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Dress Code - William Penn Inn

Yes. Commonwealth Club.
There goes the neighborhood.
CP

Dec 11, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

Dress Code - William Penn Inn

I've been a regular at WPI since the '50s and remember being bumped up the front stairs backward in my stroller. I come from the day when starched shirt and tie was obligatory at a finer establishment, even for Christmas dinner in my own home or getting on an airplane. Men were not allowed into the dining room at the Flanders Hotel in O.C. without a jacket, as was expected on cruise ships, even for passengers under 10.

My last Thanksgiving with my aunt (2006) at WPI was so disappointing. Parents allow unwashed sons to enter right out of the motor pool wearing their soiled Eagles sweat shirts and reversed baseball caps through dinner. I'm sure a lot was the "I'm not dressing or I'm not going" retort that parents relent to these days.

There is the Commodore's Club upstairs for a membership fee that will allow you to dine in nostalgic elegance.

Dec 11, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia
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Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid a debate!

OK, there was a Zuo (among myriad other spellings) but it was still a 1970's American invention that Zuo never ate or, as I had been led to believe, his personal chef invented for him.

"Zuo himself could not have eaten the dish as it is today,[2] and the dish is found neither in Changsha, the capital of Hunan, nor in Xiangyin, the home of General Tso. Moreover, descendants of General Tso still living in Xiangyin, when interviewed, say that they have never heard of such a dish.[3]"

P.S. Jesus Christ Army?

Dec 09, 2014
Chefpaulo in General Topics

Why did the chicken cross the road? To avoid a debate!

There was no General Tso, or whatever spelling you like. It is a Chinese/American dish just as contrived as Thomas' English Muffins purporting a Mr. Thomas vacated his London bakery in 1846 to bring his muffins to America. Totally Madison Avenue. No General Tso. No Mr. Thomas. Ronald McDonald, however, is real.
CP
I like Jack Nicholson's best: http://www.pathguy.com/chicken.htm

Dec 08, 2014
Chefpaulo in General Topics

Mainland Inn

Hope so.
CP

Nov 24, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia
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Mainland Inn

From today's Philly.com...
The revived Mainland Inn in central Montgomery County - and it's a stunner, based on the tour I got over the weekend - is shooting for December.
Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

Its about time...

Nov 22, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

price point of mid level chains? ie Olive Garden

Some of everyone's bill goes to pay for those egregiously annoying commercials on TV (and to grate on your nerves before every YouTube video) that "fool some of the people all of the time." As long as the masses believe O.G. food (trucked in frozen from 900 miles away) is good and that patrons are "family," Madison Avenue wins, and price point is secondary to unlimited salad and bread sticks.

Not all chains suck (Horn and Hardart, and Kenny Rogers' Chicken were exceptions) but I take pride in not having been to a McDonald's since 1978, or an Olive Garden since 1997. Lessons learned.

Nov 15, 2014
Chefpaulo in Chains

Famous food in names- add to the list

Lobster Newberg (invented by one of the Delmonico brothers in NYC in honor of a Mr. Wenberg who later had a falling out with Delmonico over some trivial matter. Delmonico reversed the letters Wen to New in order that he might forever see the inversion of his name on the famous dish.)

Nov 12, 2014
Chefpaulo in Not About Food

Famous food in names- add to the list

Nelie is my first cousin four times removed on my mother's side. Made many trips to the U.S. and we have no evidence whatsoever that she had anything to do with her American cousins.

