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Good bakeries in the burbs?

We had Clay's Creative do a cake for a birthday party yesterday. When I called to order, I asked them what people liked and chocolate chip pound cake was suggested. So I went with this, with chocolate buttercream frosting and told them to surprise me with the decoration.

Clay's Cake: it was good but on the dry side... not buttery as I'd expect from a pound cake. The edges were very browned and barely covered with the frosting....

Clay's Icing: barely enough to make any commentary. Wow - are you kidding? I don't think there was 1/8" on any part of the cake - incredibly 'stingily applied'. It was obviously a cake for a party with kids... and kids LOVE frosting. It was good but I wouldn't say anything more than that.

Clay's Decoration: I thought it was cute, creative and artisitic. Fjordstone comments here that another bakery had not blended the color fully into the frosting - I think this is intentional by the artist and the cake I received had this same unblended frosting. If you're going to ding a bakery for this, then Clay's needs to be 'dinged' as well but again, I think this is intentional. If allowed, I'll attach a photo so the 'blending' can be seen.

Bottom Line: I paid $36.50 for a 9" round cake that in no way rocked my world. Thankfully I also ordered a 9" round cake from Whole Foods ($25) which (again) was a hit. Vanilla cake, buttercream frosting, a layer of raspberry filling. Fantastic last year and fantastic again this year. Decorated just as I had asked.

Apr 27, 2008
jayellobee in Philadelphia

Stuffed Grape Leaves at Nam Phuong

I've never had stuffed grape leaves at a Vietnamese restaurant. Whenever we go to Pittsburgh we head to Aliquippa for grape leaves at the Lebanese Club (six dozen frozen in the freezer right now... yum!). I've had them at Greek restaurants but had never heard of this variation. I'll certainly give it a try. How are they usually served in a Vietnamese restaurant?

Apr 27, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Who has best mac 'n cheese in Mont/Chester Counties?

In the end, I made my own based on this recipe but with some liberties. I was told I should be impressed as one very picky eater (he only eats Kraft made with the pouch) kept asking for more. Thanks for the link!

Apr 27, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Indian/Malay Kitchen now open in Exton

Apr 27, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Mexican catering Collegeville area?

California Tortilla just opened up - it's really Limerick but I think the postal code is Collegeville. It's in the new Target/Giant/Fecera's/ACMoore shopping center.

Mesa Grille in the Gateway shopping center - down from Trader Joe's.

Tortuga's Mexican Eatery in Collegeville - by the Sears Hardware.

Yes a chain but Qdoba at the intersection of 363 and Egypt.

Apr 27, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

HELP, I can't find decent pizza in Chester County!!!!

Giovanni's in Royersford PA (Montgomery County but 1 mile from the Chester County border at Spring City) has good pizza. I understand it's run by the same family that owns a pizza place by a different name (can't recall it at the moment) which is in/around the Coventry Mall in Pottstown (Chester County). Anyway, we like their pizza and stromboli - it's always been good.

Rino's Restaurant and Pizzeria by the Exton Mall is also good - I've only ever had a slice there but I enjoyed it.

Apr 27, 2008
jayellobee in Philadelphia

Who has best mac 'n cheese in Mont/Chester Counties?

Thanks for the link... 49 grams of fat... 28 grams saturated fat. No wonder I've never been successful in making it myself - guess I'm always trying for a lower fat version. Oh well, it's a party, right! Maybe I'll cut back a little butter... or buy it elsewhere and be blissfully ignorant about what is in it.

Thanks for the other posts - either of these may work for me. Keep 'em coming.

Apr 06, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Who has best mac 'n cheese in Mont/Chester Counties?

Ideally I'm looking for takeout mac and cheese. We're having a party for families (kids and adults) I'd like to have mac and cheese in a crock pot. I've never been successful in making it myself. Any suggestions on where I could get some good stuff to go?

Since I brought this up I'll post my vote for the best mac and cheese I've had... not the takeout I'm looking for but fabulous. The Capital Grille downtown has a 'Lobster Mac n Cheese' that is out of this world.

