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Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Thanks!

Sep 28, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

This was how I interpreted what the website said as well. But Ttrockwood specifically said they made a veggie gummy bear, so I hold out hope this exists somewhere, though I have seen no sign of it anywhere

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Ack, sorry to be asking so many questions, but I am still confused about the gummy bears specifically. I don't see any gummy bear in their vegetarian range. Am I missing something?

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Short-term fridge/freezer rental

Thanks Buckethead. We actually lost our fridge/freezer completely twice now (while it was being fixed); it seems to be a yearly ritual for us! We had to resort to coolers and various forms of ice, which was aggravating to see the least. So, we're trying to avoid that if at all possible since we have a quite a bit of stuff that we'd need to store. Thanks!

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

I'm confused too!

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Short-term fridge/freezer rental

Does anyone know if there is a company that would rent a fridge/freezer for a short time...like a weekend or so? We have had a lot of problems with our freezer over the past several years. Multiple reputable companies have tried to fix it to no avail. It's a nice fridge/freezer (GE Profile, about 6 years old) and we don't want to get a new one. Right now there's a build up of ice from the freezer going up and down in temperature. We'd like to do a full defrost as we think that the compressor may now have ice build-up, but we need somewhere to put our stuff in the meantime. Coolers likely won't work because of the frozen stuff. If there is a company that might drop off and pick up a freezer for a very short time period for a reasonable amount we'd be very interested. Googling around I haven't found anything, but perhaps I'm not doing a very good job of searching. Taylor Rental doesn't appear to rent these (based on their website) but I may call them.

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Do you have a link for these MplM ary? perhaps a picture or something? On Amazon's UK site I can't seem to find any listings with ingredients. Ironically (since this is a website about American sweets in the UK), here is a listing for what I think are Haribo from the UK, but again no ingredient list:http://www.americansweets.co.uk/briti...

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

I wasn't able to find them on the websites for Fairway or Dean and DeLuca, though obviously they may carry them in the store without carrying them online. I'm very curious to find them if they exist, though!

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

Thanks! I was hunting around online yesterday and while I found European Haribo products they all listed gelatin as an ingredient. You don't by chance have a picture of one of the bags that you could post, do you? Googling around I wasn't able to find any evidence of a Haribo gummy bear without gelatin, though people were commenting that the European version (the one that did have gelatin in it) had a different consistency.

Sep 26, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Vegan Product You Wish Existed

I'm shocked to hear about this and will be on the lookout for the Haribo classics. Can you buy them in the US? The other vegan gummy bears I've had all have an odd sugared coating on them (generally creating a sweet and sour taste, kind of like sour patch kids) and don't really remind me of what I remember a gummy bear being like. Thanks!

Sep 25, 2014
Laura D. in Vegetarian & Vegan

Local Wine & Kitchen, Ardmore

Has anyone been to Local Wine & Kitchen in Ardmore? I drive by frequently and have read some Yelp reviews which are mixed. I never went to Cafe San Pietro, which was in the spot previously. I had gone to their "sister" restaurant down the road, Positano Coast, twice, and it was honestly horrible. Apparently the son of the owner of Positano Coast and the former Cafe San Pietro is running Local Wine & Kitchen. Anyway, just curious if anyone has eaten here yet.

Sep 24, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Taste Differences in Italian and Swiss Meringue Buttercreams?

It looks like the Bettercreme has dairy (sodium caseinate) in it, so it might not work for those with milk allergies or those who don't eat dairy. Just thought I'd mention this in case you didn't see it in the ingredients.

Sep 17, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

Is Kosher Cheese also Vegetarian (i.e. without animal rennet?)

Since I originally posted my question (wow, 7 1/2 years ago) I have noticed that many of the cheeses I buy are more clearly labeled than they had previously been, meaning the source of the rennet is often named. I agree that many cheeses I personally have an interest in seem to contain macrobial rennet, though I also agree that I haven't come across a decent Parmigano, Locatelli, or other hard Italian cheese which clearly states that it does not include animal based rennet. Thanks!

Sep 03, 2014
Laura D. in Kosher

Not Your Average Joe's -- Glen Mills

Thanks for the review CindyJ. A location of NYAJ is opening very close to my house, and while I too tend to avoid chain restaurants, I'm looking forward to the possibility that another "decent" restaurant is coming to the area. Thanks!

Aug 02, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

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

Just as a post-wedding follow-up, I wanted to circle back regarding The General Warren Inne. Overall we were very happy with the venue. We planned our wedding for 60 in about 3 1/2 months, so we didn't have much time to stress about some of the little details that keep many brides-to-be up at night. We had a cocktail style reception mid-day (you cannot book a night-time event of this size at the inn, unless you wish to book it on a Sunday). We had heavy appetizers and then 2 entree stations, before an assortment or desserts and our cake came out. While the price for food (without the wedding cake, which we supplied) was about $50-$60pp, when you add in liquor charged upon consumption, a small ($250) ceremony fee, a small fee for chairs, tax, tip, gratuity, etc. the price per person was 100+, though obviously how much alcohol your guests consume factors in extensively. We lucked out with a beautiful day and were able to have the entire event outside, though we had access to the entire inn as well. Leading up to the event the owner, who was also the day-of coordinator, was fairly responsive to emails, though he was so busy planning other events and running the restaurant that it sometimes took a while to get a response from him. We didn't receive our contract with final menu edits until 1 week before the wedding. It all worked out in the end but was occasionally frustrating in the moment, though the reality is that he served as a day-of coordinator for free, so it's hard to complain too much. All of the guests seems to like the food, and I liked what little of it I had. While the entree stations weren't exactly what I had expected in terms of how interactive they were (I was expecting a chef-like figure to be there, mixing/sauteeing/plating to order, and instead it was really a server who dished something onto your plate and had you do the rest of the customization yourself) they were still different from the norm. So, overall, I felt like this was a very nice, somewhat non-traditional, reasonably priced option for a smaller group and would recommend it to others planning similar events. Thanks!

Jul 09, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia
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Wedding cakes with delivery to suburbs

I just wanted to give a post-wedding "shout-out" to Eileen at Cake Art Studio. She was very easy to work with and her cake was so, so delicious. So delicious, in fact, that even though we overordered substantially (we ordered cake for 85 when we had about 60) we had none left since many, many people took multiple slices. My only word of advice if you go with her, particularly if you'd like to have leftovers, is to order more than you'd expect to need. I am already making plans to try and order a special occasion cake from her again in the not-too-distant future. Thanks!

Jul 09, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia
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Fraschetta

We finally got here on Saturday night for a 9:15pm reservation for 2 after a movie at Bryn Mawr. We have a lot of experience dining on July 5th since it is our anniversary, so while we were a bit weary of the noise level on a Saturday night, we suspected it would be more quiet than usual since everyone seems to travel for the holiday weekend. Anyway, we arrived early and were seated promptly downstairs, which was about 2/3 full when we arrived and essentially empty when we left. It was not loud at all in comparison to many other dining establishments, though in contrast to other nights when we have walked by it was very "dead," so I guess the potential for it to be much louder is there on a typical weekend night. The food was excellent. My husband got the gnocchi for his appetizer and the linguine with clams for an entree. I got the burrata for an appetizer, with the prosciutto on the side (I don't eat meat and appreciate that they did this; I was impressed at how much prosciutto was on the plate given the pricepoint and portion size of the entire dish) and the mushroom pasta as my entree. Though some have commented on portion sizes being extremely small, I thought that they were pretty spot on (and I am a hearty eater). I had room for dessert (though was probably full enough without it) but was very satisfied from the wonderful flavors and richness of the meal. For dessert my husband got creme brulee and I got the gelato trio of hazelnut, mascarpone, and salted caramel. I believe our total bill was $77 which seemed reasonable given that service was very attentive and the food was absolutely delicious. While I am weary of returning during peak dining hours on a weekend night given that I've seen how busy it is when I've walked by, I think I would definitely return for a late night weekend reservation, or for a weekday reservation, as I truly was impressed and don't think there are a lot of other competitive options in the area. Thanks to all who continued to recommend Fraschetta despite some spotty reviews.

Jul 07, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Fraschetta

Thanks! Also considering trying a weeknight in the hopes it won't be as busy!

Jun 30, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Fraschetta

JanR, I'm curious regarding your take on the noise level. We live in Ardmore, so this is a very convenient spot for us. But, hearing so many complaints about noise has been a major deterrent. I wonder if the owners have addressed this. Thanks!

Jun 30, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

"Mini-moon" dinners near Ocean City

Thanks for the suggestion, though I don't necessarily see a single vegetarian entree on the menu online.

Jun 16, 2014
Laura D. in New Jersey

"Mini-moon" dinners near Ocean City

My honeymoon has been temporarily postponed but I am taking a "mini-moon" with my soon-to-be husband for 3 nights (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday) in Ocean City. I am honestly not very familiar with Ocean City and can't find much in the way of recent posts about food there. I know it isn't a fine dining mecca, but I'd like to plan at least 2 dinners that aren't too far away (within 10-15 miles of Ocean City) with good service, a hopefully quiet atmosphere, outdoor dining (this isn't a requirement), and some vegetarian (eggs and dairy okay, but no meat/poultry/fish) options. Great seafood would also be nice for my partner, though I doubt we'll have a problem finding that. Any suggestions? We tend to gravitate towards Italian, New American, bistro French, etc., but would also take a recommendation for something with more of an ethnic feel if is came highly rated. While we aren't looking to spend a fortune price is not too much of an issue.

