Sunday, December 30, 2012

Breakfast in London for a Banknote or a Tuppence

THE SPLURGE:
Spoil yourself at The Wolseley.  With its towering arches, and marbled floors, the properties rich history is felt right after walking inside.  Built in 1921 for the now defunct Wolseley Motors Limited, the building was sold to a bank and in 2003 transformed into what it is today.

Breakfast runs from 7 until 11:30 a.m. on weekdays (from 8 a.m. on weekends) and it's easy to understand why the business set take advantage of the luxurious space for early morning meetings.  The menu stays true to the vibe, particularly with its classic english breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomato, black pudding and mushrooms (£15.25).  Another popular dish is the fish cake with poached eggs (£6.75 for one egg), and be sure to order the mixed basket of pastries (£7.75) that are made fresh on site.    


THE SAVE:
After emptying your pockets at The Wolseley, your next breakfast in London should be at Leon.  The cheap and cheerful chain say they have set out to change the face of fast food, and we agree.  You can be in and out in a matter of minutes (if you're so inclined) and the restaurant boasts that their ingredients are fresh and from farmers they trust.  They also list all their nutritional data online (click here) and work with nutritionists and doctors.  But what Leon's really mastered (besides the food) is the brand.  Its name is lit up in large bulbs outside its locations and from the food packaging to the floor tiles everything is decked out in fun and colourful prints and patterns.

The breakfast menu features lots and lots of pots.  There are the poached egg pots (genius) (£1.99 - £2.30), magic porridge pots (£1.50 - £2.49) and Greek yoghurt pots (£1.50 - £1.99), and too many combination of pots to list.  We tried the poached egg with truffle gruyere and chorizo and wanted to order five more immediately after.  And if you are after that classic english breakfast, you can even get it in, surprise, surprise, a pot (£3.70).
There are also breakfast sandwiches (£2.99) and toast (£1.49). Oh, and they serve lunch and dinner too!         

Saturday, December 29, 2012

London's Borough Market

There's something special to be said about taking pictures at a food market.  Set up in virtually every city around the world, no matter how big or small, there's a common thread seen through each photo.  Passionate vendors, farmers, and food lovers bringing joy to the young and old.  

Borough Market, on the southern end of London Bridge, is a wholesale market but open to the public to shop and eat from Thursday to Saturday (lunch open Mon-Wed).  Go hungry.             

Monday, December 10, 2012

Taim - Falafel & Smoothie Bar - NYC

Accidentally finding a delicious restaurant when you're visiting a city, especially when your stomach is growling, is the best thing.
This was the case on a trip to New York a few months back.  Wandering the West Village, happy yet very hungry, a quick stop into clothing store Saturdays NYC lead us right next door to the tiny falafel and smoothie bar - Taim.  There's a lot of choice on the all vegetarian menu but since it was lunch and the place was rammed, we didn't have a lot of time to decide.  The simple and most logical thing to do was order Taim's famous falafel (gluten free and fried in 0% trans-fat oil).  You can get either a whole wheat or white pita and three different flavours - green (traditional - parsley, mint and cilantro), harissa (mild spicy - tunisian spices), and red (not spicy - roasted red peppers).  Next, the pita is stuffed with hummus, Israeli salad, pickled cabbage and tahini. You can trick it out by adding extra toppings like a boiled egg or feta cheese for a buck.  

And if you're wondering, Taim in Hebrew means highly pleasant to the taste, delicious. Our thoughts exactly.