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Rangoon: What is Great for a Novice to Order?

I am so glad I asked this question! And, so glad I was
not comfortable going out into the total unknown.

Keep it coming, with accent on the not-so-spicy,
as I can't handle much in that department.

My friend might not be up for this, but I'm still glad
I asked, as I do have adventurous friends who would be.

May 16, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Rangoon: What is Great for a Novice to Order?

Have to admit; not a clue about Burmese food, and the difference
between that and Chinese Food. If I had some tips on what to
order, I might be interested in trying that next Wed, assuming
my friend is adventurous also.

I'm adventurous, but I like to have some idea before I set out
what the winners are on a menu.

May 16, 2015
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Weekday Lunch: Parking and Quiet Necessary

The menu choices and ambiance of A.Kitchen sound like what I
was looking for. Maybe I'll walk over slowly, and take a cab
back, unless you can come up with something comparable that does
have parking. How about across the river, in Collingswood or
HAddonfield? Or Bala area maybe? (Can't be Fuji, because I'm already having lunch there on Tuesday)

May 15, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Weekday Lunch: Parking and Quiet Necessary

A.Kitchen sounds great, but it's really more than I want
to walk; the parking is really important for my comfort,
the quiet necessary for the conversation.

Any other suggestions?

May 14, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Weekday Lunch: Parking and Quiet Necessary

My usual issues. Looking for a special quiet lunch spot--open
to all suggestions, but easy parking is a must unless it is close
to Market, between 20th and City Hall. The problem with those places is that they tend to be crowded and noisy at lunch.

Like Matyson. Love it, but too noisy for quiet peaceful conversation.

Don't really want valet parking either. Nearby N. J. would be fine.

May 14, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Corn Dogs: Serious Question

Wow- the folks who make a tasty corn dog went out of business!
Thank you Leiblermom for valuable information. I got side tracked
from tracking S'Better down; but sure am glad I didn't buy my daughter a deep fryer for this purpose.

Now I'll try to track down Zoglo in the future. Said picky eater
can use any addition to his limited repertoire of food, even an
ersatz hot dog!

May 13, 2015
Bashful3 in Kosher

The Tavern: Where We Lunched//Fussy Eaters all Pleased

It was just right. I reserved the large oval table for 9 in front of the fireplace, which was probably one of the quietest tables in the room. Nice service; great choices for the picky. We arrived before 12; didn't leave until close to 3pm, did not feel rushed,t was the right choice for such a disparate group of friends with very different tastes in food.

Thanks, CH's; I might not have thought of The Tavern without your
help. Plenty of parking, reasonable prices for the quality, extensive menu. They must be doing a lot right: every table was
filled, mixture of seniors, families with young children, younger
couples.

Not 'high gourmet', but a good choice for a large group to have
a good time.

May 08, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Corn Dogs: Serious Question

LOL Mike. He doesn't have a healthy or balanced diet now.
As I said, he is picky. His Mother would like to expand
his very small repertoire of foods to anything new he would like,
including meat.

Great suggestions, about the frying pan with 1/2 oil and S'Better.

Oh, I forgot, Mr. Picky will also eat certain brands of Frozen
Fish Sticks, but not all!

May 07, 2015
Bashful3 in Kosher

Corn Dogs: Serious Question

No, he doesn't eat any other meat. That's why we're willing
to go to a lot of trouble to let him enjoy some, and who knows what
it would lead to? Queenscook, if you can locate the brand of the fleishig corn dogs you thought were good quality, that would be so helpful.

May 07, 2015
Bashful3 in Kosher

Corn Dogs: Serious Question

One of my grandsons does not eat meat. He isn't a vegetarian
for ethical reasons, he is just very picky about food.
But, he likes corn dogs.

Does anyone use a home fryer to make small foods like corn dogs
regularly? Pros and Cons, including brand names please.

Or, has anyone found a frozen or fresh Kosher corn dog product
that they are pleased with?

All suggestions welcome.

Granny in Philly

May 07, 2015
Bashful3 in Kosher

Lunch now, not dinner...

