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Help! Venue for a drink with the Boss

Thank you all! Went to another spot after I proposed James, at boss' request. Should have guessed I'd be overridden.

Thanks again!

Nov 07, 2010
kathleen rose in Philadelphia

Lunch around 22nd and Delancey?

I live right here. Go to get coffee and breakfast at la colombe just north of rittenhouse if you're going to leave some time to walk from suburban. 30th street station is less of a hike for me, and I enjoy walking along the lake path, fyi.

I take out from both of the thai spots on 22nd and 23rd- smile cafe & erawan. Like smile slightly better for curries, check them out for lunch specials. Mama Palmas is also nearby for good pizza/calzones if you get stuck doing a late lunch, and on 23rd at spruce there's a little cafe/sandwich shop that's good, bacchus. Tastebuds catering also makes a mean sammy, down on lombard.

Good coffee on 22nd just north of lombard, but cash only. Hmmm...what else. I like to eat a lighter lunch but there's also great bibimbap on sansom at giwa, at 16th. New indian spot right near there that a friend of a freind owns is supposed to have amazing samosa, but have not tried myself. That's a hike. You're not impossibly far from el fuego, the burrito spot (on chestnut), or mix (also chestunt, at 21st), which makes a good slice for 3$. There's a lot in the area that's decent. Paesanos I think for sandwiches is also up on chestnut. El rey is also really awesome if you have fun coworkers and hit happy hour.

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Tastebuds
6774 US Highway 9, Howell, NJ 07731

Oct 28, 2010
kathleen rose in Philadelphia

Help with a 1st Timer in Philly

I think you should consider another classic Philly dining experience over the chinatown thing--- we have a lot of craft breweries and a young, fun bar&dining culture. There are a lot of midpriced choices for excellent food & good drinks (I am assuming you both drink, so go ahead and ignore this post if not).

Jose Garces' Village Whiskey is in a great neighborhood/walkable area and is the best gastropub grub in the area, in my humble opinion.
Resurrection ale house might not be walkable from your hotel, but is excellent, with amazing beer and feels like a great value.
The Northern Liberties area is a cool, younger scene. Depending on the weather it might be a no-go if you are staying in the heart of the city, but there's good pub food, mexican, and lots of excellent bars (N. 3rd, Standard tap are both good grub and great for drinks & conversation).
Eulogy belgian tap in the old city has about a million cool choices, and that is also a fun section of the city to visit.

I'd recommend you do a dinner in the rittenhouse/center city section and one in the old city if you want to see more of philly. In winter, the old city can be much prettier. Right in the center, naked chocolate cafe is my favorite place for an after dinner dessert, so if your gal has a sweet tooth you can take her there for amazing drinking chocolate, and it's a fun way to make 10 bucks seem like amazing icing on the cake of a good night. er...just some suggestions, out of the blue!

Oct 28, 2010
kathleen rose in Philadelphia

Long Trip Report (Schwa, L2O, Blackbird, Primehouse, Frontera, Sunda)

wow, in one long week in philly you ate in all the best places in town. impressive. carmans is a gem!

Oct 28, 2010
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

delivered delights in the loop

Thanks ferret! Any favorites at either shop? I'll go yelp, but since you threw out the recs, I'd love your picks!

Oct 28, 2010
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

delivered delights in the loop

Hi Chicago hounds! I live in ny now, but can't wait to get back to chi. In the time since I have been out though a lot has changed. Monday is a big day for my boyfriend at work and I'd like to send something sweet to his office. The man loves a gooey classic chocolate layer cake, but I wanted to ask for recommendations for small delicious treats that I might be able to get sent over! Thanks for any tips!

Oct 28, 2010
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

Chicago Q - I wish I could review

I know this is no consolation, but did you ever try to take out from Smoque on Sunday night? Sun seems to be informal bbq take out night in Chicago and 6:30 is the witching hour. In 08 at an. They could often be 100% out of brisket by 7 or 8...you had to go early to beat everyone in the city. I agree that Q should do a better job setting expectations, but calling the kobe brisket a gimmick without having eaten it seems uncalled for. I'll look for your review when you get there...I happen to think the texture of brisket makes all the difference in the world, and kobes higher fat content sounds like an interesting variable to throw in the mix!

Oct 28, 2010
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

Help! Venue for a drink with the Boss

Hi:

I'm 26. My boss is 50. He's asked if we can have a conversation about my career (no weird undertones, I have asked for this meeting) I know a lot of nice hotels in the city that would be a decent place to get a drink, but he is Jersey-dwelling & has asked me to choose something reasonably quiet...with parking (I'd like to offer street as at least a possibility).

