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Cheap Groceries in London?

'The market at Dalston Kingsland' is Ridley Road. It's my closest and sadly least favourite market but if you want cheap, then it's a good bet. Take the 30 from Kings Cross and get out at Dalston Junction. Most people love the Dalston scene generally so check it out online. Loads going on.

Jun 26, 2014
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Best cookies in Toronto

nookie cookie, le gourmand

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

I haven't tried 'up north' but it's rare to get a consistently good matzo ball soup in downtown Toronto - Free Times is usually better than Caplansky's but that's based on very few tries. I don't keep buying if it's expensive and doesn't perform well often enough. I had a matzo ball soup in the Main Deli, Montreal that was a bit anaemic. I've even had a mediocre one in good old Blum's (London, UK) and a few in Budapest that were so-so. Home made can't be beat so I just make my own. I haven't had a good knish for many years so bring 'em on! For the record, I favour Free Times smoked meat sandwiches over Caplansky's. It's just how it is!

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

The good old days, right? I agree but do you now feel old? ;)

Anybody remember Switzers on Spadina?

I thought Katz NYC was awful. Schwartz is good as is Main Deli in Montreal. I preferred Switzer's far above Shopsy's and miss the old Spadina. At Switzer's it was always old school Jewish deli for me - knish, kischka and gravy, new dills, cream soda! Rarely got the smoked meat - would get it in the knish - but sometimes got the hot dog which was served on a steamed bun - was it called a steamed moon? Who remembers? I don't like hot dogs usually but those were great.

New place next to Swatow?

thanks so much for this. i'm really pleased and hope that the restaurant takes off. i live in this neighbourhod with its uneven assortment of chinese, korean, thai, vietnamese and the odd japanese place. many are not worth eating in, sadly. dark horse was a welcome addition, ocho is ok but the space is not comfortable. strada241 is a lot of money for not very good food - i stopped going there. do the wait staff or kitchen even notice how many plates go back with half the food untouched?

i've missed the jewish restaurants. i hope the main floor doesn't disappoint!

what do others think?

2014 Restaurant and Food Store OPENINGS!!

walked by today and they do have paper up in the window but no mention of any opening date

New place next to Swatow?

Anyone know what it's going to be? It's where the People's Eatery used to be. When I've been able to peek inside, it doesn't look Chinese unless it's one of those snack bars that keep opening lately. Looks close to being ready.

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

You've made me think of Alice Fazooli's garlic bread which dripped with butter and made you want more. It was probably the only truly great thing on the menu! :)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

oh my god i miss those. i've had others since but they were the best!

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Many years ago there used to a Greek restaurant on the south side at the beginning of the Danforth. I'm trying to remember but it might have been called The Byzantium. When you went in, they would take you into the kitchen and point at what they were cooking and you could choose some of this and that. This type of cooking was very different than you'd get today along the trendy part of Greektown. I expect it was more home-style. I remember getting a wonderful lamb stew once with artichokes and lemon - amazing! They'd also serve you a wonderful Greek salad that was simply ripe tomatoes, black olives, mild onions and feta cheese with a greek vinaigrette (no lettuce like you see today). The price was so reasonable too. Where did these type of places go? If you know of any, tell me!

Calphalon - mourned! What replaces it? COOKING CLASSES

I was semi-addicted to the Calphalon cooking classes. So well done! What is there now? For those who never went, it was hands-on, prepare a two or three course meal (themed) and take it home. I learned a lot and then they closed. what other classes can you take that are hands-on and worth paying for in downtown Toronto?

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Definitely!!!! Three Small Rooms remains my most nostalgic place ever!
What was the place that was across the road from there - theme building with pretty nice food. Had my wedding dinner there.

2014 Restaurant and Food Store CHANGES and CLOSINGS

where, please? my son is so sad BBQues closed ( spadina/harbord)

Manchester suggestions please!

OK. Back in London and just uploaded my photos. Here are the rest:

Teacup disappointed me and I'm sad about that. I did buy a piece of pistachio and rose cake that turned out to be dry. However, it wasn't awful, nor was the lunch. I should have gone for tea as I'd hoped but dinner was looming! See http://www.flickr.com/photos/jan1ce/1...
for what I ate

Try as I may, I couldn't persuade my partner to try the Northern Quarter Restaurant but he was quite interested in the Market Restaurant next door. We got two starters and one main - it was very nicely done.. Not outstanding but we were more than happy. See http://www.flickr.com/photos/jan1ce/s... for those photos and descriptions

Finally, I wanted to take @Harters' recommendation for Choice but when we finally found it, the menu was nothing like I'd found online. I'd set myself for a lovely stew, something Northern and nourishing after three rainy, cold days. There was none of it so we opted to leave and find some pasta. We found ourselves at Don Marco and decided to go in. It was getting quite late and we had a train to catch! It was a very lovely meal and our two starters and two pasta mains were the same price as the Market Restaurant. With apologies for the lighting, the set is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jan1ce/s...

Thanks, everyone, for those recommendations and I hope this helps others. I would say MK and DM were the two standouts for me. (Feel like some MK right now!)

Feb 08, 2014
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London help

definitely not worth bothering with bodeans. i wouldn't bother with bbq generally in london. it's not that you can't get a good one but it's just not bbq territory. i'm still pushing la chapelle (galvin) for their prix fixe menu. it's a great space with lovely food and fantastic service.

