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21 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

so, at the end of our london sojourn (we returned to minnesota this sunday) we went up to scotland for 10 days. train to glasgow and then driving to the highlands, to skye, down to kennacraig for the ferry to islay, and then back to glasgow. it was a lovely trip, if filled with some stressful driving situations. i will predictably have a lot of posts about this trip on the blog that will be focused on whisky and food (though whisky was not really a focus of the trip). my first post sets the scene and contains tips and warnings for others considering a trip.




street art in east london

10 May 2017 - 05:38 PM

living in a small town in rural minnesota i'm not jaded about street art in the way that most of you big city types probably are. yes, street art is commodified in its own way now, especially in places like shoreditch in london where they are their own cottage industry in terms of tours etc., but there are a lot of rather striking pieces here. i've barely scratched the surface, walking around more or less haphazardly, in shoreditch and the spitalfields/brick lane areas. here is a look at some of what i've seen.



kid-friendly eating in liverpool

30 April 2017 - 08:44 PM

is there any hope beyond fish and chips? i have to say that even without the kid-friendly part i'm having trouble finding anything to get even tepidly excited about.

turbot: the purchasing and cooking of

28 April 2017 - 08:00 PM

even though the kitchen in our flat is barely adequate, at some point soon i will stop resisting the purchase of fish and meats that you can't get easily in the u.s, at least not easily in minnesota. for example, turbot.




the first problem is i don't really know how i'm supposed to buy it. yes, i know that i give them money and they give me the fish but is it sold only whole? i assume i have the fish monger fillet it--correct? do i ask for the skin to be left on? is there reason to buy it dressed but mostly whole?


the second problem is i don't know how to best cook turbot. unless you want to see pictures of turbot curry please recommend some simple preparations (preferably sans too much cream).


i thenk yew!

london whisky

18 April 2017 - 01:52 PM

this will be of limited interest to actual londoners but non-londoners interested in whisky will be excited to know that it's not just cheese shops that i've been taking pictures of. a couple of weeks ago i posted a virtual tour of the whisky exchange's swanky store in covent garden. today's installment covers the royal mile whiskies london outpost in bloomsbury and the vintage house in soho. and back in august i'd posted a look at cadenhead's, milroy's and hedonism (plus a quick glance at berry bros. & rudd*). between the whisky stores and the cheese, london is pretty much an ideal city for me.


actual londoners who know of quirky smaller stores and bars with interesting whisky selections should point me to those as well.

*when i was there in august they'd had a plumbing disaster which had caused the whisky part of the shop to be shut down for a few days. i'll be going back for a proper look soon.