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Paris restaurants

Wadja is nice, we always go when we're in Paris for the lunch prix fixe. it is super cheap, like 10 €uros for two courses and very much a local's place.

Aug 27, 2007
missholmes in France

Barcelona-August?

Similar question here, we'll be in Barcelona for 4 days from August 10th. any recommendations for places that will be open in the middle of august or does everything shut down like Paris? ideally looking for fresh seafood and inexpensive tapas as we're on a budget. will be staying near arc de triomf if that is any help, but willing to go to places off the beaten track/areas a bit rough round the edges too.

thanks in advance.

Jul 27, 2007
missholmes in Spain/Portugal

The best fromagerie in Paris?

We're also interested in finding some place where we can go just for cheese/charcuterie on its own as a light lunch, instead of somewhere that sells cheese or just has a cheese plate at the end of a meal. any recommendations?

Jul 08, 2007
missholmes in France

London Next Friday

thanks, your post really helped. I'm going to try booking Magdalen for lunch on friday, and Dino is literally next door to our hotel so we will make use of it i'm sure. Also keen on sipping a few cocktails at Hawksmoor so will probably have dinner in the vicinity.

as i said earlier i'd be interested in something more informal during the evening so Tapas would be a good option. What would be the best alternative to Barrafina?

Re: Canteen, i've only been once, and only had starters as they were out of something like 5 dishes that my friend and I tried to order. This was a late Sunday afternoon, which might perhaps excuse the pitiful performance, but it's the sort of place, serving the sort of food, that should be at its best on a Sunday of all days. Still, the food we had there was good, the potted duck delicious, and the diners next to us ate pies that looked nice enough.

mr holmes

Jun 24, 2007
missholmes in U.K./Ireland

London Next Friday

Will be arriving in London next week from LA and going to stay for a day or two before heading off up north. We're thinking about good places to go for Lunch and dinner on Friday and wonder if you could give us a few pointers or recommendations. Staying in Fitzrovia so West End based destinations will be preferred tho we're also going to spend some time around Shoreditch/Spitalfields. We're young (early 20s) so nothing too formal or overly stuffy thanx!

First off we'll probably wake early and have a cheap breakfast at a cafe somewhere before shopping for a bit. Any recommendations for a good espresso early in the morning (around 7-8?)

For lunch we are thinking of going somewhere upscale, seeing as some top restaurants have affordable and accessible set lunch menus. Perhaps one of Gordon Ramsey's restaurants such as Maze? i am also wondering what the dress code is at these places for lunch and if it is ok to wear trainers or not. Also looking at Arbutus for lunch but it looks a bit too traditionally "british" while we're looking for something a bit lighter. budget of around £80 for two for food, with perhaps more for wine. We'd go somewhere cheaper if we decide to spend more at dinner, so suggestions in a lower price bracket would also be appreciated.

For dinner we might do something a bit more informal, Canteen springs to mind (which is why we wouldn't want to specifically do british food during the day). alternatively i am wondering if the tasting menu at Bacchus is worth to splurge, tho if we go there in the evening we'd want to do something cheaper for lunch. also thinking about that Tapas place in Soho, Barrafina, somewhere we could order lots of little dishes and vary our drinks, tho the reported wait puts me off. we may do that at lunch instead, or the night before if we are not jet lagged.

in the afternoon if we feel we can fit it in we might want to have some tea/coffee and cakes. Leaning towards tea, Teasmith on shoreditch high street looks good but i'm not sure how their food would be. is Peyton and Byrne on Tot Court Rd as nice as it looks? i think that is take away only tho, and we'd prefer somewhere we could linger.

Thanks in Advance!

Mr Holmes

Jun 23, 2007
missholmes in U.K./Ireland

Picnics Deli--OC

haven't ate there but they have a good cheese case and the guy who runs it is really knowledgable and helpful.

May 28, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Cubed

affordable, i think. cheeses are something like $3-$7 (most in the lower range) though you don't get a great deal so you have to order quite a few. on top of that the charcuterie is the same price. can't remember how much the mains are, remember seeing pizzas for around $10.

May 24, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Cubed

right, 4 cheese mac n cheese, tasted like something out of a box, velveeta springs to mind. suprising cos the cheese plates they do are amazing.

