shady lane

Jersey girl living the expat life in London

  • Location: London, UK
  • Favorite foods: Thai, Chinese (even the cheap Panda Express-type in weak moments!), Afro-Caribbean, anything with coconut milk

Where to Find the Best Bagels in San Francisco and the East Bay

The only decent bagel I found in the South Bay (NJ native) was at Izzy's Brooklyn Bagels in Palo Alto. The owners were actually Jewish and they also sold black and white cookies.

Bored With Maple? 26 Toppings for Your Pancakes

Rosaleen I don't think it's a cultural issue. Maple syrup was invented by indigenous people in North America, so that's why it's widely used there. Outside of Canada and the US, the price is prohibitive, so I completely understand why people would use more affordable alternatives. As an American living abroad maple syrup is the one thing I always pack in my suitcase to bring back when I visit!

Personally the only other syrup I've found that works for my taste buds and texture preference besides maple is cane syrup that I bought in New Orleans. Delicious!

Know Your Tahini: The Many Sides of a Sesame Powerhouse

I've had a tahinli pide in Turkey which was so good. Normally pide is a savory flatbread topped with meat and/or cheese. The tahinli version is slathered with tahini, sprinkled with sugar, and then baked in a hot oven.

Another Turkish tahini sweet is a spread called tahini pekmez, it tastes like tahini mixed with honey. Ate it for breakfast with bread.

Best stores for food souvenirs in New Orleans

Great suggestions - they all look good. Leaving tomorrow, will report back on my experience. Thanks Serious Eaters!

Best stores for food souvenirs in New Orleans

Oh also - would love recs for liquor stores or stores we can find local beers and spirits! Again preferable convenient walking distance from FQ.

The Best Wines for Daytime Drinking

Vinho verde is perfect for daytime drinking!

Hot Cross Buns

@morgnsgrl Here in London have seen both chocolate chip and toffee chip hot cross buns at supermarkets in the past few weeks. Go for it!

Share Your Sweets: Baking With Jam

Natalie's almond cake looks very much like a popular British cake called a Victoria Sponge Cake. Almond would make it better, great idea!

Burgers around Newark Airport?

Why burgers? As a NJ native I think pizza we're better at pizza. Star Tavern is in Orange, not far from the airport.

NYC/NJ Restaurants Advice!

Florham Park is not great restaurant-wise but it's next to Madison and Chatham which have more to offer. There's a good SE Asian in Chatham called A Taste of Asia and a Chinese restaurant/jazz bar called Shanghai Jazz in Madison. Commuting is easy from FP, it's a 5-7 min drive to Chatham station which is one stop from Summit.

East Hanover (Rt 10) has several Asian markets near the Home Depot, can't recall the names. And my favorite Chinese place is also in East Hanover on Rt 10 W, Mr. Chu's. I long for it being far away in a place with crappy Chinese.

Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero

I read somewhere that Coke Zero, in addition to the different sweeteners, is a male-targeted product, hence the black can. You may also notice that Diet Coke ads tend to feature women.

Amazingly, I have never had it...

Any fast food burger

Why did your family boycott Domino's?

Can We Talk About Ice Cream Cones?

If I could get a sugar cone the size of a big waffle cone I'd be happy.

We Try the New Lindt Hello Bars from Target

One of the few product reviews that I can participate in! These came out here in the UK a few weeks ago, there is a huge display at my local supermarket (Sainsbury's). I found the Strawberry Cheesecake pretty tasty, albeit a bit sweet.

The Serious Eats Guide to Ramen Styles

I have been trying to make tantanmen at home that tastes as good as my favorite Japanese spot. I dream about this stuff. So spicy, so nutty, so good. Any chance for a recipe?

Poll: What's Your Favorite Hamburger Side?

My mind said sweet potato, but my heart said waffle. Waffle for the win!

Kenji on BBC Food Programme

Just found it. To clarify it's BBC Radio 4's Food Programme and aired on Sep 1.

Do you Dress it up? Or Leave it Alone?

I live in the UK now and weirdly the "plain" Cheerios here are the same as Multigrain Cheerios back home. I never liked the "plain" but Multigrain are good. Growing up it was always Honey Nut or on special occasions Apple Cinnamon.

Eating homemade curry at work

Reheating curry in the office is a no no unless your kitchen is entirely separate from where the desks are. I love spicy foods, fish sauce, etc. but I would never dare heat it up at work and stink up the office. Keep it to evenings and weekends.

On a related note, I've had issues with a coworker who eats a lot of curry at home...and has major body odor problems as a result. Your diet can affect those around you in more ways than one!

We Try the New Peanut Butter and Chocolate Peanut Butter Pop-Tarts

@girlalive it is a constant source of misery reading Serious Eats from the UK and seeing all the delicious peanut butter things I could be eating back home.

The American Baking Competition is surprisingly good

It's based on the BBC's "Great British Bake Off" which is itself a fantastic show. Very interested to watch this but as an American in the UK have to figure out how to watch it.

Cereal Eats: If You Could Bring Back One Discontinued Cereal...

Current me probably wouldn't like it, but as a kid I was obsessed with Pop-Tarts cereal. It came in two flavors, strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon.

The Ramen Rater's Top 10 Instant Noodles of 2013

My family is from West Africa and Indomie has a huge foothold in that market. It's long been my favorite ramen, to the point that I beg people to let me make it for them so they can understand! So not surprised to see it on the list twice.

Ask A Sommelier: What's Your Favorite Non-Wine Drink?

I love Aperol Spritz, but how is a Prosecco-based cocktail a non-wine drink?

vienna, prague, and berlin SANS PORK

Can't recall restaurant names but in Berlin you can do no wrong taste or Kosher-wise going ethnic, especially Turkish. I ate at a great Thai place whose name escapes me. In Vienna you should be able to find veal schnitzel - Kalbfleisch not Schweinfleisch! (Kalb = calf, Schwein = swine/pig, like English)

Best stores for food souvenirs in New Orleans

We're heading to New Orleans for Jazz Fest and have already booked lots of great restaurants. But we want to bring home local goodies like pralines, cooking spices, and other New Orleans-specific items - basically, stuff that can go in our suitcase to take home (so not sausages or seafood).

Any recommendations for the best grocery stores/markets/specialty shops in New Orleans would be much appreciated! We're staying in the French Quarter and won't have a car.

Non-Pork Stuffing for Thanksgiving

This year I'm having my parents-in-law over for Thanksgiving for the first time. I always make sausage stuffing balls that go over very well, but this year I have to adjust because my mother-in-law doesn't eat pork.

I want to make the same recipe but replace the pork with a different meat, rather than just do a fully vegetarian version. Has anyone ever tried this with a non-pork sausage meat like chicken, lamb, or beef? And would it work with a ground meat rather than a sausage filling?

Biscoff spread and salted caramel from France - what to make?

I'm just back for a short trip to France, and in between cheeses and bottles of wine, I managed to fit in a jar of Biscoff (speculoos) spread and a jar of salted caramel I found in a tiny local shop. I'm trying to think of things to do with them other than spreading them on bread and/or spooning them directly into my mouth. For the salted caramel I might try a millionaire's shortbread, but I have enough to make more than one recipe. And for the Biscoff I have no idea - anyone tried making blondies out of it?

Grill pan waffles?

I was watching Jamie Oliver's Christmas special on Channel 4 here in the UK, and he showed a recipe for waffles that can be made in a grill pan. I love waffles but don't have an iron as it's just one extra thing to carry around for someone like me who rents an apartment.

Here's the link to the recipe:

Do you guys think it would actually work? I looked great on the show and am very tempted to try it out.

Why do my pancakes suck?

I grew up happily making and eating Aunt Jemima pancakes. Now I'm living abroad, and although you can get tasty premade pancakes at British supermarkets, I still like whipping up a batch at home.

I have tried two recipes:


Both came out way flatter than I would have liked.

Any tips or ideas as to why I'm having such a hard time here? Is is possible that British baking powder has less leavening action? Or am I over/undermixing?

Sicilian shrimp pasta - looking for a recipe

I just returned from a trip to Sicily and enjoyed a week of delicious food. For the most part, I've been able to track down recipes for some of my favorite dishes (e.g pasta alla norma).

However, I had one dish that stayed with me - it was called Spaghetti con Scampi. The sauce was tomato based but had a strong fishy flavor (in a good way) - as if maybe the tomatoes were reduced down with fish stock. I haven't been able to find any recipes for it as outside Italy spaghetti with scampi refers to the garlic and wine-based dish.

Anyone familiar with this dish - and any ideas about how to reproduce it?

Non-Soy Milk Substitute?

Due to a medical condition and upcoming treatment, I have to embark on a low-iodine diet for the next few weeks. While I knew to avoid iodized salt and seafood, I was surprised to learn that all dairy products and soy products are also off limits.

I'm in the UK and my local supermarket offers oat milk and rice milk. I've heard a lot about almond milk but they don't have it and I'm not able to go out of my way to find it.

Does anyone know which one is more palatable for a normal skim-cow-milk drinker? I don't want to buy a carton that goes to waste, as my partner will certainly not join me in drinking it!

Game Day Roast Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sandwiches

Remember a couple weeks ago when I mentioned that oven-roasted pulled pork is just about the easiest and most inexpensive way to feed a crowd of meat lovers? There are very few situations that can't be enhanced with a bit of strategically-deployed pork. This time, we've got another sandwich in the works, this one a variation of the classic Philly combo of roast pork, broccoli rabe, and provolone cheese. More

Barbecue Pizza Sauce

Barbecue sauce on pizza, yay or nay? I couldn't decide, so came up with this hybrid that has the deep tomato flavor of pizza sauce, but also comes with a sweet and tangy barbecue kick. More

Honey Baked Chicken

The chicken, believe it or not, is not the star of the show here (though it's not at all shabby). It's the marinade. This basic recipe will help you expand your Thai cooking repertoire by creating many different flavor variants using other Thai seasonings. More

Scone Thugs-'n'-Harmony

But hip hop and high tea aside, these Scone Thugs are pretty awesome: delicate, buttery, and packed with loads of bright lemon zest. Cake flour and plenty of butter give them a wonderfully tender crumb. And while they're gorgeous on their own, we certainly wouldn't balk at Jensen's suggestion for topping them with lemon curd or rhubarb jam. More

Spiced Chicken with Brown Butter

The technique for this dish comes from Nigel Slater's superb Real Fast Food: You mix together fragrant spices like cumin and coriander along with some minced garlic into room temperature butter, and paint it all over the chicken. As it melts off the chicken and crisps the skin, it collects in the dish and continues to cook until it becomes nutty brown. At the same time, all the spices are toasted in the bubbling fat, so you end up with golden, juicy chicken and some phenomenal curry-esque brown butter to spoon over everything. More

'The Food Matters Cookbook': Mark Bittman's New Crab Cakes

Embracing a less-is-more philosophy when it comes to animal products, these New Crab Cakes are made with equal parts lump crab (preferably responsibly caught and American-sourced) and creamy, mild celery root. If it sounds like an odd combination, all I can say is, don't knock it until you try it. There's something about the sweet shredded celery root that mimics the texture of crab beautifully. More

New York-Style White Pizza

White Pizza. Photograph by The Pizza Review Everyone has a food that they love so much or crave so often that they will eat it even after just having finished Thanksgiving dinner. For me, that food is white pizza. If... More

Cakespy: Homemade Starbucks-Style Cranberry Bliss Bars

While they don't taste exactly like the ones at Starbucks, they are pretty excellent in their own right, with an extremely dense, moist cake studded with tart cranberries, spicy ginger and sweet white chocolate, all crowned with a winter wonderland of rich cream cheese frosting and white chocolate drizzle. More