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eggs & toast

September 22, 2010

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my friend Jördis was visiting london this past weekend and so i took her to leila’s shop, one of my favorite spots in london, for eggs, toast, jam and coffee. as usual, it was a great way to start the day.  my favorite thing about leila’s is how simple and unfussy it is.  sure, i can make this food at home (and i do, quite often) – but the atmosphere at this café can’t be beat. 

leila’s shop is located in shoreditch at 17 calvert avenue (near arnold circus).

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i hope to have some new music to share with you tomorrow; until then, you might want to check out my friend michael’s mix for autumn, it’s fantastic.

  1. September 22, 2010 7:14 am

    I had breakfast there not too long ago. Great little place.

  2. Louise permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:22 am

    Another place to try for breakfast hurrah!

  3. September 22, 2010 7:32 am

    this is torture…
    but i love it.

  4. September 22, 2010 7:37 am

    Leila’s looks so much like home and quite charming. No wonder it’s a favorite, it would be one of mine as well. I really like the fourth image down, the view into the kitchen.

  5. September 22, 2010 8:01 am

    Amazing photos. And London is very worth a visit.

  6. September 22, 2010 8:09 am

    Beautiful shots! Made me hungry! :)

  7. Jordana permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:10 am

    Beautiful photos…and looks like the food was delish!

  8. September 22, 2010 8:10 am

    I very literally just started to make eggs for breakfast. Even the title sounded great! Nice photos!

  9. September 22, 2010 8:17 am

    LOVE your photography! Beautiful!

  10. Sunflowerdiva permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:19 am

    Aaaaaaah…that food looks soooooooooo yummy! My mouth was watering when I looked at those great pictures (since I still haven’t eaten this morning). Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed! :D

  11. September 22, 2010 8:22 am

    Love your work, Brian.

  12. September 22, 2010 8:26 am

    lovely pics, will revisit!!

  13. September 22, 2010 8:44 am

    bellissimo post!

  14. victoria permalink
    September 22, 2010 8:57 am

    Absolutely love this. Gorgeous images and words.

  15. September 22, 2010 9:21 am

    looks like a fabulous place!

  16. September 22, 2010 9:26 am

    great photos, i the saturated colors and tones. great blog :)

  17. ryoko861 permalink
    September 22, 2010 9:26 am

    Ok, I’m jealous. You live in England and I don’t.

  18. September 22, 2010 9:36 am

    really nice sir! nice photos! :)

  19. September 22, 2010 9:37 am

    Oh là là… Photography featuring beautifully crafted lattés and nap-inducing breakfast foods holds a special place in my heart.. thanks so much for sharing :)

  20. September 22, 2010 9:42 am

    love your photos, love your perspective, love your blog. glad i found it! :)

  21. September 22, 2010 9:49 am

    Great pics, friend. Keep up the great work. Next time in London I know where I will be for breakfast…

  22. September 22, 2010 10:04 am

    they have pastéis de nata! and how wonderful those little enamel bowls are. love your portrait of that place.

  23. September 22, 2010 10:08 am

    Tantalizing photos….I want to hop on a plane right now just to be there tomorrow morning!

  24. September 22, 2010 10:16 am

    I love every photograph in this post, what a great cafe !!!

  25. September 22, 2010 10:53 am

    These photos are all ridiculous, Ferry. I’m coming over right now.

  26. joshsuds permalink
    September 22, 2010 10:57 am

    I love the pictures! So glad you were freshly pressed.

  27. September 22, 2010 11:10 am

    This looks wonderful!

  28. September 22, 2010 11:12 am

    This place is amazing, making me miss London. Great shots as well.

  29. September 22, 2010 11:13 am

    Leila’s look delicious! If I ever cross the big pond to visit London I will have to stop by this cute little place. I love simple yet flavorful dishes! I think I just fell in love with all of your photos!

