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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?

1 day ago
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

Bagels

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:

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