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Rome for four nights, three days: reviews

Nice to see another CH experience at Il Pomodorino! We stumbled into it much the same way you did during a visit to Rome 2 years ago. Our waiter was wonderful (Giorgio) and we enjoyed it enough to go back the last night of our visit. My husband had the bistecca fiorentina and, since I'm a vegetarian, ate the entire steak for 2 by himself! Giorgio was so impressed, he took my husband to the kitchen to meet the grill chef. We're definitely planning to go back when we visit Rome this July. It might not be quaint or small or the hardest reservation in town, but it's still a nice local place.

Apr 21, 2015
punkin712 in Italy

Two days in Savannah

+1 for Olde Pink House and Crystal Beer Parlor!

Apr 20, 2015
punkin712 in Southeast

Triscuits flavors...any good?

I might be in the minority, but I'm a little obsessed with all the new flavors. Our local grocery store had Triscuits on sale recently and I tried to get a box of every new flavor. I'm still working my way through them, but I really haven't found a "miss" yet. Maybe because I eat them with cheese or hummus, so it cuts the stronger flavors. The only one I'm a little on the fence about is the sweet potato, but even that one is pretty good with cream cheese.

+1 on the garlic ones being super garlicky!

Apr 14, 2015
punkin712 in General Topics

Madrid Locals Tips

What a coincidence! My husband and I are planning to stay at the AC Recoletos for a night in July on our way from the Canary Islands to Rome. Anxious to see what recommendations you get.

Apr 07, 2015
punkin712 in Spain/Portugal

Rosa's fresh pizza and Dizengoff

If their justification for Rosa's Fresh being a "must" is that you can donate a slice to someone else, that's one thing. But there is definitely better (albeit more expensive) pizza in Philadelphia.

Mar 24, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

The Capital Grille Center City?

How about Osteria? They don't have a lot of steak choices, but the ones they have are very good and they have other nice options for the non-steak eaters.

The Capital Grille Center City?

My husband had a steak sandwich from Capital Grille during one of the many outdoor festivals and said it was really good, but we've never been there for dinner. Any interest in Fogo de Chao? Different than a traditional steakhouse, but lots of meaty options.

Mar 17, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Center City Restaurants?

Tria on Spruce Street would be a good option too. Lots of great cheeses, salads, bruschetta, etc. They also offer happy hour Monday through Thursday from 5pm - 7pm ($5 beer, wine and cheese selections) and all day Sunday they feature a specially selected/priced beer, wine and cheese. It isn't necessarily ethnic, but it's a nice place to stop for a snack and a sip.

Mar 17, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Downtown Princeton

Depending on the purpose of your lunch, you could also consider Triumph Brewery. Sandwiches are good and, if appropriate, you could try the beer flight. It's a little more laid back than Mediterra or Agricola.

Mar 12, 2015
punkin712 in New Jersey

Late-ish (no rez necessary) dinner for 3 on a Thursday night in the Old City?

+1 for Khyber Pass.

Feb 22, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia


Yep - vegetarian. I don't think I'll ever be ready to give up cheese and butter! Sounds like Vernick belongs on our short list to new places to try.

Feb 22, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia


We live close by and have walked past several times. I'd love to try it, but as a vegetarian I was a little apprehensive. How small are the "small plates?" There are a few things in the toasts, sides and small plates sections of the menu that look delicious (including the grilled romaine you mentioned) - do you think they'd be okay with that approach? I'm sure my husband would love the strip loin so he'd probably go the more traditional starter/main route.

Feb 20, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Short trip review (including too much roast pork)

If you can get to Olde Bar in time for happy hour (every day from 4pm - 6pm) they do buck-a-shuck and other food/drink specials.

Feb 13, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

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

Can you share the address for The Pub? I'm definitely intrigued!

Feb 06, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

TJ's Stilton Cheese with Apricot--NO MORE :( ???

