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More (Food) Photography and Exhibitions this September

A few days ago, a friend sent me a link to an article about photographer Emily Blincoe‘s Sweet Photo Series -who by the way has a beautiful instagram account, if you’d like to follow her.

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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.

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Image by Ethan Herrington via thingsorganizedneatly

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.

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Japan’s flag made from tuna and rice, campaign by WHYBIN\TBWAV via visualnews.com

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).

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Vegetable Cocktails at Garden Gate

Vegetable Cocktails at Garden Gate

Garden Gate

This is what I’d be doing if I were in London (via Everything London)… but instead I’m doing this. If you’re ‘stuck’ in London this week, why not stop by their garden for a veggie cocktail?

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London Delis

ImageFresh pasta made daily from Lina Stores

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!

Lina Stores

Lina Gianni, pasta chef

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,
London, Soho,
W1F 0SH

Tel: 020 7437 6482

http://www.linastores.co.uk

Brindisa

Brindisa Shop 1

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

Borough Market

London SE1 9AF

Tel: 0207 407 1036

http://www.brindisa.com

Taj Stores

Taj Stores 2013-07-13 14.09.16

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

Spitalfields, London

E1 6RL

Tel: 0207 377 0061/247 3844

http://www.tajstores.co.uk

Villandry

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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

http://www.villandry.com

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National Art Pass

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Just received my ArtPass in the mail, SUPER excited. I thought I’d share how this fantastic charity works in case anyone didn’t know about it or wants to become a member.

The concept is simple. You pay a (very) small fee per year and by showing this card in most museums and galleries around the UK you’ll get a discount or concession price.

On top of paying less to see exhibitions, of every pound you pay for your ticket, 25p will be given to the Art Fund -the charity behind this pass- and the money they collect goes to buying artwork for UK national collections.

 

http://www.artfund.org

To join click here.

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Introduction

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

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