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24 July 2014 @ 10:44 pm
Yunyun is so going to smirk at all the post  
For once, I'm gonna start by the end. My stomach is dying with bliss right now, and is heavy as hell. 4.60 pounds. I got a duck confit blablanameblabla and a café gourmand (tea and mini-tarte tatin), plus my orangina for that price. Thanks to Aku, who works in le Café Rouge, a brand of French restaurants (yeeeeeah, I'm seeing lots of France here). Tonight was a trial night to prepare for the opening next week and Aku invited me so I just had to pay for the drink: the origina plus the tea in the café gourmand. Anyway. Sorry, but DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK *swirls* That's my fucking favorite meat. Duck. Is. So. Good and expensive. And one of the servers and me ended up having a discussion about how gooood duck is. Ugh. So, so good. Well, in fact, he chose the dish for me because I was a bit lazy and told him "choose for me. No salad, no pork and I like potatoes". That's what he came up with. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeea! Twas soooo good. Took spinach with it. Twas a bit dry because they don't do it like we do in France with lots of butter/cream, but Aku came to help and omg, French slightly salted butter. Gods, perfect; that's what I use for cooking. I don't like unsalted butter, except for the breakfast I don't eat or baking.

And now, I'm slowly melting into my bed and it'll be a miracle for me to be able to drag myself to the shower later XD But well, duck is worth it.

I spent the afternoon at the British Library, trying to revise and edit my NaNo while being amazed at how gorgeous the building is. Didn't do much though. Also, El-Jay is blocked there XD But actually, my goal for today was to go to the London equivalent of the anti-café (the one where I pay for the time I spend there, not the food/drink, which I can consume limitlessly). The shop is located in Old Street, more or less an hour and an half walk from Victoria according to google maps, anyway, because well, I ended up in the British Library, not there XD

What happened in between was Trafalgar Square. And something I hadn't seen yes until now, even though I've seen plenty of shops (okay, Forbidden Planet is also one, but it's not a full bookstore). Waterstones. That's a bookstore, the bane of my existence. So, I told myself, 'hey, let's have a look'. I didn't want to buy anything because I've already bought two books yesterday I needed the money for the café.

Gods, I can see Yunyun smirking at that. Madly and mockingly XD

So, in France, there never are sales like 'buy one get one half price' for interesting books. That and except for a few, books are cheaper here. For example, let's take Beautiful Chaos, costs around almost 14 dollars here while I payed, brace yourselves, around 20 bucks for it back in France XD It's to a point that when I came here for one week back in high school, came back with ten books.

And back to the present. I really didn't want to buy anything, just sort of make a buy-later list in my head. But. Gaiman and Pratchett were in the 'buy one get one half price' section. C'mon. How could I resist? This would've been criminal. And that's how I eventually decided to go to the British Library: it's free!
Mood: fullfull
Music: Plastic Tree — Paper Plane
Ms. Cleveririshvampire13 on July 24th, 2014 09:56 pm (UTC)
Wow; that is expensive for books; I paid $12 for 'Beautiful Chaos' when I got it. God, books; I can't get enough!
Luo: Will — Lost in thoughtsluorescence on July 24th, 2014 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's like an addiction. I even have the guiltiness bit when I'm being reasonable.

Edited at 2014-07-24 09:59 pm (UTC)
     Mandya_phoenixdragon on July 24th, 2014 11:19 pm (UTC)
OMG...so many good things in this post, lol!! I was focused on duck...omg, so hungry!! WANT. OMFG...

Sorry, with all the awesome things in this post all I can do is stare at fooooood, lol!!
Luo: Eleven — Tinker tinkerluorescence on July 24th, 2014 11:34 pm (UTC)

That's my mind when I'm eating duck XD

No it's okay. Food is great and lovely. Food is cool. Hail food!
Azzie's corner of madness: Firstflowsoffire on July 25th, 2014 06:34 am (UTC)
Foodgasms ftw! :D And yeah, book prices are ridiculous in France, aren't they? Well, I guess they try to protect printed books and all that…
Luo: Gabriel — Trickster grinluorescence on July 25th, 2014 07:59 am (UTC)
Yeah. At least, there always are cheaper alternatives and not just by buying on Amazon, which I don't do because I'm not fond of how it's run and I like being able to touch and feel books when I buy them. If you got an English bookshop near, you might wanna check it up, chances that the books are cheaper than the French version.
Azzie's corner of madness: Victorianflowsoffire on July 25th, 2014 06:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that'd be lovely :) I used to get English books through my father in Paris, that was always nice! The covers are so lovely, too.
Luo: Amy — Da fuck?luorescence on July 25th, 2014 08:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the covers really want to make you buy it. I'm very suspicious when it comes to YA though XD The covers are often all pretty and shiny but then, you read the summary and you know it'll be some kind of Twilight-like romance mess XD And it always disappoints me a tad because it's like a waste of a beautiful art.
Azzie's corner of madness: Victorianflowsoffire on July 26th, 2014 05:55 am (UTC)
Hahaha, yeah, that sounds sensible! The pretty covers can also be grossly deceiving… ;)