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UK Equivalent of Velveeta Cheese?

Several million Texans would disagree with you.

Jun 23, 2014
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Mother India in Glasgow

Mother India's Cafe has tapas-style small plates and the main restaurant has normal-sized portions. Maybe check out the menus to help you decide?
www.motherindia.co.uk

They're fairly close together so the trip to Troon afterwards shouldn't affect your decision.

Both have their fans but personally I wouldn't go to either. Overrated food, overpriced and the service can be poor, especially in the main restaurant.

Nearby is Balbir's which is a better bet for upmarket Indian food.
www.balbirs.co.uk

Jun 13, 2014
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American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

One's not much use without the other though.

Incidentally, if you do decide to put a large block of Velveeta in the hold you can pretty much guarantee that your bag will be searched by the TSA. It's happened every time I've done it.

Presumably it resembles Semtex or similar on the X-ray machine.

(I have a feeling that eating 2lb. of semtex would probably be less hazardous to your health).

May 01, 2014
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The forever LHR question

Another good Indian option at Heathrow is Mr. Todiwala's Kitchen at the Hilton, an off-shoot of the highly regarded Cafe Spice Namaste.

Whatever you do, don't take a taxi though. I understand it's £35 one way for a 1.5 mile trip because it's outside Greater London. The Hotel Hoppa bus service runs every 20 minutes or so from Terminal 5 and is under a tenner return.

Menu here: http://www3.hilton.com/resources/medi...

Mar 17, 2014
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Diners in Houston

I can list a few personal favorites, with a couple of caveats. I've been to neither Slim Goodies nor Surreys so I don't know exactly what you're looking for. And I rather like the food at Lola's!

(I also used to like 59 Diner but I reckon it's gone downhill in the last ten years or so).

Avalon Diner. Three locations around town; I've only ever been to the original on Westheimer. Excellent milkshakes.
www.avalondiner.com

Triple A Restaurant on Airline. Homey and a tiny bit scruffy. Good homemade biscuits and Chicken Fried Steak.
http://www.triplearestaurant.com/

Dot Coffee Shop on the Gulf Freeway, just inside the loop. Surprisingly decent coffee for a diner. http://www.pappas.com/restaurants/dot...

Tel-Wink Restaurant and Grill on Telephone Road. Cheap and cheerful;also does very good homemade biscuits.
http://telwink.com/index.htm

Jan 25, 2014
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Artisanal Hot dogs in Houston

This seems to be a common problem with the Nathans franchises. They never seem to cook the hotdogs as well done as at the original location.

Jan 09, 2014
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Houston Day Trip

There's a branch of Frank's Grill (local mini-chain) at 1915 Magnum Road. Traditional and slightly scruffy diner but they do decent chicken fried steak and the homemade biscuits are excellent.

It's "cheap and cheerful" rather than "mid price point" but it's only half a mile from the 610/290 interchange.

Jan 08, 2014
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Galveston Breakfast

La Estacion for giant breakfast burritos on house-made tortillas. It's on Ball Street, about half a mile from the Strand.

Dec 24, 2013
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Spending Christmas at MD Anderson Cancer Ctr. Need recs.

Good cajun food which won't break the bank is to be had at Beaucoup Bar and Grill, a couple of miles east of the Hampton Inn on Old Spanish Trail. Order the gumbo, it's dark and delicious.

http://beaucoupbarandgrill.com/

Next door is Guy's Meat Market which does very good smoked burgers. The ribs and links are decent too but their brisket is to be avoided. No seating though.

http://www.guysseasoning.com/PDF/Guys...

Dec 20, 2013
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Looking for inexpensive non-seafood in Katy

There's also decent BBQ to be had at Red River BBQ and Grill on Mason.

(It was probably Jaymes who originally recommended it on here).

Dec 13, 2013
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Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

"Most Americans, I think, prefer other brands."

Indeed. The figures are in the article you mentioned. Heinz has only around 1% of the U.S. market while Bush's have 69% of the U.S. market; about the same share as Heinz has in the U.K.

