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Tickets Needed For Volver

I am at least waiting for LaBan's review before I take the plunge (if I ever decide to do it).

Apr 20, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Easter Bread

If it is Italian Easter Bread, it is a sweet bread baked with eggs (still in the shell) in it.

http://theitaliandishblog.com/importe...

Apr 17, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Any soft shell sightings in Philly?

I saw them in the case at Ippolito's. No price on them, but they were pretty big.

Apr 16, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Birthday cake--Italian rum

Hey...that first response is mine! (Before I became "Philly Ray")

Have I really been posting on Chowhound for 9+ years???

Apr 15, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Stopping by philly on the way to Baltimore from NY.

John's serves sauteed spinach only.

Apr 14, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Toronto Hound in Philly

Stateside is no big deal anymore since the original chef left. I would definitely consider Fork (preorder the duck feast).

If money is no object, I would do Sunday brunch at Lacroix in The Rittenhouse Hotel.

Apr 08, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Where to Get a (Good) Beer at Citizens Bank Park

In honor of Opening Day, I thought I would share this pretty handy chart...

http://chocolatecoveredmemories.com/c...

Apr 08, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

cutting avocados??

When you wrap it in plastic wrap, be sure the wrap makes direct contact with the cut side like a second "skin". That will decrease air contact which turns it brown.

Apr 07, 2014
Philly Ray in General Topics
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Surprising sodium content foods?

The recipe that I use calls for 1/4 tsp of salt total (600mg) but the yield is 3 or 4 waffles. So that gives you anywhere from 150-200 mg per waffle.

Apr 07, 2014
Philly Ray in General Topics

Surprising sodium content foods?

I bought a box of Krusteaz waffle mix and I was shocked to see that a half cup of mix (which makes one waffle) contained 840 mg of salt which is 35% of your recommended daily amount.

I finished up that box of mix and now I make my own mix from scratch.

Apr 07, 2014
Philly Ray in General Topics

Shad 2014

Don't know about restaurants, but I did see it at Ippolito's a week or two ago. If you don't want to cook it, they will prepare it for you too.

Apr 04, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Avance

LaBan's review is coming this Sunday.

Apr 01, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Luke Palladino to Passyunk Ave

Sounds exciting, but I don't know if you can be all things to all people. Do the diners who want the "full experience" want to sit side-by-side with the "$25 a head" diners?

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

Mar 31, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Alan Richman and the Egotarian Chef

Backlash against chefs who seem to be cooking more for themselves than for their customers.

http://www.gq.com/life/food/201403/al...

Mar 30, 2014
Philly Ray in Food Media & News
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good cheap eats and one good cheese steak

I was going to recommend Steve's, but they use a melted American that's kind of like a sauce. I'm not sure if they offer regular American cheese or provolone.

Mar 30, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

good cheap eats and one good cheese steak

If you can make it over to John's Roast Pork (that's the name of the place, but they also make cheesesteaks) they don't even have Whiz in the building. American or provolone only.

Mar 30, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

BYOBing at Le Virtu, on East Passyunk Ave

I think that's the way to go at Le Virtu, just appetizers and pastas. I really haven't found a main course there that has blown me away.

Mar 29, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Glut of strawberries

Mar 22, 2014
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Chinese Five Spice Powder - Equal Parts?

I'm seeing that the ingredients are ground cloves, cinnamon, Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, and fennel. But, what are the proportions? I have seen different recipes ranging from equal amounts of each to tablespoons of some and less than a teaspoon of others. Or, should I just go to my local spice shop and buy it premixed and not worry about it so much?

Mar 22, 2014
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Beer & Bacon Pairing in Swarthmore

This actually looks pretty good. I would consider heading over to try it.

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

Mar 21, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

We did ask to be seated in the main dining room and they did accommodate us.

Mar 21, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Tipping Suggestions - Farm & Fisherman Tavern [moved from Philadelphia]

Sarcasm doesn't translate well over the internet, ;)

Mar 21, 2014
Philly Ray in Not About Food

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Maybe I'm different, but I usually hate sitting by the window (especially for a special occasion meal). I feel like the restaurant is putting me there so people outside can see that people are in the restaurant and then I also feel like I'm dining in a fishbowl.

When we went to Fork for our anniversary last year (which I noted when I made the reservation), they wanted to seat us at a two-top on the other side of the door, but the table was not set up like it is in the tour picture. There was no tablecloth and I think there was another two top next to it. Plus, it seemed like a small and cramped table. Maybe they thought it was "intimate" as you suggest.

Mar 21, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Tipping Suggestions - Farm & Fisherman Tavern [moved from Philadelphia]

I don't see how it is that difficult. If you are tipping 20%, you just move the decimal over one place and then double it.

For example, if your total is $115.00 (with or without taxes), 10 percent is $11.50 and then x2 is $23. Even if you don't tip 20%, you can adjust up or down from there.

Mar 21, 2014
Philly Ray in Not About Food

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

If you are familiar with New York restaurants, the chef at Fork (Eli Kulp) used to be the chef at Torrisi Italian Specialties.

Mar 20, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Best meals(s) to christen grill with?

Fajitas!! You can use flank steak or chicken (or shrimp if you can get some). Then, grill your peppers and onions while the meat rests.

Mar 20, 2014
Philly Ray in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Is the Philly Cheesteak Doomed?

They might have kept the rolls in the freezer and thawed them in the microwave. That will make them soft and chewy too.

Mar 19, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Is the Philly Cheesteak Doomed?

Did Pizza Hut and Domino's kill pizza?

Mar 19, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Please, looking for lemon poppyseed cake recipe for wedding cake....

I make this one all the time and it is not dense like pound cake...

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

Mar 18, 2014
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

The Fat Ham (Kevin Sbraga's new restaurant in University City)

In this case, I think he was trying to taste the chicken all by itself so he could review just the chicken part. He had mentioned that he had tasted it previously as the "whole dish". I look at it as being thorough, from a reviewing perspective.

Mar 15, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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