If that was your first attempt, I'd say you did pretty well. I would love the recipe! Also, where do you get your spores and vegetable rennet?

Jan 28, 2015
punkin712 in Chains

In Memoriam: French Food at Home

I watched several episodes, but something about her rubbed me the wrong way. I kept getting this vibe of passive-aggressive superiority, even though she was trying to convey somewhat of a cheeky personality.

Jan 21, 2015
punkin712 in Food Media & News

The Olde Bar Opens ...

Yep - happy hour every day from 4pm - 6pm.

Jan 12, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

The Olde Bar Opens ...

Went to Olde Bar yesterday around 4:15pm. Bar seating and almost all the tall tables were full. We found a tiny sliver at the end of the bar and enjoyed glasses of the house white, buck-a-shuck oysters and welsh rarebit (happy hour specials). Staff was quite friendly and seemed well-versed on the menu and drink items. The few things we sampled were very good and I'm looking forward to going back. Not much food available for vegetarians (I wasn't surprised) but I'd like to try a few of the cocktails. The couple next to us ordered one of just about everything on the menu (bloggers? restaurant critics maybe?) and all their dishes looked good and seemed to meet with their approval.

a. kitchen

Do restaurants have to pay a fee to OpenTable for each reservation? I wonder if a.kitchen decided to hold the more popular reservation times for people who contact them directly.

Out of curiosity, I checked OpenTable for a table for 2, tonight, at 7pm and every reservation time came up as available. The plot thickens!

Jan 09, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia


Is South Street Bagel still opening a location on Chestnut Street? I haven't heard anything about it in a while.

Jan 07, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Lunch near Macy's...it's complicated

+1 for Zavino

Dec 22, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

credit and debit charges

That used to be the case, but several years ago a law was passed that opened up the option for merchants to impose a minimum transaction amount for credit card purchases, but not for debit card purchases:


Dec 16, 2014
punkin712 in Not About Food

Frozen chocolate croissants @ TJ's?

Those sound amazing! I'll have to look for them the next time I make a TJ's run. Thanks for the tip!

Dec 08, 2014
punkin712 in Chains

Bern's : What to order?

Care to elaborate?

Dec 08, 2014
punkin712 in Florida

Frozen chocolate croissants @ TJ's?

Got a box each of pumpkin and chocolate croissants for Thanksgiving morning. Wasn't too impressed when I took them out of the box the night before for their proofing, but HOLY CRAP did they puff up! I gotta tell you, the pumpkin was good but the chocolate was really really great. I never should have opened this Pandora's box of deliciousness. So easy to make and for just about $1 each, you can't beat it. I probably shouldn't indulge in these too frequently, giving the (lack of) nutritional value, but I'll definitely get them again.

Anyone tried the almond?

Dec 04, 2014
punkin712 in Chains

Per person Thanksgiving cost

Tell that to someone who's trying to scale a recipe or convert it from cups to ounces or ounces to grams!

First Timer to Philly, staying at the Marriott Courtyard next month

I thought that might be the case (South Street = Chestnut Street). Thanks for the confirmation. Maybe I'll stroll past Chestnut Street tomorrow to see what the status is.

Nov 21, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

First Timer to Philly, staying at the Marriott Courtyard next month

Is Chestnut Street Bagels open already? I walked by a few weeks ago and it seemed to still be under construction.

I think Ellen's in the Bellevue (200 South Broad Street) gets their bagels from South Street Bagels so that could be an option.

Nov 20, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Shishito peppers

Saw them at the Rittenhouse farmers market just this past Saturday. I wonder if they have them at Reading Terminal Market - at either Iovine or OK Produce. Never thought to look there.

Nov 17, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

In Philly 2 days 1 night

I'd suggest La Colombe for coffee and Capogiro for gelato. Both can be found in the Rittenhouse area, but Capogiro's original location is in Washington Square West.

Where are you staying? Are you interested in a particular type of food or experience? Might help to narrow down some suggestions.

Nov 11, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia