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Barbecue in and around Phila

about 17 hours ago
SP1 in Philadelphia

South Philadelphia favorites?

I wouldn't rule out Bing-Bing. I've had a couple decent meals there. Definitely would not put in the same category as Stateside (on my no-go list). Townsend can be a little pricey, especially if you enjoy some of those amazing cocktails.
Agree with Will, Noord, & Tre Scalini.

Kelp Caviar?

They do, I saw it while looking for the Kelp stuff, but I believe it was $25 for about 100g jar!

I'm still going to try the sturgeon flavor, if I see it.

Aug 25, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Tasting 3 Root Beers

How long till rootbeer http://fourloko.com/us/flavors/

Aug 24, 2015
SP1 in Beer

Kelp Caviar?

Meh. Decent salmon flavor, though a bit too salty. Texture was a little to soft, needed a little more "pop".

Aug 24, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Asian supermarkets in city proper?

Washington Ave. 15th, 11th, or 6th Street. All a decent.

Aug 24, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Why all the hate still for Dupont Teflon?

I'll never get another one, but simply because they don't last.

Aug 14, 2015
SP1 in Cookware

Where do the locals eat in Florida Keys?

How about best conch fritters? Best mojito?

Aug 14, 2015
SP1 in Florida

Seafood in September?

Stone crab is out of season then, correct? Though it is my understanding that it really doesn't make much difference as almost all stone crab is frozen right after harvesting, right?

Aug 14, 2015
SP1 in Florida

Seeking food adventure in VT (not Burlington)

ummm.. interesting post...

btw, you posted the wrong like to the Warren Store, just add a dot-com to the name. FWIW, it's a cool general store, yummy sandwiches.

Aug 14, 2015
SP1 in Northern New England

Tasting 3 Root Beers

While a "malternative" beverage is brewed like any other beer, it is then filtered/stripped to remove any of the natural beer flavors. I seriously doubt there is more than one hop pellet added to the whole kettle of Coney Island Hard Root Beer. Can you honestly say hop aroma & bitterness are things you associate with root beer?

Real root beer was more of a tea, or concentrated syrup. It was not a beer, as in it was not made with malted barley. Molasses and "roots". Hires started calling their's "beer" for marketing reasons.

None of these new "hard" root beers are any different than Smirnoff Ice. It just depends on what flavor additive is used.

Aug 14, 2015
SP1 in Beer

Kelp Caviar?

Huh. I was at the Callowhill store. I can understand a different selection (maybe they were out of some flavors), but a whole dollar more?! wtf.

Aug 14, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia
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Seafood in September?

Thanks! I'll be in the Keys, if that helps.

Aug 13, 2015
SP1 in Florida

Kelp Caviar?

Will do! Picked up a 100g jar, salmon flavor, $8.99. They only had three flavors, the others being truffle or ginger. I was hoping for to find the sturgeon flavor.

Aug 13, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Tasting 3 Root Beers

Exactly as InsidRex stated. You can like them (though as I noted, making your own is easy), but you are simply being sold a re-packaged flavored Zima. All marketing.

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/dr...

Aug 13, 2015
SP1 in Beer

Kelp Caviar?

Thanks! I'll pick some up at lunch :)

Aug 13, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Mancuso's Today: A Secret Find that I have to Share

Ditto on the mozzarella and ricotta. My go to spot.

Aug 12, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Pennsylvania products you can't get on the west coast

Aug 12, 2015
SP1 in Pennsylvania

Kelp Caviar?

Has anyone tried this? Or seen it for sale in the city?

http://caviarkelp.com/product/sturgeo...

I'm intrigued.

Aug 12, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Seafood in September?

Can anyone provide a list of what types of seafood are in/out of season in late September?

Aug 12, 2015
SP1 in Florida

Tasting 3 Root Beers

Seriuosly? These are just alco-pops. Zima + HFCS + "flavoring". Pure marketing slop.

Just purchase a 2-liter bottle of Hires Root Beer and add vanilla vodka to taste.

Aug 12, 2015
SP1 in Beer
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"Until Clams Open"

A clam that will not close before cooking is most certainly dead. I'll buy you 4 dozen to see you eat the one that won't close.
Those that remain closed after cooking are full of mud. Yes, you could eat it, but why??

Aug 06, 2015
SP1 in Home Cooking

Taquerias

Definitely masa. This place has a loyal following of Mexican ex-pat kitchen workers.

Aug 06, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

4 Hours in Philly - What to do and where to EAT!

As for the cheesesteak...

Everyone will say "get the roast pork", and they are correct, it is better.
But I do get the need to have a cheesesteak. You're in Philly! Of course you have to have one. It's like going to Paris and skipping the Eiffel Tower because it is touristy.
That being said, in Center City I'd say you have two choices, just depends which direction you want to choose.
If you want history, Campo's in Old City: http://camposdeli.com/
If you want high-end shoping/drinks/etc: Steve's on 16th St. : http://www.stevesprinceofsteaks.com/

Choose strictly on which part of the city you want to explore, both are an easy walk from Reading Terminal. Also, I find Dutch Eating Place to be seriously underwhelming/bland.

Aug 06, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia
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Taquerias

A new favorite for tamales: Prima Pizza @ 1104 S. 9th St.

Don't mind the name, I think they just didn't want to pay for a new sign.

Aug 05, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia

Four key beer trends for 2015

At this point, August, I'd say the trend of 2015 will go to the reemergence of Gose style beers. Which I would guess, will be much more common come summer 2016.

Aug 05, 2015
SP1 in Beer

Fondue Pots -- Electric or Something Else?

I should ad, looking for traditional fuel heat, not electric. Don't want to be running an extension cord across the kitchen.

Aug 05, 2015
SP1 in Cookware

First time canner: I can't get the lid off!

Use a generic beer-bottle opener. Gently, so as not to damage the lid.

"Until Clams Open"

I'm with you Dogboa. Clams are too cheap to risk it. Tap a live one with another clam, if it doesn't close, in the trash it goes. Ditto with those that don't open after the steam.

http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForY...

As for the OP, I wait about 5-10 minutes, after most are obviously open. Any that are open enough to slide a knife in, I consider to be OK.

Aug 05, 2015
SP1 in Home Cooking

Taking a break from "new American" "French tavern" & "farm to table"

Note: correct address for South Philly Barbacoa is 1703 S. 11th. (just below Morris St.).

Aug 05, 2015
SP1 in Philadelphia