Monday, July 07, 2008

More on London

Here are a few other gourmet highlights from our recent London trip.

Cool cafe - Carluccio's (lots of branches around town) serves reasonably priced simple cafe food - sandwiches, salads and a decent breakfast. They alsp have a large selection of Italian food products in the deli that can either be eaten on the premises or bought as takeaway.

Best espresso and cappucino - Nothing beats that traditional Italian ambiance, complete with footballs and surly Italian waitstaff at Soho's Bar Italia on Frith street.

Coffee beans to go - Monmouth Coffee Company is a coffee roasting company with its' original store in Covent Garden and another at the Borough Market.

Spanish gourmet food items - Brindisa is the only place to go in London for authentic Spanish ingredients - from piquillo peppers to Ortiz sardines to melt-in-the-mouth Jamon jabugo. They also have a small counter-style restaurant at the Borough market specializing in all things Spanish.

and some other non-gastronomic highlights:

Traditional Pharmacy -On historical Picadilly Arcade is one of London's oldest chemists - A. Maitland and Co. which has been operating since 1849. The wood paneled shop is a delight and they have the whole range of boar bristle hairbrushes from Mason & Pearson
Traditional Department Store - Fortnum & Mason is where to go for a fantastic picninc hamper and the goodies to put inside it or the place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the St. James restaurant.

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