The Ballet

in All Posts, Trip to London

Tonight, we went to the ballet – I was so excited to see The Nutcracker!


Kind of strange to see The Nutcracker after the holidays were over, but I really enjoyed it.  I am so impressed with ballet.  The fact that those girls hold their ENTIRE bodyweight on their little pointed toes BLOWS my mind!  How do they do it?


I split a beer with the Husband at the ballet, and afterwards, we went to a British pub for more drinks and food.


I had a Shandy (instead of a regular beer), which is a lager + a fizzy lemonade.  Delicious!  You can recreate it in America with Sprite and a light beer like Bass.  🙂


I ordered the vegetable-stuffed pie with mashed potatoes, which I positively wolfed down!  It was only mediocre though.


We ended up meeting up with Chris and his friends again for late-night bar crawl in SoHo.  I had another beer and called it a night.  I think I’m (finally) beered out on my vacation. 




Good night.  🙂



  • Sana January 2, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Happy early wedding anniversary!!! Paper gift?

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 2, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Glad you are having a good time 🙂

  • Niki (Running in Pink) January 2, 2010, 8:08 pm

    Your trip sounds so amazing. Have a wonderful anniversary tomorrow! Doesn’t a year go by so fast???

  • Evan Thomas January 2, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Ooo a veggie pie sounds good

  • Meghan@traveleatlove January 2, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I love going to see The Nutcracker. I danced on pointe for years, it was difficult but so much fun.
    Happy Anniversary! May each year that comes be even better than the last!

  • Amelia January 2, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I’m so impressed with ballerinas too! I wish I could dance like that. Happy early Anniversary! 🙂

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 2, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Happy, Happy Anniversary!

    I’d love to go see The Nutcracker in England! I’m kind of obsessed with prima ballerinas. I just think they are so amazing.

  • Lauren@ Reading and Running January 2, 2010, 8:27 pm

    Your vacation sounds just amazing!! And that shandy doesn’t sound half bad either!

  • Ambersnotebook January 2, 2010, 8:39 pm

    The ballet in England sounds magical!

  • January 2, 2010, 8:45 pm

    What a lovely vacation.

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) January 2, 2010, 8:47 pm

    Happy early anniversary!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 2, 2010, 8:51 pm

    How romantic! And yay for your anniversary!!! 🙂

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) January 2, 2010, 9:13 pm

    The Nutcracker is magical!!! Have a STUPENDOUS Anniversary 🙂

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) January 2, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Ahhh! I am SO jealous of your international vacay. The ballet looks wonderful and I was so happy to come back from Hawaii to see all your London posts up. Can’t wait to hear more about your travels!

  • Katie January 2, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Hope you have fun at the ballet!


  • Karla January 2, 2010, 9:29 pm

    Ballet looks so amazing! Glad you enjoyed! Happy anniversary! Hope it’s fantastic!

  • Jenna January 2, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Omg I love the ballet! Especially the nutcracker:)

  • LindsayRuns January 2, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Gracie January 2, 2010, 9:55 pm

    Aw yay! Congrats girrrl 🙂

  • Jenny January 2, 2010, 9:56 pm

    I danced in the Nutcracker when I was younger. Such a beautiful ballet! I also made it to the level of “point” in ballet class, and it’s definitely rough on the toenails! I know that dancers who do it for a long time have ingrown toenail problems (sorry if that’s TMI!).

    Happy Anniversary!

  • Erin January 2, 2010, 10:02 pm

    Shandies are so good! Congrats on your anniversary tomorrow — can’t wait to see how you celebrate. 🙂

  • Jennifer January 2, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Leinenkugels makes a shandy during the summer months–you should be able to get that in FL!

  • *Andrea* January 2, 2010, 10:13 pm

    i love the nutcracker!!! i was in a local production of it for 3 years when i used to do ballet as a younger girl. it was so fun – except i remember being so freaked out when i was one of the girls who ran out of the dress when i found out the woman was actually a man lol. also – don’t know if one can ever be ‘beered out’ 😉 jk totally possible. the shandy sounds so good i’ve never tried one! happy almost anniversary!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 2, 2010, 10:31 pm

    Oh, I LOVE the ballet! I’m so much in awe of those dancers. Their bodies are Ka-razy. Happy early anniversary!

  • Sam January 2, 2010, 10:37 pm

    Theres Wagamama in the US too!

  • Penny January 2, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Happy Anniversary! My husband and I will be celebrating our 10th this year. TENTH!

  • Jess (What's Normal, Anyways?) January 2, 2010, 11:04 pm

    Glad you enjoyed the Nutcracker, it is a classic ballet. I used to dance pointe and honestly it’s all about the right shoes, plus ankle and calf strength.

    I miss it terribly…but I was never destined to be a professional dancer.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) January 2, 2010, 11:09 pm

    That theatre looks gorgeous. And I’m baffled by en pointe because it hurts just to stand on the tips of my snow boots.

  • Rachel January 2, 2010, 11:42 pm

    The theatre is beautiful. I was a dancer for 13 years, and, yes, en pointe ballet hurts at first, but your feet do get used to it. It’s just like any other physical activity — you build up a tolerance to the pain and work through it. You also use little pads on your toes to help protect them, and as long as your shoes are properly fitted by a professional you’re fine.

  • Kelsey January 2, 2010, 11:49 pm

    my sister was sugar plum fairy when she was a senior at Interlochen arts academy, so I definitely know that ballet ;]

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 3, 2010, 2:13 am

    Wow, what I gorgeous theater. I love the Nutcracker. Happy Anniversary!

  • Lisa January 3, 2010, 2:55 am

    oooh I would love to see the Nutcracker one day!!!
    The theatre looks amazing!

  • christie, honoring health January 3, 2010, 7:51 am

    What an awesome trip you have been having!

    Enjoy your anniversary!

  • rungirlrunn January 3, 2010, 9:10 am

    Oh I just LOVE the Nutcracker!! How awesome being able to see it in England!

  • Jolene ( January 3, 2010, 9:56 am

    I have never been the Ballet, but it sounds wonderful!

  • star January 3, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Was this the Royal Ballet at The Royal Opera House? If so, I was on that stage a few years ago, dancing the Nutcracker with them! 😀 Glad you enjoyed the magic!

    • caitlin January 3, 2010, 3:07 pm

      aww no, it was the english national opera ENO. that’s pretty cool you did the royal opera house!

  • Lauren January 3, 2010, 4:24 pm

    In France they call those beers Panache. I drank them almost every day with my lunch…really refreshing and yummy!

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