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You will never hear me say "no" to a trip to London.  Ever since I visited with my family as a teenager, this city has grabbed my attention and never let go.  At first, it was probably the typical Brit-American differences that made me fall in love:  the accents, the old architecture, the "smallness" of everything from cars to sinks to front doors, the Tube, the boys, the fashion, the Spice Girls, etc.  When I moved here in 2002 to study, I was fulfilling a dream to live in another country and I couldn't wait to immerse myself in what I was soon to realize was a completely different culture.  I've only been back a couple times since moving to New York 11 years ago, so this first stop on our European excursion was a must.  Always on my list is to check out one of their many markets, interesting pastry, have a curry, and just walk this wonderful city.  Sadly, I didn't get a chance to photograph the utmost delicious Indian food I had at this little hole-in-the-wall place near London Bridge.   I highly recommend Mango Tree just off Southwark Street!

Banana Cake, Chocolate Cookie, Blondie and a coffee from Violet Cakes. Not all for me! I shared with @theboywhobakes.

Banana Cake, Chocolate Cookie, Blondie and a coffee from Violet Cakes. Not all for me! I shared with @theboywhobakes.

The counter of goodies at E5 Bakehouse. I forgot to take a pic of the bread, ugh!!

The counter of goodies at E5 Bakehouse. I forgot to take a pic of the bread, ugh!!

Too many Scotch Eggs at Broadway Market in Hackney.

Too many Scotch Eggs at Broadway Market in Hackney.

Delicious looking sourdough doughnuts at Broadway Market, by Crosstown.

Delicious looking sourdough doughnuts at Broadway Market, by Crosstown.

The cutest ever butcher shop in Hackney.

The cutest ever butcher shop in Hackney.

Lovely looking bread.

Lovely looking bread.

A leisurely walk along the canals.

A leisurely walk along the canals.

Pure pastry artistry at Yauatcha. And lovely meeting the pastry chef, Sarah Frankland!

Pure pastry artistry at Yauatcha. And lovely meeting the pastry chef, Sarah Frankland!

Chocolate Starburst at Paul A. Young, suggested to me by @theboywhobakes. LOVED the Bakewell Tart flavor!

Chocolate Starburst at Paul A. Young, suggested to me by @theboywhobakes. LOVED the Bakewell Tart flavor!