Oliver! and Buddha Bar

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I think I had the busiest day of my life!


After our run through London and nap, we were very excited for our night out on the town!  I had some salt and vinegar crisps (AKA potato chips) while I got ready.  And then we took the Underground to the theatre!  We had tickets for Oliver.


The Husband is OBSESSED with Oliver.  He knows every single line!  He practically skipped over to the theatre.  🙂


After picking up our tickets at will call, we went across the street to a cute little cafe and got sandwiches and lattes.



We drank a few glasses of champagne while watching Oliver – it was so great!  I’d never seen the play (or the movie) before, but I just happened to know some of the songs.  I’m pretty sure my mother used to sing the “Food, Glorious Food!” song as she served me dinner sometimes.  🙂


After the play, we headed to a swanky restaurant called Buddha Bar.  It’s an amazing restaurant located next to the River Thames…. hidden under a bridge! 





Buddha Bar was Asian fusion and – of course – there were  loads of vegetarian options!


We opted to split two meals:


A tempura tofu and a wok-fried eggplant.  Plus, a bowl of “Buddha noodles.”


My plate:


I’ve never had tempura tofu before and it was DIVINE!  It wasn’t greasy at all.


My cocktail (this was our “big night out”):


The Husband ordered this bubbly drink that came with a flower on top (which gave us the major giggles – so manly!):


I also ordered another cocktail after tasting the Husband’s bubbly one!


Bed is CALLING my name!  We have officially cleared out our schedule for tomorrow morning – it’s nearly 2 AM here, and we’re both exhausted.  Time for some R&R on our vacation.  🙂


What’s your favorite play?  Mine is The Phantom of the Opera.



  • Evan Thomas December 26, 2009, 8:39 pm

    Buddha noodles sound so good(I hope they were drenched in sauce because those tend to be the tastiest)
    I think Rent on Broadway was the best play I’ve seen; it might have been because it just had a really good cast at the time.

  • Emily December 26, 2009, 8:39 pm

    So funny that the husband loves Oliver! I am obsessed with Broadway, but my fave musicals are Les Miserables and Wicked. Hope you continue to enjoy your vacation!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 26, 2009, 8:40 pm

    ahhhhhhhh your food looks delicious, and that’s the cutest photo of your husband! Hope you’re having a great time so far.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) December 26, 2009, 8:44 pm

    BUDDHA BARRRRR! Not sure if it’s the same, but there is one in Paris…and it’s at the top of my list of places to go. There is a DK (Stephane Pompougnac) who mixed a whole album at Buddha Bar Paris…the music is wonderfullllll. And super sexy 😉

    Hope you guys have a great night!!!

  • Molly @vegandorm December 26, 2009, 8:44 pm

    WHen I was in London over the summer, we saw Wicked, which was right near Oliver!
    I’m going to be commenting on all of you London posts with the following phrase: I MISS LONDON!

  • Karla December 26, 2009, 8:46 pm

    how fun! I hope you enjoyed!!
    I love Hairspray and Chicago!! Chicago is probably my favorite. It was my first (real) date with the lovely fella!

  • AshleyLauren December 26, 2009, 8:48 pm

    Les Miserables is my all time favorite! I’m seing Wicked in February, and I’m so excited. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack non-stop 🙂

  • Carolyn December 26, 2009, 9:02 pm

    I haven’t really seen a play unless you count “Rock of Ages.” Which was awesome by the way!!

  • Jenna December 26, 2009, 9:18 pm

    Buddah bar looks great!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 26, 2009, 9:22 pm

    Gorgeous looking cocktail! I want to go to Buddha Bar too! 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Erin December 26, 2009, 9:22 pm

    I love Wicked!!

    Buddha Bar is great — I went there after seeing Billy Elliot a few years ago. Fun times! 🙂

  • Kailey December 26, 2009, 9:32 pm

    Sounds like your having a blast overseas 😀
    that is so exciting that you got to see Oliver!!

  • Shannon, Tropical Treats December 26, 2009, 10:00 pm

    Buddah bar looks sooooo neat 🙂 and that flower is adorable hahaha. My favorite play is ‘Avenue Q’– it is hilarious! Have a wonderful trip!!

