Friday, July 14, 2006
I was in London a couple months ago for a quickie holiday (England, not Ontario. It's amazing how many people ask "Ontario?". As if!) I spent a lot more time in pubs than in galleries, but that was due to my impeccable timing as a lot of galleries were between shows. I did see a fantastic exhibit at the Whitechapel Art Gallery called Inner Worlds Outside (http://www.whitechapel.org/) It had loads of Henry Darger drawings which were great to see in person.
This photo was taken at The Golden Heart, a little gem of a pub on Commercial Street, near Spittalfields market. It's apparently a YBA local - or used to be before they became tabloid regulars. Bet you that's Tracey Emin under that giant puppy head.
I also got to indulge in one of my favourite grotesque delicacies: HAGGIS. Thank you Emily and Christian for preparing such a fine meal of neeps and tatties to go along with that steamy ball of goodness. Mmmmm!
This was a shocker. Had some amazing Indian food at Sweet n' Spicey on Brick Lane (beware the hawkers who try to lure you into their far inferior eateries! This is the only place to go!) Lo and behold, emblazoned on the plate we'd just practically licked clean was the St. Hubert logo! (St. Hubert is the Quebec equivalent of Swiss Chalet, but better - that is to say, lots of family-friendly chicken-fries-n'slaw combo dishes. Your sort of typical Sunday dinner outing with the family when you just want good basic grub for a good price and there are no outside guests to really impress kind of restaurant.)
For more of my views of London, see my long-neglected flickr page