Italy in Covent Garden – Rigoletto, Jamie’s Italian and Risotto Croquettes

Billboard Outside the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden)

Jamie Oliver may be English born and raised, but he knows Italian. Jamie’s Italian Covent Garden, one of his three London restaurants and one of his many Italian establishments, is a hop-skip away from London’s Royal Opera House (AKA Covent Garden). Continue reading

The Quintessential English Farm Shop and Purple Sprouting Broccoli

Traveling throughout the United Kingdom, I struggle to understand how such a densely populated country can have so much green space and agricultural land.  The population density of the United Kingdom is a staggering 650 people per square mile — compared to 84 people per square mile in the United States.   One of the ways they achieve this “greenness” is by densely packing the cities, villages and hamlets (a village without a church) — leaving large expanses of green space for agricultural use.

Outskirts of Inkberrow Village

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English Fish Pie

There are many things I miss about living in England — among them my friends, the ancient footpaths, golf and the food.  Yes, the food!!  No, I haven’t gone crazy. English food, well prepared and using farm-fresh ingredients, is fabulous. While not what I expected when moving to England, it was a pleasant surprise. Continue reading