In the states, its inconceivable to plan an entire day around a trip to the grocery store, but Friday morning, the whole point of our journey was to take a trip to Harrods.
Harrods is a luxury department store that sells everything. The everything I refer to includes: clothes, puppies, candy, produce, meats, stereo systems, cigars, laptops, 150,000 pound chandeliers, jewelry, wine, photography equipment and so one.
Thursday was a voyage to London’s east end. The main goal of the day was to get to the Borough Market, but we stopped at a few places on our way to and from the market – like the St. Paul’s Cathedral, pictured above.
In the morning, we crossed a bridge and looked east to the Tower Bridge, knowing we’d eventually end up there. We stopped in at the Tate Modern museum next.
Bober decided to throw an impromptu barbecue at UPG on Monday, but without the typical BBQ fare. Bober slaved over a hot wok to make around 300 dumplings of several varieties for the UPG crowd, including shrimp and snail, hot crab, and pork, but I accidentally bit in to a larger chile than I expected, causing a few moments of incapacitation.
I just received a starter for Amish Friendship Bread.
The deal with Amish Friendship Bread is that typically, you receive a strange ziploc bag like the one pictures above from a friend and you follow the recipe at the bottom. The starter you get had flour, milk and sugar mixed to feed a live culture of yeast. You have to keep the bag for 10 days (on the 5th day, adding more flour and sugar), before you use it. This makes about 4 starter’s worth, which allows you to give three away and use one to go to the next step, adding some ingredients and baking.
Our end of summer tradition has always been the International Village Food Festival held at Renzie Park in McKeesport. It’s a delightful way to end the summer, stuffing our faces with a variety of traditional ethnic dishes. This year, I enjoyed a 3 course meal, starting with German Spaetzle, Lebanese Fallefel and some random fried ice cream. I also grabbed an orange snow cone.