indulging at borough

my friends from maui have exactly one more day in london before they head home for the holidays, so i thought i'd take them to one of my favourite spots in london: borough market. it has become somewhat of a special occasion to venture over there, since i used to go much more often while working at an office nearby. and now that i've had a taste again, i'm determined to go back more and more - i could totally do my weekly grocery shopping there, right? it probably wasn't the best idea to go there at 12.30 on a friday (lineslinespeoplelinescrowdsqueuesetcetcetc) but we found a quiet corner and a (GASP!) table to sit and eat our lunch on.

before we could get very far when we arrived, my nose took me to get a cup of "hot mulled apple" (aka hot apple cider to americans). it tasted like wintry america.

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after wandering around the whole market, sampling the goods, we were on the hunt for some delicious lunch to silence our grumbling tummies. i remembered a great veggie burger stall that i was determined to find again for elisa and i, while gabe was in a more carnivorous mood (he was eying up the bratwurst at the next stall over). the veggie burgers came from a company called the veggie table and are absolutely delightful. in the summer, you can enjoy one of their two burgers in a box of mixed salads for a fiver. in the winter, however, the burgers are served either in a bun or a hearty cabbage leaf with your choice of sauces.

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i opted for the all-vegan, gluten-free "super veg" burger in a leaf with some hummus and tomato & chili chutney. elisa tried the "heavenly halloumi" burger with pesto and hummus. they were pretty messy to eat (thank goodness we found that table) but perfectly scrumptious.

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i grabbed a brownie for phil on our way out of the market and made mental notes of which stalls i want to peruse on my next visit to borough. maybe when it's a little less crowded.

there are some wonderful sights and smells at the market, so it's worth going just for the sensory overload. and while i was able to find some decent vegetarian food for lunch today, carnivores will find themselves in meat paradise. just an fyi :)