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Saturday, May 10, 2014

European Food Porn


Contrary to the stereotype of bad food in England, we had a lot of very good food there. Of course, London is a huge, international city, so there are as many cuisines available as you'd find anywhere. Below, are the best meals we had, in no particular order. (click pictures to enlarge)

First up, is the traditional fish and chips from Rock & Sole Plaice, established in 1871(!). The fish I chose was cod, and it was excellent. We all especially loved the tartar sauce which was probably the best we'd ever tasted.


Next is a half butternut, half salami and rocket pizza from Homeslice Pizza. We also got a whole lamb shoulder pizza. Very good.


Below are two huge crepes I had from My Old Dutch, a London pancake house. The top was my dinner, the signature, My Old Dutch, which had bacon, chicken and ham as well as mushrooms and cheese. The second was my desert, the pear cinnamon with ice cream. Huge, but the crepe underneath was thin and light.



One of the reasons we went to Greenwich was to have traditional English meat pies. Below is the minced beef pie with cherry pie from Goddards at Greenwich. I'd love to go back and try some of their other pies too.


On one of our last days, we went to Bill's for a traditional English afternoon tea. It was a little strange because we each only got one large mug of tea which was gone long before the food arrived. However, the food was awesome. Finger sandwiches, cakes, scones, clotted cream. Fantastic.


Finally, below are our meals from the best restaurant we visited, which, hilariously wasn't in England. This was the second night of our trip, right near our hotel in Paris. We walked past a cute little bistro with the ubiquitous sidewalk tables the night before on our way to our hotel in Saint Germain and saw people at one table eating a HUGE cheese plate. So when we were looking for something the next evening, that cheese plate drew us back. This was Le Comptoir du Relais and only later we learned that it's a very highly regarded restaurant.

The first is my raw salmon. Second is a smaller version of the cheese plate that drew us there. The last is a foie gras with chicken. All were incredible.




This meal was on the day we walked 14 miles through Paris. It was a memorable meal to follow a great day.


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