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Reading Terminal Market & Chinatown

The awesomely good South Philly German restaurant Brauhaus Schmitz now has a stand at RTM called Wursthaus Schmitz and I only hear good things about it. DiNic's roast pork sandwich won as "Best Sandwich In America" on Adam Richman's tv show by that name, so be ready for huge lines there.

Apr 24, 2013
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Why Simmer Bratwurst in Beer Before Grilling?

I never once saw a bratwurst boiled in beer in Germany, only placed on grill raw and cooked until done. The very name comes from 'braten' meaning to fry or grill.

Apr 23, 2013
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Craft Ale House in Limerick

For us that live in the 'burbs, how many here have been to Craft Ale House in Limerick? We live about 10 minutes away and love the place. Great craft beer selection and awesome menu. Not the cheapest place around but really, really decent. I grew up in the area and it's hard to believe that this place was once a podunk little deli. When I hear people complain about the small size and sometimes 45 min wait for a table, I remind them of this fact!

Apr 01, 2013
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What does Georges Perrier really think about Craig Laban?

I worked with a girl back in the late 90's who had done an externship with the Restaurant School at LBF. She was rather well endowed and told me that Georges Perrier stood about boob level to her and just did nothing but stare at them whenever he was near, LOL

Feb 19, 2013
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Wawa... never again

Yes, that location is awful. Why does KoP NOT have a HUGE, no GI-NORMOUS new Wawa?

Feb 19, 2013
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Wawa... never again

Hmmm...must be your location. I've never had a bad hoagie at Wawa and they were never "thrown together looking". They aren't a Primo's for sure but are damn good for 5 bucks when you are in a hurry.

Feb 19, 2013
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The New Goat Hollow in Mit. Airy

IMO, it's a mistake to try and re-open something with just the orignal name, and every other aspect changed. They will never be able to get away from people comparing it to the 'old' Goat Hollow escpecially if the food and service are not good.

Feb 05, 2013
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Zitner's around Rittenhouse square? Urgent!

I kind of doubt you are going to find EASTER candy from them in January. More likely is leftover Christmas candy or probably Valentines day candy.

Jan 25, 2013
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Where To Find Philadelphia Pepper Pot Soup (canned/frozen?)

My grandmother loves Pepper Pot soup along with Snapper but can't find it anymore. Didn't Campbell's used to make it? Does anyone know a source for it in cans or frozen?

Jan 25, 2013
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Dinner tomorrow in Phoenixville

Actually Thai L'Elephant is now. They moved about a year ago to the corner right across from Vecchia Pizza on the same side, only half a block down from The Colonial if that.

Jan 25, 2013
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Dinner tomorrow in Phoenixville

Do you like Thai? Thai L'Elephant is half a block away and very good! It's BYOB. I can also vouch for how good Daddy Mims is too.

Jan 25, 2013
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BYOBS near KOP mall?

Thai L'Elephant in Phoenixville, about 15 minutes away
Nothing really right there in vicinity of the mall.

Jan 19, 2013
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Appetizers and cocktails in or near KOP mall for 10-12

Fox & Hound

Jan 11, 2013
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Corropolese bakery and deli in Lansdale

Corropolese tomato pie is very good and a Norristown classic, thank God it's available to me at the Limerick Corropolese. The thing about tomato pie to me is that it's only really good for maybe 6 hours after it's made. Any longer than that and it's not as good and day old tomato pie is blecchh. They also have really good Kaiser rolls and other rolls and breads.

Jan 11, 2013
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Upscale BYO in suburbs -- need recs

I've heard some not-so-great things about Black Lab Bistro lately. I go to Phoenixville all the time and from what I understand, it USED to be really good but now is underwhelming and pricey. I hear nothing but praise for Majolica.

You may want to think about Craft Ale House in Limerick (I've seen them allow BYOB wine I think) or Funky Lil' Kitchen in Pottstown.

Jan 09, 2013
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Where to eat in Pottstown

-Funky Lil Kitchen right in Pottstown is a highly rated little place
-Craft Ale House in Limerick is 5 mins away from Sanatoga exit of 422, nice little craft beer/gastropub. Only 10 min away from Pottstown
-Phoenixville has many great restaurants, I like Molly Maguires Irish Pub and Thai L'Elephant for Thai. This is right on the way to Pottstown as well and a stop off 422.

Jan 07, 2013
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AMW Donuts - Phoenixville

They won't be around much longer anyway, and with that kind of attitude it's a good thing. I go past that place every morning on my way to work and it's a HORRIBLE location to try to get in and out of, plus it's too tucked away out of sight out of mind. They will have to sell a ton on donuts to stay in business and from that location, it just ain't going to happen.

Jan 06, 2013
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Vecchia, real neapolitan pizza in Phoenixville

I tried it this summer and LOVED it! If you are looking for the authentic, thin crackly, minimalist-but-delicious topped, eat-with-a-knife-and-fork-like-real-Italians-pizza, this is the place for you. If you are looking for thick, doughy, greasy with too much cheap cheese and loaded with mediocre ingredients American style pizza, then you may be disappointed.

Black Walnut Winery right across the street makes some very good wines that pair well with their pizza, pop in for a bottle before you walk over!

Dec 28, 2012
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Feast of the 7 Fishes sponsored by local radio show

I don't know who screwed up but I find it hard to believe that an event called the FEAST of the 7 Fishes was not even a TASTING of the 7 Fishes. The one I went to at Varalli's 2-3 years ago was served waiter style and there were 7 courses of fish/seafood/shellfish and we all walked away stuffed. I'm going to go further and say that Dom G won't even do it anymore, I think the event got way too big for what it is.

Dec 20, 2012
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Feast of the 7 Fishes sponsored by local radio show

Wow, it sounded like a total debacle! I saw this posted on the Facebook page of a person who I'm friends with who knows Dom G:

To all those who attended WPHT 1290's and Dom Giordano's normally OUTSTANDING Event, FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES, a public apology was made by Jim Loftus, Vice President of CBS radio for the extreme shortage of food at the event. As further consolation, they are issuing a $50 Gift Certificate for every ticket sold to Le Castagne Restaurant, 1920 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Excellent move by Jim Loftus and ALL the good people at WPHT. Perhaps the best news is that $17,000 was raised for The Archbishop Chaput's Christmas Benefit for Children, held on Tuesday 12/18/12.

Dear Attendee,

Thank you for your support of Talk Radio 1210 WPHT's 4th Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. This event was conceptualized for CBS Radio and hosted by Dom Giordano. After our third sold out event in 2011, we realized that the demand of both our family of advertisers and listeners was bigger than the venue we hosted it at in the past could accommodate. We have had several successful events at the beautiful Crystal Tea Room and decided that the larger event that was evolving would be well-served if we moved to that location.

With the new location, came a decision to utilize an outside PR firm that specialized in restaurant events to manage our restaurants for the evening. We successfully worked with this firm in the past in that same venue doing events built around our relationships with both the Phillies and the Eagles. Somehow, this time there was a communication disconnect resulting in an under delivery of the number of restaurants and a misunderstanding in the amount of food that they needed to prepare. We contracted for 500 people, and the amount of food available on 12/17 fell short of our expectations and most likely yours. Despite our efforts to work with the venue in the purchase and preparation of additional food as the evening progressed, the event did not meet our vision for the evening, and was quite different than we had presented in the past.
Because we value your involvement with WPHT, we have made an arrangement with Le Castagne Restaurant, 1920 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia to provide a $50 dollar gift certificate to this fine restaurant for every ticket purchased. While this cannot repair the evening which fell short of our standards, we hope it shows our appreciation for your attendance and that you enjoy a great meal at Le Castagne. One certificate for each ticket that you purchased will be going out in today's mail to your address that was a part of the purchase you made. They can be utilized one $50 dollar certificate per couple at anytime at Le Castagne. Please look for the letter from us in your mail.

