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Best Italian Restaurant in Rittenhouse Square

It's been some time since I lived in the area and the Ritt Square Italian places were regular hangouts, but I do remember Melograno being significantly better than the rest.

Jul 01, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

Hounds with Blogs

My food blog is at http://www.southjerseyfoodie.com/

It's basically whatever I feel like writing about: local restaurant reviews, travelogs, personal recipes, what I'm cooking and trying out in various cookbooks, etc.

Jun 29, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News
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HELP in Moorestown-Mt Laurel NJ area

Fuji is outstanding, I also also Sagami if you want pure, delicious traditional sushi and sashimi.

If I had a choice I would go for Zeppoli over Moorestown Osteria for Italian in a heartbeat, though keep in mind it's small, byob, and reservations a must. Zeppoli beats basically any Italian you can get in Philly, the head chef was chef de cuisine at Vetri and Osteria.

Jun 29, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

KFC Runs DNA Test on Alleged ‘Deep Fried Rat’ – Guess What They Found

So very, very sick of clickbait article titles these days that I refuse to click on them. Anyone care to summarize here?

Jun 28, 2015
sockii in Chains

In and out

The questions that need to be asked for every such thread when they appear:

Where are you coming from? What kind of foods in particular are you looking for? What do you like/dislike? What kind of budget do you have in mind? Will you have a car or are you looking for walkable/nearby meals in a particular area?

Jun 28, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

More Information on Tags and Upcoming Beta

I can only think of one sort-of example, and that's the Archive of Our Own fanfiction archive at http://archiveofourown.org/

There are both main/major categories that can be browsed, and tags used throughout for specific characters, fictional tropes, settings, story types, etc. And sort of like here, there are people who love the tagging system on A03 and those who hate it. They have to keep on a full crew of volunteer "tag wranglers" to group user-generated tags together and remotely easily searchable. Some users "abuse" the tag system and will tag a short story with over 50 completely useless tags. Frequent wank wars go on over inappropriate tagging and when lack of tagging makes it hard to find specific stories one may be interested in reading.

Here's actually a lengthy article about all the issues and debates over their tagging system: http://fanlore.org/wiki/AO3_Tagging_P...

Jun 27, 2015
sockii in Site Talk
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How Long Will Store-Bought Eggs Stay Fresh In Fridge??

The eggs that hens sit on, however, have not been washed like supermarket eggs, which removes a natural protective coating that helps keeps them "fresh".

Jun 27, 2015
sockii in General Topics

Would you buy dessert sauces at a farmers market?

For me personally not a lot of appeal as I don't care for sweet breakfasts nor heavy desserts (except rarely when dining out). If they were shelf stable I might consider buying them for other people, though, whose tastes are more along those lines.

Masterchef returns with new judge

Your guess or do you have some kind of inside information on that you'd care to share?

Jun 21, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Masterchef returns with new judge

It's interesting to me the "just leaving" thing has only happened in the past 2 seasons. Last year "Little Gordon" did have some kind of supposed medical emergency...although he also seemed less than thrilled about Courtney winning which you don't hear all that often from MC contestants. (https://www.facebook.com/ChefGordonHo...)

Jun 18, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Masterchef returns with new judge

A friend of mine smartly suggested his modeling agency decided his 15 minutes of tv/loan-out time was up so they needed him back for a better paying photo-shoot...

Jun 18, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Masterchef returns with new judge

It's easy to misspeak under pressure. They used the roulade/remoulade thing to make her look stupid.

Jun 18, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

I say accept that flying these days is pretty much like being in a cattle car. Unless you are rich enough to afford first class (or on an expense account), expect to be annoyed and pissed off by someone, whether it's the guy eating curried fish, the woman doing her nails and whipping out the acetone, a baby screaming, a kid kicking your seat, or the family who has to have a reunion right next to your seat at 1am while you're trying to sleep. Flying sucks, plain and simple. It's the torture you have to get through in order to get from point a to point b.

The Etiquette of Bringing Your Own Meal on a Plane

Are you a squirrel?

Masterchef returns with new judge

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Jun 18, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Masterchef returns with new judge

Dan was the engineer-slash-male-model who actually won the first Mystery Box challenge. Very weird how he just up and disappeared when he did seem like he had the potential to be a strong contender cooking-wise. A similar thing happened last year with one of the contestants - early surprise departure with no real reason given. Hmm...

I said two weeks ago upthread Ailsa would be going soon...they've shown virtually nothing about her up until tonight.

Jun 18, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Coming Soon: Post Tags

Gee let's turn Chowhound into Tumblr and Twitter!!!!

