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Temptation everywhere

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Saturday, October 27, 2012

I go for a walk in central London today looking for photos for the London and southeast team page.

Why is it that I always seem to end up walking down my favourite nommy food streets? Every time I go out, this happens. They are everywhere.

Today I find myself on Marylebone High Street. This street is torture, the worst of the lot, I'm not kidding. I have a look in the window of Rococo chocolates.

So far as I am concerned, chocolate has no finer destination than this shop. The last time I went in (March, to buy a gift, it's not just delicious chocolate, it's expensive too) the person who served me gave me a free chocolate. I protested feebly that I was 'off' chocolate, and she gave me ANOTHER. A dark chocolate, she said. Good for you. Those two chocolates were the start of a ruinous day, I remember it very well.

They were wonderful though. The business is owned by someone called Chantal, what more is there to say?

So I do the nose up against the glass thing and pass on. Look if you really want to torture yourself, the website's here:

I keep going.

Then things get really difficult. Within the space of about 50 metres there's not only an organic deli selling all kinds of things, a Posh fish shop and a branch of Waitrose, there are three (count them) patisseries.

Patisserie Valerie (Italian)

Paul (French)

Bonne Bouche (Italian I think but with a French name)

Time was when I would have had lunch AND a cake in Valerie's and probably dropped into Paul's for more cakes to take home and Bonne Bouche for chocolates.

Now I just get the pictures.

And you can understand why they open shops in London can't you? Nobody in France or Italy EVER puts on weight. I just can't see those mille feuilles selling like hot cakes somewhere like Rome or Paris.

Keep going and get to Oxford Street where there are already Christmas crowds.

Succumb, finally, to six roasted chestnuts. 102 calories but a must-do at this time of year.

At least they are 'proper' food. More or less.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LINDERVEE 6/25/2014 12:12PM

    I just came across this blog... a little late I know. Thanks for the beautiful words and pictures. This may be the closest I ever come to London. :(
Amazing self control. I think the smell alone would kill me, delicious temptations.


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LIBBYL1 11/13/2012 8:53PM


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AMARILYNH 11/12/2012 6:32PM

    I saw roasted chestnuts for the first time at an outdoor market in Europe last fall and have been kicking myself ever since for not buying some!! Its not something we see here in Georgia!!

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ELAINEANNE1 11/12/2012 2:32PM

    I don't think I would be able to resist either.
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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/10/2012 10:04AM


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CFMOSS 11/4/2012 8:04AM

    moderation in everything - those beautiful pictures takes excess moderation - lol.

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VIMVIGOR 11/4/2012 1:34AM


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MCSWIGAN 11/2/2012 7:07AM

    Congrats on your Blog Award! Keep them coming!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/30/2012 11:36PM

    Chesnuts? Yum! Thanks for the london tour but next time stick to scenery photos, less hunger inducing! emoticon

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ETHELMERZ 10/30/2012 10:47PM

    The reason it was so hard to be tempted by all the goodies, we need to admit that healthy food does not satisfy us as much as not so healthy food. Figure out one or two things you really want, have those, and be done with it. Deprivation leads to binging, pure and simple. My dietitian says, if you have a splurge, splurge well, don't eat garbage, make it something worthwhile.

Hang in there, this is a "rest of your life" thing about food.

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A_SPARKLING 10/30/2012 10:18PM

    yOU ARE sTRONG! emoticon

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JBEAUFORD 10/30/2012 10:05PM

    you have stronger will power than I do. No way could I have made it down that street without caving in. I do remember seeing all the gorgeous bakery storefronts when I was in London many years ago...but then again I was 21 and could have eaten at every single one f them back then and never gained an ounce!

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JBELLEM 10/30/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon this kind is safer!

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BECCA315 10/30/2012 5:38PM

    Thanx for the pix ~ almost as good as being there! Becca

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TLONSBE 10/30/2012 5:15PM

    Great Blog, Cool Yummy Pictures!!!

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IFEOMA4 10/30/2012 4:14PM

  Very tempting yummy pictures

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KATIWONT 10/30/2012 2:46PM

    Well done---you should be proud!! As a fellow Sparker, I naturally want to cheer you on, but you are SO entertaining and likable, it makes me want to root for you even more!!

