London 2017 + a little update

Hello again, world!

It’s been approximately 100 years since my last post. March 2017 (and the first half of April) was an absolute whirlwind- six weeks that I won’t ever forget. I went to London for 4 days with Aaron to visit Nate and Grace, and then spent two consecutive weekends in Toronto, the first with my whole family and the second just with my Pa. I had three segments on CBC (clips to come eventually), and planned and threw a pretty magical Passover event with my friends Ksenia and Marina of At the Immigrant’s Table.

While all that was going on, I finally decided on my Next Step, amidst a million emotions and financial decisions and practical considerations and program comparisons. The last week of March was also one of those weeks where you have something to do after work every single day of the week, and both weekend nights were booked with fun events- no complaints there, but by the end of the week, my couch had a sort of golden aura around it and I was finally able to plotz on Sunday afternoon. I also experienced my first legitimate two-day hangover which officially qualifies me as over the hill.

More on allllll of the above later- this post is about London. It was basically 4 straight days of walking around the city, hanging out, and eating EVERYTHING. Here’s a list of the top 10 things we ate:

  1. Our welcome-to-town lunch of bagels, lox, and the juiciest mango EVER that we devoured, bleary-eyed and ecstatic, after the 14-hour journey from Montreal to Grace and Nate’s Brixton apartment.
  2. Jerk chicken, lamb patties, curry goat, and ginger beer from Jeff the Chef’s Jamaican food bar just outside of Brixton Market.
  3. Sausage rolls from Greggs. Each morning, on our way to the bus or the tube, we’d stop at this tiny little bakery (part of a London chain) to get a cappuccino and a sausage roll. They were very much mass-produced, the exact same each day, but PERFECT. Flaky, buttery pastry wrapped around a very generous helping of sausage, it made for a fantastic breakfast ritual. I didn’t take a photo of it because it’s decidedly ~not~ photogenic, but here’s what it looks like (courtesy of Greggs’s corporate gallery): Screen Shot 2017-04-18 at 10.31.14 PM.png
  4. Samples from the CRAZY FANCY “Delicacies” hall of Selfridge’s. It’s a movie-level elegant department store that has a FOOD SECTION. WITH A FISH AREA THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS!
  5. Soup dumplings at Leong’s Legend, well-earned after an afternoon of walking through Hyde Park, West End, and Chinatown.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  6. Fettuccine Carbonara, salad and garlic bread made by Aaron and Nate, with wares from the Brixton Market and the grocery store. We also had dark and stormys (stormies?).
  7. Takeaway fried chicken tenders from Morley’s Chicken for brunch in the park after a night of dancing. We ate a lot of fried chicken on this trip and I am pleased with our choices.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  8. A million samples at Borough Market. We ate tiny bites of fancy cheeses, prosciutto, cured sausage, amazing fruit, teas, jams, and torn baguette dipped in truffle oil. Borough market is a dream. IMG_4243
  9. Sourdough-crust pizza at Franco Manca, right in the heart of the covered portion of Brixton Market. Possibly the best pizza crust I’ve ever had outside of Italy, and the toppings were simple and sublime.
  10. A vast spread of Pakistani dishes, like garlic naan, lentil daal with eggplant, saag paneer, chicken biryani, and paneer tikka, at Tayyab’s in Whitechapel.

Basically, this trip was an absolute treat. We rolled to the airport early Monday morning and made our way back home. We spent the next week jet lagged, sleepy, and so happy to have spent time with the friends and seen and eaten so much of London.

It’s good to be back (to a reasonably normal schedule in Montreal, and to the blog)- thanks for reading!

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