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Celebrated my birthday month by eating at Vernick every week in August. They feed me well and treat me well.

Delighted by the amuse bouche (gazpacho with corn bread). Highlights were warm parmesan custard with chanterelles, pistachio pesto, balsamic and a tile fish special.

Always enjoy the Maryland crab toast and grilled artichoke. The Caesar Salad toast is out of this world.

Had the ice cream cake with grilled marshmallows and the blueberry pie.

Excellent celebration!

Aug 31, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Pot roast/beef stew idea

I'm not a fan of canned soup.

My mother used to put grated carrots in her pot roast. They thickened and sweetened the gravy.

Aug 27, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

1950s Atrocities

Mom often served a boiled picnic ham (came in a net) with potatoes and string beans. Yes, it was all boiled together. Looked horrible, but tasty.

I need help with my picky eating teen

Not sure what she's missing in essential nutrients from what she prefers to eat, if anything. I'd not battle with your teen (Is this the hill you want to die on?) as she can live on what she seems to want.

I actually refused to cook for my daughter for a period when she was a teen because I got sick of her criticism. Stocked the refrigerator with what she wanted, and let go of the expectation she would eat my cooking. She ate a lot of frozen dinners.

Many years later, she looks forward to coming home to her mother's cooking.

Sounds like another phase of parenting...

Taking a break from "new American" "French tavern" & "farm to table"

Alyan's on Fourth near South (Middle Eastern, sit in the small back room, BYOB)

South Street Souvlaki (Greek, enjoyable if you miss having servers who treat you like family, love the whole grilled fish. Now have an upstairs bistro with entertainment; however, I've yet to eat there.)

Banana Leaf (Chinatown, Malaysian, BYOB)

Kabul (Chestnut near Front, Afghani, BYOB. My preference is vegetables over meat, yet I've enjoyed several meals there in this meat-centric cuisine. BYOB. If atmosphere counts, they have an exotic feel.)

PS This thread is making me sorely miss the Warsaw Cafe which was a combination of Continental atmosphere and a sophisticated take on Polish food -- My go-to restaurant for decades. My favorite review called it "Cosmo-Polish."

Aug 01, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

bad manners to accept preferred treatment

Indeed. I took someone to a restaurant where I eat weekly. We were treated very well, including chef coming to our table. My guest sniffed later that she didn't want "special treatment."

Seemed weird to me. Guess some people have a need to complain and never be satisfied...


Would be helpful to know time and expectations for retirement party.

Is it a lunch? Cocktail party? Potluck dinner? Something else?

Jul 03, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Please help- need meatless mains for eater with sensory issues


Jun 20, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

American food in philly


Jun 19, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Clam Chowder on Father's Day?

I'm fond of the New England Clam Chowder at McCormick and Schmick's. Not as fond of their Lobster Bisque.

For no-frills places, Luke's Lobster and Mix have good offerings.

Once had an amazing celeriac soup special at Vernick. You might inquire if they have one on the menu, athough Father's Day would be a difficult reservation. I usually sit at the bar.

Could really use some guidance - I need to start cooking at home

In case no one has suggested it yet, you might like

Leanne is a mom. Her site offers menu-mailer, recipes, shopping list, and nutritional information (which I found most helpful).

I subscribed years ago and saved the recipes that worked for me.

PS She gives a free trial.

Jun 11, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

I really only keep it around for the articles... Playboy's top five cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

I miss Ken Purdy's writing about cars...

Indian take out vs. home cooked Indian food?

Thanks for the recipes! I have a restricted eating plan and haven't eaten Indian food at a restaurant for a couple of years.

As a home cook, I can adapt some of the less spicy ones and enjoy more variety in my meals.

Jun 09, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Favorite Mustard for Hot Dogs?

Not nearby, however, a mustard lover should know about the Mustard Museum in Madison, WI. National Mustard Day is coming in August :)

Jun 06, 2015
Seeker19104 in General Topics

Take-out Indian desserts

Sitar India in University City has Indian desserts and does takeout. I'm especially fond of their halwa.

PS Their website has a "catering" section that has not yet been activated. Sounds as if they'd be open to a large order.

Jun 06, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock in the kitchen

I think not, as this is part of the dessert course on the menu.

May 28, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock in the kitchen

Definitely so. One needs to substitute good ol' sugar and flour to get the traditional comestible.

May 28, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Mrs. Alfred Hitchcock in the kitchen

Perhaps these cupcakes with a special topping appropriate for a birthday celebration??

May 28, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Haven't returned to a former favorite restaurant because of bill issue.

Or he thought personal responsibility was important.

Reminds going to a restaurant in DC with my daughter, the Epicurious Oenophile, where she ordered an espresso martini. I knew she wouldn't like it (and I would) as she's not the fan of bitter taste that I am.

Well, I ended up drinking the huge martini, missing my train back to Philadelphia, and not minding a bit :)

May 18, 2015
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Rangoon: What is Great for a Novice to Order?

+1 Tea leaf salad

May 16, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp inujred in Amtrak Tragedy

Yes, I also suspect freak accident rather than engineer error. Waiting for NTSB report before assigning blame.

Projectiles from area reported nearby close in time. And all controls were digital (AKA vulnerable to hacking) other than the brake which the engineer threw seconds before derailment.

May 15, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Nice, sit-down restaurant but still kid friendly?

Have seen well-behaved children at The Prime Rib, Rouge, Parc, The Plough and The Stars, Vernick, among others.

May 15, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Arrrgh! Please help settle tipping argument!!!


May 09, 2015
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Starting to plan a trip to Philly in July, seeking recommendations!

+1 Rangoon

Sunday Lunch Recommendation in Oakland/Berkeley

My daughter (The Epicurious Oenophile) and I always enjoy lunch at Bellanico when I visit her in Oakland. Sunday looks like a brunch menu. Haven't had that...

Looking for suggestions

Estia does plain grilled fish. Also, Petruce might as well...

Apr 27, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Any experience storing a copper pan permanently on a sailboat?

Surprises? No, as the copper will surely get a patina:

Stainless seems like a reasonable choice. Double-bottomed for insulation may be your best bet.

~An Old Salt from Brooklyn

Apr 27, 2015
Seeker19104 in Cookware

How to invite friends for dinner, where everyone pays for their own food?

Was invited to a birthday party at a pricey restaurant in Philadelphia. Had no idea how payment would go as this was for a member of the younger generation, and I realize customs change.

I reviewed the restaurant website, and took cash to cover my meal and tip, although I expected being a guest meant the host would pay.

Well, of the six people attending, everyone other than me seemed to have sticker shock when the menu was offered. Several only ordered a pasta course (at a traditional Northern Italian-style restaurant where four courses is a meal) for under $20 and were unhappy at being underfed. Not being a big eater, I had an appetizer and a crudo and was satisfied.

When the check came, I was surprised that we were not guests -- We were expected to cover the costs of the birthday celebrant. Live and learn.

Apr 26, 2015
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Vernick....WTF AMAZING!

Love this place, too. Although loving it less on weekends because of noise level...

Apr 21, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Recs for Shrimp with Lobster Sauce?

Lee How Fook has excellent Cantonese-style food, emphasizing seafood and delicate sauces. Traditional menu includes your favorite :)

Apr 21, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia