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Help! Great Resto in 'burbs

Just had an average meal at Spring Mill Cafe -- everything was edible but not interesting. Except the Daffodil Cake, which is always fresh and not too sweet.

Jul 02, 2014
Dempsey in Philadelphia

Onion Rings

It seems to have been a New England style; I had them years ago in Providence and on the Cape.

Apr 07, 2014
Dempsey in Philadelphia

parking close

Parking within a helf block for Stella Sera, in CH, Heirloom, Iron Hill Brewery, Campbell's Place. . . all kinds of choices, some suitable, some not so.

Feb 23, 2014
Dempsey in Philadelphia

parking close

I just looked for a reservation at PB -- nothing for 8 weeks!

Feb 23, 2014
Dempsey in Philadelphia

Eli Kulp: "People in New York just don't go to Philadelphia"

seldom defer? seldom what?

Jan 22, 2014
Dempsey in Philadelphia

Is creamed chipped beef only liked by the people who were or are currently in the military?

My family used dried "chipped" beef -- from the butcher or in packages. I have never seen leftover beef used this way, though.

Jan 22, 2014
Dempsey in General Topics

Is creamed chipped beef only liked by the people who were or are currently in the military?

Not at all! It was a frugal, tasty staple of Middle Western families in the late 19th and up until the mid-20th century. I still make it as a family treat, on toast or baked potatoes.

Jan 22, 2014
Dempsey in General Topics

Is Chowhound's original manifesto still relevant? Did you even know it existed?

We were Protestant, Scots/English, Presbyterian, farmers then academics, and topics of conversation were politics, books, science, crop yields (and therefore weather), and sometimes the neighbors. Never religion, food, or money (except when it impinged on politics.

I would have liked a little dash of French!

Jan 21, 2014
Dempsey in Site Talk
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Is Chowhound's original manifesto still relevant? Did you even know it existed?

The difference may be cultural: my family considered talk about food, other than "good steak, Ruth," unnecessary and maybe a little bit ungenteel, like talking about your body in general.

Jan 21, 2014
Dempsey in Site Talk

Honeymoon inNorthern New England

Has anyone mentioned black flies? Make sure all these charming places have screened-in settings!

Jan 17, 2014
Dempsey in Northern New England

Portland and Beaches for 1 Week in July - Where to go

Popham Beach has the sand AND the tide pools and rushing tidal streams -- down the peninsula from Bath, which has the Maritime Museum.

May 03, 2013
Dempsey in Northern New England

Now, How About Vintage Cakes?

Hot milk cake must have been a Middle Western favorite -- quick to the table, tasty, never any left over to go stale (as it did quickly).

Feb 13, 2013
Dempsey in Home Cooking

Dining in Nova Scotia

Well, I guess you'll have to scratch Trattoria Nonna from the list. Report in Halifax paper says that their chef and front of house person are leaving and that the owners will not reopen. I think there's more to the story, but. . . Sad.

Feb 05, 2013
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Dining in Nova Scotia

I can speak to both Lunenberg recommendations -- Trattoria is calm, attractive, cheerful, NOT southern Italian; Fleur de Sel superb cooking, a bit twee.

Jan 13, 2013
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Food Exchange

The Weaver's Way coops usually have John and Kira's products -- Mt. Airy or Chestnut Hill.

Jan 10, 2013
Dempsey in Philadelphia

Where can i buy delicious but light and beautiful Buche de Noel?

I really lean toward The Night Kitchen over Cake. TNK 's baking is more refined and less stodgy.

Dec 08, 2012
Dempsey in Philadelphia

Where to Eat on the Cabot Trail

If he/she was there, that was the pie. You have great pie genes; nurture them!

Jun 20, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Where to Eat on the Cabot Trail

And up that road, across the bridge, is the Great Quiltmaker.

Jun 19, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Where to Eat on the Cabot Trail

Oh dear -- years, I guess. Just because it's not repeatable doesn't mean it was great! (In fact, that may be part of the definition of greatness.)

Jun 19, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Where to Eat on the Cabot Trail

Back again. . . I once had the quintessential piece of butterscotch pie at the Glenora Distillery; still warm from the oven, meringue rather than whipped cream, not toothachy sweet but caramelly. The Acadian place in Cheticamp does really well by pie, too.

Jun 19, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Restaurants in Campobello, Lubec, Saint Andrew area????

Look on line at Rossmount menu, if that's the kind of place you fancy. You would need to reserve . . . and fast.

Jun 18, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Restaurants in Campobello, Lubec, Saint Andrew area????

In Lubec, Cohill's Inn (and rooms above) is sometimes very good for pub food -- I once had good fish + chips, once a good burger, once a piece of great pie -- but it seems to "depend" . . . Home Port Inn is more white-tablecloth, reasonably good. St. Andrew's has the Rossmount Inn, which is superb, elegant, expensive: local local fresh fresh, fine wine list.

Jun 18, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

looking for great deli or gourmet food store that does gift packages

The Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop always manages to put together a delicious basketful -- always a new (or new to me) cracker, cookie, sweet.

Jun 15, 2012
Dempsey in Philadelphia

Where to Eat on the Cabot Trail

What about the Pub in Mabou? Sometimes very good, sometimes overwhelmed. . . check out the number of cars. I've had good fish cakes and beans and gingerbread at the Distillery up the road. . . blanking on the name. I think the West side of the Cape is so beautiful with its mixture of hills and field and forest. Don't forget the Inverness Art Gallery for really good local art.

Jun 14, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Road Trip from Montreal to Cape Breton

I looked it up -- rte. 337 is the 'mini Trail' around Cape George and a wonderful drive with a lighthouse at the tip of the Cape.

Jun 12, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Road Trip from Montreal to Cape Breton

Maybe better to give directions as : Cribbons, up Cape George Road (rte.37?) past Lakevale!
A favorite spot for me and my oldest friend who lives on that road and is an old friend of the Boyds.

Jun 06, 2012
Dempsey in Atlantic Canada

Magee Rehab: where to eat?

Thanks for the suggestions -- but the wind was so fierce that we got back on the train after our visit and went back to Mt. Airy and Earth Bread etc., which was cheerful and tasty as usual. We'll try one of your ideas on the next visit, maybe at lunch.

Dec 08, 2010
Dempsey in Philadelphia

What are you baking these days? Part XII [old]

Mark Bittman's Apple Cake with Booze --- just as easy as it looked in the video, just as moist and long-keeping as he said it is, just as boozy and delicious (I used a mixture of calvados and bourbon for the pour-over).

Dec 07, 2010
Dempsey in Home Cooking

Magee Rehab: where to eat?

Two middle-aged ladies who want pleasant surroundings, exceptional food (not Asian) would like to walk, if possible, to dinner after visiting a friend at Magee Rehab. Osteria too far, I fear. Somewhere closer to Suburban Station?

Dec 06, 2010
Dempsey in Philadelphia

Machias question

Is An Artist's Table still extant? I drive up the coast to St. Andrew N.B. (a stay at the Rossmount for one night's great dinner) every year, and I've had some nice meals and wine there -- but someone said that it had closed.

May 02, 2010
Dempsey in Northern New England