08 March 2009

Lay Over...

Right. A lay-over. In London. Which means a trip to Laduree, Boots, and a meeting with good friends J and C. Which was an excellent way to spend our morning in London!

J suggested we wander over to Patisserie Valerie, a little shop with amazing pastries and what not right near the Green Park tube station where we had arranged to meet. We wandered over and one look at the menu made me realize that I needed FOOD not merely pastry, so I shyly asked if anyone else was going to order proper food. Everyone agreed, and I ordered the croque madame with poached egg and side salad.


This was amazing! The sandwich was ham and cheese, fried into a little beautiful pocket of goodness, covered in a beautiful, sharp gruyere sauce the topped with an amazingly runny poached egg. I dug right in and only then remembered to shoot a photo...

The side salad was nice, as well, with the dressing I equate with France but can't quite recreate at home...


Really delicious and an amazing way to spend a morning in London!

From there, we crossed the street and headed to the oddly shaped Laduree for macaroons. No photos, just delicious macaroons. Then off to Habitat where I drooled over the melamine tiffins that I have been drooling over on the internet for about six months. I couldn't justify buying them so soon in the trip but someday... From there, we just kept walking around, going in and out of shops and stretching our legs.

When our legs were duly stretched, we headed over to one of our favorite London institutions...


And I promptly ordered my favorite... beef and stilton pasty...


We sat on the curb in Covent Garden, enjoying the heck out of our pasty's, chatting with a little boy from Spain, and just generally being chuffed with our overwhelming good fortunes to be in such a lovely city ...


Little did we know that the amazingness we felt that evening was going to be multiplied by many once we arrived in Cape Town...

1 comment:

Dave said...

You were absolutely right about the vanilla macaroons. They were heavenly. We also took G's advice about ordering Asian Vegetarian for our trans-Atlantic flight and it was actually quite good and we always got served ahead of everyone else!

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