London Terms and Food

Afternoon Tea - Roast

Biscuits or Cookies? Medium or Extra Small Size Popcorn?

Public transportation is only a small portion out of the many things I continue to learn here in London. From terms to tiny portions – here is part two of my top five cultural London experiences:

Terms

Although, there is no language barrier coming to England, It’s still a very different english. Just like Americans have their own slang and terms added to improper english.

I ordered fries at the bar in our housing and they looked at me weird. I soon found out french fries are chips. So what are chips? Oh, just crisps, duh. Like I would know that. Lets just say after a couple wrong orders it took awhile to get used to ordering food. 

Cheers!

To me personally, the most awkward interaction is after you pay or when you hold open a door for someone. Their response is “cheers” while moving on. I’ve been here for almost two months and this one still stops me in my tracks. What am I supposed to say to that? It’s correlated with “thank you” so you can naturally say “no problem” or “welcome,” or it may be best just to give a silent smile.

Translation

  • British term: Lift = American term: Elevator
  • British term: Toilet = American term: Bathroom or Restroom
  • British term: Que = American term: Line
  • British term: Tube = American term: Subway or Train

Food

Besides learning new terms for food – being in a different country also has its perks of trying new things. Even if the new thing is the same food with different tastes. 

Considering I live in central London a lot of the food is big time city food. Bougie is an understatement. I’ve had the privilege to try a true English Breakfast, Sunday Roast and Afternoon Tea. I strongly encourage to have the three at least once if you ever venture to this side of the globe. 

 

Sunday Roast – Location TBD

 

British Finest 

English breakfast is essentially: one over easy egg, a small hash brown cake, baked beans, a small side of mushrooms, one (maybe two) sausage link and half of a tomato with pepper on top. Unique, but personally not for me. 

Sunday roast is essentially how it sounds. It’s usually served at almost every pub or location you enter on a Sunday. A slab of roast beef or chicken, with greens, potatoes and buttered bread, all drizzled in homemade gravy. If you’re craving a home cooked meal – this is the meal to have.

Afternoon tea is pricey, but honestly worth the bougie experience. Also a great experience for photo-ops. The mini food options are different depending on your location, but essentially you have a choice of a small pot of tea and a three tier plate set up with mini sandwiches, cakes and scones. The location I went to was Roast in Borough Market.

Portion Size

I’m not sure if you noticed from the above, but I mentioned mini or one or small when describing some of the options from each experience. Besides the walking – the portions in London are small. Or to put it another way, American portions are insanely too big. Whichever way you look at it – for a girl who likes to eat like myself you learn to live with it. Besides you feel better at the end of the day knowing you didn’t eat a crap ton of food just because it was on your plate and delicious.

 

Regular Size Coffee – illy

 

Healthy-ish?

Most of the time the food offered here is healthier. Less processed and more fresh that’s for sure. It took me awhile to master my coffee order. The coffee is brewed stronger and less sugar –  I have yet to find flavor creamer besides classic milk. Syrups can be found at select coffee shops, which I’ve learned is my best friend for a flavorful coffee. 

Considering I’m super close to Europe the pizza is served more closely to theirs. Depending on the pizza joint you decide to eat at, little cheese is always more cheese around here.

The small portions you get used to, but the price for them is what hurts! Read more about this in My Top Five Cultural London Experiences (Part 3): Money and People.