This week Bond flies off for the Marathon De Sables run that he is taking part in. If you haven’t heard of the event it’s called the ‘Toughest foot race on Earth’ and honestly that doesn’t seem like an exaggeration. Basically every day this mad man (along with a few hundred others – be aware they walk among us!!) will wake up and run a marathon throughout the Moroccan desert. Over the course of a week he will have run/walked 250KM in the heat carrying all the food and provisions he will need to survive. My little foodie will survive on only energy bars and freeze dried food that he will have to cook himself on a little stove. On Friday we got all of his stuff ready, this involved decanting the freeze-dried food into smaller bags and organising all his meals by days and calories. The MDS people are very serious about the calories the competitors have with them. They must have at least 2000 Kcals but preferably closer to 3000 Kcals and each bag must be labelled with the contents and calorie count. Then somehow you have to pack all of the food and other bits and bobs into an improbably small bag! Anyway with some effort and clever packing we managed to get it all in and so he is good to go. The bag is so heavy I can’t lift it!!! I have to admit that I am in awe of him doing this whilst also questioning his sanity.
In order to make up for this hideous endurance test we decided to have a relaxed couple of days finishing off with a lovely dinner last night.
We headed to Poco Loco on the walk as I had heard good things and it’s always fun to try new places. On the way over we stopped to watch the Beach BMX competition, which seemed to be a few men throwing themselves around on bikes/scooters while extremely loud music was played. Bond thought it was cool but I have to say it wasn’t really my thing. Once Bond had his fill we walked on to the restaurant.
Poco Loco is a Latin American restaurant with a great terrace overlooking the beach. There was also live music when we went, I don’t know if that’s just for the weekend though. The interior decoration is very nice and the atmosphere is also lovely. Initially we sat outside but it got a bit chilly so we moved inside (we both failed to bring jumpers!). Having read the menu we decided to get a few things to share. Soon melted cheese sticks, tacos, chicken skewers, king fish skewers and beef skewers and corn on the cob were delivered to us. The food all looked very appetising but sadly it wasn’t very warm which let it down a bit. The melted cheese sticks were definitely the highlight for us, and I would be keen to have them again. The rest of the food was yummy but nothing to massively rave about. My friend tells me that the main courses are the highlight so if we go back we will have to try that. The other let down was the service, the people who served were very nice but they were almost impossible to find. In order to get the bill we had to ask the cleaner if he wouldn’t mind finding us a waiter in the back as we couldn’t find anyone. Our guacomole never turned up which was a shame but they did remove it from our bill with no fuss. All in all we had a good time but it won’t be top of the list of places to go.
From Poco Loco it was cake o’clock according to Bond and so we headed to Vintage which is the home of decadence. His highness decided to go all out for his last big treat and ordered a pecan and chocolate fondant cake with an Aztec hot chocolate on the side. The fondant cake was delicious, Bond enjoyed his Aztec hot chocolate but I found the chilli a bit much! I went for ‘chocolate delight’ cake and an Almond joy to drink. The cake was pretty good but I had to concede Bond had won the ordering. The almond joy drink was FANTASTIC, they say it’s a milkshake with almonds and coconuts but there has to be more to it than that because it’s soooo delicious!!!
Having stuffed our faces full of chocolate we went to the market on JBR to check out the wares. Bond was VERY determined to get me a gift and so he treated me to the lovely dress you see in the picture! I am a lucky girl indeed!
All in all it was a lovely day and I hope that Bond felt it was a suitably fun send off before this tough race!
These signs at the market made us giggle…sorry for the poor photo quality though!!