I've had a really late night last night, but I love these morning walks of mine. Last night I found out that there was a more scenic route to Portabello Road. The coffee shop I wanted to try was on it so it was perfect. I wanted to change things up and see different parts of our neighborhood.
It is such a beautiful morning right now. I mean look at this sky. It's a little nippy, but with the sun up and me walking it's not uncomfortable. I'm glad I have been taking time out in the morning to see the sights and try some of the local coffee haunts. I'm really excited about the one today because it is also a roasters. I will be able to buy some beans to take back home.
This is the coffee shop that I have been dying to go to since coming to Bayswater. I had read about Coffee Plant and I was excited because it was the closest to me. You know me, I love roaster/coffee shops because they know how to make their coffee taste good and they take the time to do things right. Small roasters are where it's at. This is why it was worth he trek over.
The coffee in this place was amazing and the space was nice to people watch. When I first came in, there were a whole bunch of moms and kids who were ready to go to school. I wish all I had to do was to get great coffee and walk my kid to work. LOL. I honestly wish I could have stayed longer than I did, but I had to get back in time for the breakfast.
We had about an hour for lunch before we headed off to Bethlem Museum of the Mind, so we had some English food at a little cafe called the Blue Angel. Daniel, Sydney, Mari, and Sara came with me to eat. We all order some fine British classics from a Turkish owner, chef, and staff. Daniel had the curry, Sara and Mari had the burger and chips, Sydney had bangers and mash, and I had corned beef and chips with a strong cup of coffee. The chips were good but the corned beef was fined corn beef that wasn't cooked. I'm not sure if this is normal or not because I've had it differently. I still ate it.
Today we visited one of the most famous asylum in the world, Bethlem. It's rare to be able say that you have been to a place where a word was born. We get the word "bedlum" from this very hospital. We did not get to see the physical hospital but we did get to see some of the work of its patients and pictures of what the hospital looked like in the past. It was really interesting to see some of the patients work because a lot of the art expressed how they felt and saw the world. It was so cool to see that because it helped me understand a little bit better how their mind worked and how it made it difficult to function in the world. It s eye opening.
This artisan bakery caught my eye when I first walked down Portobello Road. So when we had some free time I walked over with Sydney and Daniel for a bit of shopping an a snack. I ordered the a chocolate hazelnut roll and a chocolate chip cookie. It was okay. I still like the M & S cookies more.
On the plane to London, I had read about this upcoming restaurant in Portobello Road called Taqueria. I never expected to run across it, let alone actually go to it. However life, throws you some curves and you never know when Daniel will want to go inside.
So here I am sitting at the bar of an overpriced Mexican restaurant in London. The waiter is nice and attentive enough, but I feel a bit pressured to order food even though we just had a snack. Daniel was hoping to get a sangrita but finds out that it was not what he thought it was. So he decides to order a Bandera. I on the other hand decide to have a cafe con leche. The cafe con leche was amazing, which I was not expecting. I don't know if the Bandera was all that Daniel wanted but he did enjoy the mini quesadilla he had. Sydney ordered a margarita and it was pretty good too.