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Chocolate covered spice cupcakes

Update: I had one today! Get thee to Bredenbeck's! :D

Sep 11, 2014
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Chocolate covered spice cupcakes

Bredenbeck's used to have them. They called them "Newports." I'm not sure if they are making them currently - I haven't seen them there this summer, but maybe they're a seasonal thing. Definitely worth a call!

Sep 09, 2014
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Glenside, again

Ack, yes, I meant wood-fired! Hope you go and enjoy!

Mar 17, 2014
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Where to find Hot cross buns?

I bought some today at Daryl's in Glenside. They do have the neon-green candied fruit in them, though, just in case that's not what you're looking for.

Mar 17, 2014
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Glenside, again

I still don't understand the real difference between "pizza" and "flatbread," but some of my favorite whatever-you-want-to-call-it from a coal-fired oven is Earth, Bread + Brewery in Mt. Airy. A straight shot from Glenside via Easton/Mt. Airy Avenue (crossing Cheltenham Avenue), they do organic and locally sourced whenever possible. They have an array of delicious regular flatbreads (the traditional has that "fresh-tasting" tomato sauce you mentioned for sure) as well as interesting specials. They brew some really good beer and have a well-curated wine list, as well. Love the place! We live in Jenkintown and usually order Bella's for Friday takeout, but when I really want to enjoy my "pizza," I go to Earth.

Mar 12, 2014
oliviasaru in Philadelphia
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Uncle Julio's coming to Plymouth Meeting Mall

We (me, my husband, and our 9-year-old) went two weeks ago and really enjoyed it. The service was friendly and efficient, and the food was fresh and tasty. We were seated near their tortilla-maker, which was entertaining to watch. I had a terrific chicken tortilla soup and very flavorful chicken tamales. Salsa is excellent as well. We will definitely be back.

Feb 16, 2014
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Kids lunch

I've been using these for years, and they are great! We have the bunny/bear combo as well. Boogiebaby is exactly right in her directions. Sometimes, if pressed for time, I will also submerge the egg molds in a bowl of ice water. This will make them set quickly as well.

I've also been known to dunk the eggs in water with food coloring for special occasions - red and blue seem to come out best. Have fun!

Sep 03, 2013
oliviasaru in Home Cooking

Bow Tie Pasta with Corn, Thyme, and Parmesan

This was a big hit with me, my husband, and our 8-year-old. I added some crispy pancetta at the end, and used "table cream" (no idea if it's the same thing as heavy cream, it was on sale) but otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. Very tasty, and surprisingly light!

Aug 27, 2013
oliviasaru in Recipes

Barbecue

Whoa, it's actually this weekend, on the 3rd!

http://garrysbbqchallenge.org/

I thought it was unusual they were having it on a Tuesday this year. :)

Jul 31, 2013
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

River Horse lunch at Maggiano's Center City

My husband and I enjoyed a Beer Week event at Maggiano's today, and I wanted to let people know about it because it was so good! River Horse Brewery partnered with the chef at Maggiano's to make a special lunch with beer pairings.

We started with the River Horse Summer Blonde, which was a very flavorful session beer at 4.5%. Then they brought us the first course, mussels in a broth made from River Horse Double Wit (which is also what we drank with it), two kinds of mustard, diced onions, tomatoes, some creme fraiche and herbs. Wow. It was a very rich dish, and the Double Wit was pretty hefty - 8%. The mussels were perfectly cooked, and I scooped up almost all the broth left in the bowl with the provided garlic toasts. Delicious!

Next course was a burger made with bloody mary mix to add spice, and a pepper and onion jam made with balsamic vinegar. It came with eggplant fries: thick-cut eggplant sticks that were dredged in some kind of lightly spiced batter and then fried and drizzled with a pepper-honey glaze. You would never have known they were eggplant (for those who don't like 'em). The texture was fabulous: crispy on the outside and smooth on the inside. The texture reminded me a bit of tempura sweet potato, which is one of my favorites. I do like eggplant myself, but again - if someone isn't a huge fan, they might still have enjoyed these "fries." The beer we had with that course was an American Special Ale. Very tasty.

