Friday, June 24, 2016

Highlights From Taste of London


So, last Saturday, I decided that it would be perfectly sensible to meet Udita at Taste of London for a quick whizz around the food stalls before attending an interior design workshop at Heal's. WRONG. You really need the following optimum conditions to enjoy "the world's greatest restaurant festival":
  • time
  • waterproof shoes (apparently, as my Tory Burch espadrilles were absolutely ruined by the mud)
  • patience (the lines were so long)
  • a bottle of water (since the only beverages available seemed to be - in this order - gin, champagne, beer, and coffee)
But, still. We had a great time and sampled some delicious food. Had I not been rushing to my next destination, I would have happily stood in line for Golden Grahams soft serve at Duck & Waffle, the barbecued pork things that everyone else was chomping on at Roka, and other seemingly tasty things that looked good from a distance. 

So, here were the highlights:

These incredible "sari cakes" from, well, Sari Cakes. I marvelled at the intricate designs and colorful, henna-like patterns.


Lamb meatballs and grilled octopus from Sea Containers. Perfectly scrumptious when washed down with shot-sized sample of Doom Bar. Also: jamon from Jose Pizarro. Perfectly scrumptious when washed down with shot-sized sample of Doom Bar.



I stopped to smell the roses at Bloomon - I can't resist a beautiful bouquet. It's become my Thursday/Friday ritual to buy fresh flowers to enjoy over the weekend. A weekly floral delivery service is a little too tempting to me ...


By the time we'd finished nibbling our "mains", we set off in search of dessert and instantly went all googly-eyed over the beautiful displays of pastries and cakes at Coup de Pates.



I brought home a lemon meringue tart for John, but by the time it had made its way through Regent's Park, sat through a workshop at Heal's, travelled on the sweaty Victoria line back to Walthamstow ... it had melted, to my disappointment. And he was too ill to eat it. So I ended up eating it over the sink. With a fork. In the box.

So glamorous.

Predictably, since I was with Udita (and the two of us seem to always find ourselves in bizarre/hilarious situations), some funny moments occurred, namely:
  • the patissier who mistook our enthusiasm for the reunion of the cast of The Hills (a US reality TV show) as enthusiasm for the cake we were eating;
  • the lady behind us in line who was trying to decide what to order when Udita piped up with, "The jamon Iberico is excellent!" ... only for her suggestion to be rebuked with, "I'm actually vegetarian."
  • the lady serving samples of Doom Bar who seemed to always just miss Udita (or was purposely avoiding her) until I practically shouted, "HELLO! HI! OVER HERE!"
Next year? I'll be bringing wellies (unless we have a miraculously sunny and dry June) and my A-game to Taste of London. Did you go? What did you think? Let me know!

Our tickets to Taste of London were complimentary. All opinions are my own.
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19 comments

  1. This is all looks delicious, but REUNION OF THE HILLS? OMG, best news I've heard all year!

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    1. HAHAHAHA - EXACTLY. Priorities, Annmaree, PRIORITIES!!!

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  2. HAHAH omg those memories and moments made me so happy right now! crazy to think that we were lavishing among all the tastes of Euope and the world just a week ago...

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    1. Why do the weirdest things happen to us? Probably just so we can enjoy laughing about them later ...

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  3. I went to the evening session on Saturday - the mud was terrible, as was the fear of falling in it after three gins. Next year I will definitely wear better shoes and take a bottle of water. While I had a great time my total spend of £60 (entrance, two G&Ts and 3 small plates) could have gone a lot further in an actual restaurant but I'm glad I experienced ToL after hearing a lot about it over the past few years! x

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    1. You basically summed up my whole experience. So it wasn't just me with the water?! I WAS SO THIRSTY. ALL OF THE TIME. And my shoes. My poor shoes. xx

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  4. Oh noo, poor Tory Burch espadrilles :( I'm currently very tempted to but the striped ones with crab and shell on them. I still can't get over how absolutely GORGEOUS that cake is, the details are estounding! I'm seriously thinking to persuade Mr.B and travel next year just in time for ToL, especially now that the pound supposedly might weaken against dollar (sad thought though). xoxo, nano

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    1. DO IT! I love Tory Burch accessories. I was so impressed by the details on the Sari Cakes! I wonder how long they take to make.

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    1. Yep, definitely should have been more sensible rather than fashion-conscious!

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  6. I'm so impressed by the artistry, given that this is basically in a field! I couldn't make it but looks like a lot of fun

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    1. I KNOW, Suze! It was interesting to watch the food being prepared in the various kitchens as well.

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  7. This all looks divine! I am ALWAYS a fan of a food festival. On another note, a reunion of The Hills cast?? How did I miss this?!

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    1. Haha, I KNOW, Katy! The interview in US Weekly (or maybe it was Life & Style, I can't remember) was hilarious. "Audrina just swam up to us ..."

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  8. Found myself drooling over the cakes at Coup de Pates too, as well as amazed by the beauty of those Sari Cakes! xx

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    1. They were all so beautiful, Ayushi! xx

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  9. I didn't have time to try much but I loved the chicken at Trishna.

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    1. It would have been great to try more if I had the time, but to be honest, it was so muddy and the weather was terrible ... it made the atmosphere a bit flat!

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  10. This was by far the best arrangement I've sent to my wife, and there isn't another florist I will turn to in the future. You need to look no further than this flower delivery service. The Flower Delivery Near Me is incredible.

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