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Knife Skills in Wilmington, DE area?

Thanks for the suggestions -- much appreciated!

Jan 09, 2014
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Knife Skills in Wilmington, DE area?

Hi all and happy New Year! I live in northern DE and was wondering if anyone might know of any options for knife skills classes in that area. Thanks in advance.

Jan 07, 2014
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Bakery in Newark, DE

I'm not sure about delivery, but SAS Cupcakes will ship:

http://www.sascupcakes.com/

Also may be worth checking with Bing's:

http://www.bingsbakery.com/

Both are located on Main Street in Newark.

Oct 18, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Any spots for a veg-friendly Thanksgiving meal in Lancaster?

ISO a nice spot for a Thanksgiving meal in or near Lancaster (city) with at least a smattering of veg-friendly options. (Two of us do not eat meat; two do.)

In the past we've done the buffet at Longwood Gardens, which has been perfect (plenty of non-meat options for the vegetarians), but this is a little further afield than we'd like to go this year. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have!

Oct 10, 2012
spyturtle008 in Pennsylvania

Le Virtu: Not Living Up to It's Reputation

Went recently for the first time and had a very mixed experience. Appetizers, mixed drinks, and dessert were excellent. Service was on the slow side, and getting water refills was next to impossible. Two of us ordered the hand-pulled pasta, which left us both underwhelmed. The basket of dried peppers and scissors thing felt schtick-y. I appreciate the ability to control the amount of heat in the dish, but the peppers seemed 'stale'. Also, some in the basket had already been cut, which left me wondering how many other customers had their mitts on the peppers before we got them. The pasta itself was gummy / chewy -- more like udon than pasta -- and the sauce wasn't anything special. Too many great restaurants in Philly to be going back to this one any time soon.

Aug 12, 2012
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Univ of Delaware/Newark, DE-Wilmington, DE

Oy, I needed to update my profile -- still love the Fresca, though! And, I do pretty much look like that, just a little taller and I'm not *always* carrying an ice cream cone :) .

May 11, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Univ of Delaware/Newark, DE-Wilmington, DE

Thanks for the Woodside tip! If you see someone there who looks like my avatar, feel free to say hello :) .

May 11, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Univ of Delaware/Newark, DE-Wilmington, DE

Sign up for Va La's email list for updates -- it is a lovely way to relax when the weather's nice (and even when it's not -- we've been there for a sudden rain storm and there's plenty of space to scuttle for cover). Details from this week's email:

This Friday, May 11 :
SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT HOURS
Wood. Fired. Pizza. We say welcome back to Friday nights and wood-fired deliciousness. Steaming hot pies fresh off the coals created by celebrity chef, possum breeder, and former ninja assassin, the beloved Mr Matthew J. Hans IV.
PLUS: the mighty Glenn E. Williams Jazz Trio doing a little evening concert thing (5 - 8 pm, weather and belief in love permitting.) Pizzas are small batches made to order, so come early to beat the rush.

May 11, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Cucina di Napoli Newark De

This is one of my usual lunch spots because I work at the University. I think the biggest problem with this place is turnover -- the servers and kitchen staff seem to all be students, which means that you could order the same thing once a week for a month and get several different styles of presentation.

The ridiculous upcharging has always bothered me, too. Obnoxious that they charge extra to 'chop' your salad. Also, try swapping a sauce on one of their pasta specials and watch what happens to your bill. You can have tortellini with blush sauce, or gnocchi with red and a meatball for the same price, but gnocchi with blush and no meat will cost you an additional chunk of change. Please. If I'm asking for more food I'm happy to pay more. But that's just irritating.

Still, it's much more down-to-earth and reasonable than Caffe Gelato.

May 11, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Univ of Delaware/Newark, DE-Wilmington, DE

Vita Nova is good, still there, but since it's run by students the schedule can be limited. For instance, their last dinner seating of the semester is tonight. Also, dinner is their training ground for super formal, which is nice but you'd want to know that before reserving. Lunch buffet is more casual, although because the students are being evaluated, I wouldn't say that it's ever exactly laid-back.

Tonight my pick is pizza truck at Va La Winery in Avondale. Good food, great wine, nice to sit and sip and munch overlooking the vineyards -- if the sometime-smell of the nearby mushroom farms doesn't put you off.

May 11, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Italian Food in Wilmington, DE

I get the linguini with half mushroom sauce and half blush, same plate. My partner gets half red and half diavlo (we like heat, but we also like flavor!). The servers are always really accommodating -- I think as long as your request is reasonable, they'll make it happen.

May 11, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Italian Food in Wilmington, DE

Seconding Attilio's. We also like Mrs. Rubino's as well -- again, total red-gravy style, the menus are very 'plain jane', but if this is what you're looking for, both places will hit the spot. Excellent comfort food. At Attilio's, the ricotta linguini is my favorite.

At Rubino's, they are very accommodating with their pastas -- if you want to try two sauces (or cut their diavlo, which is incredibly spicy), they're happy to split half and half.

May 07, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Casual but delicious dinner in Wilmington, DE?

Ditto'ing (tritto-ing?) the El Diablo rec. If you're looking for a quick bite with some good and unique twists, this is your spot. Love the mushrooms and the sherry onions.

There is an ice cream shop a few doors down that sells Bassetts ice cream (famous Philly ice cream), if you have room for dessert. Pumpkin is my favorite when it's in stock.

Feb 02, 2012
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Looking for Thanksgiving 2011 restaurant in Wilmington, DE area

+1. We did this last year and it was excellent. Will definitely do it again next time I am in town for Thanksgiving. As a bonus there was a good amount of choices for vegetarians, if you happen to have any in your group.

Also, much of the holiday display was up when we were there, so there's plenty to see in the Conservatory if the weather's crummy.

Oct 27, 2011
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Are there any gourmet cheese shops in Delaware?

I've stopped shopping for cheese at Jannsen's. Last time I bought some there, it was nearly inedible (dried out / old, and way way overpriced). Should never have been sold -- the kids working the deli probably didn't know any better.

Oct 27, 2011
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Thai take-out in Wilmington, DE

Bangkok House is our go-to place for Thai takeout. Same family as Jeenwong (and Tamarind on South Street in Philly), I believe. I will actually only get takeout from Bangkok House -- dining in is an exercise in patience that I'm not willing to endure (when there is a disclaimer on the menu that basically says 'expect to wait,' and you're expected to make it through a spicy meal on one small glass of water, that's a problem). But the take-out is always ready and waiting when we arrive.

Jul 26, 2011
spyturtle008 in Mid-Atlantic

Greek festivals!

Here's the info on the Wilmington Greekfest: http://www.holytrinitywilmington.org/...

May 24, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Horizon's Closing

I truly hope that's the case. But the fact that you mentioned four other very good spots for a great pizza, while a phenomenal, unique restaurant needs to tweak its concept to stay in the game... still sad.

Apr 18, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Horizon's Closing

Yes, but it makes me sad (and angry) that this change seems to be borne out of the impression that the food at Horizon's was somehow not 'accessible' enough. A Beard-celebrated restaurant, consistently mentioned as one of the best in the city, and that's not 'accessible'?

I'll definitely be there to try their new venture when it opens and wish them lots of success, but... 'accessible small plates' doesn't exactly leave me super psyched.

Apr 18, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Horizon's Closing

Because what Philly really needs is another pizza joint:

http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/2011/...

Ridiculously sad.

Apr 18, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Easter Brunch, Center City?

Excellent -- I may be giving them a holler. And will definitely be checking out Mi Lah on another day.

Apr 01, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Easter Brunch, Center City?

Ah ha!! There's the sample menu I was looking for -- thanks, Philly Ray!!

Apr 01, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Easter Brunch, Center City?

Thanks, Bacchus -- that is good to know! So, Fountain has a menu-brunch -- not a buffet? I think for this outing we'd prefer a nicer, veg-friendly buffet if we can find one, but I'm open to all suggestions. (And yes -- definitely looking forward to nicer days -- ugh!)

Apr 01, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Easter Brunch, Center City?

Thanks! We've been there for dinner, but I'd completely forgotten that they have a brunch menu.

Mar 31, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Easter Brunch, Center City?

I'm looking for a spot for Easter Brunch in Center City (will be seeing a performance at the Kimmel Center later that day and would like to park once). My partner and I are vegetarian (we do eat dairy / eggs, but no fish / seafood). My first thoughts were Lacriox or Fountain. Looking at Lacriox's menu, I didn't see a whole lot we would eat. Many of the entrees that caught my eye at first glance were meat-ified (e.g. gnocchi with escargot & chicken skin, mac&cheese w/ pepperoni, smoked egg w/ veal), so I'm sadly thinking that might not be a good spot for us. I can't seem to find a sample menu of Fountain's brunch online. I'm more than happy to shell out for good quality, but not if we won't have enough options to get our money's worth. Given the holiday, I'm eager to try something new / 'special'. Help?

Mar 31, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Philly Edition

Seconding the salted caramel budino at Barbuzzo -- I'd heard so many superlatives about it before going that I was almost tired of hearing about it, but oh, man... It really is all that.

Mar 30, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Sukhothai in Lancaster...???

I tried this place recently and thought it was fair. The highlight was the coconut soup, which was delicious. I ordered drunken noodles, which were very overcooked and mushified. Everything else at our table looked fine -- nothing to write home about, but about on par for other Thai restaurants in the area.

Mar 28, 2011
spyturtle008 in Pennsylvania

Mother's Day in Lancaster

I'm looking for a Mother's Day brunch option in Lancaster or nearby. My partner and I are both vegetarians, but the in-laws are not. (Of course there are normally plenty of veg options at brunch buffets, but I thought I'd mention it anyways.) Our usual spot, Winterthur, has been usurped by Point-to-Point, so we thought we'd head out tLancaster-ways this year (closer to in-laws). We're not necessarily locked into the idea of a buffet, either. Just looking for good food, nice atmosphere, and maybe (just maybe) a little something beyond standard fare. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Mar 28, 2011
spyturtle008 in Pennsylvania

dinner before show at Wilma Theater?

Another subscriber here -- we tend to go for quicker bites since we're driving in from Wilmington and don't have a lot of time before the curtain, so two other thoughts along those lines are Sahara Grill, which is just around the corner from the Wilma (Lebanese) and inespensive, and Tria, who has a location nearby but which is a bit more of a walk -- they have a great wine / beer selection and lots of good small plates from which to build a delicious meal.

Mar 14, 2011
spyturtle008 in Philadelphia

Istanbul

Checking to see if I could scare up some Chowhound recs for Istanbul. We'll be staying in Sultanhamet and spending 4 days, so I don't expect we'll get too far afield. We're both vegetarian (no meat or fish, but we do eat eggs / dairy), so anything particularly veg-friendly would be most welcome. Thanks in advance!

Feb 24, 2011
spyturtle008 in Europe