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Turkey Sausage -- the hunt goes on

You'd think, wouldn't you? They're actually pretty good _ and they're ever so slightly better for you (which is why I'm after them here).

I've been here for five years and have been stumped in London, though there's a gourmet sausage seller online that I can get them from. I may be forced to get mail-order sausages!

Thanks everyone.

Sep 02, 2010
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Turkey Sausage -- the hunt goes on

Hi Hounds.
I'm on the search for some turkey (or, at a push, chicken) sausages, for use on the grill, in lasagnas and pasta sauces etc. Had a quick search of the board (particularly enjoyed the Hot Dog thread) but haven't seen this covered - apologies if I've missed it.
I live in west London, have checked with my local butchers and at the farmer's market. I normally shop in Waitrose which doesn't seem to have any, and Sainsbury's is same.
Thanks in advance all.
-mighty

Sep 02, 2010
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[London] Best Bloody Mary?

It's referred to both as a Caesar and as a Bloody Caesar, actually. (I'm one of those apparently "obsessed" Canadians.) It's not as gross as it sounds.

Apr 06, 2009
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[London] Best Bloody Mary?

I had an excellent Bloody Mary at Bumpkin's Notting Hill (Westbourne Grove) location. Very horseradishy. It made me long for the joys of a Bloody Caesar.

Mar 04, 2009
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Informal meal around Fleet St, London

I'd second the White Swan. Office used to be around the corner, and it was our usual watering hole. They have a restaurant-y room on the second floor or you could book a table on the ground floor. The ground floor does get really noisy after work.

Kittycorner to the Swan is a place called Bertorelli. Never been, but it always seems to be doing a swift trade at lunch. Think it's part of a chain -- recall one being on Charlotte Street.

Sep 20, 2008
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Sunday lunch with stroller (west London)

Hi all. Searched the board but had no joy. I'm meeting friends for Sunday lunch and they've got a little one in tow. I'd like something traditional -- and, clearly, a glass of wine or two -- in west London, preferably Holland Park, Notting Hill, Kensington. What we don't want is somewhere the child is going to be unwelcome or upset diners paying £30 for a roast.

Thoughts are greatly appreciated. Thanks, 'hounds.

-Mighty

Jul 02, 2008
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pubs/bars in three locations [London]

In Belgravia, I really like the Thomas Cubitt on Elizabeth Street. It's very gastropubby and the dining room upstairs is pretty fancy (and the food is lovely) but it's an attractive pub on a nice street.

And I completely agree about the Seven Stars. Great place to drink -- have never eaten there, mainly because you can never get a seat!

-mighty

Jun 11, 2008
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looking for something in the church and wellesley village

Know it's above the price limit, but Bigliardi's grills a fine steak. Often overlooked in this 'hood.

Fiddleheads? London?

Can any of the Borough Market regulars tell me if they've spied fiddleheads at any of the stands? I'm in the mood for some springtime Canadian cuisine. Have pan, will travel -- anywhere in London.

Thanks in advance, hounds.

-mighty

May 21, 2008
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London during the holidays - where to go? So many places closed! Please help...

Not that much of a bummer, woojink. I was there a few weeks ago for a client lunch and was distinctly underwhelmed (except when the check arrived).
-mighty

Dec 11, 2007
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UK Kitchen Measuring- Cups, Spoons, Scales

We're pretty much anybody's -- we'll use cups, ounces, grams, mililiters, whatever you got. I have Canadian measuring cups which also have the metric equivalent printed on it -- ie., 1/2 cup is 119 ml (or whatever it is. I don't have them in front of me now.)
I did start weighing everything though and that makes life a lot easier. Having said that, I'm still a completely crap baker.

Dec 06, 2007
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Pumpkin Pie in London

Emico, there's a thread lower down the board on this very subject. Seems you're not alone in your pumpkin craving!

Nov 26, 2007
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New Burrito Place in London

whooops -- just saw the thread on wahaca. my bad.
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Nov 13, 2007
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New Burrito Place in London

has anyone tried this new wahaca place? i'm dubious (and that wasn't assuaged by a friend who went and said it was great. she's english).
-mighty

Nov 13, 2007
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Buzzy Soho spot for dinner

Hi 'hounds:

Looking for a place in Soho for dinner on Saturday night. There'll be six, all ladies, looking for some decent food and atmospheric ambiance. Don't want to break the bank, but understand that part of town's ethos when it comes to paying the bill.

Did a search of the board and had considered Great Queen Street near Covent Garden, but saw that it had disappointing reviews (and after cassoulet at the Anchor and Hope last week everything pales in comparison.)

Thoughts?

Thanks in advance all.

-mighty

Nov 13, 2007
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Canned Pumpkin in London?

You can get ED Smith (venerable Canadian brand) at the Canada Shop in Covent Garden. Since our Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's all yours. For nearly £4 a can!
- mighty

Nov 05, 2007
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Near North Ealing tube?

