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Philadelphia area artisans

I'm looking to see if I can curate a list of artisans within the area specializing in areas such as cheese, breads, salumi, spices, and distilled products( namely whiskies, liquors, and other spirits).

Jun 07, 2012
twlaz in Philadelphia

best burger in philly

Honestly, I'm all for the Village whiskey burger(had it and its good), but in all honesty, no burger(except maybe the black label burger at Minetta Tavern in NYC) is worth paying over 15$(fries, toppings, burger included...I know its priced as 11$ on the menu). Also, I took one look at Sketch burger and was immediately turned off by the fact that they sell a 'Kobe beef' burger. Would anyone be able to offer up any wisdom as to a burger joint that serves a good burger with non of this added nonsense.

Jan 27, 2012
twlaz in Philadelphia

Crack Pie Recipe

Crack pie is amazing. Get the book. Make it, add the mixed berries and eat the entire thing in an hour. Then cry over the 5 lbs you gained. Head to the gym for the week and then make the candy bar pie. Oh and by the way... here's the recipe I used for it before I got the book http://momofukufor2.com/2010/02/momof...

Jan 18, 2012
twlaz in Home Cooking

Looking for traditional Mexican taco recipes

I will be cooking for a group of friends this weekend and hope to introduce them to 'real tacos.' My original hope was to make tacos el pastor, but a few of those who I will be cooking for cannot eat pork. Instead I'm hoping to make beef or chicken tacos. I'm looking for something traditional. I have considered Tiga Poblano and Beef tongue tacos(surprisingly I introduced this to my friends and they enjoyed it!). Many thanks and feel free to post any pork recipes that are awesome, I would love to have those for the future.

Jan 18, 2012
twlaz in Home Cooking

Bourdain on Bill Maher

His new TV show titled "The Layover"?

Jul 31, 2011
twlaz in Food Media & News

Where can I find pork belly out near Collegeville

I'll have to check it out. I just decided that i'm going to make Pho Bo with the large amount of beef bones that I have sitting around. I'll Make Ramen next Tuesday.

Jul 19, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Where can I find pork belly out near Collegeville

Unfortunately no. I do regularly frequent a nearby Korean market but as of late I have not spotted any meats in their cases.

Jul 19, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Where can I find pork belly out near Collegeville

I'm making Miso Ramen with Chashu today and I need pork belly. I don't believe Wegmans has it but have heard that Whole Foods may?

Jul 19, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Best dishes Philadelphia

Foie Gras - Bibou
Roast Pork - DiNic's
Hanger steak with duck fat fries - Garces Trading Co.
dan dan noodles - Han Dynasty
40 oz prime rib - 7 stars in Chester County
BBQ chicken Pizza - allegros - university city

Jul 10, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Best dishes Philadelphia

I saw this topic in the Manhattan board and did some research on this board to find that the topic has not fueled nearly as much debate. Anyway, i'll give it the college try. Here it goes:

Post your favorite dishes in the following format: Dish - Restaurant - description of dish(if needed)

Let your taste buds run wild, Have at it!

Jul 10, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Romantic setting that won't break the bank

Just looked at il buco and she will most certainly love it. I will definitely be giving strong consideration. I'm skeptical though if the cuisine is better than my grandmother's, who is from northern Italy.

Jul 07, 2011
twlaz in Manhattan

Romantic setting that won't break the bank

Date: last week of July 27th-31st. Price range if not splurging would be $50-$100 for two. We will not be drinking alcohol.
We have already planned to have dinner one night at Momofuko ssam and possibly spotted pig/ marea. For this night i'm looking for french/ American/ possibly Spanish or Italian.

Jul 07, 2011
twlaz in Manhattan

Romantic setting that won't break the bank

I will be visiting my girlfriend in her native Manhattan for a week later this month. I'm hoping to take her out to romantic restaurant or multiple ones during my visit. The hope is to absolutely blow her away when it comes to the cuisine but also have there be a romantic element. I'm also not so certain that I want to break the bank, since i doubt she would be pleased with me spending a fortune.

I have always wanted to eat at Daniel and have been able to land a reservation. Is it worth the price of should I be the cheap man that I have always been and look for an alternative. Have at it!

Jul 06, 2011
twlaz in Manhattan

College Student Headed to Pittsburgh, Recs?

Thanks Guys for the great feedback so quickly! Of course budget will be big for me, I would also like to splurge once in awhile. I checked out Yo Rita and the tacos look great! Thats the type of place I'll make good use of in college. And also, being that i'm Italian, good Italian food is also a must. I had read about Piccolo on a blog recently and I'm eager to check it out! Also, I started this post primarily due to my distaste for the Primanti sandwich. I have had one and left disappointed after receiving a sandwich with soggy fries, soggy bread, and overly sour cole slaw . Anyway, I'm eager to also give Pamela's a try since i've heard its a Pittsburgh favorite. with that said, where in the area before mentioned can I find some great Polish, German, Traditional pub fare, and noodle soups(pho or ramen).

To Jay F, I will be a freshman, and believe me...I expect to make many a late night run to Five Guys!

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Yo Rita
1120 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203

Jun 18, 2011
twlaz in Pennsylvania

College Student Headed to Pittsburgh, Recs?

Hello everyone! I'm headed out to Pittsburgh in a couple of months to spend the next few years at U of P. I'm from Philadelphia and I'm a bit worried about not being able to have good food like I do at home. What would be some of the best places in Oakland/ downtown/ nearby neighborhoods that can offer up some great grub to a college student in great need of good food that won't break the bank? Thanks all in advance!

Jun 17, 2011
twlaz in Pennsylvania

Where to find Meyer lemons

I found this: http://norecipes.com/blog/2011/05/28/... recipe online and i'm hoping to make it this weekend. Would anyone happen to know anywhere in the KOP area that may sell meyer lemons?

Jun 02, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Bostonhound visiting Philly

I second "pacific2atlantic" you cannot go wrong with those choices. I would strongly recommend Zahav because I doubt you will find a place like it in Boston, their cuisine is truly unique. If you want true philly fare I would definitely head to Dinic's for lunch(the line will be atleast 20 minutes for lunch). I would split three sandwiches between 2 people, try the Pork, Veal Scalopini, and Sausage sandwiches. If you're interested in going the cheese steak route, just pick a joint somewhere in the city that fits your personality. It's easy to nit pick when it comes to cheese steaks(the 'best' philly cheese steak does not exist, its all based upon personal preference)

May 13, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Best Wings in Philly?

Victory's wings are moist and crispy. I suspect that they first bake them, then fry the wings for a short period of time. Their sauce is really what makes these wings awesome. Their sauce includes their own hop devil bbq sauce. I have not been able to exactly pin point the rest of their sauce but i believe it also includes blue cheese dressing, Worcestershire saucer, and a traditional hot sauce based wing sauce. Their wings have a bit of a kick but are not too spicy. I find myself traveling to downingtown bi-weekly to get a fix.

May 13, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Dinning in King of Prussia

I have found that if you're looking for good sushi in the area, Ooka out in Montgomeryville does a great job. As for traditional Japanese food besides sushi, I think i'll just have to go down into the city for that.

cwdonald, would you happen to know of anywhere in the area where I can get a good, authentic Ban Minh sandwich? Also, would you happen to know of any places that are good for Japanese Ramen/ Chinese hot pot? City included.

May 13, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Appalachian Brewing Company - Collegeville

I agree that the location may not be the best. But I have been inside the restaurant, actually this week and I must say that the place looks fantastic! Hopefully the word gets out! And just to comment more on location, I know of a few brew pups in the area with locations worse than this one that are very successful.

May 12, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Best Wings in Philly?

My favorite wings in the area would have to be served at Victory Brewing Company in Downing town.
Whats your favorite spot? And would anyone who has had wings at Victory like to challenge my claim that they are the best?

May 12, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Dinning in King of Prussia

Thank you all for the recommendations.
To 94Bravo, is L'Elephant the newly opened Thai bistro in Phoenixville where there once was a crepe shop? If so i've been wanting to check the place out and I think I will now do so.

To VTRP, I have actually been to Osteria a few times, I found their food to be good but a bit over priced. I must say that their muscles are great and that their veal piccata is also good. I have also heard good things about Taqueria La Michoacana and i'm very eager to try the Beef Tongue Tacos that you speak of! For Chinese I typically venture out to Chesterbrook to Royal Asian Cuisine(Formerly royal Mandarin). The place has great, cheap Chinese food. But i'll definitely be sure to check out Han Dynasty since it won best of philly this year.

May 12, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Dinner suggestions for Monday night

I don't know if you've heard of Flavor in Wayne, it's open on Mondays. The restaurant is a BYO(they have a bar but i still believe it is BYO). They serve good Thai food.

May 11, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Amada, Zahav or Kanella?

I have not been to Garces in the last six months since waiting was a bit of a pain but now that they take reservations, i'll surely be back soon. I would say that whether or not its a better value is based upon what you're looking for. I personally enjoy Garces for the shared meals. Amada is more of a group dinning experience. I have done the suckling pig at Amada and found it to be fantastic. But if you're not dinning in a group, Amada can become very expensive, very quickly.

May 11, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Dinning in King of Prussia

I've lived in the KOP area my entire life and i'm honestly getting pretty tired of the usual places. I know of many great places that are about 15-20 minutes away but I'm looking for some places right in my back yard! With that said, would anyone happen to know of any great Japanese, Chinese, American, French, Vietnamese, Thai, Mexican, South American/ Latin American, or Indian restaurants in the KOP, Norristown, Collegville area? Any restaurants that are actually worth frequenting often?

May 11, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Amada, Zahav or Kanella?

If price is an issue, substitute Garces Trading Co. for Amada. Amada is great but over the last few years it has become a little over rated. If you visit Garces Trading Co.(Also done by Chef Garces) you will find the atmosphere to be fantastic. Although the wait will be long, you can spend time strolling around old city as well as tasting meets, cheeses, wine, and many other specialties at the market. Each day they also serve specials. My favorite would have to be on Saturdays when they do the hanger steak. You can definitely have a great meal for under $50 at Garces Trading Co.

May 11, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia

Pineapple Upside Down Cake?

If you'd like to be a little adventurous, Cheese Cake factory makes a fantastic pineapple upside down cheese cake! I know it may not seem like the best option for a foodie, but it's great.

May 11, 2011
twlaz in Philadelphia