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Lunch Between Penn Station and the Barrymore Theater

That name sounds familiar. I really think that's where we got it the last time.

We have over an hour from when the show ends to when our train leaves. Timing should be perfect if we call ahead.

Thanks.

Apr 24, 2015
Philly Ray in Manhattan
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Lunch Between Penn Station and the Barrymore Theater

We just changed our train for the 10:49 arrival. Thanks for all of the suggestions so far. I'm not sure how "fancy" we want to go at this point, so keep the ideas coming.

Here's another question for the return trip home. A few years back we did a show and then grabbed some takeout sushi for the train ride home. I honestly don't remember where we picked it up, so if there are any recs for sushi-to-go between the theater and the station, we'll take those too.

Thanks again.

Apr 24, 2015
Philly Ray in Manhattan

Ever had Mancuso's Ricotta

I live 2 blocks away and I feel like I'm not in that store enough.

Apr 23, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Ever had Mancuso's Ricotta

It's really good. It's much drier and thicker than the supermarket stuff. But if you really want a treat, get some of their baked ricotta.

Apr 23, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Bagels and/or pastries in Center City

There's a Termini's outpost in the Reading Terminal.

Apr 22, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

Are the four you will be testing on their own switch? If you mix the CFL and LED light, you might not get a true read on the LEDs.

Apr 22, 2015
Philly Ray in Cookware

Lunch now, not dinner...

I had lunch at a.kitchen recently and didn't find it too noisy.

Apr 21, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Visiting from Boston and seeking feedback/suggestions on where to eat and drink

Philly is definitely a great beer city. Come back at the end of May for Beer Week.

http://www.phillybeerweek.org/

Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

I saw those but they are $19.97 each where the ones I bought were on sale for $29.99 for 2. I do wonder if the 90 CRI would make that much of a difference, but I'm happy with the ones I bought.

Apr 20, 2015
Philly Ray in Cookware

Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

The only way you can really see what they will look like is to buy a few and try them out. Most stores will allow you to return them if they are not damaged.

I have to say that I have never been a fan of CFLs though. And while the light from the LEDs is not exactly the same as incandescent, I'm not minding the difference. Add in the facts that they use less electricity and an LED could last for 15-20 years (which means I can put the ladder away for that task once they are replaced) and it just made sense for me.

Good luck!

Apr 20, 2015
Philly Ray in Cookware

Elegant Bars in Center City

Coincidentally, an interview with the owners of McGlinchey's...

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

Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

I'm in the process of replacing the recessed lighting in my house with these from Lowe's...

http://www.lowes.com/pd_599032-59179-...

They are 2700K LED with a CRI of 80 (CRI is a quantitative measure of the ability of a light source to reveal the colors of various objects faithfully in comparison with an ideal or natural light source, so the higher the better, up to 100). I was replacing 65w equivalent incandescent flood lights in 6 inch fixtures and I find the new bulbs to be brighter but a bit "whiter". But the fact that LEDs are dimmable helps since I can adjust as necessary.

If you find that 2700K doesn't work for you, these lights also come in 3000K and 5000K

Apr 20, 2015
Philly Ray in Cookware

Elegant Bars in Center City

You forgot McGlinchey's.

Apr 20, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Lunch Between Penn Station and the Barrymore Theater

The earlier trains will get us in at 10:49 or 11:45. I'm just afraid that the 10:49 will give us too much time to kill. Maybe the 11:45 might give us enough of a cushion?

Apr 19, 2015
Philly Ray in Manhattan

Lunch Between Penn Station and the Barrymore Theater

Coming up on a Saturday in June to catch a matinee. Need some recs for lunch between the train station and the theater (or close to the theater) for lunch. Any cuisine is good, but no Italian.

Also, our train gets in at noon and the matinee starts at 2:00. Should be plenty of time for lunch, but looking for a place that takes reservations and is "efficient".

Thanks

Apr 19, 2015
Philly Ray in Manhattan

Lemon Glaze

Same principle as Ina's glaze, but different ratios of lemon juice/powdered sugar (it also uses lemon zest)...

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

Apr 19, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Visiting from Boston and seeking feedback/suggestions on where to eat and drink

You can visit Yards Brewing Company for their tasting room (and it looks like they currently have a cask ale). Hours are from noon to 7 and if you will be here on a Saturday or Sunday, you can also take a free tour of the brewery.

http://www.yardsbrewing.com/

Apr 18, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

The Return of Swordfish

I typically grill it like a steak. You could also kabob it. Either way, this is a great marinade/sauce for it...

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

recipes for extra bacon

"I'm horrified by the thought of "throwing it away.""

I'll lead the rescue team. Who's in??

recipes for extra bacon

I can't quite grasp the concept of "extra bacon".

Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

In the interest of being complete, I also submit La Buca at 7th & Locust. I was there years ago, but I can't say that I found it all that memorable or have the overwhelming desire to go back, but it is a Philly "classic".

http://ristlabuca.com/

Dishes to go with pasta (not a side!)

Apr 09, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking
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Another Yummy Cheesesteak?

Vegetarian cheesesteaks make me feel bad for the roll.

Today is National Empanada day!

Apr 08, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Anything new in Reading Terminal?

I have been attempting to try the prepared carnitas from La Divisa without much success. The first time I went, they didn't have any. A few weeks later, it was promoted on Foobooz that they were offering all kinds of prepared items so I went back on a Tuesday, was told they had just sold out, and wouldn't have it again until Friday. Has anyone had the chance to try them?

Apr 08, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Tips posting to credit card later?

We don't *need* to know right away, but I like to check my credit card website a couple of times a month to make sure all of my charges are posting correctly and to make sure that there aren't any fraudulent charges. If my account has been compromised, I want to correct it sooner rather than later.

Chickie's (Hoagies) Closing

Next Saturday is the last day.

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

Apr 04, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

What Style of Beer Do You Use to Cook Mussels?

I guess I should have said that I cook mussels all the time, but usually with a wine based broth. I'm perfectly happy with how they turn out, but I'm just looking to branch out a little partly because I tend to have beer on hand more than wine.

Apr 01, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking
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What Style of Beer Do You Use to Cook Mussels?

Do you use something with a strong flavor (like an IPA) or something mild so it doesn't overpower the flavor of the mussels?

I remember using a bottle of Victory Summer Love once (described as a Golden or Blonde Ale) but I didn't care for how it tasted in the broth. Should I stick with something like a pilsner?

Apr 01, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

What do you enjoy most about tasting menus?

In an ideal situation, a tasting menu should have items or preparations that are not on the regular menu. When that is the case, you have the opportunity to really allow the chef to show his/her skills and creativity.

Tasting menus can also be a showcase for seasonal ingredients which you might not be able to enjoy at other times of the year.

Apr 01, 2015
Philly Ray in General Topics