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Borough Market

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I wish I was one of those women who shopped glamorously. Whose attention to detail spanned even the apples she chooses and the width of the cut of her Italian cured meats. Women like that carry old fashioned shopping bags that usually have a baguette sticking out of them and go shopping for food dressed in an ‘outfit’ – she’s put herself together even to do the groceries! And will finish her shopping expedition with the purchase of a bunch of flowers. Those kinds of women find their sustenance at the Borough Markets. As do people who like to eat organic or locally grown produce, foodies and wanna be foodies, and people looking to prepare a special dinner party menu – I don’t know many places in London where you can buy hand stuffed wild boar sausages or so many different varieties of cheese or olive oil and the bakery stalls are WAY above par.

I’m not a big meat eater but I’ve been with people who’ve managed to ingest ostrich, deer and pheasant in the same meal – that’s quite a feat. In my own way I contributed to the record breaking feast by eating a brownie, a blondie (white chocolate brownie), a cheesecake brownie and a raspberry and dark chocolate brownie. If I could have handled the sugar over dose I could have got stuck into another couple of varieties.

If I was planning a perfect dinner party I would definitely come here for ingredients; from cherry and plum tomatoes that taste like they’ve been in the ground – and there is a difference trust me – to the balsamic you’ll want to squoosh them up with, the fresh fish and shellfish, meats sold to you by the men who raised it, cheese made by French nuns, the breads and wines you’ll want to serve it with and the Monmouth coffee and handmade chocolates you should be serving at the end of the meal. You can even buy locally made ales or sparkling wines if that’s your tipple of choice.

One of the best things about shopping at Borough is that you get to taste and natter. In a lot of cases it’s the producers who’re standing behind the counter, so looking mildly interested is enough to encourage them to offer you a taste and give you a run down about how it’s done and why it’s the best. And personally I enjoy that – it makes me feel like those glamorous shopping ladies. And complimentary tasters are always welcome. Before you choose your flowers from the two flower stands by the pub.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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Borough Market

In existence since Roman times, Borough Market is London’s oldest food market and has occupied its present site for 250 years. Borough market is only open to the public on Friday afternoons and Saturdays. The market sells fresh organic vegetables and fruits, meats and fresh fish for cooking at home, but you can also buy a huge range of prepared meats in the form of pies and pâtés as well as cheeses, anti-pasti, cakes, chocolates and much more. To try the fish from the market freshly prepared whilst vendors and buyers bustle around you, you can eat lunch at Fish! a seafood restaurant housed in a greenhouse like building right in the centre of the market. However, the best way to experience the food of the market is to join the hoards of city workers who flee the cardboard sandwiches of Prêt à Manger on friday lunchtimes, and cross London Bridge to feast on the freshly barbequed wild boar and rocket sandwiches, the humungous salt beef rolls or even the spicy tacos and fajitas brimming with fresh juicy salsa, that the market has to offer.

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