Five Shots: Food in London & Scotland

I love to eat and drink. On vacation, it’s important to me to try authentic dishes. Sampling Scotch whiskey in Scotland was a treat as well as trying the haggis, neeps and tatties (organs from the goat ground with hops with mashed turnips and mashed potatoes and whiskey sauce) the various meat pies and fish and chips, of course. Then there was the freshwater salmon, the haddock and cod, oysters, mussels, scallops–again, coming from the desert, this was a sublime menu. In London, we ate marvelous Indian, Korean, Chinese food, too.

Smoked Salmon and goat cheese
The menu of a Chinese restaurant in SoHo.
Lunch. I have no idea what I’m eating.
I still have no idea what I’m eating and I was hungry afterward.

 

Fish and Chips
A “Frenchy” cafe in Kensington, London
Oysters and Glenfiddich15.
Harrods of London, sweets, and macaroons

46 thoughts on “Five Shots: Food in London & Scotland

  1. The Chinese meal looks so delicate and artistic, then… the fish and chips! made me laugh

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  2. “Oysters and Glenfiddich15.” A great snack! Did you take time to eat in the Food Court at Harrods?

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    1. Welcome! It was very crowded and the wait time was longer than we wanted to wait for. We did buy truffles and macaroons. πŸ™‚

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  3. I do ‘cuisine’ occasionally. Likely regretfully. My tastes aren’t ‘cultured’.
    Fish and Chips? Yup. Used to get those wrapped in newspaper.
    I can down a few oysters.
    And English sweets? O ya. They’re good at that.

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    1. Hi, JC. I remember when I first visited London back in 1979 they sold fish and chips in newspapers. Same in Scotland when I was there in the early 80s. I suppose someone said it was unsanitary, because there are no newspapers in sight. I loved the fish there. I could easily become a vegetarian if I lived there.

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  4. That was a Chinese steamed bun, Cindy. I used to buy those from street vendors. They are usually filled with minced pork. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. Yes, mine was. It had a spongy texture. It has the ingredients of a dumpling but it comes out with a texture I am unfamiliar with. It was interesting to eat. The best meal I had was Indian.

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  5. Pleasant memories. I lived in Soho’s Chinatown, behind Gerrard Street, for most of the 70s. You could buy a set sit-down meal for Β£1. My late friend, Norman often served up neeps with haggis that he bought from Harrods, which he called his corner shop; and of course, you know about Mr Pink’s fish and chips.

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    1. Thank you, Derrick, for sharing your memories! Wow, that’s a deal! I had a fun time eating in London.

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  6. The fish N chips look yummy! πŸ™‚

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    1. I β™₯ fish n chips and won’t apologize.

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      1. Me too, my favourite! πŸ™‚

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  7. The best Salmon I’ve ever had was in Scotland, in the Highlands. Fish and Chips is good nearly everywhere in Great Britain, but Salmon has to come fresh from a Scottish river. As to Fish and Chips: what I regret is that the old tradition of serving it in a newspaper is no longer around, due to health concerns.

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    1. I agree. I love the fresh water Salmon. When I was stationed in the 80s up at the northern tip of Scotland, we would barter with the locals and get huge salmon for a bottle of Johnny Walker. It was a good trade. πŸ™‚

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  8. Terrific photos, Cindy! I also love eating the local food, and those fish and chips look great! I’d also try Haggis although it seems to be a dish of necessity rather than optional – created at a time when EVERYTHING had to be used: as they said about a “tail to snout” Chef – “everything but the oink!”

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    1. Ha Ha. Yes. Haggis is certainly peasant food. We were told the dish was created by the left over hops from creating the beer and grinded with the lungs and organs of a sheep. I know from your blog you are a connoisseur of food and drink. I loved pairing Scotch whiskey with appetizers. Goat cheese and Scottish cheese is marvelous.

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      1. That sounds like a great meal!

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  9. Fish and chips, classic. Tastes best when served in a coastal chipper. They stopped using the papers because of the paint – heavy metals or something like that.
    Fresh salmon from the boat, yummy.
    When people kill an animal for food, they should use all of it to justify the killing. Haggis rules πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thank you, Inese. I suspected it wasn’t a good call to use newspapers, yet how many decades had they? A clever way to recycle…

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      1. They should have worked on making the paint safe, and keep recycling πŸ™‚

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  10. Good gracious! I knew I should have checked out this post AFTER I have had lunch! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  11. The fish and chips looked different in presentation. I seem to be drawn to that picture. πŸ™‚

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    1. It was the obvious choice for me for lunch. πŸ™‚

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  12. Great post πŸ™‚ The food looks delicious especially the fish and chips πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  13. my favorite is the one of you eating who knows what out of the bowll

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Bill. Twas not for me.

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  14. People tend to think British food is boring but there are so many interesting things you can eat here! I am not surprised your favourite meal was Indian.

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    1. The best part of cities is the variety of food. I was surprised how well the Scottish presented their food. They had a lot to offer–we had a few vegan in our group.

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  15. Did you ever find out what is was you were eating in SoHo? πŸ˜‚

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  16. Haha I like your honesty ‘I was hungry afterward’. Thanks for the great post.

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    1. Welcome, Natasha. It was the truth! An interesting experience. I went down the block and had fish and chips. πŸ˜‰

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  17. I was drawn to the macaroons. Fish and chips are a staple, it’s almost one of our go-to-food.

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    1. Welcome Leif! I must have had fish ad chips literally once a day…

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  18. It was the truth! An interesting experience. I went down the block and had fish and chips. Sustainable wine

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  19. That Food is Awesome. Try some in Sydney too 😊

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    1. Welcome, MJ. I haven’t been to Sydney since 2000. It is high time for a revisit!

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      1. Please do visit. We might get a chance to meet face to face.
        I haven’t been to London since 2009, I need to revisit too. Lol

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