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Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Palladino's. More fun than romantic, but they have a bistecca alla fiorentina that is meant to be shared.


about 6 hours ago
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

October in the City

Call Vetri and see if their upstairs private room is available.


Philly overnight with kids

You can do Paradiso early with kids. We've been taking our daughter (now 8) there since she was an infant. You can also ask for plain pasta with butter and cheese or just tomato sauce if that's what your kids like.


1 day ago
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

quick help needed re: marinating fish for tacos

Yeah, especially if you are going to fry it (I'm assuming). For fried fish tacos, I would season the flour, but then make a lime-cilantro crema to squeeze on top.

Jul 25, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Help! Need suggestions for Caprese salad and????

Roasted red peppers

Jul 23, 2015
Philly Ray in Vegetarian & Vegan

Malaysian Sate Coming to East Passyunk

OK, this is definitely something new and different for Passyunk Ave, but I want to know where she's going to be grilling over "coconut shell charcoal". I can't imagine L&I will permit that indoors unless they have a top-notch venting system.


Jul 23, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Crispy Chicken Skin - High Heat or Low and Slow?

When you grill (bone-in) chicken, do you turn the heat up to high at the end to crisp up the skin or leave it low and slow throughout the entire cooking time.

Pizza with pesto

I don't make it myself, but a few places I order from will put olives (kalamata or plain black) on their pesto pizza.

Jul 22, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Old Fashioned Hot Dogs with a Snap!

Try Czerw's in Port Richmond. I haven't tried their hot dogs yet, but I've seen them in the case. They look pretty substantial and I can imagine that they have some bite to them.

Jul 17, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

South Jersey Shore

Every year, the food critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer does a Jersey Shore roundup. These links are this year's edition...



Also, in Sea Isle City, there is a pretty good Italian place called Basilico's


Jul 15, 2015
Philly Ray in New Jersey

Gran Caffe L'Aquilla?

Here is LaBan's review from earlier this year...


Jul 15, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

bad manners to accept preferred treatment

Like the old American Express slogan used to say..."Membership Has Its Privileges"

can you tell me about chilaquiles?

It's *kind* of like Mexican lasagna. Traditionally, it was made with leftover tortillas. The tortillas are torn up or sliced into strips and then mixed with a sauce (salsa verde, rojo, or mole). You can add meat if you like and then you top it with queso fresco and sliced onions. Garnish with cilantro and crema.

Jul 10, 2015
Philly Ray in General Topics

Georges Perrier Sighting

We were driving past Fond and we saw Georges standing out front wearing his chef's whites. I wonder if he's moonlighting?

Jun 28, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Any Must Order at Jaleo?

My wife and I are going tomorrow evening. We are pretty familiar with tapas and know what we like, but are there any specific dishes at Jaleo that they do particularly well?


Replacing 15 year old Weber Genesis Silver - what to get?

The latest Weber Genesis line has vertical burners.

Why is my pesto turning brown?

Did you grow it from a seed or did you buy a plant and replant it?

Jun 21, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Why is my pesto turning brown?

Funny, I just made my first batch of pesto this year and mine came out brown too. Upthread, someone mentioned that heat can produce this, but what do you do with the pasta? I drained the gnocchi out of the pot of boiling water and added them to the bowl with the pesto in it.

I wasn't really paying close attention, but it might have been a bit greener before I added the hot pasta.

Let's ask this question...Where did you get the basil? I bought mine at Lowe's a couple of months ago and transferred it to larger pots in my yard.

Jun 21, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

So do you eat that last slice of pizza or not ?

I'll point at it and say, "Anybody??". Most of the time everyone will just say, "Go ahead". It's kind of a way of claiming it without just scooping it up.

Jun 18, 2015
Philly Ray in Not About Food

Momofuku's Ko cancellation fee

To be honest, if you were to contest that fee with your credit card company, they would likely back you. The restaurant would not be able to provide them with a signed receipt.

Jun 16, 2015
Philly Ray in Manhattan

Tongue, in all its variations...

Try La Divisa in the Reading Terminal. I don't see it on their website, but perhaps they would be willing to accommodate you.


Jun 16, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

American food in philly

Percy Street BBQ.

Nothing more American than piles of meat, meat, and more meat.


Jun 16, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

What a shock!

I agree. We went once and I just felt like I was eating in a really upscale Chinese restaurant. The kicker was that our server dropped the check on our table in the middle of dessert.

Jun 16, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Looking for a place for a light lunch in Sonoma (town) that is not girl and the fig

Making pesto...

I would say that the basil is the point of pesto.

I have stopped using pine nuts in favor of walnuts in my pesto. I have heard too many stories of "pine mouth" and I'm not willing to take the chance anymore.

I use a food processor.

Jun 15, 2015
Philly Ray in Home Cooking

Escargots in Philly and surrounding area

Sbraga is offering escargot on the current menu. The preparation is described as "hazenut.mirepoix.'in the style of' le bec fin".

It's not the preparation you describe, but maybe they could accommodate you since they already have them on hand.

Jun 14, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Cold Sesame Noodles in Phila China Town

I had them once at Sagami (in Collingswood, NJ) and liked them. That was my only experience, so I can't compare to any others.

Jun 12, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Le Virtu

I have always found the apps and the pasta to be more interesting than the entrees at Le Virtu.

As for other Passyunk recs, Paradiso if you want to stay with Italian, but we were at Fond last week and it was really, really good.

Jun 12, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Soft Shell Crabs in Phila Proper

I just saw the current ad for Ippolito's cooked department and they are offering a Soft Shell Crab Dinner. It's two fried soft shells with fries and cole slaw for $7.99. Not the most haute preparation, but you can't beat the price. Valid from 6/11 to 6/18.

Jun 11, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia

Hidden, but are they gems?

If you want something more like an actual sit down restaurant, there's Indonesia Restaurant on 17th & Snyder or Sky Cafe on 16th & Ritner.



Jun 10, 2015
Philly Ray in Philadelphia