I know, I know… another food post, you ask? We are pretty big *foodies* and *fatties* ….so, what do you expect? Plus, we couldn’t pass an opportunity to tell you about one of the best markets in London. We present to you, the Borough Market.
This place is buzzing with anything and everything you could ever want to eat or drink. Open for lunch only Monday and Tuesday, one can find the full market Wednesday-Saturday, but closed Sunday. If ever in London, this is a must.
The Borough Market has everything from Thai street food to French delicacies. Walking the aisles, ducking and weaving the masses, one’s senses go haywire. Smells of freshly baked bread mixing with aromas from melting cheese with colors of ripened fruit are overwhelming. Where does one begin?
Easy. The salt beef sandwich, of course….Two pieces of freshly baked bread lathered with mustard topped with pickles then smothered high with homemade salt beef. Holy crap. Undeniably the best precursor to an extravagant eating adventure… it’s GOOD. I want to go swimming in that stuff.The salt beef juices begin to permeate the bread and napkin immediately, best dive right in.
Ohh yeah. That’s the face of approval.
Next on the menu, bratwurst.
Mustard & sauerkraut? Duh. Yes, please. Ahhh… glorious.Walking the aisles, it’s hard not to sample everything. Almost all vendors offer tastes of their product(s) to the masses. Olives, baked goods, sweets, savories, mushrooms, curries, cheeses or fruit.Is your mouth watering yet? Ours is…Brittany cannot, and will not, pass up a brownie… especially not a “naughty” brownie. As rich and decadent as it was, it wasn’t a bad decision. Health be damned, we were naughty.Our nose began to lead us in a new direction, we didn’t know where… but wouldn’t think to disobey. We could literally smell another entrance of the market leading directly to a cheesy, potatoey, delicious mess called Raclette.
Raclette is something from heaven. Consisting of cheese, potatoes and a side of baby pickles, it doesn’t get much better. Take a look how the cheese is prepared and applied to the potatoes…Starting with half a big ol’ wheel ol’ cheese, get that puppy nice an toasty under the burner. Next, scrape the ooey-gooey goodness onto the golden potatoes…If that doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will.After two tours of the Borough Market food porn march, we wanted to bring a gift home to Ed. Cheese was the easy answer. Cheese is always the answer.
Ed mentioned a vendor selling French Comté cheese and we mustn’t miss it – as it’s the best. We sampled the 18 month and must say, he was correct. A slice of Comté joined our bag of veggies and fruit.
As the afternoon carried on, no longer could we withstand temptations of hot mulled wine.
At only €3.50, no one can.
The side effect of mulled wine: frizzy hair. Orrrr…. was that the humidity? Either way, worth it.We finished our day with a couple “good for you” juices, completely negating the guilty Borough Market calories.
All equaled out, right? 🙂
The Borough Market is the ideal occasion for food lovers. Don’t miss it.
Blondie and the Beard