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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...

1 day ago
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...

1 day ago
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/

1 day ago
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.

2 days ago
Philly Ray in General Topics

Swordfish recipes

Yes. It is not flaky, so it doesn't stick as easily. It's almost like grilling a steak.

Jul 22, 2014
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Swordfish recipes

Just be sure that your grill is preheated. I also rub the hot grate with a folded paper towel dipped in vegetable oil before I put anything on it.

Also, only turn the fish once. It will come loose when it is ready to turn.

Jul 21, 2014
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Swordfish recipes

If you have access to fresh mint and basil, this is one I like...

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

Jul 21, 2014
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Would you eat at an AC casino that announced it is closing?

I'm sort of in the same situation. We purchased a Groupon for a stay at Revel for our anniversary in October. We were probably going to go to Azure by Alain Allegretti because we've heard good things (we're from Philadelphia, so we can get Amada/Garces any time).

We can cancel for a full refund at almost any time, so we're debating what to do. Like you said, even if the casino/hotel is still open, what will the level of service be if it is slated to close by then?

Jul 19, 2014
Philly Ray in New Jersey

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

<<Do you have any Tex/Mex bagel combinations?>>

Maybe a cheddar/jalapeno bagel?

Jul 18, 2014
Philly Ray in General Topics

Memorable Quotes about booze

If the plural is "martini", then the singular should be "martino". (The plural of "martina" would be "martine")

Jul 17, 2014
Philly Ray in Food Media & News

OK..SO I HAVE A BAGEL...WHAT DO YOU PUT ON YOURS?

I am known to spread Nutella on a plain or cinnamon raisin bagel.

Jul 15, 2014
Philly Ray in General Topics

One Night in Seattle Before a Cruise

Absolutely! Be sure to ask about cheesesteaks. We love that on the Philly Board ;)

Yeah, we are definitely giving your fair city short shrift since we are just passing through on the way to the cruise. Would love to come back someday when we have some real time to dive into the food scene...it looks excellent.

While I appreciate all of the suggestions so far, I think I'm leaning towards the International District for dinner. We'll see how the rest of our group feels about that.

Jul 12, 2014
Philly Ray in Greater Seattle

One Night in Seattle Before a Cruise

But mine is unique... ;))

Jul 12, 2014
Philly Ray in Greater Seattle

Good Dog Bar Center City

They are mainly known for their burgers (specifically the Good Dog Burger with blue cheese tucked inside). But other than that, it's just an all-purpose bar.

Jul 11, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

One Day in Victoria (Cruise Docked)

I'm really looking for anything local that we might find interesting.

Jul 10, 2014
Philly Ray in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

One Day in Victoria (Cruise Docked)

Our Alaskan cruise has a one day stop in Victoria. Any Chow-worthy destinations not far from the port?

Jul 10, 2014
Philly Ray in B.C. (inc. Vancouver)

Alaskan Cruise Stopping in Juneau & Skagway

We will have one day in each port. Can anyone point to any Chow-worthy destinations in either port?

Jul 10, 2014
Philly Ray in Pacific Northwest

One Night in Seattle Before a Cruise

Hello Seattle Hounds!

My family and I will be spending an afternoon/night in Seattle before we leave on an Alaskan cruise the next day. We are staying at the Renaissance Hotel on 5th & Madison. Our plan is to hit the Space Needle and Pike Place Market since we have limited time in your city.

Our group will be about 10 people (adults and children). Meals will most likely consist of lunch, dinner, and breakfast the next morning. For lunch, we figure we can all find something at Pike Place. Are there any standouts we shouldn't miss? Conversely, are there any places to avoid there?

What other recommendations can you give us for dinner and breakfast that are in the vicinity of our hotel? Most cuisines should be good, casual places especially.

Thanks!!

Jul 10, 2014
Philly Ray in Greater Seattle

Potential Move to PHI Area

I think another good suburban option is Media (in Delaware County). It is very walkable and has a legitimate "Main Street". You are also right near a rail line to be able to get in and out of Philadelphia.

Jul 10, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

SaturDAY Outdoor Bars | Preferable on the water

There's also the new "pop-up" pier on Penn's Landing near Spruce St. Anybody been there yet?

http://www.delawareriverwaterfront.co...

Jul 09, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Del Frisco's - should we go?

I received the Del Frisco's offer from AMEX as well. If you use it for the $49 Summer Prime Pair, you could get out of there without spending a small fortune.

http://delfriscos.com/philadelphia/me...

But I'm still a bit wary. Even though it was 5 years ago, LaBan gave them an awful review. If you get there soon, let us know how you liked it. If we decide to go, it probably won't be until August.

Jul 09, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Memorable Quotes about booze

Or..."They took the bar!!!! The whole f#cking bar!!!!"

Jul 06, 2014
Philly Ray in Food Media & News

Memorable Quotes about booze

I think this one has been used in a few places, but I found it attributed to Back to School with Rodney Dangerfield...

"Thornton Melon: Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes."

Then there is "Beer is proof that God loves us" which may or may not have been said by Ben Franklin.

Jul 04, 2014
Philly Ray in Food Media & News

Tommy DiNic's... disappointed! What happened?

I'm fairly certain that John's uses bread from Carangi's Bakery (12th & Oregon).

Jul 02, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Tommy DiNic's... disappointed! What happened?

Exactly. I meant that I never saw it on sandwiches.

My dad always kept a piece of sharp provolone around the house and he only ate it with pepperoni and lupini or fava beans. I never liked it because it smelled like feet. Even the sharp provolone you get today isn't the same.

Jul 01, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia
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Tommy DiNic's... disappointed! What happened?

I don't remember *anyone* having sharp provolone or rabe back then. It was only spinach and/or mild provolone.

Jul 01, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Tommy DiNic's... disappointed! What happened?

That was probably Willie's, which I think was on Christian St.

Jul 01, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Tommy DiNic's... disappointed! What happened?

Roast pork sandwiches have been around MUCH longer than 20 years in Philly. According to their own website, DiNic's (in some form or another) has been selling sandwiches since the 1950s. And John's claims to have been serving it since the 1930's.

Personally, I remember eating roast pork (and beef) sandwiches out of Nicolosi's (Di Nic's) butcher shop on 7th & Reed when I was a child in the '70s and I'm sure my dad was eating them before that. After that, they tried a stint on Passyunk & Reed Sts (where Rita's is now) but it didn't last.

As for rabe vs spinach, I never saw rabe offered until Tony Luke started doing it in the 80s/90s. It was always spinach. Personally, I prefer it without any greens (or cheese) and take it with a few hot peppers.

Jul 01, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

accessories for the outdoor cook

A book about grilling/smoking (including recipes) might be good. Check out Steven Raichlen's books and some of the Weber books. Plus, you reap the benefits of the recipes he tries.

Jun 25, 2014
Philly Ray in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling

Romantic dancing - Am I crazy?

The Walnut Street Supper Club has the live band, but I do not believe there is dancing.

Jun 24, 2014
Philly Ray in Philadelphia