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Mother's Day early visit to Zoo - then where for brunch/lunch?

Hi there,
Doing a little research for my own Mother's Day ;) We are hoping to hit the Zoo first thing (with DD5 and DS1.5) then head out for a brunch/lunch. I know there's not much near the zoo, so I guess I'm looking more for rec's where a more casual meal can be had (as we'll be in zoo-appropriate attire)
Thanks in advance!

Apr 30, 2012
becky315 in Philadelphia

Dinner Party for 20+ in/around KOP/Conshy?

Hey there,
Looking for a place, perferrable BYOB, to host our office holiday dinner. Will be approx 20 people. Perfer to have somewhere easily-accessible from 76/476. Any cuisine is fine, although we tend to gravitate towards Italian...
Thanks!

Nov 10, 2011
becky315 in Philadelphia

Local Cupcake Delivery?

My husband has the fine pleasure of attending an over-night business meeting on his birthday (Courtyard Marriott at the convention center) and I was hoping to send him some cupcakes to enjoy while he's away (a traditional birthday cake would be a bit too much for him). My original plan was to order from Crumbs in NYC - but they ship frozen and I don't know if he'd be able to thaw them out in time to enjoy them. That being said, I'm looking for a similar local bakery who can deliver freshly-baked goods at a somewhat reasonable price? He will be attending said meeting w/ his divisional team of 10 people, so he will most likely be sharing. (I'm thinking a doz would be good) I would like the ability to choose more than one variety of cupcake if possible. Maybe a sampler? Thanks for any/all suggestions!!

Nov 01, 2011
becky315 in Philadelphia

Late Lunch in/around KOP area for 2??

This is very last minute, but I'm looking for a rec for a late lunch in/around KOP (Wayne/Plym Mtg/Exton/etc) for tomorrow. My husband and I are celebrating our anniversary, looking for good eats, doesn't have to be neccessarily "romantic". We were thinking of going to Nectar, but have been there quite a bit and would be open to a new experience. Any help would be great - Thanks!!

Aug 15, 2011
becky315 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for Wedding Anniversary Dinner

I believe Amada has 2 different options for tasting menus, as well as being able to add wine pairings! Their food is amazing, and they allow you to request certain things if there is something on their menu that you're dying to try (the braised pork flatbreads!)

Sep 02, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

Fun Restaurant for Teen Birthday?

I think the Contintental Midtown would be a fun place - they do small plates and/or entrees, have good food, and the decor is cool...sort of 70's loungy/swanky.

Sep 02, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

Top Chef - D.C. - Ep. #11 - 08/25/10 (Spoilers)

Has that ever happened in a season before?? I don't remember...

Sep 01, 2010
becky315 in Food Media & News

Distrito or El Vez?

Thanks - is there anything we cannot miss at Distrito? How about the tasting menu, is that a good option for our first time?

Aug 04, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

Distrito or El Vez?

I guess I should've added in my post that I'm pregnant, so drinking is definitely NOT the priority here (Although my hubby would probably beg to differ!) LOL

Aug 04, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

Distrito or El Vez?

My hubby and I are looking for a fun place to go for our anniversary dinner. We don't need fine dining, anything "romantic" or quiet, and preferably not a BYOB. We are thinking either Distrito or El Vez would be good options, I've only been to El Vez for lunch, and neither one has been to Distrito. Would love to hear some feedback, or other options??
Thanks!

Aug 04, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

New crab place in bluebell opening soon

We got Jumbo Lump crabcakes from the Trappe location about a month ago, and to be honest, I think Wegman's crabcakes are better. They just seemed a bit bland to me. We also got the crab soup/bisque, which I thought was delicious! However, I will still go back to Capt Chucks to try other things and possibly order party platters as well.

Aug 04, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

Favorite Dishes at Amada

Also, if you do the tasting menu, they WILL let you request certain dishes...We were there in the spring, and had to try the short rib flatbreads, so they made sure to include that in our tasting. Enjoy!!

Jul 30, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

Which Steakhouse? Which Steak?

If you're looking for some more info on Barclay Prime, here's a link that I commented on awhile back. I loved it, and we have since sent my in-laws there as well!

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/657552

Jan 21, 2010
becky315 in Philadelphia

New Year's Day downtown

Got the following tweet from Steven Starr resaurants:
Keep the New Year’s party alive! Starr Restaurants are open New Year’s Day. Brunch@ Jones, lunch@ Pizzeria Stella, Dinner@ Butcher & Singer.
Not sure if any of them work for you, but most are close to Rittenhouse! Just steer clear of McGillians Pub (or others like it) as many "parade-watchers" start their New Years days there at 8am... it can get ugly quick! :)

Dec 31, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

New Asian Bistro (Jannie's).....Montgomery County

Yup! And a large bar area w/ a few flat screens as well.

Dec 15, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

New Asian Bistro (Jannie's).....Montgomery County

We did go (with said toddler) and it was fine. I had basic chinese menu items (chix/broccoli) and it was tasty, but nothing special. My husband had sushi, can't remember what, but he was happy. I thought it was a bit better than chinese take-out, a little nicer inside as well, although there were people in sweats/sneakers too. The weird thing was that there were literally 4 different menus to choose from, like they can't decide if they want to focus on chinese, japanese, sushi, or all 3. It was a bit confusing trying to narrow it all down. We'd probably go again, just to give some other items a try... It's a nice break from take-out, chains, or a pizza joint.

Dec 14, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 2 - 12/09/09 (Spoilers)

Did anyone else notice that Padma literally said nothing (other than agree w/ Tom/Gayle/Toby) during deliberations last night? I'm sure we can thank the Elves for that, but still...she didn't voice 1 opinion! I wonder if she limited herself in tasting all of the foods because she's pregnant? Or if in the editing they just wanted the other 3's opnions to be the focus of discussion... just weird because we usually hear at least one or two things from her.

Also, I was a Jen and Kevin fan, and really did not like Michael at all, but the last few mins of the show last night really gave me more respect for him - he truly seemed humbled by the win, and I was glad to see him almost more happy that he and his brother were the final two, than he was about winning. I thought it was funny how he threw it out to Gayle too "Here's the emotion you've been looking for" when he was crying at the end. I'm happy w/ the results, and am REALLY looking forward to the reunion!!

Dec 10, 2009
becky315 in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 1 - 12/02/09 (Spoilers)

I hear ya T! :)

Dec 07, 2009
becky315 in Food Media & News

Sunday Brunch in western MontCo

Thanks everyone. This was actually posted about a month ago, we went up to Bear Creek and had their Sunday buffet - it was really good. But these recs will definitely come in handy in the future!

Dec 07, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 1 - 12/02/09 (Spoilers)

Oh boy, I didn't mean to get into a discussion on pregnancy - my real question was whether or not the chefs are either
a) being asked to take it into consideration by Padma/producers or
b) if it is even crossing their minds.

I know those "rules" are more simply recommendations, but I also read Padma had a hard time getting pregnant (endomitriosis), and was thinking she might be very strict about these things...

(Sorry if I offended anyone!!)

Dec 07, 2009
becky315 in Food Media & News

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Finale Part 1 - 12/02/09 (Spoilers)

I'm also wondering if the chefs will take that into consideration in the finals... Being pregnant, you are definitely not supposed to eat soft cheeses, or any sort of raw fish, and you're even supposed to have your meat cooked fully (well-done). I agree that it seems Padma should be limited in her "judging" role this time around due to those restrictions, and as prev mentioned, the difference in palate/taste buds.

Dec 04, 2009
becky315 in Food Media & News

Weeknight Tasting Menus in Philly/surrounding area?

Thanks for all the rec's! I'll definitely report back as we continue our little club :)

Nov 20, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

Weeknight Tasting Menus in Philly/surrounding area?

Cindy, your impression is correct. We went last night (4 people) and had called ahead to make reso and ask about the 3 course Bistro Tasting Menu (spoke to the Chef/Owner) We were handed the main dining room menus (with no question if we were interested in the Bistro Menu) so we had to wait a few minutes until someone came back around to ask for the Bistro Menu. The server did not seem happy we were asking about it, and pointedly told us that if 1 of us orders from the Bistro menu, we all have to. (That was our intention when choosing to go here) The Bistro menu on-line is a sampling, but offers 3 choices for each of the 3 courses, however the menu we were presented only had 2 choices for each.
Starter choices: Sun Choke Soup or Pear/Blue Cheese salad. I was the only one who chose the soup, it was good, but was topped w/ toasted coconut, so the flavor was a bit strange to me (I've never had Sun Choke soup before, so maybe this is the norm?) The others said the Pear/Blue Cheese salad was ok, but again, nothing special.
Entree choices: Pork Tenderloin w/ Spaghetti Squash in a sauce of some sort (can't remember) or the Fish of the day, which was Striped Bass in a red wine sauce. 2 chose the Bass (incl me) , 2 chose the Pork. I was happy with the taste of the Bass, the top was seared nice and crispy, and the red wine sauce was good. It was served w/ maybe 8 small green beans. The taste was very good, but I thought the portion size was very small. Those who had the pork were very happy, their dish seemed to be a bit more filling, as they had the squash and some carrots to compliment the pork tenderloin.
Dessert options: Pumpkin Cake or Choc Torte. I got the Pumpkin Cake, it was really good. Very moist, 2 small slices of cake topped w/ crunchy pumpkin croutons as well as some crunchy toffee-like crumbles, served with tiny scoop of vanilla ice cream. The Choc Torte looked good, but nothing out of the ordinary.
All in all, the mean was good, but definitely not filling/satisfying. I was fine paying $35 for a 3-course option, but after seeing the main menu (where the Striped Bass alone was $30) I would definitely not go back. It seemed a bit stuffy, and I felt out of place as our table of young 30-somethings were about 20 yrs younger than most of the other patrons, and our server treated us as such. Also, 2 of our party were definitely not up for fine-dining, so I think we picked incorrectly in starting off our new "dinner club" Next time around, we'll hopefully find something better suited for all of us!
Thanks for the rec's below - I'm looking forward to trying out some other Tasting Menus!!

Nov 19, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

Weeknight Tasting Menus in Philly/surrounding area?

So a few of my friends and I have decided to start doing Tasting or Pri Fixe menus around the area, maybe once or twice a month. We are starting at The Orchard BYOB in Kennett Square, and I'm looking for a few more ideas so we can start charting out our "tour". We'd prefer BYOB, although not a requirement, and they can be anywhere in Philly, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties (although suburbs are preferable)
Thanks in advance!!

Nov 17, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

What is THE food-related item that defines Philadelphia (gift idea)??

What about Taylor Pork Roll and/or Scrapple?
Or Wilbur Bud chocolates?
I know these are more Amish country things, but still regional...

Nov 17, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

Duling-Kurtz, Ship Inn, Gables at Chadds Ford?

I 2nd the Dilworthtown Inn - my hubby has business dinners there often, and is always happy w/ the service they provide to larger parties. I have also eaten there, and the food is very good. It's not stuffy, but it is fancy enough for a special occasion!

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Dilworthtown Inn
1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, PA 19382

Nov 17, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

PA hound looking for fun/hip/good dinner in/around Bloomington IN

Will be in Bloomington visting my family over Thanksgiving, and we're looking for something nice (not overly expensive/stuffy) for dinner on a Sat night. Any kind of cuisine is OK, just looking for something with a good/varied menu and if possible, fun/hip atmosphere. Thanks!!

Nov 17, 2009
becky315 in Great Lakes

Pub @ Wegman's in Collegeville

GMC, My experience at the Pub was really good, but it seemed that the wait staff was working in teams, we saw 3-4 different people throughout the 1/2 hour or so we were there - I'm assuming that's why no tipping? If I sat at the bar area, or was totally blown away, I might leave a tip, but I think for now I'll follow their instructions. :)

Nov 12, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

Pub @ Wegman's in Collegeville

We ate at the pub for lunch 2 Saturdays ago - needed to do some grocery shopping, but didn't want to roam the aisles w/ an empty stomach, and the pub was our answer! Just had some apps, the Tuscan fries were really good, their dipping sauce was a nice tangy substitute for ketchup too. We did not tip though, and now I feel like a jerk - what is the consensus on this? The beverage napkins state "no tipping"

Nov 12, 2009
becky315 in Pennsylvania

Top Chef - Las Vegas - Ep. #11 - 11/11/09 (Spoilers)

Yeah, I didn't really get the connection between wings and NYC, but I think he was focusing on the NY Fire Dept, what would appeal to a fire fighter, and the "heat" of the wing - sort of a round-about way to get there though!

Nov 12, 2009
becky315 in Food Media & News