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[Ambleside, Cumbria] Drunken Duck

I had the Meze platter and a nice half pint of ale in there in mid May. Really lovely spot with glorious views. Would have liked to have dinner but it was just a passing through visit. I'm in the area again this weekend so might just get to sample some more.

Jun 04, 2015
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

[Glasgow] Solo dinner near Glasgow Central Station

Heading up towards the Concert Hall there's a decent selection of reasonably priced options.

Decent bistro with reasonably priced set menus options and very close to Central Station.

Bit of a Glasgow institution and pretty reliable.

Nice Asian fusion place. Classy but relaxed.

Decent bar/restaurant affair with reasonable menu.

Martha's is a great suggestion for breakfast and much else besides.

May 10, 2015
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

Scottish tea grower scoops Salon de The Gold award.

Interesting news about a new grower from a part of the world more known for drinking than producing tea.

Mar 13, 2015
stilldontknow in Food Media & News

Why delicious Indian food is surprisingly unpopular in the U.S.

The comments pretty much prove the point of the article do they not? The US, for whatever reason, hasn't fallen in love with Indian cuisine in the same way as somewhere like the UK has.

Looking for cool, funky, fun eats in Glasgow

TimeOut now has a Glasgow website and it's not bad for good selection of local eateries. You wont go wrong following their listings although it's a bit too Westend centric for my tastes and misses out on a lot of great options on the Southside. But for a tourist it's a decent reference.

Happy Pancake day!

He's not, he's referring solely to pancakes and this respect he is absolutely correct.

Feb 23, 2015
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

Happy Pancake day!

Stretch credibility it might but it's true. I had no idea that English pancakes were completely different from what I'd always known as pancakes until I went there. So you might actually want to come and visit a Scottish supermarket, they do indeed sell what you call Scottish pancakes or drop scones as just pancakes. It's not a logistical nightmare it's just supermarkets knowing their market.

Feb 23, 2015
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

Fish & Chips - What kind of fish do you like?

Haddock! Always Haddock. It just seems to be perfect for battering and thoroughly delicious.

Nov 11, 2014
stilldontknow in General Topics

Traditional Scottish meal in Glasgow?

It's definitely not fine dining but they do what they do extremely well and they seem to pull off the trick of cooking the dishes your granny would make if she was a really good cook.

Jun 08, 2014
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

Traditional Scottish meal in Glasgow?

You wont find anything near the airport but then the airport is only 20 minutes from the city centre. For a decent take on Scottish home cooking I'd recommend the Black Sheep Bistro. I've included a sample menu and you can be assured it's very authentic.

Jun 04, 2014
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

glasgow dining

Two Fat Ladies city centre or West End branches, good Scottish cooking. La Vallee Blanche on Byres Rd for decent French. Ox and Finch on Sauchiehall St, Cail Bruich on Gt Western Rd or Fanny Trollopes on Argyle St for great bistro style menus. There's an exploding burger scene with notables at Nice N Sleazy, Burger Meets Bun and Buddy's Diner being the best of the crop. The scene has changed a lot and much of it for the better.

Jun 01, 2014
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland

How Europeans think Americans have breakfast

A full Scottish will include at least one potato scone, Haven't seen white pudding for years and we generally avoid fried bread. Beans should never be near it either.

Why is egg refrigeration mainly a US thing?

I don't know why this remains a matter of controversy. In Europe there's no need to refrigerate eggs in stores because the protective coating isn't washed off by the producers. In the US it is, therefore the eggs require refrigeration to inhibit pathogen growth. In the US context refrigeration is the right thing to do and in Europe non refrigeration is also appropriate. Context is all.

Does anyone else watch "Master Chef UK, The Professionals" on BBC-America?

I thought the two who went through from week one were a lot stronger than the two from last week. Monica is still on hilariously good form although I think she hasn't been quite as fiendish on the skills test as last year.

So what's the average Chowhound's Race / Ethnicity?

White Scottish.

Oct 25, 2013
stilldontknow in Not About Food

Masterchef the Professionals 2013 (UK) back on Nov 4th

Greg, Michel and the awesome Monica are back on the 4th with their latest season looking for the best young professional chef in the country. It's far and away my favourite of the UK Masterchef offerings and if it's up to the standard of 2012 it should make great viewing.

