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Philadelphia Restaurant Week go-tos

Fogo de Chao is a great deal - the regular dinner price (without dessert) is almost $53.

Aug 02, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Do you pray before a meal?

What is "SWMBO"?

Reasonably priced date night spots/Sunday Happy Hours in Center City?

Just received an email from Lolita/Jamonera...they will be doing a summer happy hour Sunday through Thursday from 5pm - 6:30pm with $5 tapas and drink specials.

Jun 15, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Reasonably priced date night spots/Sunday Happy Hours in Center City?

Have you been to Sampan/Graffiti Bar? They have some very tasty small plates and happy hour every day from 4pm - 7pm.

Jun 14, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Mommy, Where Do Pasta Chips Come From?

I actually bought a bag of these at Sam's Club several months ago! I remember that they tasted soooo good initially, but the taste they left in my mouth when I stopped eating them was rather "potent" so I kept eating them to avoid the aftertaste. haha! I might try to make a batch and see how it goes.

May 30, 2015
punkin712 in General Topics

Mommy, Where Do Pasta Chips Come From?

This might be a silly question, but could I boil lasagna sheets, pat them dry, cut them to size and deep fry them? Would they be similar to pasta chips or is there something else to it?

May 29, 2015
punkin712 in General Topics

Why is saving at Target so unnecessarily confusing?

Depending on how frequently you shop at Target and whether you also use coupons (Target and/or manufacturer), you can save quite a bit in the long run. My savings total is almost $400 and I've only been using the app for about a year.

36 hours in Philly.

Neither - however, Mr. punkin712 and I are planning to use the apartment in Philly as our Northern outpost once we do retire. Right now, it's just a weekend retreat. We love exploring all the different neighborhoods and keep a running list of restaurants and bars that get mentions here on Chow that we want to try. Hope you'll visit again soon, especially since your husband was a bit under the weather this trip!

May 28, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

36 hours in Philly.

Yep - it's in the lobby of our building and was definitely a selling point when we bought our apartment!

May 28, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia
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10 Toaster Oven Hacks You Need to Try Right Now

Please stop calling these "hacks".

May 27, 2015
punkin712 in Features

Rome report: May 2015

Great report! We'll be in Rome for 5 days in July - I'll definitely include some of your reccos in the list. I'm pretty sure we've been to Cristalli di Zucchero before - sounds like it's worth a return visit!

May 19, 2015
punkin712 in Italy

Rangoon: What is Great for a Novice to Order?

Are the lentil fritters vegetarian? Sounds delicious!

May 18, 2015
punkin712 in Philadelphia

Taco Bell vegetarian and vegan options

The sour cream at Taco Bell contains gelatin. So, depending on how strict you are, you have to settle for a 6-layer burrito.

May 11, 2015
punkin712 in Chains

What type(s) of cuisine are you just not interested in cooking?

Matzo ball soup, kugel, borscht, kreplach, etc.

May 05, 2015
punkin712 in General Topics

What type(s) of cuisine are you just not interested in cooking?

Russian, Indian and Jewish. Don't want to eat it or cook it.

May 05, 2015
punkin712 in General Topics

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

Vernick

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

Vernick

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