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British Cuisine: __ on Toast

By     |    Sep 26, 2012
Posted in: England, Food, London     |    No Comments

There’s something going on with British cuisine. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good. We haven’t had a bad meal yet (don’t believe the rumors). Not even close. But there’s this fascination with things on toast. We had grouse offal on toast at St. John Bread and Wine. We’ve had mushrooms on toast at The Fox. The other day, we were at a pub early and the staff dinner was something unidentifiable served […]

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13 Amp fuses from Bradbury's Store of Things in Hackney.

The London Win: Fuse Edition

By     |    Sep 26, 2012
Posted in: England, London     |    No Comments

We blew a fuse on the electric tea kettle. Not sure how I managed that, but I did. Tripped the breaker in the house too. Finding and flipping the breaker back was easy. The fuse, that was another matter. In Chicago, we lived around the corner from a mini Home Depot. Down the street from that, there was an Ace Hardware store. On Clark, a block in the other direction, […]

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Dessert! Madeleines and Chocolate Ice Cream.

Offal Lunch at St. John Bread and Wine

By     |    Sep 25, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., England, Food, London     |    1 Comment

I cut into it and it spewed, simple as that. Not a bad spew. Just a spew. Didn’t want Lisa to see though, so I mopped it up and shoved it in my mouth. Damn, it was tasty. “What was that?” she asked. “I’ll tell you later,” I told her. “Tell me now,” she insisted. “Better later.” I kept chewing, but I couldn’t convince her. So I told her: “The […]

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A Thames Clipper, from a Thames Clipper.

The best free / cheap things to do in London

By     |    Sep 25, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, London     |    1 Comment

London is expensive. Finding free or cheap things to do is tricky — you’ve got to be creative. At least the majority of the national museums have free admission for their permanent collections, so you can always duck inside on a rainy day. But maybe you’re sick of museums…then what? Here’s our pick of the best free(ish) things to do in London… 1. Explore The V&A Museum What?! Didn’t I […]

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Bookstore, boat, house.

Things I Love about London

By     |    Sep 24, 2012
Posted in: England, London     |    1 Comment

London is a great city. Here’s what I’m falling in love with: Free museums. Most museums have free general admission. Special exhibits are extra. Smart. “Real” ale. I asked what “unreal” ale was and got strange looks. So much for that inquiry. Anyway, the beers here pulled from the old-school taps are phenomenal. I love their low carbonation and large size. One of my favorites is Adnams Bitter. Breakfast. I had a […]

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Hairy net of poo. [pdo]

A Rant about Modern Art and the Tate Modern

By     |    Sep 21, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, London     |    2 Comments

I don’t get modern art. Don’t get me wrong, I like modern art, sometimes, but I don’t usually GET it. I’m pretty convinced that no one other than very imaginative people, other artists, and art students actually GET it. I’m pretty sure that sometimes (often?) there’s nothing there to be gotten. But I love exhibits at places like the Museum of Contemporary Art (aka the MCA) in Chicago, the new Modern Wing at the […]

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We're ready, Virgin Atlantic.

“Direct” Flight to London

By     |    Sep 20, 2012
Posted in: Air Travel, England, London, Travel, Wisconsin     |    No Comments

We wanted a direct flight when flying to London, didn’t want to transfer. Of course, no flight is truly direct. Here’s what we went through to get from A (Lake Geneva, WI, USA) to B (London, England, UK). Drive to Harvard, IL (40 minutes) Our travel day started with a drive into Illinois. We had been staying with my mom in Wisconsin. She was nice enough to get us through […]

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The Dogs Are Better In London

By     |    Sep 20, 2012
Posted in: London     |    2 Comments

We’re just around the corner from London Fields park, one of the seemingly endless London public parks. The parks are wonderful, but the space isn’t the most amazing thing about them. It’s the dogs. Like a lot of parks, people bring their dogs to London Fields. The dogs run and play and sniff and sit. Which you’d expect, that part is just like every other park in the world. The […]

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My new favorite cider in my new favorite pub. Life remains good.

Local London pub update: allegiances shift to The Fox!

By     |    Sep 19, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., London     |    No Comments

Things were going OK in our relationship with our local pub, the Prince Arthur. We visited three days in a row and got friendly with the staff. We were charged for something we didn’t order the first day, but didn’t worry too much about it (it was just a couple £s). Then, the third day, we were charged for about six extra drinks. I thought I had the problem fixed, […]

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Whiskey and Gin in a can for $2.50 ($4.06).

Drinking is EXPENSIVE in London

By     |    Sep 19, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., England, London     |    No Comments

Damn, wine’s expensive here. Booze is expensive too. Let’s do some maths. (Things get pluraled oddly over here. “Horsepowers” is  a legit term.) In California, where we found the cheapest wine on our trip, they sell Two Buck Chuck at Trader Joe’s– a bottle of Charles Shaw wine for $2. Converted into £s, that’s £1.23 (the current exchange rate is £1 = $1.60). Now, we know we’re not in California. Everywhere else in […]

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