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Seasoned rice from the Blue Lobster Grille in Rockport

Does anyone have the recipe for this? It was sooo good. Thanks!

Aug 12, 2014
michelle71 in Greater Boston Area

big chill fridge

We are thinking about purchasing a Big Chill refrigerator. Anyone have one? Any comments?

Apr 02, 2013
michelle71 in Cookware

need suggestions on where to puchase a gift card for gloucester residents

Thanks for all the ideas. To srgoodman: I think they would be willing to travel, but I don't know how long of a trip that is? It looks like My Place by the Sea is Lovely (makes me jealous we don't have something like that here!). Maybe I will try that.

Apr 02, 2013
michelle71 in Greater Boston Area

need suggestions on where to puchase a gift card for gloucester residents

Thanks to all the posters so far- one clarification- i don't think i HAVE to purchase something from Gloucester. Just as long as it is special.

Apr 01, 2013
michelle71 in Greater Boston Area

need suggestions on where to puchase a gift card for gloucester residents

My godchild was recently engaged; she and her intended are from Gloucester, Mass. I live in the Philadelphia area and would like to send them a congratulatory gift card to a very good restaurant. They are young, educated and well-traveled. Any suggestions? I am hoping to call a restaurant, pay over the phone, and have them send me the card so that I can the pass it on.

Thanks!

Mar 31, 2013
michelle71 in Greater Boston Area

Anyone know where I can get burrata cheese in New Jersey?

I was able to get it last spring at the Wegman's in Cherry Hill, NJ. It was in a sealed container, so not "fresh" made but, considering it has to be flown in from somewhere unless the shop is making it themselves, I figured that was the best I was going to get living in the suburbs.

Mar 31, 2011
michelle71 in New Jersey

banh mi near collingswood

I am 37 weeks pregnant with twins and cannot leave the house, and have a wild craving for a banh mi. Normally we would go into Philly and grab one, but since I have a three year old, and am pretty immobile, and could go any day, I'd rather not send my husband too far for my fix. Does anyone know of somewhere in the area where I can send him to pick one up? Dic the Pho place on rt 38 ever open up again, and do they serve them there?

Thanks!!!!

Michelle

Feb 02, 2010
michelle71 in New Jersey

Where to find Elmo cupcakes in NW Philly or the burbs?

The Legacy Diner in Audubon, NJ has Elmo and Cookie Monster cupcakes pretty regularly. It's on the White Horse Pike about 7 or 8 miles outside of Philly.

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White Horse Restaurant
4 W Camden Ave, Moorestown, NJ 08057

Oct 30, 2009
michelle71 in Pennsylvania

looking for something something interesting in the south jersey pinelands area

Wow- thanks for all the great ideas! I didn't think there would be anyone out there to care about Piney foods. We will definitely check out Lucille's and I have passed Penza's Pies before so I know where that is. Now we just have to get the weather to cooperate on a weekend. Or, maybe we should wait for the fall to really appreciate the chili!

Jun 02, 2009
michelle71 in New Jersey

looking for something something interesting in the south jersey pinelands area

We like to take some hikes down in the Pines- the Batsto area, or Parvin State Park, that kind of thing. Nothing too strenuous as we have a two- year- old with us. What I'm looking for is a place to stop on the way back for a casual, satisyfying bite or meal, somewhere that the locals go. Just something to add some local color to our day trip. We would be heading back to the Collingswood/Haddonfield area. A place that could accomodate us in our casual wear with a toddler. Someone mentioned to me the Pic a Lili Inn (spelling?), saying that they stop there when they take their motorcycle out for a ride. Can anyone recommend anything? Any kind of food is fine. Just want to have a true Jersey Pines day!

Thanks -
Michelle

Jun 01, 2009
michelle71 in New Jersey

Terrific new Mexican in Westmont, NJ

I did not ask the owner what region he's from- after he gave me a sample tortilla with some goodies on it, I was so excited that I think I started babbling and he probably thinks I'm some kind of nutso white lady. The menu was pretty extensive- I am pretty sure I saw tortas on it, Glutton, but I can't remember if there were cemitas poblanas. Also, I used the term "mango salsa", but it really was so subtle, more of an accent, I don't know if "salsa" is even the right word for it. It was just little chunks of onion and mango sprinkled through. Shabbystorm, he did make a point of showing me a huge iced cake with strawberries on top that was in his refrigerator - he was very proud of it and said he would be doing birthday cakes if people wanted them. There may have been sweet things on the menu that I didn't notice- I was more into dinner food at the time and didn't look for desserts. Also, I think he had some Mexican breakfast dishes, since he will be open at 10am.

As far as I could tell, it was Mexican and not "tex-mex"- I have been to the Southwest several times and lived in Manhattan for a quite while (where there is good authentic Mexican if you know who to ask), so I think I'm pretty good at picking out the difference. But if someone goes and has more information than me, please post here.

