Portobello Road in London has a fantastic vibe!
It's a friendly looking area,
with tons of antique shops and great little boutiques.
It was somewhere that I had picked to visit, my son knowing little about it,
yet it turned out to be one of his favorite places that we visited in London.
The best thing by far...
was this place!!
Delicious warm crepes filled with delicious, sweet Nutella!!
As we kept walking we also found an orange cow at this place...
The absolute best gelato that I've had outside of Italy.
Indiana thought so too!!
It was a sweet filled day and oh so worth every calorie filled bite...yum!!
Then there was a food adventure of another kind.
A tube ride out to East London...
Then a walk to find this place...
It required a small consult enroute with my GPS as we got a little lost - all part of a good adventure!
You are greeted by the gold-lettered name on a dark green board above the door.
Inside it's marble counters and tabletops, simple wooden benches,
yellow tiled walls and sawdust on the floor.
The place has a great presence, an old world feeling that's inviting.
Cooke's has been an East End fixture since 1910, serving a crusty rectangular meat filled pie next to a mound of mashed potatoes in a pool of intense green parsley "liquor", which is kind of like a gravy.
It was warming and very filling.
The pie and mash were really tasty and the parsley liquor was very interesting.
Hard to describe really, fresh tasting yet it had a gravy quality to it.
A little of this shaken over the top added an extra flavor kick.
And then there were these...
Those are eels...swimming in a pool of the parsley liquor.
I had to try them, I'd flown 5000 miles,
taken a tube ride to the far reaches of London to find this place.
Of course now that they were staring back at me...I wasn't so convinced this was a great idea.
Well...with the owner looking on, I tried them.
The eels hit my tongue and I wasn't sure whether to cry, run or spit them out.
Fishy, slimy, slightly crunchy and rather like a mouthful of glue!!
Not quite what I was expecting.
I managed to swallow that bite and only that bite!
The owner was this cheerful little lady and as we chatted she asked for my honest opinion.
Oh boy...how to be tactful.
I said "the pie and mash were really good", which they were.
"The eels" I said, "I think they must be an acquired taste."
To my great relief, she laughed and proceeded to say
"they're horrible, probably the worst thing ever" she also said "they're chewy and like eating glue."
We all had a good laugh,
and I felt so much better that I wasn't the only one that didn't think they were so great!
It was a fun adventure of a day and one I won't forget anytime soon.
It was time to say goodbye to London and hop on a train...
To meet up with a blog friend, Jamie Oliver and a whole lot of football!!!