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Monkfish Liver

Looking for a sushi place where I could try monkfish liver (ankimo). Can anyone recommend somewhere they've seen it offered? Thanks!

Apr 22, 2012
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Ripert's "A Taste of Le Bernardin" - A brief review

Thanks for the write-up, I am going Fri night (taking my mom for her first tasting menu) and I couldn't be more excited.

Nov 03, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Miraku on Bethlehem Pike in Springhouse Closed?

Major bummer, Miraku played a big part in my developing a love for sushi. Bluefin is wonderful but pricey, and I loved Vic when it was downtown but haven't been to the new location. This is definitely a loss.

Nov 02, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Melt Down

I went there the other night post-Costco run with my friend and her 2 year old. Very heavy, greasy (even on multigrain bread, and asking for no extra butter, which they ignored) and minimal on protein. My friend's brie sliders were far better than my ham and cheese, which had a ham to cheese ratio of about 1 to 5. The tomato soup was extremely tasty, if laden with cream. I can see it being a great place for kids - the two yr old split her grilled cheese open, and just ate the cheese :) - but it's definitely a caloric splurge I alone would not see myself repeating.

Nov 01, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Savory Corn Pudding that Can Be Made in Advance?

This is the corn pudding we make every Thanksgiving. You may laugh at the ingredients - but it is completely delicious and everyone loves it. An easy side on Thanksgiving Day is not always a bad thing. :)

http://www.food.com/recipe/corn-puddi...

Oct 27, 2011
malkazanie in Home Cooking

Restaurant Week - what was your experience

We went to Meritage, a restaurant I was very excited to visit with a large Restaurant Week menu.

I started with the Foie Gras dumplings, and talk about a disappointment. They were sitting in a veritable pool of oil, and the filling was mealy and barely tasted like foie gras. My father's scallops were huge and lovely, but nearly raw. I had to send back my (admittedly generously-sized) skate because the middle of one filet was translucently raw. Dad's sea bass was well cooked, but underseasoned. Desserts were passable at best, as was service.

I know full well that Restaurant Week is not necessarily when a place is allowed to shine, but I have had MUCH better RW experiences elsewhere. Sadly, with the experience I had, I wouldn't return to Meritage for a non-RW meal.

Sep 29, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Foie Gras - your favorite

I'm looking to take a friend out for her birthday, and the goal is for her to try foie gras for the first time. Thought I'd ask the community here who has your favorite foie gras preparation in hopes of trying something new and spectacular.

Personally, my favorites are the spherical foie gras at Blackfish, with the cherry inside, and a fabulous foie gras special I had at Zahav with a sweet semolina cake.

Sep 02, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Roast duck/pig take-out

Hi folks, went to Farmers' Best (I think that's what it's called now!) yesterday evening for my duck. FYI, they are open until 7 pm on weeknights. Got half of a large duck for $8, chopped up nicely, and also a strip of their BBQ pork. We'll eat the duck tonight, but the pork was tasty if a bit fatty. Unfortunately both were cold/room temperature... trying not to think too much about my Serv Safe rules. :) Thanks for the tips!

Also checked out a great little Filipino place across the street - but that's for another thread!

Aug 04, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Roast duck/pig take-out

Thanks for the responses - do you happen to know if they offer the duck/pig every day, or is it a weekend sort of thing? I'd probably be swinging by on Weds night.

Ting Wong has been high on my list of places to check out - might have to stop by there too!

Aug 02, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Brunch in Jenkintown

I just moved back to Elkins Park after being away for about 4 years, and our go-to spot is a solid diner in Abington called Bonnet Lane. Nothing fancy or mind-blowing, but good, consistent food. It's on Old York Road just south of Old Welsh Rd.

West Avenue Grill also does a nice breakfast, but chances are you'll have to wait - the restaurant is small and quite popular.

(RIP Murray's)

Aug 01, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Roast duck/pig take-out

Hi folks, looking for a place that sells the best Chinese roast duck and/or roast pork for take-out. Chinatown locales work, but even better if there's any places in North/Northeast Philly. I think I've seen it in the large Asian market on Adams Ave, but am not sure of the regularity.