I really hope he can make a go of it. We really need a good Mexican in the area and I am afraid people will be put off by some of the stranger sounding items on the menu.

Apr 24, 2009
michelle71 in New Jersey

Terrific new Mexican in Westmont, NJ

There is a new Mexican place that just opened up on Haddon Avenue in Westmont. (Westmont is between Collingswood and Haddonfield.)

It's called La Guadalapana ( I think I spelled that right) and it's across the street from the little shopping strip that has the Radio Shack and the Dunkin Donuts.

It is a tiny little place with about 8 tables. They are open every day from 10 to 10. The woman behind the counter was MAKING THE TORTILLAS AS I ORDERED THEM.

It was fantastic. I got a bunch of things to go, as I had stopped in unexpectedly, but plan on going back to sit down. I brought home three meat tortillas- a pork which came with a nice salsa of mango, and two beef tacos- they both came with garnishes of radish and cucumber. One bean quesadilla and one calabaza blossom-that one was spicy and GOOD. I also had a glass of horchata, which is hard to find. He also has huitlacoche on the menu. They have a lot of options and he makes everything fresh. The owner told me he used to be on Federal Street in Camden but lost the lease and opened up here a week ago. In June he will have a tent at the Westmont train station every Friday.

For those of you who crave authentic Mexican ( and I'm not talking about Tortilla Press in Collingswood here) this is the place for you. Those tortillas are something else.

Apr 23, 2009
michelle71 in New Jersey

Indeblue (?) in Collingswood

Well, since I originally posted this I have been back three times, and all three times I found it to be quite good. I experienced none of the problems noted by kgarabed in the post below. The aloo ghobi is delicious, as is the mango lassi- very fresh and tasty. I found the rice to be great- very light with nice bits of fried onion granished on top, but not overpowering. I thought the music and the modern decor to be nice change from the usual Indian place you might find in the strip malls around here. I did not get "creeped out'.
Also, for those with kids-we took our two year old there for an early dinner, and they could not have been nicer or more accomodating. Get the "spaghetti and meatballs" ice cream dessert and ask the chef to make it tableside. It is adorable.

While I'm here, I'm going to take another opportunity to plug Thai Basil,on Haddon Ave in Collingswood, which I posted about a few weeks back. They got a great review in the Courier Post last week, and I really encourage everyone to check it out.

Apr 13, 2009
michelle71 in New Jersey

Thai Basil in Collingswood- very good

If anyone is looking for good Thai in the Collingswood area, I can suggest Thai Basil on Haddon Avenue. It is in the old Water Lily location. Prices are in the low to middle range. The decor is pretty much the same, with some Thai artwork and wallhangings added and Thai music playing. The menu has a good variety, and the thing that has most impressed me is the freshness of the food. The vegetables were all fresh - no frozen anything. I have had the Penang Curry and the Green Curry and was very happy with both, although I preferred the penang. My husband has had some kind of beef dish with cashews (I can't remember the name) that was light and flavorful with good quality beef. The roti bread is delicious- it is similar the the Thousand Layer bread they serve at the Burmese place in Philly's Chinatown. The Tom Ka ( spelling?) soup was also really good. A coconut broth with a nice lemongrass kick. The only thing I would say is that if you decide to do take-out, ask for an extra portion of rice- they are on the small side.

They told me business is ok, and that lunch time has been slow. I would hate for them to have to start skimping on the quality of their ingredients in order to cut costs- so selfishy, I urge everyone to go and check it out!

Michelle

Mar 25, 2009
michelle71 in New Jersey

Indeblue (?) in Collingswood

I live in Collingswood and have been wishing for an Indian place for years. This weekend we drove down Collings Ave in the evening and I saw a place open across from Blackbird Dining Establishment, that I think was called Indeblue, Indieblue, something like that. I am hoping that it is an Indian joint- has anyone been? I'll go over later this week and see if there is a menu I can take home, but can anyone give me a review? Right now if I am jonesing for some Indian take-out we call Palace of Asia. It's the only thing around.

Thanks!

Feb 09, 2009
michelle71 in New Jersey

Great meal at Lo Bianco in Collingswood, NJ

Just to keep the record clear, LoBianco, while it has an Italian name, isn't an Italian restaurant. They bill themselves as "new American". I have not been but have had great reports on it from friends. It's under the Lumberyard condominiums, on a side street, (Powell Lane) if anyone is interested.

Aug 15, 2008
michelle71 in Mid-Atlantic

new authentic mandarin in glassboro, nj?

Has anyone been to the new place at the Doubletree Shopping Center in Glassboro? I think it it called something like Cheng-Do... I heard that the chef says he is cooking authentic Mandarin food, and that American palates may not be used to it. I am very curious and hope to try it soon, but have a baby at home so it may be a few weeks. Any reports?

Jul 14, 2008
michelle71 in Mid-Atlantic

any recs in the Intercourse area?

