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Potential Move to PHI Area

My point, entirely. Thank you!

Jul 18, 2014
Kshell in Philadelphia

Potential Move to PHI Area

Okay, enough already! This poor guy just wants a few suggestions regarding where to live!! Democrats v Republicans; Liberals v Conservatives v Libertarians, WHAT? Let's reserve that discussion for other sites. While I agree that taxes and the PA
LCB play some part, let's stick to the main issues: Children's education, transportation, and good food. After that, I would add the opportunity for an interesting lifestyle (although that is entirely subjective). Give the guy some room to breathe and digest (a pun) all of this well-meaning advice.

Jul 18, 2014
Kshell in Philadelphia

Potential Move to PHI Area

Poor rudeboy! I bet that you never thought that you would be overwhelmed with so many suggestions regarding where to live. I have lived in most of the areas suggested previously. My advice is: Check out the school district first. Most Main Line schools are very good. I happen to live in Upper Dublin Township in Eastern Montgomery County now where two of my kids went to high school and I was very happy with their education. Forget the City and Chestnut Hill (where I lived for many years), unless you can foot the bill for a private education. Choose a location near a Septa train station. Then, after the essentials have been considered, look at the farmer's markets and access to restaurants. Fortunately, the suburbs in Philly are relatively close to the urban center unless you go to Upper Bucks or Western Chester counties. I hope that we all have not thoroughly confused you! Good Luck!

Jul 13, 2014
Kshell in Philadelphia
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Ft. Washington or near late dinner

Fireside Bar and Grille in Ambler has decent bar type food and some entrees. I've only been there for lunch. It's open Mondays until 10. But there are lots of TV's and it can be loud.

Jun 01, 2014
Kshell in Philadelphia

Ft. Washington or near late dinner

Deterra in Ambler is closed on Mondays. Bridget's Steakhouse is open but they only accept reservations up until 9:00. Mondays are tough!

Jun 01, 2014
Kshell in Philadelphia

Any recs for upscale dining in Chestnut Hill?

Oh, and since you are interested in food co-ops, there is always Weaver's Way in Chestnut Hill. If you're not a member, though, it's kind of expensive. I forget what the annual fee is.

Dec 10, 2013
Kshell in Philadelphia

Any recs for upscale dining in Chestnut Hill?

Not in Chestnut Hill, but close: For upscale Mexican, look at Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington; for Indian, I like Saffron in Ambler (BYOB).

Dec 10, 2013
Kshell in Philadelphia

Need recommendation for restaurant open Christmas Day

na'Brasa (a Brazilian restaurant in Horsham) is open for brunch and dinner on the 25th. Also, if you're up for Asian, there is always the reliable Lai Lai Garden (in Blue Bell) or East Cuisine in Ambler but closer to Blue Bell (a BYO).

Dec 22, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Heirloom Tomatoes

From what I understand, they are called heirloom, because the seeds have been passed on over several generations and thus are less of a hybrid than socalled commercial tomatoes. They are generally considered sweeter than regular hothouse versions and are bred for taste .
They were once shunned because of their strange shapes and colors. Supermarkets in the past felt that shoppers preferred a more perfect round red tomato and those tomatoes were bred more for looks than for taste and were generally picked green and not ripened on the vine. I have grown both the "regular" kind as well as heirlooms and I find that freshness is more important than looks. There is nothing like eating a tomato just picked from the vine--whether heirloom or not.

Jul 16, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Heirloom Tomatoes

Meadowbrook Farm in Abington Twp. is selling mature potted heirloom tomato plants. They were seeded some time ago and are now flowering and will be bearing fruit soon. I don't have a garden and just put them on my deck in the pots provided with some plant fertilizer. $8 a plant.

Jul 16, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Weekday Dinner near Huntingdon Valley Library

Yes, the time thing makes it difficult. If you had another half hour or more, I'd recommend Heirloom or Mica. Anyway, best of luck and let us know how it all turns out!

Apr 26, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Weekday Dinner near Huntingdon Valley Library

The Waldorf School is not in Germantown. It's in Upper West Mount Airy, just across the border from Chestnut Hill. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, most of which have been reviewed many times. The issue, as you pointed out, is the short time frame. Some which come to mind are Avenida, Wine Thief, Iron Hill, Cin-Cin (maybe), Roller's (maybe), Hokka Hokka, Osaka, Cafette, McNally's Tavern (home of the Schmitter) and several others which I can't recall at present. I'd call the restaurant and explain your situation. I'm assuming that you're going on a weekday which should ease the situation. Anyway, you're lucky since the Chestnut Hill-Mount Airy area houses many more restaurants than Huntingdon Valley! Oh, and there is a decent Chinese American restaurant at the juncture of Germantown Ave. and Cresheim Valley Drive. It's called Yu Hsiang Garden and will do in a pinch.

Apr 26, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Visiting, love food but have toddler -- your ideas?

It's not crazy. I'd do it but just let them know ahead of time and get an early seating. Zahav has great food, but it's not at all pretentious.

Apr 26, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Visiting, love food but have toddler -- your ideas?

This may seem like a strange suggestion, but you could look at the Swann Lounge at the Four Seasons. When my kids were little, we often took them there for brunch, lunch or tea and, a time or two, for dinner. They were always very accommodating. The Asian restaurants in Chinatown are very welcoming as are most of the old school red gravy places in South Philly (Villa de Roma, Dante and Luigi's, Ralph's). While not very exciting, cuisine-wise, they are basic and good and you can get a feel for the neighborhood. I've also found that the Art Museum on the Parkway can entertain little ones and it has a decent restaurant (Granite Hill). And if you have time, you should go to the Please Touch museum, designed especially for the small among us.

Apr 26, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Sunday Brunch near Ambler

In Chestnut Hill, you have a number of options. There's Cake which is very good, but BYOB. There's Heirloom, also BYOB, but next door to a Wine and Spirits store. Mica's, which has already been mentioned, is also very good for brunch and it has bar service. Bear in mind that all three are kind of small but can accommodate a group of your size. I'd check with them, though. Another place to think about is the Valley Green Inn which is charming and has a bar. However, the last time I was there was about 7 years ago so I can't vouch for them now. At that time they had a very pleasant brunch menu. Oh, and there's Roller's as well which has bar service.

Apr 15, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Sunday Brunch near Ambler

In Horsham, na'Brasa offers a nice brunch. I believe that the Joseph Ambler Inn only serves brunch on certain Sundays, Like Easter, Mother's Day and the like.

Apr 14, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Lunch in Willow Grove

Ooka (Japanese) on Easton Road in Willow Grove: Iron Abbey (gastropub) on Easton Road in Horsham; Los Sarapes (good Mexican) on Horsham Road in Horsham. If you're not familiar with the area, Horsham is very close to Willow Grove. Bonefish Grille is not open for lunch, but does open early for dinner.

Apr 11, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Sunday Brunch @ NaBrasa, Buona Via or William Penn Inn?

I've been to na'Brasa for brunch about six times and the William Penn Inn for brunch at least two dozen times over the years. I also concur with all that has been said about the Inn. The selection is huge and the quality is very good. The pastries are especially fresh and tempting. They may be made on the premises, I don't really know. It does serve a lot of people and although not quite a crunch, it is very busy and is not suitable for a quiet, intimate brunch, if this is what you had in mind. Also, I have heard that the selection is diminished and not quite as fresh during the last half-hour of brunch. My daughter and her boyfriend remarked upon this when they were there about a month ago.
Brunch at na'Brasa is also busy, but less so. The buffet is not very extensive and I would describe it as a condensed version if that at the Inn. However, they do offer four or five types of sausages, as well as ham and a wonderful grilled pineapple which are served rodizio style, with the servers coming to the table. They also have stations offering the usual omelets, waffles , etc. The last time I was there (I think it was New Year's Day), they had a special station devoted to making eggs benedict where the lady actually poached the eggs right there before serving them. Needless to say, I went back several times.
If you're interested in something quieter and not a buffet, I was at Parc Bistro in Skippack on Easter Sunday and it was very good. I also had brunch at Mica in Chestnut Hill a few months ago and it was very enjoyable, although not a buffet. I'm sure that there a quite a few places in the area which would be suitable if you're interested in more than the three you mentioned.

Apr 11, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Where is your favorite place to buy Babka?

My 90 year old father tells me that the Szpula Bakery was where he used to buy babka. I only remember it being baked by my old Polish Babci (grandmother) many years ago. I think that there are about a half-dozen Polish bakeries still operating in the Port Richmond/Kensington area. My Babci only made raisin and cheese. Never chocolate. Must be a modern addition. Also, I believe that there is a difference between the Jewish bakery babkas and the Eastern European babkas which are mostly of Polish origin in Philly. Sorry that I can't be of more help. When I see my old aunts at Easter, I'll ask them.

Apr 02, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Best Sandwiches

Broccoli rabe or rapini is not related to broccoli. It is more akin to turnip or mustard greens or kale. It has a somewhat bitter taste and a kind of spicy, veggie bite to it. I really like it sauteed with garlic as a side. For my kids, I tend to blanch it first to take the edge off the bitterness. In my opinion, it pairs perfectly with a roast pork sandwich and provolone. Others may disagree. If you're really interested, broccoli rabe videos are all over the net and on popular cooking shows. Whole Foods almost always has them and most other supermarkets carry this veg from time to time. Hope this helps.

Apr 02, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Lunch in Monrgomeryville/North Wales

I've been to Los Sarapes about a dozen times, mostly for dinner but a couple of times for lunch.The food is basic Mexican, nothing cutting edge, but it's quite good. The lunch menu is very reasonable and they give you a ton of food. Service can be spotty. They either overwhelm you with attention or you have trouble getting their attention. Despite this, I'd definitely recommend them for a tasty, reasonable lunch.

Apr 02, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Thanks for the Chestnut Hill suggestion

I'm glad that you enjoyed it. I, like you, tend to frequent more adventurous establishments. However, whenever my 28 yr. old son comes into the area, he insists that we have lunch at Roller's and always orders the onion soup, among other things. It reminds him of his childhood in Chestnut Hill.

Mar 28, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Easter Brunch near Willow Grove

Check with Open Table to see what's available. Brunch reservations go fast on Easter. I checked on na'Brasa a couple of weeks ago and they only had availability at 10 A.M. and 3 P.M. We settled on brunch at the Joseph Ambler Inn in Horsham/North Wales. They only offer brunch on certain holidays and I've never been there before, so I'm hoping for the best. William Penn Inn is probably already filled and my last few times there were not impressive. Easter dinner at most places is not as popular as brunch, so you could always book an early dinner if brunch doesn't pan out.

Mar 28, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Indian in the Burbs?

I thought that the Everest Grille had closed, which is a shame. Am I mistaken? I also like Saffron in Ambler a great deal. Some find the seasonings to be too mild, but the restaurant will heighten the spices to the customer's preference. We go there at least twice a month.

Mar 26, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Need help in Chestnut Hill

Roller's at Flying Fish is an old standard. It's not cheap, although it's less expensive than Mica. The food is consistently good, but not cutting edge like many CC establishments. Cash only, and can be a bit noisy, but less so than Cin Cin. Heirloom is also good, but I found it to be very noisy. Maybe on a Sunday evening there may be less customers and thus, quieter than when I went on a Friday night.

Mar 21, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Sunday Brunch Buffets Around Montgomery County

I agree that if you've never been, you should go there for dinner. The thing that distinguishes na Brasa from other brunch places is the variety of sausages served rodizio style. Also, if you decide to go for brunch, make sure to get the very yummy grilled pineapple.

Mar 04, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Sunday Brunch Buffets Around Montgomery County

Na Brasa in Horsham offers a pretty good brunch.

Mar 03, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

LA Chowhound Looking For Great Italian/Other Stuff

Aside from Villa Di Roma, other old standards would be Ralph's and Dante and Luigi's. They're all near the Italian Market and do the red gravy thing, which I happen to love.

Feb 29, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

What wines to bring at Bibou?

My 23 year old daughter and I have reservations at Bibou next week. I have been told to bring a French Bordeaux and maybe a lighter white wine. What do you all recommend? (By the way, we are staying in town,and taking cabs to and fro the hotel). Can we bring the unfinished wines back? We plan to order a meat menu and not a fish one. Thoughts?

Feb 28, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia

Possible to find good, reasonably-priced eats near Rittenhouse?

La Croix in the Rittenhouse Itself offers a very reasonable three course lunch for $24.00 every day but Sunday. You could splurge a little at lunch and do an inexpensive dinner.

Feb 28, 2012
Kshell in Philadelphia