Take 2 — London Calling
Eat first, Olympics later
It is often said that Americans love fried food. If this is true, Americans will love London. Fish and chips are available on every corner. This meal basically translates to fried fish, french fries and fat thighs. It's delicious!
A traditional breakfast sandwich, known as the Bacon Buttie, is another English favorite. The Bacon Buttie features a thick slice of bacon, on top of sausage, layered between the familiar hamburger bun. It's not served with cheese or a fried egg on top, but a few squirts of brown sauce or ketchup will jazz it up nicely.
Bangers and Mash is more easily recognized as sausage and mashed potatoes. Pasties have a different connotation in the States, but are similar to calzones.
The Spotted Dick dessert is still a mystery.
Vegetarians you may have some trouble here as meat is a mainstay on the English menu. Try Food for Thought near Covent Garden for a delicious and unique meat-free meal. The Borough Market is an outdoor food fest that I can't stay away from. If you think a grilled cheese can't change your life, think again. Last, traditional tea is a great way to spend the afternoon. My favorite spot is The National Portrait Gallery. Check out the exhibition for free and then have tea on the upper level overlooking London.
The Olympics will be fun, but for now I'm having a great time taste-testing my way around London.