Breakfast in Hall (Keble College, Oxford)
After over 2 years, we finally returned to England for more than an overnight stay (for that one time, it was a layover). Unfortunately, it wasn't to visit our second-homes, London and Cambridge, but we managed to squeeze them in, albeit extremely quick and short and missing too many friends. Having said that, I certainly enjoyed our stay in Oxford.
England has always had a negative stereotype when it comes to food. But honestly, I was actually looking forward to the food options there! It's not to say that England is better than France, but one can only suffice on proper French, some Italian, and French-influenced foreign cuisine for so long. Going out to eat in the city centre is bordering uneventful, and I was craving for change and variety.
So, what did we hit? Pub grub, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Portuguese, and Asian fusion; all in 4.5 days. I also had my obligatory Dorset cereal, for which I re-discovered in Paris at an international gourmet supermarket. Full English breakfasts (as well as continental) were expected, although they could have been missed. Sandwiches that were much more complex and variable than baguettes or un-inspiring "pain de mie" (French for sandwich loaf bread) creations were eye-candy. Just looking down the selection of Pret A Manger spelled near-Heaven (I think the US is even more specialised in sandwiches). And then, there were those familiar things at Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer, and Tesco. Simply put, being back in England really felt like being home! How much we missed that place!
Photos were not the greatest, but here were some of the things that we ate:
Pub grub: jacket potato with beans (top), ribs and wings (bottom)
(Circular, starting from top left) Bamboo leaf rice, siu mai, Chinese broccoli, spring rolls, shrimp cheong fun (rice noodle rolls), ha gao; (missing) egg tarts
(L to R) Mango juice, duck red curry, coconut rice, Thai fish cakes, vegetable spring rolls