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fresh produce/fish in Southwark

briefsoy | Jul 3, 2009 06:08 PM

I just moved to London from Boston (well, Cambridge, really), and miss having nearby grocery stores & farmers markets brimming with fresh produce. (For those who might know, I'm specifically thinking about Russo's and New Deal fish market). I cook at home very frequently, and rely very much on fresh fruits and vegetables, fortified often with tofu/tempeh/fresh fish. (I haven't been able to find tofu or tempeh in Sainsbury's or Tesco's...am I blind? am I looking in the wrong section?). Here's a food blog I'm keeping with a friend, if you're interested: http://briefsyzygy.blogspot.com
So here are my questions:

--where can I buy fresh fruits and vegetables at a reasonable price? I'm a student, if that clarifies anything.

--where's a good fishmonger? I'm thinking whole fish and/or sushi-grade. Or, if that doesn't work, fillets are fine.

--where can I buy bulk food items? (grains, nuts, etc).

--do you recommend an Asian (or specifically, Korean) grocery store? I really miss Kimchi and I feel I might go mad without a fix soon.

I live on Grange Rd (SE1) and work near the British Library. From briefly scanning the board, I get the sense that the Borough market has lots of prepared foods but is really crowded and not suitable for regular weekly shopping; that tesco's and sainsbury's are better in the 'burbs, one needs a car in order to reach them (I do have a bike though). let me know if you have suggestions!

Also, while I'm at it, if you have any cheap/good lunch suggestions near the British library, let us hear it!

Thanks for any help/information---

s.

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