Get R-eel

img_2580as.jpgI spotted Allister above as I was having a bit of a butcher’s around Hackney, East London at lunchtime on Tuesday. (Butcher’s hook = “a look” in Cockney rhyming slang.) I was on my way to Cooksie’s pie, mash, and eel shop in Broadway Market for lunch but got a bit sidetracked by how cool and authentic this area looked. Hackney and Bethnal Green are up-and-coming London neighborhoods…but at the moment the populace and the businesses are still (thankfully) weighted decidedly in favor of working class locals rather than invading hipsters. I’m always so inspired by authentic places that lack irony and pretension and ooze originality – especially in these times when irony-free cool is so hard to come by. After spending a little time inside the unreal bubble that is Paris Fashion Week, a wander around the heart of East End London on a grey day was exactly what the doctor ordered. (Later in the day, I went to my favorite vintage magazine shop in London and then watched the movie Sexy Beast on the flight home and all told had a more inspiring day than many of my PFW days.) Anyway, these days I’m thinking about authenticity and about getting inspiration at its source. Allister is from Hackney – born and bred – and his sense of style clearly reflects this. Where are you from?






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  • Jay

    did you like the pie? i find it to be quite gross and tasteless. but.. yeh, the area is rather trendy.

  • Well the experience of eating there was second to none – and the general quality of the food was high to very high. Not gross at all in my opinion. Taste – yes it was a bit bland – some of the liquor (gravy) they serve with it and black pepper and a dousing with the chili vinegar solved this however.

  • kim

    east london on a gray day- can’t think of many places i’d rather be right now. enjoyed this post and dug allister.

  • Jay

    ahh.. it could just be the pie i ate then. i thought the gravy basically tasted of water thicken with flour and nothing else. but i’m glad ur experience was better than mine. 😉

  • Ahhh…Eddie, couldn’t you find your London muse, Dani?

  • I thought of shooting some more photos of Dani…didn’t really have time. I was trying to make my flight. I will shoot photos with her again though. Watch this space!

  • Becky

    I ate pie and mash w/ liquor at Cooke’s almost 20 years ago on a lunch time outing from Lehman Brothers with my fried Danny Malone – who was born and bred in the East End. Love the photos from London, Paris and Amsterdam!