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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

Seeking suggestions for one night in Philly

Thanks for reporting back! Glad you had a good time. I've walked past Strangelove's a hundred times and thought about stopping in but never did. Might have to check it out next time. If you are ever in Philadelphia on a Sunday, swing by Tria for their Sunday School - specially priced wine, beer and cheese. It's always great!

May 13, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Barcelona good eats on a budget

I went back to the website and now I'm wondering if I looked at the right place! Were you referring to La Palmera on Carrer Enric Granados or Palermo Restaurant on Carrer de València? Both look great, so I don't think we'll go wrong with either one. The more the merrier, right?

May 09, 2014
punkin712 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona good eats on a budget

I'm definitely putting that on our "must-do" list! Do you recall if they had a vegetarian tasting menu? If not, I'm sure I can find more than enough to get into trouble with on the a la cart menu!

May 08, 2014
punkin712 in Spain/Portugal

Barcelona good eats on a budget

Just checked out La Palerma's website - it looks amazing! Do they do a la carte or is a tasting menu only? My husband and I will be there for 5 days in July and this definitely looks like the kind of place we would enjoy. And it's only about a 10 minute walk from our hotel.

May 08, 2014
punkin712 in Spain/Portugal

Canned Olive/Pickle/Pepper/Etc "Juice" Uses?

We use the brine from kalamata olives and the juice from hot cherry peppers to jazz up jarred pasta sauce. In fact, I use the hot cherry pepper juice in homemade salad dressings and marinades too.

May 07, 2014
punkin712 in General Topics
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Ft. Lauderdale Dining Options?

Thank you so much for the recommendations! We were actually thinking about strolling down Las Olas on Saturday evening so Johnny V could be a great option. I also see that they have happy hour every day - bonus!

Small things I can't stand at chains or other......

I HATE when a server asks "do you need change?" The last time this happened to me was 4 days ago. I was paying with a credit card (which was sticking out of the top of the billfold with the check) and my response was "No, but I'd like my credit card back." The server had other issues throughout the meal and seemed somewhat new, so I chalked it up to poor training.

Apr 11, 2014
punkin712 in Chains
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Ft. Lauderdale Dining Options?

Thanks for the recommendation! My husband's family (on his father's side) is from New Orleans and I grew up in PA just a short distance away from where Mike is from. I think this could be a great option!

Toronto Hound in Philly

Just got an email that Little Nonna's opened up their "secret garden." I've never been so I can't comment on the menu, but I'm a big fan of Barbuzzo. Same owners, so I assume same quality.

Apr 10, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia
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Toronto Hound in Philly

If you have time on Sunday, you should check out one of the Tria locations. The offer a special "Sunday School" menu that features a special wine, cheese and beer at discounted prices. We've been numerous times and never been disappointed. They also have other nice nibbles, like different types of bruschetta, a charcuterie board, many different cheeses, etc.

http://www.triacafe.com/

Apr 09, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Ft. Lauderdale Dining Options?

My husband and I will be in Ft. Lauderdale next weekend (Easter weekend) and are looking for some restaurant suggestions. We'll have a car, so driving isn't an issue and we're staying on Seabreeze Blvd, if that helps. I'm a strict vegetarian, but my husband is open to just about anything. The only cuisine we don't like is Indian and I can generally find something on any menu, so places like steakhouses and the sort are not off limits.

We tend to gravitate towards wine bars or places where we can get "sips and snacks" - some nice glasses of wine and some small plates or a variety of appetizers. But we'd also like to plan for a nice dinner on Saturday night. Since it will be a quick trip, we'd like to avoid packing dressy clothes so something with a resort casual dress code would be preferred.

Thanks in advance!

August

Mea culpa. But, technically, this is a charge card and not a credit card. Payment in full is due every month/statement cycle.

Mar 25, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia
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August

Peter Luger has been in business for 127 years and doesn't accept credit cards. I know it's Brooklyn, but their customers seem to be able to deal with using cash. It might be inconvenient and sometimes frustrating to remember to bring cash to an establishment, but I wouldn't boycott any place just because they choose not to accept credit cards.

Mar 25, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Heavy Appetizers for Wine Club

Mini mac-n-cheese bites? Saw them on an episode of one of Giada's shows and they looked really good. I'm pretty sure she used ditalini pasta. Or how about a few little crock pots with different types of mini meatballs? Have fun and let us know what you end up doing!

Mar 21, 2014
punkin712 in Home Cooking

Short trip review (including too much roast pork)

What a great weekend! My husband and I are thinking about buying an apartment in Philly (we live in NJ, about 45 minutes away) just so we have weekends like this. Sounds like you had a fantastic time.

Mar 11, 2014
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Weird food secrets

I grew up in Central PA (Altoona) and never heard of it! Maybe it's even more regional...

Feb 12, 2014
punkin712 in General Topics

Savannah Reception - please help!

I wonder if SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has any facilities that they rent out. They seem to have alot of buildings around town, so that might be an option. Of course, it would probably require you to bring in your own caterer.

Feb 06, 2014
punkin712 in Southeast