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Olive Oil with Bread

I've come across it in about 3 restaurants in Sicily, all of which are involved in the production of the olive oil they serve. I don't know if this is a traditional thing or whether it has started following US influence. The implication in one of the places is that they had been doing this for ages.

Oct 06, 2008
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London-Italian food supplies....where?

I go to Gazzano's on Farringdon Road for my supplies. However, I have family in Muswell Hill and visit them by using East FInchley tube... In East FInchley there are two possibles, one on the High Road near Fortis Green and the other on Fortis Green itself, the second may be more cafe than deli - I don't know as it's shut by the time I get tehre of an evening. I'd vote for Gazzano's over the place on the High Road, but it's a lot less convenient!
Muswell Hill's best (Italian) deli is now closed, the owner went back to Italy. However, there are a number of deli's and deli type shops with foodie goodies in MH. There's one on Fortis Green Road, almost opposite the cinema, it might be called Oliver's these days and one that's on Muswell Hill Broadway itself, the opposite side to the Post Office. The first has been tarted up a lot since I used to get lunch in there, the second is new and I've only had a very quick nose. Other than that, there are some swanky bread and danish type shops in MH where you should be able to pick up something nice, including a Maman Blanc.
Hope that helps.

Oct 06, 2008
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Ready meal.

You might have more luck on the home cooking board, do you still have the box with the ingredients list?

Aug 27, 2008
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When's the best time to go to Anchor and Hope

Never been on a Sunday... Based on previous experience, the best thing to do is ring them up and ask. They've always been friendly and generally they know best how things go! I hope you enjoy, I've not been for a while and as I only work 5 minutes away I really should go more often!

Aug 26, 2008
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Italian Island for a Honeymoon: Sardegna or Sicily?

If OP's not interested (date of post) then I am! I'm back to near Ragusa for another couple of weeks in September and am always interested in all things Sicily!

Aug 13, 2008
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NYC foodie moving to london

The stall at Borough is Sardinian, I forgot all about it, they have one that is quite similar to one of the fennel salamis I've had in Sicily. But no-one has the really nice coarse one I'm after, I'll try and find out the name when I'm there this time!

I'm a regular at Camisa, Lina Stores and Gazzano's (mostly Gazzano's as it's easy from work). I've also done the trawl of a number of online places, the names of which don't stick as I've not had a lot of success.
The closest I know in terms of cheese is greek kefalotiri, but it's just not the same and no-where seems to have the range of cheese I'd like.

There's a couple of other deli's I've tried sort of Belgravia/Brompton direction with no luck.

Aug 05, 2008
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NYC foodie moving to london

greedygirl, yes you can get salami, but you can't get certain salamis. I'd like to be able to get certain Sicilian ones too, especially the really coarse one and the ones with pistachios and some of the varieties with fennel. But so far, you can't, or I've not found them. Neither can you get a lot of varieties of Italian cheese. I'm always on the lookout for aged ragusano but no joy. So if JFores manages to find somewhere to look I'm interested! On the other hand, it provides an excuse to go back to Sicily, I'm off in a months time!

Aug 05, 2008
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SCOTLAND - Need advice for many cities!

Hmm, whilst I'd be tempted to believe the locals it is still on with Colliers Robert Barry, they are a commercial agent. Funny I never noticed it on the hspc site and I've been doing a fair bit of looking! But then it is on CRB for more than I can afford - but it's always interesting to look! I want to move!

Jul 29, 2008
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SCOTLAND - Need advice for many cities!

It's still on the agents website, so I assume still on their books. Certainly, didn't go on to the particular site until after April or I might have done a drive pass last time I was in the Highlands.

Jul 28, 2008
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SCOTLAND - Need advice for many cities!

Not sure how it will affect things but the 2 Quail in Dornoch is on the market at the moment, it was still shown as fr sale the last time I looked, but they may have had offers. Just beware, the owners/chef may not be there very much longer.

Jul 28, 2008
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Pork Pies

If you're ever in Gloucestershire, Jesse Smith's butchers (or at least the one in Cirencester, there are a number) used to do a good line in pork pies. Actually, most of their pies were good. The pork and apple one was a particular favourite.

