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Would You Name Your Kid Nutella?

Moon Unit and Dweezil Zappa probably would - or worse.

32 minutes ago
Chefpaulo in Food Media & News

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

A most generous offer but I have all I can use. You're still invited for potato and leek soup, arugula salad, poached salmon, wild rice timbales and chocolate hazelnut torte. That is my idea of a snow day feast.
CP

about 15 hours ago
Chefpaulo in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

Why is it that everyone talks about the weather but nobody ever does anything about it?

1 day ago
Chefpaulo in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

You're more than welcome, if you can find me! Even MapQuest puts me in the middle of the woods, in a cave under a rock.
Not true.
CP

1 day ago
Chefpaulo in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

The main benefit of being self-employed: when I call in sick, I know I'm lying. LOL!

1 day ago
Chefpaulo in General Topics

Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

And a good boozy bread pudding with creme caramel sauce.

I have potato and leek soup under construction and bread rising. Fortunately, I work from home but clients will most likely cancel for tomorrow since I'm so isolated out here. Actually, I hope they do. Sleep late, bake bread, light a fire, eat soup, watch snow fall while listening to Vivaldi and crack open the Armagnac. That's the plan for the day. We all need one of those once in a while.
CP

RIP Toner's Beef & Ale

That's sad. I remember it since childhood when Ft. Washington was just Toner's, the Fort Washington Hotel, the Gulf and Sunoco stations, and the Buick dealer. That was about it.

Hamilton's Grill Room

Ummm...I think that's called theft...at least in Pennsylvania.
CP

Jan 11, 2015
Chefpaulo in New Jersey
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Hamilton's Grill Room

Charge you how much if you don't show for goods and services not rendered?

IMHO, Hamilton is not worth it. Been there, done that. Just avoid, avoid, avoid.

CP

Jan 11, 2015
Chefpaulo in New Jersey

Foodie is Now a Banished Word!

I done did love watching Joos-tan all dolled up in his suspenders make his cajun specialties. Miss him, and how knew exactly how to measure out one teaspoon of salt without a spoon - he done did.
CP

Jan 11, 2015
Chefpaulo in Not About Food

Foodie is Now a Banished Word!

No problem with it here. I am a gourmet but not a gourmand. Gourmets unite and be proud of being foodies! Gourmands go to Applebee's, pig out and stay there.

Oh....and I see that the North American bastion of political correctness, Lake Superior State University, made this determination. Never heard of it until today.
CP

Jan 11, 2015
Chefpaulo in Not About Food
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What happened to Kelchner's?

Kindly edify us anti-Zuckerbergs.
I have avoided Facebook for seven years and refuse to log in. Yet, I'm still spammed.
CP

Jan 10, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

What happened to Kelchner's?

You expect they would admit to that? Same old familiar Kelchner's label. "You can fool some of the people...." oh, you know the rest. Remember when Breyer's ice cream was actually pure ingredients? Look what has been surreptitiously added, deleted and modified over the years.
The same thing happening here. The Kelchner's cocktail sauce of last week is nothing like it was a year ago.

Jan 09, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Let's work on it.
CP

Jan 09, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia
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What happened to Kelchner's?

And some lemon or lime juice with a few drops of Tabasco.
CP

Jan 09, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia
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What happened to Kelchner's?

Agree. I have no complaints about the horseradish but the cocktail sauce has been dumbed down. Not the cayenne zing (there was more there than just horseradish)of last year. Will explore the tartar sauce next.

Remember back in the 70's when Famous Amos cookies were still under Wally Amos' supervision until he sold? They were THE best commercial bakery around. Now....what? Kelchner's seems to be going the same road to guargumdom (my neologism.)
CP

Jan 09, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

What happened to Kelchner's?

The label now says Allentown and the flavor is totally different. Enough evidence of a sell-out for me. Caveat emptor!
CP

Jan 08, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

What happened to Kelchner's?

