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Hamilton's Grill Room

The rules apparently have changed, they can apply a surcharge:

http://usa.visa.com/personal/get-help...

Jan 15, 2015
Unkle Al in New Jersey

Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

I recommend Estia, I recently had lunch there with a friend and we had a very nice experience. It was quiet and the food and service were very, very good.

http://www.estiarestaurant.com/

Mainland Inn

At first glance the menu seems to be a bit esoteric for the country location. But, after a careful reading it is understandable and looks very good. Actually, the more I look at the menu the better it looks to me.

I will agree that the menu does need some work descriptively, for example exactly what type of “little gems” is he braising to be served with the scallops? Will they be rubies, emeralds or amethyst or another????

As was mentioned previously, knowledgeable and professional service will be very, very important.

Assuming that execution and service are very good I really hope that people from all over Bucks, Montgomery and the city will travel for great food and a beautiful setting.

I wish them good luck.

Jan 03, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Substitution for Christmas dinner - On a budget - please help

Beef in Barolo Pot roast braised in red wine - Marcella Hazan
http://www.brookshirefarm.com/kitchen...

Dec 23, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Amazing and fairly easy appetizer to bring to xmas eve?

I don’t stir this, I shred the salmon and sprinkle it on the guacamole in layers so that the orange of the salmon shows:

http://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/2013...

Very good!
http://numnums.com/recipes/450/jacque...

Canned tuna packed in olive oil is more traditional and that is what I generally use:
https://books.google.com/books?id=uLL...

Dec 23, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Dinner for 30 in Doylestown

I would recommend checking out Villa Barolo on Easton Road in Warrington. The place itself is large, very beautiful and the food and service are good.

http://www.villa-barolo.com/

Dec 15, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Nice Quiet Lunch on Feb. 7

Kanella should be quiet for lunch and is a great restaurant. It is very noisy at dinner time.

Dec 14, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Fat From Chicken Soup

Can I use rendered chicken fat (schmaltz) interchangeably with the fat on top of chicken soup / stock. It seems a waste to throw that soup fat away.

Dec 12, 2014
Unkle Al in Kosher

Un-hip Dad

Well, you could go to the opposite extreme and blow her away with La Grenouille. She probably has not been there and will enjoy the experience. It is very sophisticated and fun for someone that has not experienced the pleasures offered. Of course, it is very expensive.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9917...

Dec 11, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

No Sundried Tomatoes at Costco??

Yes, the Costco brand is terrible. But, unfortunately, I have recently gotten two large jars of the Bella brand and both have a mustiness. I keep tasting them, again and again, in the hope that I am imagining the mustiness but I'm not. I won't buy them again.

Big loss, can anyone tell me a way to buy or make sweet dried tomatoes?

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Chains

Italian Mid Town / Garment District

I chose Lattanzi, it was very good and the carciofi alla giuda was the best I've had in a restaurant (I've not been to Rome).

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

How long can I hold zabaglione?

Thank you for that information. I really like it when I can make desserts ahead of time.

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Gift Basket - Omaha

Thank you for your recommendation. I chose Wohlners Neighborhood Market. I hope that it works out well.

Dec 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Great Plains

For Fans Of Mina’s Cucina

Yes, I went last night and she told me that the dinners were only on the first friday of each month.

The dinner was real nice, five courses (small antipasto, salad, eggplant rollatini, black pasta with calamari, chicken breast with mozzarella and asparagus and roasted peppers and ricotta cheesecake) for $35.00.

I got an email to announce the dinner.

Dec 06, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

For Fans Of Mina’s Cucina

For those of you that were fans of Mina’s Cucina: I received an email that Mina is cooking a special 5 course dinner tonight and taking reservations. She is converting Taste of Italy, her specialty shop, into a bistro for monthly dinners. I've always liked her cooking and the menu looks very good.

Dec 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

How long can I hold zabaglione?

No, it will not keep. Custards do not keep very long and I would be hesitant to refrigerate for longer than twenty four hours.

Dec 04, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Gift Basket - Omaha

I need to send a gift basket to a customer in Omaha. Can anyone recommend a gourmet store or better grocery that makes nice baskets? I tried Whole Foods but they do not make baskets.

Thank you for your help.

Dec 04, 2014
Unkle Al in Great Plains

Sodastream - which model and why?

I have been looking for an alternative to the Sodastream for a couple of years. But, having read the reviews on Amazon it appears that there is a serious rusting problem with the Mastrad.

Dec 01, 2014
Unkle Al in Cookware

I hate Cook’s Illustrated: The soul-crushing wonkiness of the world’s worst cookbook

I have been getting the magazine since the year 2000. To be honest, I actually haven’t gotten any issues since 2012 and just this week noticed! I think that I stopped because what haven’t they covered twice??

But, I continue to read the old issues for pleasure and learning (and do so almost every day). I may not agree with the recipes or opinions but I do learn something every time I read an issue. I think it is for people obsessed with cooking of which I am one.

Nov 26, 2014
Unkle Al in Food Media & News

Etiquette on anniversary dinner

1.) It is your husbands family, go with his opinion.
2.) Your BIL is a total A$$hole!

Ideas for serving smoked salmon

I've made Jacques Pepin's smoked salmon pizza. It takes ten minutes and it is great:

http://numnums.com/recipes/450/jacque...

Nov 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Stock for gravy

I have found that two pounds of backs / necks makes one quart of robust stock.

Nov 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

[UPDATE] Vote for your favorite restaurants in Philadelphia for "Best of 2014."

Eating at Estia is a pleasure in every way. The ambiance is excellent; it is quite a large rustic room, very comfortable and is relatively quiet. The food is really, really good and the menu is just the type of food that I like best. The service too is very, very good.

http://www.estiarestaurant.com/

Fond is a little bit different than Estia, in that it is small but the noise level is comfortable. The food is consistently excellent plus and the menu is right up my alley. The service is very nice and very professional.

http://fondphilly.com/

Nov 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Where is the Best Fresh Turkey?

+2

Nov 17, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Chocolate Pudding Just Won't Set

Do you cover it when you put it into the refrigerator?

Nov 14, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Amazing lunch in center city

We had a terrific lunch at Estia. The food was great and the setting extremely comfortable.

Nov 13, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Free range eggs in Montco

My local Whole Foods sells two brands that I believe are "free range". The brand that I buy is Pasture Raised - Backyard Eggs by Vital Farms, you can read about them here:

http://vitalfarms.com/pasture-raised-...

Nov 12, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Italian Mid Town / Garment District

I am from Philadelphia and have a client coming, from Portland, OR, to meet me in New York. They would like to eat in a good traditional NY style Italian restaurant. I am hoping to spend about $75.00 per person including wine, tax and tip. The best location, if possible, would be between 5th and 9th avenues and between 34th street and 45th streets.

I will appreciate any suggestions very much.

Thank you.

Nov 10, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

Thank you. How is Moti Mahal Delux?? I checked out the menu and it is right up my alley!

Nov 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Traditional North India / Punjabi

Thank you for your recommendations. I will check out the menu's of the restaurants noted.

Nov 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan