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saturday afternoon market

February 8, 2010

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on saturday, i went to broadway market and i really enjoyed it. today, i thought i’d bring you along with me.

i ate a LOT … an americano to start.  then i tasted many cheeses and brought one home wrapped in wax paper. next, a saucisson tasting (and another package to bring home), and then one of those rare roast beef yorkshire pud baps you see above (it was delicious, and now i’m going to try and recreate them at home). i topped it off with a cupcake from violet, caramel with sea salt sprinkled on top. mmm.

there was also a nice selection of vintage clothing, including a classic LL bean jacket that didn’t fit. and i picked up a great red vintage lamp for my desk (i am always looking for cheap lamps because of that pesky US/UK voltage difference).

it was a great saturday and a weekend full of relaxing and good food.  i’m really glad that i didn’t have to go to work.  how was yours?

i have lots of photos and things to share — so i’m hoping to be around a bit more often this week … fingers crossed. enjoy your monday.

(ps – i’m looking for a record player for my flat … if you can recommend a place in london, please drop me a note!)

  1. February 8, 2010 11:42 am

    the roast beef…the caramel sea salt sprinkled cupcake…the cheese…quite the weekend indeed!

    Love the green shots of plants here. And that dog!? Wow.

  2. February 8, 2010 11:58 am

    What a perfect afternoon. I need one of these soon.

  3. February 8, 2010 12:02 pm

    love all these photos, brian! the colors are amazing. i would love to hear more about some of those cupcake flavors.

  4. February 8, 2010 12:09 pm

    Those cupcakes are beautiful. Makes me want to go for a street walk and take photos.

  5. thefty permalink
    February 8, 2010 12:29 pm

    I’ve never been to Boradway market! You’ve managed to see so much more of foodie London than I have, and I’ve been here for a year and a half! (I am drooling over the salted caramel cupcake btw.)

  6. February 8, 2010 12:30 pm

    These are all lovely!

  7. February 8, 2010 12:37 pm

    So much good stuff.
    This post made me so happy and hopeful for spring when our markets will finally open.
    Hope you get your hands on that record player.
    Happy day to you.

  8. February 8, 2010 12:38 pm

    beautiful photos. you make me miss london…

  9. marthasnail permalink
    February 8, 2010 12:38 pm

    fantastic photos…i feel like i’m there. that mushroom medley sandwich sounds so good and i’d love to try that rare roast beef pud bap. hungry again.

  10. February 8, 2010 12:41 pm

    london has such fabulous markets. they just don’t do them like that here (maybe not yet…?).

    wouldn’t have been able to resist those cupcakes either.

  11. February 8, 2010 12:49 pm

    Mmm looks yummy.
    How very girly of me but the cupcake shots are perfect.
    You capture life so well, Brian.

  12. February 8, 2010 1:42 pm

    Looks like a lovely afternoon :)

  13. February 8, 2010 1:51 pm

    looks like a nice weekend brian. heading off to new markets like that is one of the great things about moving to a new place. i ate some great cheese as well, Illinois Prairie Swiss. it was excellent. really nice photos.

  14. February 8, 2010 2:44 pm

    The dog photo is great – he/she looks soft and velvety, and at least his/her rear end is getting a bit of warmth from the sun! – and the fish in the seventh photo look appetising.

  15. February 8, 2010 3:19 pm

    my weekend was lovely, thank you. it involved pancakes, which is always a good thing. and espresso and reading on the couch and great music and a visit to my local patisserie and a few good polaroids. epically relaxing. love this series of photos. looking forward to seeing more.

  16. February 8, 2010 3:36 pm

    love the dog.and the cupcakes. and all the other food. oh dear, am sooooo hungry now.can you send some over:) ?

  17. February 8, 2010 3:54 pm

    hmmm. there are loads of vinyl shops in soho. one of them is bound to have a record player. there is also a good record shop down essex road (much more towards the hackey end). once you have your player, you’ll need some records anyhow!

    good luck!

  18. Rob Clarke permalink
    February 8, 2010 5:06 pm

    The place on the Essex Road is called Flashback (second hand vinyl) – but I don’t think they sell record players. If you are interested in places to buy records, there is also RoughTrade on Brick Lane (for new vinyl).

    There is a great second hand audio shop in Crouch End called Audio Gold – they have record players and all kinds of other vintage sound equipment, as well as some second hand records. Crouch End is, in any case, a nice place for a weekend wander … and you could walk up to Alexandra Palace for great views right over London.

    I think that’s all my knowledge!

  19. Daniel permalink
    February 8, 2010 5:24 pm

    Great photos, Brian. Restaurant week in New York has run its course and you’ve inspired me to hit the markets and cook at home. Thanks.

  20. February 8, 2010 6:02 pm

    those yorkshire pudding baps are inspired! and i know someone who has picked up several record players in good working order at car boots. i’ll dig out those chiswick details i promised you.

  21. sarah permalink
    February 8, 2010 6:08 pm

    you should get in touch with claire (of violet)! she is a friend of mine and is a record enthusiast… she’ll know.

  22. February 8, 2010 6:33 pm

    those cupcakes!
    for taking us

  23. February 8, 2010 6:58 pm

    the mushroom sandwich sounds very good -)

  24. February 8, 2010 7:10 pm

    i got my record player at a car boot sale.

    but i just found this for you :

    your weekend looks like it was delicious! hey, i’m all booked for my uk-ten adventure, we should grab one of those roastbeef baps and a beer (to start : )

  25. February 8, 2010 8:19 pm

    What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday! Beautiful photos, as always, Brian.

  26. February 8, 2010 11:23 pm

    Brian, I just love your blog. The cupcake with the Tiffany blue is a perfect little package.

  27. February 9, 2010 12:08 am

    Yay! Mushrooms on toast at Broadway market! So glad you got there and had a fab day Brian!

  28. February 9, 2010 1:34 am

    Thanks for taking me with you to the market. I enjoyed the tastings of those delicious offerings, and not a single calorie in any of them! Amazing! I really enjoy taking pictures of my day as you have done. I shall come back for another day out with you!

  29. February 9, 2010 3:22 am

    Great photos!
    And yuuuummmmm…cupcakes!

  30. February 9, 2010 9:16 am

    That is an INCREDIBLE dog!! I hope he is named Gus or Bert.

  31. February 9, 2010 9:16 am

    Beautiful palette and very nice framing! I like how you ordered these pics – it feels like I’m stepping into the market myself. Good luck on the record player. We have an old Victrola…the house feels so warm & special when we play it.

  32. February 9, 2010 12:16 pm

    awesome market!
    about record players….close to where i used to live in notting hill, there are a bunch of second hand stores a few doors down one from the other. each one focuses on something specific: books, clothes and one of them on records (and players i believe). I can’t remember the name, but they have black signs with white writing. the record one is on notting hill gate road, walking past the station towards Kensington Gardens/Hyde Park.

  33. February 9, 2010 7:07 pm

    I LOVE these photos. I think markets and shops are so fascinating. All these photos together tell such a wonderful story.

  34. February 9, 2010 9:31 pm

    It is going to drive me crazy that they didn’t finish the parenthesis in the mushroom medley sign. But like everyone else, love the cupcakes, love the dog, love your weekend.

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