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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
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Arrrgh! Please help settle tipping argument!!!

+1

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
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Any experience storing a copper pan permanently on a sailboat?

Surprises? No, as the copper will surely get a patina:
http://www.chem.umn.edu/outreach/Card...

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
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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
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Don't let your Debit/Credit Card out of your sight when dining. .

+1

Apr 18, 2015
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Do you love the concept of organic peanut butter but just hate the mess?

+1

Apr 18, 2015
Seeker19104 in General Topics

dining solo in philly

Reviving this old thread as I want to expand my horizons...prefer a quieter atmosphere and eating at the bar.

Any updates?

TYIA

Apr 17, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Mob hits

Not in Philadelphia, but in Brooklyn, remember being upset as an eight year old when my parents took us to eat at an Italian restaurant featured on the front page of the Daily News showing the bloody aftermath of a mob hit.

They reassured me that the Mafia was not after us. Yes, I grew up on the mean streets...

Apr 16, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Recommendations for fancy Italian restaurant

Had a surprisingly good perch on risotto entree, perfectly cooked, at Bistro Romano recently. My dining companion had an enjoyable meal as well. We arrived without a reservation on a Saturday evening. The place looked full yet, we were seated within half an hour. Mostly couples out for a romantic dinner.

TIP: When you get on their e-mail list, they have specials throughout the year including: For your birthday, bad weather, seasonal, weekly, wine tasting extravaganzas.

Apr 14, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia
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Gendering of Food

Female here who does not like sweets at all. Bitter is a preferred flavor.

Ordered campari and tonic on the rocks with lime in Washington, DC, at hotel restaurant, the bartender asked if I'd been tortured as a small child.

Apr 13, 2015
Seeker19104 in General Topics

Sauteed shrimp. Oil turned orange. Is this odd or not?

Tom, that sounds yummy!

Apr 11, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

What's your ??????????

carolsgarbagemail@gmail.com

Apr 11, 2015
Seeker19104 in Not About Food

Sauteed shrimp. Oil turned orange. Is this odd or not?

Thanks, everyone :)

I defrosted, shelled, and deveined the shrimp before sauteeing. Color must have come from shrimp themselves.

Apr 11, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Sauteed shrimp. Oil turned orange. Is this odd or not?

Usually I saute shrimp in a cast iron pan.

Yesterday I sauteed in a stainless steel pan using olive oil and a tablespoon of Olivio (spreadable butter and olive oil) for flavor.

The wild caught shrimp had an excellent flavor and texture; however, I was surprised to see the oil had turned orange.

I realize this may have also happened in the cast iron pan and I was simply clueless.

Thoughts??

Apr 10, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Old school table manners... what were you taught? update

How to eat soup: "As a ship goes out to sea, I dip my spoon away from me."

You Are Cordially Invited To the Marriage of Italian Anchovies and My Killer Pasta Sauce

Evoo may be what you are tasting that seems like old grease to you. It's not for cooking. I'd go with regular virgin olive oil.

Mar 31, 2015
Seeker19104 in Home Cooking

Annoyed about $6 bottled tap water charge at CraftBar

Yes, as a native Brooklynite, I smile sweetly and respond, "New York's finest," to the water inquiry.

Mar 21, 2015
Seeker19104 in Manhattan
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The Capital Grille Center City?

Thanks, cw :)

Mar 18, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia
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The Capital Grille Center City?

The Prime Rib does a prix fixe for around $35 which is more than I can eat comfortably. It is not always available. I suggest you inquire. Those other portions are gargantuan.

Ambiance is sophisticated with a piano player or jazz combo. Have hosted a group there. Glenn, the manager, went above and beyond to accommodate us.

PS Entrees recently were prime rib and lamb chops.

Mar 17, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia
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3 dinners - Fond, Vetri, Morimoto. Thoughts?

+1

Mar 17, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Please, for the love of God STOP BRUNCH ON SATURDAYS

Oopsie -- you're right. Guess that means it's an alternative as lunch is served separately to breakfast...

Mar 11, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia

Please, for the love of God STOP BRUNCH ON SATURDAYS

Davio's has brunch Saturday and Sunday until three, then lunch menu after that. An under-estimated, Northern-Italian chain restaurant in an historic building. Pure Philadelphia :)

Mar 09, 2015
Seeker19104 in Philadelphia