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Restaurant recommendations - Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos

Thank you so much! This is exactly what I was hoping for.

I've been active on the Southern New England and Boston boards for several years. Recently moved to Philadelphia. I know what you mean about giving out the same info all the time. The best way I have found to keep from doing that is to search for my user name in the search box on a particular board. It turns up all the conversations I've been part of. Then I just pick the most relevant conversation and copy and paste the url into the new discussion. Saves a lot of time.

Thanks again! Can't wait to get back to the desert!

Mar 02, 2015
JunieB in Southwest
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Restaurant recommendations - Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos

Thanks. That's very helpful. I don't think I needed to mention vegetarian because, like you, I think most restaurants these days offer vegetarian options.

Mar 02, 2015
JunieB in Southwest

Restaurant recommendations - Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos

Thanks. I'm surprised there is not more talk of good food in the Southwest, but this gives me somewhere to start.

Mar 02, 2015
JunieB in Southwest

Restaurant recommendations - Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos

Thanks!

Mar 02, 2015
JunieB in Southwest

Restaurant recommendations - Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos

Thanks. I tried that but the threads I came up with were old. Do you have a particular thread in mind?

Mar 02, 2015
JunieB in Southwest

Restaurant recommendations - Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos

Will be traveling in March. Upscale food okay but also looking for the best regional food and burritos! Vegetarian is a plus but not a requirement. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

Mar 01, 2015
JunieB in Southwest

Has anyone tried Cal's Wood Fired Grill & Bar in West Springfield, MA?

Yes. Is it still there? lol

Feb 27, 2015
JunieB in Southern New England

Has anyone tried Cal's Wood Fired Grill & Bar in West Springfield, MA?

That's too bad. You would think they would try to make the most of their wood fired oven.

Feb 22, 2015
JunieB in Southern New England

Beard Semifinalists

I think there are food trucks worthy of a Beard award!

Feb 18, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Beard Semifinalists

Philly has several contenders - but not in the service category *_*
Congratulations to Karen Akunowicz @Myers + Chang and Barry Maiden @Hungry Mother in Boston/Cambridge. Love those two places!

http://www.jamesbeard.org/blog/2015-r...

Feb 18, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Jenkintown - Flora and Forcella

I really don't know, and I don't know when Hosey cooked there. I don't think he joined Vargas directly from Mica. I've only eaten at Mica once and I wasn't impressed enough to go back.

Feb 05, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Jenkintown - Flora and Forcella

I highly recommend Argana Tree. It's a BYOB. Lucky to have them so nearby. I've liked everything I've had on their menu except the kefta, but that probably says more about me than them. Their spicy bolognese is good and spicy, kebabs are great, tagines are great. Here are a couple of pics.

Feb 05, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Jenkintown - Flora and Forcella

I've seen the storefront but had no idea they were connected to Leila's. I don't think they did much in the way of advertising. Glad to hear you liked it.

I assume you've been to Argana Tree in Jenkintown? What do you think of it?
I'm not crazy about the owner but I've enjoyed the food there.

I hope Guild Hall will be a nice addition. Do you know anything about them?

Feb 05, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Jenkintown - Flora and Forcella

Evidently I have not been paying attention to my own backyard! Just found out yesterday that Jose Vargas, who is the chef/owner of Leila's Bistro, is hiring a new chef there (Max Hosey - used to cook at Mica) and Vargas will take over cooking at his new place in Glenside - Robert's Block.

Maybe even more importantly I learned that he owns two other restaurants in Jenkintown - Flora (vegetarian), and Forcella (Italian).

Leila's Bistro was the first place we ate when we moved here and we love it. The menu at Flora looks amazing.

I would love to hear from anyone who has eaten at Flora or Forcella. I've been under the weather but hope to get out and try them soon. I don't think Robert's Block has opened yet but should be opening soon.

Feb 05, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Juniper Commons

Yeah, Thurston Moore and Byron Coley always get riled up when I say 80's music sucked. Of course Thurston has a right to be defensive. lol

Jan 26, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Me too.

Jan 24, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

I couldn't pass up an opportunity to post a Yelp review:

"I like totally love Juniper Commons. First of all, I already love everything 80s, so clearly this place was for me. The playlist was totally rad. The wood paneling. Everything.

And this vegan was easily accommodated. The "salad bar" was amazing (pic) & the dressing was phenomenal. The rest of my meal was a variety of sides, & I LOVE a variety of sides. I had the root vegetables, the baked potato, & the Brussels sprouts. All delicious. I wanted to lick the plate that the root vegetables came in, but I try to avoid doing that in public.

