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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

family-friendly restaurants near Rector/Manayunk, Smith Playhouse or Please Touch

Nothing within walking distance of Smith Playhouse and Please Touch Museum which are in Fairmount Park.

Nearby neighborhoods (Art Museum, Fairmount) have:
Zorba's Taverna
King of Tandoor

In Manayunk you might like:
Bella Trattoria
Winnie's Le Bus
Han Dynasty (or any Asian restaurant)

Jan 11, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

What is the one thing you refuse to eat out because your homemade version is unbeatable?

Chicken Cacciatore and most other Italian dishes

Hungarian Goulash

French Onion Soup

Jan 10, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Flower Show Tea?

Did this once years ago with a friend visiting from Boston. It was a disaster. Didn't even have hot enough water to make decent tea...

Jan 02, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Who eats using sterling silver flatware at home each and every day?

My grandmother gave me her mother-in-law's complete set of Tiffany silver plate (marked 1910) forty years ago and told me to use it.

I do use the smaller forks, knives, and spoons daily and put it in the dishwasher. The entree forks are so large they'd take out a tonsil!

Dec 31, 2013
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Trader Joe's food delivered to your door

Most emphatically "Yes." The Trader Joe's in Philadelphia offends me because it's oriented away from the street, yet I like some of their offerings.

As I don't have a car, the charge is quite reasonable.

PS I would not be buying produce as there's a year-round Farmer's Market in my neighborhood, lovely, historic Powelton Village.

Dec 14, 2013
Seeker19104 in Chains

Crab legs menu

Are you talking about Alaskan King Crab Legs or something less mammoth?

Dec 13, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

I'm gonna ask again. WHole chicken,cut up..recipe?

Love Chicken Cacciatore recipe from Joy of Cooking. (I do modify by using onions rather than shallots and serve on spaghetti.)

Dec 12, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Le Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 is undrinkable and I just did the unthinkable....

What we have readily available in Philadelphia is a very drinkable, light red wine with notes of cherry. Far superior to the 2012 beaujolais nouveau which I found flat and uninteresting.

Of course, matters of taste are not matters of dispute :)

Dec 02, 2013
Seeker19104 in France

Typical American Thanksgiving meal: All show, no substance.

Shouldn't be difficult. There are only a few people on line named Melinda Campbell with medical or advanced academic degrees.

Dec 02, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday - Theme Monkey

You sign up for a Pinterest account, then clicking on the picture will take you to the page of the person who posted it.

There will be a larger picture there and perhaps some additional instructions. You can also contact the poster for help.

Dec 02, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Ideas for Baby's 1st Birthday - Theme Monkey

If you're doing games, you might like to offer Bananagrams. Or gift that to the parents for future family fun.

Monkeys are also known to throw coconuts in the jungle. So macaroons would fit the theme.

For food, if you can serve a stew, I find that most forgiving for a crowd. How about a "jungle" fish stew with coconut milk?

Here are some monkey cupcake designs:

Dec 02, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Portable Thanksgiving Dishes?

I made a lentil salad for a reunion brunch that was well received by all.

Recipe not handy; however, I do remember that chopped parsley went in at the end.

Nov 25, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Poached chicken for chicken salad - best way to season


Nov 17, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Poached chicken for chicken salad - best way to season

Wondering if I can poach a large turkey thigh by using cold water start, bringing to boil, and letting it sit??

That's so easy!

Nov 16, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

First time Thanksgiving meal!?! what was I thinking??

Asking people to bring their "special" dish is definitely the way to go. Your regulars are going to expect your usual spread. No reason to disappoint them, is there?

PS I asked my daughter from about age six what she wanted to eat for Thanksgiving. Her answer: Salad. I never would have guessed!

Nov 07, 2013
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

More on BBQ

Self-confessed NC Eastern-style barbecue snob here.

At lunch one day at Karma while bemoaning there is no decent barbecue in Philadelphia, young man at the bar happened to be from NC and volunteered that it was available online from King's in Kinston, NC.

And, boy, is it good!

PS Dickeys is just sad, IMHO

Sep 18, 2013
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Small wedding--looking for private room or restaurant to rent

May be outside your geographic area; however, this is a lovely spot that says they do weddings:

Sep 11, 2013
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia