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chinese food in london

22 March 2017 - 01:14 PM

our flat is in westminster, a stone's throw from ma la sichuan, one of london's better reviewed sichuan restaurants--opened by the chef of barshu, apparently. we ate lunch there on arrival on saturday. some things were quite good, some were fine, some were blah. will report in more detail once we've tried more of the menu.


yesterday, we had dim sum at joy king lau on leicester st. in chinatown. london dim sum doesn't seem to have the best reputation and chinatown's reputation is even more faded but we thought this was far better than decent. superior to anything in minnesota certainly and would probably be squarely in the middle of the sgv's second division (the more old school places like ocean star and nbc). i wrote this meal up quickly this morning on the blog for those who are interested. our next stop for dim sum--unless i'm guided away/elsewhere--will likely be to royal china on baker st.. will probably combine that with cadenhead's and la fromagerie in a week or so. for now i'm going to get my first lot of cheese from paxton & whitfield and my first lot of whisky from the whisky exchange in covent garden.

cheese in london

21 March 2017 - 04:14 PM

this is a thread in which i ask about where to buy good cheese in london. but feel free to turn it into a discussion of 99 cent stores in lower manhattan and from there to a thread about where lower manhattan begins and ends.


my plan/desire is to eat a lot of obscure british cheese over the next 3 months. the closest reputable cheesemonger to us (we're in westminster) seems to be paxton & whitfield. good enough? or should i be traveling further afield to some other establishment? any particular cheeses you'd recommend i ask for?

squirrel: the other dark meat?

14 March 2017 - 03:08 PM

ten days ago i cooked up a bunch of squirrel (11 of them to be exact) for a large group of friends. one of them's a hunter and he bagged the squirrels over a period of time (no laws broken). he skinned and dressed them, i cooked them. and man, squirrel is good. squirrel broth, in particular, is really good: i served it straight up, garnished only with scallions, so people could taste the essence of squirrel. the hind quarters i braised with white wine and potatoes, the fore quarters i made into a very spicy, dry curry. they're basically very small rabbits and taste like high quality dark meat chicken, with a nice nutty depth. more details on the blog but them's good eatin'!






stanislaw skrowaczewski

22 February 2017 - 06:31 AM

at 93. a giant--and active almost to the very end.


the minnesota orchestra had this notice on facebook:




It is with aching hearts that we share the news that Maestro Stanisław Skrowaczewski, who suffered a second stroke earlier this month, died earlier today. He was 93.

It is hard to express all that Maestro Skrowaczewski has meant to the Minnesota Orchestra. He served as music director for 19 seasons, from 1960 to 1979, equaling our founding Music Director Emil Oberhoffer for the longest tenure in that position. He returned each season since then as our conductor laureate. Although he traveled the world conducting major orchestras until just last year, he continued to make Minnesota his home across the decades. He was a champion of new music, an extraordinary interpreter of Bruckner, a celebrated composer, an advocate for musicians during the lockout—and the major force behind the creation of Orchestra Hall in 1974. In total, his partnership with the Minnesota Orchestra spanned 56 years, and we are deeply grateful for more than a half-century of music-making with him.

A memorial service to celebrate his legacy will be held on Tuesday, March 28 at Orchestra Hall, with more details to follow. We offer our deepest condolences to his family.


i drink whisky from time to time with his son nick, who is just the sweetest guy (orik has met him too)--the maestro was clearly very good at things that weren't music-related as well.

moroccan flavors (minneapolis)

07 February 2017 - 07:28 PM

moroccan flavors opened in the midtown global market less than a year ago. it's run by a husband-wife team of chefs. he (hassan ziadi) has history in the twin cities, having done one stint from 1995-2000 and then again from 2013 onwards. he's cooked in places like aquavit and vincent. anyway, it's a small place with a compact menu but everything we had was quite good (and very reasonably priced). i recommend. longer review here.