Fun list I published on urbantimes.co. Check it out an let me know what you think! Anything I’ve missed?
Red sweets photograph or mood board by Emily Blincoe via CreativeBloq
Besides finding them aesthetically pleasing, I liked the idea because it reminded me of the curious tumblr that showcases neatly displayed objects (often deconstructed dishes) submitted by contributors from all over the world.
I can’t quite explain why, but I think my inner neat-freak rejoices when looking at these images, and judging by how often similar images pop up all over the internet, I’m not the only one.
A couple of days ago, another set of images reminded me of this kind of photography: this time a witty campaign to promote the Sydney International Food Festival. David Lebovitz, one of my favourite food writers and bloggers of all time, shared a link to their clever campaign showcased on visualnews.com. The idea was to promote a national cuisine by making the country’s flag with food its traditionally associated with. My favourite one is Japan’s, minimal and brilliant, like most Japanese things.
So on the topic of photography, here’s a list of TimeOut’s top 10 exhibitions to see this month in London. Many of them are free and I can personally recommend the Miles Aldridge exhibit at Somerset House. It’s only £6.50 for adults and £3 on Mondays (excluding bank holidays).
Delicious Louisiana Hamburger at Honest Burger in Soho
I’ve recently gotten into podcasts/radio programmes (a bit late, I know). But I like listening to them while I’m tidying up/cooking/packing or just going through my feedly, never time JUST to listen!
I especially like the BBC’s food podcasts (predictably), this one is a bit old (June, 2010), but I think it tackles a fascinating topic and personal obsession of mine: food photography. I’m definitely a… victim? of this trend and I often wonder why and when we all decided to document our food in an almost ritualistic way.
I’ve been waiting for a while to write about some of my favourite London delis and gourmet food shops. I wrote a feature for Style Pärla magazine a few days ago and it’s now live, so feel free to check it out here. They’re all really good for different reasons and reasonably priced!
Since Style Pärla magazine is undergoing some changes at the moment, I thought I’d upload the article on to this post. This is the full feature, images are courtesy of the respective establishments except for the Taj Stores’s one, which I took myself.
LONDON CALLING – DELICATESSENS
In a city like London, it’s hard to make a short list of anything -there are simply too many options! After a big search, we’ve compiled four of our favourite delis and specialty food shops in London, from London institutions and neighbourhood favourites to international destinations; they’re all in the business of finger-licking delicious food!
On the corner of Brewer Street and Greet Court, in the heart of Soho, lies the oldest Italian deli in London. Its lovely green-striped awnings and the prosciuttos hanging by the window beckon you into this renowned establishment. The layout of the shop looks great, without excessive frills and as you browse through their dry goods, cured meats and fresh pasta, there’s no doubt this is authentic Italian fare –imported to Lina for almost 70 years and cooked fresh every day on premises. It’s all good, but be sure to try their fresh pasta –it’ll change your life!
18 Brewer Street,
Tel: 020 7437 6482
One of the first retailers in Borough Market, this shop has been growing strong since the 90’s, evolving from a warehouse into a permanent cage at the heart of London’s flagship food market. Open from Tuesday to Saturday every week, pop by for a spot of hand-carved jamón ibérico, first-rate olive oil, an excellent selection of cheese and helpful staff who will offer to help with your shopping as well your Spanish cooking skills. On top of their gourmet selection, be sure to try a freshly grilled chorizo sandwich during market days, you’ll be back!
The Floral Hall, Stoney Street
London SE1 9AF
Tel: 0207 407 1036
Whatever your catering needs, you can be sure to find it at Taj Stores. This pan-Asian shop stocks products from all sorts of eastern and middle-eastern countries such as India, China, Thailand, Lebanon and many more. An original east-London establishment, this shop has been in business since 1936 and is one of the oldest international grocers in the UK, providing locals with the best seasonal produce flown daily from Bangladesh and hundreds of spices and dry goods. They also boast some of the best prices in London so whether you’re an east-Londoner or not, be sure to visit when you’re in need of Asian ingredients.
112, Brick Lane
Tel: 0207 377 0061/247 3844
This grandiose-looking café may not look much like a deli from the outside but if you step inside, you’ll be surprised with all it has to offer. The entrance to this multiple-roomed restaurant is divided into four main sections: takeaway food, cake counter, florist and, past all this, not immediately visible, is a careful selection of unique products. The takeout and salads are fresh from their kitchen and made to order; the cakes are beautifully displayed on a round marble bar. Yet what make this neighbourhood favourite unique are the one-of-a-kind gourmet products, from olive oil cakes to exclusive chocolates, whatever your purchase, it’ll be extra special.
170, Great Portland Street
London W1W 5QB
Tel: 020 7631 3131
St Hilda’s East Community Centre is very close to my house and occasionally (I think it’s at least twice a week), they set up a couple of tables in front of their building with mostly local produce run by a local co-op. I’m a firm believer in buying local whenever I can -much more than buying organic from Peru say. Their prices are fantastic so it’s very much worth a visit.
They’re also looking for volunteers whose travel and lunch expenses would be paid. This is their twitter account for more info: @StHildasEast
When I first thought of launching this blog, my main motivation was to write about food, cooking, good food shops, markets and deals around London that I wanted to share with the world -or whoever reads this.
It’s taken me some time to actually sit down and write this first post, and, as it often happens, I’ve changed my mind. I’ve decided I will go beyond the scope of food, eating well and cooking with a bit of cunning. Instead, I will try to transmit my love for this wonderful city and the little things that make it the great place that it is.
This will mostly be through food -yes- because good food and happiness are one to me, but I’ll also be posting about events, trips, festivals and anything I deem worth sharing that might make you live better -at least for a day!
Background photograph by Peter Johansson for Atelier Food via Design-milk.com