Saturday, May 22, 2010

London: Borough Market

One of my favorite food experiences in the world is Borough Market. We went there a couple of years ago,  on a weekday, when the market wasn't even open, but several of the stands and stores were. It was empty, and it was delightful. I wanted to go there this trip with our friends, so we made a morning out of it, on a Saturday. Big Mistake. Don't ever go here on a Saturday, especially if you are with children. It's insanely crowded, and all of the food vendors have the longest lines. We had been craving a chorizo sandwich and a coffee from Monmouth , and both were mobbed. We ended up sitting down at Fish for some delicious fish and chips--it turns out that if you find a restaurant with seats, you don't really have to wait--it's all the stand-up food vendors that have the lines. 
All the food at Fish is organic, no GMOs, and fish is caught in a sustainable, responsible way.
The line here was so long that we just bought beans and had the coffee at home. On less busy days, this place is dreamy. Long wooden communal tables to nurse your individually dripped coffee, with pots of jam and butter on the table for your toast.
Neal's Yard Dairy, probably the prettiest cheese shop in the world. Plus they are warm, enthusiastic, and generous with samples and explanations.
They keep this shower going to keep the humidity in the shop.

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