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Pastry Shops / Bakeries Not To Be Missed in London?

St. John Bread and Wine has the best crumble. Their brownies looks really good too.

Jul 29, 2010
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Pastry Shops / Bakeries Not To Be Missed in London?

love ottolenghi! i dream about that place now since i'm back in nyc. there's no place like it to be quite honest. if you go, get the passion fruit tart.

each branch typically offers the same type of food. although the islington branch is the biggest.

Jul 29, 2010
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Making my first food-centric trip to Philly. Thoughts/Suggestions appreciated.

ahh, thank you. i'll take a look at parc and marathon.

i made a reservation at supper but it doesn't seem to be close to anything. unless i'm mistaken?

Jul 29, 2010
felizglfr in Philadelphia

Making my first food-centric trip to Philly. Thoughts/Suggestions appreciated.

hmm...I'm looking for a place closer to center city. the place has to be close to shopping as well. (my eating partner's choice, not mine).

Jul 29, 2010
felizglfr in Philadelphia

Making my first food-centric trip to Philly. Thoughts/Suggestions appreciated.

That sounds disappointing. I've never tried a Garces restaurant, but the menu seems tasty. Perhaps it's more of a lunch/dinner place than brunch?

Jul 29, 2010
felizglfr in Philadelphia

Making my first food-centric trip to Philly. Thoughts/Suggestions appreciated.

Thank you for the suggestions.

Reading over the menu at Supper - they have red velvet waffles!!! They sound sublime!

Jul 29, 2010
felizglfr in Philadelphia

Making my first food-centric trip to Philly. Thoughts/Suggestions appreciated.

The menu at Lacroix looks amazing! l'd love to got to Lacroix, but I think it's a bit too much out of my price range.

I'm reading the thread here for brunch/breakfast and it seems only options are Sabrina's or Dutch Eating Place. But Dutch Eating Place is more of a stall not a restaurant, right?

Are there any other brunch places that less stuffy and are under $20/entree?

Thank you!

Jul 29, 2010
felizglfr in Philadelphia

Cocktail reception in London

This might help: http://www.sohohouselondon.com/
Soho House 21, located at 21 Old Compton Street, offers 3 floors of private hire space including the Cinema, Bar 19 / 21 and Dining Room 19 / 21. Soho House 21 is available to non-members.

Located at 17 Old Compton Street, the House Basement is also available to non-members for private hire.

Be it a wedding reception, Bar Mitzvah, awards ceremony or after party, whole House takeovers are available on Sundays, where up to 600 people can be catered for across the entire club.

Contact Wilfred on 0207 292 0122 or Wilfred@sohohouse.com for further details.

Soho House 21
21 Old Compton Street
London
W1D 5JJ

Apr 29, 2010
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

L'Enclume, the next El Bulli? - Lake District

Would love to hear your thoughts about this place. I just saw it in time.com

http://www.time.com/time/travel/artic...

"....Meals at L'Enclume come as a set menu of eight or 13 courses. Having traveled all that way, you aren't going to settle for eight, so it's got to be the latter (which actually comes to 15 courses, if you count amuse-bouche and cheese). You'll need about $115 (before wine) and at least four hours. Palate teasers like duck-fat lollipops and Cumberland creamed duck livers merely hint at the brilliance resoundingly confirmed in a starter like "Grown up yolk from the golden egg." What seems like a perfect yolk turns out to be an orb of concentrated chicken stock, dipped in jellified vegetable broth and golden leaves: a golden, delicious, tiny planet. There then follows a blizzard of more witty deception. "

I still would love to try the fat duck, but this seems like another option as well.

Apr 29, 2010
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Cocktail Reception - Midtown Any ideas?

Am looking for a place near the Time Life/News Corp building to hold a small (20 people) cocktail reception. We had a similar event at Capital Grille and looking to have a nice event that says "Welcome to NY." Unfortunately, budget is tight for this event so about 60-70pp if possible. It has to come under $1400 for everything! Was thinking of Bar Americain, Brasserie 8 1/2, Beacon but all of them put me over the $1500 mark.

Thanks!

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Bar Americain
152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

Brasserie 8 1/2
9 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

Apr 26, 2010
felizglfr in Manhattan

NYC Chowhound in London 1st time

how about broadway market in hackney for a good foodie market that might not have as many tourists at borough? they just featured stalls from broadway market in food and wine magazine this month.

