On the road again

Geth and I arrived back in Newcastle this evening after a weekend in Colne with the in-laws. I drove there and back and find that I’m getting more used to my new car now.

We had a nice quiet morning today and then went for lunch with my mother-in-law Anne – Boundary Mill in Colne have a nice new pizzeria. There was a lot of pizza this weekend so Geth and I will be doing Slimming World ‘SP days’ the rest of the week to make up for it!

A quiet evening in with writing and my 3DS before getting back to work tomorrow.

OOTD 14th July 2019
OOTD: comfy driving outfit. T-shirt H&M (2018), belt H&M (2017), leggings Primark (2018), trainers Reebok (2013).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Mark Knopfler – Local Hero
Duran Duran – Union Of The Snake
Rod Stewart – Da Ya Think I’m Sexy
Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
Hitoshi Sakimoto – Final Fantasy XII Main Theme
Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Korobeiniki (the Tetris theme music)

2019 Pizzas #15: Asda Take Away Cheese Feast Stuffed Crust Pizza

I had this oven pizza with the in-laws when I was in Colne over the weekend. I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo of the actual pizza, so here’s the box instead!

Asda Take Away Cheese Feast Stuffed Crust Pizza
Asda Take Away Cheese Feast Stuffed Crust Pizza.

I’m not usually a fan of multi-cheese pizzas (plain old mozzarella is my preference) but this one was really good. The stuffed crust was nice as well – not too rich like I sometimes find stuffed crusts to be.

Definitely a good choice for a hungry day!

2019 Pizzas #14: Zizzi Classic Margherita

I had this pizza at the Zizzi in NEC Resorts World the night that we arrived there for UKGE. Much needed after a long drive to Birmingham!

Zizzi Classic Margherita
Zizzi Classic Margherita.

I had extra olives and peppers on this one to make it a bit more interesting (and get a slight amount of speed food in via the peppers!). I’m glad I did because the base pizza itself was fairly bland – it was the toppings that were the tasty part. Anyway, it filled a hole, which is the important thing after a long day.

2019 Pizzas #13: Barrel & Stone Rustica

This is the pizza that I had from room service in my semi-awake state after the London Marathon. Never ingested such necessary calories before!

Barrel & Stone Rustica
Barrel & Stone Rustica.

I just sort of inhaled this one as I was in such a daze, but I did note that the sauce was amazingly delicious. Will try it again next time I’m staying at the Thistle – hopefully I’ll be at least marginally more alert!

2019 Pizzas #12: Barrel & Stone Garden Party

I had this pizza at the Thistle City Barbican the night that Geth and I arrived in London for marathon weekend. Pizza is a must-have for a hotel restaurant as far as I’m concerned!

Barrel & Stone Garden Party
Barrel & Stone Garden Party.

There was a little bit too much rocket on this one for me (I prefer toppings that are cooked with the pizza – when it’s covered in rocket after the fact, it’s just a salad getting in the way of my unhealthy eating moment!), but the sauce was absolutely delicious. Really glad that they’ve got this option at my favourite London hotel!

2019 Pizzas #11: Pizza Punks DIY

I went to Newcastle restaurant Pizza Punks for the first time last week, but it will definitely not be the last time! Both the pizza and the music were great and I will be finding excuses to go back again.

Pizza Punks DIY
Pizza Punks DIY.

The pizza wasn’t actually this strange red/pink colour – that’s just an effect of the neon strip lighting used in the restaurant.

It was a really good pizza – it had a lovely textured base and the best tasting sauce! I had a DIY/create-your-own with tomatoes, onions, olives and potato. If you’ve not tried potato on a pizza, I really recommend it if you can find it in a good restaurant – it’s a bit difficult to get it right at home.

2019 Pizzas #9: Goodfellas Pizza Romano Chargrilled Vegetable & Pesto

This is another oven pizza I had last week. I’ve been falling into the habit of oven pizzas again recently because they’re nice and easy to cook when I’m tired from a long run. It’s a habit I will need to get rid of as soon as I’ve done the London Marathon and I’m no longer doing very long runs all the time!

Goodfellas Pizza Romano Chargrilled Vegetable & Pesto
Goodfellas Pizza Romano Chargrilled Vegetable & Pesto.

This one has a great base (not too crispy) and a great sauce – it’s a really solid Mediterranean vegetable pizza. Definitely one to have again.

2019 Pizzas #8: Dr Oetker Ristorante Mozzarella

I treated myself to this oven pizza on Thursday night, because Geth was out boardgaming and I wanted something quick to bung in the oven when I got back from Pilates.

Dr Oetker Ristorante Mozzarella
Dr Oetker Ristorante Mozzarella.

This pizza should not be confused with the Dr Oetker Ristorante Margherita, which also has mozzarella, tomatoes, and herbs on, but differently. I’m not sure if they still make the Margherita as I’ve not seen it for a while.

Anyway, Dr Oetker Ristorante pizzas have been my absolute go-to for oven pizza for a good decade or so. Geth usually has the Speciale for meat ‘n’ mushroom purposes, and I tend to favour the Mozzarella (they did use to do a nice spicy veg option called the Vegetale but it seems to have been discontinued now). It’s not quite the Italian restaurant pizza experience claimed by the TV adverts, but it’s still the king of oven pizzas.