Thanks!

Apr 06, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Any Hibachi Restaurants in Montgomery County?

There's a Japanese restaurant in Royersford - in the Genuardi's shopping center just off 422. They have hibachi (teppanyaki) tables, sushi bar seating and regular restaurant seating as well as a room with a rice paper sliding door behind which has a low table and seating. The restaurant is Morimoto Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar, but I don't think any relation to the downtown Morimoto. We always go and sit on the sushi side but the hibachi side is always popular. Address is 70 Buckwalter Road, Royersford, PA phone (610) 792-8110

Apr 03, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Any good restaurants near King of Prussia?

Lemongrass Thai greasy? Awful service? Hmmm - don't think I've experienced this and I go here a fair amount for lunch, as it's close to work and they have a great lunch deal. Love their thai iced tea and green papaya salad. For the lunch special I usually get the Basil Tofu. Give it another try. http://www.phllemongrass.com/prusia/h...

Thai Place in Phoenixville (Giant Shopping center) is great - love their adorable menu, too. Still haven't tried the other Thai restaurant down the road (Thai L'Elephant across from Staples) but will have to get there.

Apr 01, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Mexican in/near Limerick or Boyertown,PA?

I'm a fan of California Tortilla. The Havana is their lowest fat option so I started with that and really enjoy it. Fish Taco's are "back" on the menu starting today and although I've never had them here, my husband should be pleased as he always orders this at Mesa Grill.

http://www.californiatortilla.com/

Apr 01, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Eateries in Pottstown

The Casual Gourmet might work - it's Limerick but close to Sanatoga. Not sure what day of the week you're looking to go but they have a great breakfast... Sunday is breakfast only until 1pm.

http://www.thecasualgourmetpa.com/ind...

Apr 01, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Can Pizza Be Better in Burbs than Center City?

Oaks pizza is very good and they also make an excellent cheese steak. Parking can be a bit hairy but there's a lot across the street which helps.

Rocco's has always been good - I usually go to the one in Collegeville.

Giovanni's in Royersford is also great pizza.

Apr 01, 2008
jayellobee in Pennsylvania

Good bakeries in the burbs?

My husband's family had a bakery in the Pittsburgh area so they're a bit of cake snobs. I'll list here my experience with some of the bakeries listed here:
Roma: my older son's first birthday cake was from here and it impressed no one. Dry, flavorless. We would have been better off with a grocery store cake.
Giant: I picked up a little vanilla cake with chocolate icing for a small gathering for the same son's 4th birthday and it was really good. Even my husband, who does not like cake (I assume due to his cake eating overload as a child) said what a good cake it was. He picked up a dragon decorated chocolate cake for the daycare celebration and this too was pretty good.
Costco: fantastic cakes at an unbelievable price. I've had these for work functions.
Bakers of Buffington: As my husband does not like cakes we had them do cupcakes and a cupcake tree for our wedding 6 1/2 years ago. I didn't choose this bakery - it's who you had to choose based on our venue. So I knew nothing about them and didn't expect much but OMG did I LOVE those cupcakes! I've had a few other samplings of their stuff and thought it was great. If the location in Downingtown was a bit more convenient for me, I'd be there more often.
Whole Foods (Devon): They did my older son's 3rd birthday cake and we really enjoyed it. Delicious, like homemade, real ingredients. The colors were muted as they use more natural colorings which I wasn't expecting but actually prefer. My second son's first birthday is next month and I think they'll be doing that cake for the guest with the dragon Giant cake as the 1st birthday smash cake.
Steve's Homemade/Nelson's Ice Cream: the ice cream part is open now but they have signs up that they hope the bakery part will be stocked mid to late April. I'm more partial to ice cream but I have had their baked goods. I took a pie to a friend - we went for dinner and I brought it as an offering... cherry I think. We never ate it but they told us later it was very good. Personally, I think Steve could improve his customer relation skills but I guess he's there to be a baker not a gracious host.

Mar 30, 2008
jayellobee in Philadelphia