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LAWANDMUSIC 10/30/2012 1:25PM

    Love the narrative. Keep up the good work!

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HKARLSSON 10/30/2012 1:15PM

    You have a will of iron! I would have been all over those pastries like fleas on a hound dog!

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52114ME 10/30/2012 9:21AM

    Wow, good for you passing all that temptation!

and getting a walk in.

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HYATTI1 10/30/2012 6:26AM

    There is so much temptation around and to think you beat it. You go are my hero.


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THEIS58 10/30/2012 6:25AM

    Way to go!! Eyes on the prize at the goal weight!

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SLFGOLF 10/30/2012 1:02AM

    Wow you did great under such temptation!

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SHAZG321 10/30/2012 12:24AM

    emoticon GREAT ARTICLE

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LETHANIA 10/30/2012 12:21AM

    i'm so proud of you!!!!

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REENIE131 10/29/2012 11:00PM

    Love the pics!

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DEEEBEE 10/29/2012 10:53PM

    I have to tell you that we have a cafe/bakery called Le Bonne Bouche right here in St. Louis and they make the best cakes and cookies EVER! So you don't have to be in London. Come on down the Mississippi River and see us!

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GRACIEC 10/29/2012 10:16PM

    I probably shouldn't have read this when I was hungry! It was a fun read though - good luck!

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ORODEO73 10/29/2012 9:19PM

    Thanks for sharing. I loved England!

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TEEBEE44 10/29/2012 9:10PM


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XHENA16 10/29/2012 8:37PM

  Cute story and I loved the pics emoticon

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ALIWVU121 10/29/2012 8:11PM

    I love all of your adventures! It makes me miss England and Wales. Awesome job on avoiding the temptations!! Keep up the exercise and your resolve to eat healthier!

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TPETRIE 10/29/2012 6:30PM

  Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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ANYVAR54 10/29/2012 5:25PM

    Thank you for the walk around London.

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NIKKIJ55 10/29/2012 3:42PM

    Great self control - makes me hungry as I eat my nutritious lunch

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RWILCO01 10/29/2012 3:20PM

    REALLY? Like you just couldnt show us pictures of soldiers at the palace or Big Ben! You HAD to throw in the pastries! sigh.
You are a wonderful writer! I'm so proud of you for resisting temptation. I personally gained a pound reading the article, but it was worth it. Thanks for sharing your wonderful country with this American and for making me smile.

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FALLNTENN 10/29/2012 3:02PM

    The sweets look so good! I'm proud of you being able to resist them. You are doing great!

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MOMMY445 10/29/2012 2:37PM

    it sure does look good and very tempting!

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LAURIE5658 10/29/2012 2:26PM

    Great, now I am a drooling mess.


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SERASARA 10/29/2012 2:15PM

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MONTREAL12 10/29/2012 12:34PM

  Love the pictures and the references to London; I recall it well. By the way, I think it's okay to live the Now moment and indulge in the occasional chocolate or two. Have a happy day! emoticon

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MYBABYGIRLS 10/29/2012 12:01PM

    Great mindset! Keep the resolve. emoticon

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MOMOSG 10/29/2012 10:37AM

    I would choose the chesnuts too. I think you did a great job. For me the chocolate would be very hard to resist. Not stepping into the shop would be the only way to keep me from buying just ONE thing that would end up being more. Facing food issues head on can be the best way to learn to control them, in my humble opinion.

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BUSMOM27 10/29/2012 10:28AM

    self control emoticon

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BLOOMING52 10/29/2012 10:21AM

    Great blog. Thank you.

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BANDMOM2012 10/29/2012 9:50AM

    Loved the pics and your resolve! Great job!

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DEEJACKSON 10/29/2012 9:38AM

    Great job!! emoticon

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1935MARY 10/29/2012 9:28AM

    I've not ate chestnuts since I was a little girl. I had forgotten how good they are.Glad you passed up the sweets. I love chocolate too. emoticon

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DEBLYNN323 10/29/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon beat the temptations!

You walk sounded enchanting, despite all the temptations!

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BASEBALLMOM21 10/29/2012 8:38AM

    Thanks for sharing looks so yummy

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