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late night solo eats

thanks. i'm spending three days here, but the rest of my time i'm in Asia - Hong Kong - so I tend not to go to chinatown when i'm here.

i wound up not being as late-night as I expected but did get a near-midnight steak at Steve's in center city. Really hit the spot.

was torn btwn steve's and underdog, which it turns out is also open quite late.

Sep 14, 2014
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

late night solo eats

Hello All -
I'm in town for a few days. In from Asia, where the clocks are 12 hours ahead, and I've no intention of getting myself on Philly time during my brief stay. Curious what options there would be for me to head out after 11pm, really any time up until 4-5 am. Just looking to get something to eat, not to party or drink, and am curious if people have suggestions. Staying in NW philly but I'll have a car and don't anticipate difficulties with the traffic.
thanks!

Sep 11, 2014
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

paella: fish sauce

I have the cookbook "Paella" (it might even be "Paella!") same author as La Cocina de Mama. Sorry I'm forgetting her name.
She includes a "mixed" paella with seafood, chicken, and chorizo, but in the intro to the recipe (each recipe has an intro) she does not succeed in hiding the disdain she has for mixing any meat - esp. chorizo - and fish.

Sep 11, 2014
Bob Loblaw in Home Cooking

paella: fish sauce

Substituting? Like putting 4 cups of fish sauce in the paella instead of 4 cups of chicken broth? That's hard core.
I like fish sauce, but if you use it it'll be a *very* different dish - even if you just put in a few tablespoons in water.
I think that making a shrimp shell stock woudl work well, as someone else suggested. the paella recipe book i use tends to have clam juice in the more fish-based paellas but that doens't really appeal to me. I also think that maybe just upping the saffron and paprika a bit, maybe with some turmeric, in water, woudl do ok, esp. if you put in a stronger fish instead of the more neutral ones you've mentioned.
Or... you can use the fish sauce in the broth, along with some tamarind and some sugar, and have a hybrid: a dish that looks like paella and tastes like pad thai!

Aug 21, 2014
Bob Loblaw in Home Cooking

Help me with my next few days in DC

So on this morning's run, I went to the Jefferson Memorial and said thanks to Jefferson for letting me read his copy. I then made it over to the Pennsylvania Avenue Peregrine for an espresso. It was quite good, although not for the first time I drank it too fast to really savor it. (It's not like I treated it like a mid-race gatorade, but I was still kind of in 'run' mode and it was gone before I knew it).
Heading to Dupont Circle now. Thanks for all of the tips about food there! I know enough about that area to know it's an embarrassment of riches.

Help me with my next few days in DC

Moderately successful first day - good breakfast at Le Bon Cafe and I fully enjoyed my burrito for lunch at burrito brothers. It kept me full all afternoon which is rare. (I know about those coffee shops and stuff in the tunnels below the libraries; they're weird, though). Plus a successful day working at the LoC - one pamphlet I'd been trying to track down they had one copy of - Jefferson's copy! With notes he'd written himself! I'm not a let's-all-hail-the-founders guy but reading that was pretty cool.
Timing of dinner wound up not what I'd hoped for and I just got some enh food from Union Station. The good bar food thing might not wind up happening this trip, but it's a work trip.
Turns out I'll be closer to Dupont Circle tomorrow, instead of the LoC, so that really opens things up, I think. Hoping to make it to one of the coffee places mentioned before then.
Thanks again for the tips,
-Charles

Help me with my next few days in DC

Thanks, folks - this is very useful.

Help me with my next few days in DC

Hello DC Chowhound folks;
I'm here for a few days, staying in a hotel near Union Station (on New Jersey Ave) and spending my days working at the Library of Congress. It's not a food-centric trip but I'll still have to eat. So what I'm looking for advice on:
-places to eat dinner on my own, preferably at a bar, and not too far from here. I could see one of them being a nicer place but really, above-average bar food is fine.
-Lunch by the Library of Congress - planning on eating at Burrito Brothers but am open to suggetions
-Places to grab breakfast foods/pastries/etc? This coudl be near the hotel or someplace between the Mall and the hotel as I'll be running in the mornings
-Finally, one place that's not *too* inconvenient where I can get a good shot of espresso one day before heading to the LoC. I've got a keurig in the hotel but it'd be nice to indulge one of the days.

No real rules of which cuisine, etc, except that I spend most of my time in Hong Kong so I tend not to get Asian food (and esp. Chinese food) while in the states.
Thanks!
Charles

Help me pick my lunch spots

Just a quick update on this -
thanks, first, to everyone for their recommendations. I didn't make it to too many spots, and never even made it to Sarcones. I did go to some of the trucks, including the taco one on washington. Several trips to Moe's, several trips to Joe's né Chinks, but it was also hard not to keep going back to Paesanos. Then the semester ended.
Meanwhile, I'll take this opportunity to wish everyone here happy trails for the next six months or so, as work will take me out of Philly for at least the next six months.
-Charles

Jan 05, 2014
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Seeking Advice for Authentic, Slightly Hipster Italian in Philly?

given the importance of irony in the hipster scene, i'm almost tempted to recommend restaurants that aren't any good.
i'm not going to, though.