Finally, they brought us a vanilla panna cotta with blueberry sauce, paired with a Tripel. Terrific! I will eat just about anything in pudding/flan form, but this was an exemplar of its kind: very vanilla-y and light, which was just what was needed after the heavier food. The Tripel was likewise excellent.

The brewmaster told us that River Horse is in the process of moving their brewery, but that it should be completed by late July and after that they'll be resuming brewery tours. They didn't serve us anything super hoppy today, but there were some hoppy beers listed on their brewery menu. I was impressed with what we did have, so I'd like to try their other offerings.

At $35 a person for four beers each and a three-course meal, I thought it was an excellent deal. We were told that they may put the burger on the menu as a special, so if you're there, try it out!

Jun 08, 2013
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Sorry, meant the freezer. :)

Feb 07, 2013
oliviasaru in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Hm...it did give me ideas as far as making my own version, which I may try this weekend when I have some leftover cooked rice handy. I may give it another run from TJ's, too, due to the convenience. Thanks for letting me know it's been good for you - it gives me hope!

Feb 07, 2013
oliviasaru in Chains

Trader Joe's Yay/Nay Thread - February 2013 [OLD]

Yay: Aloo Chaat Kati Pouches - like a flat, baked samosa; great flavor and none of that heavy feeling you get after a regular fried samosa.

Nay: Kimchee Fried Rice - I've had it in the refrigerator for about a month and had high hopes for it as I love the Chimichurri Fried Rice so much. The Kimchee Fried Rice just doesn't have much flavor. I hit it with some chaat masala I have on hand to punch it up and finish it, but I won't buy it again.

Feb 04, 2013
oliviasaru in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

I went in tonight and found one box! The cashier mentioned how good they were to me, as well. Can't wait for lunch tomorrow - thanks!

Jan 28, 2013
oliviasaru in Chains

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

These sound fantastic! I haven't seen them here (outside Philadelphia), but maybe I didn't look hard enough. Are they with the other frozen Indian foods?

Jan 27, 2013
oliviasaru in Chains

Looking for delicious places in Chinatown for 1/20/13

Ah, good point! I forgot that they had it - I haven't tried it there. Most of what I've had there has been decent, though. Do they still own Terakawa Ramen? I thought that was a separate company now after Ramen Boy didn't make it.

Jan 22, 2013
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Looking for delicious places in Chinatown for 1/20/13

An added note, though - if you have had okonomiyaki in Japan, Maido! does not allow you to cook your own. They prepare it on their teppan behind the lunch counter and then serve it to you. Otherwise, though, it is quite authentic - right down to the Kewpie Mayonnaise! ;)

Jan 19, 2013
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Looking for delicious places in Chinatown for 1/20/13

It's not in town, but Maido! Market in Narberth (not too far out of the city) has okonomiyaki. It's a little Japanese market with a lunch counter, where they have a variety of authentic offerings. The lady who owns it is from Osaka, and since okonomiyaki is a traditional Kansai-area dish, she does a very good version. I actually don't know of any other place around Philadelphia that offers it, as it's rather specialized.
You can have lunch and pick up a few hard-to-find Japanese groceries, too, including fresh vegetables. Across the street is a very nice French bakery for an afternoon snack and coffee afterwards. Maido's website is http://www.maidookini.com/e/index.htm

Jan 19, 2013
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Anniversary dinner on a Monday?

Of the restaurants mentioned, I have only been to Bistrot la Minette, but it was also for an anniversary a few years ago and it was lovely. Food and service were excellent, and atmosphere was romantic without being cloying. I particularly remember the lemon butter sauce on the trout meuniere - I wanted to lick the plate!

Wherever you go, congratulations on your anniversary and enjoy!

