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Thanksgiving in Jim Thorpe

Thank you, I'll check it out!

Oct 02, 2013
Whinerdiner in Pennsylvania

Thanksgiving in Jim Thorpe

We are planning to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family in Jim Thorpe. I'm from Philly and they are making the trip from Virginia. Any suggestions on a great place for Thanksgiving dinner? Someplace cozy and country with a fireplace would be fantastic.
Thanks in advance for your help!

Sep 25, 2013
Whinerdiner in Pennsylvania

Just Open - Saigon Harbor in Havertown

So I took my son and we headed to the new Vietnamese restaurant on West Chester Pike in Havertown. Overall, It was pretty good. The staff were accommodating and very nice. We started with the grilled squid which was delicious. Then seafood noodle soup which they kindly split in the kitchen for us, since we were sharing. I had a spicy sizzling shrimp dish and my son had a fried rice. We enjoyed ours so much, I decided to get take out for my husband, who was stuck at home. We chose curry chicken for him, and he loved it.

The portions were a nice size, the prices were reasonable, and we'll definitely be going back.

Nov 04, 2011
Whinerdiner in Philadelphia

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs (Episode 1: "Primal: Heat and Meat) [SPOILERS]

How did he take money from our pockets? Even if he lied on his resume to get the job, he had to perform well to keep it. You don't get an endorsement deal based on a resume. You get an endorsement deal once you've proven yourself, otherwise no one would care which products you use.

What he did was pretty stupid. Maybe he did think no one would check - but he certainly paid for it. I think the public humiliation about covers it. So he was dishonest once, got slapped for it, and moved on. Does that mean he has to carry the label forever?

Nov 04, 2011
Whinerdiner in Food Media & News

I wish

I hear ya. It seems every time I walk into a grocery store I spend more than I expected. Even if I just go in for one thing, I come out scratching my head, thinking, "We could have eaten out for less."

Nov 03, 2011
Whinerdiner in Not About Food

Cooking in the NE during power outages

No outage here, but we had dry wood ready for the fireplace, and charcoal for the grill.
Thankfully, the lights (and heat) stayed on. During the last storm, I tried to cook baked apples in the fireplace. Let's just say it didn't go well.

It was fun trick-or-treating in the snow. No arguments from little goblins this year about wearing a jacket!

Nov 01, 2011
Whinerdiner in Not About Food

Chopped 10/25 !?

What's going on over at Chopped? I just watched the show from last night. First, they chopped my Aussie eye candy Kayne. His dish may not have been the best, but it wasn't the worst, either. Would it have hurt them to do me a favor and let him stay a little longer?

Ok, I get that it's a food competition not a beauty pageant. But then, in the entree round, the two girls served raw chicken. One more than the other - but still - raw chicken. The guy served a pasta dish. Marc Murphy said there was "nothing wrong" with it, but it was kinda safe, without much creativity. So, who gets chopped? The girls who served raw poultry or the guy who maybe played it safe, but served an edible dish?

Of course, the guy gets it. It seemed to me that the "fix" was in for the winner. She's a food stylist for The Today Show, and has worked with many of the Food Network chefs when they've appeared on the show. I don't know, just sayn'...

Oct 26, 2011
Whinerdiner in Food Media & News

What's the best thing you've ever received trick-or-treating?

Money for me as well. When I was a kid we lived in a high rise apartment building with a lot of senior citizens. Many had trouble getting around, and never had candy for the few kids who came around for trick or treat. They opened the door though, made a big fuss, and gave us dollar bills.

That was the best building ever.

Oct 21, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

I've never seen the cookie dough flavor. I was thinking of trying the chocolate whipped cream, but felt silly enough buying the gummy. I'm a grown woman for goodness sakes!

Oct 21, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Hi, my name is _______ and I'm addicted to ________ .(food only please!)

Hi, my name is Whinerdiner and my addiction du jour is Swedish Fish flavored vodka.

Oct 20, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

The Break Up Diet

I've never been one to loose my appetite. I never understand when people say, "How can you eat at a time like this?" I can always eat. I have no problem slurping spaghetti through tears, or a fever of 104. When I'm stressed, sad, nervous, whatever - the more I eat. Comfort food really is medicinal to me.

