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Milan-based Italian sandwich chain, Panino Giusto opened its first restaurant in London on April 22 at Royal Exchange Buildings near Bank (Panino Giusto blog). Panino Giusto now has 22 restaurants in Italy (17 in Milan) and 5 in Japan (I didn’t know that), after 30 years of opening its first restaurant in Milan in 1979. You can enjoy a wide range of toasted panini sandwiches, cold & hot dishes such as Stuzzico (appetiser, stimulate an appetite in Italian), charcuteries and cheeses, salad, and few meat dishes as well as selected Italian wines (menu in Italian only).
This elegant two-floor restaurant can host 140 diners, and opens from 11.30am to midnight, Monday to Friday. Located in the heart of the financial heart of London, the restaurant obviously targets city business people. But on contrary to its posh look, their freshly made food is rather reasonable, and their panini cost no more than £8 except few. Montagu panino with roast beef cost £6.80, and generous portion of Caprese with Mozzarella cheese and san dried tomato is £6.80 (photo below). So chamomile tea for £3.00 seems pricey in compare.
Normally caffeine junkie M finds a new cafe from all kinds of sources such as cafe blogs, newspapers & magazines etc, but we found the Association by chance, when we walked through the City, where we rarely visit. This good looking cafe looks more fitting in hip East London, rather than corporate City of London, but was very popular among business people.
According to their website, the Association is all about coffee, and offer a range of seasonal coffees as well as their regular espresso. They also sell bags of coffee for for a Stove Top, a French Press or a Filter Coffee, as well as a range of home brewing equipment. Aside from coffee, they also offer teas, simple pastries and cakes, and sandwiches (menu), using the best of ingredients (suppliers list), although they don’t have big variety. Sounds great, and I feel a lot of passion from them. However, we found their coffee (espresso & flat white) were average. My flat white was not strong enough but more like latte, and was not hot enough… But the place is chic & spacious, and their presentation of food on a wood board is very cute. We will try again when we go to the City, where there are very few great independent coffee shops other than chains.
I saw this sticker on one of restauranst in the City. I am curious about what it is and checked it out. According to the City of London website, City’s Community Toilet Scheme (CTS) is to provide toilet facilities available to the public with partnership with local businesses, supplementing the City’s facilities. In exchange for providing free access to toilets to the public, the City pays a ‘contribution’ to participating businesses, though they still retains the right to refuse admission in exceptional circumstances. There is no details of ‘contribution’ means, but maybe money? Anyways, this scheme brings win-win to everyone involved. It is reported that people using their toilets often do make a purchase, though they don’t need to buy anything. You can check participating businesses on their websites.
1215年に始まったとされるLord Mayor’s Showは、主催者曰く「the oldest, longest, grandest and most popular civic procession in the world（世界で最も古く、最も豪華で、最も人気のある市と市民の行進）」だそうだ。このLord Mayorとは、シティ・オブ・ロンドン（シティ）の長で名誉職であるロンドン市長のこと。現在ボリス・ジョンソンがその任を務める、シティを含む大ロンドンの行政の長である大ロンドン市長とは違う。新しいLord Mayorは毎年選ばれ、11月第二土曜日に、その就任を祝うLord Mayor Showが開催される。宣誓を終えた後、Lord Mayorはシティから約3.5マイル（約5.63km）のパレードに参加、王立裁判所で「国王」への忠誠を誓う。今年は、22のマーチングバンド、125頭の馬、18台のヴィンテージ車、21台の車両、6500人以上がパレードに参加したそうだ。
We saw this gigantic yellow dog near Old Street and we chased it with M’s moped on City Road to take some photos. After a little bit of research, I found out that this was a Dogs Trust’s float, participated in the procession of Lord Mayor’s Show 2012 on November 8th, and I happened to see it on their way back, though I didn’t see it parading.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is “the oldest, longest, grandest and most popular civic procession in the world,” started in 1215. The “Lord Mayor” is the mayor of City of London, and is not the “Mayor of London” which has existed only since 2000 now and Boris Johnson is currently on the position that takes care of Greater London, including the City. A new Lord Mayor is appointed every year, and the this Lord Mayor Show celebrates his inauguration and is held on the second Saturday in November. On the day after being sworn in, the Lord Mayor participate in a procession from the City of London to the Royal Courts of Justice where the Lord Mayor swears his allegiance to the Crown. Over 6500 people, 22 marching bands, 125 horses, 18 vintage cars, and 21 carriages paraded over three and a half miles long on this year’s procession.
This 5m long / 3.2m high / 15okg weight world’s largest nodding dog called “Dogcilla” was made to draw attention to their rehoming centres last year, and you can see it on the Vanguard building on A40 near Hanger Lane, Ealing in West London.
話は少しそれたが、Follyいわく「tried and tested recipes from across the globe（世界中のレシピを試した）」というメニューは、カジュアルなモダン・ブリティッシュ／ヨーロピアン／アメリカ／アジアと、何でもあり。でも普通に「グルメ」サンドイッチやハンバーガー、ステーキなどもある。私たちはステーキ・サンドイッチ（£8.75）を注文。サンドイッチとしては値がはるにも関わらずお子様サイズ、サラダやフライドポテトなどの付け合わせもない。その代わり、ホースラディッシュを混ぜた大量のマヨネーズのお皿が（カロリー高過ぎ！）。チャバッタはトーストされておらず、ステーキの味も平凡。はっき言って期待外れ。Follyは、食べ物にこだわりがある人のためのお店じゃなく、ちょっと洒落たパブで、手っ取り早く食事が必要な時や仕事帰り（仕事中でも）の一杯にぴったりの、シティに働く人たち向けのお店だと思う。
The Folly is a bar & restaurant near the Monument station. It is under Drake & Morgan management, as well as the Refinery in Southbank (I wrote it before) and Anthologist nearby in the City. The place is huge, and has two floors (ground floor & basement), decorated in casual chic with funky lampshades covered with furs(?) and chairs in different shapes and colours placed in different areas. It is so big and I felt a bit uncomfortable, actually. It was half empty when we went there, but I am afraid that I would loose hearing if the place is full.
The Folly opens from 7:30am on weekdays, for business people who want to have a breakfast before work. Kitchen opens all day without a break and you can dine anytime until 10pm (except Sunday). Bar opens even longer, until midnight on weekend. There were already some businessmen in suits, enjoying a glass of beer at the bar counter at 4pm (isn’t it still office hour or during a break?), when we left. Drinking is a national hobby in UK, and pubs & bars at 6pm are full of people, both sex from young to old, standing, inside and outside, and drinking – but why standing? Don’t they want to relax, sitting down??
I was distracted a little. The Folly “tried and tested recipes from across the globe”, and their food is kind of modern British/European/Americana/Oriental – whatever. But they have also ‘normal’ food such as ‘gourmet’ sandwiches, burgers, and steaks. We ordered steak sandwich (£8.75) today. It was rather pricey as a sandwich, but it was like a kid size and came alone – no chips or little salad. Instead, it came with mayonnaise mixed with horse radish, enough for five sandwiches (too much calories!). Ciabatta bread was not toasted and the steak was boring… it was a disappointment. The Folly is definitely not for foodies, but is more like a convenient and stylish pub for people working in the City, for a quick bite and a glass (or more) of beer after work.