Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

Here are a few other gourmet highlights from our recent London trip.

Cool cafeCarluccio’s (lots of branches around town) serves reasonably priced simple cafe food – sandwiches, salads and a decent breakfast. They alsp have a large selection of Italian food products in the deli that can either be eaten on the premises or bought as takeaway.

Best espresso and cappucino – Nothing beats that traditional Italian ambiance, complete with footballs and surly Italian waitstaff at Soho’s Bar Italia on Frith street.

Coffee beans to go Monmouth Coffee Company is a coffee roasting company with its’ original store in Covent Garden and another at the Borough Market.

Spanish gourmet food itemsBrindisa is the only place to go in London for authentic Spanish ingredients – from piquillo peppers to Ortiz sardines to melt-in-the-mouth Jamon jabugo. They also have a small counter-style restaurant at the Borough market specializing in all things Spanish.

and some other non-gastronomic highlights:

Traditional PharmacyOn historical Picadilly Arcade is one of London’s oldest chemists – A. Maitland and Co. which has been operating since 1849. The wood paneled shop is a delight and they have the whole range of boar bristle hairbrushes from Mason & Pearson
Traditional Department StoreFortnum & Mason is where to go for a fantastic picninc hamper and the goodies to put inside it or the place to enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the St. James restaurant.

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