We also are pleased that over $17,000 was raised for The Archbishop's Christmas Benefit for Children, held on Tuesday 12/18/12. It benefits over 16,000 deserving children and was a very successful event. Our collective donation went a long way towards funding this worthy cause, now in it's 56th year.

We are hopeful that you will again consider attending next year's 5th Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes. Like the first three years, we promise a "feast" next year, having learned from our logistical errors and having taken steps to correct them. We hope to again benefit Catholic Charities and will strive to present an even bigger event, fine tuned to properly address the issues that detracted from our success this year.

Thank you for listening to Talk Radio 1210 and for supporting our events.
My email address is Jim.loftus@cbsradio.com if you have any questions or comments, and my phone number and address are listed below.

Sincerely,

Jim Loftus
Vice President/ CBS Radio
General Manager/ 98.1 WOGL
Director of Sales/ Philadelphia
KYW / WIP-AM & FM / WOGL / WPHT
Two Bala Plaza 400 Market Street
Suite 800 9th Floor
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004 Philadelphia, PA 19106

Dec 20, 2012
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Iron Hill Brewry in Ardmore?!

I'm not a fan of Iron Hill's beer. It always seems dead flat to me, no matter what kind. Now I know craft beer shouldn't be fizzy like soda and like industrial swill, but every beer I've ever gotten from the Phoenixville IH has been almost dead flat. Other microbreweries like Sly Fox are not like this.

Dec 17, 2012
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What MUST I eat or buy to take home from Reading Terminal Market and Chinatown?

Canneles from Metropolitan Bakery

Dec 06, 2012
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Feast of the 7 Fishes sponsored by local radio show

Well, a part of that $70 does go to charity, so it's not all going to the restaurant or 1210. I just can't swing it right now having just gotten married and having to buy a whole lot more presents this year.

Dec 03, 2012
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High Quality Chocolate for Christmas Baking

I made my wedding cake with a ganache made from $2.50 bags of Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips from Walmart. It turned out really, really good and interestingly the chips were EXACTLY the same ingredients as the 60% bar, just half the price!

Dec 03, 2012
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Philly Airport Dining

There is a decent sports bar (for an airport) called Jet Rock with burgers and a nice selection of craft beers including my favorite, Magic Hat #9. We killed some time there a month ago while waiting to fly to Dublin. Looks like they have two locations there at Terminal B and D.

Nov 30, 2012
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Feast of the 7 Fishes sponsored by local radio show

I went to the second one in 2009 (?) at Varalli and was a little disappointed. The food was delicious and plentiful, but served waiter style and we were stuck in an upstairs room and could not hear one word from Dom G. He did come round with the Cardinal and said hello to everyone, but it was as if we had just gone out to dinner and not shelled out for a big event. I think they got lots of negative feedback from that year and changed it to a much larger place and made it buffet style. I'd love to go this year, but the tix are 70 bucks a pop and a little too much for me right now esp around the holiday shopping season.

Nov 30, 2012
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Best Fish & Chips in Philly Burbs?

Molly McGuire's in Phoenixville has decent Fish & Chips.

Nov 21, 2012
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Conshohocken Tips?

I'm surprised no one has mentioned Coyote Crossing yet. Upscale Mexican, really good.

Nov 21, 2012
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The best pizza anyplace between King of Prussia and Pottstown?

I've heard nothing but good things about Vecchia, but people who are headed there expecting an American style pizza with tons of cheese and toppings will be disappointed. Their menu is like 4 pizzas and two of them are Margherita.

Aug 09, 2012
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Can someone explain the logic behind consommé?

I attended the Culinary Institute of America in 1995 and making a perfect consomme was one the basic skills you were tested on in a practical exam by the school's dean. It really isn't that hard once you master it, the key is it can never boil, just a very slow simmer so the stock is circulating through the raft. Once I graduated, I never saw it or used it again though.

Aug 07, 2012
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