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A Week Ago - My Valentine's Day @ The Borough Market Part I

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Exactly a week ago was Valentine's day. If you don't take it as a special day, I had a really wonderful time. We went to the London's famous Borough Market with our flatmate, pigged out, had dinner with friends at our favourite Chinese restaurant Mayflower, then hung out at Starbucks. But when you see couples on the streets with flowers and all lovey dovey, it was not at all romantic.

To me, it was Valentine's day afterall and the wild boar totally ignored it because he merged my Birthday which was exactly 2 weeks ago and V-day. No flowers, chocolates, surprises or even a simple V-day wish. It was just any other day.

My initial plan was to go to the market, shop for some ingredients, head back and cook a nice meal. I've been planning on what to cook for a week. But the wild boar had to make plans for dinner with friends and so a week 's worth of menu planning was off.

Anyway, I still had fun at the Borough Market but too little time. I wish I had a whole day instead of just 2 hrs. I would love to go there on my own one day so I can check out every single stall without any restrictions. I totally missed my favourite pate stall.

So, here's a brief guide of Borough Market.

First stop, a stall that sells a a range of Cool Chile Co. products. They specialise in Mexican ingredients such as white and blue corn tortillas, herbs and spices to dried chillies.

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A range of Danilo Manco flavoured extra virgin olive oils.

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Sea salts from Noirmoutier, France.

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A range of Scotch whisky for tasting. The wild boar drank a shot and got a bit dizzy.

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Chegworth Valley Juices made from freshly pressed fruits. It features a large range of 100% pure apple juices and other aromatic blends using pears, raspberries, strawberries, beetroot, rhubarb, blackcurrants, and blackberries.

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We each had a cup of hot apple cinnamon drink made with Chegworth Valley Bramley Apple Juice to keep ourselves warm. It was very sweet and delicious.

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A stall that sells a wide range of mushrooms including wild and exotic ones.

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The olive stall. A man scooping some green olives with garlic for the wild boar. The olives were really good as they were not as salty as the ones we normally eat.

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L'ubriaco (drunk cheese). Cheese matured in red wine from Treviso, Italy.

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All time favourite Comte cheese from the Borough Cheese Company. I would grab many a few pieces of their samples everytime I walk pass their stall. It is a type of French cheese, firm, quite mild and nutty.

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Game hanging on hooks at a stall.

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Pork counter.

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A wide range of bacon.

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There was a long queue at an Italian stand selling parma ham and mozzarella. I love parma ham so I had to give it a try. We bought about 10 slices and cost about £8. Not cheap, but it was really good. The amount of salt was just right and it tasted so good. But I find it a bit too thinly sliced.

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Spanish hams at Brindisa that specialises in Spanish foods.

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Spanish cookbook with wonderful Spanish recipes.

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To be continued...

Read part II here.

Borough Market
8 Southwark Street

Official website

Opening times:
Thursdays: 11am to 5pm
Fridays: 12pm to 6pm
Saturdays: 9am - 4pm

30 oink oinks...:

5 Star Foodie said...

How fun! Great photos of wonderful products at the market! I love going to farmer's markets in my area but here they are only run from May through October, I can't wait!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Sounds like my version of a Valentines Day! Your pictures bring back some lovely memories for me of Borough Markets. I had a great time while there. *sigh* I miss London! :)

pigpigscorner said...

5 Star Foodie: I love going to farmer's market too! Too bad I don't have one in my area, had to go all the way to London.

Lorraine: Borough market is really fun, I love going there. Lots of wonderful ingredients and yummy food!

Sara said...

This looks like SO much fun! My kind of place, I love visiting different markets.

Elra said...

Beautiful market, have to remember this when I go to London.

Donna-FFW said...

OHH!! This looks amazing. LOVE the photos. Thanks for sharing these!

Heather said...

wow! that all looks just amazing! the photos are beautiful. the salts and oils are my favorite. i love, love, love flavored oils and different salts. mmmmm.

Navita said...

what a way to celebrate V day...:)

Val said...

OMG!!!!! I'm so jealous! That is the COOLEST market I've ever seen.

Reeni♥ said...

What a great market!! I'd love to spend the day shopping there with you! I have to go to the regular market alone because I love to just browse and fully check everything out, sometimes for hours. Noone likes to grocery shop with me.

Holly said...

Wow what neat market. Makes me want to jump on a 18 hour flight.

pigpigscorner said...

Sara: I love visiting markets too! You get to see lots of wonderful fresh ingredients!

Elra: You have to visit to place when you visit! You won't be disappointed.

Donna: Thanks =)It's an interesting an amazing farmer's market.

Heather: Thank you =) I was there sampling the different flavoured oils...they were yummy!

Navita: I enjoyed the market =) but not very romantic isn't it =P

Val: It's an amazing market. You should visit it!

Reeni: Yes it is! I would love to as well =) I can spend hours in my local supermarket just browsing different products. I always learn something new!

pigpigscorner said...

Holly: You should consider =P

nutritiontokitchen said...

What lovely pictures! I would love it if we had more outdoor markets besides the farmer's markets that are held only a couple of days a week. I would probably be shopping for food every day :)

noble pig said...

Oh that pig's head...yikes!

Grace said...

other than the hooked game (which disturbs me just a bit), i would so enjoy this place. i might never leave. :)

email2me said...

Nice post! Thanks for sharing .... all the ingredients look so lovely L)

Dhanggit said...

oh my the photos are really magnificent! thanks for sharing these :-) love this valentine escapade!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Great photos! Though I have to say they make a me a bit envious that we don't have a market like that here in NYC.

Glad to hear you had a good v-day!

Sam said...

I really want to go to Borough market, especially after reading this! It looks fabulous, your photos are great!

Bits of Life 'n' Taste said...

This market is so gorgeous! Great place to shop and I can see the ingredients are fresh and fantastic.

Beachlover said...

wish I can visit there now...looking forward for part 2!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Wow pics show you had gr8 time. Love the cheese roundles...

pigpigscorner said...

nutritiontokitchen: Thank you! I would love to have a farmer's market near me instead of traveling all the way to London for one!

noble pig:'s a bit disturbing I know...

Grace: I was shocked when I saw it the first time.

email2me: Thank you =) it's a great place to go for groceries and yummy food!

Dhanggit: Thank you =) Glad you enjoyed the pictures and my brief tour!

Marc: Thanks! How I wish Borough market is nearer to me. Your valentine's day was amazing as well!

Sam: Thank you! It's such a wonderful place I wish I had the whole day!

Bits of Life 'n' Taste: It's a great market and the range of ingredients available is fantastic!

Beachlover: Glad you like the post! Part 2 is out now!

Kitchen Flavours: Yes, I had a great time taking pictures as well as sampling all the yummy food!

Madhuram said...

Wow! that looks like a fun place to be in. I have never been to such markets. The brownie picture is calling me. Lucky you!

Girl Japan said...

The market looks like so much fun.. a bit freaked out over the game (something I could not get used to) I screamed outloud the first time I went to the market in London Town.. I know what a baby...

But all the food and people and various everything looks like tons of fun.

Lauren said...

Look at all that lovely cheese and fresh meat! What did you end up buying? You're so lucky to live near a market like that.

Lizzie said...

That Cool Chili Co. does an amazing smoked chipotle ketchup. It's very addictive!

pigpigscorner said...

Madhuram: I love going to such markets, lots of local produce and interesting stuff, you should go to one if you have a chance!

Girl Japan: The hanging games are quite scary but it's always crowded with ppl.

Lauren: Bought some chili from the Cool Chili Co., ham, chorizo...lots of stuff to snack on...Wanted to buy meat and seafood but we had dinner plans =(

pigpigscorner said...

Lizzie: Wow! I should buy a bottle the next time!

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