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Philly - Sat night with kids

Rangoon in Chinatown is a rather unique experience and child friendly plus they have a liquor license if you want adult beverages.

Have you partaken of Burmese cuisine? Does being welcomed as if you're part of the family sound good to you? Do you like a reasonably-priced meal?

If so, get a cab from the airport ($28.50+tip) and enjoy tea leaf salad, thousand layer bread, various amazing main dishes.

(Burmese cuisine is a mix between Chinese, Indian, and Thai IMHO.)

Feb 23, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

does silence on an rsvp mean they aren't coming ?

Needed an exact head count for party at restaurant to celebrate my daughter's 21st birthday. Guest list was friends, family, and neighbors.

Even though I'd enclosed a stamped postcard for RSVP which only required a check mark and deposit in the mail, eighteen out of fifty did not respond.

Not wanting to pay for extras or be caught short, I called the laggards. No one seemed apologetic. I was flabbergasted.

Girard

I'd be tempted to write my mother's favorite tip on the blank line: Behave yourself.

Feb 21, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Vernick

Vernick has been my go-to place since being restricted on the Ph scale by my ENT. They are unfailingly kind and considerate about my dietary limitations. And eating at the bar has enlarged my social circle :)

Feb 20, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Tuna Loin Experience?

Roasting would seem to be too harsh for this delicate fish. I'd char the outside and leave the inside rare. Probably on top of the stove in a well-seasoned cast iron pan coated with olive oil or ghee.

I do like raw tuna...

Feb 12, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking
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Microwave Risotto -- Who Knew?

Great responses. Thanks!

As I said, the use of microwave was news to me and result not the real deal.

If I can do it faster without the fuss, all the better.

Feb 09, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Microwave Risotto -- Who Knew?

Not me until yesterday when I told a friend I had a craving for risotto without the will to stir and add broth and stir and add broth, etc.

She told me how she makes risotto in the microwave. I tried it tonight, found it a reasonable facsimile, and will be tweaking in the future.

Her guidelines:
-3:1 liquid to rice
-Microwave at lowest possible setting
-Cook an hour
-Stir occasionally
-Add grated cheese and pepper at end

Feb 09, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Amis...cazzo!

Dined at an old standard, Bistro Romano, on Saturday with (pleasantly) different experience. No reservation. We went on a whim and they graciously fit us in.

I was happily surprised at how well executed my perch on risotto with shrimp and asparagus turned out. Crisp skin on tender fish. Risotto cooked yet not overcooked. Likewise shrimp and asparagus. Great texture and taste!

My dining companion was also pleased with sausage dish and cheese plate.

Feb 09, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Sahara Grill

Apples and oranges.

Sahara Grill is Lebanese food in a modest BYO setting. Reasonably-priced, filling food.

I like it for what it is. Particularly fond of their lentil soup, hummus with lamb, spinach and mushroom pie. Not a fan of their version of moussaka.

Jan 23, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Your most elegant chicken recipe?

I love Julia Childs' Chicken Supreme even though I usually avoid chicken breasts. Follow directions and they are cooked perfectly:
http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe...

Jan 19, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

North Jersey family visiting Philly one night w/ 2 year old... any recs for Dinner and breakfast/brunch?

We Philadelphians are proud of a wide range of restaurants at various price points.

Suitable for a toddler on a Saturday might not be the "Wow!" dining experience I suspect you seek. Many people out on the town for a romantic evening do not want to be around children.

That said, I have seen well-behaved children at The Prime Rib, Rangoon, The Plough and The Stars.

You can search other restaurants on this thread. When calling for a reservation, ask if they have a high chair. If so, they are tolerant. Good luck!

Jan 16, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Restaurant Bucket List

+1 Vernick
-1 Morimoto

Add:
Taconnelli's
Rangoon
The Prime Rib

Jan 15, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

The Olde Bar Opens ...

Don't remember getting lobster in Clara Dickson...

