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Does Chianti wine have an image problem?

In the UK among people of a certain age then I'd say Chianti definitely has an image problem. It would conjure up in most peoples's minds rough wine in a wicker basket at a cheap restaurant.
It's similar to the problem people have with German wines because of the prevalence of Blue Nun and Black Tower in the late 70's early 80's. It still persists if you bring a Riesling or even a Grüner Veltliner when you go to someones for a meal or suggest it at a restaurant people are often a bit dubious because of the association.

Aug 26, 2015
Paprikaboy in Wine

Manchester for 3 days + Old Trafford + West Ham (London)

I've seen the Pride Halal post and I'm glad they're back. Agree it's a good choice unfortunately the match is on a Monday evening so it won't be open at the time.

Aug 18, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Pride Halal, Queens Market, Upton Park

Like you I'd thought they'd closed. I went for my breakfast samosa one morning and something else was in it's place like you said. If they're back I'm very happy to hear it, best samosa's I've had in London.

Aug 18, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Manchester for 3 days + Old Trafford + West Ham (London)

I used to have a West Ham season ticket and getting away after the game is a nightmare transport wise, By time you get out of the stadium and back to central London it will be fairly late so choices may be limited. Nearest the stadium is Lahori Nihaari , link below

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8529....

You could also go to East Ham , which is only 1 stop from Upton Park. The tube station will be packed but you will heading in the other direction to most people. I’d recommend these: Ananda Bhavan, Thattukada, Anjappar. All these are regional Indian places and what I believe would be termed Hole in the Wall places in the US.

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

Stockholm July 2015 - trip report

Sorry to hear about Pelikan. I really enjoyed the meatballs there but had the same experience with the service.
The hot dogs are definitely not something to try sober (much like doner kebabs) but it had to be done.

Aug 06, 2015
Paprikaboy in Europe

Your favorite spaghetti recipe

I wouldn't worry too much about the chilli. I tend not to use birds eye chillis or scotch bonnets but ones that look like this. I have used chill flakes on occasion.

Aug 06, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

So what do you think of horse meat?

I have no problem with it. It's very big in Slovenia and I remember seeing pony carpaccio on a menu there and thought at first it was a mis-translation.Indeed I was going to try a horse burger but the stall was so dirty that I was worried about the hygiene rather than the fact that it was horse.
During the horse meat scandal in the UK I was more worried about the meat containing phenylbutazone rather than the fact I might of eaten horse.

Aug 06, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

In Europe’s Online Food Delivery, Italian Trumps Local Dishes

Absolutely H. Also if you read the article it says Chinese food is 5 times more popular than fish and chips is in the UK for delivery. Given that most fish and chip shops don't do delivery and most Chinese takeaways in the UK do, it's not exactly a revelation.

Aug 05, 2015
Paprikaboy in Food Media & News

Your favorite spaghetti recipe

This is a big favourite in our house and it has evolved over the years.

Spaghetti with crab, roasted tomatoes and chili.

Small tomatoes
Red chillis
Brown and white crab meat.
Olive oil
Spaghetti
Flat leaf parsley.
Sea salt

Add sliced chillis and tomatoes to a metal roasting tray ( make sure it can go on the hob). Splash in olive oil and sea salt and coat tomatoes and chillis. Heat in oven at 180c for 25 mins or until tomatoes are soft and slightly charred.

Whilst toms are toasting cook the spaghetti and reserve a little (2 Tbsp) of the pasta water. Once tomatoes and spaghetti are ready put tray on hob and turn heat to medium and squish the tomatoes a bit. Add the spaghetti and mix with tomatoes, , chill and olive oil. Keep on the heat and add the brown crab meat and the reserved pasta water and mix again. Finally turn off the heat and mix in the white crab meat and flat leaf parsley.

Aug 05, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking
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Announcement: The Beta Site is Open to Everyone!

I've had a look and it seem's designed for the casual user to find random tit bits more easily rather than for the established users of the site.

Also the locations seem a bit odd. On international cities they have Leicester and Luton and being in England and having visited, these aren't culinary hot spots and there's few if any posts on these, yet Penang and Singapore aren't listed.

7 nights in London beginning this Wednesday

For regional Chinese I would definitely recommend Xi'an Impression. I went last week and the cold noodles with special Xi'an sauce and the beef sandwich (called a burger on the menu) were really good. It's really small so maybe phone first as it's not all that central., also cash only. The guy who served me was really helpful and said they will be in The Observer in a couple of weeks so now is probably a good time to go given the size of the place.For Hunanese food I like Yipin China.

For Malaysian it's Tukdin or Pak Awie, both not far from Paddington Station.If your'e hankering for Singaporean I had some very decent Hainese chicken rice at Bugis St last week it's in the Millenium Gloucester hotel last week and they have a fairly extensive Singaporean/Malaysian menu.

Aug 04, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

7 nights in London beginning this Wednesday

All is not lost. The Overground was working during the last strike.
Euston is roughly a mile from Soho. You can jump on the Overground at Euston, 3 stops to Queens Park and then you're a mile and half from the Ledbury so could hopefully get a cab. Bit of a pain but it is the Ledbury.

Aug 04, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

It's not a normal pork cut for a chop or steak in the UK. I've had bad experiences trying to use shoulder chops/steaks before in anything other than a braise. If it's the shoulder of a beast it's always going to be low and slow for me.

