyfriend was born and raised in England, but moved to NC when he was still young. We, too, have a favorite pub in town (with a red phone booth, no less!) to watch Man U. games! I also signed us up for a sports package through Comcast, and for 5$ a month, we can watch English football games — and roughly 700 other sporting events — from the comfort of our own home!

    I absolutely love England, and adore my Brit, and cannot wait to get back!

  • Bec April 19, 2009, 11:49 am

    mmm, fish and chips!

  • Meg April 19, 2009, 11:50 am

    You sure have done a lot today! Sounds like fun! Enjoy the rest of your day!

  • VeggieGirl April 19, 2009, 11:54 am

    Fish & Chips!! Classic. Gotta eat it with the malted vinegar 🙂

  • Aimee April 19, 2009, 12:51 pm

    I love England! I spent a year studying at Oxford University, plus I was there a few times in High School. I got my senior prom dress at Harrod’s in London.

  • runsarah April 19, 2009, 12:59 pm

    Have fun swimming! I love the rice cake + PB combo.

  • Heather April 19, 2009, 1:04 pm

    We made it home just in time to watch the penalty kicks! My husband (who never played soccer in his life) is obsessed with the Premier League.

    I have never been to England, it is definitely a dream of mine!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point April 19, 2009, 1:04 pm

    meghann- yay for british boys!!!

  • Megan April 19, 2009, 1:10 pm

    i love love love love LOVE fish and chips!! ahhh!!!

    i love England too. people with those adorable accents can do no wrong in my book 🙂 i’ve only been a few times, but i love ittttt.

  • Lisa D. April 19, 2009, 1:36 pm

    I’ve never been to England but London was my grandma’s favorite place and she had been all over Europe. I hope you enjoy your swimming workout! rice cakes and pb is one of my favorite snacks!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy) April 19, 2009, 2:13 pm

    Any country that eats something called “Bangers and Mash” is a-ok with me.

  • Adi (oatonomy.com) April 19, 2009, 2:27 pm

    Nice pre-workout snack – that was definitely my breakfast (x2) but I added cinnamon honey on top too. Mmm. Have a good swim!

  • Laura in Pgh April 19, 2009, 3:03 pm

    The oats do look yummy! Hope you had an amazing swimming workout. I have been to England and absolutely love it! My hubby worked there for 2.5 months in a small town called Hertford, about a 45 minute train ride north of London. I went to ‘visit’ for a month and truly was able to enjoy the culture. We want to go back this fall or next spring to experience more. And we loved going out to the pubs for soccer (er, football) games!

  • eatingRD April 19, 2009, 3:05 pm

    I went to England in 7th grade on a guided tour and it was awesome! So much history and old buildings. We also went to Edinburgh. I’d like to go back now that I’m older.


  • K from ksgoodeats April 19, 2009, 3:23 pm

    I love watching football (a.k.a. soccer)! It’s so much more exciting than most other sports!

  • Emily April 19, 2009, 3:49 pm

    i’ve never been to england, but it’s on my “list.” top of my list right now is italy, where my dad is from.
    i think any kind of berry exponentially enhances a bowl of oats. just like malt vinegar enhances some chips!

  • Alison April 19, 2009, 3:51 pm

    I love England! I’ve been there three times and am hoping to go back later this year. London is my favorite city in the world. My friend went to Cambridge, so I got to visit her and eat at “formal hall.” It felt like I was in Harry Potter – complete with gowns!

  • Matt April 19, 2009, 3:52 pm

    I’ve never been to England but I don’t have a problem with them.

    Delicious looking fish and chips!

  • Lauren April 19, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Okay Caitlin, I am totally thinking of you right now. Currently, I am eating Thai, drinking wine, and watching “Twilight”, haha 3 of your most favorite things! 🙂

    I actually spent a summer in England as part of an exchange program. I lived in Corwall, with a great English family for 3 months. It was one of the best expereinces of my life. So amazing and I would love to go back and take the hubby someday!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

  • Meghann April 19, 2009, 5:10 pm

    Yes, they are almost dangerously fun to have around!!

    I meant to ask on the last comment if yours ever dragged you out for/asked you to re-create a proper fry-up for him?

    While I enjoy and can understand fish and chips, HP sauce on everything, and the deliciousness of ribena, watching adam inhale the fried combo of an English breakfast almost always leaves me staring at him with a slacked jaw…


  • elise April 19, 2009, 6:52 pm

    i love the uk! as a former soccer player, it makes me so happy when i hear about other americans embracing the sport…i wish it were as big here as it is abroad!

  • Sam April 19, 2009, 11:07 pm

    Hehe, I’m English and live in London, but I love the US! I did a massive five-week road trip over there a couple of summers ago and had the time of my life. I love home too, but everything seems more exciting over in America. It’s definitely one of my dreams to live out there for a bit (NYC or LA would do my nicely!)

  • Bridget April 20, 2009, 1:12 am

    I’m finally going to England this summer to visit my brother while he still lives there.

    Some friends and I watched the game (a replay). Such a nail biter!

  • Thinspired April 20, 2009, 1:34 am

    I think the thing my hubby will miss most when we move back to the US is his football! But it’s good to know there are places like this to catch the big games 😉 Looks like you guys had fun!

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