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Last Minute Long Weekend in London

I've long been a fan of tea at the Mandeville (I've been three times) and had tea at Browns two weeks ago and won't be going again.

It wasn't that there was anything wrong with it (aside from awkward seating and a very noisy atmosphere and waiting ages for the cheque), but that it simply didn't feel special enough to justify the price. I didn't feel like we received the same quality of attention that the Mandeville gives, nor was the food that much more spectacular, if at all. I felt like just another diner, and at £37, I want a bit more than that.

I remain a fan of the Mandeville and think it is the best tea in London in terms of QPR.

Aug 29, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

Restaurant Supply Stores in London?

I know you want stores, but what about the Nisbets catalogue? No need to travel all over London.

http://www.nisbets.co.uk/

Aug 22, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

High Tea vs Afternoon Tea?

North Americans typically refer to afternoon tea as high tea and I've seen places that refer to the additional added warm dish as high tea.

Apr 24, 2010
nanette in General Topics

High Tea vs Afternoon Tea?

In tea drinking terms, high tea is a more eloborate usually featuring a small warm dish along with all the afternoon tea trimmings. It tends to be enjoyed toward the end of tea hours. A lot of places don't offer high tea. I think Claridges and the Dorchester offer high tea.

Afternoon tea is the standard cakes, sandwiches, and scones.

Apr 24, 2010
nanette in General Topics

Need advice on Lemonade in London

nothing wrong with Essex... I usually go with Prosecco.

Apr 24, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

High Tea & Theatre [London]

How much do you want to spend? £20 each? £30 each? £40 each?

Most of the classic afternoon experiences in London hotels are centred between Bond St and Green Park tube stations, which are a very short journey to Victoria station.

Apr 24, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

Need advice on Lemonade in London

Or champagne if you're a serious drinker.

Apr 23, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

[London] Where to buy frozen salmon burgers?

Civil Servants, teachers, academic employees, chartered this and that, and people with their own business.

Apr 20, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

[London] Pre or post theatre restaurant?

Cote is nice, but it is a chain in the South East of England. No complaints from me, but it isn't that special of an experience.

Apr 20, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

Cornwall Eats

I prefered Rick Stein's fish and chip place much more than the proper restaurant as after a day of walking, I was looking more than a little windswept and it was laidback and they serve Sharps beers. Good piece of cod and nice chips.

Apr 10, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

[London] Pre or post theatre restaurant?

Try Bocca di Lupo on Archer Street. Good food, good price for pre theatre, though of late the service has lost some of its luster.

Apr 10, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

[London] Where to buy frozen salmon burgers?

It is their Kirkland brand. I'd suggest an email to make sure they have them in stock before trekking out. If you have a US card, you can use it in the UK. If not, you have to have a business or belong to one of the specified profession, details on their website.

Mar 31, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

[London] Where to buy frozen salmon burgers?

UK Costco branches stock them.

Mar 27, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

How to Talk About Wine

Yes, avoiding fruit bombs is exactly what I'm trying to do. I tend to drink wine with food, so I'm not after anything that is going to overpower what I'm eating. I'm not saying all super fruit wines do this, just that it isn't what I like. I like it when my wine and food work together.

I'm still new to wine, always learning every time I taste. Thanks the link, I will be adding it to my studies.

Feb 21, 2010
nanette in Wine

How to Talk About Wine

Wow, I wasn't quite expecting all this.

Most of the time, I'm fairly confident ordering wine, but in this instance, I was in an Italian restaurant and faced with a menu of Italian wines and mostly grapes and regions I hadn't heard of, or had only heard of in passing. I can't be the only one either, so I find it difficult to believe I'm the first person who would have fumbled a description of what they liked.

I appreciate the comments, and I posted in the hope that when I'm in this situation again, I can describe what I'm after a bit better. Thank you suggesting other words such as "fruity" and will consider my feelings on oaks and tannins the next time I'm tasting.

For the record - I wanted something dry that wasn't fruity, but more spicy. Is it possible for it to be soft too? I was hoping to avoid some the heavily fruited reds I didn't enjoy when I was back on the West Coast. Having not drunk much Italian wine, I didn't have a clue.

Feb 20, 2010
nanette in Wine

How to Talk About Wine

Thanks Jason

Feb 18, 2010
nanette in Wine

How to Talk About Wine

I recently dined at a herdled London restaurant was treated rather rudely by the head waiter/sommelier when asked what kind of wine I liked. I said I like dry reds and wasn't keen on anything sweet, but was quickly admonished and lectured that only white wines can be described as dry and sweet and treated like an idiot. I also wasn't interested in buy a £45 bottle of wine when the list was filled with £30 bottles.

Now, I'm not a connoisseur, but I know what I like and what I don't, and I have cooked enough to have read "dry red wine" in many recipes. Was I in the wrong to describe a red as dry? Are there words that apply only to whites or reds? What can I say in the future to avoid the lecture with my busiate?

In the end, I was peeved to have been treated like an idiot (I'm paying to eat there, not for an education, I'll go to WSET for that, thanks) and ordered a £25 bottle of Bardolino.

Feb 18, 2010
nanette in Wine

Private dining room for b-day party - London or someplace easily accessible from London

Maybe Bocca di Lupo would fit the bill? Good food (not as great as is made out, but good), centrally located in Soho, and a cool private room.

http://www.boccadilupo.com/

Feb 16, 2010
nanette in U.K./Ireland

Chelsea buns in Chelsea [London]

When in doubt, go to Delia:
http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/ty...

The St John recipe has also been published:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyl...

Dec 03, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

Buying whole vanilla beans in London?

You might try mail order. There a number of outlets on line selling many different types of beans that aren't as dear as they would be at the supermarket.

Dec 03, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

terroirs in the basement [London]

Truthfully, we mostly drank. As we were sat at the bar, we didn't have a proper meal, but nibbled on charcuterie, cheese, and then had dessert. The spiced walnuts on the endive were very good and the creme caramel rather dreamy.

I actually thought what we ate had improved over previous visits (the terrine was better). The service was very much improved.

Dec 03, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

terroirs in the basement [London]

I've been a number of times and find that upstairs doesn't get all that loud until about 8, should be alright. However, the tables downstairs a bit more spread out, not quite as cheek to jowl, but it was rather quiet before 7.

Dec 02, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

terroirs in the basement [London]

Ate downstairs at the bar last night without a reservation, and there were free seats next to us as well. Would guess if there are only two of you and it is early in the week before 7, you likely have a good chance to get a seat at the bar without a booking.

Didn't notice any difference in the quality of food, but did think that service was better and the environs much less rushed, loud, and hectic. When I go again will try to sit in the basement. It was a real oasis until it started to get busy around 8, but very easy to have a conversion.

The chicken and potatoes (served for 2) looked amazing, am looking forward to have the chance to go again soon and try it.

Dec 02, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

New Year's Eve Celebration

Thanks for the tips, some excellent leads!

Nov 30, 2009
nanette in Greater Seattle

London: Best NON-Restaurant Places and Shops for a Foodie?

There is a a "Real Food Market" at Covent Garden going on with special festive treats. I've not yet been but hope to go soon.

http://www.coventgardenlondonuk.com/e...

Fortnum and Mason is quite impressive with a selection of high end and interesting food on offer. I go for the teas and biscuits.

Nov 30, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

New Year's Eve Celebration

Hello,

I am once again making a trip home for Christmas and New Year and was hoping to take my husband out for a special meal. Have any of you seen special menus or notices of restaurants offering some sort of New Year's Eve celebration?

My searches thus far have only found one in Bellevue and thought it might be worth asking those of you who are local if you've seen anything. We're not looking for a party, but a nice meal in a fun environment with good food, and a champagne toast at midnight.

Thank you.

Nov 30, 2009
nanette in Greater Seattle

Where Are the Best Wine Shops in Seattle or Eastside?

Pete's Wine Shop in Bellevue is great.

http://www.peteswineshop.com/

Nov 25, 2009
nanette in Greater Seattle

Ordering/Buying a turkey for Thanksgiving, and other Thanksgiving foods in London

If any Americans find themselves without a turkey, be aware that Ocado has them available for delivery between Nov 24-28 with an expiry of Nov 30. They are fresh, not frozen birds.

Nov 23, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

London: Lunch time near museums

I'd suggest afternoon tea at the Mandeville after a visit to the Wallace Collection. I have a long tea post I need to write that includes 2 of the Peyton and Byrne outlets (they have one at the Wallace Collection), and aside from the preserves, they don't received my endorsement. I'd place the Mandeville at the top of the sub £25 per head afternoon tea. They offer a gentlemen's tea and now have a Christmas tea that I hope to try early next month.

Nov 20, 2009
nanette in U.K./Ireland

Costco in the UK

I got to Costco a lot, but I don't find things to be that much cheaper than they are in the supermaket. I do buy meat, coffee, eggs, and peanutbutter there, but not much else. I find that the food isn't always up to the same quality it is in the US.

Costco over here will let you use your US card, which you can renew online. I've always used my US card and never had a problem.

The food court is largely the same and serves baked potatoes and individual pastry items, which they don't market in the US. After a number of years of filling in suggestion forms, they brought over chocolate frozen yoghurt, but they call it ice cream!

They have recently launched the executive membership over here, so they might be taking the Costco US exec club Amex now.

Nov 17, 2009
nanette in Chains