Feb 06, 2014
Calam1ty in U.K./Ireland

Single Diner East London: Questions

You could go somewhere simple like the E5 bakery downstairs to the London Fields train station. I think you'd do fine in Lardo also. In Hackney, any of the pubs are good for sitting alone, to be honest, The Cock being the most friendly and assuming. A good scotch egg or sausage roll and a pint with your laptop would be great. I think The Corner Room would be fine too since it's small and relaxed. I also liked breakfast in The Hoxton Hotel by myself. It was comfy and they treated me well. Hotel prices, though. :) For wine I just go a corner shop or supermarket, to be honest and it's never been a problem but then I'm not a conoisseur.

Feb 06, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

we would have happily taken the food away with us had we had a fridge in the hotel. Oh well! Glad you enjoyed it - what did you have @greedygirl

Feb 06, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

Next review is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jan1ce/s... - for you to see. It's Sam's Chophouse.

We were a bit full from lunch. We really enjoyed Sam's and had only two complaints. We waited a while for the servers each time but, to be fair, we were sitting in the bar and the restaurant area was busy. I was disappointed a little bit - but not Sam's fault....I asked my partner to choose the main (since he would eat most of it) and one starter, one dessert and he chose none of the traditional favourites I had hoped for. So no steak and kidney pudding, no hotpot and no cheese and onion pie for me!

Feb 06, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

First restaurant visited and a Fickr set with descriptions for Middle Kingdom --
http://www.flickr.com/photos/jan1ce/s...
Thanks, Harters, and others who suggested it. One comment - they sure give huge portions in Manchester. We're used to London servings - small and expensive! We had too much food. Woah!

Feb 05, 2014
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Patisserie des Reves, Marylebone, London

will definitely check it out! thanks

Feb 02, 2014
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Hottest London restaus with actual good food/scene

Just received (for Hakkasan) and may be of interest to others: http://bit.ly/1b9EzQm - Booktable deal £35 pp - three courses.

Jan 30, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

Have I said thank you properly? I've made a big list. Like most times, it's hit or miss which places I will end up at. I like the Midland Hotel offerings but my guy is turning up his nose at them! Shrug. It will come down to how much it rains, how much I walk, how lazy I feel, and where I happen to be when I'm hungry! But I have lots of Xs on my map now and will keep looking to see if other ideas come up.

Jan 29, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

A sneaky side-note. I don't eat on Brick Lane :P (too fussy for that!), I eat OFF Brick Lane. Will look at the Manchester offerings but not sure I will go for Chinese or Indian. Always good to have something in my back pocket, though! Thanks.

Jan 28, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

I'm definitely staying away. Thanks, guys!

Jan 28, 2014
Calam1ty in U.K./Ireland

Manchester suggestions please!

Teacup noted. I travel with a cake gobbler! Chinese? It needs to be Sichuan or Fukien since spice is key for me. :)

The bread sounds good so will check it out and, if there's a fridge in my hotel room, I will consider bringing it home.

Scatterbrained service? That will get a lift of the eyebrow from the cake gobbler! Food needn't be Michelin-star but service and hygiene - definitely!

Will have to think hard about which chophouse, especially since Sams in Leeds was so disappointing. Votes, please!!!

Jan 28, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

Re Indian in the NQ, see my reply to mr_gimlet and I'd appreciate your response. Will check all those things. My partner loves Eccles cakes so I have it on my list. Unusual black pudding pairings well received here! Intrigued about the cheese and the tart. Research continues!

Jan 28, 2014
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Manchester suggestions please!

Sams has a Leeds branch. Was hoping for good Yorkshire grub but I don't think there was any. I ordered steak and kidney pudding but it was heavy. Entirely ordiary and disappointing, as I had hoped it would be a 'special' night for my anniversary. I have yet to see a Yorkshire pudding on the menu in Yorkshire! Not that I have much experience of the area but...I really want to taste the real deal.

Sorry about Mark Addy. Shall I catch it before it closes or move on?

As for the Mexican warning, thanks! Had a feeling that might be the case. As for Indian, I'm really unsure. I eat it so often in London and go to Brick Lane all the time as well as having personal connections with that culture. Would I really benefit from trying it there? (Although must admit the Birmingham experience was quite unique so who knows.)

Jan 28, 2014
Calam1ty in U.K./Ireland

Manchester suggestions please!

I'll be in Manchester for just a few days at the beginning of February. It's my second time. Last time I went to Michael Caines for the tasting menu so I don't need to go again. I've made note of:

The Mark Addy
Mr Coopers House and Garden
Albert Square Chophouse
This Is Gorilla
Panchos Burritos (for slumming or bringing back to the hotel for a lazy evening but I'm a real Mexican food afficionado from spending mucho time in LA, so will I find it dreadful?)

One word about the Chophouse - I went to the famous one in Leeds and was really disappointed. We are very adventurous eaters and like a nice, clean environment, not too stuffy or bland. On the other hand, when we travel we like to experience really local offerings so will be looking for things like black pudding, etc. We'll be staying central, at the MacDonald Hotel.

Thanks, guys!

Jan 25, 2014
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Itinerary recommendations - London

I haven't been to Viajante but all reviews are spectacular. Having eaten in the 'lesser' Corner Room, I believe it. I was underwhelmed by Tayyabs - never went back, even though it's close - but if you're looking for a sit-down local east London experience, it would be interesting for you.

I'm really fond of La Chapelle (by Galvin) - the food is very good but the space is spectacular and the service just immaculate. It's such a treat to eat there. Makes me feel special every time.

Jan 25, 2014
Calam1ty in U.K./Ireland