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it's time for the crappy pots to go

for professionals, obviously looks don't matter as much. but for most of us home cooks, the looks of the cookware also works as internal decorations. :) so hanging up burnt, bent cookware on our pot hangers? i don't think so.

Mar 21, 2009
baekster in Pennsylvania

in town for conference

Omni is at
2500 Calvert Street NW (at Connecticut Ave.)
Washington, District of Columbia 20008

I will have my car (if the hotel doesn't force me to pay for each time I take out the car).

I know I am being lazy here. :) Fine, I'll be good and search the board.

Dec 06, 2008
baekster in Washington DC & Baltimore

in town for conference

Thank you so much, I will be sure to check these out. Are DC pizzas particularly good? I have pizza way too much with co-workers who refuse to eat anything else...so unless it's truly amazing, I'd rather go for something else. Let me know if you think it's not-to-be-missed.

Dec 06, 2008
baekster in Washington DC & Baltimore

in town for conference

Calling for all the locals...I'm going to be stay at omni for about a week for a conference which means that I will be searching for dinner places. Can you guys recommend places nearby that's not to be missed for this area? Preferably not too expensive (no $100 meals) but I might make it to one nice place at least once while I'm there.

Particularly:
-good pub (pub food and beer)
-thai, indian, malaysian, or any other...
-sushi/sashimi (monk fish liver, uni are one of my favorite things to eat)
-restaurants with esoteric or whimsical menu
-italian
-southern comfort food
-steak (perhaps one expensive and one bang-for-the-buck)

Also your favorite places.

Dec 05, 2008
baekster in Washington DC & Baltimore

Any good Korean food in Philly?

So I ventured to North Philly/K-town. I live in Old City but going there took me quite a while by car...so many stop-signs and lights.

Anyway. I went to the general area near Cheltenham ave, where there were some Korean establishments. To my surprise, I must admit that these looked really legit and smelled very delicious.

This time I went to Soho Cafe. Inside I felt like I was Korea, the decor, food and everything. :) The food I must admit isn't traditional Korean but it's what's served in some restaurants in Korea. The fried chicken I had were just wings rather than whole chicken and I had (Yang Nyum Chicken, which literally means "Spice Chicken"). I also had DDuk Bok Gi, also popular snack which has rice cakes (dduk) and fish cakes in spicy sauce. On the menu it says that it comes with American Cheese (gross), so I told them to not put the cheese in. I grew up eating this stuff as treats in Korea, so I really enjoyed it. I can see how some people may find the chicken a little too sweet and maybe not really Korean experience. Matter of fact, this type of chicken dishes weren't around when I was really young, and I remember it first came out and there were some chains that sold the dish as "Mexican style chicken". In Korea a lot of the dishes that are offered in Soho Cafe are usually accompaniments for drinking. In Korean culture, for some reason, people usually have small snacks while drinking (the snacks are called An-Joo).

I haven't been to other places, especially where there are Korean BBQs but they seem to use table-side (or rather on-the-middle-of-the-table grill) charcoal grill, so I give them props for that.

I went with my friend who's been to Jong Ga Jip, and she says that it's comparable to BCD (Book Chang Dong) in NY/NJ area. So it must be pretty good.

Sep 10, 2008
baekster in Pennsylvania

Amada - Recent Visit

I agree with that actually--I enjoyed most of the dishes but one dish I didn't enjoy that much was the octopus. the octopus wasn't nearly as good as the octopus salad at Radicchio.

Sep 07, 2008
baekster in Pennsylvania

Any good Korean food in Philly?

I actually saw these places when I was going to my dentist. I'll make sure to check them out and give some reviews.

Sep 07, 2008
baekster in Pennsylvania

Meju....anyone been?

are you talking about the one on chestnut and 2nd in old city? if so, you won't find authentic korean food there, i've been to small, hall-in-the-wall korean restaurant in new hampshire where there's no asian grocery store to be found within 90 mile radius that's so much better than this place. i can honestly say i cook better than this place. i've been hugely disappointed there. and it's not really a bbq joint either. don't go there.

Sep 04, 2008
baekster in Pennsylvania

Any good Korean food in Philly?

i'm sorry to disappoint, but i have not found a good korean place in philly. there are some places in upper darby nearby h-mart (the 2nd floor of the supermarket is a food court), and i believe there are places around there that's just okay. but nothing compared to ny/nj area... and absolutely nothing good in center city.

Sep 04, 2008
baekster in Pennsylvania

Weekend in Philly, Need Advice on Itinerary

Lakeside deli is decent but it's somewhat hole-in-the-wall type of place, and unlike other dim sum places like Ocean Harbor, you have to know what you want/like cause they don't have the carts going around for you to look at. I would recommend beau monde (crepes and french bistro food) if you want more ambiance. I believe Amada's the place to go for tapas in center city. Are there specific cuisine you're looking for? What do you like? What do you want to try in Philly?

Dec 30, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Best Cupcake on the Main Line?

Aite. I mail-ordered a dozen Pixie Picnic cupcakes. They sound yummy...we'll see how they compare to NYC cupcakes that I'm used to. :)

Dec 14, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Birthday Cake from local bakery?

Yea, I went there this afternoon and saw that it was closed! I was like WTF? Oh, well. Got something from a bakery nearby (Coventry?). But it doesn't seem that great...I had a small piece and it was rather disappointing... sad sad..

Dec 14, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Philly Business Dinner w/Sikh diner

Please, do yourself a favor and find a better restaurant than oceanaire. The food was very disappointing when I went; and it was very overpriced.

Dec 14, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Birthday Cake from local bakery?

Thank you for the suggestion. I'll probably order from Swiss Pastry Shop. I will let you know how it was (or will be).

Dec 13, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

a good byob to try?

I didn't enjoy my visit there...well, not that I didn't enjoy it, it's just that it wasn't one of a kind experience. Pretty good food, decent decor, but nothing that exciting.

Dec 13, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Birthday Cake from local bakery?

Just to clarify, light as in the cream itself is light, not that there is a thin layer. :)

Dec 13, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Birthday Cake from local bakery?

I'm in Center City, Philadelphia. Which bakery has the best cakes? Any flavor is fine as long as it's delicious and the cream/icing is on the lighter side.

Dec 13, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Ocean Harbor Dim Sum

The places in Flushing are pretty good, too. Better parking for sure. :) I don't really know the names of the places though. I just go with my friends who live in Queens, NY.

Dec 12, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Ocean Harbor Dim Sum

China Pearl and the place across from it...although China Pearl is the place we go the most. They really got some great selections, and I love the food there.

Dec 12, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Ocean Harbor Dim Sum

On that notes, I made a mistake of trying some of the vietnamese places for dim sums (because it's more convenient to get to, with parking). What a mistake. :) Their food tasted very...stale and the taste is way off. They have some Vietnamese dim sum dishes (if they can be called dim sum), like skewered meatballs on a sugarcane...which I haven't seen before in traditional Cantonese dim sum places. Those dishes are mediocre at best; the rest, just bad. :) So stick to Chinatown for dimsum. But I guess everyone knows that, or at least assumes that anyway. The extra $10 for parking in Chinatown is totally worth it to go dim sum.

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Ocean Harbor Dim Sum

Ocean Harbor is my favorite in the city as well. But there are some dishes that they don't provide that my wife and I really like: the sea snails, mango pudding, the rectangle fried "cake" with bits of pork in it, served with oyster sauce (you can see that I'm not chinese---I actually get up and hunt around the ladies for what I like). The eggplant dish, I agree, was a little disappointing (it was special the day we went)...it looked better than it tasted, if you know what I mean. Their atmosphere and offering is very typical of large dim sum places in NYC, Flushing, or Boston; but they do have less variety of dishes than what I'm used to (which is usually ok cause I have about 6 dishes that I ALWAYS get when I go dim sum).

