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5 Nights: U of H, Washington Avenue, Upper Kirby

If you're at Kirby and Richmond over the weekend you could pop into Picos at lunchtime for a bowl of their fine menudo.

Inexpensive eats in Glasgow, Scotland

Everything I mentioned about Indian restaurants on that thread is still valid with the exception of the naan breads at Koh-I-Noor which have gone downhill.

I'd also add Punjabi Charing Cross to the recommended list although it doesn't offer any set menu discounts.

If he loves Indian food he'll be spoilt for choice in Glasgow. The standard is very high indeed.

With regards to meat pies, make sure he goes to a fish and chip shop and orders a deep-fried Scotch pie. Not the healthiest snack in the world but very tasty.

Jul 03, 2015
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Tesco Tuscan Bean Soup

I have a minor aversion to Tesco, but next time I'm in I'll do just that.

Jun 05, 2015
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Tesco Tuscan Bean Soup

I haven't tried the Tesco version, but I'm doubtful it will beat Baxter's Tuscan Bean, Bacon and Pecorino.

Jun 03, 2015
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Where to buy organ meats?

I realize this is an old thread, but "uncured bacon"?

Isn't that just pork?

May 23, 2015
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Chicken Fried Steak with homemade gravy (not glue!) in Bay Area?

The CFS at Kelley's is decent enough but not spectacular. The portion sizes are hilarious though. The breakfast CFS arrives on three plates.

Gilhooley's in Dickinson makes a good CFS. The added bonus is that you could have a few of their delicious Oysters Gilhooley, grilled with parmesan and garlic butter, as an appetizer.

Not so traditional, but Sonny's Place in Galveston does a tasty "Artery Clogger" sandwich, featuring a chicken fried steak, bacon, cheese, salad and pickles.

May 14, 2015
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[Glasgow] Solo dinner near Glasgow Central Station

If you're not as averse to fish as you are to "big lumps of meat", Rogano might fit the bill. It specialises in Scottish seafood, although they do also have a short vegetarian menu.

Lovely art deco interior and it's only a couple of blocks from Central Station.

Not cheap, mind.


If going, be sure to wander to the end of the square to see the traffic cone statue...


May 09, 2015
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I Refuse to Eat Crawfish in a Restaurant

Really? I'd always assumed they had simply been overcooked or kept warm for too long.

May 04, 2015
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I Refuse to Eat Crawfish in a Restaurant

DoobieWah - "Hank's on Westheimer [...] they weren't good [...] they were also smallish and not very spicy"

Hanks' Crawfish are far from the best in town. They do tend to be a tad small and a bit mushy sometimes.

But I keep going back, and the reason is the opposite of "not very spicy".

See the spice levels on the menu?


"New Orleans Spicy. NON-REFUNDABLE."

You'll also get a verbal warning if you order it.

Ordered with the garlic butter, it's absolutely delicious. And it'll have you sweating in places from which you wouldn't think it was possible to sweat.

May 03, 2015
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I Refuse to Eat Crawfish in a Restaurant

Had heard good things about The Hideaway on Dunvale too, so we went along a few years back to see what the fuss was about.

The bugs were terrific. I mean, some of the best I've ever had.

Thing is, you know how a lot of places like to boil them in plainish water and sprinkle that all-seasoning type stuff on after cooking?

My other half hates that stuff with a vengeance.

The Hideaway had simply cooked theirs in well-spiced water so for once I was fighting with her over the last few crawfish.

Fast forward a year and we went back for more.

Bam! A change of chef, perhaps. The bugs were smothered in brown powder.

She was sorely disappointed.

I got to eat all five pounds on my own but they weren't a patch on the previous year's.

May 03, 2015
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Good Things Coming to Houston's Bush Intercontinental IAH Airport

That's some list!

The question is, are these going to replace existing franchises or are they finding new space for them?

Apr 18, 2015
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kenny and ziggy s deli

I love it too. The prices are high but they serve terrific sandwiches and their Big Reubowski burger is a contender for best in the city.

Apr 01, 2015
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Steakhouse Houston Downtown

Another vote for Vic and Anthony's. Order the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake appetizer!

Apr 01, 2015
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How the British eating out experience was transformed, Spicing Up Britain: How Eating Out Went Exotic, Series 14, Timeshift - BBC Four

It wasn't until 1996 that the last region in Wales to have dry Sundays (Dwyfor) finally ended the practice.

Mar 23, 2015
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Great BBQ around Airport or Texas Medical Center

The best in the Medical Center area is probably Ray's Real Pit BBQ Shack.

Recommend the 3-meat plate with brisket, sausage, ribs, beans and spicy rice.


Happy Pancake day!

Indeed. As we all know, a "quick search of the web" is a perfect substitute for living in a country for a few decades.

Feb 27, 2015
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Happy Pancake day!

Apologies, I didn't read the article thoroughly.

You still haven't made it clear what your point is.

If you're now suggesting that the Scots use the term "Scotch pancakes" with any regularity then again you're mistaken.

Stilldontknow has told you that they had "no idea that English pancakes were completely different from what I'd always known as pancakes until I went there". This is by no means atypical - my experience was exactly the same.

Feb 25, 2015
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Happy Pancake day!

A recipe for pancakes from an English chef and a link to a pancake recipe on the Scottish Tourist Board site? You do realise that the VisitScotland site is primarily aimed at people who aren't already in Scotland?

I'm not sure how these examples contribute to your point - in fact, I'm not really sure what your point is. Perhaps you could clarify.

If you're trying to claim that thin crepe-style pancakes are common enough in Scotland to make the term "traditional British pancakes" valid, I'm afraid you're mistaken.

Feb 24, 2015
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Happy Pancake day!

"So unleavened pancakes in the "English style", crepes etc are unknown in Scotland"

Yes, they're virtually unknown as "pancakes" by the Scots - they would indeed be called crepes. I'm not sure what relevance the millions [sic] of English-born people living in Scotland has.

And are you really suggesting that the Scots should know that the term "traditional British pancake" refers to a crepe-like pancake because Scotch Pancakes are thus labelled in a Scottish supermarket?

Feb 23, 2015
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Happy Pancake day!

They're not "technically drop scones" in Scotland is my point. They're pancakes.

The term "traditional pancake" you're using is meaningless because it's unqualified. Traditional to whom? It's traditional because it's unleavened?

"Traditional American pancakes" are leavened, as are "traditional Scottish pancakes". The latter are known as "Scotch pancakes" or "drop scones" outside of Scotland.

"Traditional English pancakes", which is presumably what you're referring to, aren't leavened. They're also virtually unknown in Scotland.

Hence my correction of Harters' use of the term "thin British tradition".

Feb 22, 2015
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Vanished Restaurant you miss most

The Old San Francisco Steakhouse on Westheimer closed about ten years ago. I don't remember the steaks being anything to write home about, but the huge truckle of Winconsin cheese they brought to your table from which to shave off slices was very tasty.

Feb 21, 2015
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Happy Pancake day!

Nope. In Scotland, a "Scotch pancake" isn't "actually a drop scone rather than a traditional pancake". Neither is it even a "Scotch pancake". It's just a pancake. They're also what's usually cooked on pancake day, although sometimes oat bannocks would be made instead.

What you're referring to as a "traditional pancake" - the large, thin style - is English.

The Scots do have a larger, flatter type of pancake, but they're called crumpets.

Feb 21, 2015
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

Happy Pancake day!

Ahem. "Thin English tradition" please, Harters. Scotch pancakes are equally as thick as American ones.

Feb 20, 2015
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Looking for dinner suggestions near Deerbrook Mall

It is across the street, but unfortunately "the street" is Highway 59; you'll have to head north or south to an overpass.

Feb 10, 2015
FarleyFlavors in Houston

Looking for dinner suggestions near Deerbrook Mall

Indeed. The opening hours are on the links I supplied.

Feb 07, 2015
FarleyFlavors in Houston

Looking for dinner suggestions near Deerbrook Mall

It depends on how averse you are to chains but there's two Houston "mini-chain" restaurants next to Deerbrook Mall, Pappasito's Cantina and Pappas Seafood House. Both are perfectly serviceable in my experience.


(I've also heard good reports on DoobieWah's suggestion though).

Feb 06, 2015
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New to Katy area... suggestions, please!


London Restaurants

Masters Super Fish over Poppies. Poppies is fine but it's way overpriced. The Masters Special (large cod and chips) is under a tenner.

Jan 29, 2015
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Home Cooks - How do you minimize food waste?

"Bread is kept in the fridge and/or freezer to keep it fresher longer."

The freezer is fine, but the fridge is the worst possible place to store bread. It goes stale fastest at temperatures just above freezing. In fact, six times faster than if stored at room temperature.


UK Equivalent of Velveeta Cheese?

Several million Texans would disagree with you.

Jun 23, 2014
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