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Blue Bell Inn to open in April

Wonderful news! Thanks for the info!

Mar 09, 2014
Kater in Philadelphia

Best Sushi - Collegeville/Limerick/Phoenixville

If you're willing to drive to Blue Fin that is the best. Umai is also very good.

if you're going to stick to Collegeville then Bon Jung is the best.

Avoid Kumo - poor quality and bad service.

Feb 10, 2014
Kater in Philadelphia

Forest and Main --Ambler Brewpub

We finally made it in last weekend and love this place! Really good beer, which is a rare thing in area brewpubs. I like Belgians and my husband likes English so this is the perfect place for us.

The food is perfect but not inexpensive. We enjoyed the fried chicken, cauliflower (YUM), burger, carrot salad and pea ravioli. Everyone loved the food. It was artfully prepared and designed with care. My son is still talking about the pickles. Bear in mind that they have a very brief menu and did not offer any specials when we visited. You may want to check the website before you head in so that you know there is something you would like to eat.

Homespun Hipster is my take on the ambiance and decor. They create a welcome relaxing vibe in a very simple but beautiful environment. Service is warm but efficient. The employees seem to really embrace the mission of this restaurant and want to make every guest comfortable.

May 15, 2013
Kater in Philadelphia
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Koko Korean BBQ in North Wales?

I was there again on Thursday night. Food was fantastic as always. They have a very comfortable, but not at all fancy atmosphere and better barbecue than the other local Korean restaurants. Great salad served with the bbq and the kimchi pancake is also great. Their banchan were better than ever and they already do a better job than a lot of other places!

Feb 16, 2013
Kater in Philadelphia

What is the secret to the firm dense shrimp for shrimp cocktail served in the best steakhouses and restaurants?

Wild caught, fresh never frozen. If you don't have a local source Randy's Paradise Shrimp will ship them to you.

Feb 07, 2013
Kater in Home Cooking

Mail Order Florida Pink Shrimp Fresh Never Frozen

I am envious! In the frigid Northeast we have to have them shipped in! I've heard that you can get amazing shrimp and great prices if you're near the coast. I paid about $80 for 3 pounds of shrimp delivered. Maybe it was 85.

Jan 29, 2013
Kater in General Topics

Mail Order Florida Pink Shrimp Fresh Never Frozen

OK I took the plunge and bought three pounds of Randy's Paradise Shrimp. I got the 10-15s they call them Jumbo. I chose 2nd day air which scared me but they said it was fine.

The shrimp arrived on time, though they forgot to send a confirming tracking number, and the quality was spectacular! I was astonished. They arrive in a well insulated box with a special cold bag and ice packs.

The texture was perfect. There is noting better than wild caught never frozen shrimp. I plan to order them again in a couple of months but I will probably get the Oh My God Shrimp - 6 per pound.

I definitely recommend and don't be afraid of the 2 Day shipping.

Jan 28, 2013
Kater in General Topics

Ilg's Disappointment - Crown Roast of Lamb

thanks - I checked out their website and I love that they buy product from Del Val students!

Dec 30, 2012
Kater in Philadelphia

Ilg's Disappointment - Crown Roast of Lamb

I have been thinking about it but it is something I seldom do and I would not be comfortable. Still, I really do think that they generally care about quality but it's not as if they didn't see what they gave me and I bought two. I ordered them ahead so it is not as if they were rushed. I will think it over but it would be difficult for me.

Dec 27, 2012
Kater in Philadelphia

Ilg's Disappointment - Crown Roast of Lamb

I have been a strong Ilg's evangelist for many years but I am really unhappy with my Christmas crown roasts of lamb. They were astonishingly fatty. It was like there was a huge piece of fat on the inside of the crown that should have been removed. Luckily I had also purchased a tenderloin because no one would touch it. I wound up wasting over $200 on something that none of my guests would eat.

Have you ever had a problem like this? Do you know of another butcher who does a proper crown roast of lamb?

Dec 26, 2012
Kater in Philadelphia

Mail Order Florida Pink Shrimp Fresh Never Frozen

Never frozen shrimp can definitely be had and I used to have a local source for them. I was able to talk to the fish guy at whole foods and they are going to have some for Christmas but they are much smaller than what I wanted. At this point I thinkI am going to go that route though because once I accepted the fact that I was going to have to pay $70 for shipping I discovered that they can't deliver on Mondays! UGH.

At any rate, thanks for the help.

Dec 12, 2012
Kater in General Topics

Mail Order Florida Pink Shrimp Fresh Never Frozen

I noticed that. Their prices are phenomenal and their shrimp is probably much better than the grocery store but I really want fresh never frozen this time.

Dec 12, 2012
Kater in General Topics

Mail Order Florida Pink Shrimp Fresh Never Frozen

Well that was my other question. The $40 is for second day air! That doesn't make a lot of sense to me. Overnight was going to be more like $80 for five pounds of shrimp.