I bought a large jar of Kelchner's cocktail sauce (as I've done for decades) and it tasted NOTHING like it used to. Relatively bland and no zip from the horseradish. I then noticed that they are no longer in Dublin, PA but now in Allentown. Did they sell out and we are now getting the sub-standard replacement designed for the chain supermarket crowd?
Kelchner's! You've lost a loyal customer with your downgrade!
CP

Jan 08, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

So....anyone been yet?
I'm thinking about a cautious bar tasting this Saturday around six. Any Hounds interested in joining me?
CP

Jan 08, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

1975-1976 La Choy Soy Sauce TV commercial

If La Choy does that to your teeth, I'll pass.

Jan 06, 2015
Chefpaulo in Food Media & News

Mainland Inn

Are the stainless containers (bottom frame) a menu item? LOL! Couldn't we get a pic of something other than the condiment bar?

I think some of these farm-to-table chefs need a bit of writing assistance. Those Fitler pics would not get me in there (Hear that, Rob???)

Jan 03, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia
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too old for cooking school?

Pastry and culinary students have very different personalities. Early day pastry making is much more sedate, planned and orderly than evening culinary service.

Either way, live your passion but make sure you have the energy.

Jan 03, 2015
Chefpaulo in Not About Food
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Mainland Inn

The menu is downright bizarre! Where does the name of the dish end and the ingredients begin? Capital letters and different fonts might help. I hope chef cooks better than he writes.

Its also risky to be opening while "still hiring for all positions." Despite all the delays, this opening doesn't sound well planned.

Mainland Inn

The under-construction website says that opening day is tomorrow - January 2nd.
However, I'd never go until they work out the kinks. Sounds like there's been over a year's worth.
CP

Jan 01, 2015
Chefpaulo in Philadelphia

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

Would a food tray even make it to the party? Bariatric surgery may be the only remedy here.
I appreciate the suggestions to accommodate and make him comfortable but his behavior is so anomalous, the rights of society may have to take precedence.There's no reason anyone should have to leave a function unsatisfied because one guest can't be.

Dec 31, 2014
Chefpaulo in Not About Food

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

Yes, I do consider manners, decorum, reciprocity and common sense as requisite skills to be my friend. If a guest comes in and clears out 100+ pieces of sushi and has not sent a Christmas card, a gift basket, bring a few bottles of fine wine or shown any other gesture of reciprocal hospitality.....What has he done for me lately???

And it does NOT sound like the OP "wants to include him." He's already a persona non grata and OP is trying to handle this embarrassing, burdensome and expensive situation. Otherwise, why be asking for advice?

I've had people with mental issues and addictions that have never been invited back. No regrets. One cleaned me out of a half a bottle of 25-year-old Macallan scotch and then almost challenged me to a fist fight in his drunken bellicose stupor. Boyfriend of a good friend. Yes. Ever invited back here? Never. This is my home. Behave yourself or remove your sorry, egregious and socially-remiss ass and party elsewhere.
CP

Accommodating a Party Guest-What is Reasonable?

My first thought. He definitely has some sort of satiety disorder. He has no idea when he's had enough, and no self-monitoring regulation to know who he is offending.

He's regarded in your post as a "guest." Is he a friend? What has he done for you lately? The only peeps allowed in this house are my friends. All have been around a long while, they reciprocate and are screened carefully. Disrespectful behavior gets you off the 'A' list. I've done it to a few without regrets. My home is for well-adjusted people who add to each others' lives. He sounds totally narcissistic and out for free eats, everyone else be damned if they don't get to the table first. Do you really need him around? Just asking.

Why engineer around accommodating this guy who is so inappropriate and destructive - both to you and himself? If he clutches his chest and falls to the floor after eating a whole tray of your lasagna, will that be a compliment? Sometimes, people with problems should be left on their own after a helpful suggestion that they need to examine change.
CP

12 Great Wines with Awful Names

I'm surprised that Fat Bastard didn't make the list. That given to the wrong colleague can get one fired. Didn't I also see Bitch? Or, since I never had either, maybe they aren't in the great category. Please advise.

Dec 23, 2014
Chefpaulo in Features

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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