World Tour: Fish and Chips from London

[ 0 ] March 20, 2010 |

Fish and chips is the first thing I think of when London comes to mind. Funny because for most people it might be the Royal Botanic Gardens or the Tower of London but for me the food is the first pressing thought. In just a few short weeks, we will be strolling the streets of England’s capitol city known for the home of the Royal family and pounds for currency. After finding a cheap flight to London, it was time to decide just how long we wanted to stay in the city. When rationing out our time spent in the city, we decided we should shorten our stay because we have yet to hear about cuisine that matches its sister European cities such as Paris or Rome. We shall see whether this was a good idea.

Though many may think fish and chips, bangers and mash and the like are the only types of food you might find floating around the royal city, this is a mere myth. Indian food seems to be taking its toll on the culture. A few friends visited London a couple of years ago and said they had some of the best Indian food there but could not think of any good places for typical English fare. The irony. A city that is exalted for it’s diversity, fashion, deep architecture history and politics does not have good food?? And to find out the food that is good is not native to the land?? We must investigate.

This is interesting and exciting all in one. Now we know that we will visit London and get to see all the distinguished sites that we have seen on television/newspapers/magazines all these years but we will also have the opportunity to have some of the best Indian food in Europe. With an Indian population of about 6.5%, it is even more baffling how this cuisine has taken the lead in the best fare of London. Would we really catch a
cheap flight to London to get the best Indian food vs. English food?? These are only opinions, we may very well get to London and realize this is the best fish and chips we’ve ever had, but we could also find the fish and chips absolutely insulting to our palate and it is good to know that we can redeem ourselves with some good ‘ole fashioned Indian food.

Category: Travels, World Tour

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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