Nov 12, 2014
Chefpaulo in Not About Food

Free range eggs in Montco

Thanks, Hounds. She was pleased to know.
CP

Nov 12, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

Free range eggs in Montco

A vegan friend has realized that she should likely include eggs in her diet but will only eat "ethical" free range eggs. Any sources around Collegeville (between Blue Bell and Harleysville) will be appreciated.
CP

Nov 11, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

Ritter sport bars

Trader Joe's also has them at their checkout counters.
CP

Nov 11, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

19 Bella

I've been twice but am not motivated to return. I was there shortly after they opened in 2010 and almost broke a tooth on the craquelins(sp?)in the salad. The next time, I was the guest of percyn (whatever happened to him?)in 2012. Somewhat better but I don't recall what I had. But the bread was excellent and they sell it over the counter. Overall memory: good but beyond my price point for what I got.
CP
PS: And, yes, crazyspice, there is a thread somewhere else.

Oct 27, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia
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Gourmet Vegan Christmas Dinner

OK, Hounds. Forget the Tofurkey blasphemy and all other variations on that theme.
I have two young lady friends who are vegans and must dine(?) with relatives on Christmas. In the not-so-spirit of the season, they are customarily served a tossed salad and bottle of organic dressing while others snap at each others' giblets and fight over the drumsticks.
My plan.... show them what a vegan Christmas dinner can be. I'm looking for sources of recipes that do NOT try to imitate/emulate a turkey and its processed derivatives. Direction to a vegan wild mushroom soup, a vegetable pate, brown rice risotto,et al will be appreciated.
CP

Oct 12, 2014
Chefpaulo in Home Cooking

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Red Pepper Soup

Made it yesterday to serve this evening. The soup was spicy (maybe due to my extra few grinds of black pepper) but rich and flavorful. The chickpea garnish, however, was a waste of time and resources. Browned and crispy they were but totally superfluous AND...I'm so glad I did NOT add the cayenne pepper as the smoked paprika was sufficient heat.
I'll put the chickpeas out for the squirrels and serve the rest of the soup with garlic croutons and fresh herbs.
Much more my style.
CP

Oct 10, 2014
Chefpaulo in Recipes

Vegan menu near Rittenhouse Square

Will be in the area later this week with a vegan friend. Any establishments vegan friendly or vegan exclusive?
Many thanks.
CP

Oct 05, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

What's your favourite or most useful, kitchen item?

Frigidaire microwave (29 years old) for defrosting/warming but not cooking - well, maybe instant oatmeal.
Cuisinart DLC-7 processor with multiple discs and blades
Matfer stainless steel mandolin
Cuisinart convection toaster oven
Cuisinart immersion blender
Aluminum garlic press
Henkels knife set
Kitchen Aid stand mixer

Sep 30, 2014
Chefpaulo in Cookware

Ting Wong Closing

Would miss it if not relocating. But being across the street from the firehouse has not always been easy on the eardrums. About the best bargain in Chinatown. Love the duck appetizer and Hong Kong style noodles.
CP

Sep 27, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

I hate to pester myself but I thought we were due a September opening.
CP

Sep 26, 2014
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

What Is America's Worst Restaurant Chain?

Ooooo....I just thought of another one.

There was a burger chain in western Pennsylvania in the 60's and 70's called either Wimpy's or Winky's. It served these little square White Castle/White Tower pseudo-burgers. My real awakening was going to the filthy restroom and passing a stack of the burger shipping boxes with the phrase "Contains 69% beef." Anyone else remember this chain?

Sep 11, 2014
Chefpaulo in Features

Is It Finally Cool to Like the Frugal Gourmet?

See my post above from October, 2011. He hurt and insulted a lot of people, some I hold dear to me personally.
It is never "cool" to eventually "like" someone who does egregious things to people or animals and is still paid millions of dollars with no appreciable cost for their behavior.

CP

Far-away Chains on your "To Do" List

I never thought I would count Howard Johnson's as a "far away" chain.

The once proud "Host of the Highways" of 1,100 family restaurants is now reduced to two, one in Lake Placid and one somewhere else.

The Tendersweet Fried Clam roll, fries, cole slaw and a vanilla malted milkshake would make my day - and may be worth the drive to the sole surviving HoJo's.

