29 August 2014
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29 August 2014, Comments: 0

Part 2 of a 2-part series on London pubs, restaurants and other foodie spots. 
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As I mentioned in Part One, after my daughter’s graduation this summer, Brianna and I enjoyed a lot of very cool foodie places in and around London, England. Part One included a few pubs and restaurants we enjoyed. Part Two includes a few more and some of the markets we visited. These large outdoor/indoor markets include streets of very cool shops and lots of stalls with funky things and food vendors. It was hard not to buy loads of things, but I couldn’t get them all in my luggage. I did buy a kilt though!

Part Two also has some of the very diverse places we enjoyed on our trip to Brighton. We were in Brighton for the recent Pride celebrations. No, I won’t bore you with endless photos of fabulous drag queens and open-top double-decker buses filled with shirtless men dancing to ABBA or Bee Gees music. But, let me know if you would like to see those photos too!

The photo gallery format with captions and website links is meant to let you quickly scroll through and see if there’s anything you might like to check out – should you be lucky enough to find yourself travelling to London someday. There are lots of links in Bold Type for more information about these cool places.

Feel free to use the comments section if you have a question about any of these places. Cheers!


1.	We had a great day in the <strong> <a href="http://www.visitbricklane.org/" target=”_blank”>Brick Lane Market.</a> </strong>  There were loads of food vendors (some of them very colourful) and some very nice foodie shops all around Brick Lane Market. The <strong> <a href="https://twitter.com/DarkSugars" target=”_blank”>Dark Sugars</a> </strong> chocolate shop was amazing.

2.	<strong> <a href="http://www.vibe-bar.co.uk/" target=”_blank”>The Vibe</a> </strong> is a large bar/club in the Brick Lane Market area.  It looks to me that it would be a hot spot for young people at night.  Brianna and I enjoyed an afternoon drink in their large outdoor courtyard.  We were really pleased that a Vietnamese popup restaurant was serving food there all summer.  And, I was super glad that these choices were all gluten-free!  

3.	Brick Lane is known for its <strong> <a href="http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/restaurants/brick-lane-restaurants-recommended-london-317.html" target=”_blank”>curry houses.</a> </strong>  Clearly lots of people in London take their curry seriously!  It was really busy the Sunday when we went and there were lots of people.  It’s crazy to me that cars were actually driving down the road too – it was totally chock-a-block with people walking.  I thought the road was closed for the day!  I could never drive in London.  

4.	<strong> <a href="http://www.portobelloroad.co.uk/" target=”_blank”>Portobello Market</a> </strong> in Notting Hill has lots of shops and stalls with tons of funky vintage or antique stuff.  Brianna was looking for this stall she had seen before that sells old postcards.  It was so interesting to read the messages on the back of the cards.   I love that before people used keyboards for everything, they had such nice penmanship.  
5.	When we first got to Portobello Market, Brianna and I had morning coffee and Red Velvet cupcakes from the <strong> <a href="https://hummingbirdbakery.com/" target=”_blank”>Hummingbird Bakery.</a> </strong>  (Yes, mine was GF.) 

6.	Later, we were very excited to pick up a few things at the <strong> <a href="http://www.thespiceshop.co.uk/" target=”_blank”>Spice Shop</a> </strong> in Portobello Market.  We got some fresh kaffir lime leaves, some spice blends (Herbes de Provence is one of my favs) and even a truffle.  The <strong> <a href="http://www.booksforcooks.com/find_us.html" target=”_blank”>Books For Cooks</a> </strong> store across the street was interesting too.  

7.	One of the shops Brianna likes in the Portobello Market area is <strong> <a href="http://rgarciaandsons.com/" target=”_blank”>R. Garcia & Sons.</a> </strong>  It’s a Spanish grocery store that sells all the things she remembers from living in Spain.  It's great listening to her speak in Spanish to the people working there.  We picked up a little afternoon snack of manchego, chorizo, olives and a half bottle of wine and enjoyed it watching some buskers in the near-by square.

8.	<strong> <a href="http://boroughmarket.org.uk/" target=”_blank”>Borough Market</a> </strong> is in the South Bank area, near the <strong> <a href="http://cathedral.southwark.anglican.org/visit/" target=”_blank”>Southwark Cathedral,</a> </strong> which is also worth a visit.  We were there after lunch one day and I was wishing we could buy some fresh fish and veggies to make dinner at home that night, but it was too hard to carry everything around with us for the rest of day so…

9.	… Instead, we had a glass of Prosecco at <strong> <a href="http://www.bedaleswines.com/borough.html" target=”_blank”>Bedales,</a> </strong> a lovely little wine bar in Borough Market.   On the wall, they even had the phase I have adopted for my Food.Wine.Music. blogs (thanks W.C.)

