Last time I was in London, I ragged pretty hard on the food culture in this post. How can you blame me- I live in Italy ferchrissake. However, I returned in May to be greeted with a brand new view. I realized, the food culture in London is better in certain ways than in Italy. GASP!!!! HOW DARE I??? The English??? Better food culture??

Wait, wait just hear me out! I have a few reasons. Some of the most celebrated chefs have come out of the UK. Nigella, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay, just to name a few big wigs in the food world. 2nd reason: The youth is leading and taking charge of the artisan, slow food movement in the UK. In Italy, everyone talks about the cute mom and pop bakeries that start rolling out dough at midnight in order to have fresh breakfast pastries and bread by dawn. But key word: mom and pop. Pay attention the next time you are in Italy in these wine shops, veggie stands, bakeries, banco mobili (food carts) selling lampredotto or porchetta. They are sadly mostly in a similar (older) age bracket. Due to the idea that there is little opportunity left for the Italian youth, a large percentage (of the youth) are fleeing this country at an alarming rate and not following behind their parents slow food from scratch ways. Instead, the food supply is increasingly becoming monopolized by questionable entities, and in come regions affected by polluted water ways from illegal dumping and improper municipal waste management (by more questionable entities) which eventually seep into the food system. Afterall, water is the principle ingredient in the feed for crops and livestock. You have polluted water, you have polluted soil. If given a choice, I would much rather purchase mozzarella di bufala produced in Devon (UK) than from Campania (Southern Italy).

This time in London, I was refreshed by the amount of youth working at these artisan food markets. Even delighted that I found various young Italians as slow food purveyors, too. Struck by this reality, I returned to Florence only to notice I was one of the few young people on the morning commuter bus. But also discovered how fortunate I am to have a job in Italy and even more determined to not give up on Italy and the necessity to the positives or else if I do, with everyone else, many things that the world loves about Italy will be flushed downstream, just like toxins polluting the precious mozzarella.

That being said, here is a slideshow of what I found during my last trip. Enjoy:)

Cheese. amazing cheese. cheese that will make you drunk.
Borough Market vs Mercato Centrale. Of course Italy wins.
Swedish brain looking (blue) cheese! Amazing!
even deer salami! So yummy!
Makes me miss the PNW fish scene at Pike Place!
Hake! You gotta creature lurking in your mouth:/
love the baked goodies!
My first pastry pie- beer and beef w minty mushy peas by Pieminster
Buns that will go straight to your buns! 😛
CORAL MUSHROOMS!!! 🙂
Craft ale and smokey stout. I love England.
Pulled pork sandwich at the Real Food Festival by Jamie Oliver
My 1st sunday roast in the UK! Lamb, cabbage, yorkshire pudding (puff pastry on top) w duck fat roasted potatoes. And of course, craft beer.
At home (well, someones) making bacon wrapped dates stuffed with manchego. I enjoyed being able to find international cheeses and turkish dates in UK. Italy can be very Italian food centric.

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