Photos and post by Josh Pruett
Hello to all of the lovers of food and banjos and food banjos. We want to thank all of you who took the time to check out Food Banjo since we launched a couple of weeks ago. We haven’t meant to neglect y’all, but we have only recently returned from a voyage across the Atlantic.
Immediately after launching Food Banjo (and we’re talkin’ minutes here) we departed on some cultural and culinary recreation through London, Paris and Barcelona; our first trip to those cities and luckily we had several days in each location to check out the local scene. We expect to post many of our food related pictures here over the next several days. And hopefully we can deconstruct some of these items for the blog and help you make them too.
Aimee Wenske is the real photographer of Food Banjo and you can expect some real finds from her. I must warn you that will not see her pictures in this particular post. You will see me trying to do my best using the camera on my cellphone, so please consider these pictures to be more “educational” than aesthetically pleasing.
The other thing that separates Aimee’s photography from mine is that my pics tend to be more of sweet foods, desserts, pies, candy, etc. So I apologize for that too. Unless you like that sort of thing, which in case: read on and salivate mon frére!
Open air markets are the pips ear (I’m pretty sure that’s a saying in London) when travelling. Borough Market – just west of London Bridge – is crazy insane with local meats, cheeses, pastries and cheese and meat stuffed pastries. For every rabbit, or wedge of cheese, or savory jam waiting to be tossed into a sack for later enjoyment there are three others ready to be devoured on the spot. And if you want to save a few quid, just about every vendor has a sample out and ready for you to try, usually with the intended results.
Most of our trip was spent trying to forget the pain of putting together our first issue with just a two-person team. But for the other part of it we were busy as bagels (yeah…puretty sure that’s also a phrase) gathering ideas for future issues and asking lots of questions with mouths full of food. Hopefully we might bring you something like this in future issues:
That’s it for now, but I invite you to look forward to additional posts about our European trip while we work on next issue. And keep an eye out for the things that didn’t quite make it into the last issue. Cheerio!