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HELP in Moorestown-Mt Laurel NJ area

Well, Collingswood is not that far away by car, and Zeppolis
is about the best echt Italian food in the entire Delaware Valley. (Sicilian)

Caveat: it is tiny and noisy; possible to eat outside in front
of the small restaurant. Food divine, not expensive for the
quality. Informal, friendly.

Have Zeppoli (fresh made Italian donuts) for dessert along'
with other fab desserts to share . something to love for
everyone. Worth the trip. Rez a must; closed on Tuesdays,
eat EARLY, 5pm the best.

about 9 hours ago
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Zeppolis Did it Again

A friend finally took me up on dinner here. We were lucky re the noise; it wasn't totally full, and noise level was ok.

Food exceeded expectations. Again. We shared a wonderful grilled
shrimp and white bean appetizer; split our small pasta courses--my friend raved over her feather light, wonderfully seasoned gnocci; while I adored my pesto that included pistachio nuts;
we shared a duck dish with pomograntate and finocchio that was over the moon, but shared two desserts: the intense chocolate torte with custard, and the zeppoli, which were wonderful, as I had told her they would be. Excellent decaf coffee; wonderful
accomodating service; delightful meal for approx. $50 each.
I could have had appetite for a separate appetizer and a separate
main, but the quantities were perfect for my friend, and quite
adequate and more sensible the way we did it.

We'll be back; it was a magical evening after a tough week for
each of us. Sicily approximation, not far from the bridge.
Echt Italian.

Tongue, in all its variations...

OMG, cwmcdonald, way too many ingredients at ABe Fisher:
poor tongue would be drowned in maple syrup' influence.
I like mine 'straight up". Amusing, thanks.

Jun 17, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Tongue, in all its variations...

I fogot about the tongue tacos; will look for.

But, my true favorite that I ommited by accident is
buffalo tongue. Amazing! Haven't had it in ages,
so I guess I gave up...

Jun 16, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Tongue, in all its variations...

Smoked tongue was commonplace in my childhood, but other than
a rare tongue sandwhich in a place like the lunch place right near
Bryn Mawr Bank on Bryn Mawr Ave, I have not found a place for smoked tongue anywhere lately. Suggestions?

The best place to buy veal tongue at a reasonable price is the
ShopRite in Cherry Hill. I often buy two: one for me; one to cook for a friend and neighbor. Less waste, very delicate and tender. A treat.

Kensington Quarters was strangely unwilling to smoke a fresh tongue for me, even though I was willing to pay extra for the smoking.

Jun 16, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Elk steaks, roast goose... maybe coming our way

I'd like to see Kosher bison coming our way.
Truly healthy, tasty and good. This used to
be available; my favorite was smoked tongue, but alas...

Jun 16, 2015
Bashful3 in Kosher

American food in philly

Congratulations to you! Yours is a tough question. City Tavern is an interesting concept, but to me, born here, I am so aware of regional American cooking: Southern food very diffent from Northern; Barbecue in many different styles. So called "Continental cuisine"--influenced by other cultures. This is not an answer to your serious question,
but there's nothing more American than hot dogs at the ball park,
or Chinese food on a Sunday or Thanksgiving or Christmas.

I guess the most typically American meal would be Thanksgiving turkey dinner, with stuffing, sweet potatos, or potato casserole,
green beans, with pie for dessert--yeah, pumpkin pie.

Jun 16, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Cold Sesame Noodles in Phila China Town

To Amischow: the recipe you show is close, but not the same
as mine. Main difference is cayenne pepper. My recipe used
garlic chili sauce, which is readily available in Chinese grocery

Jun 12, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Cold Sesame Noodles in Phila China Town

Interesting. I make my own, from a recipe in the NYT 60 min.
cookbook, and they are wonderful plus easy. No, I've never
had them 1/2 as good in a restaurant.

Jun 12, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Shake Shack: JFK Airport

Slim pickings in airports; I was hungry; had never been to a Shake
Shack, but it looked the best choice around. Ordered a double
burger, medium rare, with all sorts of fixins, but didn't order sauce which would have made it even better. Also ordered a half
and half lemonade/tea and a brownie.

Have to say the burger was the best 'fast food' burger I've tried--meat had good texture, and tasted like meat. Even the brownie was good. Not a bad meal for a hungry traveler in an airport, at $14.99, including tax.

Jun 05, 2015
Bashful3 in Chains

Quebec Airport Suggestons

Goofy question I know, but is there anyplace where I could
get my last lobster roll before my plane connection Wednesday?

Or is that not a good idea? Anyway, what's the best place
to have lunch in the airport?

(I've been on a Pearl Seas Canadian Martimes Cruise, and
have gotten spoiled with wonderful seafood.)

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
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

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

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

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
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

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
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

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