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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.

1 day ago
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

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.

1 day ago
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

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.

2 days ago
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
Bashful3 in Philadelphia
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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
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

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
Bashful3 in Philadelphia
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Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

So, we went to Little Nonna's, and aside from a slightly high sound
level, it was an excellent choice. Shaved Brussels sprout salad
on the $20 pre fixe lunch was outstanding; Nonna's meat balls with polenta was good, but too much for me to finish, and the cannoli for dessert was the perfect ending. One friend ordered a shellfish with white beans melange for $12 and I had the envies.
Parking probably quiet expensive, but very convenient right across the
street. Did not see any street parking. Friendly service; not crowded at 1pm for a later lunch.

Quiet, Lunch, Center City or Nearby Parkiing

Out of town friends want me to pick; no Asian, mid-scale/upscale
ok, Italian maybe, but ability to talk easily is a must.

Whatcha got? wish I were more familiar with Philly lunch scene.

Jan 14, 2015
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Nice Quiet Lunch on Feb. 7

Le Cheri sounds great, but a tad too upscale given that I am being treated by out of town friends. And, one of them is picky about food, so I'd like to narrow the choices between
French, Italian and Continental/American. No seafood either.

Fancy brunch on a Sat. might be fine, as long as it is quiet.

Dec 13, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Speaking of Pancakes: Johnnycakes anywhere in PHilly area?

Yeah, I know. A Rhode Island specialty. I've not had
much luck making these white corn pancakes, but is there
anywhere nearby where they make these? Seriously good
every time I've had them in RI.

Dec 12, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

That Old Reliable: Chun Hing

On the way home from an appointment, City AVe, 5:30pm, what
the heck. Drove to Chun Hing, and ordered three of my favorites: pork, turnip and string bean soup, 4 fried
dumplings, shrimp shing tau style with watercress.

don't know how they maintain that consistency: I've had those
three dishes from time to time over the last 40 years at least,
and the quality never varies. Huge shrimp, cooked just enough; sauce fantastic. Almost too much to eat for $24 total, but I managed.

Eating early it was even quiet and peaceful.

Dec 12, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Nice Quiet Lunch on Feb. 7

Planning ahead for a change. Requisites for me would be
fairly quiet, so we can talk. Almost any kind of food,
but either downtown close to Market Street, short walk,or
anywhere where parking is close by like Passyunk, Chinatown, near
suburbs.

Any ethnic or Continental, Seafood,etc but not Mexican/Indian.

I guess Saturday is problematic for some places, but quiet is a must. Anyplace new, that might not be on my radar?

Dec 12, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Best $12 Meal in a While

Lunchtime, at San Kee Duck House, Wynnwood. Usually order a Bento
Box lunch, but felt like a change. Remembered simple plate of
roast pork + roast duck, white rice and vegetable dish I used
to like at original San Kee Duck House in Chinatown.

For $12, a generous yummy plate + tea + tasty crispy pickled
vegetables was a most satisfying lunch. POrk was very good,
but large portion of duck was outstanding.

Dec 02, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia
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Sansom St. Oyster House

I did leave out one tiny complaint. I ordered too much: NE
clam chowder. Recipe was different from the one I remembered,
and while not in a bad way, not in a good way either. Very rich,very bacony, fewer clams, tiny chopped, not the flavor punch
I was expecting. And, everything chopped small. Next time I'm sticking to the raw oysters and clams, plus those irresistible fried Ipswich clams. I would not
order them anywhere else. But, the dinner 'small plate' was not small, and well worth the $15.

Nov 12, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia
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Sansom St. Oyster House

Played in a bridge match all day; didn't feel like cooking at all, so I hopped a 4:30pm bus to the Sansom St. Oyster House
where 'happy hour' was just getting started.

Didn't need any drinks to make me happy: the James River Oysters and Cherrystone clams at $1/ each made me plenty happy. And,
a generous platter of fried Ispwich clams were the icing on the cake for $15--far more generous on the clams than the clam roll
I enjoyed last week for $14.

Large congenial crowd there; all seats taken when I left at 5:45pm.

Aldine

Great location; sounds interesting, but I am afraid I know
the answer to this question, but will ask you agozoic, as
you have been there.

It's on the second floor; is there an elevator?
The last time I climbed a flight of stairs for a restaurant
it was for a production by xxxxxx (memory loss), a fabulous chef
who did small dinners for happy people in West Philly.

Nov 02, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

New to Philly and I need awesome food in my life and belly!!

Here's outstanding Japanese that hasn't been mentioned yet.
And, a bargain price wise, for the quality. Get in a car,
and drive to Haddonfield, for Fuji. Worth the trip, if
you appreciate the finest in Japanese cuisine. Even my husband
the non-fish eater loved their tempura and other selections.

Illicit indulgences

NOt sure what makes it illicit, but mine would be pre-ordering
huge oysters from Taste Queen in the Northeast, and having them
steamed with black bean sauce and scallions. I mean, to die for.

Oct 30, 2014
Bashful3 in General Topics
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Epoisses in the Witness Protection Program...

I have a hunch it's the ziplock that led to so much
gas coming off it--ie, trapping the gas. What I would do, if it smelled more powerful than usual is have a tiny taste. If it's off, it won't kill you. If it isn't off, it is heavenly.