Jun 16, 2014
Laura D. in New Jersey

L'aragosta, Ardmore

I haven't yet. The yelp reviews have been varied so it keeps falling off of my radar, coming back on when I am debating a dinner out, and then falling off of my radar again. It's so close that it seems worth trying, but I hate being disappointed and I fear this will be a disappointment. I'd love to know if others have visited, though!

Apr 30, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Carrot Cake

I know this is a very old thread, but I just wanted to mention a "blast from the past" for me anyway, in the form of carrot cake. I worked at the Lancaster County Farmer's Market (in Wayne) in high school (late 90's) and at D'Innocenzo's bakery a man named Vernon would sell his carrot cakes on Saturdays. During my several years working at the market there would be periods of "drama" between the owner of the bakery (Peter) and Vernon, so he would come and go. But, he worked there for many years, pitching his "Philly's best carrot cake" and offering samples. Anyway, fast forward 15 years and who is on my Market-Frankford El with a huge tray of cupcakes but Vernon, the Carrot Cake Man. He got off at 52nd street and I regret not flagging him down, as his carrot cake was amazing. Based on the links below he apparently has a few different flavors of icing now but still has a business centered around carrot cake. He's hard to track down, but if you ever see someone on a bus, train, or just walking down the street with a large tray of carrot cakes make sure you get a bunch. I am not really a carrot cake fan but these are amazing. I hope I see him again on my train soon so that I can confirm my memories aren't deceiving me.

http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/new...

http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-carrot-ca...

Apr 22, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Need a buttercream icing recipe that is simple and classic!

Slightly off topic but I wonder if this is the same Gunther who went on to lead a rather successful dessert company in Exton, PA. I am getting my wedding cake from someone who worked with him, and I've encountered several other bakers along the way who worked for this Gunther as well.

Apr 21, 2014
Laura D. in Home Cooking

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

Though it is months later than I expected when posting this initially, I just thought I would circle back to say that we decided to book a cocktail style reception at The General Warren Inne for a daytime event in June. While we would have preferred night, we were too large for the private space that is offered for nighttime events. The nice thing about a daytime event is that we can truly use the entire Inne, inside and out, so we don't have to worry about scrambling if the weather is bad, or if our guest lists expands unexpectedly. We are very excited to nail down the details of the event and hope that it will exceed our expectations. Thanks to all who provided suggestions!

Apr 02, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Wedding cakes with delivery to suburbs

Just thought I would follow-up my post by saying that we've decided to go with Cake Art. The tasting was phenomenal and we are really, really excited. A Cake Life offered us a fantastic tasting as well, and we are considering them for mini desserts/favors.

Apr 02, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Mom's Organic Market (Rosemont, PA)

Thanks for the information. When I looked at the price within their online sales circular they seemed higher than some regular prices at other stores. It sounds like it could be an economical place to go for some things but not others. Do you know if they have some "mainstream" brands? For example, we buy lactose free milk every week so I'm curious if they have something like Lactaid there. Regardless. it sounds like I definitely need to check it out!

Mar 21, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Mom's Organic Market (Rosemont, PA)

Has anyone shopped here yet? For those who don't know if it located in the old Border's space in Rosemont. I haven't gotten over there and am curious if it is worth the trip, and potential crowd. Thanks!

Mar 21, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia

Philly Pizza #4

I would love something like this for the suburbs. I live in Ardmore and love pizza. And when I say "I love pizza" I just mean I love good, take-out pizza, ideally eaten in my living room. Pizza with fancier toppings served in a lively atmosphere that costs $20 is great, but it's not what I crave after a long work week. Give me a "good" cheese pizza and I'll take that any day over something more sophisticated. I'd love to have some better recommendations for take-out/delivery pizza--particularly of the thicker crust variety which I know is not en vouge right now--outside of the city. Almost every place that we've tried and initially liked has fallen out of favor, either because we're just sick of them or because they are inconsistent and sometimes produce horrible results.

Anyway, thanks for the link to the article. It makes me want to schlepp into the city more frequently for pizza!

Wedding cakes with delivery to suburbs

Just wanted to provide an update...thus far I've scheduled tastings with Cake Art, Ciao Bella, and Cupcake Wonderland/Cake Life. I did get in touch with Van Earl's too, and the only reason I didn't pursue them was because I got in touch with everyone else first. We met with Eileen of Cake Art last night for a lovely tasting. She prepared some truly creative samples for us to taste and made us feel very comfortable. I'm going to wait until our other two tastings are done before booking anything, but I think we'd be very satisfied if we went with Cake Art. Thanks!

Mar 13, 2014
Laura D. in Philadelphia