We're heading this weekend to a knife and cutlery store in Intercourse, coming from Philadelphia. The website suggests T. Burk and Co. for lunch. I was hoping, and I know I am probably deluding myself, that we could stop somewhere for a nice Amish lunch. I have great memories those lunches 30 years ago, but what I've gathered from these boards is that these places are not what they used to be (if they ever were at all- it was pretty easy to impress my 10 -year -old self with baskets of fried chicken and plates of shoo fly pie).

What is T. Burk and is it worth it? Any suggestions for those family style meals of my youth?

Thanks!
Michelle

Nov 08, 2007
michelle71 in Pennsylvania

Best mail order Thanksgiving turkey?

The NY Times had an article on 11/7 about heritage turkeys and the best places to order them.

Nov 08, 2007
michelle71 in General Topics

Wolferman's English muffins?

Thank you, that would be terrific!

Nov 06, 2007
michelle71 in General Topics

Wolferman's English muffins?

I'm not sure if this is the right board for this...
Has anyone tried the Wolferman's catalog English Muffins? They look fantastic. My husband is a huge English Muffin fan and I though I would get him some if they are worth it.

Nov 06, 2007
michelle71 in General Topics

souffle-like quiche?

Thanks so much-- I had given up any any replies! I will try this, for sure-- it's always good to have a great quiche recipe on hand.

Nov 05, 2007
michelle71 in Home Cooking

souffle-like quiche?

Several years ago, I was at a brunch where the hostess served a quiche, the likes of which I have never been able to duplicate. It was sooo high and soo light, like a souffle-- it was one of the most delicious things I've ever had made out of eggs. I was not able to ask for the recipe, unfortunately. I have tried many recipes which claim to result in "fluffy" or "light" quiches, but none have had the consistency I am looking for. It was soft, and jiggly like jello, and almost custardy. I've tried a recipe which incorporated mayo into the mixture, and while this was good, was not what I was looking for.

Can anyone help me out here?

Oct 30, 2007
michelle71 in Home Cooking

british cold groceries?

Thanks everyone!!

Michelle

Aug 20, 2007
michelle71 in Pennsylvania

british cold groceries?

I have a new British brother-in-law now living in philly, who has been driving to NYC for his freezer items (sausages, etc.) but I thought that there was a place in the Chestnut Hill area where he could get these things? I can't seem to find it and I never did know the name of it.
Anyone have any suggestions for me? He is specifially looking for meats, pasties, that sort of thing- not the teas and cookies, which we can get here easily.

thanks!

Aug 10, 2007
michelle71 in Pennsylvania

Mexican Fiesta on Mt Ephraim Ave

Anyone tried this place- the mailing address is Haddon Heights but it's really more like Camden, I think. Menu in the mail says it has fresh horchata, which I love. Also, is there parking?

Mar 12, 2007
michelle71 in Mid-Atlantic

help! side dish suggestions

You guys are great! I am thinking of all your suggestions, but the tomatoes, the cold green beans, and the carrots are my front runners. I will definitely try the sprouts recipe for me and my husband. It sounds great.

I just needed some inspiration to get me going again.

Dec 11, 2006
michelle71 in Home Cooking

help! side dish suggestions

I had thought of the brussels, but, when I say they are not adventurous eaters, I really mean it! We love them cooked just that way, but I KNOW the FIL will not be happy with the "gassy" reputation of the sprouts (I know, but trust me, it doesn't matter how I prepare them, he has his ideas) and also, the fat and salt in the prosciutto will be another bone of contention. After I cook for these people I feel ready to win an elimination round on Top Chef.

Dec 11, 2006
michelle71 in Home Cooking

help! side dish suggestions

Hi all-- I am stumped. We're having my in-laws and my husband's 80+ grandmother for an early Christmas brunch this Saturday. They are not adventurous eaters and slightly Puritan, if I can use the word, in their eating habits. Since I come from a Mediterranean background, I have to think a little harder about what to serve them.
Appetizers will be the standard shrimp cocktail, a nice honey goat cheese (sweeter for the morning, I thought) and sliced baby potato topped with creme fraiche, caviar, and chives. (This I know they like.) For a main, I'm having a cheese and mushroom tart baked in a pastry crust, so a salad is an obvious side. What else goes with that? Asparagus? It sounds good but I feel weird serving it in the middle of winter. Green beans-- is that too "dinner time-ish"? Maybe glazed carrots?

Dessert is a spicy gingerbread cake, some fruit salad, and I think I'll roast some chestnuts. Any ideas? I'm at a loss.

Thanks!

Dec 11, 2006
michelle71 in Home Cooking

japanese carrot salad dressing

Thanks to everyone. I will try your suggestions, plus it's good to know that the NY Times recipe is easy and good. I will try it, maybe this weekend.

Michelle

Nov 06, 2006
michelle71 in Home Cooking