Scones at the beach, an Aussie brunch + Broken Bells.

Eric’s last two days in the UK – we spent yesterday morning in Brighton, breakfast at hip brunch and coffee joint The Marwood. I had my first Welsh rarebit: sourdough toast with a mustardy, cheesy béchamel poured over and grilled, topped with grilled tomato and a poached egg.

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Next up some MORE SCONES (I know, I am obsessed) at Food for Friends, with a silver tips white tea.

 

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Back on the train up to London, we met Husni and went for some drinks at a Blues bar while waiting for a table at Soho steakhouse Flat Iron. The food was so delicious I completely forgot to take any photographs – but the house steak, at only 10 quid a slab, was perfectly cooked and seasoned. We piled up on the sides, creamed spinach, aubergine (eggplant) and parmesan, fries, and house greens.

 

Afterwards I head over to Empire theatre in Notting Hill – I had managed to grab a ticket to the sold-out Broken Bells show (The Shins’ James Mercer and Danger Mouse’s collaboration), so I head up to the front of the stage in the small theatre and danced the night away.

I was up early this morning for brunch with Kate, Husni, Sarah and Eric before Eric flew back to Australia. We head into Granger & Co, Bill Grangers hit café serving Australian-style brunches (a bit of a fad at the moment, which serves me well as they are one of the main things I miss about home!) I had the Aussie classic of Avocado on toast, and then finished Husni’s delicious, but rich and sweet serve of ricotta filled pancakes, honeycomb butter and bananas.

 

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Goodbye Eric! I’ve spent the past few months traveling the world, meeting up with friends all over. It’s been so marvelous, and I’ve had a blast, but I might have let my work slide a little. I have some writing deadlines coming up, so I’ve booked a cottage in the British countryside to lock myself away and write for a week. I’m going to cook, hike, cycle, eat and get away from the smog of London – so you might hear from me less over the next week while I settle down to meet this deadline. I’m writing my article on Madison, Wisconsin for the next issue of Taste & Travel – you can check out the blog posts from my recent research trip here. So, for a day or two – happy eating! I shall be back with some news from the countryside.



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