Eating out: Ruen Thai, London 
I dont often go out on a Monday night. It’s usually spent recovering from that first day back at work after the weekend – always a difficult one, full of meetings and to do lists.
But tonight my friend Yasmin was in town. She’s one of a tight group of school friends that I’m grateful to still be good mates with, even if we don’t manage to get together as often as we used to. It’s one of the downsides of growing up and dealing with this business of starting careers and - in Yasmin’s case - getting married and moving abroad. She now lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her husband who moved out there for work. We don’t get to see her often so when she’s in town we all make an effort to he together.
We’re mostly west Londoners originally so we chose Hammersmith as our location, returning to a Thai restaurant – Ruen Thai – that some of the others have become regulars at. As is often the case with Thai food, we read the menu thoroughly with the intention of ordering something new and different. And then all ended up returning to our ‘safe’ options - green curries, red curries, pad thais.
The food was great, but the best thing about the evening was just catching up with each other, whether it was anecdotes from the friends who work with children, recalling hair-raising driving lesson moments or hearing stories about life in the UAE. Being grown up might mean we see each other less, but when we do get together we have so many more interesting stories to tell.

Eating out: Ruen Thai, London

I dont often go out on a Monday night. It’s usually spent recovering from that first day back at work after the weekend – always a difficult one, full of meetings and to do lists.

But tonight my friend Yasmin was in town. She’s one of a tight group of school friends that I’m grateful to still be good mates with, even if we don’t manage to get together as often as we used to. It’s one of the downsides of growing up and dealing with this business of starting careers and - in Yasmin’s case - getting married and moving abroad. She now lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with her husband who moved out there for work. We don’t get to see her often so when she’s in town we all make an effort to he together.

We’re mostly west Londoners originally so we chose Hammersmith as our location, returning to a Thai restaurant – Ruen Thai – that some of the others have become regulars at. As is often the case with Thai food, we read the menu thoroughly with the intention of ordering something new and different. And then all ended up returning to our ‘safe’ options - green curries, red curries, pad thais.

The food was great, but the best thing about the evening was just catching up with each other, whether it was anecdotes from the friends who work with children, recalling hair-raising driving lesson moments or hearing stories about life in the UAE. Being grown up might mean we see each other less, but when we do get together we have so many more interesting stories to tell.