Jun 10, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Three Afternoon Teas, London

the jams at the National Dining Rooms was amazing. I had the raspberry jam when I went. Plus, the clotted cream was just as good. The scones were cold and hard as rocks though.

Nevertheless, I'm still thinking of the clotted cream and raspberry jam mixture in my mouth. so good. I might have to pop over to Heals one day.

Here's my short take tea at the National Dining Room:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623460

Jun 09, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

[London] Lunch/snacks near Oxford St?

yup, nordic bakery it is. i passed by that place last month and wanted to try but I already had some takeaway food on me.

oh yah here's the place on carnaby that looked good:
http://www.carnaby.co.uk/store/dehesa
everytime i've been to carnaby, i've seen that place packed. (maybe from the tourists?) i wonder if it's good.

Jun 08, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

[London] Lunch/snacks near Oxford St?

how about Carnaby Shopping area? there are a couple of places around there that might fit the bill. But i guess if you're going that direction, i guess you could head to Fernandez & Wells.

There's also a Swedish bakery that looked really good around that area if you wanted to try.

Jun 08, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

derby recs?

I really enjoyed dinner at Ebi Sushi. I stunned my boyfriend who lived in Japan for two years who grew up in Derby until he was 7. He saw with this mouth agape at how authentic the place was to him (well, as authentic as it could be in Derby!).

We got there at 8 and as you said YSL, the items my boyfriend and I wanted (Hamachi Kama and Gyoza) was already gone. The waitress pointed out to the two large parties of Japanese businessmen as the reason why most of the good stuff was gone. For shame. Anyway, we order a chriashi each, salmon terriayki and yakatori. The fish was very fresh and I don't think I've ever eaten a chriashi bowl so quickly in my life!. The yakatori and salmon was well prepared and tasted really buttery/smooth(if I had a better adjective I'd use it!). I could have eaten a ton of those yakatori sticks. The green tea they gave us at the end of the meal was even lovely. I wish we had a lot more money and the waist line to order more but we enjoyed ourseleves highly. I was very jealous of the business men who were downing tons of saki and ordering very delicious looking food items from the specials menu (written in Japanese).

I do hope I can find a place like Ebi Sushi in London though. I still haven't tried Tomo and perhaps that place might do the trick.

Jun 08, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Albion/Boundary - anyone been yet? (Shoreditch)

oh man, they had kedgeree there. When I went on a Friday at 6.30, I ordered the rump steak and tomato salad. The rump steak was grilled and seasoned very well and included a bit of bone marrow (yum!). It was priced at £9.75. The tomato salad was very fresh and was pretty much various types of tomatoes sliced, seasoned with salt and topped off with parsley. Priced at £4.75 it was a bit expensive but the quality of the tomatoes they used made up for the price. For pudding, I had the apple and blackberry crumble whilst my friend had the chocolate cake. Both were very good but nothing to rave about to be honest. The good part was that both desserts were fairly light and it didn't make you feel like you ate a ton. Both were between £5-6. The white wine was nothing special but I ordered the cheapest class at £3.75.

The crowd at the Albion was those very cool older East London types mixed in with after work City workers. I tried going to the rooftop bar before our early dinner but since the weather was amazing two Fridays ago, the rooftop was full. I would love to go to the rooftop as well. I miss those here in London.

Jun 08, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Food Bloggers Stall????

I came across this today when I was browsing through Urban Junkies. It looks good. Has anyone been??

In a UK first, this June sees the launch of the Food Bloggers Stall at The Covent Garden Real Food Market. Every Thursday world leading food experts will be serving up some of their favourites and sharing top tips: Eat Like A Girl, Hollow Legs, Helen Graves and Cheese and Biscuits will be dishing out some of their favourite bites with some excellent fizzy. And while your there check out the rest of the UK's finest food producers at The Covent Garden Real Food Market with mouth-watering delights iincluding SJ Frederick & Sons’ free range Label Anglais chickens, Neal’s Yard Dairy cheeses, The Spore Boys’ famous mushroom sandwiches and Crumbs & Doilies’ delectable cupcakes and Sugar Grain gluten-free cakes.

http://www.urbanjunkies.com/london/ag...

