I've now tried out three different London food markets and to say they were satisfying is an understatement. These markets are filled with a wide variety of authentic food cooked right in front of you, and I can't get enough of them! The U.S needs to have more than just farmer's markets on the weekends, even though those are great (i.e. spicy cheesy bread at Wisconsin's Capital Farmer's Market). London is showing up America in the food market category and I'll tell/show you why.
Last week I went to Camden Market, as suggested by past study abroaders, where there were over 50 food tents of different cuisines. It's funny that I thought the Exmouth market (my last post) had a ton of options, but that one only had like 10! The picture to the left shows the view of the market from above. You can see all the tents and the crowds of people we had to maneuver around! Our group that went spent about 45 minutes walking around back and forth trying to decide what we wanted to have- there were too many options so we were all stressing out! The best decision of the day was to try out three different tents and split the meals with someone else.
The first part of my three part meal was an Italian tent that made pizza quesadilla things. They rolled out the dough very thin and baked it for a couple minutes in the oven. Then they spread the oil, mozzarella, prosciutto, spinach, tomatoes and pesto. They cooked it on a stove top and folded over the other side of the dough to make a quesadilla looking pizza. It was basically like thin crust pizza that you fold in half when taking a bite out of it. It tasted amazing!
The second part of my three part meal was a falafel bowl. It had lettuce, couscous, chickpeas, falafel patties, some type of grilled cheese, and a greek yogurt sauce. I loved that it had so many different components and it was very filling! This dish was also healthy (compared to the pizza and many other options) so I felt good about it too!
And last, but DEFINITELY not least was the third part of my Camden Market meal extravaganza: mini dutch pancakes drenched in warmed Nutella and sliced bananas. This was by far the best part of my day, as dessert always is for me. The batter is poured into a pan that has little circular indents to make the mini pancakes and they are poured and cooked in front of you within three minutes. Then they are all plopped on a plate, drizzled (more like doused) in Nutella and topped off with a whole sliced banana. They stick in two toothpicks and those are the utensils used to eat the dish. They were decadent, but not too sweet, and the perfect ending to a great food exploration day at the market. My friend went to a different dessert tent that had chocolate covered strawberries and bananas topped off with some chocolate candy! We shared both of our desserts and this one was also fantastic- and really cool looking (hence the colorful picture). I've already shown so many people pictures of these desserts, and it instantly is followed by "OMG I'm coming with you next time you go". And obviously I said I'll go any day any time!
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.