  30. September 22, 2010 11:35 am

    Really looks like such a sweet place, too bad I’m not in England, I need some breakfast!! Thanks for sharing!!

  31. September 22, 2010 11:38 am

    thanks buddy!

  32. September 22, 2010 11:39 am

    the photos are always amazing, but i asked me why the name of a muffin is in portuguese (“arroz” sounds like portuguese).

    • helena permalink
      September 22, 2010 12:10 pm

      those are not muffins. in portugal we have this cake which we call “bolo de arroz”. in english, it would be “rice cake”.

      • September 22, 2010 2:29 pm

        it’s true. and i can see also some delicious “pastéis de belém”, aka “pastéis de nata”! i hope that you put some cinnamon on top of them… yummy… love london! =)

    • Angela permalink
      September 22, 2010 6:03 pm

      Hint: in England ‘muffins’ are made of bread unless you frequent some god-awful global chain or other

      And in London you can breakfast in just about any national cuisine that takes your fancy. Portugese cafés are quite common.

  33. September 22, 2010 11:47 am

    Great photos. Makes me want to recreate that meal in my kitchen since I am an ocean away from London. Look forwards to seeing more!

  34. September 22, 2010 11:51 am

    This looks amazing. Like a little piece of heaven. Thanks for sharing these pictures. You take great photography as well :)

  35. September 22, 2010 12:55 pm

    Food looks amazing! And the cafe gives off a very “homey” ambiance, loving that!
    Great photos too! ;)

  36. September 22, 2010 1:02 pm

    your photos are wonderful!

  37. fabi permalink
    September 22, 2010 1:16 pm

    I have just found this place. Nice photos, and atmosphere… yes, blogs have that also. ;) I’ll be back!

  38. September 22, 2010 1:25 pm

    Love your photos, you’ve portrayed the feel of the cafe well by giving us so many different perspectives.

  39. September 22, 2010 1:58 pm

    Love the photos! This place looks so cozy + warm; just wonderful!

  40. September 22, 2010 1:59 pm

    Places like that are great, and the photos are beautiful. My daughter lives in London–I’ll pass this on!

  41. September 22, 2010 2:15 pm

    Hi ! Maybe I find my “copy” ;)
    I love the preview of your world !!
    Good time !!
    (I try to make my preview of my world too..)

  42. September 22, 2010 2:56 pm

    I love how you capture what you feel in there – the simplicity and unfussyness.
    It makes me feel I am sitting there right with you guys and I can almost smell the coffee and taste the eggs….
    – wanna go there.

  43. September 22, 2010 2:56 pm

    Great photo’s, looks absolutely yummy!

  44. September 22, 2010 3:36 pm

    I love your blog. The pictures are great!

  45. September 22, 2010 3:46 pm

    Beautiful photos! I’m hungry for breakfast now too!

  46. September 22, 2010 3:46 pm

    I love your blog and adore the pictures!

  47. September 22, 2010 3:47 pm

    I agree! just came across your blog, beautiful photographs and ultra delicious food yummm :)

  48. September 22, 2010 4:43 pm

    Love the blog. Lurrrrrve London. :) *sigh* Makes me wistful. Beautiful!

  49. September 22, 2010 6:45 pm

    i absolutely love this blog!!

  50. September 22, 2010 9:03 pm

    just looking at your photos i get this wonderful cozy feeling. this restaurant looks positively lovely!

  51. September 22, 2010 9:04 pm

    You are right! The photos expressed a very homey feeling and atmosphere of the place. Cool.

  52. September 22, 2010 9:33 pm

    oh my..these images are so beautiful…this place looks amazing..and sometimes the simplest food can be the best

  53. September 22, 2010 10:03 pm

    Looks delish. Nice photos. What kind of camera do you use?

  54. September 22, 2010 10:11 pm

    all this food looks so good ^^

  55. September 22, 2010 10:46 pm

    Really enjoyed your pics! They made me hungry, and want to find this cafe very soon!

