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Philadelphia Bucket List

wow...............nice report back! Glad you enjoyed it!

Jul 22, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Is this tacky?

if you went to all that trouble to get me there....and it tastes good.......and you let a lil liquor flow, I'd still count you as one of those great contributors to humanity.

Those that don't, do not deserve your largess!

Jul 22, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in General Topics
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Walking/tasting tour of Kennett Square

have not tried this yet. but sounds like fun. Cindy J, being the most knowledgeable of the locals, I'm sure you have tried many of the stops.

http://chescotimes.com/?p=6599

Jul 15, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

yeah......that's my love! and I just put up with the drips

Jul 11, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Pork tenderloin on the grill

Sounds GREAT! I love the hoisin add...I find I use that more and more instead of BBQ sauce adding garlic/ginger/heat/sweet as appropriate

Jul 11, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in BBQ, Smoking, & Grilling
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Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - July 2014

when I reheat pizza, I put some dabs of that on it..and maybe some of their cooked applewood bacon pieces.......yummy

Jul 10, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

Where's my change!?!

and no..i do not defend the thieves or their ultimate boss

Jul 07, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Not About Food

Novice traveling to Belgium, want to learn ahead of trip

between beers....don't forget the fries!....along with a tiny bit of their flavored mayo....lovely..................................and long after the beer, chocolates!.....you can find them everywhere

and if you are not going there, but find some free time............get over to Bruge (brugge).......a lovely old preserved city

Jul 07, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Beer

what other food sites do you frequent?

SE, Roadfood.com, tastespotting.com(the Food porn of the net!), a few bloggers. I used to be active in a BBQ forum, but have not been there for years

Jul 06, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Food Media & News

How should I cook country style boneless ribs in the oven? I don't have a BBQ/grill

this sounds about right........low and slow in the oven

Jul 02, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

Recommendations For Casual Seafood Dining Near Boston

true.but "just over the bridge" doesn't offer much.at least the last time I was there and anything good ( I am assuming the Bourne Bridge) is a bit of a drive, while there used to be a few good choices in the Buzzards Bay area. The other thing is that given a snag on the bridge or approaches, it can be along haul back.

If you have a cple of places nearby, I'm sure they would like to know

Jul 01, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Greater Boston Area

Trader Joe's YAY/MEH/NAY - June 2014 [OLD]

Alas, the one in Delaware doesn't have wine either

Jun 30, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Chains

China Garden Kennett Square PA

LoveLy!.......especially the local tomatoes

I'm not a big fan of Enzo's here in WC near Giants on 202, but my kids swear by their pizza

Jun 29, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Recommendations For Casual Seafood Dining Near Boston

If you're willing to drive, the bridges at Cape Cod are about 60 mins away. Post your request on the Southern NE board for the latest in that area

Midweek, traffic should not be too bad........but i'd avoid going over the bridges if possible

Jun 28, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Greater Boston Area

Whole Foods gets "whacked" for fraud

I would think it better that WF be made to reduce prices for an appropriate amount of time, then give the $$ to the state

Jun 28, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Food Media & News

China Garden Kennett Square PA

a few others..............yes Ming Garden is still there. The Queen we tried twice without much success. A few up toward West Chester whose names I have forgotten. and a new round of ubiquitous "Thai food" places, most of which last a year or two. Further down across the line there are several.............not sure I've tried them all but of those I did, none memorable.

I like nice fresh food done well and reasonably priced. China Garden seems to do that consistently (sorry about the frozen peas/carrots.........not their norm!) Taste for me usually exceeds ambience, variety or wait staff. Sometimes, a wawa sub is sublime.and other times I seek out my favorite cheesesteak place (currently and for many years the place down 202 next to the beer distributor)

I eat out seldom..........partly economics but more that I like what I cook.

For example, we re-visited the Mile High with our daughter. After our wonderful Birthday Meal they were able to squeeze us in on a Sat night, but the meat was lackluster......not sure why. Same has been true of the Blue Pear.......sometimes exquisite, sometimes a bit flat

China Garden offers Good, not great, food cheap and fast. Hanks, down by me, does the same, although totally different menu. The Brandywine Prime has a wonderful burger deal on Friday nights......but the rest of the time....meh. Sovannos continues to impress. TaLulah's Table.over rated (been twice now - the shop is ok). I am not a fan of Mexican, but told there are some good places in Kennett.

Pizza and Italian are still up in the air. The new place across from Brandywine Prime shows promise. For Pizza....since the original owner of Pizza Pan was forced out to sell, few have come to the rescue; I'll stick with my home-made (although my wife is fond of the place just north of Bruester's on 202

Jun 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Where's my change!?!

although placed here, it was not directed to you. Chill

Jun 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Not About Food
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China Garden Kennett Square PA

glad you liked it. It is not going to win any culinary awards, but I do find it a cut above most of the other local offerings.

Jun 27, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Whole Foods gets "whacked" for fraud

I used it because that's my opinion of the guy..perhaps there could have been other choices.

I think of it more as "lowest of the lows"

Jun 26, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Food Media & News

China Garden Kennett Square PA

I have not had the shrimp with lobster sauce there, so can't vouch for it

but I've been leased with everything else

Jun 26, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Where's my change!?!

Come on! We are talking maximum of a buck here! If the tip is jepoardized ......we're talking a quarter if it's a BIG spender. That Pissy needs an attitude change!

You wait 10.let's say 20 tables a shift.(assuming and upscale place, not a hash house) 5 bucks on top of.or rather off......the pool. BFD!

Jun 25, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Not About Food

Good restaurants half way between Washington DC and Philadelphia?

Havre d'Grace has some fine restaurants. and of course, you have Baltimore, which has safe as well as tasty places

Jun 25, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Mid-Atlantic

Whole Foods gets "whacked" for fraud

http://news.msn.com/us/whole-foods-to...

