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10 favorite cheeses

Stichelton
Keen's Cheddar
St Tola
Dorset Blue Vinny
Comté
Roquefort
Berkswell
Manchego
Bermondsey Spa
Gorwydd Caerphilly

May 22, 2015
Paprikaboy in Cheese

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

I've had it and the idea of it is better than the reality. The trotter baked beans and bone marrow made it far too rich. Having said that I did really enjoy the HK muffin, their take on the McDonalds sausage and egg muffin the other time I went.

May 21, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

I'll let you into a secret my mum's from Gatley and my dad's from Hull but moved darn sarf before I was born. So we were a bilingual household.

May 21, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

It's definitely a sarnie except for chips. Chip sarnie just doesn't sound right so always a chip buttie. I bet you didn't know I was bilingual.

May 21, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Specific questions re: London (researched!)

If it's a London bfast then bubble is a must.Also two fried eggs, one for dipping the sausage and one for the bubble.
Definitely no hash browns.

May 20, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Seeking advice: Week long foodie trip from Japan to somewhere else.

Agree with Phil on Penang. If you're considering KL may as well go to Penang. I recently spent some time there and it would provide a good contrast to Japan. Definitely want to go back.

SAB Miller buys Meantime to enter UK craft beer market

Some may be gnashing their teeth. Personally I'm not that bothered. Their beers aren't all that interesting and are way overpriced in London pubs. When they first started out there wasn't all that much competition but I think they've been overtaken somewhat by the proliferation of small breweries in London.

May 15, 2015
Paprikaboy in Beer

[London] Brixton Market - worth a foody visit?

If you are staying near Waterloo then getting to Tooting on the tube is not much longer than getting to Brixton, about 20 mins. Not sure if that makes it doable?

May 10, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

[London] Brixton Market - worth a foody visit?

As for the market itself I wouldn't bother personally. Fairly typical of a London market in a diverse area.

If you mean the food places in Briton Village market then it depends when you go. Lunch times during the week is OK but the queues in the evening and weekends mean that I'll go if I have a day off as it's only 20 mins from me. Otherwise I can't be arsed.
Haven,t been for about a year but really liked the Thai place KaoSarn. Also really liked the beef ribs and southern fried chicken livers.

If you are going to be in SW London doing research I'd suggest Tooting instead. The actual market is more interesting and a lot of S Indian and Sri Lankan places to eat.

May 10, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

CAMRA urges action to save UK pubs

Some good news at last.Developers will be forced to rebuild a pub brick by brick.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth...

May 07, 2015
Paprikaboy in Beer

Are cows in Ireland raised in factory farms are they all free range?l

I believe virtually all if not all cattle in the UK and Ireland are grass fed so like you I don't think there's any factory farming. They may take them inside and supplement their feed in winter but it's not factory farming.
Whether they still hang the meat from a tree for a week whilst pointing at passing planes in Ireland like we do in England I'm not sure about.

First Trip to London coming up - recommendations appreciated.

{"Day 3 Looking for a dinner recommendation -- I think we are going to be needed spicy food pretty badly by then. Are there any Indian or other spicy cuisine restaurants you can recommend in the area?

Day 4 British Museum with lunch at the Museum Tavern and then shopping. Any recommendations for dinner in that general part of town?}"

These links cover the area also some Indian recs.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9657...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1002...

{"Day 5 London Museum with lunch maybe at the Counting House Pub. We are heading for Spitafields Market in the afternoon and it looks as though there are lots of nice restaurants there for dinner. I was thinking maybe Ten Bells or Smiths? Recommendations?"

}

I would recommend St' John Bread and Wine or Hawksmoor.

Apr 22, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

"Bang-Bang" - I knew I wasn't alone in this . . .

I've done it in the domestic setting having back to back roast dinners on a Sunday. My mother and sister used to live 10 doors down from each other. I visited my mother and had Sunday lunch. I then popped into see my sister who had cooked for me and not wanting to disappoint ate another Sunday lunch. This was in my much younger days, couldn’t eat all that meat and roast potatoes now.

The closest eating out (apart from visiting Malaysia which was constant eating) was the day of pork. Bacon sandwich for breakfast, Chinese pork bun for a mid morning snack, pork rib sandwich for lunch, mid afternoon sausage roll. Finished off with pork ramen for dinner.

Apr 21, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

London with six year old

I've only been for breakfast but the service is quite sweet (if a little chaotic) , the menu is also not that scary. The space has been expensively re-done but is not stuffy.
It's in an old fire station and all the door staff wear bowler hats and long coats. For a six year old's first time in London I think it would be a great experience.

