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The London Marathon

Dinner at Mien Tay, London
Fried tofu at Mien Tay in Battersea.

If you’ve been following me on twitter, you already know that I am in London, where I have already eaten an unsettling amount of food in quite a short time. Even under normal circumstances, I can’t help but take advantage of London’s culinary bounty. But this trip is different. My boyfriend is leaving London, so we won’t be back here much this year. Accordingly, I feel the terrible and unrelenting pressure to eat as much as I can while I am here so that when I return to Rome, I have (at least temporarily) satisfied my hunger for the cuisines of the world, steaks, burgers, fine British blue cheese, flat whites, and all the affordable fine dining (gotta love those competitive lunch menus!) London has to offer. Over the next few weeks, you can follow my the deterioration of my coronary health as I eat my way across London in this last hurrah! And if you dare, count my calories by checking out some pics on Facebook here.

2016-01-09T13:33:01+00:00 January 30th, 2011|Categories: London|12 Comments


  1. semsa denizsel January 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Well, I envy you for eating your way across London. It’s one of the best cities in the world to sample great cuisines.
    Good luck. And good health :))

  2. @passerotto January 30, 2011 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Have a wonderful time, and keep us posted on future meals and edible discoveries!


  3. Omid Tavallai January 30, 2011 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I’ve got a weeklong trip to London coming up, so I’m taking notes. Eat away!

  4. Katie January 30, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    @semsa, i totally agree. London is one of the best places to eat on the planet. i’ll keep you posted on discoveries, but i can’t promise this is going to be healthy!

    @passerotto thanks i definitely. if you would like me to eat something on your behalf, i am happy to do it.

    @Omid Tavalli excellent! i would suggest making reservations at some of the more popular places now so youre sure to get a table (The Fat Duck, St John, Dinner by Heston, The Hawksmoor, River Cafe, etc). Otherwise, there are some amazing walk-in only options. Also, if you happen to be here in February, don’t miss out on The Big D…more on that soon!

  5. Deborah January 31, 2011 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Thanks for the link about The Big D. I’ll be in London later this week and they have a location just a couple of blocks from my hotel (Gloucester Road). I’ll try to check it out – love a good burger.

  6. Sarah May January 31, 2011 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    London is the only place I have ever found Violet Crumble and other Australia junk food that reminds me of my mummy.
    HAVE FUN!!

  7. Engred January 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Well you are off to a good start – tofu is healthy, right?!?! Looking forward to reading more!
    Oh, Maryann said she saw you on TV last week – on a show about Naples, I think! You’re a star!!

  8. Katie February 1, 2011 at 1:47 am - Reply

    @Deborah Enjoy it and report back if you get a chance! If you want to try some other great burgers, check out Bar Boulud (near-ish to your hotel), goodman, and the Hawksmoor (just had their Kimchee burger today!)

    @Sarah May just googled Violet Crumble. MUST FIND!!

    @Engred Ah! Must have been Cities of the Underworld. They always show the Naples episode in which I am inappropriately dressed because our expert didnt show up so I had to fill in at the last minute. My mother will never forgive me for that horrible off the shoulder shirt.

  9. Coffee and a Book Chick February 1, 2011 at 2:46 am - Reply

    As a vegetarian (now returning back to veganism), I am definitely all about that fried tofu – yum 🙂

  10. Mamma Parla February 2, 2011 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I just caught the show as well! It’s always a treat to see you on TV! Your natural beauty and intelligence was all the viewers noticed:-)

  11. Katie February 2, 2011 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    @Coffee and a Book Chick there is an astounding amount of vegetarian-and vegan-food in London. Mien Tay makes it easy by marking their vegetarian menu items with a (V).

    @Mamma Parla my creepy fan mail would suggest otherwise.

  12. The Quest For Zest February 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Ha, ha! Nice. I will be following along! For some reason, I never think of London as culinary “hot spot”, but that’s purely because of my naiveté and never having been there. I want to get to England some day, so this may be my inspiration. I’m supremely envious of your “marathon” and your return to Rome.

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