Saturday, April 5, 2014

The Market Porter and Borough Market ... A place for Good Food and Friends.

When I was in London and Ireland last month, I had the pleasure of meeting a few fellow bloggers. Many of us got together over a pub lunch at "The Market Porter"...

I honestly found the pub by accident, I did a search on "Pubs near Borough Market", before I left the States... little did I know that when we met on a Sunday, the market was actually closed!

However, the Market Porter was opened on Sunday, It was a lovely pub, a traditional English pub with delicious food. It was so good, I went twice in 6 days! I took a friend a couple of days later, when the Market was in full swing, experiencing a whole new side of the pub! The bustling Market side!

The Market Porter looked picture perfect at first view... turns out, it's the same on the inside!
It's located on 9 Stoney Street
London SE1 9AA
The Market Porter will not disappoint!
The pub has a traditional bar downstairs (that also serves food) but has a lovely restaurant and bar upstairs as well. We went upstairs and sat at tables like dignified people :)
The pub restaurant over looks parts of the the Market.

And of course, the company of the day, the group of women that I met on the Internet... yes, the virtual screen...
That place where our Mothers would never have even dreamed of meeting people, that place where there is a weirdo lurking on every corner. Yes.. THAT place.
It was a bit surreal meeting people that I felt I already knew. When you read a blog, you are hopping into the imaginations, the dreams, the lives, the jobs, the families and the personality of the person you are reading about, they are sharing intimate, funny and sometimes serious moments of their own personal lives. It's like opening up a book and reading a new story, but these stories are real, these people you get to know by their humorous tweets, their pictures on Instagram and of course... their blog stories. I had an idea of what fires were lit by each of these women before we ever laid eyes on each other. I knew who had a passion for gardening, I knew which women missed their daughters in far away lands, I knew who they were married to, their love stories, their passions for travel.. in essence I had an idea what made these women "tick". 
I have to admit, I like the age of technology, you can get a real "feel" for someone. Oh I know -- I KNOW there are plenty of nut jobs out there, but I didn't just read the blogs of these incredible women, I exchanged emails, chatted with, talked on "Whatsapp" and communicated with these women for almost 2 years. So when we did meet, of course... Well, they were already old friends! We ate and we ate some more and we then stuffed in dessert... I'm pretty sure we all consumed a weeks worth of calories in our one sitting. But that's what friends do when they get together!
The best part of my day?
I know that I have made several life long friends.

Did I mention the pigging out that we did?
I had a traditional roast chicken dinner
I also had this carrot cake
I ate the whole piece of cake!!
I am not ashamed, as I walked about 5 miles in London afterwards :)
And all good English meals need tea for afters...

But alas, all good things must come to an end...

Before we parted ways, we walked around the corner and found THIS!
I had seen it on Instagram and luckily Selena knew exactly where it was!
A grouping of Umbrellas hung in circular fashion,
It is absolutely fantastic!
Borough Market is worth the trip for so many reasons, this display of umbrellas being one of them!

A colorful clever exhibit!
Looking at this splash of color just makes for a great mood!
I noted how bright the umbrellas were in color, because in the Texas sun (I like to call it living on the surface of the sun) often fries the color right out of things! Having bright and beautiful was welcoming!

When I returned to Borough Market a couple of days later it was opened 
It was vibrant and bustling!
I'm not a picky eater, but I'm not an adventurous eater either, regardless of your taste in culinary delights... Borough Market will have something for you.
Tomato Chutney caught my eye, I wish I would have snapped a photo, I love to take photos, of any and everything, visiting a food market makes it easy to snap away.

I've always been slightly intrigued by a scotch egg, but I can't bring myself to try one. As the British keep telling me, they are "Lovely"... maybe next time.

The architecture of Borough Market quite desirable as well
Borough Market isn't far from London Bridge or the Tate Modern
It's well worth the visit. Whether you want fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, a fancy lunch, or a quick lunch... Borough Market is a food heaven!
Borough Market (And the Market Porter) is definitely one of those places you have to visit many times!

And ladies, I can't wait  until we meet again...
You're all amazing human beings!

Much love,