Not far from the apartment my mom rented in London, she and the kids discovered The Brownie Box - a lovely little "cake boutique."
Grandma took the kids there every day for cake; one piece of red velvet cake to share between the two of them. And if you were to stop my kids and ask them what their favorite part of the London trip happened to be...
It wasn't seeing Wicked or Big Ben, it wasn't the British Museum or Madam Tussauds or the London Eye, it wasn't even the tour of the film studio where they filmed their beloved Harry Potter, nope - not even close.
Both S and K agree, hands down, their absolute favorite thing about London was The Brownie Box. And it wasn't just that the cake was a-ma-zing. They really liked getting to know the sisters who owned the place; S and K loved learning that the owners moved to London from South Africa and that their parents had owned a bakery there, too.
Plus, the people who worked there were so darn nice to them. Every day, either after lunch or after dinner, when S & K walked through the door, they were greeted by name and given the royal treatment. (Including the occasional special treat.) When they were recounting their trip to me, the kids literally couldn't stop talking about just how incredible the Brownie Box was.
So, if you happen to find yourself in the Earl's Court area of London and are feeling a bit peckish, pop into the Brownie Box for some red velvet cake. Be sure to tell them that those kids from Mackinac Island, Michigan, sent you.