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Why bucatini?

Never been a fan either, give me some capellini or penne rigate anyday

Feb 20, 2014
suburbanite889 in General Topics

Best pasta sauce in a jar?

I find new mans to be overly seasoned with dry herbs, I like cucina antica garlic marinara that I cook down with a can of san MarZanos, and monte benne is produced by the same company and a few bucks cheaper at wfm. Victoria also makes a nice tangy red for homemade pizzas

Feb 20, 2014
suburbanite889 in General Topics

Italian "Gaduna" or "Garduna?"

I know it deff isn't burdock as it was not starchy. Like a cross between thistle, celery, and rhubarb. This spring im gonna dig some up and find out what it is!!

Feb 20, 2014
suburbanite889 in General Topics

CHOW Reviews: Zoku Slush and Shake Maker - Not Really That Practical?

Bought it, used it once, and now it's taking stock in my freezer.. I frozen it for eight + hours, and tried a bottled room temp juice. It took around 20 minutes of vigorous scraping, as the sides kept getting caked on, and the bottom turned solid. In the end I was still left with a slightly liquified slush, and a big disappointment in terms of flavor/texture. I'm gonna try it with cold-brew coffee tomorrow and see how it fairs… Anyone have luck with sugar-free blends?

Aug 12, 2013
suburbanite889 in Cookware
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Best Bakery On The Main Line

Clays Bakery…. It is difficult to find both a good cake and frosting in one, but clays excels in both. I am not a huge frosting fan, but you will find yourself waking up in the morning and taking finger-fulls of beautifully colored buttercream instead of drinking your normal joe.

Aug 11, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Center City Restaurant Week

Zahav, not a big difference from their regular tasting menu, but some of the best in the city… All others are typically eghh in terms of quality, menu's generated to provide fast, uninspired service to as many people as possible… That being said, Chima or Fogo de Chao's deals are cheaper if you purchase them during rw, since I think its like fifty bucks a head normally.

Aug 11, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

BRunch Suggestions Please: Easy street parking

Famous 4th Street Deli, parking is a pain, but not as bad as you think on a Sunday--> especially during the August shore-slumbs. Upscale you can go to XIX or The Fountain, but famous is a great spot, tons of options, free pickles, and tons of food!!

Aug 11, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

WEEKDAY LUNCH SPOT??

So I am trying to decide on a place for lunch, was thinking about either Kanella or Barbuzzo… Speaking of Barbuzzo, their $13 antipasto bar, is that AYCE or a one and done deal?

Aug 11, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Fratelli's Brick Oven Pizza in E. Norriton

Yup!! Any idea what ever happened to them? If they relocated, or started up something else?

Aug 04, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Fratelli's Brick Oven Pizza in E. Norriton

It's been years since this place closed, but I still think about their chicken rolls and amazing salads and garlic knots. Does anyone know what ever happened to the fratelli brothers, if they relocated?

Jul 31, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Sweetgreen in Ardmore?

So tell me, have you ever been to Sweetgreen and is any good?

Jun 16, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Carlinos in Ardmore?

Have you ever tried their pizza? I got their eggplant bruschetta which was amazing, albeit a bit heavy on the oil, and I also tried their broccoli rabe which was good as well, again a bit heavy on the oil. Are their italian pastries: cannoli, sfogliatelle, lobster claws, any good?

Jun 16, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Carlinos in Ardmore?

anyone??

Jun 15, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Carlinos in Ardmore?

So tell me, what are your favorite finds at Carlinos?

Jun 12, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

1 night in town, Barbuzzo or Zahav as a solo diner?

Zahav… get the tasting menu and go for happy hour: half priced hummus!

Jun 12, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Admit it... There's Some Dishes at Chain Restaurants You Like

Arbys: Roast Beef and Arbys Sauce, waffle fries, and their shakes are pretty legit- cherry and all!
Bertuccis: Dipping oil
Boston Market Green Beans, Gravy, and Mashed taters
Baja Fresh: Pico and Salsa Verde
BK: Zesty Sauce, Whopper Jr., mousse pie
Cheesecake Factory: Spinach & artichoke dip, The Rachel special
Chuck E Cheese: I cant help but love their pizza
California Pizza Kitchen: Tricolore salad pizza, split pea soup
Cracker Barrel: Okra, Sourdough pancakes, apple butter
Dairy Queen: Large vanilla cone dipped in rainbow jimmies
Denny's: Hash Browns, and Grand Slam with overeasy eggs, and buttered rye, sausage
DD: Everything bagel w/ cream cheese & vanilla kreme donut
Einstein Bros: Everything bagel with turkey, tomato and sprouts
Friendlys: New England Clam Chowder
Houlihans: Tuscan White Bean Salad
IHOP: rootie tutie fresh n fruity
KFC: fries
Maggianos: Stuffed Mushrooms, Rigatoni D, Calamari & Zucchini, Caesar salad
Macaroni Grill: Bread
Marathon Grill (philly): Control Freak salads
McDonalds: fries, strawberry milkshake, nuggets, and their old mc'salad chicken ranch shaker
Olive Garden: Bread and Salad
Outback: Bloomin Onion, Baked Potato, salad with ranch, and black bread
Pizza Hut: Veggie Supreme, Breadsticks, Cinnastix, salad bar creamy italian
Panera: House Salad
Ruby Tuesday: Salad Bar & Croutons
Subway: Turkey sub with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo
Texas Roadhouse: Peanuts
Taco Bell: Mild Sauce
Wawa: Coffee and turkey shortie with LTO and mayo
Wendy's: Chocolate Frosty and Chicken Nuggets, oh and chili

