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The food scene

Welcome to

Foodie (Foody) is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook.

Welcome to this site is dedicated to the foods of the world primarily focusing on the city of London and surrounding communities.  Deborah and I have lived in London and Surrey from December of 2005. Relocating to the Untied Kingdom from the Netherlands for work we decided to put this Internet resource up to provide a place for us to document our love of food and exploration of foods and restaurants in London and England.

This site contains many resources including a very heavily populated link section and log that is sectioned off into the different commercial resources such as restaurants, pubs, cafes, and markets. Most of what you’ll read here is strictly our opinion.

Friend and Mentor Rene Verdon – Dies at 86

Chef Verdon was my inspiration to enter the food service industry and the news of his passing brought great sorrow to both Deborah and myself.

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The first thing you notice in London for all the restaurants cafes pubs and other small eating establishments. The choices are immense ranging from Mediterranean French, Asian, British and many others. London’s food scene has something for everyone. This plot on the Internet is dedicated to our experiences with restaurants, pubs and cafes within the M25 (the highway that circles London).

Our definition of food…

Food to us, is much more than the staple of life. We live to eat, not eat to live, that is how much we adore food and everything about it. We love learning about new cuisines and especially experimenting with the cuisines at home. Because food is so important to us, everything we cook with is absolutely the freshest, we would never consider using or eating packaged, jarred, or prepared foods, you never know what you are getting and what about the flavor, there is none. Why use these types of foods when fresh is always available and packed with nutrients. Food is always prepared with love in our home, from the simplest of sandwiches to a 4-course gourmet meal, that is what makes food so special.

Switch the Fish

Currently 80% of fish bought by British consumers is one of the ‘Big Five’ staples – cod, haddock, tuna, salmon and prawns. But experts predict that some popular species could be extinct in the wild by 2050.

On Friday Sainsbury’s – the UK’s largest retailer of Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish and seafood products – will offer customers asking for one of the ‘Big Five’ an alternative, lesser known species to try out free.

Suppliers will largely bear the cost of the drive to encourage shoppers to broaden their fish repertoire and try out little-known but sustainable species – coley, pouting and megrim, rainbow trout and mackerel. Shoppers will be targeted at the chain’s 387 UK stores with fresh fish counters through the new ‘Switch the Fish’ campaign which will also feature regional roadshows and recipes.

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Watch what you eat

For those of you who watch what you eat, here’s the final word on nutrition and health. It’s a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

  • The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
  • The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
  • The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
  • The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.
  • The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


  • Eat and drink what you like.
  • Speaking English is apparently what kills you.