Dec 24, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia
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Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

Thanks. And yes, that's exactly what I was thinking of, just didn't remember all the details correctly.

Dec 24, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

was Main Line today the one that just had an email from the food critic go viral, offering to promote a restaurant if it hosted her family's xmas dinner?
it was something around here, I forget the magazine's title (it wasn't laban, or Philadelphia mag).

Dec 22, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Phellow hounds in Philly: please phine-tune my trip….

North Market? Market runs east-west (and technically, divides the North from the South).

Dec 19, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Any Good Izakaya (居酒屋) in Philadelphia?

quite amusing, when I google 居酒屋. I don't think McGillin's has what you're looking for though.

Dec 18, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Bucket List

I'd agree with that. The first time I had it, like I said, was the best meal I've ever had. All of my subsequent meals have been top-knotch but they weren't what that first experience was.
I guess it's lucky I can't afford to eat there that often!
oh, and I've never seen Morimoto there. (Or Garces, at any of his places, for that matter).

Dec 16, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Bucket List

The best meal I've ever had was the Omakase at Morimoto. Spendy, but I don't think that disqualifies it from a bucket list.

Dec 14, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Craig LaBan's brutal review of Ocean Prime

that was awesome.
i'm oddly tempted to eat there now, to see if it really is that bad.
not tempted enough to pay those prices, of course.

Any recs for upscale dining in Chestnut Hill?

Glad to hear that the Cambodian place is good. We were planning on going there tonight, till the snow interfered.

Dec 08, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

A proper old-school diner around Ambler?

If you're driivng from Flourtown/Erdenheim toward Stenton, it's on the right, and IIRC it's among the last commercial establishments you see before Stenton. Before Hillcrest, but not by much.

Dec 03, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

New places to try since 2009?

I liked bufad quite a bit the one time i went there. it does feel more like a neighborhood place than a destination place, and i'm not a huge fan of that part of the city (it seems like it's getting hip at the same time that i'm getting old). but the pizza was excellent. i haven't been to nomad, but i'd put bufad up there w/ zavino's or earth, and significantly better than pitruco. pizza brain's pizza didn't impress me at all.

Nov 28, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

No bread for you!

I've been to Parc 3 times. First time - 4-5 years ago? not long after it opened in any case - bread was great. 2nd time was almost as long ago, and I wasn't super impressed with the bread. Then I went a few months ago, and the baguette was a good to very good baguette. By Paris standards, hardly a destination baguette, but a perfectly competent neighborhood bakery baguette. There was another kind of bread there too, which seemed good, but didn't seem to fit w/ the meal.
To get back to the original point, I don't mind asking for bread. I'm not shy about it. I love bread. But there are colliding trends of less bread/less attention to bread, and the small plates trend, where I find that bread is especially important because every small plate has so much flavor that I need some sort of backdrop.

Nov 23, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia
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Arepas in Philly?

There's a truck I've seen a few times that has arepas. I got them and liked them quite a bit. These are the only arepas I've ever eaten, so I can't tell you anything about whether they are authentic or not.

Nov 22, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia
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Smoked Turkey for Thanksgiving

I was at Fette Sau this weekend, they had fliers for thanksgiving turkeys. didn't note the details.

Nov 19, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Good gastropub/ pub or comfort food post race

not to beat a dead horse (or dog), but i wouldn't go to Good Dog post-marathon. Much of the seating is upstairs, which would mean that to leave, you need to go downstairs. Not my favorite post-marathon activity.
I don't know what your craft beer standards/capacity are, but *most* places in center city have good craft beer selections. At least for a lightweight like me who might, on special occasions, drink a second beer.

Nov 05, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Phuladelphia Sunday Nov 17th

I believe this is the same day as the Philly Marathon. Be prepared! Lots of hassle, but lots of excitement too, at least until 1pm or so. (This is by the Barnes; by Matyson, everything is over well before noon).

Nov 04, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia
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Pre marathon meal!

I'd go with Pietro's, at 18th and Walnut, if you can get reservations. Good Italian food, lots of pastas and pizzas. It's not the best Italian food in the area, but it's good carbo-loading food. If you can't get reservations, though, I'd avoid it, as you'd be standing while you're waiting to sit. easy cab ride back. there are probably options in university city too, but I don't know them.

Nov 02, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Anyone ever show up at a BYOB with decanted wine?

is there any other kind of decanting?

Double Date with Vegans?

If what you want to do is eat meat while your sister/BIL eat vegan, Khyber Pass is a good option. Good food, lots of options either side. We 2x dated w/ some vegans, I was able to eat bacon fat popcorn and bbq - yet they chose the spot for its vegetarian options!

Anyone ever show up at a BYOB with decanted wine?

oh yeah. i guess returning w/ the unfinished parts is the exact same issue, legally.

Oct 24, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia

Anyone ever show up at a BYOB with decanted wine?

Not to be a downer, but what are the laws on this if you're driving to the restaurant? wouldn't that count as an open container?

Oct 24, 2013
Bob Loblaw in Philadelphia