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Any memories of "poor people food" from your childhood that you still crave?

"egg potatoes" what is known now as Spanish tortilla
"gravy bread" the gravy left over from a stew made earlier in the week ladled over bread

Jan 23, 2012
restless in General Topics

Moving to City Ave Area

I live in the area as well.

In Main Street in Manayunk, I like Chaaba Thai for ethnic. I like Jakes/Coopers for more standard "American" type food. There is a kabob shop that opened up recently that I also like, but can't remember the name.

Mama's on Belmont Avenue for cheese steaks for sure!

Aldar is ok, but it's pricey and the service isn't always great for the price. I do not like Thai Pepper/Mikado. Go a couple more blocks up the street on Lancaster Ave and eat at Siamese Princess for Thai. It think it is much, much better.

I'm also not a fan of Tiffin for Indian, but I know a lot of people are, so you might want to give it a shot and see for yourself.

Lastly, Ginza for Japanese at the intersection of Montgomery and Woodbine is fantastic!

Aug 15, 2011
restless in Philadelphia

Looking for a critique of my Philly food itinerary

I love Morimoto. Excellent service and wonderful food. I can't comment on the quality of the sushi, as I don't eat it. However, I have always enjoyed my trips to Morimoto. I also enjoy Zahav, but agree with the other commenter that the food there can be overly salty, and I am generally a person who likes a bit of salt....I was surprised to find a few dishes too salty each time I've dined there.

Aug 15, 2011
restless in Philadelphia

Quick dinner before class at Villanova

Not sure what roads you are taking on your way to Villanova. If you are using route 30 West from the Philly area to Villanova, there are many nice places to grab a quick bite along the Ardmore/Bryn Mawr/Rosemont corridor. The BRGR joint, Hope's Cookies/Peace a Pizza, Hummus, Siamese Princess, to name a few.

Jun 01, 2011
restless in Philadelphia

great meal at Hummus in Ardmore

I love Hummus in Ardmore! LOVE it! I go frequently for lunch. Everything I have had there is delicious and fresh. I have had several things on their menu, but really love the sabich sandwich with everything on it, the grape leaves, and the french fries.

May 25, 2011
restless in Philadelphia

New menu items at Zahav!

I was there during the last week in October. I too adored the hummus and enjoyed the brussel sprout dish. I enjoyed my entire meal, really. However, I do think that the food was too salty for my taste. The fried cauliflower and the pumpkin cooked in butter were particularly salty. I still enjoyed the food, it just would have preferred that everything had less salt. I think it would have tasted better.

Nov 14, 2010
restless in Philadelphia

Horizons?

Wow, Seeker. I have never eaten at the bar or on the first floor at Horizons. I do know what you mean, though. I don't like a loud restaurant either, and when a restaurant gets too loud, I tend not to linger over dessert and coffee.

Nov 14, 2010
restless in Philadelphia

Horizons?

I love Horizons. I am a vegetarian, not a vegan. Every time I have been to Horizons, I am thrilled with the food. I also go to many other restaurants in Philly that have vegetarian options, but are not vegetarian, however, since there are so few vegetarian restaurants in Philly, I rarely get the thrill of opening a menu and having more than a handful of choices. It's always so special to have the entire menu to choose from.

I like the atmosphere. The service is very good. It's not so fancy that I feel like I have to wear extra nice clothing. Business casual is fine. The food is fantastic. My meat eating friends joined me there for my birthday last year and they all loved it.

The food tastes great, not just "great for vegan food". It's beautifully presented. The sauces and the seasonings are spot on. All of the side dishes that come with the entree and the extra sides on the menu are fantastic. How many times, vegetarians, do you go to a restaurant and order a couple sides as your meal and you find out that the chef doesn't know how to cook or season vegetables?

I love every appetizer, salad, and entree that I have ordered there.

That being said, I think the desserts are only OK. I am not a vegan. I do eat eggs, cheese, and milk....so, to me, the vegan desserts just don't measure up. Also, I'm a good baker from a family of good bakers. I know what a good dessert tastes like and I tend to be hard on desserts at restaurants in general. The last spectacular dessert I had in a restaurant was last year in a Wolfgang Puck restaurant....the chocolate souffle. So I may be particularly "hard" on restaurant desserts in general, not just vegan ones.

