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Anywhere to buy Oatibix in the Bay Area?

Thanks very much for the advice -- I'll give them all a try!

Sep 08, 2014
Rianna in San Francisco Bay Area

Anywhere to buy Oatibix in the Bay Area?

After 8 years in the U.K. I've moved back and although I'm definitely loving being back, food-wise, I've unfortunately brought back an addiction to Oatibix as my breakfast cereal of choice and it doesn't seem to be sold anywhere here. (Sorry, but it just isn't the same as the more readily-available Weetabix!) Has anyone happened to see any on the shelves anywhere? It's available for almost $10 a box on Amazon, but I'm hoping not to have to go there.

Sep 03, 2014
Rianna in San Francisco Bay Area

Mexican food - London/Essex

I've posted on this before (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/861652), but am going to put in another plug for the weekday lunches at Angels & Gypsies in Camberwell. When I was there a couple of weeks ago they had started serving burritos, in addition to a small selection of tacos. Unfortunately the sea trout I mentioned in my original post is no longer on the menu, although the new seafood one is also very good. I've tried the street food cart in East Dulwich, and although the food is nice, it is miles better at Angels & Gypsies.

(And no, I really don't work there or have any financial interest in the operation. I'm posting out of pure selfishness, because I want it to be worth it for them to keep doing this menu. The times I've been they haven't been as busy as they deserve to be, given the quality and price of the food and how nice the staff is. I only wish they were able to offer the street food menu on the weekends occasionally as well, but apparently there is a bigger market for their usual tapas menu then (which is also very good, just not as difficult for me to secure as a good burrito).

Nov 13, 2012
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Zucca (London) -- Anyone been recently?

I had an excellent meal there over a year ago and have a reservation to take a visiting friend in a few weeks, but was a little concerned to see a string of recent negative reviews (describing both issues with service, which I'm taking with a grain of salt, but also issues with the quality of the food). Has anyone been recently who could speak to whether they are having some problems in the kitchen at the moment?

Nov 13, 2012
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

"Cooking" with a toddler?

My daughter is almost 4 and loves to do many of the above things people have mentioned (dump, stir, knead, roll and decorate pizzas), but there's actually one thing I don't even bother making if she's not around to help me -- broad beans (aka fava beans). Our whole family loves them, but I hate the two-step podding and shelling you have to do to make them really taste good. She loves doing it, though, and can proudly get through a huge pile of beans (although by the end she will have eaten about a quarter, which is fine b/c she generally doesn't like vegetables). My husband similarly remembers loving shelling and eating fresh peas, if you are lucky enough to live somewhere you can get them.

Aug 20, 2012
Rianna in Home Cooking

Lovely tacos at Angels & Gypsies (London)

I really like the tacos at Casa Morita and think the non-seafood ones at Angels and Gypsies are very comparable in quality (although smaller), but the sea trout at A&G was better than anything I've had at Casa Morita. But that may be because I've felt particularly deprived of fish tacos during my years here. I also think the tortillas at Angels & Gypsies are better.

On the subject of tacos, I just saw a taco truck at the North Cross Road market in East Dulwich this past Saturday, but had just picked up lunch elsewhere so couldn't try them. Two of the three flavors were Korean BBQ and Southern fried chicken, so not traditional in any sense, but I've been interested to hear about the Korean BBQ taco phenomenon in LA and will definitely investigate the London version soon and report back.

Aug 05, 2012
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Lovely tacos at Angels & Gypsies (London)

I'm yet another U.S. expat who misses good Mexican food and have just discovered that Angels & Gypsies in Camberwell does really nice tacos, but they're only available at lunch during the weekdays. They make their own soft corn tortillas, and I'm currently obsessed with two of their specials, the sea trout (in a lime and ginger sauce, I think), and the blackened shrimp. They also offer cochinita pibil, carnitas, carne asada and I think one featuring chorizo. All of the ones I've tried have been good, although the seafood ones were particularly outstanding.

The weekday lunch menu, which isn't posted on their website, also includes a few interesting salads and a selection from their normal Spanish tapas menu. The tapas is also excellent, by the way, and the dining room has a lovely atmosphere so I'd recommend going at other times as well, but I just wanted to spread the word on the tacos, since they don't seem to publicize them and I think they're worth trying.

