London Weekend: Halva Ice Cream, Dylan & Lippa!

When our friend and talented performer Andrew Lippa  mentioned he was making his London debut with a concert, we jumped at the chance to make a weekend out of it. We packed in two theater performances, his concert, lots of walking and eating.  Having lived there years ago, the city is familiar and always changing.

Lines stretch around the block at Ottolenghi's take away places.

Lines stretch around the block at Ottolenghi’s take away places.

Here's why.

Here’s why.

 

Halva ice cream with tahini sauce and sesame brittle!

Halva ice cream with tahini sauce and sesame brittle!

 

No visit to the UK is complete without fish & chips and minted mushed peas.

No visit to the UK is complete without fish & chips and minted mushed peas.

Stumbled upon a gallery exhibit of Bob Dylan's paintings and sculptures. Only thing missing was his music.

Stumbled upon a gallery exhibit of Bob Dylan’s paintings and sculptures. Only thing missing was his music.

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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23 Responses to London Weekend: Halva Ice Cream, Dylan & Lippa!

  1. OmaOrBubby says:

    Looks like you’re having a bloody good time (is that what they say there?). Your photos are brilliant! Oh whatevah…anyway – enjoy! The food looks yummy!

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  2. Wow, what a wonderful opportunity. The food, the music and the theater.

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  3. Judy says:

    Sounds like a fabulous London trip! Cheers!

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  4. First of all, that red leather coat – smashing darling! Looks like a wonderful whirlwind, I’m so jealous, but in a good way. Meanwhile spent the am looking at Thanksgivukka recipes – I sense a blog post!

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  5. Now there’s a city I must visit if the opportunity ever arises! Looks like you had a wonderful time, love the photos!

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  6. Just to try halvah ice cream would be enough incentive for me!

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  7. Your trip looks absolutely delicious. I found it hard to get past the halva ice cream and the English fish and chips. 🙂
    This is AD. I’ve just started a new blog, which replaces the hammock one. 🙂

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  8. Halva and ice cream – two of my favorite things. I only have to leave London for a minute and they start producing stuff like this…:)

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  9. ShimonZ says:

    Sounds like a great trip. I’m sorry I’ve never had the opportunity to view much of Dylan’s painting. What was your impression? Did it do much for you? Does it in any way resemble his poetry?

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    • Ah.. I should have written more– yes– liked it a lot– all kinds of media, mostly silk screens and each an original with added watercolors on top– the sculptures were fun. I like his music and words more, but enjoyed seeing how the artist explores different ways of expression.

      On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM, cyclingrandma

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      • ShimonZ says:

        Thank you so much for the added description. I agree with you completely. It’s very interesting to get to know a fine artist in his use of different media or different expression. I have the highest regard for him as a poet and song writer, and so I was very curious about his work in the plastic arts.

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      • my pleasure– thank you for suggesting I add more! I tend to write quick posts these days– need to find the inspiration to write more. Good Shabbos!

        On Fri, Nov 22, 2013 at 7:44 AM, cyclingrandma

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  10. What a divine escape! So jealous. 😉

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