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

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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)