10.	Brianna and I enjoyed a wonderful day in Greenwich.  We hit the <strong> <a href="http://www.greenwichmarketlondon.com/" target=”_blank”>Greenwich Market</a> </strong> first.  After a morning of shopping for gifty items, we picked up things from the food vendors to make a picnic lunch.   It was super – especially the freshly made torilla from <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/tortillashome/page_map"  target=”_blank”>Tortilla's Home.</a> </strong>  Later we had to join the tourists and walk up the hill and stand at the <strong> <a href="http://www.rmg.co.uk/explore/astronomy-and-time/astronomy-facts/history/the-prime-meridian-at-greenwich" target=”_blank”>Prime Meridian.</a> </strong> 

11.	<strong> <a href="http://www.oldbrewerygreenwich.com/" target=”_blank”>Meantime The Old Brewery</a> </strong> is a craft brewery pub in Greenwich, located on the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College.  The history of brewing on the site goes back to the days of Henry VI in the 1400s.  There is a lot to see in Greenwich including the University with its Georgian and Regency architecture, the <strong> <a href="http://www.rmg.co.uk/" target=”_blank”>National Maritime Museum, the Queen’s House & the Cutty Sark.</a> </strong>  

12.	Both Brianna and I really enjoyed our two-day trip to <strong> <a href="http://www.visitbrighton.com/" target=”_blank”>Brighton.</a> </strong>  Brighton seems to be a very diverse community.  There is a large gay population; we were there during their big Pride celebrations.  (Sorry, I said no pride parade photos, but I just had to.) There is also a strong healthy living consciousness judging by the many health food stores and vegetarian/vegan restaurants.  And, once again it was easy to find gluten-free things.  Really easy …

13.	… Walking along the front in Brighton, a group of youth approached us from a table they set up.  They were selling baked goods as a fundraiser.  I politely explained I could not eat wheat and was so surprised when they told me their baked treats were all GF.  This took the GF cake!  (Sorry, bad pun!)   Anyway, here’s a link to a <strong> <a href="http://www.glutenfreefoodie.co.uk/" target=”_blank”>UK Gluten Free Foodie Blog,</a> </strong> although I have not looked this blog over too much, I wanted to include a link to represent the availability of GF things in Britain.

14.	Not only does Brighton cater to a diverse human community, there’s even the <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chubbychopsbrighton" target=”_blank”>Chubby Chops Dog  Café.</a> </strong>  

15.	And then there’s ethnic diversity…  <strong> <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g186273-d733847-Reviews-Casa_Don_Carlos-Brighton_East_Sussex_England.html" target=”_blank”>Casa Don Carlos</a> </strong> is a Spanish restaurant in Brighton Brianna really likes.  So, do a lot of other people.  They take reservations inside, but not outside and it can be hard to get a table – we were lucky!  We enjoyed a great meal of authentic Spanish tapas – started with a pitcher of sangria, of course!

16.	The flaming chorizo at Casa Don Carlos was almost as dramatic as the <strong> <a href="http://www.brighton-pride.org/" target=”_blank”>Brighton pride celebrations!</a> </strong> 

17.	The next day, we stopped in at <strong> <a href="http://www.iydea.co.uk/Iydea_Vegetarian_Restaurant/Welcome.html" target=”_blank”>Iydea</a> </strong> in the <strong> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Laine" target=”_blank”>North Laines</a> </strong> for vegetarian breakfast.  Neither of us are vegetarian, but they had (you guessed it) GF toast.  It was a wonderful little spot.  I felt there was a great deal of care put into how the place was run and – judging from the grocery deliveries we saw arriving that morning – it’s a busy place!

18.	Later that day, we had an amazing lunch at <strong> <a href="http://www.riddleandfinns.co.uk/#riddleandfinns" target=”_blank”>Riddle and Finns Champagne & Oyster Bar.</a> </strong>   They have two locations, one in <strong> <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lanes" target=”_blank”>The Lanes</a> </strong> and one down on the front.   Wonderful food, nice presentation and the service was excellent. 

19.	And yes, Brighton is actually this diverse!  <strong> <a href="http://www.vegetarian-shoes.co.uk/" target=”_blank”>Vegetarian Shoes.</a> </strong>
20.	So, for the last photo, we are back to Egham, where Brianna lives. <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Happy-Man/264248903597282" target=”_blank”>The Happy Man</a> </strong> is one of the local independent pubs frequented by the student population in this university town.   Brianna and I stopped in for a drink after a bike ride through campus on the last day of my visit there.  But, why am I wearing the mortar board?  Long story – ask me or Brianna’s friend Adam.  (Clue: refer to the last photo in part one of this London Foodie Spots blog.)
10. Brianna and I enjoyed a wonderful day in Greenwich. We hit the Greenwich Market first. After a morning of shopping for gifty items, we picked up things from the food vendors to make a picnic lunch. It was super – especially the freshly made torilla from Tortilla's Home. Later we had to join the tourists and walk up the hill and stand at the Prime Meridian.

Hi – My name is David Middleton. I work at Sherbrooke Liquor in Edmonton, Alberta and I’m passionate about sharing good food, wine and music. My Friday afternoon ritual is the highlight of my week! Here’s how it goes: • pick out a cool recipe • pair with a nice bottle of wine • mix some new music – I make a lot of playlists in iTunes! • set out my mise en place and start cookin’ Hope you enjoy!

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