I don’t miss much from home – I think I have a pretty nice life here in Frankfurt. But when I do go home like I did last month, I really start to miss certain things. The one thing that stood out this time was the food culture in London.
German food, on the whole, is nice. I like me a nice slab of pork as much as the next girl. But it’s not very varied and the supermarkets are packed with the same stuff all the time – aside from a few seasonal things (it was strawberries and asparagus until recently. Now it’s pears, cabbage and pumpkin.) I walked around just a small Tescos in London and there were so many things that jumped right out at me. From soups to pies to cold meats… there was so much I wanted to buy. I don’t feel that inspiration in German supermarkets.
Here in Frankfurt we have the indoor market which is arguably the best place to shop for food in Frankfurt. But I was just blown away in London by the amount of street food going on; home made cakes, fresh juices… and pop up food vans too, selling gourmet food as well as icecream, coffee and quick snacks.
The range of world food on offer was also truly amazing. I honestly couldn’t eat everything I wanted to try.
This place was an AMAZING gluten free and vegan cookie shop in Camden Market. Just imagine – a whole shop dedicated to cookies I can eat without getting sick!!
The thing that got me the most in London was the emphasis on home grown, handmade, organic, wholewheat, locally produced food. People care about this stuff back home – *I* care about this stuff! I love love love the sandwich shop Eat. Good wholesome food made by super happy people. Good soups, lots of filling sandwiches, humous and salads. This is EXACTLY the kind of place I wish was available here in Frankfurt. There are bio shops here of course. But that is more catering to vegetarians.
The food in London was just out of this world. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.