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Where is the best place (none ripoff ) to buy a side of smoked salmon in London ?

Compared to what Americans pay for smoked salmon, everything here in the UK seems a big bargain. I'd go with Forman's, too. They're salmon is delicious.

Dec 22, 2014
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Stoke On Trent - Newcastle area

Here's something I found... maybe it will have a few ideas for you in Newcastle. I remember, years ago, eating at a nice place at the Quayside, but I don't remember the name.

http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-...

Dec 21, 2014
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Pre Theatre Restaurant Picks

I'm glad I could help. Maybe you can find a hotel in the area. They're usually a good choice because they have to feed their guests.

Dec 18, 2014
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Pre Theatre Restaurant Picks

As you may know, many places are closed on Boxing Day. I don't know if Kopapa is open, but it's right near the theatre and has some interesting dishes. It's owned by Peter Gordon, a chef from New Zealand, and I recently learned that Kopapa is a Maori word.

If you fancy an Indian meal, Dishoom is also nearby.

Dec 18, 2014
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Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

Good one!

Dec 18, 2014
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Sunday (pub?) meal & Indian dinner help

Last time I recommended the Heron, someone complained about the dodgy neighbourhood. It can't be that bad, can it? I've yet to eat there, but I know it has a good reputation.

Dec 17, 2014
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Time Out's List of London's 20 Best New Restaurants

Dec 16, 2014
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London Christmas Day 2014

Indeed! I never worry in France. I can't remember ever really much disliking a meal in that country.

Dec 15, 2014
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London Christmas Day 2014

I totally agree with you, Phil. We've always noticed that most Japanese tourists always head to Japanese restaurants... no matter the country they're in. I don't know what they do in the French countryside.

Dec 15, 2014
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London Christmas Day 2014

There's a smallish Waitrose supermarket on Marylebone High St. They will have some prepared foods and the large Marks & Spencer at Oxford St. near Marble Arch will have even a wider selection. You can eat very well that way.

Dec 14, 2014
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Restaurants and pubs in Chiswick during Christmas week?

I think you will find that most all places in the UK are closed Christmas Day. Hotels stay open for meals because they have to, so maybe that would be a good choice for the 25th.

Many places are also closed on the 26th which is Boxing Day and another holiday when things shut down.

There are lists on the web of restaurants open during these days. You may have to leave Chiswick to find food!

Dec 14, 2014
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Another London Food Question: Spanish that's not primarily tapas

Maybe this list will help. There sure are a lot of tapas places, but I think a few will have some other choices, too.

http://www.timeout.com/london/food-dr...

I think Copita in Soho is supposed to have good food, but I've never been.

Dec 13, 2014
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How can I score a Fat Duck reservation?

I've always thought comparing food with another person is like comparing an artist's work with. We all bring our own palate to the table, and what works for one of us, doesn't necessarily taste or appeal to someone else.

If only one critic or person doesn't like food somewhere and many others do, I usually go with the majority opinion.

Dec 13, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

please review my upcoming london trip itinerary...

Thanks for sharing what you ate and where you went to eat. People never believe me when I say that the Indian food in America is just not very good, and I never had a good meal in any of the NYC restaurants. I never can understand why this is, and what a joy to move to England and discover it's a really great cuisine.

Dec 12, 2014
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Nominate Your Favorite Recipes for "Best of 2014"

Category: Seafood

Skinny Shrimp Alfredo Bake

Link: http://damndelicious.net/2014/08/06/s...

This is a delicious shrimp (prawn) dish that I make over and over again. The calorie count is low, but the taste is high!

Dec 12, 2014
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Where to find fluffy pitas in London?

Dec 11, 2014
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Where to find fluffy pitas in London?

Yesterday, just by chance, I came across a recipe for fluffy pitas. I'd send the link but my computer is acting very strangely this morning. It's on 12 Tomatoes, a great recipe site. I'll try to post it later, and I might just try it. I can't stand the pitas here.

Dec 11, 2014
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[Birmingham, city centre] Purnell's

When's the next train from London!

Dec 11, 2014
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Special Lunch in London

Hibiscus was featured on a TV programme here last night. It certainly whet my appetite (no pun intended) to try and have a meal there. I liked the look of the dining room, too.. much nicer than The Square.

Dec 11, 2014
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London Chowmeet - Friday, 16 Jan 2015

I hope it's a good time for him, too, Peter. He'd love to meet you. I think 1,000 new restaurants have opened since you were here last. :-)

Dec 11, 2014
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How can I score a Fat Duck reservation?

You have very high standards Bu Pun Su, but that's OK. I thought the meal at Hedone was more than just ordinary, but maybe you don't eat, 'ordinary,' all that often. Not many chefs go to France to learn how to make that bread, and it is very, very good indeed. I had never had a liquid parmesan ravioli before, and I didn't think it was average at all, but that's what makes horse races.

Dec 11, 2014
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How can I score a Fat Duck reservation?

Have you eaten at Hedone?

Dec 10, 2014
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London Chowmeet - Friday, 16 Jan 2015

Good news, Peter. I should be at home in January unless I have to flee and go somewhere warm for awhile. I can't believe it's almost 2 years since our dinner at Min Jiang. I took my kids there last summer, and they loved it.. the grandkids, too.

Dec 09, 2014
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Prepped Food /Food Halls in London, Any reccos?

Thanks.. I feel better now. :-)

Dec 07, 2014
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Prepped Food /Food Halls in London, Any reccos?

I'm sorry to tell you, David, but I don't live in London. The new Waitrose is in Dorking. :-)

Dec 07, 2014
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Prepped Food /Food Halls in London, Any reccos?

I am in Waitrose heaven. A few weeks ago, a brand-new store opened about 50 metres from where my husband works. It took them over a year to transform the old and very small shop, including a building now of 6 storeys, including the carpark.

We went to take a look last week, and it is a stunning shop - even has a cafe which none of the others in our area are blessed with. I better not go there too often or the bank will be broken.

Dec 07, 2014
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Prepped Food /Food Halls in London, Any reccos?

I think Americans will faint at what Whole Foods charges for their prepared meals, salads etc. :-) They are expensive even in the States, but here it is highway robbery.

Dec 05, 2014
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Restaurantn in London for New Year's eve?

Cafe Spice Namaste has wonderful Indian food. Maybe you can get a reservation there for one of the nights you're in London. Dishoom is another name I'd recommend... fun place with a more casual atmosphere and good food.

Dec 04, 2014
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Prepped Food /Food Halls in London, Any reccos?

As a former customer of Trader Joe's when I lived in the States, I know of what you speak. Boy, do I miss that store. BUT... there are amazing choices here in London.

I think your best bet is probably Marks & Spencer. You'll be amazed at the range of foods they have that you can just pop in the oven or microwave... Indian, Chinese, Italian - even American ribs.

Selfridge's has lovely foods but they're pricey and not really heat and eat, but you can find good pasta, salads, meats etc.

Waitrose and Sainsbury's also have heat and eat meals - some very good.

Dec 04, 2014
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12 Best Restaurants In Covent Garden

Thanks for this, David. I always forget to write names down, and months later I can't remember what I was wanting to save. I'm saving this list!

Dec 04, 2014
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