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Easter Bread

Sam's Italian Market in Willow Grove has it.

Apr 17, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Great Cake from Prantl's

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04...

Eating it now in Philly. Wow!

Apr 16, 2014
JanR in Pennsylvania

Brooklynite loving Philly

Thank you for this wonderful review. Reminds me how lucky we are to have great restaurants, byob, and comparatively reasonable prices. Glad you enjoy our city.

Apr 16, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Try the new place/dish, or stick with old faithful?

I'm just the opposite. Birthdays and anniversaries, same place (and table). Try a new place maybe every couple months. The rest of the time, various familiar places.

Apr 14, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Well we went last night. It was okay but I see no compelling reason to rush back. At 6pm on a fine night, I asked if we could be seated on the patio, where several empty tables awaited us. The hostess checked then came back and said there was nothing available. That was strange because before we left I asked and was told it was first come, first serve. Looking back, I wonder if this had something to do with their trying to project a younger image for this place than it previously had. We are not young nor were many of the people who were ushered to the back of the restaurant. Just sayin. We were escorted to a room in back that looked very much like a small corporate conference room. Not much atmosphere. At least we weren't seated right next to the small service bar as was one unfortunate couple that arrived shortly after us. It was quiet and the chairs were comfortable. It was not, however, a good example of the much touted spectacular renovations. The hostess pointed out the nicer rooms, though, as we breezed past en route to our padded cell. Yes, the walls were quilted. My sidecar wasn't the best but it was served in a sugar rimmed martini glass as requested. I can't fault them too much here. Rare is the bartender who can make a good sidecar. Husband's gun and tonic was fine. I also had a reasonably priced French sparkling white. My arugula and spinach salad was very good, as was my husband's Bibb salad. His "aged" hamburger was tough and not medium rare as advertised --and it was pre-formed. The bread with chives was good but served room temperature. I think it was baked in-house. The mini cupcake trio was fantastic. They have a pastry chef who I hear specializes in cupcakes. I was very excited to hear I had a few oyster choices. The Vancouver oysters I ordered came with a decent mignonette and were very good. However, I kept getting bits of shell in my mouth. I assumed it might have to do with the shells being more delicate than most (and, indeed, when the waiter bought me one of a different type -- since I wanted to see if that was the case -- it was fine). Still, I wonder if more careful shucking would have prevented this. All six oysters shedding shell? Our waiter was great and didn't give us his name (yeah!). He was attentive without being intrusive.

Apr 13, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Thanks for the review. What were the prices like? There are none on the online menu.

Apr 12, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Runaround Sous

Wow!

Apr 12, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Toronto Hound in Philly

+1 for Le Cheri.

Apr 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Toronto Hound in Philly

Thanks. My feelings exactly about Vetri. Loved it in the early days. Zeppoli is wonderful. Going back next week and can't wait.

Apr 11, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Thank you Arepo. Not everyone lives in center city, and it is nice to have a decent option in the suburbs. There is really nothing compelling in Blue Bell. I'm looking forward to being able to order something other than blue point oysters out here. I'll reserve comments on the rest of the menu until I try it. I agree with you that the history of the place is a factor.

Apr 09, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Shad 2014

Mica is doing a tasting menu featuring shad roe next week.

Apr 08, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Yesterday evening, when I drove by, the parking lot looked full. Has anyone been?

Apr 08, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Happy Hour suggestions, 15-25 people KOP

Seasons 52

Apr 07, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

Been waiting for this. Excited about the east and west coast oysters.

Apr 07, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Shad 2014

I saw it yesterday at the Flourtown farmers market.

Apr 06, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Two Bells for Avance

http://www.philly.com/philly/food/201...

And the review reads as one bell.

Apr 05, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Wedding cakes with delivery to suburbs

Thank you for getting back to us on this and your venue decision. Best wishes for a lovely day.

Apr 02, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Avance

I have not dined at Avance, and cannot comment on the food. The server interruptions I would find insufferable. I must say the review was quite pithily written.

Mar 30, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

BYOBing at Le Virtu, on East Passyunk Ave

Very nice review and photos. Thanks. Sounds like a fun night. Btw, I used to like "Chef". I have to agree with Philly Ray. I'm happiest with the apps and pastas at Le Virtu.

Mar 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Where to find Hot cross buns?

Sorry. I don't like that stuff either.

Mar 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Stella Sera- rescued dinner, almost.

Yes, we thought it was okay too but are in no hurry to return.

Mar 29, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia
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Le Cheri

That has to be one of the lowest markups in the city.

Mar 24, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Brunch

Good recommendations all. I am one of those who like Honey's (at least the one in Northern Liberties). I haven't been to the new new location. I had to smile when I read "it was on that Diners and Dives show". I don't like that show, and it always seems to be on!

Mar 24, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Looking forward to reading about your experience. Enjoy!

Mar 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

August

I can't imagine this as a big business dinner place. That's part of its charm IMHO.

Mar 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

August

I would love to try the dishes you mentioned. Especially the coconut custard. Thanks Sylvia.

Mar 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

Yes, we usually go during the week these days. I would amend my early seating recommendation for late spring and summer --when the days are longer. A late seating then would still get you the lovely views of horse farms ,etc and there is a very relaxed feel to the last seating, which we enjoy. Not to say the first seating is rushed. It isn't. In fact, we have waited with others on the porch a few times, because they don't want to rush the first seating. No worries. The neighborhood cat is usually there and she loves to be petted.

Mar 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

August

Every time we visit August, I ask myself why we've stayed away so long. Returned last night with another couple. What a great dinner! The atmosphere is welcoming and one feels at home. But the food. Squisito!
My artichoke app was yummy. I had the same at a Montco restaurant recently. Let me say that August's version was a revelation. While I barely touched the former, last night I wiped my plate (and the app was entree size). Spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, fava beans... Others had roasted beets with pistachios and a terrific dressing. Entrees were just as good. Farfalle with lots is crab meat for two of us, penne pasta with shrimp and favs beans in a spicy pink sauce for my husband, and veal Diane in brandy sauce for the other guy in our party. Finished with well-made cappuccinos and a shared cheesecake. Worth the drive to South Philly. Maryann is a terrific chef, and Maria is a lovely hostess.

Mar 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Romantic, Intimate Anniversary Dinner

I would reserve a couple months ahead for a Saturday. There is nothing snobbish about this place, and prices are quite reasonable for the quality. I believe most entrees are under $35, including specials. I really like their smoked salmon, etc. Napoleon and the Chilean sea bass. Butterscotch cake and bread pudding are both standout desserts. I suggest the earlier seating because the drive there is beautiful. Great suggestion Jay! We go there every anniversary (as well as any other time we can find an excuse).

Mar 23, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia

Le Cheri

I suspect the wines this group brings makes it worth paying the corkage.

Mar 22, 2014
JanR in Philadelphia