I tend to diet when I'm happy. I actually crave healthy food when I'm feeling good. The gym is my friend once again.

So my breakup diet would be a self - medicating cycle of carbs and alcohol. Immediately followed (hopefully) by a new love, feel good endorphins, and salad. Lots of salad.

Oct 20, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

A Menu for a Break Up Meal

Well, at least you're svelte, sexy, and off the booze! Take the money you would have spent cooking for him and treat your new bod to some cute new clothes.

When you look good and feel good, you become a magnet for all the good things around you. Enjoy!

Oct 03, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone

I'd like to offer another side to this story. Several years ago, I had a food concession in an airport. The homeless were a huge problem. Where I was located it was climate controlled, dry, there were bathrooms, a seating area, etc. Security for the most part left them alone. In the beginning I truly felt bad for them. Some clearly had mental issues. Others just seemed lost.

Without fail, I gave them my day old goods at the start of the day, and my leftover burgers and dogs at the end. I couldn't sell it, and thought they should have the good of it. I was nothing but nice. Then, they started getting pushy. They'd appear when I had customers, look sad, look at the food, get closer, get closer still, until someone bought them a hot dog.

I am not heartless. I fed them repeatedly. I'd watch the other vendors throwing away their leftovers and I'd think how inhumane it was to put food in the trash when people were hungry. But I learned.

One day I absolutely had to go to the bathroom before my husband came to cover the stand. I locked up what I could and made a dash. It was between flights, the only people in the area were the homeless and assorted employees. I was gone maybe 5 minutes tops. When I got back, the majority of the inventory was stolen - they were eating it in front of me!

That was it. From that day forward, I discouraged customers from buying them anything, and I started throwing my leftovers in the trash, as well.

Sep 30, 2011
Whinerdiner in Not About Food

Do you eat the raw dough?

Yuck - no. I don't get the whole cookie dough ice cream thing. It's my husband's favorite, though. So his ice cream is always safe from me!

Sep 30, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Is creamed chipped beef only liked by the people who were or are currently in the military?

Another PA reply. Growing up, my grandmother made "dried beef gravy". Man, was it good! She also made "tomato gravy" the same way, substituting fresh tomatoes for the dried chipped beef. She was of English, German, and Pennsylvania Dutch descent.

Sep 30, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Is tipping in cash better for the server?

Sorry for the delay.

This was in PA and NJ. The most recent place was about six years ago. I believe several of the servers called the labor board to complain. As far as I know, nothing came of it, and I was there for many years.

Sep 30, 2011
Whinerdiner in Not About Food

Struggling to use a knife and fork

We have a lot of sleepovers at our house. I'm continually shocked at the poor table manners of my son's friends. Not all of them, but many. They don't know how to hold a knife and fork, chew with their mouth closed, not pick up ( or throw) dinner with their fingers, take off without being excused, or use anything but the "shovel method".

As a little treat, we used to take the kids to breakfast on the way home the next morning. It got embarrassing though. I'd be mortified that people would think these 11 year olds running around the restaurant were mine.

The parents seem so nice and normal. How could they not be teaching basic skills? We're not prudes by any stretch of the imagination. But really, how hard is it to teach kids to keep their bottom in the chair, the food in their mouth, and not to waive their knife like a sword?

Unfortunately, I can totally see the scenario the OP describes.

Sep 30, 2011
Whinerdiner in Not About Food

Jones soda in philly?

If you're looking for your restaurant, Restaurant Depot / Jetro has it. If they don't have all the flavors you're looking for, maybe the manufacturer has a website.

Sep 27, 2011
Whinerdiner in Philadelphia

Posting Specials with a Price?

Generally, if the specials are in the same price range as the majority of the menu items, I don't need to hear the prices, if the server is reciting them. If there is a significant deviation, however, the price should be clearly stated.

Sep 27, 2011
Whinerdiner in Not About Food

Is tipping in cash better for the server?

When I was serving, I worked for several restaurants that would take 3% of my total credit card tips to offset the cost of processing the tip. So if I had $100.00 in tips from credit cards, I only took home $97.00 at the end of the night. I was expected to tip out the bus people on the full amount prior to the 3% adjustment. Their view was that the server should cover the cost of the credit card processing for my their own tip.

I was always happy to see cash.

Sep 27, 2011
Whinerdiner in Not About Food

Pot Luck Buffet for 100

Just a thought, but since this is a fund raiser for a youth sports team, maybe you could get a local pizza shop to donate some pizzas, or sell them to you at a reduced rate.

Sep 23, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Pot Luck Buffet for 100

I'd definitely stick with the idea of assigning X number of salads, X number of main dishes, etc. Don't forget to assign people for rolls, condiments, plates, etc. The kids on the sports team could provide the clean up.

It's great that the parents are providing the food. Make your life easier by asking them to bring their dish ready to serve. Like meatballs in a crock pot, salad in a bowl, cold sandwiches on a tray, etc.

If it doesn't all have to be finger food, maybe you could put chili or baked ziti on the list. Good luck and have a great time.

Sep 23, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Pot Luck Buffet for 100

I agree with Cathy. Are they all bringing something in the sense of a true potluck, or are you thinking of having a buffet?

If you're feeding them, you can't go wrong with sandwiches. Meatballs, roast beef, hot roast pork, sausage and peppers, etc. Or hoagie trays - get an assortment, ( Italian, turkey, roast beef, tuna) have them cut into thirds and put onto trays.

You can keep the prep to a minimum. Buy what you can from the store. Get disposable chafing dishes, disposable serving utensils, sterno, and someone to help you set up before the dinner break.

Sep 23, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Rookie Mistake

Embarrassed to say, this happened fairly recently. I was rushing to get dinner ready, and in an effort to save time, I decided to use a mandolin to slice the potatoes. I thought I was being so careful; They can be dangerous, and I know it.

Big mistake. I ended up slicing off the side of my thumb. There was blood everywhere, and it HURT! Whenever I see those chefs on Chopped pull out the mandolin, I have to turn away.

Sep 23, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Any experience with Bywood Seafood Market in Rosemont/Bryn Mawr?

We were on a "make your own sushi at home" kick for a while. I bought our fish from Bywood. It was fresh and I never had any problems. Everyone there was nice and knowledgeable. When I explained what I was planning to do with it, they steered me toward some nice selections.

These days it's Harusame in Ardmore for sashimi, so I haven't been for a while. Nothing they did wrong, we just got lazy.

Sep 22, 2011
Whinerdiner in Philadelphia

Recruiting All Ideas for Cheap Homemade Dinners!

When I'm skrimping at the checkout, I tend to buy large, inexpensive cuts of meat that I can get several meals out of. Like a whole turkey - roasted the first night, open faced sandwiches the second, pot pie the third, then use the carcass and scraps for soup on the fourth. The same with a pork shoulder or picnic ham - first roasted, then fajitas, then hot roast pork sandwiches, then use the bone for split pea soup.

Loved the other ideas so far. I'd add bread pudding to go along with the eggs. You can make a great savory bread pudding for dinner using dairy items you probably already have on hand, like eggs, milk and butter. There must be a ton of recipes out there.

Sep 21, 2011
Whinerdiner in Home Cooking

ALERT: Smaller package sizes = higher prices. Guilty parties listed herein . . .

I hear you. I just wish they'd raise the prices if they need to and keep the package weight the same.

Sep 20, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

What hot dog brand is best?

Berk's Fiesta Dogs!!!

Hot dogs filled with jalapeno peppers and cheese. So good, especially with a little hot sauce.

Sep 20, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Coke for breakfast?

I always had a Diet Pepsi in the morning - much easier to handle in the car than hot coffee on the way to work. These days, however, I'm a (sugar free) Monster girl. I love the mega dose of B vitamins and energy. I've just discovered a Korean energy drink (Bacchus) which so far I like for about half the price.

Sep 20, 2011
Whinerdiner in General Topics

Must try restaurant in Philadelphia?

We had pork as well - loved it. The venison tartare appetizer special was amazing. I seriously could have eaten at least two more.

Sep 17, 2011
Whinerdiner in Philadelphia