Also, their homemade wine coolers. LOL wine coolers. I totally got drunk on wine coolers back in the 80s. And I totally got drunk on wine coolers tonight. I had 2. 2! And I'm like totally writing this review while drunk on wine coolers. That's how dedicated I am to yelp.

OH! And our server--I don't remember his name, but he was wearing Ray-Bans & he said his sister is vegan. He was rad. I'm a big fan.

You should like totally go here."

Juniper Commons

Yes, I don't think they treated this lightly. It's a huge investment.

Jan 23, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Thanks for the review!

Jan 23, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Beats me! I would have a hard time coming up with an 80's menu. Thank goodness I didn't have to.

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

I think what people dined on in the 80's depended on where one was living at the time. I lived mostly in St. Louis and Ann Arbor so my diet had lots of italian (STL), burgers and beer (A2) in it. This is from the NYT article:

"What exactly is ’80s food? “That’s really hard to pinpoint,” said Mr. Sbraga, who turns 36 this month. But as they developed the concept, he and Mr. Fileccia, who is 42, began to burrow into the comfort grub that dominated their memories of mid-Atlantic boyhood: peel-and-eat shrimp, baked potatoes heaped with butter and sour cream, crimson slabs of prime rib, buttery ribbons of fettuccine Alfredo, garlicky Caesar salad tossed tableside in a wide wooden bowl. A journey to a place called the Pub, in Pennsauken, N.J., sealed the deal."

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Amusing indeed and now we at least have some second hand information! Looking forward to hearing your first hand thoughts.

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Could very well be the case. Time will tell.

Funny that you mention fettuccine alfredo. I just moved here from Western Massachusetts and there was a little hole-in-the wall Italian joint that made the best fettuccine alfredo I had had in years. Although it's a simple dish my experience has been that restaurants have a really hard time doing it well. This one was so addictive that it was all I could do not to order it every time I went there. Simply perfection, each and every time. I can make pretty good fettuccine alfredo myself (I usually use Marcella Hazan's husband's recipe) but my husband doesn't like cream sauces so I never make it just for me.

Western Mass. (the area where I lived) was farm country and food prices were a tad better than Boston or NY but at this little hole-in the-wall I happily paid $16 for their fettuccine alfredo. If I found a REALLY good fettuccine alfredo around here for $20 I'd probably pay it.

On the other hand I thought there were more interesting options on the menu at Juniper Commons, but I may never know because of the 80's music!

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Top Picks for a Sunday thru Tuesday visit in March: Where to Eat?

If you're on a budget, I would still suggest picking at least one high end restaurant from the list you have and splurge. That might be a good question but it will get lots of answers - "If you could pick one high end restaurant in Philly, what would it be?!"

For less expensive fare there are a ton of places to choose from. You'll probably get a lot of recs so here are a few that don't get a lot of mention but are good places with good prices.

Rangoon, a sweet little Burmese restaurant. Good food, small plates, great price. http://www.rangoonrestaurant.com/

My husband and I have been eating at Alyan's for years. It's a little hole-in-the wall Middle Eastern place. Good food and great prices. I don't think they have a website. http://www.zagat.com/r/alyans-restaur...

Sabrina's is a great breakfast/lunch spot. A couple of different locations. If you're going to the Barnes by any chance, there's one near there.
http://sabrinascafe.com/

Jim's Steaks or Reading Terminal (Carmen's or Spataro) for a cheesesteak which is a MUST if you're coming to Philly! You will get lots of opinions on where to get the best cheesesteak!
http://www.jimssouthstreet.com/
http://readingterminalmarket.org/merc...
http://www.readingterminalmarket.org/...

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Juniper Commons

Thought of your comments today when I read this article. For me it's all about how good the food is. I don't care if it's a hot dog, filet mignon, or some fancy dish with foam - if it's good I'll be back. For my own cooking I've adopted Alice Waters' approach to food - simple dishes prepared well. Maybe that's my age speaking!

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/201...

Jan 22, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

I don't care for the website either but you can get to the full menu in 2 clicks. Click on the "food" icon top left and then click "download printable menu" at the bottom of the dialogue box. It isn't ideal. I hate it when restaurants make you view their menu by course.

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

How is Jones?

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Haha. Not only loud, but 80's music! I'm imagining Metallica, Van Halen, Queen, AC/DC, Kiss........thanks, but no thanks.

I did see this today though. Some interesting stuff - not the Cheesecake Factory. lol

http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Juniper Commons

Just read about this restaurant. The food sounds great. I like the idea of a personal salad bar. Just not sure I could stand the music. lol

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/21/din...

Jan 21, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia

Restaurant Bucket List

Here's a great conversation from 2013/2014...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9270...

Jan 19, 2015
JunieB in Philadelphia