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Sat, Nov. 30th, 2013, 07:43 pm
tobyaw: Shops closing down in St Andrews

Wandered into town to see the Christmas lights being switched on. Usually I don’t get beyond South Street, but we had a wander up and down Market Street today.

Marmaris has closed down! A pity; I rather like the booth seats and the friendly service. OK, so the chips were mediocre, but it was easy to have a family meal sharing a pizza and a big plate of salad. Apparently it is being redeveloped to become a Domino’s Pizza.

Fritto (né P.M.s) has gone; it has become a chip shop called Cromers. And they are now frying in beef fat, so no chips for us vegetarians. (At least they have the honesty to state that on the menu, unlike the liars at the Tail End.) A portion of chips for Beth was a pricey £2.10, and ketchup was 25p per sachet. Uninspiring.

Thorntons is closing down! It will be gone by February. No great loss, though — as long as Burns Sweet Shop is still trading, why would one go into Thorntons?

Sun, Nov. 25th, 2012, 10:49 pm
tobyaw: St Andrews Food and Drink Festival

The St Andrews Food and Drink festival started this weekend, and there is a programme of tastings, talks, tours, and special deals throughout the coming week.

Will you be going to anything?

Calendar of events:

Fri, Mar. 23rd, 2012, 10:02 pm
tobyaw: Curtains

Is there anywhere in St Andrews that sells fabric suitable for making curtains? Or is a trip to Dundee called for?

Not my usual kind of shopping, and I can’t think where there might be fabric for sale.

Thu, Feb. 10th, 2011, 05:58 pm
tobyaw: Tailend veggie-hating menu lies

The Tailend chip shop’s menu has a “Veggie Option” section. It isn’t a great leap to infer that their veggie burger, veggie spring roll, and veggie haggis, are suitable for vegetarians. But it appears that they are only vegetarian until they are cooked.

In one corner of their in-shop menu board, there is a hand-written note saying that all of their food is fried in beef dripping. On questioning the young man behind the counter, he confirmed that the veggie food is all cooked in beef fat. He said that they could grill a veggie burger, but that doesn’t help the other items described as “veggie”, or the chips they are served with.

As a vegetarian, I accept that a minority of chip shops cook in beef dripping, and that they don’t always make it clear. But when a menu describes food as veggie, I expect it to be vegetarian.

Sat, Jan. 15th, 2011, 04:20 pm
kateaw: Children's shoes

I really like Lyndsey's Shoe Box in Market Street. They have a good selection and provide really excellent service.

Beth loves her new wellies.

Sat, Jan. 15th, 2011, 02:49 pm
tobyaw: Dr Noodles

We lunched today at the recently-opened Dr Noodles noodle bar on Market Street. It has a very simple menu — noodles with stir-fry vegetables in regular (£4) or small (£3) portions, with a choice of sauces (black bean, peking, oyster, soy, cantonese, coconut, sweet hoisin, hot & spicy, plum, or teriyaki). Chicken, beef, or king prawn are an optional extra at £1.50 (or £1 for small).

The noodles were pretty good, the cardboard boxes and bamboo chopsticks added atmosphere, and there was a bit of a buzz as the eating area filled up. Being able to watch the food preparation behind the bar was an added entertainment. Only downside was the loud Radio 1: eateries shouldn’t subject their paying customers to inanely rambling radio presenters.

Fri, Jun. 11th, 2010, 12:06 pm
tobyaw: Tailend

Has anyone tried the new Tailend Restaurant and Fish Bar? It is in the middle of Market Street, where Joe's used to be many years ago. Apparently it is run by people who used to own the Anstruther fish bar. I popped in to Tailend yesterday evening to see if they had a takeaway menu, and the queue was reminiscent of Anstruther.

Planning to give it a go at the weekend.

Edited to add: my comments about the Tailend http://tobyaw.livejournal.com/229717.html

Thu, Jan. 28th, 2010, 03:35 pm
tobyaw: Nisa Extra

I popped into the new Nisa Extra supermarket at lunchtime today; it is on Market Street opposite Tescos, where Woolies used to be. Seemed pretty decent; was less claustrophobic than the back of Tescos, and had a decent selection of fresh and brand-name food. I picked up a bottle of HP Sauce and this week's People's Friend. One of which was for me.

The checkout chappie told me that they're open to midnight this week, but they are hoping to be open 24x7 from next week. Which would be pretty useful.

Fri, Jun. 26th, 2009, 12:24 pm
qidane: Dry Cleaning

I was wanting to get some clothes dry cleaned and I use to use Ideal in South Street but that has closed now.

Can anyone recommend anywhere else who is good?

Is there anywhere else but Johnstons?

Mon, Oct. 29th, 2007, 03:25 pm
redrobroy: Woops 8-)

shocked mood

women wear kilts

that do you mean about it?

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