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Whole foods in london! And need help finding europe foods!

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Yeah I recently went to europe and I was ecstatic and suprised to see the Whole foods sign near one of the stations because of it's heralded status here. I was.... .. . .. so freaking amazed! WE HAVE TO GET ONE. It's like a ... sunterra except like hugely expanded. The salad bar is so crazy and beatutiful, both the mix one and the prepared ones(squash!) I didn't want to leave london after that! I ate some gelato there too mmmm mmm!

I discovered some great foods while there and now its like a week later and I'm so craving them... Indian food is by the way delicious in Europe, and the Sainsburys and Albert Heinj supermarkets are pretty wicked! Everything cut up and ready to cook, 10 billion prepared sandwiches and meals! Fruit salad that look like its not from 7-11! I miss it, boo

Anyways I need some ideads! And help finding:

- good peppery rocket(arugula)-- they use mostly what we consider fancy lettuces there!
- Canelles! Mini rum cakes carmelised on the outside.... drool in france... mmmm
- After a fresh warm Brioche au chocolat in the paris morning light nothing will ever be the same but if I can find one good enough to tide me over! That thing just... vanished.
-dutch pannekoeken, refridgerated, restaurant or even mix
- the mild pickles from out stopover at the Chicago airport, a dutch place/bar that served massive sandwiches on panini with real sauerkraut. they were not as vinegery big deli style wedge
-there was an amazing indonesian place by our hotel im amsterdam(I ate three times!) They served a massive selection of vegetarian dishes and rarities like tempeh(drool) the owner was so nice and I absolutely fell in love with the food(like all over europe haha)!
-sweet crisp corn, they use it in a lot of salads and sandwiches, and yes they had corn on the cobb at kfc. I've used crisp corn in salad but the corn was never that crisp!
For now! But I'm going to have to hit up edeilweiss pretty soon for the schnitzel, german food was so hard to find because we didn't hit germany. I by the way had a hard time eating in europe because... I dont... like thick baguettes and that was pretty much all the sandwich they served in common sandwicheries. It was weird to see a chicken cottage there too! But the rice I got there was soooo good. So saffron-ey...

I was in france but only walked by Fauchon(it was like 1 am haha)...saddddddddd. I miss the Crispy M&M's and Roasted Chicken Thyme lays(you open the bag and it smells like there is a chicken baking)

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  1. In Calgary:

    You can get Canellés at Yann Haute Patisserie. I haven't tried them, but they look right.

    Pannekoeken can be had at De Dutch or Pfanntastic Pannekoek Haus. I've only been to De Dutch, and I like it.

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    Yann Haute Patisserie
    329 23 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0J3, CA

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    1. re: 23skidoo

      I didn't know what they were before the trip, but it looked the same but wasn't as sweet or gummy in the centre, but maybe I'm wrong.

    2. For good arugula/rocket look for (soon if not already) bags from Hotchkiss Farms. I usually get mine at Amaranth/Planet Organic but I expect Community or Blush Lane carries it too... There may be other places that carry their produce *ack* their website is under construction right now but still has their contact info: http://www.hotchkissproduce.com/

      Yann Haute Patisserie also has drool worthy pain au chocolat (mine disappeared faaar too quickly) I'd also check out Manuel Latruwe for Brioche.

      Hope that helps :

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      Yann Haute Patisserie
      329 23 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0J3, CA

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      1. re: maplesugar

        Most chain grocery stores are carrying arugula now too, although not always consistently. Check the "pre-washed" packages. To my surprise, I even found some heirloom lettuce at Superstore the other day.

        1. re: anonymoose

          I use baby arugula from Safeway all the time. Love it.

          1. re: John Manzo

            I got a huge mix(6 cups or more) of raddicio, arugula endive, escarole for 4$ at costo, its just not the same as simple peppery rocket :(

      2. If you have any little piece of garden, grow your own rocket. We have the thin wild rocket (don't ever settle for the commercial big leafed rocket) that comes back every year in our garden. It's very hardy and it goes insane in our climate. In the summer I'll sit out there and munch away as it's so good compared to anything you can get in the supermarkets.

        For Indian food, the best I've had that comes close to Europe is Namskar as the owners are from Europe so they know what it's like over there.

        I lived in the UK for many years, where did they stick the WF?

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        1. re: slingshotz

          wow! I went to the one by Kensington metro, but apparently there slike 7 in london :O

        2. I've also had canelés from L'Épicerie, but that was last year so I'm not sure if they are still stocked (and I'm not sure if they are made in-house or sourced from elsewhere). On a side note, I think your "missing France" mood might be buoyed by a visit to L'Épicerie and a sampling of the patés and other French delights.

          Seconding the recco for Pfanntastic Pannekoek Haus. I haven't been to the Netherlands, so I can't speak to the pannekoeken's authenticity, but they are delicious.

          For sweet, fresh corn, I love local Albertan corn in August/September. (Taber's would be the most well-known.) Buy ears that have crisp kernels (do the thumbnail test for juiciness and crispness) and only a little bit of the white unripened kernels at the end.

          Rise Bakery has a chocolate bread that is a brioche dough. Has Bernard Callebaut chocolate chunks and dried cherries. Yum.

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          1. re: aktivistin

            I didn't recommend Pfanntastic because I've never been. :) Just mentioning it as an option.

            At De Dutch, which I have been to, the pancakes are exactly the same as in Amsterdam.

            1. re: 23skidoo

              I guess they are probably pretty hard to screw up, do they cook the ingredients right in it?

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            1. Was that Whole Foods in SoHo by chance??

              The other night a group of friends and I tried out the Schnitzel Haus on Bowness Road and 46th Street NW. Very good schnitzel and a great Austrian salad. Friendly owners and an inviting casual atmosphere. Try it out! Only complaint...no Ottakringer, Gosser or Stiegl. Becks and DAB were the 2 beer choices.

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              1. I am probably going to farmers market next weekend, does anyone know if ladybug has brioche or canneles?