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Master Chef 8/26 from top 6 to top 5

Wardrobe is all supposedly the contestants' own. Katrina sells those fugly hair headbands in her Etsy shop...if for some inexplicable reason other people would want to wear them.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/KatEnvy

Aug 28, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Aldi Vs. Costco

Your shopping cart obsession with Aldi's was semi-amusing the first time around. Several months ago.

Aug 22, 2015
sockii in Chains
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Looking for Family Restaurants near Reading Market, Please

My bad, brain wasn't keeping up with fingers.

Aug 22, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

Looking for Family Restaurants near Reading Market, Please

Reading Market in and of itself should be great for adults and kids. Lots of choices from Pennsylvania Dutch specialties to great sandwiches, sweet treats, etc.

You are also right on the edge of Chinatown, perfect for family friendly, budget friendly eating. Rangoon is fun and interesting for trying Malaysian food. I've always been a huge fan of Vietnam Palace as well.

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued Again)

Perhaps it's time to start one - although the question may be how soon it gets shut down?

I will mention I've been spending a lot more time over at previously.tv and their forums for cooking-related tv lately, in lieu of the Food Media & News section here. Much more in-depth conversation and discussion of shows going on there, threads that don't seem to devolve into nothing but mockery of the people on the shows or snobbery about food-related tv in general.

I've also been exploring some of the food-related forums at reddit.

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued Again)

Exactly. The new site looks incredibly spammy, designed for the no-attention-span generation that just wants pretty pictures, click-bait headlines, and have no interest in actual CONTENT.

Chowhound Beta Site Open to Everyone (Continued Again)

My immediate/initial impression is WAY too much scrolling and WAY too much clutter. Just visually far too overwhelming for me. A complete turn off for trying to have any kind of conversation or dialog, too "Pinterest"-y for my tastes entirely.

Disappointed. Will there be any kind of "minimal" skin or option for those of us who just want to READ and TALK, and don't need pictures, huge fonts, sidebars, etc?

Aldi Vs. Costco

I don't do Costco because there's just two of us and not one near enough to justify the trip.

Aldi is a once-every-month-or-so stop for me to check out what they have that looks interesting. The chocolates are great. I like their granola bars and other snack products. Dried pastas from Italy are very good quality.

It's not somewhere I can do the bulk of my shopping but it's definitely worth a supplemental stop every so often.

Aug 09, 2015
sockii in Chains

Masterchef U.S. August 5 -- spoilers

"I love southern food like the church loves sin."

"The closest I got to flambe was burning my house down in 1998."

Two best one-liners of the season.

Aug 07, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News
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4 Hours in Philly - What to do and where to EAT!

Philly Ray is right - don't do the bus, take the regional rail. Regular and fast service that will get you right into the heart of the city and back very easily. Reading Terminal really is a great way to sample some different Philly eats. Skip the cheesesteak and get the roast pork sandwich from DiNic's, ice cream from Bassets, check out the offerings from the Dutch Eating Place. Maybe get a sandwich for your time back at the airport from Salumeria.

Nearby 12 & 13th street, between Chestnut & Locust, is a busy area with more unique eats and drinks to check out, like Tria (wine & small plates), Capogio gelato, Jamonero and Zavino.

You're also right near Chinatown which can be fun to explore.

bottled roasted red peppers

They're great in an omelette or as a crostini topping with a little balsamic vinegar and cheese.

Aug 04, 2015
sockii in General Topics

Best Buffets in the World

Sunday brunch at LaCroix, in the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia, is truly exceptional and in no way your typical hotel "buffet".

Aug 04, 2015
sockii in General Topics

Rock Stars : Chopped : Food Network

Had to look up who two of them even are (Kelly and Eddie). Hardly would call that group "stars" except for Lita, but oh well...

Aug 04, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

OMG! Need TEN recommendations!!

With a car service available I'd SERIOUSLY add Zeppoli in Collingswood to your list. Well worth the trip over the bridge for the best Italian food in the area.

Aug 03, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

Lunch Friday (tomorrow) near Lambertville/New Hope?

Big +1 for El Tule.

Jul 30, 2015
sockii in New Jersey

Alex Capasso (Crow & the Pitcher) nabbed in child porn probe

The details are truly vile (proceed with caution in reading the link).

