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Kensington Olympia Recommendations

Did you mean ethnic instead of ethical? :-)

about 5 hours ago
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

[Cheadle, Greater Manchester] Aamchi Mumbai

This place sounds terrific, John. We're suffering a real slump in our area. The good chef at our local has left, and our last meal close to home was not good. So we tried what's supposed to be the best alternative and found that very so-so and ridiculously expensive for the quality produced. I might have to move North.

1 day ago
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Help. STAT. Or just call the code??

Launceston Place is lovely - you can't go wrong by eating there. You can get back at your 'friends' by not giving out any free medical advice. :-)

Jul 22, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Harrow restaurants

Check out Incanto, an Italian place. Someone once mentioned that to me, but I've never eaten there.

Jul 15, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Munich with Young Children

We visited Munich with our grandchildren about 4 years ago. We ended up having dinner one night right in the restaurant that's below the City Hall. Yes, it was a bit touristy but they were very kind to the kids, and the food wasn't half bad. We didn't eat near the Deutsches Museum, but don't miss that!

Jul 15, 2014
zuriga1 in Europe

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

Definitely in your version/photo!!

Jul 08, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

I checked the UK Amazon and there were two books available. It was pretty expensive here, too... used was a lot better.

Jul 07, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

A month in Berlin-2/3 Michillins & favorites

A friend of mine who lives in Berlin recently took us to Felix Austria in Kreuzberg. The food was very good - nothing fancy but delicious with nice service and a relaxed atmosphere.

If you're after a nice breakfast or brunch,this list was helpful.

http://www.10best.com/destinations/ge...

We loved the atmosphere and good breakfast menu at Cafe im Literauturhaus. It's on Fasanenstrasse - off the Ku'Damm.

Jul 05, 2014
zuriga1 in Europe
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Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I know this will sound silly, but for your last lunch maybe you'd like to see how Balthazar looks and tastes in London. You can stroll around Covent Garden and then eat there. Despite my many meals at the NYC branch, I still get a kick eating at the one that's now closer to where I live.

I recently read about a new Asian-fusion place that's just opened.. menu by a Michelin star, Japanese chef. I like the sound of their soft-shelled crab with chili mayonnaise sandwich. Kopapa makes one that's very good.

http://pacata.co.uk/

Saturday dinner... splash out at Locanda Locatelli - good service and very nice Italian food.

Jul 04, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

American style pizza?

Speak with Daniel Young of Andrew's Cafe on Grey's Inn. He is an expert on the pizzas of the London area. His website is Young and Foodish.

Jul 03, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I would also recommend The Golden Hind. It's high on many lists and you won't go wrong.

Jul 03, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

The afternoon teas here can be very good... not to mention filling. They're better than anything I ever had in NYC. I did like the one at the Montcalm.. lots and lots to eat and beautiful service.

Jul 03, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Visiting London from NYC. Please help critique itinerary (researched)

I don't know if you are into chocolates, but besides the usual places mentioned, the selection at Selfridge's is newly expanded and pretty terrific.

You might like a breakfast at Kopapa (Seven Dials area). The food is very good and it's a nice, central location.

Jul 02, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report in May 2014 (Fat Duck, and Hedone)

Accents of the servers? I admit to on occasion struggling with some accents over here, but the servers we had spoke very clearly and I had no problems with accents.

Jul 01, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

I am very impressed, John. I think this is something my husband would very much enjoy reading. Yes, you certainly would get a good editor from your publisher. It's so nice you can combine both your passions in this new book.

Jul 01, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

As you know, Ellis Island in NY was very famous for changing names of immigrants. If the officials couldn't spell something difficult, that person ended up as someone else.

I'm impressed you are writing a book. That's wonderful. Is it a novel or non-fiction? If you need a great editor, I know one. :-)

Jul 01, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

I can think of a family that changed their Germanic last name when it became unpopular. :-)

One of the oldest neighbourhoods where I grew up was called Germantown. That went back to Colonial times and was never changed despite the two wars.

Jun 30, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

Thanks for doing that research, John. It's funny how Americans sometimes don't realize how many town and city names there of course were here first. I lived near Bedford, Rye and Pelham, not to mention Brewster.

Jun 30, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Maze (London) When Did Ramsay Take It Over

Thanks. Now that you mention it, I should have remembered that Atherton was not the owner. My last dinner there was in about 2009 or so and we haven't been back since the changeover. I thought the tasting menu sounded good, but it's all in the tasting of course. :-)

Just by chance, I was right there at the Square this afternoon. Life is funny that way.

Jun 30, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Pret a Manger, Portrait Gallery branch [London]

There was once a Duke of Albany. Maybe there still is.

Jun 30, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Maze (London) When Did Ramsay Take It Over

I didn't know this was now a Ramsay restaurant. Someone I know ate there this weekend and liked the food very much. The tasting menu looks quite nice. Anyone been?

Jun 30, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report in May 2014 (Fat Duck, and Hedone)

We've enjoyed eating at The Hind's Head in Bray - good pub food, and one of these days we'll get around to The Fat Duck and Waterside. It's a fairly easy ride from here. My husband doesn't seem too enthusiastic about the Duck... not quite sure why.

Jun 29, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report in May 2014 (Fat Duck, and Hedone)

Maybe it's that old cliche about if it ain't broke, don't fix etc. I would guess that most diners at The Fat Duck are there for the first (and maybe only) time. They don't have to worry about filling the tables, but maybe if the menu was varied a bit, more people would return for another meal.

Jun 29, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Trip Report in May 2014 (Fat Duck, and Hedone)

That's really too bad about the lamb. It was delicious the night we were there.

Jun 29, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Yorkshire Dales - Best Ice Cream

On our recent trip to the Dales, I had the bestest ice cream I've had in years. If you're up that way, make a stop in Ripley and have a treat.

We enjoyed two very good dinners in Harrogate. One was at the Drum and Monkey - excellent seafood and service. We also had a meal at the Royal Baths Chinese restaurant. It was the best Cantonese food I've had in years and in a beautiful building that was guess what. Their menu is beyond huge, and we enjoyed every morsel.

As an aside, just by accident our sightseeing route turned out to be exactly the one that will be in the Tour de France on 5 July. We finally realized what all the flags, yellow bikes on houses and knitted jerseys on fences were all about!

Jun 27, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London "Must Eats" ?

Good to know.... thanks.

Jun 27, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

London "Must Eats" ?

My last lunch at Deux Salons was not up to par, but it was over a year ago. Have they upped their game? I had the feeling that changes were being made in the kitchen.

Jun 27, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

Tefal 5 in 1 Slow Cooker (UK)

We just bought a Tefal slow cooker, and I didn't realize it doesn't come with a high and low setting. It only can be programmed to hours for cooking. Most recipes say to cook on high for so and so hours or low etc. I'm not sure how long to use for most recipes. Does anyone have experience with this? Is it a matter of guessing?

Thanks for any help.

Jun 25, 2014
zuriga1 in Cookware

Mastechef: The Professionals. Marcus takes over.

John, I think admiring Knight just makes you a very discerning person of beauty. She's a real stunner.

Jun 20, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland

UK Equivalent of Velveeta Cheese?

One can get good real Mexican food in America, too - Arizona or California. I've never eaten at Wahaca - some seem to like it and some don't. Mexican food is one thing I don't miss from over 'there.' :-)

Jun 20, 2014
zuriga1 in U.K./Ireland