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cardamom pods?

Penzey's has them. you can check out the store in Chestnut Hill or at www.penzeys.com.

Nov 01, 2013
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Updated Rec's Near Union Transfer?

Searched the Board already but haven't seen an updates since a year ago, and just wondered if anyone had some suggestions for bites near UT. Taking in the KT Tunstall show tonight with my Dad and Stepmom (it really is more than fun that it sounds - he still rocks!), and will probably be up for small plate style refreshments following - in the 9 PM range. Any suggestions would be appreciated as that is not an area I visit as often as I should.

Sep 27, 2013
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Locally owned restaurant for business dinner

You have so many options in that lcoation that it would actually be helpful for you to provide some more narrow parameters. An excellent choice for business dinners, especially for out-of-town guests that maynot be familiar with the City is R2L in 2 Liberty Place. The views are stunning - hands down a guaranteed "Wow Factor", and rivate dining rooms are available.
http://www.r2lrestaurant.com/aboutr2l/

An old standby for me when entertaining clients is Davio's on 17th Street - they do service the right way, and their food is consistrntly excellent. http://davios.com/phil/index.php

Hotel Palomar on 17th Street is the home of Square 1682, which was recently vited the bext hotel bar in the US (although I honestly prefer the hotel bar at Sofitel across the street). The restaurant is not huge, but nicely designed and the kitchen is solid. http://www.square1682.com/

Now if you want to impress with an "off the beaten path" option I cannot recommend Vedge enough. seriously - you won't miss the meat (believe me, we are OMNIVORES, and this is one of our favorite 'special occassion' places right now). http://vedgerestaurant.com/

Of course we also have your pick of Iron Chef/Top Chef options, which are always a great choice - Just check out any of Jose Garces restaurants, http://garcesgroup.com/restaurants/ ,several of which are in your general area . Morimoto's is very good sushi very well done in a very cool space, and I liked Sbraga, but have only been there once.

BTW - I definitely consider any Starr Group restaurant "locally owned", as Stephen Starr is where he is because of Philadelphia, and we get to claim his flavored theatricality as our own!

Sep 25, 2013
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Sports Bar in/near South Austin?

Correction - must have been Freudian...The Eagles/Chiefs primetime game is Thursday, not Sunday. But still need reccomendations....Thanks!

Sep 11, 2013
doxiemom in Austin

Sports Bar in/near South Austin?

I get that there is another football question already posted on this board, but this Philly Hound needs some more specifics.

We'll be staying in S Austin the weekend that the Eagles meet the Chiefs for Sunday Night Football. I need to find a place where we can watch the game, and if I know Eagles fans, meet up with some others who know the fight song, while still enjoying some decent food and drink.

I don't mind driving a little ways, but if there is someplace close that would fit the bill that would be terrific. We're staying in the Whispering Oaks neighborhood if that means anything - it's my first visit to this fair city, so it doesn't mean anything to me! Any suggestions are appreciated.

Sep 10, 2013
doxiemom in Austin

Garlic Scapes?

Thanks! I hadn't checked Headhouse yet, and am happy to see Rittenhouse will have them.

Jun 14, 2013
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Garlic Scapes?

Has anyone seen scapes this season? I haven't come across any, and there haven't been in from my CSA sadly. Anyone gotten lucky?

Jun 14, 2013
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Night Market--any advice

It's a shame you didn't get a chance to sample some of the superb vegetarian options we came across (one of my trio got a veggie hoagie from Kung Fu that he raved about - I didn't try), but had I seen your post yesterday I would have offered one piece of advice - GO EARLY!! As Oliviasaru notes, no one loves street festivals like Mt Airy-anites. We were able to get down by 6:30, and although some of the lines had already started at Pitrucos, Foo Truck and Ka-Chi, there were still manageable waits for others including the amazing popcicles from Lil Pop Shop I missed last year because they had sold out by 8:00PM. We strolled from Mt Airy Ave to the end of the festival, and were quite full by the time we had meandered past all the options. This year the vendors seemed to manage a bit better, and there were definitely more of them available, but by the time we had made it all the way to the end and were walking back towards home, the lines had definitely started to snake and I would not have been able to get quite as stuffed (maybe not such a bad thing after all). My major disappointment was that we started by McMenamins, serving draft beer at $6 a pint, and pouring mostly foam. Wish we had started our sips at Earth Bread and Brewery, where they were pouring someof their excellent brews for $5 - $4 refills! But we rectified the error quickly!