May 24, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Great Baked Goods in OC?

how freaky, i'm just back from cafe blanc, still have the chocolate stains on my shirt from their delicious, soft and very melty truffles. the gelato is pretty good, had honey and mandarin orange half an hour ago. generally i think the creamy ones (hazelnut, caramel, oreo, choc etc) are better than the fruity ones.

pascal's near john wayne airport do nice cakes and tarts, the raspberry and lemon are the best. if you get there for breakfast the croissants, chocolate and plain, are very nice, tho the pain au raisin is weird, too bread-like for my taste. macarons pretty good but check to see when they were made as the older ones can go hard and brittle.

May 24, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Newcastle Recs

update on secco. the first floor cafe and bar has been turned into a pizzeria of sorts, as Frederico has said, and a new ground floor bar is under construction at the moment. been back a few times with friends, had super halibut wrapped in pancetta on lentils, venison on broad beanes, and best of all, pan fried red mullet and rosemary with some sort of spicy orange glaze on a bed of barley . marvellous.

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

Top 5 Restaurants Under $10 in Orange County (Huntington Beach/Costa Mesa/Fountain Valley/Westiminster... area)

2nd Super Pollo.

another rec is pupuseria san sivar on harbor blvd in costa mesa, just across from triangle square. really cheap crispy, oily rice flour pupusas and huge jars of free curtido.

May 21, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Yerba Mate

yes you can. the traditional method with the gourd and bombilla makes for strong mate, using a strainer can let you control the strength a bit more accurately. haven't seen any specialist mate places round here, but most loose leaf tea stores carry it. palais des thes in bh has green yerba mate, which is unfermented and has a stronger vegetal and grassy taste, rather than the toasty flavour of "brown" mate.

May 21, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Great Baked Goods in OC?

Village Bakery in costa mesa was good, excellent pain au chocolate and a nice fennel & raisin loaf. so naturally it shut down. :(

May 21, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Cube marketplace, cheesebar and cafe

we were there earlier on saturday, pondered getting the oxtail but decided on something else. wish i'd gotten it now. we had a cheese and charcuterie plate, liked the mole salami and serrano ham but sadly they were out of saucisson sec. some of the cheeses were excellent, particularly the torte thingy (cant remember the name), which was sweet and spreadable, while we also tried the Dandy. the portions were a little on the small side, would be my only complaint. my partner had a caprese salad with peaches, simply divine. ive never tasted fruit so good in southern california. as for the rest, the truffled steak and mac n cheese were very poor and they don't do wine but the rest makes up for it. will definitely be coming back but will stick to small dishes next time rather than the entrees.

May 21, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Looking for British food in the OC

there's a new place called "the copper kettle" just opened on Baker St in Costa Mesa. being from newcastle in england i was curious to see what it was all about so popped in the other day to have a chinwag with the owners. they seem to serve tea and sandwiches/scones (with devonshire cream), sell british chocolate etc. very chintzy, looks like a replica of a UK frontroom circa 1946.

mr holmes

May 19, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Boule, Boule, Boule

I haven't been to Boule in about a year but i always remember it being very good, chocs, macs and ice creams all top notch. perhaps things have changed due to the staff departures that others have mentioned. something else i dont get is everyone talking about the snooty staff, when ive been they've always been nice, stand out nice, as in free macaroons and ice cream. might check them out again sat afternoon, any recommendations on what chocs are the best now they have a new chocolatier?

May 19, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Calling London Sushi Buffs

Edokko is fine, nothing special and won't meet NY or Tokyo standards. definitely above average for London. nice to see they have sea bass sashimi though!

Apr 14, 2007
missholmes in U.K./Ireland

London with an almost-Veggie 14 year old

eat and two veg is supposed to be good, but i've never been. pretty much everywhere you go will have a vegetarian option, but probably not a wide range to choose from. also you must try out Indian restaurants all of which feature loads of vegetarian dishes.

Mar 18, 2007
missholmes in U.K./Ireland

Newcastle Recs

the place in Low Fell, that was called Fumi i think. used to serve all the visiting execs at the Nissan plant. pity there is no really authenic japanese restaurant round now, ive been spoiled living in los angeles...

Mar 13, 2007
missholmes in U.K./Ireland

English Breakfast near Marble Arch/Oxford St or Bloomsbury

You might want to check this out, good listing of many london cafes serving english breakfast
http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggb...

This one used to be my local: http://russelldavies.typepad.com/eggb... it's excellent, cheap, friendly and atmospheric. honestly you can't go wrong. the pub opposite (Duke of York) is nice for a quick pint or two and pretty friendly, gets busy for the football but that's all part of the experience. If you want a bit more history, walk about 2 mins round the corner to the Windsor Castle. http://fancyapint.com/pubs/pub3176.html it's certainly an experience and you'll no doubt strike up a conversation with one of the regulars. In fact that immediate area and all the way up to Marylebone High Street, is a fantastic little place, has a village like feel, and full of interesting cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Mar 12, 2007
missholmes in U.K./Ireland

Newcastle Recs

emico, glad you liked the orrechiette!

another good recommendation is fenwick's food hall, some pretty good cheeses, meats and salamis to be had there, and a half-decent bakery. The Cafe Royal bakery is superb, especially good is the walnut and fennel bread loaf. Cafe Royal also does good sandwiches for lunch and things like scones and cakes to go with a cup of coffee.

There's an Italian Deli on Newlands Road near Ilford Road metro, not sure if it is still open as the last time i was there about 6 months ago the guy was talking about selling up, but some of their stuff is amazing. wines, salamis, prosciutto, cheeses imported from italy, they make a pescatora pate that is soooooo good, consisting of tuna, anchovies, olives, potato etc they also make fresh ciabatta and foccacia daily, and give you a free espresso while you order. think it is called tavasso.

has anyone been to http://www.caffezonzo.com/open.html in sandyford, supposed to be pretty good. also wondering about http://www.graingerrooms.co.uk/

finally, does anyone think there'll ever be a good Japanese restaurant in Newcastle?

Mar 12, 2007
missholmes in U.K./Ireland

Best Chocolate in Paris?

JP Hevin is very good, love the chocolate cheeses to be served as aperitifs (reminds me of cheesecake) and his truffles are simply amazing! however i didn't think his caramels were anything special, and the luxury box of chocolates is just okay.

visited christian constant last week, thought the chocolates were crap - very boring ganache with almost imperceptible flavour stuck together with plain "granular" chocolate akin to Hersheys. ate half the box on a bench in the luxembourg gardens and threw the rest away. waste of €8.

mrholmes

Feb 26, 2007
missholmes in France

Jin Patisserie - Very Disappointing - The Search For A Decent Cup Of Tea In Los Angeles Continues

i've had similar experiences at Jin. the tea was terrible, something wrong with the water that made it "hard", while the flavour was very lacking. i had a millefeuille type cake that i thought was pretty good at first, but then realised the cream had totally seeped into the pastry leading to some congealed mushy crap, didn't finish that. the 2nd time i went we skipped the cakes and got macaroons and chocolates - macs were pretty good, chocolates forgettable. the little outdoor area also has some serious feng shui type issues, very bad vibes and claustraphobic. also dont appreciate sitting on an extended family of ants!

Jan 23, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Rooibos tea

We love honeybush! The first time I had it was in a place called Tea Palace in London, alas, it does not seem to be readily (easily) available here. Will have to try trader joe's! Is there a particular brand of honeybush they sell there to be on the lookout for?

Jan 15, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Rooibos tea

will have to check this place out, do you know if they are still open? we bought some nice rooibos from Palais Des Thes last week but looking for Green Rooibos (unfermented), seems this store carries it.

Jan 13, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Future of Angelique Cafe and what if I need a good place for steak frites?

does anyone know where are these guys located? i called and they said they are in the process of setting up a shop, but that they sell all the products from their kitchen. missed the address, something like 1st street and...? beverly?

Jan 11, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Olives (the store)?

I came across reviews of Olives (or Olive's, not sure) in Long Beach on yelp.com, was wondering if anyone had been there and if its worth going to Long Beach for, in terms of price/quality/etc?
Thanks!

Jan 10, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Beverly Hills vs Silver Lake for cheese?

Went to Beverly Hills this morning--service was wonderful and prompt! The employees were, as expected, informed and unexpectedly polite. We tried loads of cheese and the samples came in generous portions. We ended up going home with 7 types of cheese, much more than we expected to. The ones that stood out most were the pecorino fieno e miele, trifuli, and a soft goasts cheese. We also got 3 different types of meat (prosciutto of unknown origin, Finnochiona Salami, and Lomo), a baguette, white wine, and really really good fig cake to go with the pecorino we got.

Jan 07, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area

Another Duck Confit Post

We cooked the duck confit legs we bought from Pascal's Epicerie in the oven at 400F for about 20 mins.We made potatoes and drizzled them with the leftover fat. It was really nice!

Jan 06, 2007
missholmes in Home Cooking

Beverly Hills vs Silver Lake for cheese?

We are finally going to the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills tomorrow, (unless the employees decide to take a day off or some traffic catastrophe occurs). What would you recommend that is unique or especially good (or something the first-time customer may not be aware of) from them?

Jan 06, 2007
missholmes in Los Angeles Area