Someone once said to me that “London is always a good idea.” I’m not quite sure I would have ever believed that until I had the opportunity to travel there last weekend for 4 nights. I LOVE to travel and when I travel, I love to eat. I center my entire trip around seeking out the best food wherever I am. I spend hours upon hours scouring things like Yelp, Trip Advisor, Michelin, Zagat and most importantly, blogs. I stay up late inhaling episode after episode of Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimern on the Travel Channel. So London? I was skeptical. I’m just not a fan of a roast. No matter how good someone’s mum might make it. Yorkshire pudding? NO THANK YOU. I’m just not a meat and potatoes girl. While I can totally get behind chicken tikka masala (the national dish of England – who knew?), the rest of it, I could do without. Forever.
London called & I answered. Why not? It had been 20 years. It deserved another shot. Slightly different budget, more mature eyes. Same taste buds & a camera in hand. This time around the food proved to be nothing less than spectacular. We ate at a Peruvian ceviche bar, a sushi bar, a curry house, local neighborhood dim sum, Indian, & Thai. I’d say that London has left behind the roasts, meat pies & Yorkshire pudding in favor of a much more international food scene. Everywhere we ate was an adventure straight out of Bizarre Foods Delicious Destinations. If you want specifics, message me. I don’t want to bore the non foodies with the details.
For this trip, I decided to travel light with my Fujifilm XT-1 and 18-55mm kit lens. That’s all I brought. Left the Canon 5D Mark III at home. I must admit that I panicked when I got there. I was so out of my comfort zone with a camera that my brain and fingers couldn’t navigate like the back of my hand. My fingers felt clumsy and I just couldn’t get the shot I wanted, when I wanted. I had to be patient. Shoot and re-shoot. At the end of the day, I was happy I left my security blanket at home. It was nice to travel light and learn my way around a new system. All in all I think the images are pretty darn sharp and the color SOOC is phenomenal.
Here are some shots from my trip. The highlights were Borrough Market for gourmet food, Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill with all of its beautiful colorful doors and amazing antiques and bric-a-brac, the Colombia Road Flower Market, and of course the chaos of Picadilly Circus.