Aug 17, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Heirloom Tomatoes

Thanks to your tip I canned 50 lbs of heirlooms this weekend, all different varieties, plus have eaten nothing but tomato based dishes since Friday evening...amazing!

Aug 08, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Suggestion please for BEST Philly Dinner -

If you're in for a weekend, try to get reservations for Lacroix's Sunday Brunch. It's unbelievable. Matyson remains one of my all time favorites, and is steps from the square. We just did the "Soft Shell Sunday" dinner and it was phenomonally delicious, and at $35 and BYOB one of the best deals in the city.

Jul 06, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Mica: Lobster Tasting Menu

We went to the first obster tasting dinner tey did a few weeks ago, and the food as absolutely heavenly. The portions were perfect for our appetites, which are not small! Yo won't be disappointed.

The only quibble I had with them was the lack of documentation on the wine pairing, which we also purchased. The wines were fabulous, and definitely some sips I would not have chosen myself, but they weren't listed anywhere, so I had no idea what was coming. At the end of the meal to ask our server to write down the wines we tasted so I could purchase afew of them later. This didn't hamper my pleasure in a wonderful meal well excuted, but a restaurant of this caliber should demonstrate a little more sophistication and have that information readily available, especially on for specialty pairing for a specialty meal.

Jul 06, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Heading back to Philadelphia, tweaking the agenda.

Have to back this question up. You really shouldn't miss Lacroix Brunch this time...prejudices against brunch aside, it is really lovely in every possible way that brunch can be. And though I know it will be no problem for you and your athletic epicurean ability, I don't eat for three days following...

Apr 30, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Need suggestions for venue near convention center

A friend is looking for a bar venue near convention center that can hold 300-600 people for a launch party. Nothing immediately came to mind, so thought fellow hounders might be able to help.

Apr 25, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Heading back to Philadelphia, tweaking the agenda.

Then you'll need to plan on going twice as they don't start making chicken until 11:45. It's worth it to go back for chicken...trust and believe...

Apr 23, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Avenida In Chestnut Hill

I am a big fan of Avenida. The food is consistentyl fresh and well presented, and the owners are lovely. The duck with pureed canella is one of my favorites, and the rotating ceviche of the day never disappoints. This week they also had a mussels special that was spciy and creamy, and boasted some of the most gorgeous fat mussells I have ever seen. When they have the branzino, it is always well done. Honestly, there isn't a dish I have had there that I would not reccomend. Let us know how your evening goes!

Apr 16, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Rittenhouse Square area, best sushi/omakase? Steaks? Cheesesteaks?

If you are staying at the Rittenhouse Hotel (or anywhere in the area) and have Sunday open, do not miss the Brunch at Lacroix. It is the best deal in the city for truly amazing fine dining and you won't need to eat again for the rest of the day. Reservations can be tricky thought, so book in advance. http://www.lacroixrestaurant.com/the_...

Apr 16, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Walnut Street Supper Club Tonight...Am I In For It?

Taking a friend out for his birthday tonight, and he requested this place. Am I in for it with this choice? I can't tell from what I have read if its kitsch or cool, and the food looks like standard italian fare, which is totally fine if it's well executed. Has anyone been?

Mar 13, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

When did Gorben's Fish Market and Take Out disappear?

WHAAAAHHHHH????? I missed that - too busy to read much recently. How exciting!!!

Mar 09, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

When did Gorben's Fish Market and Take Out disappear?

This is a terrible shame, and a terrible loss to our community. I've shopped there almost weekly since moving to the area a decade ago, and was equally devastated to learn they were permanently closed.

Mar 05, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Are these places I should check out for 3 nights in Philly - Other thoughts??

Since you are staying in Rittenhouse, you must got to Matyson. Either lunch or dinner there will do you fine! I have a dear friend who lives in SF, and when she’s back in Philly for her annual visit, her first question off the plane is, "when do we have reservations for Matyson?"

Jan 27, 2012
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Kihei/Wailea, Maui Report (with side trips to Lahaina, Paia, Makawao)

Great report - thank you! I am so looking forward to my next trip, and starting the to do list now!

