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Epoisses in the Witness Protection Program...

I highly recommend these cheese storage bags. I find them better than any other way of storing cheese. Do your own research and try them out.

You can buy them at Fantes and Whole Foods.

http://www.formaticum.com/products/ch...

Oct 22, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Dinner At Fond Tonight - Recommendations At Fond

Thank you all for your help. We had a terrific time at Fond, the food was outstanding and the service terrific. We brought our own wine on a Wednesday night and they couldn’t have been more welcoming. No hassle at all on the wine.

I loved the chicken liver mousse. I was in Quebec for six days last week and had a few liver mousse there…none were as delicate and rich as the version at Fond.

The rock shrimp ceviche was very good too.

The escargot was ok, but I guess that I am too big a fan of escargot bourguignonne style and prefer then that way.

I liked the skate wing very much, it was my first time eating that dish.

The pork belly, I’d had before, what can I say, it is, in my opinion, one of the best (if not the best) restaurant dish I’ve eaten.

Fond is a great restaurant and I encourage folks to go there to enjoy the talents of the chef and staff.

Thank you again for your help.

Oct 15, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Dinner At Fond Tonight - Recommendations At Fond

Thank you, you are my favorite recommender! Lucky me.

Oct 01, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Dinner At Fond Tonight - Recommendations At Fond

I was at Fond quite a long time ago and am going again tonight. I remember that the pork belly was outstanding. Does anyone have any specific recommendations??

Oct 01, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Restaurant in King of Prussia in late 70s or so

Mr Ron's Public House was a small locally owned chain of big sit-down restaurants. I think that the main location was on 202 in King Of Prussia. All of the restaurants have closed and now the family makes a line of cole slaw and sells to supermarkets:
http://www.mrrons.com/mr-rons/publich...

Sep 27, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

If you order all of the dishes that I specified, I believe, that you will have a great meal. Naturally, it would not hurt to try out some additional dishes (most of the time fried rice is ordered) so choose whatever you take a fancy to but don't miss the dishes mentioned.

Chinese people typically tell the waiter, "lobster with scallions and ginger" or "whole steamed fish" they don't usually use the menu.

I honestly don't think that the kitchen cares, or changes their recipes, whether the customer is American or Chinese.

Sep 27, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

I think that the best seafood restaurant in Philadelphia is Tai Lake at 134 North 10th Street in the Chinatown district. Tai Lake, not an ordinary Chinese restaurant, is not inexpensive, is open for dinner only and the ambiance is quite nice. They have tanks in the front of the restaurant so you can see the fish and seafood.

I have been at Tai Lake many times over the years always with Chinese people and never order for myself. So, I would advise you to look at the menu online and choose specific dishes that you want to try. The service is geared to Chinese people and maybe the waiter will not be that fluent in English. However, I will say again, you will not get better seafood or a more diverse seafood menu in Philadelphia than Tai Lake.

For your information, , the folks who take me to Tai Lake always seem to include most of the following dishes at each meal:

Lobster With Ginger And Scallion
Chinese Broccoli
Whole Steamed Fish
Sauteed Crab With Minced Pork
Peking Duck

I always enjoy the above menu and I think that your friends from Kansas will really be blown away.

Restaurants With Quiet Noise Levels

Does anyone have any new additions to this list of restaurants that are quiet during the busy hours?

Jul 19, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Balsamic Recommendation

I have given Villa Manodori as gifts for the past few years:

http://www.pastacheese.com/villa-mano...

Jul 10, 2014
Unkle Al in General Topics

Me Again: Odd priorities: Tuesday Night, early

PHILADELPHIA RESTAURANTS WITH QUIET NOISE LEVELS:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/928136

Jun 30, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

How about Han Dynasty in Royersford which is only about 25 minutes from Radnor.

Jun 26, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Steak in Montgomery County

If you can live with prime rib instead of steak I highly recommend Richies Bar and Grill at 323 W. County Line Road in Hatboro (215 675 9935.

The prime rib is a fairly gigantic, thick, excellent cut of meat. It is an all-inclusive price of about $25.00 and includes salad, sides and dessert.

The drinks are very inexpensive too.

Jun 17, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Paris on the Hill

+1

This place is a real winner. I've been there twice since it opened and enjoyed it both times. We really liked the following: liver pate, salad Nicoise, salad Lyonnaise, hamburger, cassoulet, coq au vin and potato frites.

The desserts could use some improvement. They are not quite as good as the other dishes. The chocolate mousse was very heavy and the profiteroles could have been better.

The bread was outstanding.

The service was excellent both times.

The noise level is a bit much but what else is new? If noise is a factor for you then I suggest that you go early say about 5:30 or 6:00 at the latest.

May 29, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

The dreaded steakhouse question....

How about Steak House at Circus Circus? It is very affordable and the steaks are very good.

May 21, 2014
Unkle Al in Las Vegas

Mina Cucina Redux

I am not sure but I think that Mina said they are doing a full dinner once a month and a pasta dinner twice a month.

It would be best to contact them to confirm if I have it correct.

May 18, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Mina Cucina Redux

I was very surprised to have gotten a message that Mina, formerly from Mina’s Cucina Rustica in Springhouse, was serving a pasta dinner and asking, if interested, to call for reservations.

The dinner was being served in her store (Taste Of Italy) in Springhouse. The store already had tables and she has kept all of the crockery and glasswear and napkins from her days with the restaurant.

So, naturally I called and I did go last night. Apparently, she is accepting as many as twenty reservations for occasional dinners. Some of the dinners are pasta dinners while some are full - fledged dinners including fish and meat courses.

Last nights dinner was modest in both price and number of courses but not in quality or interest. The price was twenty dollars for:

An antipasto, for the table, consisting of slices of excellent soppressata, roasted red peppers and olives.

A mixed salad served individually with a vinaigrette dressing.

A large square platter served to each person that contained three very generous portions of different pastas and sauces.

One of the pastas was a mushroom pappardelle with Portobello mushroom sauce and I think I tasted a little truffle oil.

Another pasta was not cavatelli but kind of looked like it, the sauce was made with Mina’s fresh sausage (taken out of the casings), tomatoes and saffron.

The third pasta was cheese tortellini with the classic sauce of mushrooms, prosciutto, peas and cream.

For dessert she served a very small espresso cup of fresh berry sorbet that she told me she made in her blender.

This is a nice thing and for those of you who were fans of Mina’s restaurant I think that you would like it very much. As usual, the olive oil was excellent (Coluccio, I think) and the bread was killer.

It is kind of like going to someone’s house for dinner. Mina is a passionate cook and hostess. Service was done by Mina and Jackie (a very nice young woman that works with Mina in the store).

If anyone is interested in being notified of the next dinner you can call the store and have your email address added to the list of those wanting notification.

May 16, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia
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Dinner Near Garment District

Thank you for your help. Does anyone have any recommendations for Italian in this area?

May 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Dinner Near Garment District

I did not try Tagine although, having lived in Morocco, I do like tagine a lot.

May 05, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Dinner Near Garment District

I would appreciate help in finding a good restaurant ($$ to $$$) for a family dinner. The restaurant I am seeking is best located between 5th and 9th Avenues and from 34th Street to 44th Street.

May 04, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Carciofi Alla Giudia

Well, I made the dish last night from some beauties at Whole Foods. I selected the heaviest artichokes with long stems.

They took a lot of time to trim and I have cleaned them up many times before, still it was time consuming. It was also moderately messy as frying always is messy. But they were very good.

The downsides of making them at home encourage me even more to find a restaurant serving them.

May 02, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Carciofi Alla Giudia

This is the beautiful dish that I am looking for:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c1vJK...

Apr 30, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Carciofi Alla Giudia

Thank you all.

I called Va Bene and it sounded like their artichokes are what we call babies.

I am looking for this dish:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c1vJK...

Apr 30, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Carciofi Alla Giudia

Since it is artichoke season I am wondering whether any restaurants are serving carciofi alla giudia (fried artichokes roman Jewish style). I am particularly looking for the dish made from long stemmed large globe artichokes NOT babies.

Has anyone eaten this dish in Manhattan made with long stemmed large artichokes??

Thank you very much for your help.

Apr 26, 2014
Unkle Al in Manhattan

Carciofi Alla Giudia

Thank you. I called them and they are, indeed, open. However, they are frying baby artichokes and I am looking for the fried large artichokes like in Rome.

Apr 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Carciofi Alla Giudia

Does anyone have an update on this post? Apparently, Tiramisu is closed.

Apr 24, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

+2

Apr 09, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

ATK / CI Beef Tenderloin Question

I don't think that you missed anything.

I think that she just felt the roast was a little bit "sloppy" and and wanted more structure to make sure that it maintained a solid shape.

Apr 08, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Asparagus season

I like the very thick type and Whole Foods has some beautiful organic asparagus. I have bought them a few times this season. The last time I bought fine looking purple asparagus that are very, very thick. The price will require you to obtain a mortgage ($6.99 lb). They also have less expensive non organic which were not as nice but still looked pretty good.

Apr 07, 2014
Unkle Al in Philadelphia

Keeping Peeled Asparagus and Peeled Potatoes

Thank you so much, I appreciate all of your comments and advice.

Mar 27, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking

Keeping Peeled Asparagus and Peeled Potatoes

The reason for peeling is that they are very thick and have a stringy outer layer.

Mar 26, 2014
Unkle Al in Home Cooking