Borough Market: Gourmet Paradise

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今日、Borough Market(バラ・マーケット)に行ってきた。今日がイースター(復活祭)のGood Friday(聖金曜日)だとすっかり忘れていて、行ってみたら歩くのもままならないぐらい、すごい人出。ユーロ高ポンド安でやって来たヨーロッパ人を中心に、観光客も多かった。London Bridge(ロンドン・ブリッジ)駅近くに位置するバラ・マーケットは、ロンドンの最も古いフード・マーケットで、世界でも最大規模の市場。世界中から集められた様々な食物が売られ、ロンドンで最高品質の市場だとの評判だ。ジェイミー・オリバー等のセレブリティ・シェフの御用達で、「ブリジット・ジョーンズの日記」や「Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels」等、映画やテレビのロケでもよく使われる。オーガニックの食品も多く取り扱い、産地直送の肉類、イギリス料理の定番のパイ(肉や野菜入りの甘くないパイ)、新鮮な魚、様々なヨーロッパの食品、パン類、チーズやスイーツ等、見ているだけでも楽しい。昔はちょくちょく行ってたんだけど、値段は高めだし人も多いしで、最近はちょっとご無沙汰気味。木曜から土曜日のみ開いているが、ゆっくり買い物をしたいなら、土曜日は避けて。

I went to Borough Market today. I completely forgot that today is Good Friday holiday, and the market was packed of people, lots of them are tourists from Europe with a strong Euro, and I couldn’t walk through the vendors easily. Located near London Bridge station, Borough Market is London’s oldest food market, and one of the largest food markets in the world. The market sells a wide variety of foods from all around the world, and is regarded as the best quality market in London. The market attracts lots of people including celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, and has been used as the film/TV set, such as Bridget Jones’s Diary and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Meats directly brought from the producer, typical British savory pies, fresh fish, continental foods, organic products, bread, cheese, and sweets… just looking at them makes hungry. I used to go more often, but I haven’t been there for ages, as it is always crowded and a bit pricey. The market opens to the public from Thursday to Saturday, but avoid Saturdays if you want to shop without stress.

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