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I need a baked egg dish

Is Baked French Toast too pedestrian? You'd need to increase this recipe as it serves 12:

Aug 26, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Vernick Food and Drink - has anyone been there?

Another great meal last night at Vernick's bar. Octopus special was amazing. Simple ingredients well done. Zucchini, nectarine, octopus. Ice cream sandwich so good I had two :) Ice cream between meringue "cookies". Attentive service. What's not to love?

Plus watching mixologist Vince is always a treat.

Aug 24, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Party of 20

Alyan's on Fourth near South has a private upstairs room for special events. You can do this within your budget as it's a BYOB:

Not sure how well the guests of honor can handle stairs and walking on Old City cobblestone streets. Society Hill Sheraton is nearby:

Aug 17, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Help, can anyone identify what this pan is for?

Yes, that makes sense. The lid is missing.

Aug 17, 2014
Seeker19104 in Cookware

Removing Oil Stains From Fabric - Any foolproof methods?

Shampoo (made to remove grease from hair)

Aug 04, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Quick and easy

How many people?

I always have ingredients for garlicky Mediterranean-style fish on hand:
Frozen fish fillets
Canned tomatoes
Black olives

Served with faux-tatoes or rice.

Aug 04, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

dining solo in philly

Yes, I've eaten solo at the bar overlooking the kitchen in the back as well as at the bar in the front at Vernick. Found front bar more social.

Aug 02, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

dining solo in philly

Vernick is solo friendly; however, I do eat at the bar. It's a pleasure to watch Vince, the mixologist, execute his work to a high level with such enjoyment.

Aug 01, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Where to find an inspired slice of pie?

Powelton Village has a pie contest at our Fourth of July celebration. There's always next year...

Jul 19, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Restaurants With Quiet Noise Levels

Bar at Vernick is very pleasant even at busy hours.

Jul 19, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Mainland Inn

Yes, I have news from a reliable source that they will open mid-September.

Making it handicapped accessible slowed the project down.

Jul 08, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Table D’Hôte at Le Chéri

As a member of the Art Alliance, I got the heads up on this and was somewhat curious.

My hesitation to do a prix fixe is that doctors have me on restrictions for laryngeal reflux that make me feel like a PIA. I don't want to make the chef crazy. (I've taken to saying to servers, "If I told you what I can't eat, we'd be here all day.")

Jun 06, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Sad to report the passing of Veggo

Condolences to all of Veggo's loved ones at this time of grief.

I'll miss his repartee :)

May 31, 2014
Seeker19104 in Site Talk

After wedding party reception at our house - can you suggest local caterer


May 27, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Graduation Lunch Center City Area


May 13, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

family friendly establishments

Depending on how adventurous your children are, you might enjoy Rangoon on 9th St in Chinatown.

My daughter liked it as a little one. Food is Burmese which echoes of Chinese, Thai, Indian, and je ne sais quoi.

In addition to being family friendly and reasonably priced, they have a liquor license if you want an adult beverage.

May 04, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

What is one tip you learned about cooking that was simple but made a huge difference: Part 2

Save shells from shrimp in freezer bag. When you have a pile, make seafood stock.

May 03, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

We're Number 4!!!!

I grew up in Brooklyn when it was the mean streets. For my taste, the sauce on most Philadelphia pizza is too sweet.

Apr 10, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Diabetic Foodie

As a "foodie" with severe reactive hypoglycemia, I've been adhering to a diabetic diet for many (40+) years to control my blood sugar.

Education is vital. Listen to your Registered Dietician for guidelines and then see what you can add in later to "live a life." I erred on being too strict when younger...

Apr 03, 2014
Seeker19104 in Special Diets

Indian for lunch near CCWest

+1 Sitar India. They are closed Tuesdays.

Mar 11, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Spaghetti Caruso

Victor Cafe in Philadelphia has it on the menu. Sinatra may well have taken a mistress or two there over the years:

I haven't had it there lately; however, I did enjoy the Spaghetti Caruso. You might get more information from reading reviews.

Mar 09, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Special Diets and Meeting New People

Totally related to your feelings about this as I have changed my diet over the past year for health reasons where before I ate a wide variety of foods.

Concerns I'm dealing with are:
- Food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, corn, peanut butter, soy). Like you I can handle some, not a lot.
- Acid. Was diagnosed with larygneal reflux. Low acid diet means eating things with pH less than 5.5. And some things are iffy.
- Severe reactive hypoglycemia. Have avoided sugar for many years after passing out from a blood sugar crash.

I try to make light of the situation in restaurants by saying, "If I told you what I can't eat, we'd be here all day." Before going to a restaurant, I do preview the menu.

For family and friends, I let them know and assure them I'll find something to eat. I don't want anyone to make a special meal for me.

For potlucks, I bring something I know I can eat. At a recent "Winter-Be-Damned" Party in my neighborhood, I found that another neighbor also has a recent diagnosis of laryngeal reflux which gave us two dishes to eat.

Mar 06, 2014
Seeker19104 in Special Diets

No Bake, No Cook, St. Patrick's Day treats

"Irish Potatoes" are easy and adorable. My daughter learned to make them at school in Philadelphia:

They are popular here. I never saw them when I was growing up in Brooklyn.

Mar 06, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

First time to be served dregs...Ugh :(

It's a complicated situation both to limit acid going down my throat and food that might come up. Fried foods are nixed because of the latter as is eating within four hours of going to bed.

As for acid, I am not supposed to have anything with a pH below 5.5 (4.4 was the initial benchmark). Following these guidelines, and making other lifestyle changes since last July, I have gotten my laryngeal reflux under control.

So I can have red wine and not white wine, one cup of coffee a day, and a tablespoon of vinaigrette.

Yes, it's a tough row to hoe when one loves good food...

Mar 01, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

First time to be served dregs...Ugh :(

Who knows? I probably should have been paying more attention to my food and drink than my conversation.

The dregs were way beyond a residue. I tipped the glass and they were visible from the base to the rim all around the bowl even after I'd swallowed enough to make me gag.

Feb 28, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

First time to be served dregs...Ugh :(

No medical attention required, although I am under the care of an ENT for throat issues. Before ordering anything, I had told the bartender (server) that I could not tolerate anything acidic.

I had ordered carefully. Omitted onions and most cheddar cheese from mushroom omelet and fries. Made side of greens into full plate replacement for fries with light dressing.

Feb 28, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

First time to be served dregs...Ugh :(

Ate lunch today at the counter at White Dog in Philadelphia. While enjoying conversation with friend, I choked on dregs in my glass.

Server removed cost of wine from the check, if not memory from my throat. She apologized for "overpouring."

I was still appalled. Thoughts??

Feb 28, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Help! Whats Wrong With This Recipe - Creamed Spinach

My favorite creamed spinach is the oh-so-sinful Boston Market version.

Compared to this, it has:

- half and half
- cream cheese
- parmesan cheese
- onion and garlic powder
- frozen spinach

Not you. Think this was a bland and lame recipe.

Feb 14, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

bakeries or restaurants for dessert in the evening?

For a classic dessert, I like Parc:

Feb 09, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

The Obnivore: A Cooperative Chowhound Game

Porcini powder

Jan 17, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food