And just like that, 9.5 months pass and it’s time for me to move out of Cambridge. I would write a goodbye post, but to be honest, my heart left the town sometime after I got my first taste of living in London. I guess it’s my upbringing – I never got used to small town life and being in a city made me feel like I could breathe again. BUT! I did meet a great amount of awesome people, learn a great deal and eat some decent food besides.
This no doubt won’t be my last post about the town. I still have friends who will be staying there over the summer and there are still a whole bunch of places actually worth talking about that I need to take pictures of (Inder’s Kitchen, Galleria, Riverside etc.).
In the meantime, I want to highlight at least one place that I never got around to blogging about, but that I am eternally thankful for: Christine.
Christine (Patisserie) is a tiny, tiny cafe located near where King’s Parade meets Trumpington Street. It’s along the way between Darwin College and the business school and it has infinitely better sandwiches than any other store in the area.
I mean, I don’t even know how many praises I can sing about this place. You may think sandwiches are the easiest things to make, but well… you’d be surprised. Let’s not talk about the sandwich horrors I’ve seen, let’s talk instead about how great Christine is:
The hummus at Christine is creamy and full of taste, the roast vegetables are sweet with the slightest bit of leftover crunch, the sauces are balanced and the baguettes/ciabattas/whatever other breads are toasted. And despite being toasted, they still manage to come out ready to eat in about a minute – barely long enough for me to decide whether or not I wanted one of their mouthwatering desserts too.
Despite being the best sandwiches I’ve found, they’re cheaper than most other places. A typical baguette is around £2.50
Besides baguettes, Christine also offers soups, frittatas and lasagna. Also (and this is especially important to me): They do a toasted ham & cheese croissant – my favorite breakfast food in the world. Oh how many mornings did that brighten up for me this year.
There’s not much of a place to sit (unless you’re there as early as I usually am), but it’s the perfect place to get a bite before going off on a punting trip or finding a spot on one of the many lawns around the town.
So if you ever happen to be in Cambridge and you want something simple and fast, but really good – Christine Patisserie.
(Note: I DO have pictures, but accidentally left my SD card full of them back in Cambridge, which means I will have to head back there to pick it up. Some day.)
Christine Patisserie // 1 Botolph Lane, off Trumpington Street // telephone: 07763 529886