Although I live close to London (50 minutes on a fast train) and work even closer, I haven't actually done a huge amount of exploring down there. I've taken a few trips with The Husband to do cultural stuff but a visit from fellow food blogger (and long time partner in crime) Marie seemed like a good excuse for a food-focused day trip. We only had half a day at our disposal (we had to get back to Cambridge for cocktails in the afternoon) so we homed in on one small area: Portobello Road. The Hummingbird Bakery was top of baking aficionado Marie's to-do list.
|Clockwise from top left: the packaging is as good as the cake; vanilla and jaffa cake cupcakes; Marie plus coke!; red velvet cupcakes; Aoife making a scene on somebody's door step (luckily The Husband stayed at home)|
After an excellent breakfast of cupcakes and caffeine, we stopped off at Books for Cooks. This is dangerous for anyone with a cookbook problem like Marie and myself. She was limited by her luggage allowance; I was only stopped by the thought of my credit card bill. I did purchase two fabulous books which even The Husband approved of.
We browsed the market stalls and wandered in and out of the shops. Special mention to the wonderful R. Garcia & sons a Spanish deli where I bought as much as I could carry. Our day out finished up with a girly lunch at La Sophia where we enjoyed their excellent value prix fixe menu. Champagne and cocktails were consumed. I'm getting hungry just thinking about my asparagus, apple and crab starter.
|Clockwise from top left: paella being cooked on the street; asparagus, apple and crab starter; chocolate mousse cake with chocolate sorbet; linguini with prawns & langoustine|
We've started planning our next trip already. Look out London, we'll be back.