  56. September 22, 2010 11:26 pm

    It’s hard to beleive this is a shop. It more looks like a home kitchen and that is what makes it wonderful. I wish I could have some of that tasty looking jam there.

  57. September 23, 2010 12:16 am

    congratulations on being “freshly pressed!” your photos are gorgeous. really makes me want to go back to england. bravo!

  58. SynLar permalink
    September 23, 2010 3:05 am

    Too bad for me that I’m stuck in class and can’t go out to find a café serving breakfast. Not that Norwegians are any good at breakfast anyway… But now I’m starving! Great pictures.

  59. September 23, 2010 3:23 am

    love, love, love this post.

  60. September 23, 2010 3:41 am

    I love it when you make a simple meal at a place look so good that I wanna be there too!

  61. September 23, 2010 3:50 am

    Why do some places put coffee in a drinking glass instead of a coffe mug? I’ve noticed this in other places in Europe as well. Half the fun of enjoying coffee is the cup.

  62. J. Elle permalink
    September 23, 2010 4:52 am

    so lovely.

  63. September 23, 2010 5:37 am

    Wow what beautiful photos. I especially like the one of the eggs and empty coffee.

  64. Ann permalink
    September 23, 2010 5:40 am

    Well, as I have been checking you blog for a long long time and every time I can find myself thinking: well well this person knows and has the right feeling how to take photos,
    so I thought I should also let the author know that :)
    keep the nice vibe going!

    • Ann permalink
      September 23, 2010 5:41 am

      Your* gaash

  65. September 23, 2010 5:47 am

    Brilliant shots. Superb light. I feel like in front of a cookery book, for some ;). Well down, dude !

  66. Anna permalink
    September 23, 2010 8:55 am

    Now, this looks like the very best kind of breakfast place. I’m putting it in my London folder for the next trip over :)

  67. September 23, 2010 10:58 am

    i’m completely mesmerized by that espresso…!

  68. September 23, 2010 11:55 am

    These are beautiful. Although I also have a slight bias towards breakfast food.

  69. September 23, 2010 3:04 pm

    That’s the perfect breakfast for me, wonderful photo impressions!

  70. September 23, 2010 3:54 pm

    yummy! I absolutely love your photos:)

  71. September 23, 2010 4:49 pm

    Loooooove Leila’s Shop :)

  72. September 23, 2010 8:32 pm

    i think i’m ready to move in.

  73. Big Girl in a Skinny Fashion World permalink
    September 25, 2010 2:30 pm

    Love the photos so cute!!!

  74. sayitinasong permalink
    September 26, 2010 4:57 am

    Never heard of the place before- looks amazing. I’m off to try it later in the week!

  75. sunneschii permalink
    September 26, 2010 2:25 pm

    Looks like a cozy place! And beautiful pictures.

  76. September 26, 2010 11:25 pm

    Looks yummy! Breakfast is one of my fav meal. I would go out of my way to just grab something simple and nice even if I can do it myself at home. I love your photos BTW! :)

  77. marcia permalink
    September 27, 2010 5:35 pm

    the coffe shop, is it portuguese caffee? because some cakes , like rice cake, the label is written in portuguese. and good cakes in deed. with espresso cafe in milk and tosts with jam , are the normal portuguese breackfast. enjoy ….. ^__^

  78. September 28, 2010 4:10 pm

    Bolo de arroz e pastéis de nata… is it a portuguese café?:)

  79. October 2, 2010 5:40 pm

    Fab photos – love your blog! Thanks for sharing.

  80. LamBert permalink
    October 20, 2010 4:15 pm

    If I was to put out a record I’d have you produce the sleeve. Which is about as generous as I can be. Bravo.

  81. November 15, 2010 5:54 am

    nice photographs. Heading to London for xmas so will definitely check this place out. Lived there for a while and really struggled to find a good coffee actually, so good find :)


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