What is interesting is that Whole Foods will not even sell
it to you, if it is one day past the sell by date. According to Delucacheesemonger, it would be at its best at that point. And, I believe him.

Oct 21, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Better than expected Chinese Food: NE Philly Taste Queen

I usually pre order exotic ingredients like huge oysters to be steamed, or lobster, but tonight I had to run an errand in NE
Philly, and felt Taste Queen in Krewstown shopping center was as good a choice as any.

And, ordering from the regular menu was great.EVery dish was tasty, and different from similar dishes in other restaurants.
Baby clams in black bean sauce was truly unusual, an appetizer my friend enjoyed sharing. Lamb with veggies was solid, and
shrimp and scallops was outstanding--huge shrimp, perfectly cooked, nice texture and taste on the scallops, good saucing.

Nice decor, spotlessly clean, friendly service and management.
They remembered me, but I hadn't been there in a couple of years.
Gonna be my 'go to' place for Chinese food in the NE.

Oct 09, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Glatt Kosher Catering in Philadelphia?

Wow. Comprehensive, cw.

Now, my question remains: who has used a Glatt Kosher catering
service, and what was your satisfaction level?

I will start exploring menus and prices with some of the ones
with sufficiently high levels of supervision.

Oct 05, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Glatt Kosher Catering in Philadelphia?

Yes, I posted this on the Kosher Board, but know that many CH's
who read this board might have an answer to this question. This would be a lunchtime buffet; guest size undetermined, but could be as high as 100.

Has anyone used the new Citron & Rose catering service?
Has anyone used Mama's Vegetarian on a catering basis? (food delish, but not a varied menu, and not sure how well this would keep)
What other firm can you think of? Event would be soon, on a Sunday.

Oct 04, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Glatt Kosher Caterer in Philadelphia

Need help with this rapidly, for a memorial service
on Sunday, Oct 26. I hope to have this where I live,
in a large hall, but the food has to be appealing
to Gentiles as well as Orthodox observant Jews.

Time would be lunch; dairy I imagine. Not sure the size
of the crowd, but not small--maybe up to 100.

Which caterers can you suggest? Any recent experience with
Citron & Rose? Has anyone used Mama's Vegetarian for catering?
Their menu is limited, but I might be able to use them in addition to another caterer for other kinds of buffet...
Who else would have the highest levels of Kashrut that you were
pleased with?

Eager for responses! Thanks much.

Oct 04, 2014
Bashful3 in Kosher

Re Seafood near 34th & Spruce

Wow, quite a discussion on Great Seafood in Philly area!
Family was staying in hotel near HUP while husband had a procedure--I got it there were no good seafood places within
very close distance, so family had a wonderful time being together in hospital cafeteria out of necessity.

But, this to Bumble esp: daughter and husband had lunch
at Doc Magrogans and loved it! Thanks to all for responses.

Sep 28, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia
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Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

One gripe about Han Dynasty though: food delish, but their
practice of delivering the food as it 'comes out' is truly
maddening, when soup is ordered, and they bring it after mains!!!
A warning for non-Asian customers perhaps?

Made me think I was in Canada, where this sort of thing happens
all the time.

Sep 25, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

Great Seafood: West Philly, Close to 34th & Spruce

Nice dinner with family at Han Dynasty tonight,
but for tomorrow night would like a really good seafood
place. Nothing comes to mind for me in that general area.
We don't want to drive to far.

All suggestions welcome. Speedy return please!

Sep 25, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia

More from My Ohio Road Trip

Actually, we ate in three of them on this road trip! Olive Garden turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Living in a
large city loaded with all sorts of individually owned places
one can choose easily: no need to eat in chains. On a road trip
through small town mid America, tired after driving all day,
the choices tend to be limited to chains. I thought Olive
Garden deserved a positive shout out on my local board, but
the moderators would have simply yanked it and posted it here.

Aug 27, 2014
Bashful3 in Chains

What's the best way to introduce Lamb to someone who's never had it?

A different take on the original question: the psychological
approach. You are more likely to avoid disappointment if
you don't make your friends feel pressured to 'like' this new food. Making a big deal out of a presentation, like say, a garlic infused luscious leg of lamb as an impressive main could
put your friends in the awkward position of not wanting to disappoint you.

Better psychologically might be simple lamb patties, perhaps
accompanied with a similar main, tasty hamburgers. The appearance of less effort, less expense and even a choice might
make the whole experience more fun, less pressured, and more likely to be a 'wow' experience for your friends.

What's the best way to introduce Lamb to someone who's never had it?

2nd on Lamb Burger for sure. Add egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, pepper, chop gently, don't overcook. Texture is familiar,
no fatty edge, a cut above the best beef burgers.

Aug 09, 2014
Bashful3 in Home Cooking

Question(s) about Fuji of Haddonfield

Wow, you are knowledgeable, dndicco. Appreciated your feedback,
and am delighted Jesse san and Fuji did not disappoint.

I forgot to mention the unique plates and pottery that add another level of charm to the food.

Aug 08, 2014
Bashful3 in Philadelphia