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Enjoying the sights and sounds of Borough Market, London

1 May 2012 6 comments

Borough Market is one of the largest food markets in London and sells a large variety of foods from all over the world.

We spent a few enjoyable hours there in early Feb 2012, soaking in all the sights and sounds of this fantastic place (plus taking a few photos and tasting various delicious foods).

Delicious Mediterranean food such as Baclava - yum

Delicious Mediterranean food such as Baclava – yum

The covered market is situated in Southwark, just south of the river from London Bridge, and is renowned as a particularly fashionable place to go shopping for your food.

A mountain of chocolate Brownies - and yes, they tasted good..

A mountain of chocolate Brownies – and yes, they tasted good..

It’s easy to realise why it’s so popular once you’ve visited and seen the huge variety of amazing stalls, delicious food and heavenly smells. It really is a definite ‘must see’ place.

Everywhere you turn there are stalls providing fresh cooked food

Everywhere you turn there are stalls providing fresh cooked food

See the below website for information on opening times, exact location, types of market stalls, produce, events, and more.
 
This meal was £4ish and was chorizo and salsa on fresh bread - an amazing taste

This meal was £4ish and was chorizo and salsa on fresh bread – an amazing taste

A great review from www.yelp.co.uk/biz/borough-market-london-2:

Go hungry. You’ll want to eat your way through this market. There is food everywhere you turn. Pallea, fish and chips, cheese, baked goods, fruit and vegetables, sandwiches (ranging from beef to ostrich to lamb) and drinks (fruit shakes to Pimms and lemonade)….the list just goes on. Rain or shine, this market is packed. Bring cash, few vendors accept credit cards. Be prepare to rub elbows and eat standing, while being bumped.  Farmers and vendors providing some of the finest in London….you can’t get any better. Give yourself two hours, wear closed toe shoes, and bring your camera. MUST SEE!

Bringing a little bit of Paris to London

Bringing a little bit of Paris to London

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borough_Market has lots of background info on the market should you be interested.

You can be healthy..

You can be healthy..

..or try something more naughty

..or try something more naughty

Loads of the stalls let you sample the food too

Loads of the stalls let you sample the food too

Caipirinha: a highly recommended cocktail

8 April 2012 1 comment

Caipirinha, the national cocktail of BrazilMy wife and I stayed overnight in London earlier this year and after a fantastic day enjoying the sights and sounds of the capital we succumbed to our rumbling tummies and settled down in a very funky latin american restaurant near Soho – Salsa on Charing Cross Road.

It was a great place to chance upon and we were lucky to end up there. The music was great, the décor funky and interesting. Plus it was busy and bustling with loads of friendly people having a great time together. All in all a great atmosphere, and an ideal place in which to grab a bite to eat and have a few bevies.

The best thing though was that we noticed all cocktails were half-price, so about £2.25 – not bad for London.

It was also clear from looking around at other people’s tables that they were a popular choice, rather than the bottles of Sol and San Miguel on offer.

And what a great selection there turned out to be: Margaritas, Daiquiris, Mojitos, and a delicious drink which was new to me – the Caipirinha.

As national drink of Brazil, the Caipirinha is a sassy drink designed for those who are sweet and sour. The prime ingredient, cachaca (distilled from sugarcane), tastes a bit like rum and with fresh lime, sugar and ice tossed in, is a delicious refreshing drink and one that slips down all too easily!

Caipirinha Ingredients (per drink)

Use a tumbler (low glass)

50ml Abelha Cachaça Silver or Abelha Cachaça Gold – buy it from Waitrose, or many other supermarkets in the UK
1/2 a Lime
2 heaped teaspoons Castor Sugar (fine white sugar)
Crushed Ice

Method

  1. Cut the lime into quarters and then cut out and throw away the white core of the lime as it’s bitter. Cut the corners into smaller bits, and put half a limes worth in the tumbler glass.
  2. Add 2 heaped teaspoons of  sugar. Castor sugar dissolves consistently, but you can use Demerara or any other sugar if you wish. All appear to be used throughout Brazil and across the World.
  3. Muddle (squish) the limes. If you don’t have a muddler, use a rolling pin or similar implement, or just simply squeeze the juice out of the lime bits with your fingers.
  4. Fill the glass 3/4 full with crushed ice.
  5. Pour a 50ml shot of Cachaça over the ice.
  6. Mix but don’t stir the drink.
  7. Top the glass up with ice, uncrushed or crushed, and add a straw.
  8. Drink, enjoy and repeat until drunk!

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How to make a caipirinha cocktail from Abelha Cachaca on Vimeo.

What’s your favourite cocktail?

Leave a comment below on what your favourite cocktail is and why.

I’m always on the search and willing to try something new!

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