Aug 04, 2012
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

"Nice" dinner in central London w/3-year old?

Thanks very much for the suggestions! We ended up going with Patterson's, which our hotel suggested, largely because it opens early was only about a block away, and were very pleasantly surprised. It was a "nice" atmosphere but they were terrific with our daughter -- high chair, customized dinner (simple chicken with plain pasta, plus a small cup of the asparagus soup amuse-bouche, which she very much enjoyed) -- and our food was lovely. Plus they were running a 40% offer, which sweetened the deal even further. I hadn't heard of the restaurant but think it's worth a look in.

Hope to try the other suggestions at some point, too!

Dec 05, 2011
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

"Nice" dinner in central London w/3-year old?

We're splurging on a Zone 1 "staycation" this weekend and trying to come up with a place to have as nice a dinner as possible at 5:30 with a fairly well-behaved (but picky) three-year old. Somewhere near either Hyde Park or Oxford Circus would be ideal. If toddler-logistics were not an issue, I'd pick Sedap or Dong San, and my husband would pick Wild Honey. (The toddler would pick either plain grilled chicken or a cheese sandwich from anywhere, so we aren't going to plan the meal around her palate and will just bring something for her if necessary). Any suggestions?

Dec 01, 2011
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

[London] Banh mi?

Just spotted a new bahn mi vendor a bit off the beaten path -- a small yellow van called "Viet Van" on North Cross Road off Lordship Lane in East Dulwich. The man running it says he's planning to be there on Fridays and Saturdays. Offered three options -- chicken, pork belly and a vegetarian version. Won't claim to be a bahn mi specialist, but I was happy -- the bread was freshly toasted and there was ample pate and veg on my sandwich, and overall I thought it compared well to the one I recently had from Cafe Bay.

Aug 06, 2010
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Help! Need advice for a nice but not-too-expensive dinner tomorrow [London]

Need a place for dinner for 5 with good food and a nice bar that would be open on Monday evenings, in or not too inconvenient from south London, not too inexpensive (around 30 gbp before alcohol would be great). Had thought of Upstairs on Acre Lane, in large part because it has a really nice bar area and a lovely view for Brixton, but I think it isn't open on Mondays. Something of a last minute special occasion, but on a limited budget, unfortunately.

Sep 13, 2009
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Recommended Pre-Prepared Food, Delivery, or Takeout for Party

Thanks for the advice!

Recommended Pre-Prepared Food, Delivery, or Takeout for Party

I'm coming into town and hosting a get together for about 10 people. I will be staying in an apartment with a basic kitchen, but will not have time to do a lot of shopping or to prepare the food from scratch. Any advice on how to put together a nice meal most easily? It will be a mid-day meal, but I'd prefer hot food to sandwiches. In other places I know of companies that sell more or less pre-prepared dishes that just need to be cooked (several steps up from a TV dinner, though), and something like that would be ideal. Otherwise, if anyone has suggestions for somewhere between Bethesda and Glover Park, or somewhere not to far from either of those places, that would be great. Thanks!

Best brunch in South Bay?

Thanks!

Apr 23, 2008
Rianna in San Francisco Bay Area

Best brunch in South Bay?

I'm visiting the Bay Area and having lunch w/two friends, one from SF and other from Santa Clara. I'm trying to find a good Sunday brunch option somewhere between the two, so no one has to drive too far. Any suggestions? A real bonus is if it is somewhere reasonably close to a pretty walk/nice hike, to work off a bit of the brunch afterwards.

Apr 18, 2008
Rianna in San Francisco Bay Area

Brixton/South London recs

The cafe part of Green & Blue in ED just reopened after being closed for several months and I'm looking forward to trying it again. I stopped by the counter over the weekend and saw that they've started stocking their scotch eggs again. The pork and apple one, although not traditional, is fabulous.

Apr 08, 2008
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Brixton/South London recs

Thanks for all the recommendations -- I'm looking forward to trying some new places. I also now have a few new recs from further east -- the Rye Hotel on Peckham Rye park, and Jack's cafe on Pellatt, just off Lordship Lane in ED. .

Frogprince, the Continental (apparently it's actually called A&C Continental Groceries) is on Atlantic, near the intersection with Brixton Road. Big blue awning when it's open. I have to admit I don't know where the current owners are from -- my old landlords told me they were Portuguese, although I've never heard them speak anything other than English, so have no idea.

Apr 02, 2008
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Brixton/South London recs

Ah, glad to see a bunch of new places to try. I should have mentioned that restaurant above Opus. It's called Upstairs, and it's very good (especially for the money, which wasn't much) The owner/maitre d' mentioned that they just made it into the Michelin guide as a "good value for money" option. Book ahead, b/c it's small & they only do two seatings a night. V. nice bar to wait in, if you take the later seating. And the view from up there is surprisingly great (who would have thought, from Acre Lane?) I don't much like Opus, though. Coffee's good, but sandwiches disappointing. Too greasy, not enough filling.

I always meant to try that Eco place -- it looks good. I had high hopes for the Colombian (?) place in the market, the one that specializes in arepas, but was v. disappointed.

I also belatedly remembered another place I like -- Kaya on Dulwich road. Great juices/smoothies. (I suppose I could get closer to my current home & mention Cafe Provencal/3 Monkeys/No. 22 in Herne Hill, but was thinking it would be nice to have a thread of less obvious candidates.)

Mar 29, 2008
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Brixton/South London recs

Just moved from Brixton to East Dulwich and am already missing some of my old local spots. I know the neighborhood is generally considered a bit of a culinary backwater, but thought it might be interesting to have a thread of recs in the area for those days when a trek to some other part of town isn't in the books. Here are mind -- anyone have any to add? (Places w/in a moderate walk of the 37 bus line much appreciated!)

Places to Eat

1) Max Oliver's coffee shop, just off Coldharbour Lane. I love the atmosphere and the music, and the coffee is good. I've had several of their rotis -- the fillings are excellent, although the rotis themselves less so. The spicy chick pea one is particularly tasty, and the rice & pea side is, too. Unfortunately the baked goods a bit of a disappointment.

2) Honest Foods, also on Coldharbour -- upscale sandwich shop. They've sadly stopped serving my favorite chicken sandwich, but their dinner burgers are still excellent, as is their "interesting" salad (i.e., mix of things, and not just lettuce and anemic tomato). Great banana cake.

3) Rosie's Cafe -- in the covered market just off Coldharbour (yes, I spent a lot of time on Coldharbour). Bakery/deli also serves soup/salad/sandwiches, this time w/a slight Mediterranean flavour. Haven't gotten around to trying the bastilla, but I'm going to, someday.

4) Baan Thai on Coldharbour. Cheap and surprisingly good Thai food, except for the
pad thai, which was cloyingly sweet.

5) Prince Regent pub on Dulwich Road. I think it's the best (gastro)pub food in the neighborhood. Miles better than the Florence a few doors down. Get the fishcakes but otherwise order off the specials menu. Avoid their half-price night on Monday, b/c I think that's when they put the B-team in the kitchen (fishcake that day quite foul).

6) Negril on Brixton Hill. Again, good rotis and I mean to go back on a weekend day in the summer, when they have the outdoor grill fired up. They have an outdoor patio and it smells amazing when the grill is going.

7) This one I can't recommend, b/c I haven't tried it yet, but I've been meaning to try Brazas, the new Portuguese place on Tulse Hill road, which I've read good things about online. Anyone been there?

Places to Shop for food

L.S. Mash on Atlantic for fish. The only fishmongers I would actually buy from in the Brixton market area, b/c their stock actually looks fresh. I just saw a post someone wrote from a while ago looking for squid in Brixton -- I've gotten it here several times & it's always been excellent.

Other favorites were the Continental Delicatessen on Atlantic, Brixton Whole Foods (very much not related to the US-based Whole Paycheck) & the Nour Cash & Carry (I think that's what it was called -- whichever one I'm thinking of has a big yellow sign hanging above the door in the covered market. There's also an entrance via Electric Avenue). The latter is basically a small supermarket -- the produce is generally about as fresh as it is anywhere in the market, and they have a stunningly wide array of international spices/herbs/condiments.

