Friday, July 15

Churros y Chocolate

Frangelico and I were at the Marylebone Summer Fayre a few weeks ago. This is an annual event along Marylebone High Street and its environs, featuring food, drink, live music, massages, indie shops, and estate agents using children as mobile advertising units by planting balloons on them. It's organised by the Howard de Walden Estate, and one could look at the Fayre either as an attempt to create a villagey feel in the area, or as a way of getting more people desirous of living in Marylebone, so that the rents can go up with the influx of demand. All about managing your assets, right?

On the food front, some of the areas' restaurants pitched a tent and presented their favourites. Many of the usual suspects doing the rounds of London's markets were there too - the paella guys, the churros girls, the hog roasts, the sausages, etc. (It's amazing how fried meat can sell.) The Arancini Brothers were there too, and Rice Krispie startled one of them by bounding up and saying: "Hi! You must be Dave!"

Here is some of what we sampled. First up, we have the ever-popular churros y chocolate. This is, I have been assured, the breakfast of champions. Deep-fried dough - crisp and crunchy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside - with sugar, cinnamon and a pot of molten chocolate to dip into.

Looks like Christmas

Do I hear sleigh bells?

Next, raclette, draped over a strong brew of plump sausages and chunks of potato in a rich red wine stew. It reminded me of the raclette I spotted in Borough Market with Foodie Doctor and Musical Chef Senior. Foodie Doctor took a fabulous shot of the raclette bubbling under the hot grill that time, but I couldn't replicate it, sadly.

I love that pout; c'est si français!

Slicing the grilled raclette

There are more photos, but I might space them out over a few posts. Wouldn't want you guys to realise just how much we packed away that one afternoon...




Anonymous said...

London was not this cool when I lived there in the '90s! So jealous!


Anonymous said...

....come to think of it, one had to FLY to Spain to have Churros Y Chocolate. Churros didn't come to you. Hope you ate lots!

Still Jealous,

Cinnamon and Truffle said...

Well, you do know there's an American school in St John's Wood...




Hungry Female said...

I love this festival! Me & friends used to gather all our findings, sit on the grass near the church with a jug of Pimms'. Ah, the London summers:)

Rachel Faith said...

Beautiful piccies as ever. Churros in chocolate is one of the best-tasting things I've met. Got to scoff some of that at the Primrose Hill village fayre a few weeks ago, and have been dreaming of it ever since.


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