Gee, let's not. :(

Jun 17, 2015
sockii in Site Talk
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What is your weirdest kitchen experience?

I love mantids, and they do seem to love herb gardens. I've had an ongoing cycle of them in my garden plot for the last three years, so I'm always look out for the egg sacks in the early spring when I'm weeding/clearing up the garden for new planting. This year is the first time I've seen the babies just after they hatched all skittering about, now there are at least a few about thumbnail size.

Usually in the fall we end up with a few adults hanging out on our screen door looking for mates. I remember one day coming home where there was one on the screen door, the front door, and the garage doorknob each! It was fun trying to get in the house...

Jun 17, 2015
sockii in Not About Food

Cookbook Challenge

I'm in.

EatYourBooks has definitely helped me start cooking from some books on my shelves I've never used before (especially as when my sweetie and I moved in together, I "inherited" his huge Italian cookbook library.)

One cookbook of his I just recently broke into was The Fine Art of Italian Cooking by Giuliano Bugialli. I made the Pollo alle olive last weekend and oh my God, oh my GOD it was so good. I can't even. Crazy simple and it was like all of the flavors that Jersey Italian-American chicken dishes want to be but can never achieve. I am definitely going to be spending more time with this cookbook in the future.

Jun 16, 2015
sockii in Home Cooking
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Book Recommendation

Going to throw in a fabulous fiction read with plenty of knowledgeable cooking/restaurant detail:

"Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves" by Dave Lowry.

On the surface it looks like a standard mystery novel. It's really about being a "gwai lo" working in Chinese restaurant kitchens and the art of true Chinese cooking (Americanized versus the real thing). Highly, highly recommended, very witty and will also make you really hungry.

Jun 16, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I'd rather they be putting salt and other seasonings into their food.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

Yeah, I'm totally pinging on him making some miraculous "comeback"...ugh.

Jun 15, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I would watch her, or Eddie--because I'll admit I've been a fan of his since MasterChef and he was doing stuff there which should have gotten him further. If he did Caribbean-Grill as a focus I'd be all over it, just please drop the stupid Cheat Night idea.

Jun 15, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

I thought Carla was from Top Chef lineage.

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

If I hear one more contestant on this show (or any Food Network competition) go on about how she's a MOM so she has to win this I will just...

Well, if I made it a drinking game I'd never be sober.

I'm just so damn sick of it. Really, come on. Shockingly, a huge majority of women end up being moms! This has been the case for all of human history! It does not make you special or somehow superpowered!

I'm far more interested, personally, in hearing from women who don't make their mommyhood the sole and driving focus of their identity.

Roberto Cafe on South Street closed :(

Yes, I mentioned as much above, just minus the link to Foobooz.

New management = lost my reason for loving to go there.

Jun 15, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia
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Le Virtu

I would love to join, but I'm looking at their info (on FB at least) and it says the bbq is on Monday nights only, party of 6 required (only need space for the sweetie and myself)? Is there another special event this Wednesday as well?

Jun 15, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

Roberto Cafe on South Street closed :(

Only learned this today as I was going to suggest it as a "reasonably priced date night spot" in another thread, only to look it up and find it is no longer open. Sad.

I know it wasn't fancy or maybe as stand out spectacular as some of Philly's other Italian BYOBs. But for the many years I lived nearby at 20th & South, it was my neighborhood hang and stand-by for easy weekend meals out with my sweetie. We had a lot of our early "date nights" there right through to our engagement celebration dinner. Roberto and his brother always treated us so well, like family, and I brought so many out of town friends there through the years who wanted a "Philly Italian" experience but I wanted to treat them to something a bit better than standard red gravy. And friends always loved it, Roberto always bringing out surprise dishes to the table and making sure everything was good.

I'll really miss the veal milanese there (my favorite), the branzino, the smoked mozzarella appetizer (and grilled calamari when they had it.) Apparently it's going to open under new management as "Ti Penso" at some point, but...for me it's one less reason to revisit my old neighborhood when I find myself in the city for the evening.

Jun 15, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

Masterchef returns with new judge

It was silly, and honestly, I think making corn the real spotlight of a savory dish is harder than with a sweet dish. Even if two of the three people they picked here as the bottom for elimination did sweet. I've had amazing corn gelato, sweet corn puddings, cornmeal used in desserts...but to really "star" corn in a savory dish instead of just making it a note on the plate is a lot harder in savory cooking, just IMHO...

Map: The most uniquely popular cuisine in every state

It's not even about proportionately popular cuisines in a state but proportionately popular cuisines in a a particular big town/city in a state. Portuguese is only big in New Jersey in and around Newark. It's nowhere near as popular overall elsewhere in the state.

Jun 15, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News