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Tried El Cactus tonight in Souderton, anyone know about the other places to eat around there?

After reading some recommendations that El Cactus was better than the new place at Montgomeryville Mall we took a drive, found the little place in the strip mall and only spent $40.00 with tip for 2 entrees, 2 sodas, and a dessert.

Service was good, the place was small but cute and clean, it is no El Serape or Tamarind but for the price we thought it was great. I had chicken enchaladas served with yummy rice and DH has a trio of items dish and fried ice cream for dessert and complimentary margaritas. The chips and salsa were good and the waitress offered more but we did not want to fill up on chips.

We drove around and saw some other cute little places in Souderton like the Caboose Grill that had outdoor seating with alot of people dining and a place called Caruso's. There were alot of other non-chain places that looked nice from the outside. Anyone try of these places or have any others to suggest up there?

Aug 08, 2009
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Spring House Tavern

Me and my DH are laughing at the roll poking, I would have never thought of that either and the dirty napkin just gross. I live near this place and never have gone and do not plan on going anytime soon either. Thanks for saving us the disappointment.

Nov 09, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Alison Two (Fort Washington) - Anyone try it yet?

Just curious what are the prices for the new place? At the old place we would spend $100.00 for dinner but it was a BOYB too. Now with the drinks they are making from scratch I am wondering how much they go for. We are going there soone to try it, I think Alison seems like such an interesting chef/restaurant owner. I read all her blogs and alot of thought and planning went into her new place.

Nov 09, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Korean BBQ in North Wales

It is where the old Cravings Cafe was near Assi near Redners in North Wales/Landsdale. We stopped at the beer distributor there and it smelled so good we figured we would get something and give it a try.

Aug 16, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Korean BBQ in North Wales

We stopped in and tried the Korean BBQ in North Wales, we are not familiar with this type of food at all and figured, hey lets be wild. Well, everyone was polite but asking the waiter questions and he was speaking English, I still had a hard time understanding him so I just pointed to the ribeye steak and noodles on the menu. The steak was awesome and I am not a big meat eater. The noodles and the side dishes I was not to sure what they were, the noodles were dark and had a whole hard boiled egg in it. Then the waiter bought a bowl of broth and told us to mix it in. I think they had some kind of cold zuchini that was tempura or something.

Anyway, is anyone familiar with what the food is at these type of places and what you are supposed to do? We sat at a table without a BBQ, We were a little lost in there.

I will say the place sure smelled yummy. I want to try some more stuff once I learn a little more. Any suggestions or help would be appreciated.

Aug 15, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Lobster Mac n' Cheese

Zakes Cakes has lobster mac and cheese but I have not tried it yet. I recently ordered some online from Stonewall Kitchens, it was pricey, but the best I have ever had. I did try it at Magnolia Grill too and it was just ok.

Jul 28, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Vidalia in Lansdale closing in a week or two.

I am so glad I read this post today, it is putting me in a good mood after a bad day at work. I love TJ's and I certainly hope one goes in English Village or if one goes in Blue Bell that would be great too.

I won't miss Vidalia, I never went there. I wanted to check it out, but it looked like a wanna be Whole Foods to me and I wondered how busy it would be in Landsdale so I worried if the food would be fresh or not too.

I am crossing my fingers for a TJ's in English Village, they really need something down there to fill all those empty spaces.

Jul 28, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Madeleines ???

Costco has really good madelines they sell in the bread section. They are not made there but they are the best I have had around her so far. If you like the taste of the Starbucks ones these are good like that and buttery but you get alot for your money.

Jun 18, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

any secrets to a great tuna fish sandwich?

I am lazy during the work week and I make my tuna in the food processor. I have the big Kitchen Aid 12 cup one and I put shallots, celery, carrots and pickles in it and chop it up and then pulse the tuna and hellmans for a really short time. It turns out alot like Whole Foods if you ever had theirs and it is so easy and quick.

May 05, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Home Cooking

Help, I need a simple, quick recipe for salmon to impress the in-laws!

If you live near a Costco here is a real timesaver and a tasty way for salmon that is foolproof. They have "salmon milano" in their refridgerated section, all you do is put it in the oven in an oven dish. It is just salmon, an herbed butter that smells the whole house really nice and just keep on eye on it til it is done which is less than half an hour. Goes good with anything and I take some of the butter/herb mix off to make it healthier.

The barefoot contessa recipe is good too, but sometimes I just dont have time for a real recipe and cheat with the Costco salmon milano.

May 05, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Home Cooking

Brioche

Ina Garten has a really good recipe on the foodnetwork website. She uses them alot on her show and people write in all the time looking for them. I have not tried the recipe yet but want too when I get some time. She claims they are pretty easy to make.

Good luck. I love Brioche rolls and wanted them to make my own mini sandwhiches.

May 05, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

I love Carombolas too! i just had the lobster risotto last week and it was very good and it was only $20.00.

May 01, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Philadelphia

I never eat _______ out because nobody makes it right but me.

I bought a TEc grill with infra red heat, it was more than a regular grill but so worth it, it heats to 1200 degrees and it the same grill they use in Morton and other high end steak places.

I get prime steaks at Wegmans, only place around me that I know of and the steaks are the BEST! only take minutes and i grill some asparagus with olive oil and a little salt and it is way better than a steak house and well under 50.00

Apr 25, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Home Cooking

Looking for REALLY good pie in Philly or burbs....

You are probably going to laugh at my suggestion, but I love good blueberry pie made with the little blueberries and whole foods has the best pies. They have small ones too so for me to feed 2 people that is great.