I live right next to Dmitri's on pine & 23rd, but I think it screams romance more than anything professional. I like the sofitel for this, but the music can be too tragically hip and the street parking thing is a laugh. I'm trying to come up with something in Ucity or Old City then...any old, trustworthy, classy places you guys can recommend that won't be heinously crowded on Thursday around the end of happy hour?

Thank you so much!

Oct 20, 2010
kathleen rose in Philadelphia

Painful!!! Charged $100 for missing my restaurant reservation......

As far as your 100$ fee that has not been charged yet- I worked as a hostess at a restaurant where we took CCs and we rarely did the charges after the fact. Mostly because if a guest complained to their CC company about it and we didn't have their signature anywhere, it's very difficult to justify.

I sincerely doubt that if you call and speak calmly and rationally with the manager, explaining your mistake and apologizing for costing the restaurant money, you'll still be in this situation.

Aug 13, 2010
kathleen rose in Not About Food

drinks/bites near 1901 vine: thomas keller tonight!

We went to king of tandoor and really enjoyed it. Food was like an 8, service a 7 (a bit pushy) and all-in-all good value. Thanks for the rec!

We were planning to do sabrina's but failed to note it was closed. I went for brunch last week and enjoyed it thoroughly though my boyfriend found his pancakes mediocre. He's tough to please, though, so it was taken in stride.

Didn't really enjoy their coffee...odd b/c i've heard best coffee anywhere is affilited w/italian mkt. Nevertheless, thank you for the recs!

Dec 09, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

North Pond, Naha, or Michael?

ps: all of these meals are fabulous. If Sepia is open, I highly recommend it. Really enjoy the atmosphere there. Sadly I moved from Chicago to Philly so my recommendations won't be too current anymore, but I recommend that if you get down to the wire you call one of the finer hotels in the city and ask the operator for the concierge.

As long as people called at off times (on a weekday---after 10 and before 11:30, or between 2-3ish) concierges are usually happy to help, and they keep lists of places still open during the first week in jan.

Speaking of hotels, have you looked at Avenues with Curtis Duffy? Might be closed as well, but I'd bet you'll get your socks knocked off if you did a shorter multicourse menu there---and would likely pay roughly (give or take 50) there as north pond. sorry, kinda out there suggestion.

Dec 09, 2008
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

peppermint extract TODAY in philly

sounds amazing. if i wasn't already set on making a ton of peppermint ice cream at home tonight, i would order the heck out of it.

thanks everyone!

Dec 09, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

peppermint extract TODAY in philly

any recommendations for a spot where a lady could get peppermint extract/oil/flavoring this evening? not out of the office til 6, so can't go to reading terminal market (the only spice spot i have visited since moving 4 months ago).

i should add, im looking for the highest quality extract i can find...

Dec 09, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

North Pond, Naha, or Michael?

i think its fairly common in fine dining, along with the monday (or sunday & monday) closure and sometimes with a week off in july. would imagine that for luxury customers it is sort of the same reason fashion houses put out lines of cruise-apparel in the middle of the winter. this is 'vacation season'.
eldon's explanation makes quite a bit of sense too....further, the holidays are frantic for servers so one way to keep good staff happy is to give them a break after the 1.5 month sh*tshow from thanksgiving to nyeve.

Dec 07, 2008
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

drinks/bites near 1901 vine: thomas keller tonight!

parking just south of the expressway

Nov 24, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

drinks/bites near 1901 vine: thomas keller tonight!

thanks! we'll probably try a spot up there near the library since we ultimately have to come back to rittenhouse area (i live a few blocks south of the square)

as long as we're at this, any ideas for other ways to locate good spots by location in philly? im a chicago transplant and used a combo of my own familarity with the city (of chicago) + board postings + walking the hoods to find places there,

but i dont know philly well enough to feel extremely confident walk-touring...any other sites you guys would refer me to?

Nov 24, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

drinks/bites near 1901 vine: thomas keller tonight!

thank you! we are saved.

Nov 24, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

drinks/bites near 1901 vine: thomas keller tonight!

philly transplant seeking recommendations for before/after the thomas keller/michael ruhlman 'sous vide' reading tonight at the free library. SO EXCITED, but imagine the food talk will leave us starving...

any recommendations in the area qould be appreciated, as we will be parking at 23rd and would love something on foot, if possible.

not really interested in waterworks, something lower key? but any recs would be a blessing as right now we are debating tgi fridays (without your help we may just be forced to drown our sorrows).

also love to know if any other philly chow-ers are going!