Lakeside, from my experience, wasn't that bad at all. It was a different dim sum experience for sure and they didn't really have the things we were looking for. But not having much expectations made me appreciate Lakeside more, I think.

Never had the gas experience at Ocean Harbor. Sounds like pretty fun though. lol.

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

we're moving - where to eat before we go?

Morimoto is worth going cause of its name and if you're an iron chef fan. Even when I wasn't living in Philly, if I were to visit Philly, I wanted to go there. It's very overpriced, of course. :) But you have to get the expensive omakase, or else it's not worth it.

I'm not sure what places are really unique to Philly.

I second Lolita for gourmet Mexican meal. I'm no expert in Mexican, but the place has some dishes I've never seen before.

Raddichio Cafe is one of my favorite places to go for Italian.

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

a good byob to try?

Audrey Claire's cute and reliable. Their "small" dishes are better than big dishes, I think. When my wife and I go we order a bunch of small dishes. Limited seating probably in the winter, when you can't sit down outside.

Twenty Manning's okay and some people love it. Personally I'm an Asian food snob so I tend to like authentic places better than fusion Asian (unless it's really interesting).

Both are owned by Audrey Claire? or something like that?

(I'm not Audrey Claire and I am not related to her in anyway). :)

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Pennsylvania

Bass Ale

I used to drink a lot of Bass before I branched out to local beers. The other day I had it on tab in a bar and it didn't taste as good as it used to. I remembered it as nuttier (slightly malty) and heartier; instead, It tasted thin and a little like bitter bud light... Perhaps, my tastebud changed, or they had a bad batch? I don't know...

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Beer

Are there any bottled conditioned US beers?

I second MVNYC's choices (Ommegang and Unibroue) I haven't seen Sierra Nevada as bottle conditioned. Is that a special edition brew?

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Beer

What are you drinking right now?

double bag is nice, isn't it?

victory storm king stout (got a case, 24, due to the weird PA beer law). Still have about 10 left... good beer, but too rich and strong to drink more than 2 in a row.

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Beer

Favorite IPAs?

Haven't been able to find 120 or 90 min. But 60 min IPA is great as well.

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Beer

beer noob tried Ommegang

:) I saw your other post; and now this. If you like Ommegang's Abbey Ale (which I think is belgian double/dubel?), then definitely try trappist ales (Belgian beer made by monks). Chimay is the best known and is probably a good/netural place to start. Watch out for the high price tags though (just think of it as you're making a donation for a good cause if that makes you feel better). :)

Also Victory Golden Monkey (from PA) is my favorite Belgian-style trippel made in the US.
Unibroue La Fin du Monde (Quebec, Canada), another Belgian-style trippel, is also very very good.

Dec 11, 2007
baekster in Beer

Fish Sauce - do you make your own or have a favorite?

I think that's what I use, too. I just grab whatever. :) making it my own would make my neighbors unite and drive me out of my apartment...

Dec 09, 2007
baekster in General Topics

What's Your Favorite Seafood Dish?!

High Quality Toro (fatty tuna belly meat) or Hamachi (yellow tail)...you probably won't be able to find it though.

I made that potatoe wrapped chilean sea bass dish I saw from Top chef (we have a julienner). It turned out pretty well, actually. The Chilean sea bass is very good fish to work with cause it's just yummy and fatty to begin with...and because the fish is so moist (read fat), it doesn't dry out as easily as others.

Steamed clam/mussel dishes are good (in white wine and shallots broth or thai style---which I prefer...look for recipes at william sonoma)...good for parties, I think with good crusty bread for people to dip the bread in.

Steamed flaky white fish (like red snapper or cod) chinese style (steamed on the serving plate then pour smoking hot peanut oil on the skin side to crisp the skin, then put down some ginger, scallions on the top, then pour light soy sauce over...pretty easy to make if you got a steamer).

Shrimp Scampi is easy but probably hard to keep not-overcooked for party/fest type of situation.

Grilled or pan seared Alaskan King Salmon. All you need is salt, pepper, and some lemon juice. It's just so good.

Dec 09, 2007
baekster in General Topics