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 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 4:36 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I've had many very good meals in my adult life; fish and chips from The Magpie in Whitby (after a 90 minute wait)


You waited NINETY MINUTES for fish and chips?? Pray tell...



Nothing terribly interesting! You generally have to queue along the street and up the stairs in order to eat at The Magpie on a bank holiday, such is its local status. After a couple of visits where we didn't bother to queue but one year we got there earlyish and just decided to stick with it as long as it took, see what the fuss was about.

To be honest, although it was very good I've had better, but I included it in case its reputation meant anything to anyone.

TG

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 6:55 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

If anyone thinks that the garbage that the Brits eat on toast is better than real American baked beans, they never had real American baked beans. The same is true of Cadbury chocolate. If that's good chocolate, then you haven't had good chocolate.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

If anyone thinks that the garbage that the Brits eat on toast is better than real American baked beans, they never had real American baked beans. The same is true of Cadbury chocolate. If that's good chocolate, then you haven't had good chocolate.

Ha, this won't go away will it. Are you talking about Hershey's Chocolate? That's dire stuff. I'm not a big fan of Cadbury, you have to go to mainland Europe for the "good" stuff. And maybe I had fake American baked beans when I was over there, & not the real American baked beans.

But...your post is rubbish, isn't it. You're just stoking the fire.

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:15 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Can't believe ppl are arguing over who has the best baked beans.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:29 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

As the Italian general said at the end of world war 2, there are no bad or good nations[nation being all the people in a country] but bad people who create bad systems. With all the evil around why don't we concentrate on fighting that instead of fighting with silly patriot pride. As a soldier said to me when he came back from IRAQ, they are as good as people as anyone in the world, they just had a evil leader[SADAMM]and other leaders who are wrong, that make the system bad, and from what I gain with leaders these days here in AMERICA, WELL YOU GET THE POINT.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:31 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

If anyone thinks that the garbage that the Brits eat on toast is better than real American baked beans, they never had real American baked beans. The same is true of Cadbury chocolate. If that's good chocolate, then you haven't had good chocolate.

As I said, no doubt home made baked beans in a good restaurant, or even many good home cooking will blind any canned product, but in cans British is best. As we all know of course it's all a matter of taste, not to mention what we grew up with from an early age.

But Hershey's? Now here we know that stuff has less actual chocolate content than even Cadbury's. The Cadbury's that is used for most of their products is Dairy Milk. It was always marketed as MILK chocolate, so the clue is in the words as to how much chocolate content is in there. But I grew up with the stuff, and love it. They do of course have a 'plain' chocolate bar which is nearer the real thing.

Of course since the company was taken over by Kraft it's virtually American anyway. When this happened I jokingly said that the next thing you know they'll be making chocolate cheese. A few moths later they came out with yep, CHOCOLATE PHILADELPHIA!!!LOL!!

But then this is a superbly cheesy thread! Just the thing to cheer me up on a dreary day. And I wondered how long we'd get a link to the Blazing Saddles clip.....

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:36 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

You see Americans think they are better then the brits, but don't feel bad they think they are better then every one. Now one may say ,does not people of other countries feel that way? yes, some do, sure, but THE DAVEY AND GOLIATH factor does come into play. I am open to the theory others may say it but not really believe it, We Americans have believed it so long, we don't even realize how rude we are when we think we are not. A second nature thing.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:40 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

A fun thread like this has a mixture of fun bantering and WISDOM.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

One thing I never think of when I think of American food is curry, do you eat much of it? Has it made any inroads? Many years ago I used to make a very good curry, used to grind my own spices, the lot (did a course at night school), but these days I just use a jar of mix, makes a passible chicken curry.

 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 7:46 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

Hey, Cadbury's is best. If you say "was" the best, that's also understandable. I still can't get over it was hustled by Kraft.

Many brands of chocolate from the UK don't taste quite right anymore. The Bounty bars, for instance, don't appear to have as much milk in them. Instead of being that rich "chocolate" color of old they are more like bronze. They've been bled of milk content, probably to save money, but that doesn't fool me. Cadburys dairy milk chocolate still has that even blend (thank goodness!) I'm quite sensitive to the taste of various things, and I'm also ultra specific about the water I drink too, however, when I see bronzed bars I can also expect to taste more cocoa content and dark chocolate just makes me throw up. I can't eat a sizeable amount of it without inducing a migraine headache. There are a few circumstances when I can tolerate dark chocolate - After Eight contains enough mint to balance out the heavy noir quality of the chocolate itself so as to be digestible.

Someone once brought Hershey bars over from the states and they tasted pretty awful.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I always look at the cocoa solids/butter content. I want 30%. There's a couple of stalls in London's Portobello Road Market that sell cheap chocolate, well good European chocolate that's near its sell by date. Been buying some Swiss chocolate bars "Frey" 31% cocoa solids, very nice, & an Italian bar called Baci, which doesn't tell you the amount, but it does taste nice. I like it when they get the Belgium stuff, but I haven't seen any of that for a while.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 14, 2014 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Jon Broxton   (Member)

One thing I never think of when I think of American food is curry, do you eat much of it? Has it made any inroads? Many years ago I used to make a very good curry, used to grind my own spices, the lot (did a course at night school), but these days I just use a jar of mix, makes a passible chicken curry.

It's getting much better. I grew up in Yorkshire and have masala in my blood - the best curry I have ever eaten in my life was in a place opposite the Alhambra theater in Bradford. When I moved to LA in 2005 it was still fairly uncommon and what you could find was'nt the best quality, but this has changed over the past decade and now I find pretty good Indian food all over. What has really helped is that the people cooking the food are all actually Indian (unlike the first place I ever went to when I moved here, where the chef was from Guatemala!!)

My personal favorite is called Bollywood 3 (good food, horrible name), and the owner was a restaurant owner and chef in Uttar Pradesh who moved here and started opening restaurants. High quality fresh ingredients, proper time taken with the masala and the spice rub. Very good indeed.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

I grew up in Yorkshire and have masala in my blood - the best curry I have ever eaten in my life was in a place opposite the Alhambra theater in Bradford.


We're due to drop in at The Kashmir in a couple of weeks which is an unpretentious basement curry house in Bradford - no alcohol, 1980s decor (original, not retro!) and a fine, fine meal for about 7 quid a head. A real favourite of mine.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Dp

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Tp

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 8:52 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Qp

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 15, 2014 - 6:20 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

There used to be years ago in my neighborhood[believe it or not] a 99 cent store that used to have loads of European cakes and pastries, Very rich, but the most delicious things you ever tasted or I have anyway. When it comes to desserts the Europeans do it better then the Americans.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 7:48 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

One thing I never think of when I think of American food is curry, do you eat much of it? Has it made any inroads? Many years ago I used to make a very good curry, used to grind my own spices, the lot (did a course at night school), but these days I just use a jar of mix, makes a passible chicken curry.

It's getting much better. I grew up in Yorkshire and have masala in my blood - the best curry I have ever eaten in my life was in a place opposite the Alhambra theater in Bradford. When I moved to LA in 2005 it was still fairly uncommon and what you could find was'nt the best quality, but this has changed over the past decade and now I find pretty good Indian food all over. What has really helped is that the people cooking the food are all actually Indian (unlike the first place I ever went to when I moved here, where the chef was from Guatemala!!)

My personal favorite is called Bollywood 3 (good food, horrible name), and the owner was a restaurant owner and chef in Uttar Pradesh who moved here and started opening restaurants. High quality fresh ingredients, proper time taken with the masala and the spice rub. Very good indeed.


Yes Jon, nothing beats a good ruby. And I bet not a lot of our lovely friends in the US know what means! I'll eat my weight in poppadoms if more than one can tell us! I've only been to Canada a few times (though I did venture into New York state as a 12 year old) and I don't think I ever saw a curry house.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 7:51 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

If we really want to check out the wierdest culinary development in the UK, take a look at this. And no, people of the USA, it most certainly is NOT traditional!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/10766957/Oh-my-cod-Fish-and-Chips-in-a-pie.html

 
 Posted:   Apr 16, 2014 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

What could be more delicious than fish fingers and custard?

 
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