Jun 05, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

derby recs?

This place sounds good. I wonder if I could make reservations for this Saturday. Let's hope they still have the good stuff.

Jun 04, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Planning trip to Edinburgh in late spring-help

Definitely like King's Wark for their food and cosy atmosphere.

Jun 04, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

THE WOLSELEY

ahh that's it, thanks!

Jun 03, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Edinburgh restaurants

I liked Mussel Inn in the New Town area of Edinburgh between Princes and Georges Street. Relaxed atmosphere, casual, good seafood at good prices. If you're looking for a casual restaurant. Get the half kilo of mussels with the creme and shallot sauce. Also, try to book reservations if you're planning on going during a weekend. When I went, we were fortunate enough to arrive early (6pm) for a seat but by the time we left it was full.

It's not a restaurant but I really enjoyed Oink on Victoria Street which is a takeaway/casual dining. If they're huge roast pig in the front window does NOT want to make you go in, then I don't know. ha Get the apple filling with the skin if you get the roast pork sandwich. It should cost you about £4.

I also enjoyed The King's Wark over in the Leith area of Edinburgh. Its neither in the Old or New Town area and you'll need to take a short 15 minute bus ride to this area. It has a cosy atmosphere with solid, good Scottish food. I went for a scottish breakfast but have heard their other meals are delish as well.

I hope these recs help.

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Mussel Inn
Rose St, Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh EH2 2, GB

Oink
Edinburgh, UK

The King's Wark
Edinburgh, UK

Jun 03, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

THE WOLSELEY

I've been there for afternoon tea recently and enjoyed it. At £20, it's decently priced. I had warm scones, nice finger sandwiches, and some good pastries. Their tea wasn't bagged either.

My sister went there for lunch when she came to visit me and really loved it. She liked umm this curry, fish and rice dish (the name escapes at the moment, maybe it starts with a 'k') and she thought it was delish.

Jun 02, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

afternoon tea by national portrait gallery

thanks for the rec.

i wanted something under £15 and only found the national dining room at the national gallery. it was fine, if nothing special to write about. the scones were hard as rocks and cold! at least the clotted cream and rasberry jam were delish!

Jun 01, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

derby recs?

thanks! kinda random for sushi but if it's good we might as well try it.

May 29, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

afternoon tea by national portrait gallery

hi everyone, i was looking into grabbing high tea with a visitor at the national potrait gallery restaurant for the great views during our muesum hopping day tomorrow but realized it closes at 2.30 on saturdays. would anyone have recs around national potrait gallery for afternoon tea tomorrow? i only know haymarket hotel in that area. am looking for afternoon tea under £15 if possible. thanks!

May 29, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

derby recs?

Am planning a short trip to the derbyshire/derby for a weekend.

would anyone know any good restaurants in derby city centre itself?

thanks for the help!

May 28, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

WANTED: Unusual London restaurant. Dead or alive.

hope you got to go to the double club while you were still here. the place has gotten pretty ridiculous with their door policy recently. you pretty much can't go in unless you have a dinner reservation or your name is on "the list"

Apr 17, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Thattukada in East Ham

me too!

Apr 06, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Bob Bob Ricard expanding?

Was in soho yesterday and saw the bob bob ricard logo on some windows right across their main restaurant on Upper James Street. anyone have any clue what this new space will be?

Apr 06, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland

Thattukada in East Ham

Went here with a friend visiting from New York last week and enjoyed ourselves. I couldn't get over how cheap it was (2 mango lassis, dosas, paratha, veg and chicken curry for £13). When you compare it to £13 for one portion of haddock, large chips and mushy peas for the same price at The Golden Hind, it's kinda ridic. Anyway, I would really like to go back and have the veg thali (I was jealous of the people ordering it around us) and one of the fish currys. I'll be honest, I'm new to this whole "curry" thing and am only familiar with Punjab food so I was thrown a bit when I got my chicken curry. It's not as creamy as the the usual chicken curry I've gotten from Lahore Kebab but still just as spicy. I still like my usual Punjab/typical curry choices so I think I need to be educated/convinced more about Kerlan food.

Apr 06, 2009
felizglfr in U.K./Ireland