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Locovore recommendation nea convention center

Agree with the other recommendations and would add Petruce et al. to the list.

Oct 12, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia


High expectations are not a good thing. I'm disappointed to report that our recent dinner at Townsend was merely okay, and certainly not great. First of all, we were seated upstairs, which was a bit dreary. Service was just fair (except for the sommelier, who was excellent). Appetizers were better than the entrees (my skate was the best thing on the table, but it was unpleasantly overseasoned). There were only two dessert options, plus cheese or fruit. I had the fruit, and although it was a beautiful presentation, much of it lacked flavor.

Sep 08, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Restaurants With Quiet Noise Levels

Pickled Heron (and it's byob).

Jul 28, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Where to find an inspired slice of pie?

We had a peach pie from The Bakery House a few days ago. The filling was just right--fresh tasting and not overly sweet. The crust, however, was nothing special.

Jul 25, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Pickled Heron (Fishtown)

Four of us tried Pickled Heron last night and had a really good meal. Small menu, and everything we ordered ranged from pleasant to really good. They make everything in house. We didn't sample the charcuterie, but the bread was so good, we had a second round. I would go back tomorrow to order the pork strip loin and Lillet creme brulee.

Jul 13, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

I wouldn't recommend Southern Cross. We really wanted to love it, but have given up after three tries. It's a cute space, but in our opinion (four of us last time), the food is sub par.

Jul 02, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

New or interesting near Ardmore?

St. James has good burgers and, at least the one time I ordered them, awesome sweet potato fries. Awful steak.

Jun 25, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

We tried Majolica recently and liked it a lot; for me it would be birthday worthy, Higher end options would be Savona or Paramour. Much as I hate the name, dinner on the porch at Paramour last summer was lovely. It's probably one of your "usual suspects," but dinner on the patio at 333 Belrose is also nice.

Jun 25, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia


In addition to the other places mentioned (Jake's and Han Dynasty are my favorites) we enjoyed a recent dinner at The Goat's Beard.

Jun 10, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Any soft shell sightings in Philly?

Had one last night at Farm and Fisherman.

Apr 20, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Need bakery with good Passover desserts

LeBus has great macaroons. And Ultimate Bakery in the Ardmore Farmer's Market has a lot of good Passover style items.

Apr 09, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Mom's Organic Market (Rosemont, PA)

I've been twice, and it wasn't crowded either time. The staff was helpful, and even carried my groceries to my car for me. I was pleased to see that they carry a lot of my regular grocery items, e.g. Muir Glen canned tomatoes and Barbara's cereals, and have a good selection of antibiotic-free pork. (On the other hand, when I asked for lamb, I was told that they carry it only when it's in season.)

Mar 22, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Talula's Secret Supper Club

I went last night and was surprised to find no mention of it on this board. It's a five-course set menu for $55; the menu changes monthly. There's also a wine pairing available for $35. I really enjoyed the space and the vibe. The food overall was very good, with a few lapses. For example, some of my cavatelli was extremely undercooked, but the sauce was excellent. And the main dish for March is cod, which is hard for me to get excited about. We'll definitely give it another try when the menu changes.

Mar 16, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

knife sharpening -- mainline

Try calling Kitchen Kapers in Ardmore. I've had knives sharpened at another of their locations. There's also a knife sharpener some Saturdays at the Bryn Mawr farmers market.

Mar 14, 2014
vicarious in Philadelphia

Dessert for eight next weekend....

I agree about the chocolate caramel cheesecake. The effort far exceeded the payoff.

Mar 04, 2014
vicarious in Home Cooking

creamy cheesecake

Was your recipe from Frog/Comissary? I have that cookbook.

Nov 03, 2013
vicarious in Home Cooking

Devon: Lunch on Friday?

I agree with others that Nectar and White Dog are good options. If you don't mind driving a little farther, Alba in Malvern is open for lunch.

Oct 10, 2013
vicarious in Philadelphia

Best Bakery On The Main Line

What do you recommend from Bakery House?

Aug 17, 2013
vicarious in Philadelphia

Favorite use for a bunch of raspberries?

I looked at both recipes and made the SK version with lemon zest (and some blueberries in addition to the rasperries). HIghly recommend!

Jul 13, 2013
vicarious in Home Cooking

best burger on the mainline

Jun 06, 2013
vicarious in Philadelphia

Carciofi Alla Giudia

I haven't been there for a long time, but I recall having had a great version at Salento.

Jun 03, 2013
vicarious in Philadelphia

Pie dough frustrations


May 20, 2013
vicarious in Home Cooking

Need Killer Cracklin' Pork Roast Recipe

I made this one last week and enjoyed it:
Cover up the smoke detectors during the last step.

Jan 12, 2013
vicarious in Home Cooking

Food Exchange

+3 on the John and Kira's, especially the figs. If however, you want to go in a different direction, the PA General Store at RTM offers lots of Philadelphia gift options:
My favorite is the Bauman's fruit butters.

Jan 10, 2013
vicarious in Philadelphia

Safe non-stick pans that can handle high heat

I highly recomend Swiss diamond nonstick pans, if you're willing to budge on the high heat requirement.

Dec 27, 2012
vicarious in Cookware

Where can i buy delicious but light and beautiful Buche de Noel?

I was at Le Petit Mitron in Narberth this morning, and they are offering five different flavors of Buche de Noel in four different sizes. The cake part for each one is genoise. They do need to be ordered in advance.

Dec 11, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia

Where can i buy delicious but light and beautiful Buche de Noel?

Aux Petits Delices in Wayne has them:
I haven't tried one, but I have enjoyed other cakes from there.

Dec 08, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia

High Quality Chocolate for Christmas Baking

Trader Joe's in Ardmore sells 3.5 ounce bars of Valrhona for $2.99. I usually use the Trader Joe's pound plus bars for baking, but I do notice a difference when I splurge on the Valrhona.

Dec 04, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia

Need help with a chicken recipe I can make in the oven

I like this recipe for roasted chicken with carmelized shallots from David Lebovitz's blog: Mushrooms would probably be a good addition.

Dec 03, 2012
vicarious in Home Cooking

Pie dough in the food processor

In another thread, Becca Porter posted this link to an article about making the science of making pie dought using the food processor: The recipe was fantastic!

Nov 24, 2012
vicarious in Home Cooking