Apr 17, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Torturing myself over London eating plans

Thanks for reporting back. Sound like you had a good time.
Would have thought the service at Dinner would have been really good.
Glad you liked Petrus, Rules and The Wolseley, three of my favourite places in London.

Apr 17, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Do French people drink foreign wines?

My MIL is French and often drinks Australian wines. She also cooks great Yorkshire puddings and overcooks her vegetables. Either she's been in England too long or she's deliberately subverting the stereotype.

Apr 17, 2015
Paprikaboy in Wine

Why is no one buying Sauternes?

It would be interesting to see how Tokaji sales are doing. They've been appearing a lot more on menus in London over the last few years and maybe people have moved to this instead?

Apr 17, 2015
Paprikaboy in Wine

Stockholm - help me whittle it down please!

I stayed in Sodermalm a few years ago can def recommend Pelikan for meatballs.
Also had a great meal at a small place near Hotel Rival ( good bar BTW). Can't recall the name at The mo but will see if the missus remembers.

Apr 16, 2015
Paprikaboy in Europe
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recipes for extra bacon

Yes. File alongside "I have too much cheese" and "What shall I do with all this beer cluttering up my Fridge?"

London with six year old

I've been to Kopapa 3 or 4 times and always liked it. Not been for around 18 months though but it's very handy if you're seeing a show at The Cambridge.

Apr 12, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

London with six year old

I don't know of any Malaysian places near where you're staying. I normally go to places around Paddington. You'll need to jump on the tube but it's only about 15 mins on the Bakerloo line from Embankment or Charing Cross and no changes.
Would recommend Tukdin, Pak Awe, Satay House and Bonda.

Apr 12, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

London with six year old

+1 on Dishoom, especially with a six year old. For Spanish not too far from your hotel maybe consider Opera Tavern?
If you're not up for changing on the tube too much and want close to the hotel and/or the major tourist spots I'd probably drop Sedap, much as I like it.

Apr 12, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Help with braised lamb ideas

I always use lamb shoulder for tagines and curries, I think leg would become tough.
If you don't want a hunk of meat how about rubbing with salt, oregano and lemon zest? You could still roast but carve slices and serve with flat bread, salad, yoghurt and fresh mint.

Apr 11, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #359 - the April Showers Edition [through April 15, 2015]

Absolutely chucked it down for about 10 minutes this morning but turned out to be a lovely day. Not sure what to call yesterdays dinner. Basically a meat and veg chilli with pork mince, corguette, green and yellow peppers, sweet potato and squash. Didn't have any beans so used chickpeas.
Picked up a couple of dressed crab a the local market today. Will freeze one and use the other to make crab and chilli linguine. A perennial fave I our house. Also got some apple and salted caramel cake for afters.

London Trip Recommendations For Mid to Late April

You're right that the Wolseley will be big enough to hold the luggage. Also every time I've been the service has been excellent and on past experience they'd be more than happy to assist.

Apr 09, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Update Needed for Hampstead Area Picks

For an izakaya I'd suggest Asakusa. Haven't been for a while but it's in Camden so not too far from Hampstead.
I really liked the broth at Bone Daddies but thought the pork and egg was better in the ramen at Tonkotsu. Also there wasn't enough broth to even cover the noodles. I know you can buy extra broth but having to do that at a ramen place is taking the piss if you ask me.

Apr 08, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Is there anyway to tell when an egg has 2 yolks?

Marks and Spencer in the UK are selling boxes of guaranteed double yolkers. Rather takes the fun out of it though.

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

Apr 06, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

Went round the in laws for dinner last night. Roast leg of lamb with roast and mash potatoes, cabbage,peas, carrots, roast parsnips, Yorkshire pudding, gravy and mint sauce of course.
For afters was plum crumble and custard. The missus couldn't find a jug so the custard was served from a teapot. A bit odd maybe but as the missus pointed out you can't get much more English than using a teapot to serve some custard.
Chilli con carne tonight.

What's for Dinner #358 - The Easter/Passover Edition! [through April 7, 2015]

DIY all day yesterday and today but the end is in sight. Too tired to cook so going old school. A few beers followed by a curry.

Why Does This Taste So Good?! – Classic Eats Teardown | Modern Kitchen Craft

Two dishes spring immediately to mind.

Plum crumble and custard. Crunchy topping contrasting with soft fruit & tart fruit contrasting with sweet creamy custard.

Ham, egg & chips. Salty ham contrasting with the yolk. Hot yolk contrasting with cold ham. Crisp outer of chip contrasting with soft fluffy inside but also the egg yolk when dipped.