Apr 23, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Which Ina Garten Cookbook?

I have all the Ina Garten cookbooks on a shelf in my dining room, the funny thing is once I looked at them cover to cover I don't use them, I print out all the recipes that I make on Foodtv.com website then it does not matter if I spill something on them and I take notes. So far any recipe of hers that I have tried has been great!

Apr 01, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Home Cooking

Magnolia Cafe in Horsham

Just ate their last nite, but place is a little tacky inside. I personally like Carombola's and Cravings Cafe better, plus the ambiance is better too.

The food was very good and the service.

Mar 27, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Dinner in blue bell

PS- I think Bourbon is blah too.

Mar 27, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Dinner in blue bell

You must have been to Allison's on an off nite. I have been there and everything was great. I had the scallop and Gnocci's also and they were great.

Shame you did not like your food and spent alot of $$$.

Mar 27, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Little Italy Pizza in Ft Washington

Unfortunately I have not really found anywhere to great to reccomend, but I do think the food at Flourtown Pizza Shop is pretty good. But nothing WOW is in the area for pizza shops that I am aware of.

Mar 25, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Little Italy Pizza in Ft Washington

No offense Keby, but I work not to far from Glenside, one day took a drive with a friend and I went to the Pizza Box and I thought it was the worst place that I have ever been, it was dirty, my cheesesteak had unmelted american cheese slices on the top and was the worst sandwhich I have ever had, it was lunch hour and the place was dead. Maybe the pizza is good if you get take out, but I will not go back EVER!

I work in Fort Washington and have never tried Little Italy, noone I work with says good things about it.

Mar 24, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Lunch or dinner in Oaks PA!

Going to oaks tomorrow, can anyone reccomend anywhere for a good lunch or early dinner? Will be wearing jeans so nothing to fancy.

Coming from Philly direction so nothing to far past Oaks please.

Mar 21, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Pinchana - what do you think?

We were just there on Saturday nite, we got there at 7:30 and had reservations since it was a group of six. The place was not full at all and it was not noisey or hectic either.

I would definately get the all you can eat, because otherwise you stand in line at a counter and wait to order food and get it weighed and then carry it to your table. With the all you can eat, they keep coming and coming with different spits of food and everything was very moist and flavorful. Chicken was great too.

The buffet had some good things too. It was a strange mix of items, rice, beans, spicy shrimps, meats in sauce, beets, slaw salads, rolls, and chicken balls that were like chicken in mashed potatoes and deep fried. yum! And yes pace yourself, the buffet had some many unusual and usual things that it is easy to fill up a plate.

I would highly reccomend bringing the brazilian rum ( $15.00 a bottle) and limes and have them make drinks for you. And plan on a lime per drink. The drinks were AWESOME! It is like a mojito without the mint and a little sweeter.

It was $60.00 a couple with tip and that included 2 all you can eat, desserts and coffee. The desserts were good and not to rich and cheap. The coffee is strong and very good.

The place is very modest and you do not need to dress up one bit, when I looked around there were alot of people in sweats and anything more than jeans you would be way too dressed up. The place is really old inside and not updated and the bathrooms are the original old styles and like I said, nothing fancy here, but a good time for the money.

Mar 20, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Countertop material: granite vs. solid surface (corian) vs. engineered stone (silestone)

Just want to add here that I had Corian installed last week in one of the new 2008 colors called Lava Rock. It looks just like concrete or slate and it looks great! It has a matte finish and weighs so much less than granite. I originally wanted granite but since EVERYONE is getting granite I decided to be a little different and loved the look of this. I got the recessed Corian sink too which is also nice. I saw alot of people here were against Corian and only a few who loved it. We shall see how it holds up but for now I love it!

Mar 19, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Cookware

Normandy Farms- Jim Coleman's Place?

We have been there not to long ago and agree, the food is bland but the dining room is quiet and you can always get in, we live close by too. I would say we have eaten there 5 times and lunch is best. The lobster corn soup was really good and the salmon BLT. I probably will not go back anytime soon because it is just " EH!"

Mar 18, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

What do you like to make in your pressure cooker?

I bought a pressure cooker a little while back and so far the only thing that has turned out well for me if Ribs! I put them in the pressure cooker with half a bottle of beer. then i put them on the grill just a few minutes each side with the BBQ sauce and they fall off the bone and are so juicey and take about a half an hour or so.

I would like to use it more, but I have not found any good reccomended recipes. I saw on QVC one time they made a stew with pasta in it, that i would like to try. Anyone else tried anything like this?

Mar 04, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Home Cooking

Slider Rolls

I have been in search for them too and have not seen them, I have in a pinch used Martins potato dinner rolls. I decided to make them myself and they must be popular because King Arthur has the pans on backorder.

I would really like to have baby brioche rolls.

Mar 04, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

Dinner at Cake

What is Cake near? I have not been to Chestnut Hill in awhile.

Mar 03, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania

So, what did you make this weekend?

I agree, something so simple was interesting! It is making me hungry here at work.

Feb 26, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Home Cooking

Pan roasted chicken breast with cream sauce

thanks for the info QueenB I am going to email him now! I will let you know.

Feb 26, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Home Cooking

Great restaurants that are always empty...

Amblergirl- which do you think is better?

Trax or Bridgets? You seem to be a good guide. I am thinking about trying one of them this Friday nite.

Feb 26, 2008
LowerGwyneddGirl in Pennsylvania