Jan 18, 2013
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Trader Joe's Yea/Nay Thread - January 2013 [OLD]

I had tried these once before on the stovetop and wasn't impressed, but I had another bag and decided to give them a try in the crockpot. What a difference! I cooked them all day on low in tomato sauce, and made meatball sandwiches out of them. They tasted just as good as "real" meatball sandwiches, without the stomach-bomb feeling afterward. Tasty, simple weeknight supper.

Jan 04, 2013
oliviasaru in Chains

Corropolese bakery and deli in Lansdale

I don't know anything specific about it, but I have had Corropolese tomato pie in the past and I remember being very pleased.

Dec 28, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Samarkand Restaurant (Uzbek cuisine)

I'd love to hear about Samarkand. I've eaten lunch at Uzbekistan, and it was delicious and quite low-key. I can see how the atmosphere might change at dinner, though.

Oct 13, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

King's Corner Pub - Jenkintown

Thank you so much for posting this! We could throw a paper airplane from our door and hit King's Corner, so I was planning to try it soon anyway. Your review encourages me to go sooner rather than later, and to support another local business. Any comments on the beer list?

Sep 25, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Area Board

Sandwiches are great, but somewhat expensive. Service can be very slow, depending on how much flirting/joking the young staff are doing that day. ;)

Sep 25, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Inexpensive but good in Chestnut Hill

Oh, and Kings Garden Chinese, right by the post office in the same block as the Chestnut Hill Hotel, is very good. Not as fancy as Cin Cin, but solid Chinese food. Try the black bean tofu!

Aug 30, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Inexpensive but good in Chestnut Hill

Osaka's at the top of the hill.

Speaking of that, Top of the Hill Deli is right behind the bank (I think it's a Wells Fargo?) on Evergreen. Very good sandwiches and prepared foods - you can eat there for lunch (inside or out on the patio), or take food out to Pastorius Park, Valley Green, or a number of other green spaces near the Avenue.

If you do have a car, or want to cab it, there's Earth Bread & Brewery in Mt. Airy. Flatbreads, salads, and their own house-made sodas as well as beer. I think their prices are very reasonable for dinner, especially if you split a flatbread or two.

Aug 30, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Night Market--any advice

I went to the Mt. Airy Night Market last year with friends, and after swearing up and down all year that we wouldn't go back...we're going back. The best advice I can give is to have a snack beforehand so you're not desperate and ravenous, wandering up and down the avenue. That was our chief mistake last year, and it made everyone cranky. They say they're having twice as many food trucks this year, and that may help, but Mt. Airy LOVES its street festivals, and it's very easy for a ton of people to walk to this event, so I would expect it to be packed. I'm planning to go with the attitude that I'm hanging out with friends, we'll definitely get some beers, and maybe I'll even get lucky enough to snag some food. Otherwise, I'll count it as reconnaissance for which food trucks I want to try in the next year. Oh, and you can always go into the restaurants that are open: Avenida, Earth Bread & Brewery, Wine Thief, etc. if the crowds get to be too much. Have fun!

Aug 16, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Glenside, PA [moved from PA board]

There's no smoking inside the Blue Comet. They have a lovely little enclosed patio/garden out back with a fountain.

Aug 10, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Uzbekistan

We ordered a pitcher of Plov, which was a refreshing fruit punch, heavy on the cherries. Since it was lunchtime, we didn't bring alcohol, but we all agreed that the Plov would have been even better spiked with vodka. Next time! They also made a terrific cappuccino for the end of the meal. We probably could have skipped the Cherry Vareniki as we were pretty full, but I wanted to see how their dumplings were. Next time I'll get one of the savory varieties. Lots of exciting possibilities on the menu - enjoy!

Jul 16, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia

Breakfast Near Forbidden Drive?

Big +1 for Cafette. Friendly folks, very good brunch. People in bike togs will not feel out of place.

Jul 15, 2012
oliviasaru in Philadelphia