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HELP! Is my LC Salvageable?

Lye will work. Be very careful.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8946...

Jun 28, 2015
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Sunday lunch near National Portrait Gallery

If you want to sit down to a civilised lunch you could do worse than the National Dining Rooms in The National Gallery. in by 12.00, out by 13.45 is perfectly possible.

http://www.peytonandbyrne.co.uk/the-n...

This might also suit, right near Cockspur Street:

http://www.thetrafalgar.com/vista-hom...

Otherwise Crypt or Pret are by far your best options for a quick Sunday bite. You're in the middle of Tourist Trap Central there, so don't expect too much I'm afraid.

Someone may correct me, but I don't think there's much else of merit on the very short walk to Cockspur St.

Jun 28, 2015
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Restaurant, Shopping Recommendations near Borough

Some traders in BM are there every day (actually, I don't think I've ever been on a Monday, so maybe not) but by Fri/Sat it's at full throttle.

The local branch of Tas is okay: http://www.tasrestaurants.co.uk/borou...

Jun 21, 2015
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Pastas - Different quality?

Is Cipriani widely availabled in the US? It's astonishingly good (and reassuringly expensive). Rare these days on UK supermarket shelves. Their jars of sauce are also several levels above anyone else's, IMO.

http://shop.cipriani.com/collections/...

Otherwise I get De Cecco, used by many top resaurants, I believe.

Jun 21, 2015
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Organic grassfed beef

Maybe just overtly meaty John? I made a lamb curry recently, and cubing up the boned shoulder I used was quite a pungent process. The "gaminess" was certainly there on the nose, even for the first few minutes of cooking.

Jun 05, 2015
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Olive oil pouring spout?

An inert gas oil preserver! Now that could sell......

Jun 04, 2015
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Olive oil pouring spout?

I reckon some sort of stopper is needed to minimise air circulation. Helps the oil stay fresher?

Jun 03, 2015
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Olive oil pouring spout?

+1 on that K, except I like the flapper gizzy as it makes the process entirely one handed.

Jun 03, 2015
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ISO mild blue cheese for dressing

In general I'd expect what supermarkets stock to be young, creamy and mild. It comes in many guises though, and the more aged and expensive examples seem to be firmer and "piccante". In the UK something very similar is marketed as "Dolcelatte", but it may not be available in the US.

I'm afraid you'll need a specialist Hound to tell you any more.

Jun 02, 2015
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ISO mild blue cheese for dressing

Gorgonzola works really well in dressings I find Duffy, but I don't know if you see it much in the US? Also it's good simply melted in heavy cream for a nice and slimming pasta sauce.

Jun 01, 2015
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I'm Looking to Buy a Manual Citrus Juicer

I've never used one of these, and I gather that they're pretty useless, but boy do I want one!

http://www.independent.co.uk/property...

Jun 01, 2015
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Lunch recs: Tower of London/20 Fenchurch Street vicinity

The Garlic Chili Chicken is great, as are the Tandoori Lamb Chops (or anything else from the Tandoor oven).

Not the cheapest, but not silly money. Expect about $35 a head with soft drinks, $50 with a couple of beers.

http://www.rajasthan1.co.uk/about-the...

The Walrus And Carpenter pub next door has an upstairs dining room with perfectly OK pub food for half Rajasthan money.

http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaura...

May 31, 2015
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Lunch recs: Tower of London/20 Fenchurch Street vicinity

Perfectly true Phil, but the issue for the OP is what is available in a very small geographic area? I spend every working day no more than 300m from 20 Fenchurch St., and I'm struggling to come up with anything more suitable!

There's not much "Fayne Dayning" nearby, and the Modern European spots (1 Leadenhall, Coq D'Argent etc.) are all expense account money, which the OP wants to avoid. There are plenty of pretty basic pubs/wine bars, touristy bug hutches, chains (Nando's) and trad classics (Simmos, G&V), but I don't think they really fit the bill.

As a wild card, Rajasthan is a truly excellent Indian, in exactly the right spot.

May 30, 2015
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Another specific question re: London Liverpool Station and Stonehenge on a bank holiday

There appears to be two Pasty outlets at Waterloo. I've eaten from the West Cornwall Pasty outlet at Twickenham Stadium and it's excellent, so I guess their Waterloo shop would be fine too (It's on the lowest of three levels). I can't speak for "The Pasty Shop" on the main level, but I'd bet it's a bit more mass market.

http://www.networkrail.co.uk/london-w...

May 28, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Lunch recs: Tower of London/20 Fenchurch Street vicinity

Do you like fish and chips? Loch Fyne in Leadenhall Market is good. Also Leadenhall Market itself is worth a brief visit. The actual shops are mainly high street standards these days, but it's got a good feel and it's only 2 minutes walk from 20 Fenchurch St.

http://www.lochfyneseafoodandgrill.co...

May 27, 2015
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How to Remove Aluminum from Bottom of Oven

Try reading the replies Kitkat. Many issues are covered.

May 26, 2015
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The Future of Food

As the rapidly expanding numbers of Gym Bunnies become parents, passing their ethos on to their children, the consumption of meat, as others have noted, is surely going to fall. I expect that this trend will be accelerated by stronger scientific evidence of the health hazards of eating lots of meat.

May 20, 2015
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The Future of Food

Farm to Doorstep sounds good, but at every farmers market in the UK I find that prices are at or above comparable shop prices. I really don't like badmouthing the hard pressed agricultural community, but surely cutting out all the middlemen should benefit both producer and consumer? I feel that the producers are keeping all the middlemens' slice, rather than attracting custom by passing some (half?) of the savings on to the consumer.

May 20, 2015
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The Future of Food

Have you read Wedgwood-Benn's diaries John? They're a very dusty read, so I hesitate to recommend them, but in the 1960s he clearly predicts that technological advances will mean less jobs, not more leisure time.

May 20, 2015
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Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

I apologise June.

May 13, 2015
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Fera at Claridge's (LONDON)

I've not been since the Gordon Ramsay association ended, but I always liked it. Glad they've continued the affordable lunch, but it looks from your pic. like they've economised on the crockery somewhat. I'm sure I've got a bowl like that from Woolworths circa 1980! And is that a housebrick with salt in it behind the water glass?

May 13, 2015
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UK restaurant terminolgy query

I've always assumed it refers to a "Face", e.g. Gordon R, who comes in with a menu, teaches the chef and staff on site how to deliver, and then returns every so often to refresh as required. His name goes on the menu, and on a monthly cheque!

May 06, 2015
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Time to get rid of the microwave?

My oh my Puff! You've been on the receiving end of a drive-by.

Do you by any chance regret posting?

May 05, 2015
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Any experience storing a copper pan permanently on a sailboat?

SS with teflon interior? Easy to find here in the UK.

Apr 27, 2015
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Any experience storing a copper pan permanently on a sailboat?

Leave a few inches of copper pipe from a hardware store on board to gauge oxidation issues.

Apr 27, 2015
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Raw Leg of Lamb Left Out Overnight

Just a little self-depreciating joke for my own amusement! :)

Apr 27, 2015
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Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

Well I've just learned a tiny bit about feedlots:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feedlot

My money would be that there's very little of this happening in Ireland. Feed supplements maybe, but, as Paprikaboy said, not factory farming.

Apr 27, 2015
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Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

:)

Apr 27, 2015
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Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

I stand to be corrected, but I think it's unlikely that cattle can be factory farmed at all, so it's all free range. Maybe excepting veal calves.

Apr 27, 2015
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Raw Leg of Lamb Left Out Overnight

Yup. And we still point at airplanes.