Any info is appreciated. Thanks!

Aug 01, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Today is National French Fry Day!

I loved the fries I had on my first visit to Hot Diggity, near 6th and South. Hand-cut, double fried to order, and served with an array of dipping sauces.

Jul 13, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Ambler Donut Company???!!

We visited for our first time yesterday afternoon, and I have to admit I was pretty disappointed with the red velvet- your post confirms that my non-wowed-ness is not isolated. I found it to just taste like fried with sweet icing - no cocoa or cream cheese to be found anywhere. The large yeast donuts were quite good, and I like that they do filled ring doughnuts, so I'll hope it was just an off day for that one.

Jul 08, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Your Favorite Ethnic in Philly

I've heard Manila Bay has since closed down. Anyone have any recommendations for Filipino food elsewhere?

Jun 29, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Little Fish is back, better than ever

I visited Fathom for only some raw oysters and a beer a few weeks ago, but the lingering memory of the trip is that when I asked about the Dogfish "Raison d'Etre", the bartender told me it translated to "Death by raisin". ...

Jun 27, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

great chefs event

I volunteered as a server for the event, 3rd year I've done this. Jonathon Sawyer from Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland did the delicious pig face. I also was a big fan on Aaron Sanchez's pork taco.

There are a bunch of pictures flying around online from the event... it's definitely worth checking out.

Jun 17, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

BYO with a great steak, Ambler, Chestnut Hill area???

From what I understand, it was an issue when they first opened but they've since installed acoustic paneling to quiet things down.

Jun 13, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Little Bar - any reviews / thoughts

Chick's Wine Bar is also right there. Lovely place for a cocktail/glass of wine and a few bites.

Jun 10, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Special dinner w/specific accomodations

It's looking like we'll be doing Lacroix brunch on July 3rd; I've explained the situation and we've gotten a thumbs-up. I really appreciate everyone's input - and I can't wait to try it!

Jun 09, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Another knife sharpener question

I'm in your same boat, new to sharpening with stones. After doing a bunch of shopping around, I recently picked up this set:

http://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Nan...

It contains a 120 Grit, and a combination 1000/3000 grit plus a base for $58 shipped. One of the best deals I found when looking for similar items.

Jun 06, 2011
malkazanie in Cookware

Deal Alert - Makiman Sushi

Makiman's my regular sushi place, I've been going to the Oxford Ave location for years. Sushi is consistently good, but I can't recommend ordering uni there. They also have an amazing clam soup (hama sui) that I dream about, never had anything quite like it.

May 31, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

OK, is it just me or is the atmosphere at Dandylion so contrived

My first visit to the Dandelion was this weekend - we sat at the bar and enjoyed Pimm's Cups and a few plates. The chicken and duck liver parfait was outstanding, some of the best pate I've ever had (but in no way a parfait!) and the steak tartare was completely untraditional but exceedingly delicious. We also had some really nicely shucked oysters and the pickled beets (ok, but not particularly enlightening). The bartender was absolutely charming and I didn't find the music obnoxious. I'll definitely be back - the proximity to Franklin Mortgage and Investment doesn't hurt either. :)

May 31, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Special dinner w/specific accomodations

Given the situation as it is, another possibility I've been considering is Sunday brunch at Lacroix. Not a bad back-up option, I hear...

May 24, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Special dinner w/specific accomodations

Yup, that would definitely be a deal-breaker for him. Thanks for the heads up!

May 24, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Special dinner w/specific accomodations

Le Virtu is a definite possibility; I've been to Southwark and while I love it, I think the parking situation might not be ideal in this case. I had my first Ramos Gin Fizz there. :)

May 24, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Special dinner w/specific accomodations

Hi folks,

My family looking for a great place to celebrate a birthday dinner, for only 3-4 people. The catch is that my stepfather is a large gentleman (over 400 lbs, but on his way down!) and I'd really like to find a place in which he'd feel comfortable situationally. Convenient parking, even if it's garage, is also a must. In the past, we've been to Zahav and Osteria with great success - Koo Zee Doo, for example, was much less successful.

