Why hello there! It’s been a while!
I’ve just returned from a fantabulous Christmas break and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, but all that will have to wait until I’m all caught up with work, life, and all that pesky stuff in between.
I got back on Friday night, which happened to be New Year’s Day, and this weekend has been a tornado of unpacking and preparing for my next adventure. After a whirlwind Saturday I woke up late today, as one does on a lazy Sunday, and popped out the door to visit the tried and true Sunday Upmarket on Brick Lane. For the uninitiated, the Upmarket is very stereotypical East London – hipster, artsy, and in the throws of gentrification. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s hard to deny that it’s a great place to grab a quick bite to eat.
After two weeks of gorging on schnitzel, wurst, and all manner of potato dumplings and sauerkraut, the street stalls at the Sunday Upmarket were the perfect place for an ‘alternative’ sunday brunch. For our first course, I opted for a personal favourite of mine: Chinese-style pork buns. They’re 2 for £4.50 at the market and are perfect for snacking on as you browse the other stalls. Up next was the main event. Seeking something a little on the lighter side, I opted for Rollicious, a Vietnamese pop-up vendor that specialises in Vietnamese spring rolls.
Rollicious offers five different rolls, including a lamb and pomegranate roll that I was curious about, but too scared to try. Instead I went with the prawn and pork rolls, both of which were delicious. My other half went in a heartier direction and ordered a roll alongside a whole plate of rice noodles, salad, and pork.
So it may not have been gourmet eating, but it was quick, tasty, cheap (£10.30 for both dishes), and pretty healthy. A trip to the Sunday Upmarket, followed by a quick browse of Old Spitalfields before venturing across the City of London to Bank Station was the perfect way to get back in a London state of mind after what amounts to 25 days away from the city in the past month.
As I get caught up with everything over the next few weeks, be on the lookout for LOTS of new blog posts to come about my recent adventures on the continent (of Europe, that is)!