There are a ton of markets all around London and people rave about them all the time. Today we had the afternoon free after orientation so we tried out our first food market called the Exmouth Market. It is a cobblestone street that is filled with about 15 gourmet food tents. These tents are not just like normal food trucks that have sandwiches, smoothies, and wraps... These have huge grills and saute pans filled with flavorful meats, rices, vegetables, casseroles, risotto, and anything you could imagine. It had all different cultural cuisines such as German sausages, Mediterranean hummus meals, Korean BBQ, Italian pastas, Mexican burritos, etc- I could go on and on!
We walked all along the street to scan all of our options, but that could have been a bad idea because we couldn't make a decision! Everything looked amazing and I definitely will be back to try the burritos, bbq pork, and wait for it... homemade pasta! The pasta tent is right outside their actual Italian restaurant and serves up pasta in different sauces and focaccia bread all in a little box to-go. It looked and smelled of garlicy yumminess.
I chose to have a dish of lamb and chicken patties on a bed of lettuce, cabbage, carrots, and onions. I didn't put dressing on it because it looked too heavy like mayo or ranch, and it didn't need it because the meats were juicy and filled with spices! As you can tell from the picture, the dish was very bright and colorful, and a very generous portion size that filled me up! I've never had lamb patties before, and it was a really good change from chicken, which I always eat.
I went with like 10 people and most of us got different things, and they all looked amazing! The market is perfectly placed on the walk home from the university and it's open Monday through Friday 11-3pm. This means the food tents will be a once a week place for me to have lunch after class. I usually don't like to explore with food carts because you can't exactly tell what is in the dish or what you're going to get, but I'm loving exploring the different options here! I'm keeping an open mind and can't wait to explore the copious amounts of cuisine in London.
Two words: 1. Pizza 2. London. You would think these are paradoxical words, or at least I did. When I think about London food I think about bar/pub food and potatoes. Yes that's very stereotypical, but that's all people in the U.S talk about! Little did I know that London is the most diverse city in the world, and they have food from all over the world. More specifically, they have a TON of Italian restaurants and by that I mean they have a TON of PIZZA! Not just regular greasy bar food pizza, but authentic, brick-oven, homemade pizza.
The second night I was here my whole program went out for dinner at Santore, a small Italian restaurant, and we were all shocked by what they put in front of our faces. Literally in front of our faces... on risers... at eye level... were meter long (over 3 feet long) pizzas. For 20 of us, they gave us 5 pizzas, for a total of about 16 feet of dough that stretched all the way across the long table we sat at. Each pizza had four different sections: pepperoni, vegetable, prosciutto, and a section with pieces of everything mixed in one.
Nobody could stop eating because of how amazing it was, and it definitely didn't help that the pizza was at eye level! You just could't leave it sitting there when all you could do was look at it...
I'm so excited about trying all the different cuisines now that I know that they can master the Italian cuisine, which is very hard to do. I hear that London has the second best Indian food in the world (besides India of course) and I think I may have to try it. I've never been a fan of curry, but I've never had authentic Indian food before. If there is any place to try it, it's here, so I have to do it. Along with all the different cultures, I of course am going to try out London's staple "fish and chips" because that would be a sin if I didn't.
Look out for a post about these highly anticipated meals!
I am studying abroad for 14 weeks in London, England and I will use this blog to share all my amazing experiences. I'm hoping to experience some great European food and I will be going out of my comfort zone with a lot of the meal choices because this is a once in a lifetime chance to do it! I'll write about restaurants, bars, and meals I've enjoyed in London and throughout all the other European cities I will travel to.
If you are a big traveler, going abroad in the future, or just are interested in other places around the world, this blog will be perfect to read! I hope everyone can get a unique view of the food cultural across the globe and share my experiences with me! Look out for blogs starting the end of January.
About this Section
This section highlights any type of noteworthy experience I've had with food. It also covers some of my traveling adventures! I am an avid traveler and love trying out new cuisines and local foods wherever I go. I will give any and all the details of the food I've tasted around the world.