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EStia, Radnor

I think that they are New York guys and the Philly Estia are two brothers from Philly.

1 day ago
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

EStia, Radnor

I think that the Las Vegas restaurant is actually an outpost of Estatorio Milos. I recently ate in their Miami location and it was very, very good.

Aug 27, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Lotus of Siam: Still wonderful but...

I have been to LOS a couple of times with family members that lived in Las Vegas. Alas, they no longer live there. They did the ordering.

I am coming to Las Vegas on Sunday, can anyone give me a short list of 4 courses that complement each other and are very good at LOS?

Thank you for any help you can give to me.

Aug 12, 2015
Unkle Al in Las Vegas

Birthday Dinner on Strip for 16 year old

Yardbird is pretty close to Treasure Island and I think it will very much please a sixteen year old and AND an eight year old too.

Aug 09, 2015
Unkle Al in Las Vegas

East Goshen Farmers Market balsamic vinegar

I would be very wary of an unbranded expensive balsamic vinegar. By unbranded I mean a brand that you cannot google and learn about the quality.

For the past few years I have been buying, as gifts, Villa Manodori balsamic vinegar and all of the recipients have really liked it. It is a bit more expensive than the one about which you are asking. But, I only use it very sparingly to drizzle on grilled meats or vegetables. I do not use it in salad dressing for that I use a much cheaper balsamic.

You can check it out on the following websites and read the reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/Villa-Manodori-...

http://www.pastacheese.com/oils-vineg...

Good luck.

Aug 09, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

Goudalicious . . . 9.00

Slow roasted pork shoulder bar-b-q with red onion, cilantro, and jalapeños served on fresh Gouda bread

and a cherry Danish with excellent coffee.

Aug 08, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

We passed on Parc Bistro and went to Alice in North Wales. Great decision, it doesn't get any better!!

Aug 07, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Lunch

Aug 07, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

We are not going until tomorrow but I am leaning toward Parc Bistro in spite of the mixed reviews.

Aug 06, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

Thank you for your responses.

I am also looking at Parc Bistro since we will be driving through Skippack. Has anyone been there lately??

Aug 05, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Taking a break from "new American" "French tavern" & "farm to table"

You could try some of these, I have eaten at all of them and they are all good:

Kanella – Greek Cypriot
Tre Scalini - Italian
Tai Lake – Chinese Seafood
Kabobeesh – Pakistani Barbecue
Nam Phuong - Vietnam
Fogo de Chao - Brazilian
Famous Deli - Jewish
Estia - Greek
Penang - Malaysan
Marrakech – Moroccan
Kabul - Afghan

Aug 04, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

On The Way To Boyertown

I am driving from Lansdale to Boyertown up route 73. Can anyone recommend a real nice place to have lunch?

Aug 03, 2015
Unkle Al in Pennsylvania

On The Way To Boyertown

I am driving from Lansdale to Boyertown up route 73. Can anyone recommend a real nice place to have lunch??

Aug 03, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Indian Center City / U of P

I lived in Nepal in 1969 and went, for the first time, to India in 1971. I stayed there, primarily in New Delhi, with Christmas in Goa and summers in Kashmir, until about 1974 or 1975. I returned in ’86 and most recently in March of this year. There were, of course, the inevitable side trips occasionally to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I don’t typically eat in Indian restaurants in the city because I live in the burbs and we cook Indian at my home or the home of my good friend.

I do like a restaurant in Lansdale called Biryani Bowl. We always have a nice time, the service is great and the food is good to outstanding. Biryani Bowl is not an ordinary Indian restaurant because its’ owner, who is usually on hand, is Hyderabadi and not Punjabi and the menu reflects that in as much as it offers several Hyderabadi specialties.

Indian Center City / U of P

Thank you so much. I looked at the Indeblue menu and, although, at first glance (tacos, pizza, guacamole, blue cheese and mozzarella) it looks a bit contemporary I too think that many of the preparations are pretty traditional.

So, Indeblue is certainly a very good option. But, I am open to other suggestions.

I lived in New Delhi for years and am surprisingly easy to please with Indian food so long as the dishes are traditional and reasonably hot without lots of dairy to suppress the heat.

Thank you for your help.

Jul 14, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Indian Center City / U of P

I am taking visitors, very traditional senior citizens from New Delhi, to dinner. I would appreciate any recommendations for a very traditional Punjabi / North Indian / Pakistani / Delhi type Indian restaurant. I am not interested in any contemporary takes on Indian cuisine. The best location would be center city and the area around U of P. Price is not a big issue but time honored preparations are a necessity.

I love Kabobeesh but it is a little downscale for my guests.

I was thinking of the places near to U of P because they are traditional. Can anyone comment on these or does anyone have other recommendations?

Thank you for any help that you can offer.

Jul 14, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Special date night out suggestions.

Judging from the dishes you request then Bibou or Le Cheri would be perfect.

Jul 09, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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ISO of any info on TARA in Upper Black Eddy, PA

My sister goes frequently, she lives nearby, and loves it! I was there about a year ago and it was good.

Jul 01, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Best place for Bastille Day French Dinner

It doesn't get much better than this:

http://bistrotlaminette.com/bastille-...

Jul 01, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

ISO of any info on TARA in Upper Black Eddy, PA

Tara in Upper Black Eddy is a very interesting place. The food is pretty good, the service is great and the setting can't be beat. It is not small, it is located in a beautiful stone country house.

Jul 01, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Lobster Meat for Lobster Rolls

If 30% of three pounds is a half pound......I have a bridge to show you!!!

Jun 30, 2015
Unkle Al in General Topics

I am looking for a way to thicken my home made salad dressing

Skip the vinegar and use lemon juice.

Jun 26, 2015
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Your most used fish cookbook?

I like Jacque Pepin's style of cooking:

Essential Pépin: More Than 700 All-Time Favorites from My Life in Food

A really good aspect to the above named book is that you can watch the show on PBS and then make the dish. He makes everything look so easy and using the book bears out the excellence and simplicity of his cooking.

Jun 20, 2015
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Was Chef Boayardee ever a quality product?

I am almost seventy years old. My Italian mom and I tried it around 1951 or 1952, I remember it clearly. It was very much unlike the food she prepared herself and to which we were accustomed. We deemed it terrible and I never again ate a prepared red Italian "gravy" again. I have lived in Philly for over fifty years and never get a cheesesteak with sauce.

Jun 19, 2015
Unkle Al in General Topics
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Hidden, but are they gems?

For years I was partial to Little Marakesh in Dresher. Sadly, the Moroccan owners sold it and it has subsequently closed. The food was really good and they offered the traditional multi course fixed price menu.

Prior to going to Little Marakesh and subsequent to its’ closing I go to Casablanca on route 611 in Warrington. It is really a memorable experience. Casablanca has eight courses for a reasonable price and a belly dancer on the weekends. My sister and her family went on New Years Eve and had a great time.

Jun 11, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Hidden, but are they gems?

I have eaten at Marrakesh several times over the past forty or forty five years. It was the same eight years ago as it was in 1970! I really liked it a lot in 1970 and I liked just as much as my most recent visit in 2008.

It is a good stop and more interesting than about 95% of the restaurants typically noted on CH.

The reason for my not going more often is that its' location is not convenient and there were a couple of traditional Moroccan restaurants closer to me.

Jun 10, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Help Me Make My Own Chai Blend for Iced Tea

I think that you need to increase the tea component. Typically, I use 1 1/2 tablespoons per liter of boiling water.

Jun 10, 2015
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

How to use up limoncello?

I think that it would not be a big task to make an adjustment to the lemoncello that you already have.

By reading the basic recipe posted by dogboa, depending upon whether the lemoncello is too high in alcohol or too sweet, you can adjust the taste.

Jun 08, 2015
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Take-out Indian desserts

I would recommend going to a good Indian grocery, I shop at Patel in Montgomeryville, and ask their help.

Generally speaking when I think of Indian Bengali sweets I think of Rasgulla, Rasmalai, gulabjamin and kheer all of which are very delicious. I think that all of these can be bought prepared. Although, I make kheer at home and it is easy but time consuming. Mango desserts are great to make now because the Kent mango just came into season and they are the best we can generally get here in America.

Jun 05, 2015
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Kobi Blocks Cutting Boards

Thank you so much. It is terrific that you are local to this company and I look forward to your report.

May 30, 2015
Unkle Al in Cookware