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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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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?

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.

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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.

Triple A Restaurant on Airline. Homey and a tiny bit scruffy. Good homemade biscuits and Chicken Fried Steak.

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.

Jan 25, 2014
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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.


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.


Dec 20, 2013
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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
FarleyFlavors in Houston

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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).


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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland

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
FarleyFlavors in U.K./Ireland