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London in June 2012 – Day 3: Toddling around Peckham – English Breakfast and Galway Oysters

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Missed the previous two posts in this series?  Catch up on Day 1 and Day 2.

Our last day in London was a gorgeous and temperate Saturday after all the humidity during the two previous days. After lounging in bed listening to BBC and their funny  myriad of accents for a few hours, we finally rose and decided on breakfast. Gilbert and Ev wanted to show me a proper cheap English breakfast at their favourite old diner, The Crossways Cafe. It’s one of those places where you get greasy food to soak up the drunk after a long night. My own plate cost £5, I think and it tasted like it cost about £1.50 to make it, including labour. Thankfully, they didn’t bother with the fried tomato. That said, I could see myself going there every couple of weeks for novelty reasons. We all need greasy diner food in our lives; it’s comfort food especially when paired with memories. It’s like the love that’s bad for you that just keeps on loving you anyway. Let the heart burn begin…

Fried egg, (cold canned) beans, hash browns (under the egg), black sausage, regular sausage and bacon so salty it squeaked. Oh, and that sausage was bready. 

Ohhh, a painful attempt at English breakfast at The Crossways Cafe

Ev had eggs, chips and (unintentionally) mushy green peas.

Ev had eggs, chips and (unintentionally) mushy green peas.

Gilbert had fried hash browns, beans, eggs and a side of cardiac arrest

The Crossways Cafe - Gilbert had fried hash browns, canned beans, eggs and a side of cardiac arrest

The Crossways Cafe in Peckham, London. Delightfully greasy.

The Crossways Cafe in Peckham, London. Delightfully greasy.

Strolling down Evelina Road

Kimberley Avenue in Peckham, London (home of The Crossways Cafe, at the corner of Evelina Road)

Kimberley Avenue in Peckham, London

Evelina Road in Peckham, London

The Final Touch...

In the UK, you have to label the meat’s origin. Loved the idea of “Scotch beef”

In the UK, you have to label the meat's origin. Loved the idea of "Scotch beef" - Peckham, London

Fresh Galway Bay oysters at the fish market, only 70p each on Evelina Road

FreshGalway oysters at the fish market, only 70p each on Evelina Road in Peckham, London

Please do not handle the Samphire…

Please do not handle the Samphire... - Peckham, London

I had one of the fish guys crack open a couple Galway Bay oysters for me. Only £1.40 for a briny quick snack

I had one of the fish guys crack open a couple Galway Bay oysters for me. Only £1.40 for a briny quick snack

The Pyrotechnists Arms pub in Peckham. AKA, where all the IRA bomb makers hung out.

The Pyrotechnists Arms pub in Peckham. AKA, where all the IRA bomb makers hung out.

That was an exceedingly fun yet stressful trip and we made back to Brussels that same Saturday night via Eurostar again. Next week, I’ll be posting up pictures from this recent trip to Brussels. Over the next few months, I’ll do blog posts covering all the photographs while traveling since last summer. Stay tuned, folks.

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