"doggie bags"??

Agreed it's just very rarely done here. I have to say it's not something I'd ever consider asking for although we don't seem to suffer from the same gargantuan portions as the US.

Sep 16, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Corned beef (split from UK board)

Lebowskis do a good burger but I find the service poor. Cocktail and Burger, Meat Bar and Burger Meats Buns are all doing nice things but my current favourite, by a long way, is Meathammer at Nice n Sleazy's. Just about the best burgers I've ever had. The guy is a bit a of a mad meat genius.

Aug 21, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Corned beef (split from UK board)

Keep in mind corned beef in the UK and Ireland is nothing like what you get in the States. Although we are starting to see some US style corned beef in our better delis. It's not an Irish staple it's an American Irish staple.

Aug 19, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Does anyone else watch "Master Chef UK, The Professionals" on BBC-America?

You're basically seeing one week of episodes, the following weeks repeat the same format for 3 weeks, then the remaining 8 go to head to head, the remaining four have a week of semi final challenges before the final 3 go into finals week.

The $330,000 hamburger patty

I've had dearer at the local farmers markets. :-)

Does anyone else watch "Master Chef UK, The Professionals" on BBC-America?

The celeb Masterchef has always been my least favourite of the bunch. Masterchef and Masterchef Professionals are both about contestants who are absolutely passionate about cooking and want it to be a career. Can't help the feeling that the celeb version is just another attempt by C listers to keep their profile up. Although to be fair in some series the eventual winners have produced pretty decent food. I have to admit a real disdain for celebrity variants of most shows though so I may be a little biased.

How do you like Bacon, Thick or Thin Sliced?

Dry Cured back bacon about half a centimetre thick. Like this although preferably a little thicker.

So what's the average Chowhound's age?? (Part 2)


Jul 20, 2013
stilldontknow in Not About Food

Ice Cream, What Flavors are Your Favorite and Worst?

Favourites Rhubarb and Ginger, Pear, Vanilla
Worst. Coffee

Jul 17, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Are there countries other than America that "-ize" ethnic cuisines?

> There is a reason for asking - it's that the Scots tend to think they have the best South Asian food in the country.<

With some justification, although I do offer up apologies for Chicken Tikka Masala. Vile stuff.

I like this place at the moment. It's very, very good.

And on the theme of "ized" food the Babu Bombay Street Kitchen does some brilliant Scottish Indian mixes that work surprisingly well.

Jul 13, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Favorite Vintage and Off-Beat Soda Pops

Fentimans is terrific. I love their "Old Curiosity Cola" especially.

Jul 04, 2013
stilldontknow in General Topics

Master chef: the Professionals (UK)

I have Harters although to be honest the Celeb version is probably my least favourite of the three versions. I've got Virgin too but haven't caught up with any of the American shows on offer on the Food Network. Any show where the personalities of the contestants is more important than the cooking is going to piss me off. I love the sense of camaraderie that you get amongst the contestants on the UK versions. You get the sense they all feel closer for having endured the same trial as opposed to trampling over each other to win the glory. I will give the Food Network a look. What I really, really want is more Rachel Khoo. I loved her Little Paris Kitchen and would love to see her back with another series.

I agree with you that the standard of Masterchef has improved over the years but strangely I found this years a bit underwhelming with the exception of the three finalists who I thought were a terrific as any we've ever had.

I also love how giving so many of the top chefs are of their time on our shows, whether it be on Masterchef, the recent Protégé, the Great British Menu etc. Everyone seems to be determined to drive standards up across the board and I think we've really seen the effects of that on our food culture in the last 20 years. It's very encouraging as well as delicious.

Master chef: the Professionals (UK)

My favourite programme. Monica Galleti is impressively scary and Michel Roux Jnr excellent to watch. We're pretty well served for great cooking shows in the UK and Masterchef consistently delivers year after year.

Southern Scotland, especially Glasgow

Nice to see you ate so well on your Glasgow visit. Should you return and hanker for seafood then I'd recommend Gamba, Gandolfi Fish and City Merchant as reliable central restaurants.

Jun 26, 2013
stilldontknow in U.K./Ireland