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Hix Oyster & Chop or Bruno Loubet for Su night Clerkenwell dinner?

My husband and I are doing a London staycation for our forthcoming anniversary and will be staying in Clerkenwell on Sunday night. With the limited but good quality local options on a Sunday evening (we're keen to avoid taking the tube as we do it every day), we're now between Hix's place and Bruno Loubet for dinner (possibly with a cocktail at Zetter Townhouse to start). NB: We're eating at Quality Chophouse for lunch the following day (prob w/breakfast at Modern Pantry). Any recommendations/experiences? Thanks

Jun 13, 2014
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Alphonse mangoes

Any sign of them yet this season? Considering a Tooting trip this w'end, and mangoes would seal the deal.

Thanks!

May 17, 2012
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Places opening soon in Brixton Market, London

I bought a few bottles from the wine shop last night--a Spanish rose and an Italian montepulciano. More interesting than what one normally gets sub £10, and a nice guy too.

May 04, 2012
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Chicory coffee

Great suggestion. That's precisely the type of product that I think he's looking for. Just for my education, am I correct that it's regular coffee with chicory added rather than a totally different product?

Jan 13, 2012
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Chicory coffee

A Louisiana friend wondered where to get this. I looked on the Algerian Coffee Shop's website; no joy. Any other ideas?

Thanks

Jan 12, 2012
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Blackberry hedgerows in south London

Thanks all for the recommendations. Unfortunately, didn't make it. Maybe next year?

Aug 29, 2011
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Blackberry hedgerows in south London

Any sightings/recommendations most appreciated.

Aug 23, 2011
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Kalamansi limes/bottled juice in London?

Thanks for the suggestion, pj26. I happened to stumble across some honey-sweetened syrup at a small Filipino grocery near Victoria. Apparently, the limes sometimes get imported, but only frozen. With some doctoring with fresh lime, it's almost as good as the original. Will report back if I find another similar product.

Aug 08, 2011
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Kalamansi limes/bottled juice in London?

Just back from a trip to SE Asia and missing the amazing limes used in drinks and dishes there. Has anyone found kalamansi limes, their bottled juice or another particularly aromatic Asian lime at a grocery store in London?

Many thanks.

Aug 04, 2011
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Alphonse Mangoes

Any sightings yet this season? Was considering a dosa run to Tooting this w'end, which would be considerably sweetened by a mango haul.

Thanks

May 12, 2011
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Source of San Marzano and Cuore di Bue tomatoes in London?

Is it official that Tony Booths had shut? They weren't open the last time or 2 I was at Borough, which I thought was strange, but there was no sign.

Sep 15, 2010
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mexican stand at elephant and castle [London]

any recent sightings? i can't make it to waterloo during the week but would love to check it out.
that said, if he's not there, is anything else at the w'end market which is worth a trip?

Sep 02, 2010
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Are there ANY proper Mexican restaurants in London??

Any news on whether Buen Provecho will be at E and C today? Eager to try, less eager to have a wasted trip.

Jun 27, 2010
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[London] Gelupo

Fantastic experience yesterday. Server eager to make sure we liked our choices, and gelato/granita themselves were on par with the best I've had. Pine nut etc. gelato perfectly balanced and creamy, sour cherry and blond almond granita worked beautifully.

Jun 27, 2010
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Passover Seder in Paris?

SCR, don't know how many stray Jews you've already attracted, but my 1st night seder plan seems to have just fallen through. You can write me at shiraschnitzer at hotmail.com if you haven't (very understandably) had your fill of total strangers. Thanks!

Mar 14, 2010
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Cavolo nero/Tuscan kale/dinosaur kale, or indeed any kale

To report back, albeit belatedly: found the kale-like greens in Montreuil--thanks for the tip. I bought some because I'd made a special trip, but they were unfortunately not as fresh as they could/should have been. Closer to home, a new Portuguese traiteur has opened on the rue de Aligre. I'll be checking their supplies, but otherwise it's back to cabbage and chard for me.

Feb 10, 2010
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Cavolo nero/Tuscan kale/dinosaur kale, or indeed any kale

I have no idea about its scientific classification, but I'd call it a green, more like collards/mustard greens in taste and texture. As for cabbage, I've found red, white, Savoy/chou frisee at my market. All lovely but not kale.

Jan 31, 2010
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Cavolo nero/Tuscan kale/dinosaur kale, or indeed any kale

No luck., sorry. I'm beginning to wonder if I need glasses, or if posters are operating with different definitions of kale. I've been to the Aligre mutiple times, Richard Lenoir 2x, probably half a dozen supermarkets and multiple veg stands around the city. I have found every conceivable type of cabbage, chard, spinach, escarole, even once fleurs broccolis (but with larger leaves and minus the flowery bits found on what I know as broccoli rabe), but absolutely no kale.

