Spending the month of November gallivanting around the world is a lot of fun, but is terrible for keeping up with blogging! I have a blog list stretching further than the (weary) eye can see, because I have so many great places to share that we enjoyed before leaving London, as well as wanting to share all the fun adventures we are having whilst gallivanting.
when we knew we were leaving London we kicked off a bit of a Foodie Farewell tour. I wanted to go to a few new places that were always on our radar as well as making sure I went to the old favourites one last time.
One of these old favourites is the quasi-deli in Hampstead that we frequented for our tomatoes, cheese and occasional rare roasted beef. The joke name is "Melrose & Mortgage" and it definitely isn't chock-a-block full of bargains, but for the occasional quality produce or best tomatoes in London, it's worth the little extra.
Melrose & Morgan started down the road in Chalk Farm, where everything is still baked freshly each day. I can't vouch for the pastry section, but the salads, meats and tomatoes are incredible.
Yes I'm talking a lot about their tomatoes, but they are the best tomatoes I've had since Stanthorpe. And this from the girl who used to give up tomatoes for Lent just so that I wouldn't have to eat them for 40 days. They're really good!!
The shop itself is beautifully presented with so much attention to detail. There is seating upstairs and a few tables outside (for those brief few warmer months that al fresco dining is appropriate).
And as a leaving gift, our dear friends gave me Good Food For Your Table, a little piece of Hampstead to take with us to Abu Dhabi. I have been travelling with it, and was won over by the first topic "the perfect toast". Who knew there was a right and wrong way of toast, but having read there is, I will never slowly toast my bread and then have it sit on a plate to cool again! Its a really cute foodie read, and even has some of the recipes of their wonderful meals too!
I'm thinking we have been taking this type of life for granted a little, as we're about to trade it all in for mega-malls! But I'm hoping I can still find a bit of a foodie scene to immerse myself in in Abu Dhabi.
Do you have many food boutiques in your area? Is supporting local produce and artisan cooking a big part of your community? I'd love to hear about it if it is!!