When we first moved to England,
I would do a 2 hour commute
into London for work...
and then another 2 hours home.
(And I loved it.)
In the evenings,
the first hour was on the tube
getting to Paddington
where I would hop on a train
and haul my buns
back out to Oxford.
In London during commuter hours,
free newspapers are passed out
to commuters as the enter the tube entrances.
I love sitting on the packed-yet-silent tubes
and listening the ruffles of newspapers.
Because there's no cell service (yet),
it is like a time transport
to people reading books & papers.
(And I loved that, too.)
I remember reading the Evening Standard
on the tube one night
the first few months we lived in England.
There was 30-Minute Meal insert
by this English chef, Jamie Oliver...
he was cooking with exotic ingredients
like "rocket" and "coriander"
and making weird sounding things
like Portuguese tarts for dessert.
For some reason,
I kept the paper
and it's still sitting in my recipe book today.
Now that I've been here a while
(3.5 years already!),
I realize what a naive little pup I was.
Jamie Oliver is practically the king of the cooking scene here.
(And "rocket" & "coriander" is actually just arugula & cilantro. Oops.)
While I still don't have an affinity for Portuguese tarts,
I have fallen in love with Mr. Oliver.
He taught me to roast a perfect chicken, afterall.
And, now, he set up shop in our neighborhood
with the cutest place you ever did see:
Cooking classes, cute baking goods,
take away meals for dinner,
gorgeous baked goods & coffee for easy snagging,
and of course- a restaurant with his yummy recipes.
It's a sweet place
that's easy to find
right above the Notting Hill Gate tube station...
Either grab a coffee
or sit a while
in the sunny windows upstairs
over a gorgeous plate of his yummy creatiions.
(I personally dig the thai green curry or the spiced carrot pancake with hummous!)
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92-94 Notting Hill Gate
London W11 3QB
(other locations available here)
*photography by Noah Darnell