Jan 25, 2012
doxiemom in Hawaii

Sit By A Fire With Friends? Special Bar/Restaurant Happenings for Christmas?

I love the fireplace in the lounge area at XIX at the Bellevue, although may be tight for 10 people. For more casual (really more casual), McGillins is an option if you're meeting fairly early, say just after work. For someplace in between, Dandelion is a great space and they have decent options for nibbling.

Dec 06, 2011
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Bluefin in Plymouth Meeting- What's good on the menu?

Everything on their menu is excellent. The fish is so fresh it glows and we always ask to eat the sushi bar so the chefs can make reccomendations based on what they think is best that day.

That being said, the tuna sundae is delightful!

Nov 15, 2011
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Philly Hound visiting Nashville for the weekend - need recs from local Hounds!

Thanks to you both - I now have some new options to add to the To-Do list!

We ended up at Eastland Cafe, and were able to get a 6:45 reservation which was perfect. Decor was fun and the back patio, thought empty in the evening chill, looked like a perfect spot for warm weather cocktails. We were seated quickly, and the service was friendly if a bit frenetic. We shared two apps among the three of, the salad special, which had nice flavors, but some challenges in the construction in that you could not get all the crunchy and soft elements into one bite, and the goat cheese brulee, which will haunt my palate for quite some time. Delightfully smooth and just warmed through goat cheese, baked pita, and roasted peppers and tomatoes. I opined that the tomatoes and peppers were unnecessary IMHO, but I was voted down by my companions. Yumm...

Entrees were the pork chop, which was juicy and smoky and perfectly seasoned. I had the duck breast with 5 spice powder, coconut rice, and sauteed veggies. The duck breast was perfectly cooked, and the very thin layer of fat that was left delicately balanced the crispiness of the duck skin. Delightful. The coconut rice was again, perfectly seasoned, and light with no gumminess. The veggies were well cooked, but terribly oversalted. The sweetness of the carrots and crispiness of the sauteed beans would have been a nice compliment to the earthy 5 spice and the sweet coconut rice, but struck an inharmonious note. However there was plenty of food on the plate and I still thoroughly enjoyed the dish. The third entree was the shrimp with vegetable crepe. Again, the shrimp was perfectly sauteed and presented at just the right temperature. Unfortunately the salt zealot struck again, and the veggies in the crepe were way too salty for the delicate taste of the shrimp. But the balance of the dish worked so well, so they were forgiven.

Eastland is now added to the list of places in Nashville I can recommend to my friends and fellow Hounds when visiting Music City. Thanks for the recs!

Nov 06, 2011
doxiemom in Kentucky & Tennessee

Philly Hound visiting Nashville for the weekend - need recs from local Hounds!

So this Philly Hound is happy to be back in lovely East Nashville visiting dear friends and new parents, and am looking for recs for dinner tonight (Saturday) sans baby. Criteria - any food is great except sushi (which, no offense intended, is NOT why I dine in Nashville anyway!!). Budget is in the under $35 entree range, and we will eat on the early side due to baby schedule. Just to give an idea of my faves, I already had my breakfast fix at Sweet 16th (yummmmm...), we're heading to Silly Goose for lunch, and will hit Marche before I leave. So any must try options elsewhere you recommend?

Puckett's looks good, and my friends like Rumors Wine Bar (but I have to admit two years ago I was unimpressed). So any suggestions for places that are worth venturing to tonight would be much appreciated! Thank you!

Nov 05, 2011
doxiemom in Kentucky & Tennessee

Kimmel Center area

La Viola - 253 S 16th St, Philadelphia PA19102 39.947775 -75.167742

Almost everything is under $20, and as a BYOB, you can bring a nice bottle of wine with you and save on the bar tab. Just remember it's cash only.

Another very nice option is the pre-theatre pre-fixe at Estia, which is Greek Mediterranean, and fabulous. The pre- dinner deal is a $30 three course, which is very affordable! The space is lovely too.

Oct 25, 2011
doxiemom in Philadelphia

BYO etiquette (when it's not a BYO) [moved from Philadelphia board]

I agree, CindyJ, the Chowhound Team doesn't understand Philly, and this is definitely a Philadelphia question. While other cities may have some BYO options, the BYO is so much a part of the fabric of this city, that those unfamiliar with the Philly dining scene simply don't understand how pervasive it is.

