Saturday, 17 January 2009

Favorites: Borough Market

Borough Market is my favorite public outdoor market in London, (second place goes to Marylebone). I am a girl of habit and when I find foods that satisfy my taste, I rarely try anything new. So when I go to Borough Market, I always get the same goods: coffee from Monmouth Coffee, a big hunk of comte cheese, mushroom pate, fresh bread - with rosemary and figs or olives, and a bunch of fruits & veg. People, including moi, queue for miles for tasty Spanish chorizo rolls with peppers and rocket. There's a pretty cathedral nearby where I sit and relax and eat with hundreds of others.

Some days after the market I walk along the River Thames and visit Tate Modern. I'm not a huge fan of modern art (it took me a long time to understand and then come to like Mark Rothko) but I enjoy a lot of the work at Tate. I often take visitors there to see the great view of the city from the cafe.

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Favorites: Prints

I sure do love prints and so does my monsieur, so I bought him this one above called L'Atomium et Mr. Hulot by Vittorio Giardino from the Belgium website Champaka.  Isn't it just the coolest thing? This is how I picture my mister in his later years, happily riding his bike through town with an old pipe dangling from his mouth (trying to decide which bakery he should stop at to pick up a croissant for his wife!) The colors are even more vibrant in real life. Now the trouble is finding the perfect frame and a good spot on our wall. 
Here are some of my other favorites from Champaka:

Thursday, 1 January 2009


Happy New Year peeps! 

by Frank O'Hara, 1950

Have you forgotten what we were like then
when we were still first rate
and the day came fat with an apple in its mouth

it's no use worrying about Time
but we did have a few tricks up our sleeves
and turned some sharp corners

the whole pasture looked like our meal
we didn't need speedometers
we could manage cocktails out of ice and water

I wouldn't want to be faster 
or greener than now if you were with me O you
were the best of all my days.