Wednesday, May 31, 2006


ottolenghi is a simply delightful food and pastry shop located just around the corner from our home in kensington. i'm not sure if they are french or italian or british but i'd guess italian perhaps from the name. ottolenghi's philosophy is one of hand crafting all their food from raw, natural ingredients without the use of additives or preservatives.

on my way to the gym every other day and usually on weekends, i am very tempted by the meringues, clafoutis, puddings, cakes and tarts that adorn the shop window. it's a real effort on my part to not give in to the incredible temptation. i feel like i vicariously gain all the calories just from the eye candy pleasure!

it was only last weekend that i discovered the savory side of ottolenghi - you walk inside the store and they have a wonderful array of freshly made foods on display like a buffet. you choose a small or large box and then can hand pick your take-away meal from a variety of dishes from couscous salads and crunchy organic roast root vegetables to ricotta ans spinach stuffed portobello mushrooms. they even have a nice selection of soups and sandwiches.

what with the sun shining for more than a few hours on sunday, h and i decided to inaugurate our terrace with an ottolenghi lunch. i brought home cauliflower, celeriac and parmesan soup along with a few cold salads and organic potato and apple gratin with gruyere and thyme. we enjoyed our lovely lunch on the terrace and just as we were packing up, the sun disappeared withing seconds and it started to rain heavily. within twenty minutes, the sun was peeping through the clouds again and it was bright and sunny. london - the weather is really weird. no wonder the english are so obsessed!

ps - ottolenghi has eat-in facilities at their notting hill and islington locations.


Blogger Fourth Umpire said...

A photo of H and all we get is the back of his head (which is not as exciting as the back of his brother's head).

Shoot me an email when you get a chance please (to the email in my blogger profile). Would like to 'mobilise' your blog so that I (and others) can drool on the go.

6:25 am  
Blogger cal said...

See, come round my way and not only can I offer you a great street market, fabulous Turkish and south Indian food, but also an eat-in Ottolenghi!!!

7:34 pm  
Blogger Terri said...

Lulu, you lead such a charmed life! Sigh! Some of us can only live vicariously, which is why I enjoy visiting your blog.
The exotic locales, trendy joints, chateau-owning friends, wondrous vacations ... double sigh!

7:51 am  
Blogger Mimi said...

LULU! I love your terrace it's so adorable. otta sounds really delicious im sure the vegetarians in the world are jumping for joy ;*) ciao xx <3 Mimi

4:56 pm  
Blogger Faffer said...

Your terrace and the lovely townhouses in the background look so charming.

11:16 pm  
Blogger gs said...

yes you are right.i think the restaurant is italian.i used to have a boss named michael borlenghi.and he is italian by origin and a naturalised briton.

12:50 am  
Blogger Lulu said...

hi fourth umpire,
mobilising a blog? wow, sounds very cool. can you mobilise blogs on blackberry also?

hi cal,
aha, you live in islington? i almost lived there!! are you free next saturday? amy of cooking with amy is visiting so perhaps we both can come meet you and check out the fab eats in your neighbourhood?

thanks for the lovely comments everyone and sorry not replying earlier. i was travelling again. back to blogging now!

8:33 am  
Blogger Fourth Umpire said...

I'm reading your blog on my blackberry right now (pictures included) -- though the comment is via the web.

If you want a badge/tag to put on your blog so others can get it on their mobile, hit (you can customize it).

If you want to check it out on your blackberry (sounds like that's what you use), go to -- you'll actually see a live demo of how it would look on a sample phone.

BTW, I'm not trying to sell something or make money off you just in case anyone was wondering :-)

3:02 am  
Blogger Lulu said... so cool! plusmo is way cool. it was so easy to add to my blog. and now i've signed up on my blackberry also. thanks man!

11:00 pm  

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