Nov 24, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

osteria/ Bday consolation prize: mac &cheese

thanks; i took him to honeys though and it was unfortunate there we a couple of those detail-related issues; one thing was just clearly burnt, someone spilled next to us and it was cleaned up shoddily, and he had to wait for quite some time to get new flatware. not major stuff, just enough to make him feel it wasn't his style.

i thought the food was great, but wasn't such a fan that i would feel deprived without it, so havent dragged him back. thanks for the input though, great idea---if he hadnt already formed an opinion about honeys i absolutely would!

Oct 17, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

osteria/ Bday consolation prize: mac &cheese

My boyfriend is having a big bday tomorrow (adios 20s...)

I want to give him a special treat. since we are still adjusting to the food scene here from our native Chicago. Saturday night I booked us for osteria [we ate our hearts out at shinju for my bday last week and LOVED it, but i want something more upscale to try to wow him a bit for his bday]. He loves american food, but is a stickler for details; neat presentation, food temp, impeccably clean flatware...these things can ruin an experience for him, so let me know in advnace if i have erred [he doesn't mind a bit of a wait as long as service isn't surly]

sadly, he has an assignment due for school [he's a student] at 11pm Friday night [his actual bday], so there are no guarantees about when he will finish....

Long story short: he loves american food, and i want to bring him some takeout mac & cheese on friday. i will go as upscale as like 35-40$ if there is a mac & cheese with truffle worth the price. however, right now i am leaning toward 'A full plate' after reading some blog bits about it. He is in for a bit of a moder spin, but mostly just getting the details correct; not over or under cooked pasta, not too gloppy or sticky cheese consistency, and attractive appearance.

I will go pick it up if they can't deliver. Any recs or warnings appreciated!

Thanks!!!

Oct 16, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

marco pierre white and bourdain vs. multicourse tasting menus

i understand where you are coming from, i hate being overwhelmed with something i love. however, when a tasting is done well it is spread over at least an hour and a half or two hours, you can eat at your own pace/pass on courses you don't adore, and to describe the courses at grant achatz's restaurant 'alinea' as courses is only for the sake of having a descriptor.

my mother actually insisted she would never want to eat a multi-course menu for some of the same reasons your described. she knows what she likes, she found the idea of being overloaded unappealing, too much (more like too many flavors she wouldn't like). for my parent's 25th anniversary though, i treated them to a visit to the peninsula hotel in chicago, and a dinner in their avenues restaurant, under graham elliot bowles. they ate for 3 hours (more realistically ate for 5 minutes, then took 10 or fifteen minutes break between each course) and she adored it, though she was stuffed. nothing that couldn't be resolved by a nice walk around the city.
i believe 'exhausted tasted buds' is typically less of a problem than excessive alcohol consumption in terms of not appreciating courses.

really though, even at home sometimes i wipe out several types of leftovers from the refrigerator at once. sophistocated chefs send lighter cleansing courses, and smart servers always give guests plenty of time to break between courses. twenty to eighty is hardly average.
i only know chicago, since that is where i was most recently, but charlie trotter (famous for tastings) does nine, alinea offers a smaller menu of around 10, and at avenues graham elliot bowles offered 5, 10, or 15.

i suggest you skip right to the top and pay premium for tastings though. i tried a tasting menu for valentines day at the trump restaurant, where the chef frank brunacci served us 9 that were loaded with fancy ingredients (lots of lobster, even foie) but just didn't resound, or seem continuous.
sorry i have written forever, but after seeing my mother completely converted i can't help but wonder if many of the people that love multicourse meals weren't naysayers before they tried them...i probably was myself. one good one might change your mind. i would bet there are many more alinea guests/per se &FL visitors that proved themselves wrong about what they would and wouldn't like than proved themselves right.

another dimension of psychology: typically, even in simple experiments, subjects err frequently in predicting what will make them happy.
http://www.ghostweather.com/blog/2006...

marco pierre white and bourdain vs. multicourse tasting menus

oh, and i wasnt saying *you* criticized not eating in moderation, i was saying thay -mpw/ab- "criticized a different style [tastings] best enjoyed in moderation" (e.g. they may have lost perspective since they overindulge/are forced to endure them even when they dont want to).

on bourdain: i think some of the best criticisms are delivered in hyperbole/joke format, since they resound

marco pierre white and bourdain vs. multicourse tasting menus

I'm sorry, I wasn't trying to offend.

