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Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

If you get to London, do let me know. I might be traveling a bit myself that month. I need to get to SF, NYC, Minneapolis and a few other spots this year. :-)

Jan 24, 2015
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Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

Oh, no - that's bad news about Margot's, but as I said before, I thought it had closed months ago.

I'm glad my ideas helped in the past, and you are fondly remembered. I think the timing for reservations really has to do with what time of year you'll be there.

I do remember that the Portminster Beach Cafe always gets good reviews. We ate elsewhere in St. Ives... somewhere I had monkfish fish and chips and it was near the harbor - that's all I remember. I think I need to get back to that area again!

Jan 24, 2015
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FYI - Winners of the 2015 Fish and Chips Awards

Winners
Independent Takeaway Fish and Chip Shop of the Year

1. Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Brae, Shetland
2. Simpsons Fish & Chips, Cheltenham
3. Papa’s Barn, Ditton
Regional winners

Scotland: Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Brae, Shetland
Wales: Penaluna’s Famous Fish & Chips, Hirwaun
Northern Ireland: FishCity, Ballynahinch
North East England: Mister C’s, Selby
North West England: Papa’s Fish & Chips, Warrington
Midlands: Simpsons Fish & Chips, Cheltenham
Eastern England: Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln
London & South East England: Papa’s Barn, Ditton
Central & South England: Broughton Fish & Chips, Milton Keynes
South & West England: Harbourside Fish & Chips, Plymouth
Best Newcomer Award

Shap Chippy, Shap, Penrith.
‘Good Catch’ The Sustainable Seafood Award

Frankie’s Fish & Chips, Brae, Shetland
Independent Fish & Chip Restaurant of the Year Award

Burton Road Chippy, Lincoln
Healthy Eating ‘Fish & Chips’ Award

Towngate Fisheries, Bradford

Jan 23, 2015
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Cornwall - St. Ives and Padstow

I thought I once read that Margot's was closing, so I'm very happy to hear it's still going strong. I had the bestest sticky toffee pudding there a few years ago. Definitely do not miss Paul Ainsworth's restaurant. We really loved it.

Jan 23, 2015
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Visiting London from Philadelphia for first time in 20 years. So many places, only 7 dinners. Help!

Another breakfast suggestion.... I love Balthazar in Covent Garden, mostly because I'm a displaced New Yorker and secondly because their food is good, especially things like Eggs Benedict. Their bread basket costs a bit, but it's full of goodies.

Jan 23, 2015
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Visiting London from Philadelphia for first time in 20 years. So many places, only 7 dinners. Help!

Hello from someone who grew up in Phila. but has lived near London for almost 11 years. I think you'll be surprised how wonderful the food now is in this city compared to years ago. You can spread the word to your friends!

I had a lovely afternoon tea at the Montcalm Hotel a year or so ago. The food was really delicious, and one could choose how small or large a spread one wanted to eat. That's not always the case.

One piece of advice, for some reason, restaurants here often get booked up months in advance if they are high end and popular. I'm not sure when you're arriving, but keep that in mind.

I would definitely have an Indian dinner as I've never eaten really good Indian food in America - even in NYC near to where I lived most of my life. There are many restaurants to choose from.

Jan 22, 2015
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[London] Wong Kei at Chinatown

I was so disappointed with my last visit to Haozhan. I think I'll try Wong Kei next time I'm in the neighborhood. Believe it or not, I've never had Singapore noodles. I know, I know....

Jan 19, 2015
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Best biryani in London?

I do think streaky bacon is very similar, but it just doesn't taste exactly the same to me. You might be right that it's the cure, but to be honest, I try not to eat very salty things all that often. The same goes for fatty foods. It's hell getting older!!

Jan 18, 2015
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Best biryani in London?

Bacon in the UK is not the same as we eat in America. It's more like Canadian bacon, but it tastes good! I do miss bacon and have found Oscar Meyer bacon (made in Spain) at the Sainsbury's supermarkets. That made my day. :-)

I think Dishoom has gotten better over the years. I recently had a lamb dish there, and it was excellent.

Jan 18, 2015
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American Products - Including Pickles

Another site I've used is www.americansoda.co.uk

I often find that one site will have some things and not others and another site will have the things but not what the other site has etc.

I should add that many products are available through Amazon.co.uk. They sometimes use those same links we've posted to actually send the products.

Jan 18, 2015
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[London] Chowmeet at Crystal China, Tower Bridge Road

Thanks, Peter. We're better than the last few days. We'll keep soldiering on. :-) See you next time!

Jan 17, 2015
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[London] Chowmeet at Crystal China, Tower Bridge Road

Drooling.......but feeling better now and hopefully will go to Bath next week.

Jan 16, 2015
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Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

There is also quite a large Korean (and Japanese) population in Golders Green. There aren't as many Jewish people as there once were and they have been replaced by these others.