Oh dear. Starting over. Date and time now changed to lunch
on Friday, May 8. But, the original ingredients remain:
quiet a must; parking convenient and close also a must.

There are picky eaters in the group; I'm the only Chowhound,
but I really would like good food and a nice atmosphere.
Suggestions please? Upscale is fine, but must be quiet at
lunchtime...

Apr 21, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Dinner, May 6, for 10-12 Suggestions?

Tight specifications here. Must have parking nearby, must be quiet enough for easy conversation. Some of the group are picky
eaters. I had a trial lunch at Paradiso Friday, that I truly enjoyed, but feel the menu is too adventuresome and too fishy for my finicky guests.

We will be leaving from Bala as a group, so suburban location would be fine. I'm the only Chowhound in the group, but I do want
to pick a nice place.

Apr 19, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Fond Tonight

Your comment got me thinking, Arepo. I don't think restaurants "opt" for loud. I think it's an unfortunate consequence of maximizing tables in a relatively small space coupled with success.
Great food brings large crowds. What is needed is unusual acoustic treatments at the onset of a new restaurant to have the most effective sound deadening materials built into the construction. And, for an already existing restaurant in an older building, well, again, there is a challenge for sound engineers.

But, in the meantime, we who are noise aversant will have to rely
upon the tips of others.

Feb 24, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Fond Tonight

OUr search for 'open on a MOnday' led us to Fond. On my list
to try for quite a while. For me the best omen was difficulty in deciding on an appetizer and a main--so many intriguing choices.
When our talented waitress offered a few suggestions the dishes
she mentioned leaped ahead of the some of the others, but in the end I stuck with my first choices and was rewarded.

The grilled sweetbreads with preserved sunchoke, almond and puffed grains were over the moon good. The surprise was what wasn't mentioned: agridolce sauce that held it all together; the other surprise were the delish little black specks that must have been
the puffed grains. Best sweetbreads I've even eaten, and a generous portion for an appetizer. My main was also perfection:

branzino 'en croute' with clams, artichokes crispy rice cakes and spiced tamarind sauce. Disparate ingredients, but they held together and brought enjoyable character to the delicate fish.
Sweet desserts did not grab me, and the cheese plate on slate while
attractively presented with almonds, fancy bread and a lovely preserve fell flat in the sense that the local cheeses featured couldn't hold a candle to French cheeses. Next time I'll opt for the lemon tart, but ask them to hold the licorice.

Decaf cappuccino perfect, as was the gracious unobtrusive service.
Quite a meal for $60, but next time I'd go for the tasting menu at $75. with one more course, and almost full choice off the regular menu. A tip: try for the quietest table in the house: in the front
window. There was a floorboard heater; it was a little chilly,
but not a bad trade for the privacy and peaceful sound level.

A lovely evening, and I look forward to coming back.

Omikase Dinner: Fuji

What a coincidence, delucca. Wish I'd known. Yes, that warm dish with the yazu sauce was for us, and it was wonderful. I thought it was mackerel, but I could have been wrong.

Feb 18, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Omikase Dinner: Fuji

We chose to sit at a table, more comfortable to talk face to face.
There were only two of us, so yes, we all had the same dishes.
Matt knows which dishes I can't eat, likewise my friend, but basically we like everything.

It was good to see such a large crowd last night. sushi bar was full, and a lot of the tables/booths were also, including several
families with young children.

Feb 18, 2015
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Omikase Dinner: Fuji

Usually my friend and I do lunch here, but this was a special treat. Before I describe, here's a question: where else can one
sit down, for either lunch or dinner, without ordering, and know
you will be delighted every time? That is our experience at Fuji,
for both lunch at dinner.

