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Borough Market: Toasted Cheese Sandwich

30 August 2014

Ever seeing an Instagram pic of my friend Mary eating one of Borough Market's famed Toasted Cheese Sandwiches by Kappacasein, I knew I had to try one... So while out with Natasha doing the Books About Town Riverside Trail, we quite literally stumbled across the lovely stand and I had to try and Natasha graciously offered (;)) to help me eat one of their famed sandwiches.
 Look at all that cheese! and apparently it is filled and refilled several times a day!
 Overflowing sandwiches are assembled and put into the sandwich press.
 And out comes a delightful, rich, delicious and hearty toasted cheese sandwich filled with garlic, onions, and leeks on fresh sourdough bread. Yum, yum, yum! But be aware it is quite filling and can easily be shared with a girlfriend.
Okay did I get your appetite wet? The Kappacasein stand is at Borough Market from Thursday through Saturday. Go past the Turkish Delight stand and at the end of the row you'll smell the glorious cheddar cheese being toasted.

Books About Town: Riverside Trail

Big thanks to my dear Natasha for bringing Books About Town to my attention and going on three of the most entertaining and delightful walking adventures with me (city & bloomsbury). Yesterday we went on our third walk along the South Bank. 
Natasha with her adorable new iPhone cover.
Meeting up at Tower Hill station, we made our way across Tower Bridge to the South Bank and specifically More London, a shopping development, where the first benches could be found - with a children's literature theme. 
Clarice Bean:
 Everyone's favourite dragon - Toothless! <3
 Dr. Seuss was next...
 Who ya pointing at, Natasha? O there he is - the Grinch!
 Haha... Not sure why I was making this face. ;)
 Through the Looking Glass:
I do believe Natasha tried to escape down the rabbit hole.
 Next up was Discworld which neither of us had ever read but the librarian sure made us smile.
 A bit away from the rest of the More London benches was the lovely War Horse bench.
 We could not walk away without taking a few candids with the architecture and water beckoning.
A short stroll away at the Montague Close, we came across one of the most loveable bears in history -- Paddington Bear!
There was also a Great Expectations bench at Montague Close that was a lovely scene from London with the infamous Miss Havisham's face staring up at anyone sitting on the bench. 
 and lastly we stopped at the Globe Theatre where we found the Shakespeare bench.
What a very fun and entertaining adventure... Thanks Natasha for being my Books About Town buddy. <3
For those of you who have not chanced to go on one of the trails, the benches are up until the 15th of September. There is also a Greenwich trail but sadly we won't have time to take that one on before Natasha goes to visit the great wild Americas.

Foodie: My Village Cafe

29 August 2014

Before going to listen to Sam Jordan and the Dirty Harrys at Proud Camden on Wednesday, Natalie and I met at My Village Cafe, a quaint Greek and Mediterranean vegetarian/vegan cafe in the heart of Camden Town across the road from the Stables. And what a charming and delightful find!
The cafe also serves as a deli offering authentic dishes and sides for eat in or take away. I sat down at one of these inviting tables and the kind and charming man at the counter offered myself and another newcomer two complimentary drinks and a sample of their "My Grandma Soup" which was delicious especially on a chilly night.
 Ordering a portion of the soup for my dinner, I could not even eat it all it was so filling AND DELICIOUS. It was perfectly paired with a mug of hot green tea that the man behind the counter offered the refill but again it was such a large portion that no refill was necessary but I appreciate their  desire to serve and please. I do believe he might have offered me his sweater if I was cold.
 I definitely would recommend any vegans, vegetarians and meat-eaters alike to pay My Village Cafe a visit if you're in the Camden Town/Chalk Farm neighbourhood. You'll have a hearty meal, charming ambiance and fabulous/friendly service.
One note of warning - they do not accept cards for anything under £10 so cash is recommended especially if you are paying individually. 
Also, according to Natalie this cafe makes for a great study place and was where she spent countless hours pouring over her own dissertation.

Collette Cooper @ SoHo Radio

28 August 2014

I love how in London you can turn down a main street and come across a golden nugget such as the SoHo Radio (& Cafe)! Talk about a true find. I am so impressed and delighted with my new find that I am at this very moment unwinding by listening to the SoHo Radio online here

The music seems to be predominately jazz, soul from what I have heard thus far - two of my favourite genres of music. Their website advertises that they "bring together musicians, artists, film makers, chefs, poets and the generally curious." As an MA student (Museums, Galleries & Contemporary Culture) I am curious to see how they truly bring together that wide assortment of people. Will keep you guys posted when I find out. :)
I wish my iPhone battery was not dying or I would have snapped a couple pics to show you guys the amazing place that SoHo Radio (& Cafe) call home on Great Windmill Street. That said, I am going to share a few pics that were taken today by others. 
Photo Credit: SoHo Radio Facebook Page
You walk into the SoHo Radio and a friendly barista (Tama) greets you in the coffee shop where you can get a coffee or tea for a nominal fee and have a seat at several countertops with plenty of power outlets at your fingertips.
Photo Cred: Me (with Collett'e iPhone)
There is this fabulous neon sign on the left wall as you walk in. You can see one of the countertops behind the lovely Collette Cooper, Bernie Katz and the two lovely producers (Katie and Jonathan).
Photo Cred: Me
And the fun bit.. O wait it is all fun (seriously!) - right past the coffee stand is a sliding door and the live radio studio! As I was with the fabulous Collette Cooper who was talking with DJ Bernie about their recent holidays in Ibiza and had two of her numbers played on the radio, I had the pleasure of watching/listening to the duo from a very comfortable stool in the cafe sipping on an iced coffee (Thanks Tama!). What a fun experience. How many times can I use the word 'Fun' to describe my experience at SoHo Radio? Seriously though it was F-U-N.
Have a listen to Bernie's show from today here. Collette's guest segment starts at 51:50. Her songs: Bonkers & Big Fat Liar were featured. 
They discussed her doing a sing-song at the Groucho Club (how fun! hopefully I can tag along, hehe) and a live sing-song with her guitarist at 3:20 in a fortnight (yay!!)
Bernie and his show were awesome. Seriously - his personality, fashion sense (had the awesomest shoes), great energy, love for the actress Jessica Lange, and sweetness makes me excited to see him again when Collette sings live on his show in a fortnight (I will definitely keep my readers posted for when Collette will be singing on the show.  Check out Bernie's Twitter to find out when he is next on the radio - would def be worth tuning in for - in my humble opinion. O did I mention that Bernie's nickname is "Prince of SoHo" (thanks to Stephen Fry)? How fun. I would love to find out the story behind that nickname.

p.s. After listening to tonight's show, I can attest that adult language is used by the DJs.

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