Jan 15, 2015
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[Windermere, Cumbria] Gilpin

When we stayed near the Drunken Duck (at a beautiful B&B), we had a very nice meal in Hawkshead. I'll try and locate the name. It was, I think, a hotel and pub - probably what Harters was remembering. All I remember is that my husband had a delicious lamb dish, and we were happy with our food, although it certainly wasn't anything to write home about... probably better for lunch than dinner. Yes, don't forget the relish shop. Their relishes, chutneys etc. are excellent.

Jan 13, 2015
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Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

There are some small Korean shops in New Malden plus a huge Korean supermarket which is probably within walking distance of the train station. I think New Malden is supposed to have the largest Korean population outside of Seoul.

You should definitely get to Hampton Court one day. In nice weather you can stroll along the Thames, there, too, plus the history of the palace is very important.

Jan 13, 2015
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Best biryani in London?

You can look at Cafe Spice Namaste's menu online and see what appeals. It's a well-known spot and the service is very good. As you probably saw, someone wrote about Trishna in the last day or so, and that's another great choice when in London as is Gymkhana.

Back in the days when I was a tourist here, I always tried to have lunch near to where I'd be at that time. I think, even some of the chains in London have really good food... Busaba Eathai has pretty good Thai food, and there are branches all over town. I also like to visit Chinatown or Kopapa near Covent Garden.. Balthazar in that same area.

Jan 13, 2015
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Best biryani in London?

You might also want to consider Cafe Spice Namaste near the Tower of London. I had a fantastic duck dish there a year or so ago. I wouldn't be surprised if they also do a very good biryani.

I hope you'll be eating other cuisines for lunch! London has so many wonderful restaurants.

Jan 12, 2015
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Su La - Korean BBQ - New Malden [London]

I don't think New Malden has much to offer in the way of things to see or do. It looks to me like mainly a residential area. Phil's ideas are good ones or you could get on a train and head to Hampton Court if you haven't been there. I know getting on the train at Rayne's Park takes one straight to Hampton Court with few stops.

I once ate at Asadal in London. The Korean food there was fairly good, but it's better in New Malden.

Jan 12, 2015
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[London] Lunch at Trishna, Marylebone

Your photos are always wonderful and make me drool all over my keyboard!

Jan 12, 2015
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American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

I should be more vigilant in writing down some suggestions, but I'm not. I found Phil's suggestions on the map. We can plan around that. One is very close to Bristol, and I don't think we'll be that far west. That said, I still sometimes forget how close together things are over here and some places are worth going out of one's way for.

Jan 09, 2015
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American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

Thanks for the names, Phil. We'll see where our car takes us.

Jan 09, 2015
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American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

Now I get it... fried Brillo for the intestine cleaning. I've never thought that colonic irrigation or detox does a thing for people. That said, people who have IBS or other colon problems often feel a lot better after a colonoscopy, so there's probably some use for that sort of,'therapy.'

Dr. June

Jan 09, 2015
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American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

Do you mean the SOS? I don't clean my dishes with it, just the occasional mucky pan etc. I have a dishwasher. He's called Andrew. Just kidding, I do have one, but we don't use it everyday.

Jan 09, 2015
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American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

I assume, Phil, that you mean the cornbread. No, I've never fried it, but we do polenta with garlic and sage - really the same thing, and I love it.

I know this is verboten, but while you are reading this... could you send me the name of a gastropub you once mentioned that's outside Bath. I can't find it with a search of, 'Bath.' We'll be over that way in a few weeks. Thanks!

Jan 08, 2015
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American sweets/candy/snacks not available in the UK/Ireland?

There are online stores here that sell just about everything American, including cornbread mixes... Betty Crocker, Aunt Jemima, Duncan Hines.. you name it.

There is also fried chicken coating sold in supermarkets here, and I can also get Progresso breadcrumbs (plain and Italian).

Don't laugh but the thing I miss most right now is SOS! All we have here is Brillo, and I don't like it.

Jan 07, 2015
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[Windermere, Cumbria] Gilpin

Helen, you can sign up online to get the Secret Escapes offers for hotels. They offer tons of stays at very nice country houses all over the UK. Handpicked Hotels does the same as they manage about 12 lovely places in different locations.

Jan 06, 2015
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Deep pockets and love to see southern Ireland?

That's quite a lineup of greats!

Jan 04, 2015
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2015

I wondered if they fed Mr. Waring some 'happy' pills for Masterchef. I ended up really liking him!

Jan 02, 2015
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Help for Singapore

Yes, I'm looking forward to a good meal with everyone!

Help for Singapore

I'll ask, Peter. I really don't know too much about this person, but we're in a group together on Facebook. You've outdone yourself, my friend. He'll love having all these options. In fact, now I want to come eat there, too!!