Look forward to seeing anyone else's recs!

Mar 29, 2008
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Any Dorset recs?

Thanks much for the recs!

May 24, 2007
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Any Dorset recs?

Am heading to Dorset for a long weekend in a few weeks. Staying in Bournemouth, but will have a car and am planning to drive around, so anywhere within an hour or so of there may be fair game. We're already considering the Fox, but are wondering where else we should consider eating. Any thoughts?

May 21, 2007
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Where to buy black beans in South West London?

The Waitrose near Old Street carries canned black beans (Epicurious brand), as does, I seem to recall, the Costcutter at the corner of Balls Pond and Southgate.

Mar 26, 2007
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

First Week in London - Notes and Ramblings

I just moved from N. London to Brixton, and here are some of the best cheap places I really miss up there: Bavo on Southgate Road (listed on toptable.co.uk, I loved the lemon sole and the mixed kebab platter); The Dervish in Stoke Newington for the best meze plate (lots of fresh veg-based starters that I hadn't ever seen before), Ottolenghi on Upper Street in Islington for their lunch special especially. And, maybe my favorite hidden favorite, the little patisserie on the north side of Newington Green. Great food and a lovely back garden patio.

If anyone has recs for replacements in the SW (around Brixton/Herne Hill/the Dulwiches), let me know!

Mar 26, 2007
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

Most edible canned/packaged soup?

There are two Progresso soups I love (neither is low-sodium, though) -- Chicken & Wild Rice, and Italian Wedding. Both are broth-y, vs. creamy.

Feb 22, 2007
Rianna in General Topics

Best pre-mixed marinade spices or rub mixes

Sorry for not checking in for a while, but thanks for all the suggestions!

Dec 03, 2006
Rianna in Home Cooking

Best pre-mixed marinade spices or rub mixes

Thanks for the recs. Unfortunately, I recently moved to London and therefore am missing Trader Joe's like crazy, but will be going to DC sometime soon and will try to follow up on your suggestions there. Val, do you suggest any of the packets in particular?

Nov 24, 2006
Rianna in Home Cooking

Best pre-mixed marinade spices or rub mixes

I'm putting together a present for my brother, who works long and irregular hours and therefore doesn't have much time to cook or shop. I was going to get him a stovetop grill pan (was thinking about the Calaphon One, if anyone has an opinion -- nonstick to reduce cleaning time), and also wanted to include an assortment of rubs or marinade spices. I've recently become a huge fan of homemade marinades, but am wondering whether anyone sells good spice combos that you could then just combine with oil/soy or other liquid and be ready to go? I don't want to buy pre-made marinade in bottles, b/c I assume then he'll only use each one once before it goes bad. Alternatively, recs on not-too-spicy rubs would also be appreciated, since I know nothing about those.

Thanks!

Nov 24, 2006
Rianna in Home Cooking

Does Any Shop Sell Cream of Rice or Wheat Cereal?

Actually, I've found something more or less equivalent to Cream of Rice. It's called Sainsbury's Freeform porridge, and in my local store is to be found in the Health(y?) food section, along with other wheat-free products.

Nov 11, 2006
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

i'm in london and i'm running out of money...

To throw out another candidate for the Pret sandwich-while-out spot, I think the best of the semi-chain sandwich places in town is Eat. Not necessarily a destination eating locale, but if you're sightseeing or running errands anywhere near one, it's convenience food that is actually well worth eating.

Sep 11, 2006
Rianna in U.K./Ireland

artisan chocolates london

I've purchased chocolates from L'Artisan du Chocolat several times, and have always been very pleased. The chocolates are fresh, beautiful and come in a range of flavors from the classic to the highly unusual. You get to select which ones to put in a gift box (I'd recommend also including a copy of the brochure, so the recipient can tell them apart). I had heard that L'Artisan du Chocolat had been named (can't remember by whom) as the best chocolatier in the UK, and on that rec I haven't been anywhere else!

Sep 11, 2006
Rianna in U.K./Ireland