marco pierre white and bourdain vs. multicourse tasting menus

well, i disagree that the only people entitled to opinions are the ones that eat at these spots regularly. though their opinions might be more informed, i think it is also possible, if not likely, that they are informed differently (as some other posters suggested) *because* they are constantly assaulted by chefs attempting to demonstrate virtuosity, and eat tastings frequently. while 10 courses every time you go out is awesome and i'm totally envious, alinea/french laundry are not kept in business by people that come every week---but by the people that come once in a blue moon.

for the sake of those potential first-timers, or people that love to eat extremely well-prepared natural ingredients but are maybe hesitant about trying cutting-edge food/ experimenting with something a little more adventurous, i think it's a bit silly to criticize a different style best enjoyed in moderation.

you did close it very well, though, with the ruhlman quote. its like poets mocking fiction writers. not really advancing creative writing by attempting to create a rift thats not really there

marco pierre white and bourdain vs. multicourse tasting menus

was loving the comments on this post from michael ruhlman and hoped i could hear some more from chow readers.

http://blog.ruhlman.com/ruhlmancom/20...

i have loved the multicourse tastings i have been lucky enough to enjoy, and see no end in sight for my desire to enjoy such meals (i'm hooked for life!).
however, i have learned my lesson on doing excessive wine pairings with them, as it's too much for me.
i'm sure there is such thing as too many courses to 'appreciate' them, but i have not yet seen it, and i certainly don't view multicourse dining as a 'trend' or some kind of aging concept that is nearly outdated, as bourdain and mpm seemed to imply.

Ge: Graham Elliot

it has been a few months, the chef has made a few changes, but as im sure you noted in all the media coverage and reviews, it has typically not been the food that critics complain about... (e.g. phil:http://www.chicagotribune.com/feature...). in fact, the food is usually everyone's high point. i hate that you had a less-than-great experience...i loved it so much i have forced almost everyone i know to go. my brother was just there on tuesday (sept 9) and spoke with the same intensity i did after my first visit.

you should mention it to the hostess the next time you go in; chef bowles loves his fans and really loves to rise to the occasion (c'mon, he's an iron chef!) so i bet he would be happy to try again to leave you satisfied.

a final note, on expectations: i know tons of people love it and people like me that have been yelling about how thrilled they are about it only contributes to that, but if you look at his website itself, this is not him tooting his own horn. yes, he mentions his accolades. if you were starting your own place with your own $$, wouldn't you? i really don't think it's braggy, or that you should be mad at him cuz there was a lot of media attention. the food, though, shouldn't let you down. so test your off-night hypothesis!

ps i still don't know what you mean about the staff's ownership of the menu...i was further confused when you called it a great idea (your suggestion? or the fact that cooks make the dishes?) i believe it is pretty standard practice for most modern restaurants. cooks have specialties; typically one person does all of the prep work and cooking for a set of dishes (or maybe one dish at alinea or someplace with 20 cooks) so that he/she can perfect the ingredients for that dish. i still couldn't disagree with you more about it being a cop out though---the place is practically his actual child, and it is his name that sinks or swims along with it (literally).

Sep 12, 2008
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

What and where are your fave local meals ever? Any price - high or low.

there was just an article in the philly mag 'best of philly' issue about how he may partner with jeffery Lurie to open a spot. but he hates press so nothing is confirmed.

Sep 11, 2008
kathleen rose in Pennsylvania

Graham Elliot prices

Sep 11, 2008
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

Graham Elliot prices

the price range seems on point...

I haven't been to graham elliot since before the reviews all came out... but my brother went last night and has noted a few differences, namely adjustments to the music volume/style and a significant service tune-up.

blackbird is awesome, don't get me wrong, but i think it stands in contrast from graham elliot, and my preference is for ge...i found his food fuller/richer with more flavor combos per plate and also simply larger food volume. it is also still a 'hot' ticket though, so more crowded and everrything that goes along with that.

either one of those meals though will be exceptional value for the dollar, and i envy your choice!

Sep 10, 2008
kathleen rose in Chicago Area

ny times miracle fruit, about a year too late

i thought the piece on cookies today was interesting, but when exactly did dining out become 'dining in'. i must be an idiot because i did not notice until about 6 weeks ago.
anyway, it is a bit sad. i read the new yorker book of food and drink in about january and ever since have been wishing for some more cool investigative content, etc...i guess blogs cover all the food trends for the new yorkers anyway. i still wish chicago even had something close, though...