Jul 25, 2008
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SCOTLAND - Need advice for many cities!

What was most disappointing about it was that it has possibly the most hyped up reputation of anywhere we ate and was such a bad experience across the board.

Anyway, as I was showing my family where I want to go and live I made a point of taking them to places that are known tourist places because they are beautiful/good for food etc. We flew in to Inverness and headed straight across the country to Plockton where we stayed and ate at the Plockton Hotel. The meal we had was delightful and all the fish was wonderfully fresh, crab, halibut, mussels and others, they had no prawns because the boats hadn’t been out (weather had been bad). I would certainly recommend the place to anyone that might listen! We had breakfast too as we were staying there and that was also pretty good, kippers, smoked haddock, really good fresh yoghurt… Then as my sister is a prawn freak we headed to the Applecross Inn for lunch (plus I knew the drive would blow their minds) I had been torn between going there and trying the Kishorn fish bar (?) and a place in Kyle of Lochalsh, Applecross won because of the drive and my friends husband wasn’t wild about the place in Kishorn when he went. I won’t say the bay prawns were the best I’ve ever had (they were a bit overcooked) but they are tasty which is why 5 of our table of 6 had them for lunch! We then drove back to Inverness and ate at the unmentionable place that night. Sunday we skipped lunch (understandable) and just had an Orkney (I think) ice-cream in the afternoon. We ate that night at Boath House, which was truly wonderful, it’s just the other side of Nairn from Inverness, they do a set 5 course dinner for about £50 (I think) which is up there with the best meals I’ve eaten and the owner was a delight. Certainly if I lived in Inverness and wanted to splash out this is where I’d go rather than Rocpool, plus their wine list was great (if pricey – not to say they mark the wines up, but rather that they have a good selection of appropriate age old world wines). We lunched at the Cawdor Tavern, which I’ve taken to visiting before flying back down south as it’s convenient for the airport and the food is good, because of our flight times we rushed it but things like the chicken liver pate and hot smoked salmon salad were just what we needed to get us home and not have to bother too much about dinner that night!

I hope you enjoy your stay (can’t wait to move), if I remember the name of the café in Portree I’ll add some more…

Jul 23, 2008
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SCOTLAND - Need advice for many cities!

I'm talking about moving to Inverness (or somewhere nearby) so was taken up there for a long weekend birthday treat by my parents and sister. (It saved me the expense of having to take them up to introduce them to the area) Anyway, on one of our two nights inInverness itself we ate at the Rocpool restaurant (at the hotel) my advice would be, don't. Or perhaps DON'T. Service was atrocious, food was over complicated and suffered (far too many tastes on one plate) and few of them were particularly exciting, some were actually pretty unpleasant. We eventually left without having dessert as we were pretty upset/pissed off. We had far far better meals that were less expensive whilst in the Highlands and if I can save just one person the experience we had I'll be pleased.

I'll type up some of the pther places we ate when I've calmed down again...

Jul 21, 2008
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Borough Market (London) strategy, Saturday a.m.

Interesting, after the last round of beef buying at Lidgates I have decided not to bother, when I compared to Northwick farms produce it just seemed tasteless. Probably just as well as I'd need a second mortgage to shop at Ligates regularly! If you want to chat to the Northfield farm butchers, don't drink in TMP (I've never had a good pint in there) go to The Globe, of course, they drink their guiness very quickly so talk fast!

Jul 09, 2008
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La Barca, Waterloo/Southwark, London

This is one of the places the bosses use to entertain (certain) clients, we've been known to spend far too many hours in the place!

I've always been partial to the lamb cutlet dish they do.

Jul 03, 2008
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Good eats in and around Capo D'Orlando - Sicily

Hiya! The butchers and fishmongers comment was me, I can try and give you directions if you'd like but they were Marina di Patti and Patti rather than Capo D'Orlando. Really good cheese shop in Patti, it was sort of the shop for a farm, great goats cheeses.

Jun 27, 2008
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Le Gavroche - Prices?

I think the exceptionnel (or however you spell it) is about £100 per head plus wine, think it's 7 courses. I investigated a while ago for my dad's birthday so that info may be a bit out of date.