Bibou and either Fish or Little Fish are high on my list of places I'd like to go, but the above factor is obviously exceedingly important because I want us all to have a great time! For example, I love Modo Mio, but I know he wouldn't be too happy there. Does anyone have suggestions as to a place which might be appropriate and enjoyable for all of us? Much thanks.

May 24, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Assi Food Court

Thanks for everyone's responses! I went on Friday night, and my overall impression is that I definitely prefer the More Food Court above the Elkins Park H Mart. We got mandu and jjampong from the Friends stall, and sushi and hwae dup bap from Sushi Express. The mandu is the only thing I thought might have been better than the version we get at H Mart, with lots of tender dumplings and rice cakes. I found the jjampong overly spicy, in a harsh way, and the fish in the sushi was ice cold. Even the eel avocado roll wasn't warm! The hwae dup bap was premade, for which I won't fault it, but the amount of fish was extremely minimal for the price. Reminds me of what I used to get at the Tokyo Sushi stall in the Comcast Ctr food court.

Glad I got to try a new place, but I'm even happier that I live so close to the H Mart food court!

PS - I will say that the market at Assi is MUCH more impressive than the H Mart, especially the product section. Definitely a shopping destination!

May 15, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Assi Food Court

It certainly can be intimidating if you don't know how it works, but it's worth de-mystifying. I just hope I can figure out the one at Assi, because the H Mart food court in Upper Darby is completely different from the one in EP!

May 13, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Assi Food Court

I should edit the above to say "on the little slip is a number - when that number shows up (on the display above the stall you ordered from) you go pick up your food".

May 13, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia

Assi Food Court

Yeah, it can be a bit intimidating if you're not sure of the protocol. The first thing to know is that all orders are placed at the register, which is straight ahead as you go up the escalator. When you order, they give you a small receipt with a number on it; when you see that number pop up on the stall from whose menu you picked, your order is ready to pick up. You pick up your food at the stall containing your item (don't forget to grab cutlery, napkins, and water). When you're done, you return your loaded trays to the rack at the far end of the window from the registers.

Basically, as you go up, on your left is the Vietnamese stall (recently re-opened) and the choices for Korean fried chicken. I've only had the banh mi at the Vietnamese stall (terrible) but my father says their pho is decent, and the Korean fried chicken is really tasty as long as you're prepared to wait at least 20 minutes for it.

On your right, the stall closest to the window is Chinese/Korean hybrid food. They have the jjampong, ja jyung mein, ja jyung bap, japchae, some stir fries and other things I'm forgetting. From that stall, I like the jjampang, a very spicy noodle soup with seafood. The wool myun has a mild, egg drop soup-consistency broth, but is also loaded with seafood and noodles. The other dishes are fairly standard renditions - but the ja jyung bap is super comforting. I also had an awesome spicy stir fried squid, but I'm not sure which window that was from.

The next window is more purely Korean, and mostly soups/stews. That's where you find soon doo boo, the spicy soft tofu stew with seafood - and it's usually pretty awesome - and also bi bim bap, the rice bowl with an egg and lots of veggies. Those are pretty much all I order from that window.

The third stall from the window, on the right is also Korean, but has some more cooked food options. They have steamed buns, dumplings, Kim Bap (the Korean bastardization of maki - but a tasty bastardization), and my mom's favorite, the mandu soup, which has a mild broth, rice cakes, and tender dumplings in it. That stall also has ramyun (don't bother, go downstairs and get a packet of Nong Shim), Dduk bok ki - spicy stir fried rice cakes (YUM), and the Korean version of tonkatsu.

The last stall on the right is quick service Japanese - udon, sushi, teriyaki, tempura etc - but pretty much everything I've had from there was quite good. The tempura is nicely greaseless, and the fish is consistently fresh.

As you can tell, I'm a frequent visitor to this food court - it's reasonably priced and has a ton of tasty choices. Living 1/2 mi away doesn't hurt either. Let me know if you have any other questions!

May 13, 2011
malkazanie in Philadelphia