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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

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

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

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!