Jun 12, 2013
suburbanite889 in Chains

Food Franchises That Don't Suck

I would say Wawa or Primo's are by far supreme in ranking, but if you are not blessed with these hoagie/road-trip staple meccas, then baja fresh (salsa bar!?!) Ruby Tuesday (salad bar,) and Maggianos, and the bread at Romanos Macaroni. California Pizza Kitchen and Cheesecake Factory are good for picky groups, and a good pizza hut supreme pizza + salad bar (with their creamy italian) is up there, not necessarily for flavor, but more so nostalgia.

Jun 12, 2013
suburbanite889 in Chains

I don't care if I never set foot again in a...............

Red Lobster… Their only saving grace is the cheddar bay biscuits, those set aside and their "opulent" selections that seemed so "gourmet" in the 90's, are now overpriced, dried out. And thats not even touching on their sustainability practices and water sources.

Jun 12, 2013
suburbanite889 in Chains

Vedge: Dishes to choose

So a group of us are going to vedge at the end of the month… What are some go to dishes, fake meats/soy aside

Jun 03, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Foodie Tour

So tell me, what are your favorite grocers, markets, cafes, etc, that feature uncommon/hard to find ingredients that are both delicious to look at and eat; or just all around interesting? Locations around center city and bella vista please!

May 31, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Favorite Italian Deli recipes?

antipasti and salads, no meat proteins

May 29, 2013
suburbanite889 in Home Cooking

crazy pasta recipe?

Its like cooking in a slow cooker, but it does work, although you run the risk of gummy pasta, but I've done a take on a minestrone using this method.

May 28, 2013
suburbanite889 in Home Cooking

Favorite Italian Deli recipes?

So tell me, what is your favorite classic italian deli recipe that can be made in bulk, but pleases the crowds.

May 28, 2013
suburbanite889 in Home Cooking

Need Help With Healthy Dinners

I recommend batch cooking as I assume you are strapped for time as new parents. The day that you do the bulk of your food shopping, set aside time to make large amounts of whole grains, beans, and the weeks proteins (not cooked, just portioned and ready to go.) Some great low-fat, plant heavy meals include steam sauting with broth or water instead of oil, and using olive oil spray instead of coating veggies with oil. Low-fat cooking methods like poaching, roasting, steaming, and grilling are all great. Having fruits/veggies within reach, prepped and ready to go in clear containers in the fridge will make you more apt to reach for those instead of the ice cream or potato chips.

May 28, 2013
suburbanite889 in Home Cooking

Best Hummus in the Burbs'?

I was recently down that way and I actually picked up a container… Love it, but it's super rich, and its got cumin in it… And for daily hummus'ing I prefer plain and simple

May 28, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Best Hummus in the Burbs'?

I agree that fresh-a-peel hummus has an off taste, plus they have some weird ingredients added, whereas I think hummus should just be chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon… no oil necessary. I tried Helens Garlic and am not the biggest fan, still looking for the best store bought to keep my cravings in check when I can't get to Arpeggios

May 26, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Best Hummus in the Burbs'?

Love me some arpeggios hummus, I compare all hummus' to it! I actually like their tabbouleh, not heavy on the bulgur, instead lotsa parsley, and their baba is equally delicious… Just wish they weren't so $$$$ for what you get

May 19, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Green aisle grocery?

So anyone ever been, is it worth the hike from south street?

May 17, 2013
suburbanite889 in Philadelphia

Italian "Gaduna" or "Garduna?"

So every Spring, my grandfather would take us kids to the local farm park to pick what we called "gaduna." He said it grew well in sandy soil, and it looked similar to rhubarb in its stem, with almost thistly bristles on the stem. We would take them home, where my grandmom would boil them then dredge them in eggs and flour and deep fry them. They were absolutely delicious, but I just don't know what the english term for it is… And no, its not cardoon, and although burdock is called gaduna, it looked more like rhubarb… Any ideas?

May 16, 2013
suburbanite889 in General Topics

Italian style spinach or rabe?

And best frozen spinach brand that doesn't taste freezer burned?

May 11, 2013
suburbanite889 in Home Cooking