Poor Whole foods!......frankly it couldn't happen to a better company, I find them pretentious and overbearing

However....................read the article......where does the $$$ go.......not back to the people who got duped into paying more, but into the state coffers And of course, the salaries of all those in the DA's office that worked so hard to get the "corporate monster"

It seems to be a growing trend that we must all hate Big Bad Corporations and immediately think bad of them regardless of fact. Witness the viral effect on KFC lately.

But what concerns me more are these zealous ATTY Generals who love to rake in the $$$ to the state coffers instead of getting it back to the citizens. Eliot Spritzer was the penultimate of that................It's right up there with the countless "class action" lawsuits where the folks affected may or may not get a few pennies, but the law firms get mega-bucks. These are not Erin Brockavich's (sp?), just greedy kids with nothing constructive to do.

When we formed this country, we made 2 very big mistakes..............insurance.......and litligation lawyers for things like this

Love or hate tobacco or the companies, .but they have paid thru the nose. And what happens with these mega-fines? They go to support the power greedy pols and their campaigns. I'd love to see an acctg of how these funds are then used once they go into the States' "general coffers"

Jun 25, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Food Media & News

What sides should I make for my annual crab boil?

Coleslaw, Cornbread, and a Melon for desert

Jun 25, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Home Cooking

China Garden Kennett Square PA

bravo!

Jun 24, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

Cindy is right.......the area offers an amazing array of choices, most of them very good.now we can add one (if she agrees) to the Chinese category

Jun 24, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

Thanks for the appliance tip.we use Hawkens & sons out of Wilmingtn. They sometimes are backed up, but john, the guy who services our stuff is phenomenal. We once had them out to "fix" a dead oven, a dead icemaker, and a leaky dishwasher (really bad week!)

Not only did he have all the parts on board, he knew what the problems were exactly and was in here by 9 and out by noon and the bill was well under $1000, including the parts (Dacor is outrageous!)

Jun 24, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

yep...itty bitty tiny and right in your backyard!(judging from your posts, I'm not stalking you!.lol). 2 doors down from Floga, I think, which I know you've tried. Looks can be deceiving!

Jun 23, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

Not sure if this should be here, the Philly board or the Mid-Atlantic since Hockessin DE and Wilmington are literally next door.

I've eaten in the Chinatowns of Philly, NYC, San Francisco, Boston as well as some strange places (eg., outside of Dublin near the ferry .upstairs was still the best we ever had)

I am not a Chinese gourmet nor even that knowledgeable, but this little hole in the wall inside a shopping mall where Giants is (the one on rte 1) has been a delight over and over.

Last weeks T-storm decided to knockout my Dacor oven, so while awaiting the expensive repairs (everything with Dacor is expensive, but my service guy is knowledgeable and reasonable) we decided to grab some take-out there. Once again I was astounded what this small lace can do. It is a Mom and Pop type place, only 3-4 on help total. Ithink it's a younger cple.

We got 3 appetizers, two entrees and some Pork Fried rice. It also comes with a HUGE container of white rice. Condiments and fortune cookies are on the counter if you want them. I was there just before 4PM on a Sunday, a very slow time but thought we'd get freshly prepared stuff, where possible.

The BBQ($7/$13) ribs were not fall off the bone,same as most Chinese places, but these were meaty and succulent with a wonderful seasoning. about 6-7 in the small bag. next to no fat left over.

The Spring Roll ($1.40ea) is the type that many take-out places do - eg, deep fried. As a consequence, the wrapper is a bit denser, but the filling of shrimp and veggies was lovely. I prefer ones in restaurants do to the lighter wrapper some use, but these were very good.

The steamed dumplings (6/$5.20) were done wonderfully with plenty of meat inside. I have also had them fried and they are equally good. the dipping sauce had just a bit of warmth, not really heat, but was not that awful salty stuff most places serve

My wife is not a big Chinese food fan and abhors spices so she got the Moo-Gai Pan(6.15/9.85). Plenty of all white meat chicken, sliced about 1/4 inch thick and pieces about 2.5X2.5 or larger, Veggies were crisp and fresh in light sauce.

I went for something new to me - Hot and Spicy Beef(10.15). It has great veggies and plenty of nicely done beef, but it definitely was spicy. So much so that I decided a bit of I/C after dinner was needed to cool my tongue! Shrimp and Chicken versions are also available.

Pork Fried Rice (5.05/6.10) has plenty of pork and veg and a slightly sweet taste but it was not overpowering - or may have been in contrast to the beef. I wish I had ordered the quart, it was that good.

Note......unlike many of the struggling Chinese places around me, this is NOT a combo Sushi/Thai/Chinese, mostly Cantonese style but there are 25 or so Szechuan/Hunan type entrees( my beef)

I got the "10 min" notice as the guy took the order back to the open kitchen so he and his assistant could cook/prepare it all. It was ready in about 8, but it was early afternoon.

No daily specials that I noticed. A few tables if you want to eat there and look at the pictures of dishes above the counter nd a slide-fridge for coke, water, etc. 20 Lunch specials all at $8.20. In fact, even on the regular dinner, most entrees are in the $6-10 range with pt or qt options on all the usuals.

Friendly folks, fast svc, reasonable prices, and really good food. A lot of the other places around me are the 12-20 range but they may have a liquor license, overhead for large dining rooms, subsets of other Asian foods, usually done in a somewhat mediocre style to my way of thinking.

So..if you are near the area, and want good take-out, this is definite.

Jun 23, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Philadelphia

Where's my change!?!

"old, slimy" about sums it up..about the place, the produce and the person

Jun 22, 2014
FriedClamFanatic in Not About Food
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