Month: August 2012

the orange dessert

Memorable Meals: The Orange in London, England

The crowning food glory of my Olympic trip to London was definitely the meal at The Orange Public House & Hotel.  Located on Pimlico Road, it’s surrounded by art galleries and interior design firms.  Window shopping was never so fun or outrageous! If I ever move to the Belgravia neighborhood in London, (I’m talking hitting the Powerball multiple times) I have a few design firms in mind–not holding my breath though. My parents discovered this restaurant while searching out a place to enjoy an Easter meal.  In fact, while at this restaurant my mom fell in love with their champagne braised rabbit.  The irony isn’t lost on me. After spending the afternoon shopping around Regent Street, including my favorite–the largest Anthropologie store I’ve ever been to, we decided to head there for dinner. *Side note, did you know that one my favorite chefs, Giada De Laurentiis is married to a designer for Anthropologie?  I’m telling you, it’s all connected people!* When I meet with those aforementioned designers to go over my new Belgravia home, I will explicitly share my …






Meze, Tapas, and Street Food…Oh My!

Continuing the culinary adventures of London, I’ve decided small plates are the best thing since sliced bread. Or peanut butter and dill pickles together. I know small plates aren’t a new trend, but this trip was the first time I’d had them several times and it confirmed my love for them. If you’re anything like me, you look at a menu and can never decide what to order. “Hmm…I feel like fish but that steak sounds so good. No, wait.  I want that salad.  Maybe the salad and the steak.  What are you having?  What do you recommend?” The best part of having a few small plates is getting to try and sample so much. That sounds good.  So does that.  Oh, that too.  You can order it all and try it! *Now would be a good time to mention all these stops did not occur in one day.  Someone would have had to roll me onto the airplane home.* The first small plate excursion was to The Real Greek where the small plates are know …






Back From London & Considering a Move to Borough Market

Hello everyone! Boy, do the last few weeks feel surreal.  I still can’t wrap my brain around the concept that I attended the Olympics.  Lots more to come on all of our adventures but I wanted to share the “foodie” highlight of the trip. Borough Market. I’m considering a move. Not just to London, but to the market itself. All I need is small corner. We stepped off the Tube and into heaven. This market was buzzing and loaded with pure foodie euphoria. If you don’t live nearby and visit, be prepared for the biggest tease of your life. I seriously weighed the consequences of trying to bring back half the market in my suitcase but came to the conclusion that several hours in customs wouldn’t be the best finale to my vacation. Instead, I brought back what I could in the form of sauces, chutneys, fruit butters, and preserves along with a few tote bags. And it all captured with these photos. I’m in serious talks with my software engineer husband to develop scratch …