Selfridges Food Hall

Quite possibly the best grocery store. On. The. Planet.

Please please please experience Selfridges. Everyone of my friends that has come to visit me in London has been taken there by moi, and they have all loved it. I honestly think it is the best department store in the world. Not exaggerating. Of course I haven’t been to all department stores in the world, but I have been to my fair share and this one is really heads above the rest.

This past Wednesday after hitting up the member’s club Home House in Portman Square for a drink with friends,, we walked back by Selfridges on our way to the tube. Of course anytime I am near Oxford Street, I always make it a point to go to Selfridges, whether it be for shopping for the millions and billions of shoes in the shoe gallery, browsing the fancy dresses by Roberto Cavalli or Alexander McQueen, or going crazy in the food hall. And that’s what we did.

Posh groceries galore!! Everything from gigantor watermelons to trillion year old cheese to tea from the Wolseley, they have it. And the best part for American expats is they have a whole section of…wait for it…American food!! Got a craving for Lucky Charms? Gushers? Pop-Tarts? Marshmallow cream? They’ve got it. They also have heirloom tomatoes (do you know how long I’ve searched for those over here???), imported USDA steaks (do you know how long I searched for those…???), and the most necessary food ingredient, lobsters. If you’re hosting a fancy dinner party, definitely head to the Selfridges Food Hall. Even if you just feel like being posh, and frankly who doesn’t, this is the place to go. It’s a lovely treat and welcome difference to the drabness of pushing a trolley through your regular Sainsbury’s/Waitrose/any of the rest of the 612 different grocery store companies in this country. Even if you buy your groceries online with Ocado like I do, it is a nice change to be able to stand in front of something and touch it before you buy.

One final thing. Be sure you don’t go on a weekend. Oh no, you don’t want to do that…unless you like standing next to 400,000 other people. And let’s face it, that’s not one of my strong suits, so best stick to a weekday and not make yourself suffer. Even on a weekday in later evening when we went (around 8 pm), it was perfect. And that advice goes for the entirety of Oxford Street, which is tourist location 101. Do not try to navigate during a weekend at any time. You will get lost and be run over by herds. Best option is to be in some sort of large motorized vehicle (aka not a moped) and to park in the Selfridges parking garage. Be prepared to part with a good chunk of change, but it’s worth it not to have your life ruined by everyone in the entire world stopping forward motion one inch directly in front of you to take a picture of a bus while you are carrying 10 bags of shopping. But do it the right way and I promise you will have the best shopping experience of your life 🙂

Okay so that wasn’t the final thing. There is one more final, final thing. Coolest. Eggs. Ever!!!! Quail, Pheasant, Duck, and Goose eggs. All free range. US Egg producer people, take note.

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