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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:

http://www.creditcards.com/credit-car...

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
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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

Bottom Dollar selling its stores to Aldi

Wonder if the same is true for NJ stores.

Nov 06, 2014
punkin712 in Chains

D'Abuscos Brooklyn-Style Pizza in East Windsor

Drove past today - place is locked up with a notice from the County on the door. Looks like they got evicted for non-payment of rent. Another one bites the dust.

Oct 15, 2014
punkin712 in New Jersey

Canary Islands: Lanzarote where to eat and what to drink

Great post! How about Fuerteventura? We've gone the past 3 years and have become regulars at a few places (one even gives us the "locals" discount) but I'd love to hear of anything we may have overlooked.

Oct 10, 2014
punkin712 in Spain/Portugal
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Princeton new restaurant

There is a new burger place on Nassau Street (where Uncle Louie G's used to be, I think) and a Viennese cafe further up (near St. Paul's) but I'm really just grasping at straws now.

Or, maybe this is market research to test which restaurants come to people's mind when asked a vague question.

Oct 03, 2014
punkin712 in New Jersey

Princeton new restaurant

Can you give us a hint? Cuisine? Location? Anything?

Oct 02, 2014
punkin712 in New Jersey

Fogo de Chao: A Meat Journey

Have you been to any other Fogo de Chao locations? There is one in Philadelphia that we've been threatening to try. Just wondering if the selections are similar across all locations.

Sep 17, 2014
punkin712 in Manhattan

Guiltiest Guilty Pleasures

I can't believe you like lettuce and mustard sandwiches!!! Gimme a stack of squishy white bread slices, a head of iceberg and a bottle of Gulden's and I'm anybody's. If I'm feeling sassy, I'll throw on a couple hot cherry pepper slices.

Sep 16, 2014
punkin712 in General Topics
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Trip Report: Dining unexpectedly on a dime

I'm so sorry to hear that your trip started off on the wrong foot. However, I'm so glad that things turned around. Before my husband and I bought an apartment in Philly, the Marriott near Reading Terminal was our weekend home. Staff is amazing and the location is great.

Thank you for the wonderful trip report and I hope you'll come back to Philly again soon!

Short stay in midtown

Stop by a bar that serves the "City Special" - a can of beer and a shot of whiskey or bourbon. Not sure of too many other cities besides Philly that does it. For example, Doobies on Lombard Street has a can of Sly Fox and a shot of bourbon for $5. Might not be the best combination of drinks, but it's definitely a unique experience! Then you can head to Franklin Mortgage or Hop Sing or Crow and the Pitcher for swanky drinks.

Have fun!

ISO: half sheet pan sized parchment paper, NOT rolled, but layed flat

oops...meant to reply to OP!

Aug 11, 2014
punkin712 in Greater Boston Area

ISO: half sheet pan sized parchment paper, NOT rolled, but layed flat

If you have a Sam's Club with a bakery department nearby, they will probably sell you a (1,000 sheet) box.

Aug 11, 2014
punkin712 in Greater Boston Area

Are people in NJ as Kale crazy as the ones in NY

I can get kale at ShopRite, but I usually buy it at our local Asian market instead. The stems aren't nearly as long and thick as the kale at ShopRite so there is much less waste. We eat it about 3 times a week in salads.

Aug 09, 2014
punkin712 in New Jersey

Crow & the Pitcher

We stopped in last Saturday night. Cocktails were well done, but on the small side. Husband had the "Monty Hall Problem" and, while it was tasty, I was definitely surprised at the size of the drink for $13. I had the "Crow and the Tonic" which was very refreshing and another drink which I can't recall the name of. We also had the roasted cauliflower app (delicious) and a red leicester washed rind cheese. We love cheese, but this one was definitely not something we would order again. It had a very strong, bitter sharpness that was a little too much. Saw a few people with burgers and they looked amazing.

We'd definitely go back, but maybe during happy hour or for an actual meal. The bartender said they just recently started serving brunch. We live very close by, so it's a nice option.

Aug 09, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Foodie + Vegan, where to go?

Interesting feedback. I wouldn't have guessed the food was oily based on the menu. Although, now that you mention it, I do see a lot of "aioli" and "olive oil" in the descriptions. I'll have to give it a try next time.

Aug 06, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Foodie + Vegan, where to go?

Almost tried this place last weekend, but didn't have time. Has anyone been there yet?

Aug 05, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

5 NYC females having a girls weekend in Philly - where to go?

Since the OP lives in NYC, she can certainly visit Bar Boulud when she's at home. I'm sure there are many restaurants in NYC that some would consider "head and shoulders better" than their counterparts in Philadelphia and vice versa. Sometimes it's about the whole package rather than what's better elsewhere. Having just returned from 2 weeks in the Canary Islands, I recall a few meals that were not any better than anything I could get here at home, but the setting was phenomenal.

I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree and let the OP choose for herself what's best for her and her friends.

Jul 24, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

5 NYC females having a girls weekend in Philly - where to go?

I've never had a "miss" at Parc. However, I have had some pretty bad service at Bar Boulud.

Jul 24, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

5 NYC females having a girls weekend in Philly - where to go?

+1!! Great bread basket and great people watching!

Jul 23, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

5 NYC females having a girls weekend in Philly - where to go?

I (always!) recommend a visit to Tria on Sunday when they offer their Sunday School menu - a wine, a cheese and a beer that aren't on the normal menu at a discounted price. We have been there more times than I can count and have never been disappointed in the selections. They usually post the menu on Tuesdays for the upcoming Sunday. They also offer some good (light) food options and a decent wine list. www.triacafe.com

If you are in the Rittenhouse area, you could check out a.bar. They do an oyster happy hour every day from 4pm - 6pm. They have a nice wine list and great cocktails as well. http://www.akitchenandbar.com/

Hope you have a great time! We live in NJ and work in NYC, but bought an apartment in Philly so we could go there on the weekends. It's a great city with lots of fantastic restaurants and bars.

Jul 23, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Barcelona trip report

Thank you for the wonderful report! We will be in Barcelona July 14 - 19th and I will definitely include your recommendations in our list. We were there 2 years ago (for the first time) and found a few good places that we want to revisit (Cuidad Condal is one of them) but we were hoping for a few others.

Jun 20, 2014
punkin712 in Spain/Portugal

Fun dinner in New Hope

Pride Week in New Hope runs through this Sunday (5/18) so expect places to be a bit more crowded than usual.

I'd 2nd the recommendation for Triumph - right on the water, good beer, good food and convenient parking. We frequent the Princeton location but like the New Hope location a little bit more.

May 15, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia