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Scones & Curry

Posted on 26 Jun 2014 by maisha (posted in: blogs)

As opposed to previous visits, this time we stayed about 25 minutes (by tube/train) outside of London, in Ealing Common. My mom had arranged accommodation at the A to B hotel. We all agreed that the hotel was pretty filthy, but location-wise it was perfect: 5 minutes walk from the underground, 10 minutes walk from Ealing Broadway (where there are tons of restaurants/pubs and a shopping mall), and a park across the road (which was especially brilliant for my morning runs). I wouldn't recommend the hotel, but I'd definitely recommend staying in Ealing!

We - that would be my mom and I - had a few wishes for the must-see list. My mom really wanted to go to Portobello Road market and Foyles (world-famous flagship bookstore, located at Charing Cross Road). I desperately wanted to visit Borough market (London’s most renowned food market) and of course stop by a Whole Foods store.
Borough Market was totally my thing! Beautiful produce, beautiful products, so much food, so little stomach to put it in ;-)

I left with a bunch of flaxjacks from Flax Farm (which are crazy good btw), a funny ball of cheese called Belper Knolle (a raw cow’s milk cheese made from the milk of the Simmental cow) from Jumi cheese, biltong (beef jerky but better), a shortbread owl for E from the Cinnamon Tree Bakery, and a Heidi pie (a somerset goats’ cheese, sweet potato, spinach & red onion pie) from the PieMinister to have for dinner. That Heidi pie was absolutely delicious!
Portobello Road market was a whole other story. It was hot & sunny and jam packed with people and uninteresting merchandise.

It is great for sitting somewhere on the side and watching people. Besides, if we hadn't gone. we'd never have passed this lovely PINK house.

My dad accelerated his pace when he saw the house, fearing the inevitable... having to take a photo of me in front of it ;-)
We also paid a visit to Leadenhall Market, which aside from the nice roof, really has nothing to offer.

On our last day I demanded I have a scone for breakfast. So we decided to skip the hotel's complementary full English breakfast and take a bus at 7.00 am in the direction of Hyde Park. After a lovely stroll and a long search, we ended up at Le Pain Quotidien where I had the organic quinoa and spelt scone. It came with a strawberry&rhubarb jam and fresh ricotta, and I ordered an extra whipped cream on the side. Love my cream ^^


The trip came to an end before we knew it, but we had lovely weather and we did all the things we wanted to do.

It was great to spend time with my parents and to take my running elsewhere. Even though I had to criss cross through the park multiple times to get in a 5K run ;-)

 

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