Jan 10, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

The Olde Bar Opens ...

Happy to see some of traditional Philadelphia cuisine honored :)

Would like to support the effort; however, only having one dessert for two on the menu sounds as if they're not solo friendly...

Jan 09, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

What is your favourite thing to do with a chuck steak?

Depending on the size, I'd cut it up and make Hungarian goulash.

Jan 08, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

White Eggplant Parmesan?

According to this recipe, you need to cook and drain the eggplant before layering:
http://food52.com/recipes/30318-parmi...

Jan 06, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

New Year's Disaster at Mica Chestnut Hill

Indeed, prix fixe is so common on NYE there was a thread on this board in mid-December about restaurants offering an a la carte menu.

Jan 05, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia
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Philly Food For The Afterlife

Put some of that Celeriac with Oysters soup I had at Vernick in a sealed jar and I'll be good to go :)

Jan 03, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

French Onion Soup-How Do You Slice The Onions And What Booze Do You Use?

For 5 cups sliced onions. 1/2 c. butter .1/2 tsp. sugar (optional).

Melt butter over medium heat until stops bubbling. Add onions. Saute for 5 minutes while stirring. Then sprinkle in sugar lower heat and cook slowly until reduced to small (~1/2 c.) pile of brownish delight :)

Dec 27, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

French Onion Soup-How Do You Slice The Onions And What Booze Do You Use?

Do smiley face, too :)

However, use a dry white vermouth and some cognac for the booze. (Closely read Julia Child...)

Agree with Gruyere for cheese. A toasted floating piece of baguette topped with cheese is my ideal. Digging through a roof of cheese? Ugh!

New Year's Feast with older kids?

Off the top of my head sounds as if some hidden gems or older, less trendy spots may suit.

That said, I had a lovely and reasonably priced dinner last night for Christmas Eve at Bank & Bourbon in the Loew's hotel at 12th & Market. Hotel restaurants can be a great option for holiday dining.

Hidden gems:
Alyan's at 4th St below South
Sitar India at 38th St above Market

Older, less trendy:
Bistro Romano (Think they're doing a blow out event off site for NY Eve. Original location is fabulous.)
South St Souvlaki for lots of atmosphere and more Greek food than you'd expected

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

New Year's Feast with older kids?

Details, please. We have nearly a plethora of choices.

What area is convenient to you? What is your price point? Are there other considerations?

PS My daughter reared in Philadelphia has grown up to be self-described as <Gasp> The Epicurioua Oenophile.

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

What is your favorite one dish meal?

Lamb Stew

Need to use larger cuts or stew meat

If some of .your guests are vegetarian, lentil soup is surprisingly satisfying

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Help I accidentally pre stuffed my turkey!

Yes, I am awaiting the response with bated breath. Oh, the drama one can have at this season...most of which is one's imagination running wild...

Dec 25, 2014
Seeker19104 in General Topics
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Eating near the ICA?

The White Dog Cafe is nearby on Sansom St. It's fairly large, so getting a table seems doable.

If it's within your price range, works for omnivores and vegetarians. Emphasis on organic and locally-grown foods.

PS The Kennett Square Mushroom Soup is addictive.

Dec 24, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

A la carte New Year's Eve?

The Prime Rib

Dec 17, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Cider turned tangy

Depends on how much it's turned. I prefer it a little tangy rather than sweet. Going toward apple wine...

Dec 16, 2014
Seeker19104 in General Topics

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

+1

Dec 15, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

Ditto. I have my way of putting things in the dishwasher. And I don't want to be searching for misplaced serving pieces or pots later...

Dec 15, 2014
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Gennaro's Tomato Pie ?

Sad to hear this...

Your "gloppy, sloppy, and worst of all floppy" description adds to my distress about Philadelphia pizza.

We had good pizza in Brooklyn when I was growing up. Tacconelli's is the only place in town for me so far...

Dec 12, 2014
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia