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Galette des rois

Première Moissons sells em. Traditional style and also a chocolate pear one which I think we might serve this year for a fun change.

Borough Market [London]

I see from their webiste the market is open
thursdays:11am - 5pm
fridays:12pm - 6pm
saturdays:8am -

I can't make it on a Saturday. From your experience is it better on Thurs or Fri? aiming for most amount of stalls... and smallest crowds...

do they give free tasting samples? or discount their produce at the end of the day?

2 more days and I'm a plane to London...can hardy wait

Jun 10, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Taste of London 2010

So I saw that there is a Taste of London in Regent's park from June 17-20th.
http://www.tastefestivals.com/london/

3 Questions
1 - Has anyone ever gone?
2 - If you've gone - would you do it again ? (i.e. Is it worth doing for a visitor?
)3 - If it is worth checking out - any local CHers want to meet up on the 17th or 18th and go together to check it out ?

here's what Timeout's website says...
Famous chefs take their trade outdoors at this annual feast in the park at which visitors can sample food from restaurants such as Yauatcha, Theo Randall and The Modern Pantry, take part in wine tutorials and cookery classes, buy speciality produce from beer to cheese and watch chefs (including Bocca di Lupo's Jacob Kennedy and Gary Rhodes) wield their knives in the cookery theatre. Featured this year is Malaysia Kitchen, which aims to heighten awareness of Malaysian food with demonstrations by Rick Stein, Atul Kochhar and others. The festival operates its own currency, Crowns, which can be purchased with tickets in advance, or on the day, and are required to buy dishes from the exhibiting restaurants

Not quite sure how the pricing works? entrance fee and sampling fee?

Jun 08, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

lunch early dinner rec near London zoo

Thank you every one - I would never have know of these places without you.
I didn't know that there would be food options in the park...
If the weather is nice picnic lunch followed by pizza dinner at Nonna's - can never go wrong with pizza with a 6yr old in tow.

Jun 07, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

Wow - thank you Samuelinthekitchen - I was going to check out foodie options near the tourist attractions - but now might check out the foodie options first!

Jun 07, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

Harters - take a look on the board and you will see the rivalrly in the bagel which world is divided into two - the Montreal vs New York bagel.

New York style bagel is larger looks like a donut and tastes doughy.
Montreal style bagel is denser, somewhat sweet, hand kneaded and twisted into a ring, tossed into boiling water, then taken out and rolled in sesame or poppy and then baked in a wood oven. You bring them home hot out of the oven in a paper bag, and if any remain once home and cooled down, you then store them in the plastic bag so they retain their moisture because they can become rock solid - no addditives.

Jun 07, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Light dinner in Pimlico or Westminster

Thank you... the restos I came across like Thomas Cubitt or Ebury Wine Bar & Restaurant, Olivomare or The Orange were either in the wrong direction or not open until 6pm on a Monday which didn't give me enough time to sit down, order, eat and be at the station for 7pm. And I didn't really want a Pret a Manger sandwich..

Jun 06, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

Thank you everyone - you are all fantastic - I can hardy wait to be over there exploring all these suggestions. Less than 1 week!!

I confess I haven't a clue as to how hardcore foodies my hosts might be - but I am !! - so this adventure will be fun...
Merci !!

Jun 06, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Light dinner in Pimlico or Westminster

Will be checking into Easy Hotel on Belgrave Road on a Monday round 4:30pm then heading to Westminster Tube for 7pm for a walking tour of area.

Looking for recs for light dinner somewhere in between to help adjust and get over jetlag.

Jun 01, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

lunch early dinner rec near London zoo

Going to spend an afternoon at the Zoo - 3 adults and a 6yr old.

Any recommendations of nearby places for lunch and early dinner - 10-15£/person.

Jun 01, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

dim sum questions

and how many pieces in one order? one dumpling or more?

what's the pricing like?
my standard orders are shu mai, har gao, baked BBQ pork buns...

i'll be dining alone and am trying to plan so there isn't too much food - based on the recs think I will try Pearl Liang or Min Jiang.

Jun 01, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

dim sum questions

I keep reading about your tasty dim sum options.

here it is ony served on Sunday mornings and the servers wheel carts around the resto and open bamboo steamers to show the gleaming steamy dumplings.

Is that how it is done in London?

Or can you you go any day of the week? Or is it a la carte? Is it offered at lunch and dinner?

Jun 01, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

Dolly Dagger
I will be sightseeing everywhere - foodhalls at Harrod's and Fortnum & Masons were already on my list. but didn,t know about Paxton & Whitfield - will have to pick up some chutny to bring home !

Someone told me there was a lovely patisserie on Marylebone as well. or does the Fromagerie sell breads as well.

Jun 01, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

Thank you Harters for those recs and links - from all my lurking here I had already read about La buvette and checked their menu out - yum! but had not read about The Bingham.

Jun 01, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

Yes Howler is right - thank you - I should have written inverness terrace. This will be my first time in London.

Kensington gardens to Wholefoods ! Bliss !!
Glad to hear there's a Wholefoods - I'll have access to kitchen while in that area so I'll be able to pick up a few meals for me too!

Jun 01, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

Thank you Hartners for the recommendation - look forward to checking it out.

I should mention that before heading down to Richmond I will be staying in Bayswater /Inverness area for 5 days so will also be able to make purchases there.

May 31, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Food Gift ideas for Londoner

hello

Canadian gal here heading to London in June for 12 days and will be stayng a few nights with aquaintances in Richmond. Would love to assemble some sort of foodie gift basket as a thank you. Just didn't know what to incude in it - combination of Canadian delicacies which I'd bring with me, and some from London - so I can explore food markets and specialty shops...

Any ideas?
for the Canadian fare - request was made for maple syrup, penaut butter, Montreal bagels, turtles not sure what else to add to that, but what about special treats I can get from London? suggestions welcome?

May 31, 2010
yow yul in U.K./Ireland

Downtown Ottawa treasures?

Hope this isn't too late.

If you would like tapas try 222 Lyon. Very small place, good variety to choose from. Tortilla di patata is authentic, and the grilled chorizo is tasty.

Or if you are here on a Thursday nights Don Alfonso (on corner of Bank & Gladstone) has live flamenco guitar where the local famenco-philes pile in. The scallops main never disappoints. The paella is lovely, lots of moist and tasty seafood - that dish might be out of your price range but you'd have leftovers for the next day. The rack of lamb is grilled nicely. But skip the gazpacho.

If you like to listen to live Jazz while eating dinner - try Cafe Paradiso on Bank St - does nice bistro food.

If you like Indian/Sri Lankan, try Ceylonta on Somerset (almost one corner west of Bank)Lunchtime buffet lets you sample all sorts of things and at dinner for $12 try their thali - combo of all sorts of curries - eggplant is my favourite.

Where can I find the best Shawarma in Ottawa?

I agree that the Shawarma Palace on Rideau is the place to try. Doesn't look like much, but it's very tasty, always fresh (so busy, nothing sits there) and huge portions.

Ottawa - lunch

I think that Cafe Paradiso would work nicely...
at 199 Bank St. (a block or so from Laurier) www.cafeparadiso.ca

There is Benitz Bistro on Somerset between Bank & O'Connor - might be too pricey and a bit far if you are walking...

Galette des rois

January 6 - Epiphany is this weekend. My mom used to invite friends we didn't see during the holidays over for dinner. She usually just served regular cake with a bean and pea in it, but I was thinking it would be fun to serve a traditional Galette des rois instead.

Do any of the bakeries make Galette des rois - the one made with puffed pastry and frangipane filling? or maybe there are other filling flavours to choose from?