  • Matt December 26, 2009, 10:22 pm

    Buddha Bar looks good 🙂

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) December 26, 2009, 10:25 pm

    hands down wicked. The music is so freaking moving. I listen to the wicked pandora station all the time. I have problems…like…seriously.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) December 26, 2009, 10:27 pm

    What an amazing day! So glad you guys are having such a wonderful time. Buddha Bar looks awesome!

  • Maya December 26, 2009, 10:31 pm

    My favorite play is Les Miserables and Godspell. I’m not Christian, but something about those songs just get to me! I love seeing your London vacation photos, and I can’t wait for more!

  • candice December 26, 2009, 11:21 pm

    Tempura tofu sounds amazing. 😯

  • Emily Eats and Exercises December 26, 2009, 11:38 pm

    I love Oliver – I was in it in 6th grade. When I was very little, our babysitter was in that and we used to sing the songs together when she came over. Apparently once my mom came home and the two of us were sitting in my brother’s crib with him singing along with the cassette! Not sure of my favorite – Caberet? Chicago? anything Sondheim.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 26, 2009, 11:55 pm

    My favorite is Wicked!

    You guys look like you’re having a blast. Love the pics of the two of you. I also love that your hubby orders some bubbly drinks – mine does, too. 😉

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 27, 2009, 12:03 am

    I haven’t really seen many plays … but I went to the Lion King in Vegas and it BLEW my mind!! Amazing indeed. The hubby loved it too.

  • Luthvian December 27, 2009, 12:38 am

    I’m a huge phantom fan, as well. I saved up my own money to buy tickets to its original run at the Pantageous Theatre in Toronto (when I was 6), saw it on broadway in grade 11, and saw it when it came back to Toronto two years ago. still awes me to watch.

    hope your vacation continues to be fantastic! happy anniversary!

  • Amy December 27, 2009, 3:31 am

    I love Wicked!

  • Harriet December 27, 2009, 7:19 am

    Out of all the shows i’ve seen the very best were Wicked & Hairspray- however i’m completely obsessed with Wicked so I think it might top it.

    Your holiday sounds amazing, hope you continue to have a great time!

  • Kirsten December 27, 2009, 7:45 am

    Looks like you are having a blast! I love London! I have never been to Buddah Bar there but I was at the one in Dubai, it was so fun. Enjoy the rest of the trip.

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 27, 2009, 9:26 am

    You guys are adorable! I’m loving this traveling vicariously to London through your blog 🙂

  • Jenny December 27, 2009, 9:39 am

    Fun evening! That Buddha Bar looks so swanky 😉

    I love the French play Cyrano de Bergerac.

  • Nicole December 27, 2009, 9:47 am

    Your pictures are awesome. I especially love the one of the husband drinking his latte.

  • Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey December 27, 2009, 10:00 am

    It’s a toss-up between “Rent,” “Hairspray,” and “WICKED”!

  • GirlonRaw December 27, 2009, 10:28 am

    Heyyyy you are finally in one of my favourite cities in the world. Have a great time. I do hope you get to check out at least one of the restaurants I recommended. I didn’t know there was a Buddha Bar in London but I certainly made the Beirut one recently and also I have been to the Glasgow one as well. I heard there is one in my neighbourhood of Bahrain too. Oh and I love Phantom of the Opera as well. Will you make it?

    • Caitlin December 27, 2009, 4:56 pm

      no! i think oliver was the only play we’ll go to (and we’re seeing the ballet). maybe next time? 🙂

  • Meghan@traveleatlove December 27, 2009, 2:22 pm

    I love love love Rent. Glad you are enjoying London, it is a fun city!

  • Nikky December 27, 2009, 2:28 pm

    I adore plays in general, RENT is amazing as is Phantom, but the MOST exciting one I’ve seen live is Les Miserables. I adored it. Oliver! was my FAVORITE movie growing up, I watched it daily and my friends and I put on plays of it for my grandma. I decided at age 4 that I was going to marry Dodger. I cried when Jack Wild died.

    Glad you’re having a great time!

  • Julie @savvyeats December 27, 2009, 8:55 pm

    Not even going to attempt to choose a fave play. Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Lion King, Les Miserables… I narrowed it down to four at least! 😉

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) December 27, 2009, 9:11 pm

    I love Jekyll and Hyde. We are going to see Wicked this weekend and I’m excited for that too.

    • Nikky December 27, 2009, 9:25 pm

      Oh, Jekyll and Hyde has some incredible music! I love that one too.

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