Dec 12, 2013
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Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

At the risk of going wildly off-topic and boring everyone half to death ... the British baked bean market as a whole ($615m per year) is bigger than the U.S. baked bean market ($530m).

http://metro.co.uk/2011/06/20/price-o...

I'm guessing the British Heinz beans recipe is the original American recipe, which over the years has evolved into a much sweeter version across the pond.

(Me ? I prefer Branston's)

Dec 12, 2013
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Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

Brown sugar and bacon ? Molasses and pork ? Maple syrup flavour ?

Way too sweet I'd imagine.

(And the article confirms what I suggested above - if Heinz only sells $5 million worth of beans per year in the States, the Brits eat more Heinz beans in a single week than the whole of the U.S. consumes in an entire year !)

Dec 12, 2013
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Help with gift basket for an Anglophile!

American baked beans tend to be much sweeter than British baked beans.

As for more Americans eating them - I doubt it. Baked beans are a British staple, eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not so in the States. According to the Heinz site, 1.5 million cans of Heinz beans are sold in the UK every day.

Dec 12, 2013
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London Trip Report, July 2013

They have a markedly different taste. Golden Syrup has a milder, more buttery flavour than Black Treacle. I suspect Black Treacle would be too strongly flavoured to work in a steamed pudding.

Growing up in Scotland, we always used Golden Syrup when making a sponge pudding, but we called it "syrup pudding" rather than "treacle pudding". Treacle was reserved for dark desserts such as black bun, gingerbread and cloutie dumpling. It was also used to make toffee and scones.

Oct 17, 2013
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Vanished Restaurant you miss most

After the sell-off of the Denis' Seafood House name, the place on Westheimer became Jimmy Wilson's for a while before it moved to San Felipe. I ate at the Westheimer branch once and wasn't too impressed, so I never tried the Galleria area one. Sounds like I should have given him another chance.

Sep 10, 2013
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"National Dining Rooms" at The National Gallery.

The East London Steak Company is currently cutting Dexter if you're still interested ...

http://www.eastlondonsteak.co.uk/

Jun 07, 2013
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Coming to Houston Next Week

I guess I *do* have you confused ! That other, more illustrious DoobieWah would have noticed that I already provided a link to Pappasito's brunch menu ...

Feb 26, 2013
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Coming to Houston Next Week

As a Scot with admittedly limited Tex-Mex experience I shouldn't really be disagreeing with the illustrious DoobieWah, but I reckon the breakfasts at Ruchi's are kind of get-what-you-pay-for. They're undoubtedly a bargain though.

If you're willing to drop a few more bucks (by which I mean about 3x the price) the breakfasts at Goode Co Taqueria are worth trying. Their jalapeno venison sausage and homemade chorizo are both excellent. It's about 4 miles and 10 minutes from the JW Marriott according to Google Maps.

Menu here: http://www.goodecompany.com/media/pdf....

If you're around at the weekend, Pappasito's Cantina on Richmond (again, around 4 miles from the Marriott) does a mean brunch. It's similarly priced to the above though.

Menu here: http://pappaspizza.net/images/dyn/men...

Feb 25, 2013
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Wales!

Maes-y-Neuadd country house restaurant is only a mile from the A496 coastal road as it heads inland north of Harlech. I've had several decent meals there and given the quality of the cooking and the standard of produce, I reckon it offers excellent value for money.

The rooms are pleasant enough, but as is normal with a country house with a decent restaurant, they're a tad overpriced.

Sample winter menu available halfway down this page ... http://www.neuadd.com/restaurant.htm

ETA: Seems PhilD didn't have as good an experience there - and his complaint about the wine service is valid (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4563...). So your mileage may vary.

Nov 29, 2012
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read in a book [moved from U.K./Ireland]

Definitely not "a London thing" - a quick google for "chicken maryland chinese menu" and you get takeaway menus from Belfast to Dundee to Axminster. It does seem to be more popular in Scotland and Northern Ireland though.

Oct 25, 2012
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read in a book [moved from U.K./Ireland]

That would be Chicken Maryland. In the UK, it usually consists of breadcrumbed and fried chicken breast with bacon and fried bananas. It's found on Chinese takeaway menus.

