Spring is one of our favourite times of the year, not only because the sun starts to finally peak back through the clouds on odd weekends but because there are so many beautiful flowers in bloom.
There’s nothing better on a warm, spring Sunday than heading to a market or two. Last Sunday we ventured off to Columbia Road Flower Market in the East End.
On a Sunday Columbia Road is transformed into an Oasis of beautiful flowers, pretty little plants and weird and wonderful trees and shrubs.
Many of the sellers grow their goods at home, whilst others ship them in from around the globe.
There’s nothing you can’t find here, and the buzz of the busy market is fun and refreshing on a slow Sunday.
After browsing all the beautiful stands and heckling with the sellers we decided to purchase some eucalyptus, to remind us of our wedding day.
At the end of the road is Laxeiro, a quaint and homely Spanish restaurant.
They say; “our food and our family is at the heart of everything we do” and that couldn’t have felt more true.
We sat down just after they’d finished serving breakfast, which was perfect for us as it was the lunch menu we were after!
It’s never too early for Sangria, so we ordered a jug and got to slurping!
He honestly wasn’t drunk… I promise!
For lunch we decided to grab a few plates of our favourite Spanish dishes, tapas is our favourite way to dine.
Chorizo a la Sidra; Galician chorizo with a delicious cider sauce.
Pan Tomacav; Catalan style tomato bread which we were introduced to a year or so ago by Ivan from Guys in London, simple but absolutely delicious.
Alcachofas con Mancha; artichokes with rosemary and manchego cheese. Artichokes are so underrated, they are one of our favourite vegetables and so mouthwatering when paired with a salty side.
Costilla Iberico con Romero; juicy ribs with a honey glaze. They was also slightly crispy which made them even more irresistible.
And then for the grand finale, Pulpo a la Barbacoa; barbecued paprika octopus on crushed potatoes. Soooo good!
Laxeiro did not disappoint, it’s simple in style but definitely not simple in taste. Everything was cooked perfectly and tasted straight out of a Catalan kitchen.
After lunch we took a wander through the park to burn off some of those calories.
It was a perfect Sunday.