With that said, each surprise was small enough so that 7 or so courses did not over-stuff. First was exquisite: rich broth, filled with eggy custard, duck fois gras, mushrooms, served in tiny
covered cup. Next was a salad accompanied by two tiny bites of
lobster egg roll. Warm Japanese mackerel presentation over the top. This meal would have been lacking without a plate of superb sushi,and we were not disappointed. Hot main was a small piece (thank goodness) of Chilean sea bass sprinkled with oven dried garlic, accompanied by veggies. Dessert again over the top, but irresistible: molten chocolate lava, with the tastiest morsels of fresh fruit. Would you believe $60 for this feast, charmingly described by young servers?

Blissed out, driving home happy, got pulled over by Haddonfield
policeman. (For driving too slowly!) Had to laugh.

Feb 18, 2015
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Zeppolis, Collingswood: The Whole Truth

Socci, you made a valid comment: the menu on paper doesn't totally
grab one. It's what they do with it that makes Zeppoli so special.
I was even wowed by the zeppoli when we shared that with cannoli:
why? Because I know it had to have been freshly made upon our ordering it. Warm freshly made donuts? Irresistible.

Feb 12, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Amazon Prime Food Delivery

My first. Very pleased with delivery window (5 minutes into the start of the window I chose). very pleased with the delivery men; they asked me whether I wanted to remove the food from the totes or to store the totes until the next delivery. For sure, I was
glad to remove the food. They did it for me, very patiently.
All my food was in strong plastic bags, which will be useful to me.

The company does not incur the cost of all those clean large cartons Fresh Direct uses. That helps them keep their prices down.

Now, two problem areas. There was no receipt of what I had ordered included in the delivery, although I got it via email the day before. However, both included 2 pounds of bananas, which for sure, I never ordered any bananas! I wrote to them, expecting a credit, even though the price for what looks like 15-16 bananas was only $1.96!

I hate waste and have no idea what I'm going to do with all those
bananas. And, unlike my daughter, I am NOT going to make banana bread...

Feb 07, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Amazon Fresh in Philly?

HI all. I did order from Amazon Fresh a few days ago, and will get delivery tomorrow morning between 7 and 8am, which works for me. The prices were definitely much better than Fresh Direct's pricing, and there was more general availability of products I like, but this fee for delivery issue is the clincher for me.
I stopped ordering regularly from Fresh Direct once my 6 month trial ran out. I just can't see it with a hefty delivery fee on
top of a tip, which the drivers richly deserve.

I have a Costco membership, and while the drive is no big deal for me, lugging the food in and out of my car alone is a killer.
I am going to have to pay more to have paper goods delivered; it will be a long time before I go to Costco again, and when I do,
I think I will have to pay a helper to come with me and do both ends of the lugging. In the Winter, the home delivery service is
great. with that said, I have a wonderful market right in my building that keeps me happy without any lugging.

I really loved Costco, especially the meat and produce quality.
Just can't manage it alone.

Feb 06, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Matyson for LUnch Today

Paradiso was lovely: I had left a message for a rez today, and
they called me to back to apologize that they were closed for a special event. Classy; I'll try it again soon.

So, we took our condo bus to Matyson. I'd been there years ago,
but was still wowed by the class act of the service, value and the quality of the food. Yes, it was noisy, even at lunch, but easily ignored.

Beet soup (hot), no resemblance to borscht was memorable. CAn't even describe it, but I sure would order it for myself if I saw that on the menu again. My female friend had the same tastes in food, and we shared everything! Intensely flavored, subtlety seasoned. A classic. Mussels were also different from any I'd had before: plump, many many, in a blush sauce, with pieces of
chorizo to give it an unexpected texture contrast. We also shared
salmon on some kind of beans: the salmon was perfect, had some skin on it, but the beans stole the show. I have no idea what
seasoned those beans, but they were YUM. Dessert of a chocolate mousse brought gasps of delight from the 3 of us, and did not disappoint. We also shared a scoop of pistachio ice cream and
one of huckleberry sorbet. Quite a meal.

Choices seats in the house, but maybe chilly in winter, were the 4
in front of a bar at the front window. Had to have been the quietest seats in the house.

Sail on Matyson: nothing jaded there. My DC friends were delighted, so it was a great choice.