Oct 25, 2012
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Wales: Cardiff and Betws-y-coed

I agree with Harters - in fact, at the Ty Gwyn in Betws-y-coed I had one of the worst pub lunches I've ever eaten.

I've had several very good (and excellent value) meals at Maes y Neuadd, which is about 40 minutes away.

http://www.neuadd.com/

Sep 27, 2012
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Nine Days in Glasgow

Unfortunately the Shish Mahal is a far cry from its late Seventies/early Eighties heyday.

Jul 18, 2012
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Trip Report (Well Overdue) [moved from UK/Ireland]

I can understand the desire for steak. It's tricky to find a decent steak at a reasonable price over here.

I got quite excited a few years back when an Outback opened a mile away from my house. But they were 50% more expensive than in the States and soon after opening they dropped the free bread and salad, without dropping the prices. About five years after opening they had closed down. They've now left the UK market altogether.

Jul 15, 2012
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Trip Report (Well Overdue) [moved from UK/Ireland]

Thanks James and brucesw. All recs noted for the road trip.

Jul 15, 2012
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Trip Report (Well Overdue) [moved from UK/Ireland]

Regarding Olde Towne kolaches, I'd heard good things about them but it seems I was duped.

The one on Memorial is called Olde Towne Kitchen, which also has a branch on the 290. The one on Westheimer is called Olde Towne Kolaches and Bakery. Different establishments. I guess trademarking "Olde Towne" would be difficult !
www.oldetownekitchen.com
http://www.otkbakery.com/

And regarding The King's Head - do I *really* want to be visiting Houston from the UK and going to a British pub ?!

Jul 15, 2012
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Trip Report (Well Overdue) [moved from UK/Ireland]

Thanks, Jaymes. We'll be driving, but it appears that La Grange isn't too much of a detour.

Jul 15, 2012
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Nine Days in Glasgow

Agreed on Mother India. It's over-rated, overpriced and the service can be really poor when it's busy (which is frequently).

If you're looking for "modern" British-Indian food like Mother India does, I agree with spyke23 that Balbir's on Church Street is a better bet. It's not exactly cheap either, though.

For traditional Glasgow-style curry, both The Shenaz and the Koh-I-Noor are only a fifteen minute stroll up the hill from your hotel. Both have been in business since the early Sixties.

The curries at the Shenaz are amongst the best in town (try the Lamb Rogan Josh or the Special Beef), although if you don't like your naan bread swimming in ghee, you might want to ask them to leave it off.

The curries at the Koh-I-Noor are solid, if not quite up to the standard of the Shenaz. But they're worth a visit for the superb naan breads alone.

In the same area is Mr. Singh's, which isn't as good as it used to be but might be worth a trip for the kitsch appeal of the kilted Asian waiters.

Also a fifteen minute walk away from your hotel in a nice location on the banks of the Clyde is India Quay, which does a reasonable evening buffet Sun-Thurs for £12.95.

As you're on a limited budget, you should check out the many lunch and pre-theatre deals on offer. The Koh-I-Noor does three courses for £7.95 1200-1500, rising to £10.95 from 1500-1800. As it includes one of their enormous naans, the lunchtime deal is a particular bargain. The Shenaz does three courses for £12.00 from 1600-1830.

As for smoked salmon, if I was on a limited budget I'd be buying a good pack in a deli and having a feast back in my hotel room with a bottle of white wine !

Jul 15, 2012
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Trip Report (Well Overdue) [moved from UK/Ireland]

Yes I know you were kidding, James - the "just kidding" bit gave it away !

Regarding crawfish - I wouldn't mind trying to cook them myself but they're virtually impossible to find live at fishmongers in the UK. So I just did a quick search to see if they're available online and found this place: http://www.finefoodspecialist.co.uk. Including delivery, just under 4.5 pounds is $89.92 at the current exchange rate. It works out at $20.40 per pound. Now *that's* criminally insane !

At some point we're planning to go on a pilgrimage to the Central Texas barbecue spots, so have you got any suggestions for kolache places along the I-10 corridor ?

Jul 07, 2012
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