London Borough Market

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This morning I went to the Borough Market, which is less than 30 minutes away if I take the Tube from Queensway. The sun was out, the market was fantastic. I made sure to eat well before going, so that I wouldn't be tempted to buy (food) mindlessly at the market.

  Gold here gold there

Pastries and breads

Oysters obviously

"Free taste! Free taste!"

I kid you not
I asked the lady where they got bison meat, but I forgot the place she mentioned.

Looks like a favourite among the suits

"Don't touch the fish," said the fishmonger.
"What?" I said.
"You can't touch the fish."
"Alright, okay." Trying to nudge the mackerel back into place.
"Stop holding the fish. Stop, I'm telling you not to and you're still doing it."
"But I want them!"
"I know. When a fishmonger comes, he'll pick them up for you. You've got to stop picking up the fish."
"Okay, okay, I'm sorry, I won't."
That was my first culture shock experience in London.
Don't touch the fish.
 Next time I go to Waitrose, I'm going to touch the fish and see what they say.

Not them. Another guy.
Anyway, very fresh seafood they sell (but probably not as cheap as those you can get at the proper markets like the Billingsgate Fish Market, which I'm not going to unless I feel like taking the bus at 3 am)
The mackerels were £6.90 per kilo. Three biggish ones cost me a bit more than £7.

Bramley apples

I'm sure the fruit stall at the corner of our street at Queensway sells cheaper fruits.

Best-loved citrus for flavouring

Manggis pun ada

 Vietnamese rambutans, "also known as the hairy lychee", at £1.88 per 100g, or £18.80 per kg.

Garlic bulbs

All kinds of sausages and cured meats
He was cutting off morsels for the ladies to sample.  

 
I should learn how to use the manual controls on my camera.

There were a lot more stalls at the market: mushrooms, organic produce, hot food, butcheries, baked goods, cheeses, chocolates and sweets, one or two arts and crafts stalls, more fish, and even a baking school (the Bread Ahead). Unfortunately, my camera (its battery) died halfway through.

My camera dies, the blog post dies.

Random London

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 Euston Square station, eastward-bound platform, 9:30 am-ish.

Knitted thing on Bayswater Road

Pink bicycle graffiti on someone's garage wall at St Petersburgh Place

Pink

 Black and white

Blue

Browns
The New West End Synagogue

I stare at details

In front of the Russell Square tube station

Kosher sausages at Waitrose, the Brunswick

I read labels

Chorizo but beef

Kosher, halal, but processed meat.

People enjoying the all-day-long light rain in Russell Square

Dog poop bin

I laughed.
At Tiger, Tottenham Court Road.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

London Borough Market

This morning I went to the Borough Market, which is less than 30 minutes away if I take the Tube from Queensway. The sun was out, the market was fantastic. I made sure to eat well before going, so that I wouldn't be tempted to buy (food) mindlessly at the market.

  Gold here gold there

Pastries and breads

Oysters obviously

"Free taste! Free taste!"

I kid you not
I asked the lady where they got bison meat, but I forgot the place she mentioned.

Looks like a favourite among the suits

"Don't touch the fish," said the fishmonger.
"What?" I said.
"You can't touch the fish."
"Alright, okay." Trying to nudge the mackerel back into place.
"Stop holding the fish. Stop, I'm telling you not to and you're still doing it."
"But I want them!"
"I know. When a fishmonger comes, he'll pick them up for you. You've got to stop picking up the fish."
"Okay, okay, I'm sorry, I won't."
That was my first culture shock experience in London.
Don't touch the fish.
 Next time I go to Waitrose, I'm going to touch the fish and see what they say.

Not them. Another guy.
Anyway, very fresh seafood they sell (but probably not as cheap as those you can get at the proper markets like the Billingsgate Fish Market, which I'm not going to unless I feel like taking the bus at 3 am)
The mackerels were £6.90 per kilo. Three biggish ones cost me a bit more than £7.

Bramley apples

I'm sure the fruit stall at the corner of our street at Queensway sells cheaper fruits.

Best-loved citrus for flavouring

Manggis pun ada

 Vietnamese rambutans, "also known as the hairy lychee", at £1.88 per 100g, or £18.80 per kg.

Garlic bulbs

All kinds of sausages and cured meats
He was cutting off morsels for the ladies to sample.  

 
I should learn how to use the manual controls on my camera.

There were a lot more stalls at the market: mushrooms, organic produce, hot food, butcheries, baked goods, cheeses, chocolates and sweets, one or two arts and crafts stalls, more fish, and even a baking school (the Bread Ahead). Unfortunately, my camera (its battery) died halfway through.

My camera dies, the blog post dies.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Random London


 Euston Square station, eastward-bound platform, 9:30 am-ish.

Knitted thing on Bayswater Road

Pink bicycle graffiti on someone's garage wall at St Petersburgh Place

Pink

 Black and white

Blue

Browns
The New West End Synagogue

I stare at details

In front of the Russell Square tube station

Kosher sausages at Waitrose, the Brunswick

I read labels

Chorizo but beef

Kosher, halal, but processed meat.

People enjoying the all-day-long light rain in Russell Square

Dog poop bin

I laughed.
At Tiger, Tottenham Court Road.