I used to live out there and it's a bit of a wasteland. There's a decent neighbourhood Italian restaurant which does nice pizzas and pastas but it's very neighbourhood-y and not really a destination.
Haven't been into the pub in ages but it was very mediocre.
If you walk down Hangar Lane to the common there's a pub just there -- think it's called The Grange -- and it's fairly charming and had decent food.
My suggestion would be to get on the Tube and go into town.

Nov 05, 2007
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High Wycombe

Hi all.
Have to meet in-laws for lunch on Saturday in the area. Never been. Any suggestions for lunch for four, with one veggie in the bunch? Looking for nice but not too expensive (less than £20 per), pub preferred.
Thanks in advance.
-mighty

Jun 19, 2007
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Gastropub in Holborn (or surrounding areas)?

Not bad. It's not quiet, but it's much better than during the week, 'cause all the City types are back in Surrey. You can get in the door and probably find a table.
-mighty

Jun 16, 2007
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Gastropub in Holborn (or surrounding areas)?

Certain I'm too late for you Fifi but I work in the area and can recommend the White Swan, on Fetter Lane. Owned by the same people who own the Gun out in the Docklands. Nice. The Seven Stars is fab _ the owner dresses her cats up and the bar staff is notoriously cranky _ but for a lunch or early dinner you're not going to have a lot of luck getting a table. It's right behind the Royal Courts and is jammed.
Anyway, hope you had/have a fab time.
-mighty

Jun 15, 2007
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Taste of London festival- worth checking out?

My boyfriend and I went for the first time last year and loved it. Sure, it was relatively expensive _ I'd estimate we spent about £70 _ but we both got to eat what we wanted, which was fab for a couple with very different tastes. I must have had four or five glasses of champagne, and BF had an equal number of drinks. We went home completely sated (and slightly giggly) and with our leftover crowns we bagged a few bottles of Cava from one of the stands. We're definitely going again this year.

May 02, 2007
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Glasshouse in Kew

Thanks SueM...
mighty

Apr 26, 2007
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Glasshouse in Kew

Anyone been? Considering dinner there this Friday but have read reviews saying it's slipped from a once-glorious experience and am reluctant to spend over a hundred quid on a so-so evening.
Thanks all.
-mighty

Apr 23, 2007
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Birthday dinner for picky boyfriend ...

Hi all:
Hoping for a little advice from you all.
Boyfriend's birthday is Monday and I'd like to take him out for a nice meal. The issue is that he's not hugely adventurous, so we'll have to go somewhere with menu items that won't frighten him to death.
I was thinking maybe about Tom's Kitchen or the Boxwood Cafe; we eat at (and enjoy) places like AWT's Barnes Grill and don't mind the whole gastropub experience.
But I feel like I'm missing the obvious choice.
I'll be in Westminster during the day and he'll come in and meet me.
Any modern British or excellent French appc. Would like to spend less than £20 for a main.
Thanks in advance.
-mighty

Apr 10, 2007
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The Best Bacon Sandwich?

LOL _ did anyone see the story about the boffins who created a mathematical formula for the perfect bacon sandwich? I attach the top three grafs of the BBC website story.
Full story here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/we...

Scientists have created a mathematical formula of how to make the perfect bacon butty.

Experts at Leeds University discovered the secret to the ideal sandwich lay in how crispy and crunchy rashers were.

They found that two or three back bacon rashers should be cooked under a preheated oven grill for seven minutes at about 240C (475F).

The bacon should then be placed between two slices of farmhouse bread, 1cm to 2cm thick.

Apr 10, 2007
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Where to buy black beans in South West London?

Good intel on the canned beans, yy london. I know Waitrose has dried black beans in their Cooks Ingredients section, but sometimes I just don't have overnight to soak.
-mighty

Mar 04, 2007
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Old Bay?

Thanks loobcom. A colleague has just headed back to the U.S. so she's going to bring me some back. She told me this mere seconds after I posted.
-mighty

Mar 04, 2007
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Old Bay?

Hi 'hounds. I feel like I'm always asking where-to-buy questions (which I guess makes a change from, I'll-be-in-London-where-should-I-eat questions) but I am now after some Old Bay seasoning.
Have had a scout around Sainsbury's and Waitrose; is this something the Selfridge's Food Hall may have?
Thanks again all.
-mighty

Mar 02, 2007
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Food In Londonderry, Ireland?

I was in Derry a few years ago and had several dreadful meals. I've heard that it's shaped up since but the one memorable meal I did have was in a small town, called Ballykelly. It was a fish and chip shop called Tommy`s Hot Food Bar. I think it was a runner-up for the best fish and chip shop in Britain.
-mighty

Feb 28, 2007
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exciting restaurants in north london ?

A.A. Gill gave XO a shockingly bad review in last weekend's Times.
Whether that pushes you closer towards making a reservation or running away like your hair is on fire, I'll let you decide.
-mighty

Feb 25, 2007
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