I am really disappointed that my local source for these went out of business. Too many people are lured in by low aquaculture shrimp prices at Costco and the supermarket.

Dec 12, 2012
Kater in General Topics

Mail Order Florida Pink Shrimp Fresh Never Frozen

does anyone have a source with reasonable shipping costs. I found Randy's Paradise and the product looks good but shipping is $40 from Fla to PA.

Dec 11, 2012
Kater in General Topics

Salt flakes

I have not but I have ordered Maldon flakes from Amazon. They are very reliable and the price is great. Now my Whole Foods has it more reliably though I think it is cheaper on Amazon!

Dec 06, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Creme de Violette in Philly/Central Jersey?

I know this may be a very stupid question but is there any reason that we cannot order liquor online and have it shipped to Pa? I want a bottle of Belle de Brillet. In order to buy it from the state store I would have to order 6 bottles at $56. It is available online for $59.95 with shipping from another state. Am I allowed to buy i this way? I certainly don't want to spent $336 and wouldn't trust myself with six bottles of the stuff!

Dec 03, 2012
Kater in Philadelphia

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

thank you - I looked it up before and was happy to see that she uses frozen spinach. I love fresh for many things but for this... well it would be pretty cumbersome!

Nov 30, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

Ham is a very logical choice but I really don't care for it. Still I am considering making it because I think I am the only person who doesn't like ham!

Nov 26, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

Now I am sort of thinking rack of lamb and a gratin would be great with that. I will look for the spinach one!

Nov 26, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

I love that idea but I do not want to do anything that interactive for Christmas dinner. I really want a pretty manageable menu that can be done ahead so that I can enjoy as much of the day as possible.

Nov 26, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

I really wanted to do paella but I can't stand the idea of making it without shellfish. I will consider the coq au vin!

Nov 26, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

There will only be seven of us but I am not wild about the roast chicken idea.

Lasagne might work and mushroom would be great. I would not mind making two versions because I don't know if they eat mushrooms and that is something that some people hate.

Nov 26, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

No veal and no bison. : (

Nov 25, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

oh that is a good idea, I wasn't thinking chicken but as you point out, saltimbocca could definitely work for an occasion!

Nov 25, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

that is a good idea though I haven't cooked duck in a long time. I could do a practice run beforehand!

Nov 25, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

oh my goodness! They do not eat beef. I don't know what I was thinking, I just fixed it.

Nov 25, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Christmas Dinner Menu Help

I'm unsure about my Christmas Menu. I am entertaining friends who do not eat beef and cannot have shellfish. Typically I serve prime rib or lobster for Christmas dinner.

I had thought about making a leg of lamb but I am not enthused. I do not care for pork so a crown roast is not high on my list. They also have children who are picky eaters so I fear that fish would not go over well. I have also considered making a turkey but that is hard to stomach this close to Thanksgiving and it's not a favorite of mine either.

I'm hoping that you will come up with a great holiday main dish that will work for us all!

Nov 25, 2012
Kater in Home Cooking

Biryani King in Norristown (Ridge Pike)

I stopped by this place because I had to go to Salter's for a Big Green Egg and was very pleased with our take out order. It is back in a small, rather old shopping center but the restaurant is cute inside. They are running a special for Diwali and extended a 10% discount which was very kind.

I ordered two different biryani (goat and chicken) along with palak paneer and some cauliflower. It was all fantastic. The only criticism is that the goat was a little fatty but it was very flavorful. I also got naan and was delighted that they asked me whether we wanted butter or not. It's not that I don't love butter but I really don't want the extra fat. On that topic, there was not an excess of butter or oil in any of the dishes. That can be a real issue at some of the other local Indian restaurants.

I think the cauliflower was Gobi 65. There may have been another number after it. I asked what it was and was told that it was cauliflower with secret spices. Of course that intrigued me. It was fantastic. Bright red, well spiced and fried. Really delicious.

At any rate I hope they will do well but I am worried about the location. They do deliver which I hope will get them a lot of lunch business. I have not been in at lunch time to see if they do a buffet.

Nov 17, 2012
Kater in Philadelphia

Looking for good sushi/sashimi on Maui

Please help. We went to Sansei - just awful! I'm down with Isana and love their uni but I am looking for someplace with a bit more atmophere!
thanks -

Sep 19, 2012
Kater in Hawaii

Spice Kitchen, new Indian restaurant in Trooper, PA

I really appreciate your reviews of local Indian restaurants. Do you ever go to Persis near George's music in North Wales? We went recently for lunch and I thought it was fantastic. The buffet has fewer offerings than other restaurants but the quality was high and all the dishes were very flavorful. They seemed a lot less greasy that what one commonly finds on Indian buffets. Also they bring you your own basket of bread. I actually did not care for the particular type of bread they serve (it was very soft and puffy) but it was warm and i liked the way they serve it. Also they offered a chicken biryani and an vegetarian biryani and both were delicious.

Jul 18, 2012
Kater in Philadelphia