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Thai grocery in London?

Thanks for the suggestions and for the brand name. I could never remember what the brand the really good paste was that I used to get in NY, maybe that's it. Either way I'm sure it'll beat what I'm finding at the local supermarket here.

Jul 01, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland

Thai grocery in London?

Hi all,

I'm trying to track down some decent Thai curry paste and I'm wondering if there is a good Thai grocery in London. Or, does The Spice shop carry curry paste? I only remember seeing powders there.

Thanks.

Jul 01, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland

Where to buy black beans in South West London?

yy_ london,

which health food store? I've been looking around Islington for canned black beans with no luck. You can also find dried black/turtle beans at Sainsbury's and at the spice shop in notting hill.

Mar 06, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland

Where to buy black beans in South West London?

I've found dried black beans at a few different Siansburys. Also Spice Shop in Notting Hill carries them as turtle beans. But no luck anywhere with canned black beans.

Mar 04, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland

Food at Manhattan Penthouse

Thanks for the responses. We're already booked there, but are living overseas right now and weren't able to do a tasting so were hoping to get advice on specific dishes. Erin07 -- congratulations! We've found the venue to be great to deal with, I'm sure you will have a lovely wedding.

Mar 04, 2007
hungry1 in Manhattan

Manchester eats?

Thanks for all the tips, unfortunately I ran out the door before I got to read many of them. But we fared pretty well foodwise. Had a fantastic Korean meal at Koreana. Much better than I could have hoped for, very friendly service and totally reasonable price.

Bar Burrito, however was a different story. I Lived in San Francisco for a long time and am a bit of a burrito nut, so my assessment may not be fair, but here goes. My hopes soared when I saw counter. They take the same approach that a lot of San Francisco's Taqueria's do where you go down the line pointing out what you want. Everything looked fresh. For a moment I though, that maybe this is it. I might have to move to Manchester, or cram myself onto that miserable train every weekend. But, hopes were dashed. Not that it was bad. I've had worse, it just didn't taste like anything at all, even with all three salsas thrown in. That in itself is a pretty amazing feat. They've got the right idea (which they obviously took straight from Chipotle, including the typeface) but they really, really need to work on flavor.

Mar 02, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland

Manchester eats?

Hello,

I’m taking a last minute trip to Manchester. I've never been and don't know any more about the place than what I've read in the guidebooks. Any recommendations on restaurants to check out? Pubs? Anything else? I didn’t find too much in a search on the boards.

Thanks.

Feb 16, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland

That one English thing

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll have to give some of those a shot. The full English fry-up is a pretty remarkable invention. I'm finding that eating here is more of a surgical exercise. Randomly walk into a place and you're likely to be sorely disappointed but do a little homework (thank God for Chowhound) and you can come out unscathed, maybe even happy.

For my part, the best thing I've found so far is the almond croissant at the Islington farmer's market from the baker in the far corner in the rasta hat. They are unreal and have become my Sunday ritual.

Feb 16, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland

That one English thing

I've been over here for a few months and have been amazed at the creativity that chefs here employ when it comes completely destroying a dish--never terrible the same way twice. It's high comedy that is slowly turning to tragedy. But I can't believe that everything here is inedible. Though I'm learning that everything is absurdly expensive (and I'm coming from New York). Anyway, enough griping. San Francisco has burritos, New York had Shopsins, LA has Mexican food and Korean BBQ and Langer’s pastrami and well, a lot of things. But I’m hoping you all can help me figure out what London has. What is that one exceptional thing you can get here that just isn’t the same anywhere else, and where does one find it?

Feb 15, 2007
hungry1 in U.K./Ireland