Portobello Pizza East

London Eats, Markets, Restaurants

Last weekend, in search of the perfect birthday present for a dear friend, I headed to my new favorite neighborhood, Goldborne Road, just over the canal from our flat.  Unlike the my previous visit, there was a bitter wind and the sky hung very near my head and snow flurries swirled around the market stalls.…

Five Things I Cooked This Week

Markets, Recipe, Restaurants

Inspired by a blurb in the Evening Standard’s Wednesday food section, I’ve decided to bring you weekly kitchen inspiration.  The Standard’s critic lists the five things she ate….I’ll tell you what I cooked, the good, the bad and the ugly!   1.  CUMIN CHEDDAR GLUTEN-FREE GOUGERES – Yeah, they were pretty much as bad as…

Balthazar Has Landed

London Eats, Markets, Restaurants, Shops

Back in the 80s we’d come to London from Soviet Moscow for much-needed respites from the dreary, oppressive city that we called home for most of that decade.  We stayed at the Waldorf Astoria on the Strand near Covent Garden, among the West End theatres and eateries.  The streets were colorful, vibrant and the shops…