Oct 10, 2011
doxiemom in Not About Food

good lunch spot within walking distance of Basilica

Le castagne at 19th and Chestnit is very good, and their house specials are delicious and consistently good deals. If it's nice and you enjoy a stroll, Rittenhouse Square has many many options, but if your like Union Square Cafe, you may enjoy Le Castagne.

http://www.lecastagne.com/

Sep 15, 2011
doxiemom in Philadelphia

Reasonable, Yet Delicious Restaurant Near Academy of Music

If it's a casual thing, and neither of you are going to be dressed in black tie, what's wrong with some of the bars around there that have great food? Monk's is always good food...and the diversity of the crowd always provides great people watching and a conversational jumping off point in case chitchat starts to die. Good Dog on 15th is close by and great great great burgers. There's also Sansom Street Oyster House as a safe alternative if you want to kick it up a notch - good food, not too romantic, but can get a little pricey of you're eating and drinking. If you cross Broad Street, Time at 13th and Sansom is kind of fun, and you have the option of the restuarant or the whiskey bar, El Vez is there for quirky and casual. Opa is a nice option, and is reasonable. But for my money, if it's a first date and you're still trying to figure each other out and seduction hasn't entered the equation yet, go to Monk's.

Sep 06, 2011
doxiemom in Philadelphia

CH7

Went last night with my one of my favorite restuarant "first sampling" friends (mostly because she doesn't question my desire to order entirely off the apps menu to get the largest tasting option possible on the first visit). Let me say that the reno on the space is great. The noise level is high, but we sat at one of the two person hightops by the bar, and we could still speak comfortably even on a busy night. We had the calamari, which was excellent. Warm, with a crips & light cornmeal crust that kept the squid tender and sweet. It is served with a sweet sauce, more like honey than syrup, that perfectly balanced the earthiness of the coating. We had the shrimp and grits, which were yummy, but as a southerner, not quite where I could proclaim the dish excellent. My friend doesn't eat bacon, so I ordered it on the side, so I could mix it into my portion. It needed the saltiness of the bacon, and the grits were very creamy - I like mine slightly coarser, but the flavor was good (especially once the bacon was mixed.,,mmmmm bacon....) there were four large shrimp, perfectly cooked, so again, the dish was very good, just not quite at Carolina Coast standards. The spice rubbed wings were also very nice, although of 9 pieces, two were very small with minimal meat. We were hitting capacity already, so there was no loss, but if we were there just to eat at the bar or for a snack, it would have been disappointing. However the portions are large - and reasonably priced- so "meh". The only questionable dish was the "house salad". Iceberg lettuce (which I quite like - I am not anti-iceberg), but the pieces were a bit too large, and a little too wet, although very fresh. The house salad boasts pepporcini, sopressetta, and shaved pecorino, mixed with red onion and pear tomatoes. All of those things are lovely individually, but as a composition, the salad was unbalanced. The red onion overpowered the shaved cheese, and the sausage really didn't add anything as the dressing buried the taste of the slices. I would rather they called this an anti-pasto salad, without the onion, and perhaps a little less lettuce, and offer a simpler lettuce/veggie option. That being said, we really liked the viniagrette.
The two house cocktails we tried were both flavorful. She had the blood orange margarita (heavenly - but DO NOT skip the salt), I had the basil cocktail with the pineapple vodka. Mine was delicioso...but it should be served in a larger glass, with perhaps a bit of seltzer added to overcome the increased volume, because over ice, the crushed basil and muddled pineapple didn't have room to let the flavors mingle well. It is currently served in a large highball, which is not quite large enough to manage both ice and fruit/herb.
They still need to refine their service. Service was extremely friendly, and our waiter had an expected knowledge of the menu, but we did wait too long for our first cocktail and the subsequent glass of wine with the meal. All of our dishes arrive at one time too, which seemed poorly timed since our table was basically a bar table (did I mention the portions are generous?). We were hungry and not shy, so the food didn't suffer by waiting! We also had to call for our check as our server was running, and we were full, tired, and getting cranky as it was bedtime.
Overall, I think it is a promising start, and I am looking forward to yet another neighborhood option that doesn't mean suffering mediocre just so I don't have to cook!

Sep 01, 2011
doxiemom in Philadelphia