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Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

Ah...Understand now. Thx.

about 10 hours ago
Robin Joy in Not About Food

Watermelon cutting hack video - how about that knife?

Here's Quentin Tarantino doing a great job with what looks like a Forschner chef's:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FN4PF...

about 12 hours ago
Robin Joy in Cookware

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

Why should cart immobilizers reduce how much you bought? Not being critical, just curious!

about 13 hours ago
Robin Joy in Not About Food
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Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

Prepare yourself America. Aldi & Lidl are coming. The large chains in the UK are already under great pressure from them.

about 22 hours ago
Robin Joy in Not About Food

Please return your shopping carts, you lazy bum

Most large supermarkets here in the UK do this. It works.

about 22 hours ago
Robin Joy in Not About Food

Does It Bother You to Be Photographed While Eating?

Does he have a living parent, or a spouse/child etc. whom you could enlist to help get the message across?

I think that message shouldn't be that people don't like it, but more that it's really, really bad manners: "You don't want people thinking you're bad mannered, do you Bryan?" or "Dad, that's kinda low class behavior you know. You're embarrassing me".

BTW, I think that flipping the bird etc. is just rude, and two wrongs don't make a right.

Aug 26, 2015
Robin Joy in Not About Food

Cocktails before wine

I've not been to Japan for quite a few years now, but when I was last there it was common to see whiskey being consumed throughout a restaurant meal, along with many cigarettes! Maybe it's changed nowadays?

Aug 24, 2015
Robin Joy in Wine

Indian Cooking Tips and Recipes

Late reply, but you might enjoy this & the other episodes:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x11s...

Aug 17, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

7 nights in London beginning this Wednesday

The last strike a few weeks ago was a nuisance, but not a disaster. A cab might take about 50% longer than normal. Probably best to ask your hotel book one though.

Aug 03, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

For terrific value try Le Gavroche's fixed lunch at £55 including a couple of glasses of wine:

http://www.le-gavroche.co.uk/

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

Jul 27, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

London next week, upscale but not high end nor set menu

Very true John. I worked next door from '86 to '99 and I was there on the first day it opened as a public market. The Two Fat Ladies did a cooking demo! Then Maria's Cafe (in her original premises) was really the only eating place, everything else was proper produce. Much preferred it myself.

Jul 27, 2015
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

Looking for cookbook suggestions

These days I just use the web and print out any keepers, which I tuck inside an old recipe scrapbook. I do however rather miss the pleasures of thumbing through a cookbook, especially if the background text is interesting and well written, but I'm glad to have freed up some space.

Jul 26, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Gordon Ramsay Carrot, Cumin, Orange Salad question...

Briefly rinse them and pat them dry with paper towels?

Jul 18, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Ideas/Recommendations for Lamb Shoulder

Slow roast works really well if you are free to start prep 5 hours before eating. Here's Jamie Oliver's version, which is excellent:

http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/la...

Jul 12, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Andouillette.

Does anyone, anywhere on CH like eating andouillette? Please educate me as to their attraction.

I find them a challenge too far myself.

Jul 09, 2015
Robin Joy in General Topics

What are some ingredients you don't like to use?

I've tried more than once John. Don't bother.

Actually I think this calls for a new Post.

Jul 09, 2015
Robin Joy in General Topics

What are some ingredients you don't like to use?

Jul 09, 2015
Robin Joy in General Topics

Thinking of going straight gauge

"Weight 22lbs".....Can that be right?

Jul 09, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

How to cook salmon?

It roasts really well, no need to cover or wrap in foil etc. I brush with a little oil, season, and roast skin side down on a foil lined shallow tray in a fairly hot oven for about 8 minutes for fillets of average size and thickness.

Jul 09, 2015
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

HELP! Is my LC Salvageable?

Lye will work. Be very careful.

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

Jun 28, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

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
Robin Joy in U.K./Ireland

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
Robin Joy in General Topics

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
Robin Joy in Home Cooking

Olive oil pouring spout?

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

Jun 04, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

Olive oil pouring spout?

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

Jun 03, 2015
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in Cookware

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
Robin Joy in Cheese

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
Robin Joy in Cheese

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
Robin Joy in Cookware