Rachael Ray.... any news on this????
CP

Aug 31, 2014
Chefpaulo in Chains
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The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

Total strangers can also steal thunder on site - but can be foiled.

In the late 70s, I arrived at a party with cake in the portable dome, a gift under my arm and a bag with two bottles. Struggling to ring the bell, up comes a smooth, all-to-cool creepy hipster (the type that smiles all the time but never makes eye contact) with nothing in tow and offers assistance. He rings the bell, takes my cake dome and presents it to the hostess as his offering.

Later in the kitchen, he had sliced into the cake and was serving it to rave reviews. He smirks at me like "Whaddaya gonna do about it, a$$hole?"

"You made this?" I queried.
"Yeah."
"Have we ever met before?"
"Nah."
"Well, then you must be psychic as well as an exquisite baker!"
(Dumbfounded look, but WITH eye contact.)

Sliding the cake off the bottom tray of the dome, I said, "You MUST be psychic. You KNEW you would meet me tonight at the front door! You even wrote my name and phone number on the bottom of the tray. Tell us all about it. We are most impressed!!!"

Showing my name to the guests, hipster folds under the condescending stares and somehow disappears in the next five minutes.

The world is full of people with personality disorders and life is too short for frenemies. Dump 'em with no apologies. They're not worth it.
CP

The Downside of Sharing Recipes...

Dad would have an answer, I'm sure. He always did.

For the science end of baking, check out Shirley Corriher's "Bake Wise." She is also a food technologist, I think at Vanderbilt.
CP

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

Mulitifoiled,

See my post above. Concur completely. Why all this hyper-sensitive drivel over not offending people you don't want in your life anyway? I've had some real clunkers brought in because, "She never gets asked out," or "He can get really vocal but is otherwise super nice." RED FLAGS!!!
Choose your friends carefully and your guests even more so.
CP

Why oh why did you not use my host(ess) gift at your dinner party?

I have an annual event to which I invite my few remaining family and 35 or so of my closest friends. That's it. They are all glad to see each other and are relaxed and accommodating in their sharing of culinary creations and beverage discoveries. Newbies are screened carefully. It's MY friggin' house.

If someone is going to get pissy about my not putting out a seasonally inappropriate $2.99 regift from the Dollar Store, I really don't think we'll be seeing each other again. No regrets.
CP

preparing for a real dietary challenge

Bodaciously excellent news,juju.

Now we can assemble our pack of local Hounds and greet the new Mainland Inn in full force.
CP

Aug 25, 2014
Chefpaulo in Special Diets

Are You Still Licking the Spoon and Egg Beaters

With a younger brother in the house, there was one beater for each but always prefaced with the qualifying inquiry, "Have you been really good boys?" Two more angelic facial expressions with nods of affirmation could not have been delivered faster.

Today? Hell,yes! Rinsing off the beaters, spatula or ice cream paddle is the 8th cardinal sin.

Faves: whipped cream, mashed potatoes, any cream filling, pound cake batter, buttercream frosting, almond chocolate torte batter ...and the list goes on.
CP

Aug 24, 2014
Chefpaulo in General Topics

Mashed potatoes, heated milk question

Agree. I've ruined mashed potatoes in both the Cuisinart processor and the stand mixer. The old fashioned hand ricer is my tool of choice (you could also use a Chinoise)before whisking in my shallot infusion.There is a major textural difference.
CP

Aug 24, 2014
Chefpaulo in Home Cooking

Service Dogs Get Couple Kicked Out of Restaurant

"The ADA specifically says that no special identification of any kind is needed. Id papers, photos, vests, harnesses, etc. None of any of this is required in any way."

I do a lot of ADA evaluations and I cannot fathom that the law would allow any person with any unlicensed, unvaccinated, untrained, inadequately-restrained dog into a public eating establishment complying with local health ordinances just because a person claiming a disability insists they enter.

I really want to see this citation.

Aug 22, 2014
Chefpaulo in Food Media & News