If not, any recommendations on where to buy the ingredients for frangipane?
thanks

Anything like J-Talon Mkt in Paris

Lagatta
T'as tout compris :-) thank you for being there !
You have put into words the uniqueness of why I like JT market in Montreal and was unable to express to someone who had never been to visit it yet (I say yet - because everyone should at some point go visit, it is a lovely experience - sort of like the souks in Morocco are a must see) Merci Lagatta.

Sounds as though Marché d'Aligre might be what I had in mind. I thought there might not be a similar concept in Paris.

I'm not actually interested in buying any food - (other than to taste the samples the vendors give out - if they even do that in Paris) I know that sounds strange. But it's - but rather just want to roam around and see the colours, smell the aromas, be exposed to new produce - feel some sort of exotic culinary dépaysement if you will...

Thank you everyone for the other recommendations of places to see, I will try the other markets if I have the time.

Oct 25, 2007
yow yul in France

Anything like J-Talon Mkt in Paris

For those JT market lovers who have been overseas and done the fresh market thing in Paris. Which one (is there one?) would you say resembles JT the most? Fresh local produce, mix of outdoor stalls and specialty shops.
I'm heading to Paris for the first time and would like to spend an afternoon roaming and grazing like I do at JT.

thanks

Oct 24, 2007
yow yul in France

Solo Dinner (this Sunday) in Montreal

If you like tapas, walk 4 blocks or so along Sherbrooke St. to the corner of St-Laurent. on the south east corner is MAP - the sister to Pintxo's.

I went a month ago (shortly after it's opening) and was very pleased by the delicously tasty morsels, some were so good we ordered more of the same. The decor is nice sleek urban. The menu has main courses but I didn't even bother with them - only had the tapas (pintxos)

Their tel is 514-843-8881

L'autre Saison

Rack of lamb is usually one of the pricer main courses on a menu - usually around the $40 mark. So $35 for what you said was an enormous portion of perfectly cooked lamb seems like a good price -.... mmmm rack of lamb...

afternoon tea in Ottawa

I've been to 3 places. Depends on the atmsphere you are looking for...

At the Chateau Laurier in Zoes Lounge - surrounded by windows overlooking Wellington St. served daily - silverware and china with 3 tiered plates - large tea caddy is wheeled around and you can select your loose leaf tea. 3 types to choose from - Traditional Afternoon Tea, Canadian High Tea or Champagne Tea. Full menu and prices which range from $25 to $50 can be found here http://www.fairmont.com/laurier/Guest...

The more affordable option is Tea Party ($10) - artsy atmosphere - huge selection of loose leaf tea. The food is fresh and tasty and large portions. Strangely the scone has to be ordered as well as the afternoon tea.
http://www.ottawaxpress.ca/food/food....

15min drive from downtown, there is also the Moorside Tearoom at the Mackenzie King Estate - can also enjoy on terrasse in beautiful surroundings of the Gatineau Park, food is okay (serve the traditional scones, clotted cream and jam, sandwiches, tartlets - but it's being able to walk around the wooded area, trails and lovely gardens and getting fresh air before sitting down that I like. The Estate was the summer residence Canada's 10th prime minister.

Please report back as to where you end up

good moroccan downtown?

Thank you Alicat - I've been craving tagine of lamb with prunes for a while and didn't know where to go eat it.

Local produce watch

Saw white asparagus and fresh morrels at Jean Talon market in the produce shop on the south side, 2 doors down from shop selling tagines out front. Sorry can't recall the store name.

A short Chez L'Epicier report

Thanks meg944 for the link - this trend has not arrived in Ottawa restaurants yet.

fiddleheads

Thanks everyone. I've only ever had them steamed with lemon juice. So I was curious to see how Chef's prepared them.

I was afraid I wouldn't make it to l'Express or Decca 77 before the season ends.
So thanks to Arktik I actually checked the grocery store and found some - would never have thought to look, and Carswell I made sure they were local ( I always forget to check that part of the label)

I've never cooked them - and if I recall they can be poisonous if not done right (I'm googling that next )