Jan 31, 2010
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Cavolo nero/Tuscan kale/dinosaur kale, or indeed any kale

It's a fair question, though I remember having the same issue the last 2 winters. And it seems to be kale-specific; I've never had trouble finding anything else at Aligre. I'll do another reccy of the immediate quartier b/f Thursday, then head to Bastille. Any other suggestions welcome--thanks!

Jan 04, 2010
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Cavolo nero/Tuscan kale/dinosaur kale, or indeed any kale

OK, there's spinach. But definitely no kale. As I've never seen any in my casual browsings of other Paris markets, and the Aligre is pretty extensive, I've always assumed it's uncommon. Where are you finding it?

Jan 04, 2010
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Cavolo nero/Tuscan kale/dinosaur kale, or indeed any kale

Having my usual mid-winter craving for dark greens, and my local market in the 12th (aligre) has nothing but chard. Any sightings?

Thanks

Jan 04, 2010
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Bordeaux

Was in the city in June and ate very well at La Tupina's wine bar (no reservations, no tourists), which does a handful of simple dishes for modest prices, including the same cassoulet as the restaurant. Likely seasonal, but the sauteed mushrooms w/a fried egg were particularly good. La Tupina also has a table d'hote across from the main restaurant which has a communal table and 1 fixed meal. Also v much enjoyed Brasserie Bordelais (http://www.brasseriebordelaise.fr/): excellent steak frites and good wines by the glass. Le Petit Commerce (22 Rue du Parlement Saint-Pierre
Bordeaux, France www.le-petit-commerce.info) gets good reviews for fish, though I didn't get a chance to eat there. In the Chatrons district in the north of the city, I found the best cannelles: ANTOINE, p√Ętissier 19, cours Portal. The cafe opposite the grand theatre--Le Regent?--was great for people-watching and Lillet-sipping. Enjoy!

Aug 12, 2009
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Best Chocolat Chaud - Paris

Both Patick Roger's locations--in the 6th and the 16th--are currently closed, though I don't know for how long.

Aug 12, 2009
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Recommendations for Bordeaux

Looking for some recommendations for a 3 day trip next week. I like simple, bistro-style food, good but not fancy. A few questions:

-Surprised by the prices at La Tupina. Is it truly spectacular? Has anyone tried the wine bar or the table d'hote at the grocery.
-I like the sound of the following places. Any experience of them?
Bouchon Bordelais
Le Petit Commerce
Le Mably
La Vieux Bordeaux
-Could one make lunch from oysters or other food at the Marche Grand Hommes or the Marche Capucins?

Thanks!

Jun 10, 2009
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Vietnamese in Paris

I like Dong Huong on rue Louis Bonnet. It's teeming, cheap and good. I strongly recommend the pho sate. And around the corner, on rue Presentation, there is a storefront--not obviously a restaurant--which does a good bahn mi.

Jan 27, 2009
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artisan chocolates london

is there still a pierre marcolini in kensington?
otherwise, i prefer l'artisan du chocolat over maison du chocolat.

Sep 18, 2006
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Moving to Oxford, England (recs please)

my info is not completely up to date (i left 3 years ago), but lebanese food has also been a relatively safe bet. i recall 4 places: on top of boswells at the corner of broad street, down by the train station, al shami on walton street (jericho) and a caucasian style place (sim food to lebanese, in my experience) on the cowley road). have eaten more recently (this summer) at fasta pasta (takeaway sandwiches of the italian variety) in the covered market, and they are consistently good and reasonably priced.
on the whole, you'll do better in buying food. the cheese, fish, meat and veg stalls in the covered market are v good, there are some reasonable offerings at the wed market in gloucester green, and bread can be had from maison blanc by little clarendon street. palms in the covered market has gourmet groceries, albeit not cheap.
good luck and enjoy!

Sep 18, 2006
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food job

contemplating big career change, from academia to food (non-restaurant). hoping to find a job w/a good food retailer or the like (london only) to test out my convictions. looking for a place that will look past my lack of professional food/retail experience and see a smart, capable, food lover who is eager to learn.
has anyone seen signs/have any leads?
thanks for your help.

Sep 18, 2006
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best thai (reasonably priced)

have heard good things re mantanah and esarn kheaw. has anyone been, or do you have other recs?

Sep 18, 2006
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