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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

Cook's Illustr. pie dough recipe with vodka

Thanks so much for posting the article from Serious Eats. I had never bothered with the vodka crust because I've never have trouble with a standard all butter crust, but that article persuaded me to try something new. It was great!!!

Nov 24, 2012
vicarious in Home Cooking

BYOB for 21st birthday

I haven't been there for a while, but Salento can easily handle a table of 10-15.

Nov 24, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia

Creperie Bechamel in Wayne

I tried to go today after I got my hair cut two doors down. Sadly, they are closed on Mondays. My hairdresser likes it and had particularly recommended a savory crepe with goat cheese and vegetables.

Oct 08, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia


Just wanted to thank others for recommending Chesil Rectory. Our dinner, start to finish, was excellent. We also ate at the Lainston House and found the quality to be less consistent.

Aug 18, 2012
vicarious in U.K./Ireland

New Yorkers in Philly for one day. Where to eat?

Sbraga sounds perfect for you.

Jun 11, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia

need some inspired, healthy cauliflower ideas, beyond cauliflower cheese, roasted cauliflower and aloo gobi...

A favorite of ours is cauliflower in yogurt sauce. The basic approach is to mix some yogurt with cumin, salt, and pepper; then stir in steamed cauliflower florets and peas. There are a lot of good variations of this.

Apr 30, 2012
vicarious in Home Cooking

A belated Valentine's day celebration, outside of the city

How was La Collina?

Feb 22, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia

A belated Valentine's day celebration, outside of the city

If you're looking for a quiet atmostphere, I wouldn't go near Stone Rose--another one of those places where you have to shout to talk. I second the Isabella recommendation; it has a nice atmosphere and good food. Have you considered Alba in Malvern?

Feb 15, 2012
vicarious in Philadelphia

Alternative to Ghiradelli Chocolate Chips Needed

Trader Joe's chocolate chips are good and don't have milk fat as a listed ingredient.

Jan 05, 2012
vicarious in General Topics

Lunch on Mainline: Ardmore, not too Far Out

Are you sure about Pescatore not being open for lunch? I had lunch there last week.

Dec 29, 2011
vicarious in Philadelphia