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Panettone

Good to know. I ended up getting one at Termini Brothers. They had two brands and the lady behind the counter said she preferred Bellino so that's what I bought. It's really good; not dry at all. It's a two-pounder - for - are you ready for this? - $9!! All of them were $9. I've always paid around $25.

Perugina is the brand that a lot of people say is the best imported brand, so I ordered one of those for comparison. It wasn't $9. Haven't opened it yet.

about 5 hours ago
JunieB in Philadelphia

Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Area Board

Thanks!

Dec 15, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Food Safety in Philly Restaurants

The Dept. of Public Health says that most restaurants are inspected once a year and if a restaurant is considered "high risk" they are inspected more than once a year. But yeah, we can't know everything all the time.

However, you can get a full inspection report on any facility in the area. It states the last inspection date and a detail of the findings. Most of what I read about Lacroix seemed minor so I'm not sure why they got a 2-star rating from the City Paper.

Here's the link for searching the Health Dept. database: http://www.phila.gov/health/FoodProte...

Food Safety in Philly Restaurants

I would hope a restaurant found with dog poop on a cutting board would be shut down immediately! lol

Dec 05, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia
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Food Safety in Philly Restaurants

I agree. I think the most important thing to come of this might be that restaurants try harder when they know the public is looking at their inspections. In NY the Health Dept. puts a grade letter on the door or window of the restaurant! I know that I for one have been influenced by those letters.

http://citypaper.net/news/a-database-...

The data comes from Health Department inspections, which would have more details about infractions. That information is online as well but I haven't taken a look at it. According to this article it's hard to navigate the Health Dept. records.

Dec 05, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Food Safety in Philly Restaurants

I guess most everyone saw the article on the City Paper website announcing the data base of Philly restaurants and their "food safety" ratings. I was looking at the list of "20 popular restaurants" and noticed several 2-star ratings. Was quite surprised that Lacroix was on the 2-star list. What are we to make of these ratings - if anything?

Dec 04, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Good steak dinner -- Ambler area

I had a fantastic steak at Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill. There's downstairs seating with live jazz so if you go and prefer a quieter table I would recommend the main floor. I don't know if the rest of the food is as good as my steak but it was the best I have had since moving here last November. Have eaten at Bridget's. Thought it was so-so.

Panettone

I would definitely try those!

Nov 30, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

I try to limit myself "these days" but really, panettone shouldn't be a seasonal thing as far as I'm concerned.

Nov 30, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Have you already eaten it?! Maybe I'll have to buy two - one for immediate consumption and one for Christmas!

Nov 30, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Thanks. That sounds like the ones in MA. So happy to hear about this place.

Nov 30, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Two votes for Trader Joe's!

Nov 29, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

I was looking at the website earlier. Couldn't tell - is it a takeout place? Can you eat there? I can't wait to visit. There were a couple of Italian Markets in Western Mass. where we lived. Loved their prepared foods, imported oils, pastas, meat, etc.

Nov 29, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Hey, thanks for that tip! Willow Grove is "kind of" in my new 'hood and I never heard of Sam's. Will definitely check it out.

Nov 29, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Cool!

Nov 26, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

√ !!

Nov 26, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

That sounds interesting. If you saw them recently I would assume they've started selling them. Yes, the plural is panettoni, or panettones in English, although my browser underlines the English spelling in red :)

Nov 26, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Thanks! I've drooled over their display in Reading Terminal but never bought anything. Panettone is one of my annual indulgences and it seems fitting to go to an Italian bakery!

Nov 26, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Also good to know! Thanks.

Nov 26, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

I've never gotten them there but Trader Joe's might also be a good bet.

Nov 26, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Thanks - good to know. I'd like to find a place that has them in different sizes. I would only buy locally-made if someone highly recommended it. Otherwise, I think they need to come from Italy.

Nov 26, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Thanks - and I bet they're good! I hadn't even thought of them.

Nov 24, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Panettone

Weird request I know but does anyone have a favorite place to go in or around Philly for a great Panettone for the holidays? I've had good ones and I've had dry ones over the years. I wish I had paid more attention to brands! If I can't find a place to buy one I am going to have to mail order but I would prefer to buy locally.

Nov 24, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Dining at 1906 in Longwood Gardens

My husband and I went there last year during the holidays and I hope to go again this year. The restaurant space is a bit institutional but the food is fabulous! The most magical time I ever had at LG was in the early 90's - during Christmas with carolers dressed in Dickens period costumes and spectacularly decorated trees. It was also my first time there which added to the excitement.

Nov 24, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Glenside, again

I know. I only managed to get there once! Not fair.

Nov 16, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Glenside, again

Thanks. Yes, I discovered that the co-op is only about 10 minutes from where I live. I can never do all my shopping there because their selection is limited and somewhat inconsistent, but I do love it. I always support co-ops when I can. I also discovered Alexander's because of it and we go there about once a week. Really nice little restaurant.

Nov 15, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Brunch/lunch rec near 4th & South St.?

While we were standing in line looking at these humongous 2-feet wide cheesecakes a gentleman walked up to the counter and asked if they sold their cakes by the slice. Cracked me up. "No sir, I'm afraid you have to buy the whole thing!" lol

Nov 12, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Brunch/lunch rec near 4th & South St.?

Thanks. I'll put it on my list. We went to Brickbat Books last Saturday and decided to try Famous Fourth St. Deli. The food was delicious but everything was way too much. It would be nice if they would give you an option for "half meat" or something like that. I'm pretty sure I left more pastrami than I ate. It was very good pastrami though. And those cakes in the cases! My goodness! Everything was huge. Must be their thing - but what a waste. I guess some people get doggie bags.

Nov 12, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia

Pottstown for lunch - or anywhere nearby

My husband just discovered that there's one of those discount shopping malls somewhere near Pottstown and he wants to go there (heaven help me!). To make the excursion a little more bearable (I dislike malls) I hope someone might be able to suggest a great lunch spot somewhere in the area. I have never been to Pottstown so any information will be helpful. Thanks!

Nov 11, 2014
JunieB in Pennsylvania

Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Area Board

No, and thanks for reminding me! We eat in Chestnut Hill quite often and I keep forgetting about it. I will make it a point to go soon. Thanks for the rec.

Nov 10, 2014
JunieB in Philadelphia