Help: lunch today: Paradiso vs Matyson

Menu looks is more appealing at Paradiso. But, it doesn't get much love around here; is it ok?

Where can I park if we decide to go there? Is there a lot nearby
other than on street parking?

Paradiso is large as I remember; at lunchtime I assume it would be quiet.

Feb 06, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Amazon Fresh in Philly?

HI Laura. I've been ordering, selectively, from Fresh Direct, and am
not aware of a subscription fee, other than a charge for 'free' delivery, which was a 1C special for 6 months. But, they keep enticing customers to have a free delivery under certain conditions
like last minitish.

But, I'm glad you wrote about Amazon Fresh, as I would certainly try it. My issue is lugging into and out of the car: it is a pain, especially in the winter, and I'm happy to pay somewhat more
to have excellent delivery service.

Maybe Philly is different from Ardmore?

Jan 29, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

U Penn area takeout

Haven't worked there in ages, but the trucks have pretty good food,
and take out would not be a problem, so your husband could try any truck's food that might interest you, and see how you like it.

Tee hee. I don't think they have trucks in New Hope streets, but
on the Penn?Drexel campus they are all over the place.
Every kind of ethnic you could think of, plus Veggie plus plain American.

Jan 29, 2015
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Kensington Quarters

Rats. I spoke to someone sounding like the boss who told me they
could not smoke a tongue for me, even on order. I'll have to settle
for a raw tongue. good, but not as good.

Jan 27, 2015
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Me Again: Quiet Lunch on a Saturday, must have parking or be very close to Market St.

I would really like Fork, but lunch pricing is too high for my comfort
level with my out of town friends treating me. Any other suggestions please?

This is on a Saturday in Feb BTW.

Jan 27, 2015
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Me Again: Quiet Lunch on a Saturday, must have parking or be very close to Market St.

Out of town friends taking me out to lunch. Not adventuresome--Italian, French, American best. Me, I love trying new places,
but Quiet at lunchtime is a must. Would rather drive somewhere
and park nearby, just so long as it's quiet and good.

What's new out there?

Is Zeppoli open for lunch? I liked it a lot, but it sure was noisy
at dinner. Across the river would be fine, if quiet and with nearby
parking.

Jan 26, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Kensington Quarters

You beat me to it, Gina, but I didn't know about this until reading the Craig LeBan article in today's Inky. I was going out to NE PHilly, but made an earlier trip there, as it was on my way, more
or less. I was enchanted by the butcher shop!!!! I was drooling
over what I saw in the case: ground lamb especially that looked marvelous, but what excited me most was placing an order for a smoked beef tongue. I like fresh tongue, but I like smoked tongue even more. I'd be willing to wait for that treat until they can smoke one for me.

As for the location, I did not consider that a detraction. There is
a municipal parking lot next door, and I slid right into a handicap parking spot. My friends are not as adventurous as I am,but I plan to visit the restaurant also some day. I have two
friends who might join me some day.

It was very busy at the meat counter while I was there. The word
has gotten around. There is a market for what they are selling.

One sight grossed me out a tad: a whole goat head, for making soup!

Jan 25, 2015
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Great Food, Quiet for an Early Dinner: Bala Cynwyd area, not cc; must have parking

Special occasion; my treat, I have no clue what's great in the general Bala area. Will be an early dinner; my guests have some varied food issues: one non-fish eater, one non-meat eater who does like fish, several serious meat eaters; 3 foodies in this group, including me.

All suggestions welcome. Looking for 'special', but ample parking is
a must, as well as relatively quiet. But, for an early dinner (5ish)
that should not be an issue. Probably a weekday, but not set in stone.

((We;ll have a about 3 cars; can travel in suburbs, but hopefully not too far.))

Jan 23, 2015
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Looking for Japanese restaurant w/Japanese staff

Seconding Fuji in Haddonfield. it's the best also.
Matt Ito, the owner, isn't that old! His son Jesse may or may
not be fluent in Japanese, but his wife certainly is.

You will not regret this. Closed Mondays.

Jan 21, 2015
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