Memories of the musical theme song “MEMORY”?
No wonder, CATS ran for 18 years on New York’s Broadway stage and 3 more in London. So are the CATS dead after closing down? Well let me tell you at BROAD WAY LONDON they are alive and purring! We are talking streetwise stray cats here, the ones that walk on the edge, and show themselves with an attitude. With them comes a wide variety of characters, females in high tights and gays dressed mostly with their ego, with a small dog as their sidekick.
Welcome to BROAD WAY LONDON, a vibrant Saturday street market in East London. You will find it at the south end of “London Fields” park, which was around 1540 in use by drovers, (dutch: herders), to pasture their animals before taking them to the London market.
Now it is “London wild hip,” grazing the street for vintage clothing, vintage bikes, local and foreign foods, and above all, shopping to be seen. The atmosphere is mild and pleasant, only a trio of girls a bit uneasy as a man and his friend Korsakov want to start a conversation with them.
Local producers and “market restaurants” side by side, and hey!, see there a Italian Coffee Bar Stall run by youngsters. One step to the left and handmade nickers caught in the wind end on top your head before you know it. This is fun, this place is alive, this is real and so much more real than Broadway NY!!!
The vender you see is the one who made the stuff, or had it run trough his hands. A lady with gluten free pasties, cakes and bread, wow it looks so delish. Next “door” a vender proud of his sausages as only a man can be. A rust bucket, also known as a vintage bike here sells for between 200 and 300 pound! But my attention goes to a olive bread which sends its perfume in the air and my stomach starts directing me towards my lunch.
I can not resist a triple Thali, a seasonal vegetable curry with a pulse of lentil dahl, with freshly made cumin infused rice, topped with a date and tamarind sauce. The cauliflower still has that bite, the way I like it. The spices and herbs taste exotic, small dark green leaves flavor this Thali in a way that is new to me. Mmmmmm, you have to come over and taste for yourself!
The klezmer tones of Susi Evans clarinet are hypnotizing and make this street party complete. She is a member of the Klezmer group “She’koyokh” who make you stop and listen with joy.The scenery and atmosphere feels like a hippie revival from 60’s. This is the LONDON NEW-HIP, and it’s much hotter than Broadway NY.
theDUTCHCOOK reports on London
The klezzmer band “She’koyokh”, is to be found at http://www.shekoyokh.co.uk/
Broad Way Market is to be found at http://www.broadwaymarket.co.uk/
Gluten free products are to be found at http://www.florisfoods.com/index.php