Nov 12, 2010
restless in Philadelphia

Dosas in Philly?

Kashmir Garden, Krewstown Shopping Center, Northeast Philly. I have never had a bad dosa there. Their sambar is sometimes awesome and sometimes only ok, though. If you like South Indian food, they usually have a variety on their weekend buffets.

Sep 20, 2010
restless in Philadelphia

Where Can I Get Crappy Fake Mexican Food?

I adore Las Margaritas in NE Philly, Blvd. and Welsh. You are right. It's not high cuisine, but it tastes much, much, better than it should when you are in the mood for it!

Aug 13, 2010
restless in Philadelphia

Recent visit to Mama's Pizzeria on Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd

I know this is late, but Mama's on Belmont Ave. in Bala Cynwyd is still open, and the sandwiches are still fantastic.

Aug 13, 2010
restless in Philadelphia

What Foods Do You Hate/Dislike that Most Hounds Probably Love?

Meat. Yes, I'm a vegetarian. But not for the "usual" moral reasons. I don't like meat or fish. Never have. I was the toddler who ate asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, and beets but not hot dogs or chicken nuggets.

I don't like undercooked or runny eggs. Hard fried, scrambled well, or hard boiled are fine.

I don't like wine.

Any kind of vegetable or any vegetarian thing I will eat. I will eat corn, but only cut off the cob. That is the only vegetarian item I am picky about.

Jun 01, 2010
restless in General Topics

ISO bland, unseasoned food in Willow Grove, Plymouth Meeting, Ambler, King of Prussia

A friend and I would like to meet for dinner to catch up. She is normally an adventurous eater, so we don't usually have this problem. She's suffering from morning sickness that is triggered by eating any spice other than salt, onions, or garlic. She is living on breakfast foods, rice, veggies, fruit, and plain, lean protein.

My initial thought was going to a diner. We could get breakfast 24x7. The problem is we don't really know these areas that well; they are a convenient meeting place. Can somone recommend a good diner that serves breakfast all day in one of the above mentioned areas? Any other suggestions for bland food that won't have her stomach churning?

Feb 09, 2010
restless in Philadelphia

Pad Thai on the Main Line

Yes, that's it! I have been to Thai Pepper in Ardmore twice, the location affiliated with Mikado. Both times, the Thai food was terrible. With a friend who really wanted sushi, I went to Mikado against my beter judgement, and we both agree with you that the Japanese food was also terrible. I don't eat meat or fish, so I have only had the vegetable entrees at Siamese Princess. They are not rich or oily to my taste, but it could be becuase of the nature of the dish being vegetable based.

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Thai Pepper Restaurant
372 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087

Siamese Princess
36 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

Nov 11, 2009
restless in Pennsylvania

Recent visit to Mama's Pizzeria on Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd

We had Mama's a couple weekends ago. Boyfriend had cheesesteak hoagie. I had a cheese hoagie. Both were fantastic!

Nov 09, 2009
restless in Philadelphia

Pad Thai on the Main Line

We love Siamese Princess for Thai. It's on Lancaster Avenue in Ardmore. My boyfriend loves the Shrimp Pad Thai there. I adore the red curry with tofu and vegetables and the vegetarian salads. Everything that I've ever tried at that restaurant has been fantastic. There is another Thai restaurant down the block, affiliated with a Japanese restaurant. I can't remember the name, but the food was TERRIBLE.

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Siamese Princess
36 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

Nov 09, 2009
restless in Pennsylvania

Allergy-ridden dinner guest

Sorry if this is too late, but perhaps try something like this:

Chicken piecs rubbed with cumin, oregano, olive oil, salt, pepper, and grilled. Serve with a dressing of olive oil, cilantro, salt, pepper, and lime juice.
Saffron Rice - Cook white rice in chicken broth with saffron. Add some cilantro or parsley at the end for color and freshness and maybe a squeeze of lime juice. Also, if the guest is not allergic to nuts, you could toast some pistachios and add them to the rice for interest.
Veggies: If zuke or summer squash is not a nightshade, I would slice that and grill it with the chicken - olive oil, salt and pepper. If zuke and squash are out, try grilled asparagus.
Dessert: pudding made with no flour, like a cornstarch pudding recipe. Or grilled peaches or plumns with whipped cream and honey. Or fresh berries over ice cream.

Jul 10, 2009
restless in Home Cooking

Ever have ham loaf?

We had hamloaf growing up frequently. I grew up in PA Dutch country. I think my mom bought the ham loaf mix already prepared at the local grocery store, owned by Mennonites.

Apr 14, 2009
restless in Home Cooking

Plaza Azteca in Plymouth Meeting

Does anyone remember if there were vegetarian items on the menu? Cheese and eggs are OK, meat, fish, pork, poultry are not. Some Mexican restaurants have a spinach and cheese quesadilla or veggie fajitas or something else veg. friendly. I couldn't find a menu online. Thanks!

Apr 14, 2009
restless in Pennsylvania

Apple Crisp

Thanks for the great advice. It looks like next time I make the recipe I will leave out the lemon juice entirely. I will also try tossing some cornstartch with the fruit to improve the thickness. The idea of adding pears intrigues me. I enjoy pears more than apples. Maybe I should have made a pear crisp. I will also definitely add oatmeal to the topping recipe. I do have a question about that. How do I know if I have added enough additional butter to moisten the oatmeal? I'm afraid of adding too much and getting a greasy product. Thanks again. This is great advice!

Feb 04, 2009
restless in Home Cooking

Apple Crisp

Hi! I'm looking for a great apple crisp recipe. I recently tried one from an America's Test Kitchen cookbook that was OK, but not quite what I was looking for. The recipe used 1/2 Granny Smith and 1/2 McIntosh apples as well as lemon juice and lemon zest in the filling. It turned out too tart for my liking. I don't mind a sweet-tart dessert, but this was too much for me. I have done a search for other recipes. The amount of sugar varies widely, as do the ingredients in the topping. The America's Test Kitchen recipe used nuts in the topping, which I really liked. I did wish the topping was more substantial, perhaps with oatmeal or some flour to make it more crunchy. The last element in the recipe that I thought might be improved is the thickness of the "sauce" in the filling that resutls from baking the apples. There was no flour in the recipe, which surprised me. In summary, I'm looking for a more sweet, less tart recipe with a substantial topping and a thicker saucey element. I do quite like to bake, but I'm not experienced with fruit desserts, so I'm not sure how to adjust the recipe to suit my needs. Thanks for your advice!

Feb 03, 2009
restless in Home Cooking

Applesauce as a substitute

I have had success substituting 50% of the canola oil in cakes with applesauce. I have had success doing this with carrot cakes, pineapple upside down cakes, and also coffee cakes. I have also used applesauce as a substitute for oil in some breakfast recipes like baked oatmeal. I don't often bake muffins, but I would say "give it a try!"

Jan 28, 2009
restless in Home Cooking

Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I always use butter. I use all kinds of cheeses with all kinds of bakery bread: ciabatta, salolio, bakery white, bakery italian, rosemary flavored, whatever looks good. I use any good cheese I have on hand: provolone, cheddar, swiss, pepper jack, mozzerella. In addition to the traditional combinations such as tomato, basil, mozzerella, I enjoy apple and mustard with cheddar and a smear of refried beans with pepper jack and some hot sauce. I prefer a toasted cheese sandwich to a grilled cheese sandwich, however. I heat my oven to 400 degrees and make the sandwiches on a baking sheet or aluminum foil. I turn the sandwiches once during cooking. I love the flavor texture of the buttered bread after toasting in the oven. It's crunchier and contrasts well with the soft, melted cheese in the sandwich.

Jan 26, 2009
restless in Home Cooking

Just bought curry leaves on a whim - smelled them and tasted them [ick] - what am I missing?

It is not clear to me from the previous posts, so please forgive me if you already know this, but I don't think you are supposed to eat the curry leaves. From what I understand, they are used like bay leaves are used in Western cuisine: to flavor food during cooking. When I was first served South Indian food at the home of a South Indian family, they warned me to eat around the leaves in the dish.

Jan 26, 2009
restless in Home Cooking

Favorite Vegetarian Restaurant in Philadelphia

I was just at Horizon's on Tuesday and had the vegetarian tasting menu. Divine and a great bargain at 45.00 for 5 courses. The reuban sliders were also amazing. I'm always stunned when I eat there. I've been there several times and have never left dissappointed. I also don't think it's too expensive for the great quality. The entrees are all right around 20.00.

Jan 23, 2009
restless in Pennsylvania