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Volver Lowers Prices and Eliminates Tickets

As many of us predicted...

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

about 24 hours ago
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Best pork chop in philadelphia

If I'm going to an Italian restaurant, I'm ordering a veal chop before I think of a pork chop.

2 days ago
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Best grill pan or other solution

How about this reversible cast iron grill/griddle?

http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-LDP3-Doub...

And here's the press...

http://www.amazon.com/Lodge-LDP3-Doub...

As for cleaning the grill part, Lodge sells a polycarbonate accessory that has teeth to get between the grooves. It is also listed on the first page above.

Sep 17, 2014
Philly Ray in Cookware

Trip Report: Dining unexpectedly on a dime

Consider John & Kira's for the chocolates. They are made in Philadelphia. Not cheap, but really good.

http://www.johnandkiras.com/

Sep 16, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Restaurant suggestions for a special occasion?

Not the classiest place in town by a long shot (but not a dump), Percy Street Barbecue has an extensive list of bourbon, rye, whiskey, and beer. So depending on if your priority is the food or the drink, this might be the place...

http://www.percystreet.com/

That's right...I just sent someone to Percy St BBQ for their anniversary, lol.

Seafood differentiation between grocery stores

Is the blue and white truck Samuels and Son? That's the wholesale branch of Ippolito's.

Sep 13, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Kebabs: Mix Items or One Ingredient Per Skewer?

When you make kebabs, do you prefer to thread different ingredients on to one skewer or use one skewer per ingredient? I find that if you use one skewer per ingredient, you can cook each ingredient to optimum doneness, versus having your veggies overcooked while the meat is still raw.

I know that part of the fun with kebabs is threading the various ingredients on the skewer and the presentation involved, but since you mostly end up sliding everything off of the skewer and on to your plate, I'd rather have everything cooked properly.

40th Birthday Dinner and ? in Philadelphia

We like Sbraga a lot. In fact, we're probably going there next month for our anniversary.

I took my wife there for her birthday last year and mentioned it when I made the reservation. She received a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a menu signed by Chef Sbraga.

It's not the fanciest or most expensive place, but I think you'll like it.

Sep 12, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Peugeot Pepper Mill for $48 - Good Deal?

Were you hoping for manual? Is it harder to control the amount of pepper?

Sep 12, 2014
Philly Ray in Cookware

Peugeot Pepper Mill for $48 - Good Deal?

Obviously, $72 off is hard to beat, but is this a good pepper mill?

http://www.cutleryandmore.com/peugeot...

Sep 12, 2014
Philly Ray in Cookware

Burger King Introduces a Burger with Black Bun, Sauce, and Cheese in Japan

I think it's squid ink.

Sep 12, 2014
Philly Ray in Chains

Discount Dinner at Volver

Sep 10, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Friday night - Afternoon & Dinner in Philly?

Yards Brewing Company is within walking distance (about 2 miles) from your hotel, but you can always hop the Market Frankford El at 13th & Market to the Spring Garden station. It looks like they only do brewery tours on the weekends, but the tasting room opens at noon during the week.

http://www.yardsbrewing.com/

Sep 08, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

What? No Chicken Parm!! [moved from Italy board]

I'm surprised they didn't mention anything about putting cheese on fish.

Sep 07, 2014
Philly Ray in Food Media & News

Talula's Secret Supper Club

I thought that was for SK. ;)

Sep 03, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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I Need 25 lbs of Italian Prune Plums (oval almost black small plums?)

That's awesome. I'm glad I happened to notice them when I looked at the flyer.

Which ShopRite did you go to? My local one is on Front & Snyder. I'd be glad to know if that was the one that took such good care of you.

Lastly, got any extra cakes? It sounds so good, I want to know what it tastes like, lol.

Seriously though...congrats and good luck to your daughter.

Sep 03, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

I Need 25 lbs of Italian Prune Plums (oval almost black small plums?)

At $1.49/lb or will they discount a large purchase like that? Is $1.49 still a good price if they don't?

Sep 02, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

I Need 25 lbs of Italian Prune Plums (oval almost black small plums?)

Believe it or not, they are in ShopRite's flyer this week for $1.49/lb.

Sep 01, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Grill pan for a Weber Q2200 gas grill

I've been looking at this one...

http://www.amazon.com/Weber-6434-Prof...

