LONDON DAY 2: dumplings and Turner

Lunch is Dim Sum!





The buns, above, were light an fluffy.  Not at all as they usually are, that is, something meant for stopping a hole in a dike.

Now off to the Tate to see some Turner!


I couldn’t take photos in the Tate Britain, but … wow… the exhibit focused on Turner’s last 16 years.  It was amazing.


After Turner, we went to Westminster Cathedral for the Sung Mass.  They hadn’t been in the place before.



I love the sobriety of the style in the Cathedral.  It is simultaneously lavish and yet restrained.   Sobria ebrietas.



I spent some time with St. John Southworth.  Do you know him?





On a ledge I saw the publication I write for.  You can have one guess.







Supper was HUNGARIAN.  Hungarian is so hard to find.   This is a favorite stop for me in London.  And now I hear that their lease is up and they have to close or move!  I am distressed.

Cold Cherry Soup.


Duck livers.









No, I didn’t have them all.  You can guess which main was mine.

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  1. Supertradmum says:

    Sigh, hope you say at prayer at Mass for my return there someday. I lived in London for years and love it, despite the changes.

  2. Nicholas says:

    I had dim-sum for breakfast on Saturday. YUUMMM!!!

  3. Saint1106 says:

    You have good taste, all around. Good rule of thumb, I am told, for finding good Chinese restaurants: see where the Chinese go.

  4. wanda says:

    There you go again, Fr. Z., showing me those lovely little dumplings. Enjoy everyting. Feel better and safe travels.

  5. NBW says:

    It looks very good!

  6. tianzhujiao says:

    Great choices Father! Shrimp dumplings (har-gow) and steamed roast pork buns (char siu baau) are also some of my favorites.

  7. Patti Day says:

    I’m guessing it was the goulash, but I hope you tried one of those duck livers. They look yummy.

  8. Blaise says:

    I hope you placed all the copies of the bitter pill underneath the herald.

  9. donadrian says:

    Gay Hussar? NB Southworth is the one in Westminster Cathedral – Southwell SJ was the poet.

  10. Rachel K says:

    We lived for many years in Southport, very near Preston, and frequently visited Samlesbury Hall where St John Southworth was brought up. The hall is in good condition-it is a beautiful “black and white” Tudor building, quite large compared to others that are similar around here. At the time it was used as a showroom for antiques and books and had a lovely tea room. I was always glad the house was in use in some form, especially that the public could see inside, but we dreamt of it being reinstated as a centre of the Catholic faith! Maybe even a Mass centre. Very close by is a Catholic “barn church” built in the C18th I think, designed to look like a barn from the outside to disguise it. At that time there was no Catholic emancipation here. But the whole of the Preston/Lancashire area was an intensely Catholic stronghold during penal times.
    I have seen St John’s relics in Westminster and found them especially moving, though I don’t have a particular devotion to him.
    I’ll take a guess that the publication wasn’t the Tablet! I would have been tempted to stuff them all in my bag and deposit them in the nearest litter bin! (Done that before with dodgy leaflets).

  11. Vincent says:

    12 o’clock Sunday Mass in the cathedral is a very strange affair… simultaneously modern with pretensions of being more than it is. Splashes of Latin but Canon 2…. or at least was when I went a few weeks ago.

    For that reason I tend to go to the Brompton Oratory. Now there is a church!

  12. Siculum says:

    Father, did you know that the Pope Francis is speaking extensively in English and saying Mass and delivering his homily in English while he’s in Sri Lanka? This is my first time seeing/hearing him do that. Am watching live via EWTN.

    New St. Joseph Vaz, pray for us.

    Terrific food and church pics, by the way.

  13. Where did you have that dim sum, Father? We are planning a trip to London in October, and I love good dim sum.

    [Yauatcha. Expensive. Happily, I was a guest. Top notch ingredients and perfect execution.]

  14. Cyrillus Mariae Cheung says:

    Dear Father, you really should come to Hong Kong, you will try real dim sum!!! [I think the Dim Sum here is real, but I strongly echo your sentiment. I am eager to return to Hong Kong! I was told recently that there is a strong community there of Catholics who want the traditional Latin rites.]

  15. Martlet says:

    Thanks for helping me to decide what to make for tonight. Goulash it is.

  16. oldconvert says:

    I used to visit and go to confession in Westminster Cathedral when I was regularly travelling across London years ago. It is a wonderful place IMHO. I still have an olive-wood rosary I bought in the Cathedral shop, somewhat worn by now as it is very light so I designated it my “travelling rosary” for commuting journeys to and from London.

    Changing abruptly to the secular, I love goulash! I remember ordering it in little country restaurants in what was then Yugoslavia, many years ago….accompanied with a nice crisp green salad in a lemony-sharp dressing.

  17. Mike says:

    Wow, that goulash looks really different from the one I make from a WSJ recipe.

    The cherry soup looks fantastic.

  18. Cyrillus Mariae Cheung says:

    Indeed, father, although the situation is not easy, more and more people realized the beauty and sacred atmosphere are so important for the Holy Mass, hope those take charge on liturgy in the diocese will understand soon

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