Some random thoughts on food and groceries in Britain, compared to San Francisco. I'll add more as I come across them. One of the things that has shocked me most about buying groceries in England is the realization of how many preservatives must be in American food. At home, I can buy a loaf of white … Continue reading Musings on British Food
Don't go to Pétrus in London because it's a Gordon Ramsay restaurant... go despite the fact that it's a Gordon Ramsay restaurant! You'll be rewarded by a memorable meal, worthy of its Michelin star. (And I don't often say that...) My meal yesterday (7 'official' courses, plus an amuse bouche and a post-dessert treat) was one … Continue reading Ramsay’s Restaurant Deserves the ‘F’ word — Fabulous!
My grandmother was from Cornwall, so her cooking, for good or ill, was based on the traditions she learned in England as a young woman. And my mother learned from her, so many of those traditions were passed down, including the Sunday roast (which was always roast beef in our house). When I started traveling … Continue reading An Easter miracle – a great Sunday roast!
Except for my jet lag, I would have sworn I was at a food festival in San Francisco: • Food carts selling burgers, fried chicken and Mexican food – check • Chefs with cheeky t-shirts and tattoos – check • Street busker (badly) crooning Frank Sinatra songs – wha...??? This last is explained by the fact … Continue reading Eat & Drink Festival, London, April 2017
Look right!! Traffic is coming from the other direction, dummy! This one seems to have become automatic for me by now, at least as far as cars. Unfortunately, bicycles are another story, as they can come from either direction and seem to come far faster than bicyclists in the US -- even SF's crazy cyclists! … Continue reading Things to remember on landing in England
I've arrived in London for the first part of a year-long adventure wherein I'm homeless by choice. (I've rented out my place in San Francisco for at least a year to both abide by the condo rules and to fund my adventure.) My current plan is to spend 6 months in England, then a month … Continue reading When in England…
Vanilla shouldn’t exist. Given its complicated sex life, it really isn’t able to reproduce on its own. And given how random the procedure is to artificially fertilize the species, man shouldn’t have been able to figure out how to help it grow in the quantities required for its current level of commercial use. I learned … Continue reading Spicy Tales from London’s Kew Gardens
My first night in London I found a great-looking little food street, with a gelato shop selling some of the best I've ever had -- it even puts the Bi-Rite Creamery salted caramel to shame! La Gelatiera's salty caramel has a strong salt flavor I find missing from the blander, sweeter option at Bi-Rite (in San … Continue reading Food find in New Row, London