Aug 31, 2014
Philly Ray in Cookware

All 50 States Ranked By Their Beer

Aug 26, 2014
Philly Ray in Beer

Best Places To Go If You Are Having An Affair In Philadelphia

<<someplace incredibly public where no sane person would go for an assignation>>

So Volver is your recommendation?? ;)

Best Places To Go If You Are Having An Affair In Philadelphia

This type of post has made a few appearances on some other CH boards, so I thought maybe we could have a little fun with it (or as much fun as is allowed when dealing with infidelity).

Obviously, you don't want to go to any of your neighborhood haunts or similar places where "everybody knows your name", but are there any places in town that might lend themselves to clandestine activities?

P.S. Mrs. Philly Ray and I are just fine.

Aug 12, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Interesting Article on How Bourdain Uses Different Film Styles When Shooting

Alaskan Cruise Stopping in Juneau & Skagway

Thanks for all of the recommendations, but our shore excursions were timed so that we did not have much extra time at either port for a meal.

However, in Skagway my friend and I were able to sneak into The Red Onion and have a beer while our wives were doing a little shopping.

Thanks again!!

Aug 03, 2014
Philly Ray in Pacific Northwest

One Day in Victoria (Cruise Docked)

And here's the report...

After we docked in Victoria, we jumped on one of the Hop On-Hop Off buses. We stopped at Beacon Hill Park so my daughter could see the petting zoo (loved the "goat stampede"). Then we went to Craigdarroch Castle.

After that we were hungry, so we got off at the Hotel Empress stop and headed over to Red Fish Blue Fish. The line was as expected, but we only waited about 20 or so minutes. My wife and I went basic with fish and chips (halibut and cod) and my friends ordered salmon fish and chips, tuna tacones, and a seafood gazpacho special.

Everyone enjoyed what they ordered, so thanks for the recommendation!!

One Night in Seattle Before a Cruise

Ok Hounds, here's the report...

We arrived in Seattle at around 11:00AM (Thursday, July 24). We dropped our stuff off at our hotel and headed right over to Pike Place Market since we were all pretty hungry. My wife and I decided to try Pike Place Chowder, but others in our group did not want to wait in the line and wanted a sit-down place, so they headed over to Steelhead Diner around the corner (which they later said they enjoyed).

We only ended up waiting about 20 minutes at PP Chowder and we found a table right inside. We both ordered the combo (chowder and half a Dungeness crab roll). I had New England Clam and my wife the Seafood Bisque. Both soups were wonderful, but the crab roll was just ok. In the end, we wished we had just ordered a larger portion of the soups, but were happy nonetheless.

After we all ate, we headed to the Space Needle via the monorail. We did our thing at the Needle and after that, were ready to head back to the hotel to regroup. It was a long day (up at 4:00AM East Coast time with a 5 hour flight) and at that point, we were running out of gas.

We didn't really want a big meal at that point since we knew we would be crashing pretty soon, so we headed up to the hotel bar for Happy Hour and ordered a few of the app specials which was the perfect amount of food for us.

For breakfast the next morning, we found the restaurant in the hotel was more than adequate. Not exactly the Chowhound way to go, but my daughter was able to eat from the buffet for free. I ordered a bacon and cheddar omelet and my wife had mascarpone topped french toast. Both were actually really good and the portions were quite large. Shortly after breakfast, we headed to the pier to board our ship.

So, we really didn't get to explore Seattle (and its restaurants) as much as we would have liked, but that gives us the incentive to return for an extended stay.

Thank again for all of the recommendations. Hopefully, we'll get to use more of them if we get the opportunity to return to Seattle.

Aug 03, 2014
Philly Ray in Greater Seattle
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Cutting Lasagna

How about this pan? The premise is that it gives you more edge, and it also make it easier to cut since the middle won't collapse (they make a smaller version for brownies too).

http://www.amazon.com/Bakers-Edge-Sim...

Jul 23, 2014
Philly Ray in General Topics

5 NYC females having a girls weekend in Philly - where to go?

Just thought of a couple more (both near your hotel)...

Friday night casual...Khyber Pass Pub.

http://www.khyberpasspub.com/

For brunch, Cuba Libre. They offer unlimited small plates for $26 per person.

http://cubalibrerestaurant.com/i/phil...

Jul 23, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

5 NYC females having a girls weekend in Philly - where to go?

For Saturday dinner, consider Amada. It is a Spanish tapas restaurant, so that will give you a variety of lighter options and it is definitely a lively scene.

It is 2 blocks away from your hotel.

http://philadelphia.amadarestaurant.com/

Jul 23, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Are 9 Classic Candy Bars Better Frozen?

When I was a kid, we used to stick a popsicle stick into a Milky Way and then freeze it. That way, no melting chocolate on your hands.

Jul 22, 2014
Philly Ray in General Topics