London was amazing, and we are still on that post-travel high.
It was nice going back for my third time, but especially great being there with my family. We just returned last night, so I am dealing with 3 suitcases full of dirty laundry and trying to sort through over 400 photos. My goal is to get them up on Flickr and add captions.
As for the food, it could not have been better. I’ll be talking about things here and there throughout the week (month, maybe year) but to list all the food experiences right now would be quite overwhelming. We spent a lot of money on that portion of the trip and to be honest, just barely scratched the surface.
A few nights we had a babysitter, but other nights we took Fuzz with us so our choices aren’t quite as highbrow as say, Gordon Ramsay or Angela Hartnett at The Connaught. However, each place we picked turned out an excellent meal on the night we were there. Quick run-down of evening restaurant meals: Orso, The River Cafe, Momo, Gaucho Grill, Veeraswamy and Nobu. Aside from one afternoon meal at The Texas Embassy (we just had to check it out…had to), lunch was grab and go or grab and take back to the hotel….ie, sandwiches. I love sandwiches and London is sandwich heaven. My favorite sandwich/take-away place was called “Pret a Manger” and I am extremely jealous of those who live near a Pret.
Another new obsession, which I picked up from a little place called EAT is vanilla fudge.
After a busy day of shopping, I stopped into the EAT across the street from Harrod’s to rest. I bought a cup of camomille tea and a block of the vanilla fudge. The first bite of fudge took me back to when I was 7 and my family ate at a restaurant called Monterrey House, where they’d hide little blocks of wax paper wrapped candy underneath the tortilla chips. Years later, when I started craving that candy and Monterrey House was no more, I came to the conclusion that the candy was called leche quemada. I made a few batches and while the leche quemada was pretty good, it wasn’t quite the same as the Monterrey House candy. Turns out the candy was just “vanilla fudge”.
Now here’s the mystery. The ingredient list (not necessarily in order) listed sugar, condensed milk, golden syrup, and butter. However, I haven’t been able to find any vanilla fudge recipes using condensed milk. Between loading pictures, washing laundry and stocking our refrigerator, I’ll be looking for vanilla fudge recipes.