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Happy Hour: Summer in the City

Tinto. I went a few weeks ago and it was absolutely fabulous. Half price sangria ($4) and since it's tapas, you can try any small plate you want without spending a fortune. I recommend the short rib bocadillo - best thing i've eaten in months!

May 28, 2010
AlissaMichelle in Philadelphia

Any decent pizza around Cherry Hill?

So my significant other and I have been on a search for the best pizza in the area for some time now. So far we have tried a bunch of crappy not-worth-mentioning places in Mount Laurel, La Vitas in Mount Holly, and Taconnelli's in Maple Shade. La Vitas I liked, but is kind of out of the way for us. I thought Taconnelli's was pretty good as well, but not nearly as great as everyone makes it out to be. For one, they used canned diced tomatos as a topping. I've never had that before, and was NOT a fan.

A couple weekends ago we spent an afternoon just driving along 38, 73 and 70, just praying that a pizza place would catch our eye and be the land of cheesy, crispy, crusty goodness. Sadly, that was not the case. I think we ended up having to settle for Saladworks. Sad.

If anyone has any, ANY pizza recommendations in the Cherry Hill area (will travel for pizza!) they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

May 14, 2010
AlissaMichelle in New Jersey

El Rey Reviews?

So pathetically excited about the idea of some authentic Mexican food that is easily accesible in Center City, even if it is by Stephen Starr. This place is on the top of my list, but my hopes are so high I know I'm just bound to be disappointed. Has anyone been yet? I'd appreciate any reviews thoroughly!

Apr 30, 2010
AlissaMichelle in Philadelphia

Top Chef Masters 2 Ep. #2 - 04/14/10 (Spoilers)

Just so everyone is aware...on another forum I frequent, there was a discussion that clarified whether or not the stew was left out overnight. Someone pointed out that the contestants were shown prepping food for transport twice - once at the end of the night after first cooking, and second the morning of the actual event. This was based on teh fact that Marcus Samuelson was wearing two different sets of pants in four shots - all spliced together - showing him prepping his food (putting it in containers, racks, etc.). The editing monkeys at Bravo were to blame for the confusion.

So I really am led to believe that Carmen simply left the stew in the morning, and it was definitely fridged overnight. Also, the oysters were added in the morning anyway - Monica shucked them for her while she was going back.

One more thing - I really don't believe this was the first time on TC/TCM that a contestant has been allowed to return for something they left behind at the expense of prep time - I can't recall when, but I'm almost certain it happened at least once before.

Mount Laurel Recs?

Just moved to Mount Laurel and have been searching the internets for good restaurants in the area. I thought I'd shout out to my fellow chowhounds and see if anyone knew of anything worthwhile. I'm especially interested in Mexican, Indian and Thai eats, but if anyone knows of must have pizza or any other gems, I'd greatly appreciate the info. Thanks so much!

Feb 10, 2010
AlissaMichelle in New Jersey

Dinner in Plymouth Meeting

From the Boot is amazing. It's BYOB. The rolls and food are to die for.

May 08, 2009
AlissaMichelle in Pennsylvania

Weekday Graduation Lunch

So I'm graduating on a Wednesday night and to avoid having to rush through dinner, we are going to a celebratory lunch. I have been waiting for this for three years and want to go someplace really special. I've heard about the Fountain and XIX but never been. I've also been wanting to try Amada forever. But I feel like Amada for lunch is something I could do on my own (not with parents treating if you know what I mean). Does anyone have any recommendations? Thanks!

May 08, 2009
AlissaMichelle in Pennsylvania

Looking for GOOD Thai, in Bucks Co. area

Does Chiang Mai do take out?

Mar 26, 2009
AlissaMichelle in Pennsylvania

CF Peppermint Bark Cheesecake?

Has anyone tried the Cheesecake Factory's new seasonal cheesecake? It looked amazing but alas, seemed a bit much for lunch the other day.
Any reviews?

Dec 22, 2008
AlissaMichelle in Chains

Best champagne sunday brunch, BYOB

Not an every sunday kind of place, but I'd suggest Moshulu. It was a one-of-a-kind experience, for sure. I'd definitely check it out at some point.

ETA: When you said champagne brunch, I assumed you meant that they served it there. Moshulu is not a BYOB.

Dec 18, 2008
AlissaMichelle in Philadelphia

Salty caramels in Philly

Oh my god Dibruno has the BEST salty caramel I have ever had in my life. It is right up at the registers in individually wrapped caramels. They also come in chipotle flavor and some others, though I haven't tried them. The salted caramel one is just too good. I also think they're only like 60 cents each. Enjoy!!

Dec 05, 2008
AlissaMichelle in Pennsylvania

absolutely AWFUL cuba libre experience

You might want to go back and try Cuba Libre for brunch sometime in the future. My significant other and I went a few weeks ago and it was AMAZING. Honestly, the hazlenut encrusted marscapone stuffed french toast was probably the best breakfast type food that I have ever had, and the cafe cuba libre (cuban coffee with steamed coconut milk) was far and away the best coffee I've ever had.

Granted their savory dishes may be lacking, but it really is a unique and fun place. I haven't been there later in the evening, so the bar scene there hasn't turned me off yet. I also had a mojito with my brunch - not the best I've ever had, but definitely not the worst.

Mar 30, 2008
AlissaMichelle in Pennsylvania