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Ulivo Closing

and being replaced by an Indian restaurant?

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

Mar 22, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

want to add oats to chocolate chip cookie recipe......

I use this recipe and the cookies come out more crispy than chewy...

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

Mar 21, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

relaxed restaurant with space for 9 month belly?

When my wife was 9 months pregnant we went out to eat the night before her last scheduled OB appointment. At that visit, they decided to induce. The restaurant? Paradiso on Passyunk Ave.

Good luck!!

Mar 20, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Chorizo Ground Sausage

Ok, now how about dry chorizo? I have a recipe for arroz con pollo that calls for it, but all I ever see is the loose stuff in casings. This would be more like a pepperoni-type product that I can dice up.

Mar 13, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

What to Eat, Where to get good virgin drinks plus other questions for my visit next weekend

It's a shame you are not visiting during the holiday season. The lounge in the lobby of the Ritz Carlton (Broad & Chestnut Sts) does a hot chocolate bar with toppings ranging from homemade marshmallows to broken pieces of candy cane. The might still offer the hot chocolate a la carte, so it might be worth stopping by.

Mar 02, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Lunch at a.kitchen

I think they already are. Their website lists a breakfast menu.

Feb 27, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Lunch at a.kitchen

Took a friend there today and we were both quite satisfied with the choice. We had been there previously when Bryan Sikora was the chef and while I remember it being good, I think it was better this time.

They offer a $25 prix fixe lunch which gives you a choice of one starter and a sandwich/plate. I chose the mussels for my starter and then the burger, my friend had the potato soup and the burger.

The mussels were very good, but at the normal price of $14, I thought the portion was a bit small, but that comes from a person who is from South Philly and is used to bucket-sized mussel portions from the corner bar. My friend said the soup was good also.

The burger, however, was *really* good. I ordered it medium rare and it came that way with cheddar cheese, pickles, lettuce, & mayo (I skipped the onions). I was offered a choice of salad or fries to go with it and chose the fries, which were some of the best I have had. Crispy on the outside and almost pillowy inside.

I think that burger surpassed Good Dog in my rankings. Maybe a tie with Village Whiskey. But those fries...

Seeking Easter Brunch Buffet recommendations

Oops, just noticed you wanted a buffet. Noord is not a buffet (but you will feel stuffed when you leave).

Feb 24, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Seeking Easter Brunch Buffet recommendations

Take a look at Noord. It would be BYO mimosas, but they take reservations, which is always a plus to me.

Feb 24, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Late-ish (no rez necessary) dinner for 3 on a Thursday night in the Old City?

You could always try the bar at Amada, but that might be more fancy than you're looking for.

Feb 22, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Weekend in March

The Ritz Carlton is in a former bank and the lobby still has the oculus in the ceiling. There is also a La Colombe nearby.

The Loews Hotel is in the former PSFS building (also a bank building) but the building is more famous for being the first skyscraper in the US.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PSFS_B...

Feb 18, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Bulk or Wholesale Mexican (dairy, tortillas, etc) for party of 75

You can get flour tortillas from any corner Mexican store in South Philly. If you are really in a pinch, just get some at the supermarket.

Feb 17, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Bulk or Wholesale Mexican (dairy, tortillas, etc) for party of 75

For the tortillas, go here...

http://www.tortilleriasanroman.com/

Bucatini Pasta

You really need to use it in dishes with a thinner sauce.

I like to use it with seafood pasta dishes. The pasta holds the liquid from the dish.

Feb 14, 2015
Philly Ray in General Topics

The trouble with Ulivo . . .

Do you park in the lot on McKean St. between Broad & 15th? They charge only $5 if you enter after 5PM.

Feb 12, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Oak Lane Diner

Central High (243)

Feb 11, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

The trouble with Ulivo . . .

See, now we're the opposite. We live about two blocks from the south end of Passyunk Ave (where Le Virtu and Palladino's are). Ever since this restaurant renaissance, we hardly ever venture into Center City anymore. We make our reservation, drop our daughter off at my parents house (which is on the north end of Passyunk Ave), and enjoy our (walkable) night out. I'm only mad that this didn't happen during the years we were childless. I doubt I would have cooked a meal in that time, lol.

Only in America...

would someone be upset to find a chicken organ in their chicken...

http://fox40.com/2015/02/09/teen-find...

Feb 10, 2015
Philly Ray in Food Media & News

Sit Down Lunch Near 18th & JFK

Yeah, I'm thinking a.kitchen for that reason and maybe Matyson, but I wanted to see if someone came up with somewhere we haven't been.

Thanks!

Feb 02, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Sit Down Lunch Near 18th & JFK

Hey Hounds I need some help on this one.

Our accountant is a family friend so when I go to his office to get our taxes done, I take him out to lunch. In the past, we've been to places like Matyson, Village Whiskey, Dandelion, and a.kitchen (pre chef change). I'm trying to think of another place in the area along those lines and I'm kind of stumped. Any other ideas? Ideally, I'd like a place where I can make a reservation.

Feb 02, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

chicken on a budget

Jan 29, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Fresh octopus?

I was at Ippolito's (the retail arm of Samuels) last weekend and I saw octopus in the case. I'm sure it was previously frozen, but like everyone else has said, that's what you will most likely find.

Jan 29, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Unboiled Eggs?

Scientists have discovered a way to "unboil" an egg. Looks like more scientific applications than culinary, but maybe Grant Achatz will be serving them soon...

http://universityofcalifornia.edu/new...

Jan 28, 2015
Philly Ray in Food Media & News

Lunch cafe outside Hershey

Don't know if this is the same spot, but we always go to The Hershey Pantry. The breakfast is awesome, but I'm sure lunch is great as well.

http://www.hersheypantry.com

Jan 26, 2015
Philly Ray in Pennsylvania

The Taste 1/22/2015 Finale Spoilers

If Tristen had won, I bet Marcus would have pulled that airline ticket out of his jacket and offered it to Gabe. He wasn't going to let anyone else poach a talented chef before he got the chance to snatch them up.

Jan 24, 2015
Philly Ray in Food Media & News

El Yucateco - Kutbil-Ik Habanero sauce

I have a Mexican grocery on my corner (in South Philly). I'll try to stop in and see if they have it.

Update...

No go. The only El Yucateco that I saw was a green sauce and a chipotle. This was on 13th & Snyder.

Jan 23, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Juniper Commons

It might also have been empty in there this week because it is Restaurant Week and Sbraga restaurants don't participate.

Need input on a natural gas grill

That sounds more like user error than a problem with the grill.

Need input on a natural gas grill

Weber has great customer support. Even after the warranty period parts are usually available.

Need input on a natural gas grill

Just saw this one. It has an extra burner to allow for use of half the grill space for 2-3 people, or you can use the three regular burners for a party size crowd.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0045UBBHW/r...