Jul 27, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Summer seem to have given up at the mo in South London, cold and rainy. Wasn't the weather for walking far so had to utilise the local shop. Not much but were some pork shoulder steaks. Not a good cut for steaks, so fried of some bacon and seared the steaks. Removed and fried off onions, peppers and carrots. Added garlic and deglazed with port and added tinned tomatoes and fennel pollen. Added back the pork and cooked for 2 1/2 hrs at 140c. I shredded the pork at the end and it ended up as a rag for rigatoni.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

Tonight is Keralan prawn curry and basmati rice. Afters is roast figs with Greek yoghurt. As we are moving soon, we've been running down the drinks cabinet. Cocktails most nights. Tonight is Havana Club with Apple Snapple, ginger beer, tonic water and a good squeeze of lime.

What's for Dinner #377- The End of July Cometh Edition! [through July 29, 2015]

I made a hash a few weeks ago for the first time a few weeks ago. It must have been ok. as the missus has requested another one. Used salmon last time,this time smoked mackerel and will be adding cavolo nero instead of kale. Also adding some smoked bacon lardons and a poached duck egg.

Authentic Thai Food in London - Have not found a single one!!

I've never thought London has done Thai food very well and that was even before I'd been to Thailand. I tend no to eat it but will add my vote to Thai 101 but would advise picking the Northern Thai dishes of the menu particularly the laab and Isaan sausage.

Jul 22, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland
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Do you drink tea?

Builders tea, milk no sugar 4-5 cups a day. Favourite brand Punjana.
Here in England the question is more likely "what do you mean you don't drink tea?" when you find out someone doesn't drink it.

Kitchen gadgets review: the Egg Master – a horrifying, unholy affair

This guy reviews gadgets every week on the Guardian Website. Always quite funny this is one of his best yet.

Jul 16, 2015
Paprikaboy in Cookware
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Solo in London in September

If you can bring food into the hostel, I had some great Vietnamese a this place in Elephant. Can recommend the beef noodle soup. Pick up only though.

https://www.zomato.com/london/hoa-phu...

You're also only 20 mins from Tooting on the Northern Line. Loads of South Asian places. My favourite is Apollo Banana Leaf a Sri Lankan place.

Jul 14, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Seriously awesome food /drink pairings

Pork and fennel meatballs and Aperol spritz.

Caol Isla malt whisky and chocolate truffles.

Jul 14, 2015
Paprikaboy in General Topics

What's for Dinner #374-The Summer Swamp Edition! [through July 14, 2015]

I was working from home due to the tube strike and it was lovely lo be podding broad beans listening to the cricket in between doing some work. i was going to put these with bulgur wheat along side some kale and wild salmon fillets. However I came across some potatoes I'd forgotten about so I decided on a hash. Fried off onions and pieces of smoked sausage, added par boiled potatoes, then the kale and broad beans at the end. Added the flaked salmon that I'd already poached. Served with a lemon, mustard and paprika mayonnaise.
For afters a shop bought tiramisu for the missus, raspberry trifle for me.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Not sure of the variety. They were a deep read colour and some were a bit oddly shaped so I knew weren't Elsanta. The stall was run by people who have a farm in Kent. Always good stuff so I didn't ask they just looked too good to pass up.

Jul 04, 2015
Paprikaboy in Home Cooking

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

Tonight is pork ribs, coleslaw and potato and sweet potato chips. For dessert simply strawberries. I picked up a punnet from the market and they actually taste of something (unlike the supermarket Elsanta variety), they're delicious and hopefully I don't eat them all before the missus gets back from her parachute jump.

What's for Dinner #373 - Summer Celebrations [through July 9, 2015]

The missus is not too fond of aubergine, sardines or capers. As i'm on my tod and given the hot weather I'm going Sicilian. Grilled sardines with caponata but I'm adding fennel and a glug of Ricard. Some crusty bread to mop up. Also bought a bottle of Sicilian white, one I've not tried before . I'll try and leave some for tomorrow.
For afters I spied a new flavour yoghurt from Yeo valley, one of my favourite yoghurt brands. It's papaya and lime. Will have that with some granola.

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

Tonight’s dinner was trout fillets wrapped in foil with a dash of Fino sherry and mushroom ketchup and baked in the oven. Alongside new potatoes and spinach. I used frozen spinach and normally add it to other things like daal or curries. Wasn’t sure about using it on it’s own. However if you add enough butter and cream (along with a bit of Dijon mustard) it actually works very well especially with the trout.

Bonda Cafe [London]

I’m bumping this thread as Bonda has now sadly closed.

I know there was quite a lot of love on this board for Bonda. It was certainly a firm favourite of mine. The first place I had Malaysian food and I ate there for Lunch at least twice a week when I worked in Paddington. I think they’re renovating the building. I assume it won’t be back unless anyone knows any better? Here’s hoping.

Jul 02, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

Cambridge and London June 2015 Report - 3 of 3

I've had breakfast at the Chiltern Firehouse and the food was lovely and it's a great space. However I also experienced issues with the service. The staff outnumbered the diners yet they tried to bring our table someone else's order not once but three times. The staff were very sweet and it was funny the first time, less so the final time. I could understand it if they were understaffed and rushed off their feet.

Jul 02, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

I need opinions

You might be better posting this on the UK board. A similar question was asked quite recently. Admittedly by a Canadian but it should help.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015429

Jul 02, 2015
Paprikaboy in U.K./Ireland

What's for Dinner #372 - The Hot & Cold Edition [Old--through 7/2/15]

It’s financial year end at work and we have the auditors in at the moment and they do ask some silly questions. Also 34c and very muggy in London at the mo, not a pleasant journey home. However came home to beers ready in the freezer and the missus cooking a roast tomato , spinach and smoked sausage frittata , with ricotta mixed with black pepper and lemon zest and gem lettuce on the side. Happy days.