Jun 10, 2008
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restaurants in sicily

Via giudecca, 69
96100 - Siracusa (SR) Italia

Tel. 0931.464900

I had a mooch about the www and found it, looks like it's oinos with an s not a z, they used a very silly font on their card which is why I thought to check. Sorry 'bout that.

May 21, 2008
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restaurants in sicily

I took one of their cards so I should have it at home, will have a look and let you know if I find it! It's been 18 months since I ate there so I guess there's always the chance that it doesn't exist anymore, will see if I can find the card. (The olive oil they use was delightful...)

May 21, 2008
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Applebee's, Southwark, London

Glad it was good, I can now rest easy!

May 19, 2008
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Is cilantro (coriander) available in Italy?

For seeds (to grow your own) I'd look on the franchi website, they are an italian seed company. The English versionof the site has something they have translated to coriander that on the packet is called coriandolo. Never bought or grown it so don't know what variety it is!

May 15, 2008
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Fish Restaurant near Southwark Cathedral

limster's right, it's between Brindisa (the tapas restaurant) and the Market Porter pub, on the same side as the pub.

May 09, 2008
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Fish Restaurant near Southwark Cathedral

If I wanted fish in that patch I'd be tempted to try Applebees fish on Stoney Street. I've not been there or fish! (heard not rave reviews about that one) but I used to use Applebees as the fishmonger I bought from when buying fish at Borough Market. Recently (this year?) the fishmongers took on the shop next door and have turned it into a restaurant. Might be worth a shot.

May 07, 2008
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[North of Inverness] 3-days in the Far North

Sorry, don't know the bit that far north (but would love any notes on places you find as I'm thinking of moving near Inverness at the moment), but can thoroughly recommend the Orkney ice-cream which you can buy at a restaurant/farmshop type place on the A9 near Evanton.

I would however go for the langoustines (possibly called prawns or 'local' bay prawns) although they are not always easy to find. I've tended to eat more seafood on the west coast of the highlands and more 'meat' on the east coast.

If you ever need rec's around Inverness/Nairn or over to the west coast from there I might be more help! I hope you have a good time!

May 06, 2008
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Italian Sausages - London

Try more or less any italian deli, some will be better than others.

I would suggest Camisa & Son or the Gazzano's depending on where you are.

Apr 17, 2008
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Good burgers in London.

I'm pretty sure it was Simon Majumdar who went to Hache, but haven't got the time right now to find the post here or on the dos hermanos site. I seem to recall that the burger was pretty big though!

Apr 09, 2008
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Laduree & Morelli's @ Harrods, Knightsbridge, London

I really should go to Morelli's more as the owner is a friend of a (Florentine) friend. Trouble is I prefer Odono's ice-cream! They have a stall in Selfridges food hall - and a shop somewhere, but I can't remember where. Have you tried it?

Apr 09, 2008
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restaurants in sicily

The places I mentioned would probably be described as the top end for Sicily with prices to match - just a warning! We go self catering as I love to cook and it's nice to have such good fresh ingredients, so we tend to make up for it when we eat out there!

Apr 08, 2008
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restaurants in sicily

Sant'Andrea, Oinoz, Vicolo Stretto.

One in each town! Details of all of them should be on my previous Sicily posts. Sant'Andrea is reason enough to go back to Palermo - that and I need a new pair of boots, mine have worn out, hmm next winter perhaps!

Nyleve, if you make it to Modica I'd go to fattoria delle torre, and in Ragusa Locanda don serafino - their olive oil is divine. I'll be going back to both in September this year!

Apr 07, 2008
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Anchor & Hope

If the food was 'just ok gastro-pub food' where would you suggest for good or great gastro-pub food? I've never had anything other than really good food at the Anchor and Hope, with good portions for the money.
I understand the 'no reservations' policy is due to previous experience of too many no-shows to have a profitable business, or at least that is what they used to say. Actually sounds as if they may have relaxed things a bit, you used to only be able to get your name on the table list if all of your party were there - and if you left you had to start from scratch.

Apr 07, 2008
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