Jul 25, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia
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Masterchef U.S. 7-22-2015 spoilers

Shelly said she was going chocolate and berries and was shown mixing a batch of pastry cream that definitely looked chocolately. But that didn't make it into her tart, I guess it didn't turn out. Hetal had a layer of chocolate at the bottom of her tart.

Jul 24, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Beloved picky guests

Thank you for this. Intolerance does not = "Oh I don't like this." For me, having an intolerance (in my case to raw garlic) means severe stomach pains and cramps, horrible gas (do you really want me at your dinner party if that hits?), nausea and the sweats that can last for up to 2 days after the fact. No, it's not life threatening, but its painful, embarrassing and just all around unpleasant.

Jul 23, 2015
sockii in Not About Food
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Master chef 7/15/15 *spoiler*

He'll be near the top, but he won't win. He doesn't have a story they can sell a cookbook around, nor recipes that fit a particular theme or "point of view" that they love to hype. Shelly, Claudia and Hetal have been getting that kind of focus.

Jul 16, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Master chef 7/15/15 *spoiler*

I'm tellin' ya, the fix is in for Shelly this year, just like it was for Courtney last year.

Sara's reaction while Gordon was ripping in to her dessert only makes sense to me in that context. She was laughing and arguing back because it was clear they targeted her to go home next so anything she did would just be wrong, they'd find some reason to make it sound awful (and since we can't taste it through the TV screen, how are we to know?) When Gordon was trying to say the filling didn't even look like peanut butter? Um...the color looked pretty strong to me.

Jul 16, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News
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Unbelievable !!

I can't really say that well. I only use fruit & other specialty flavored juices myself. I do think whatever aroma they give off to others nearby is quite minimal, nothing like the strong smoke/smell of a regular cigarette or cigar.

I've vaped around people who are normally highly sensitive to cigarette smoke (ex-smokers who now violently can't stand secondhand smoke) and they were surprised that they picked up nothing objectionable or even very noticeable from my e-cigarette. (Of course I don't use one of those monster mod tanks that give off vape clouds to fill a room, which could be a different matter.)

Jul 15, 2015
sockii in Not About Food

Unbelievable !!

An occasional vaper here, and yes, they make plenty of tobacco-flavored ejuices. Specifically for those who find it easier to switch to vaping if the taste/aroma is more similar to actual cigarettes.

Jul 15, 2015
sockii in Not About Food

Does parking make a difference for you ?

I don't mind having to walk (from spot to restaurant), but I do want to know just how hard or easy it's going to be to even find parking in the first place. (Will I need to pad my travel time by 15-20 minutes to drive around a busy neighborhood looking for any spot?) If I'm not familiar with an area/town, I want to know if a restaurant has a dedicated lot, if it's just street parking, is it metered, or is there a pay lot nearby?

When I lived in a walkable city these weren't issues for me, beyond if my SO was driving in to town and it could take him a half-hour to find neighborhood parking before we could even start walking anywhere to dinner!

Never have an issue with finding spaces at my supermarkets except right around big holidays, so not a problem there.

Jul 15, 2015
sockii in Not About Food

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

That's because Food Network often seems to suggest that the only women whose cooking/voices/opinions matter are those of mothers.

"I'm a mother so of COURSE I can cook better/manage time better/deal with stress better/etc."

To those of us who are NOT mothers (either by choice or by circumstance) that can become extremely off-putting and alienating at times. It's also a weird gender issue that rarely gets brought up or discussed in terms of the male chefs being dads or not; so why is it such a big "status"/authority issue for the women?

Next Food Network Star - latest and greatest?

That was painful. I also had to walk away from the tv for a while because my embarrassment squick kicked into high gear. I haven't liked Emilia from the start, just got some weird vibe from her and oh boy, now I get why.

Really, can they just send everyone but Eddie and Jay home at this point? Those are the only two who seem to have a clue and any potential. Yet I can't share the feeling that boring and bland Michelle might get it because she's just the kind of mediocre, non-threatening "mommy" type Food Network just loooooves these days...

Jul 15, 2015
sockii in Food Media & News

Gran Caffe L'Aquilla?

Ah, thanks for that review. Think I'll stick with trying the downstairs cafe and gelato for now. Didn't realize the restaurant part had ties to the Toscana 52 group, which I've always found dreadful foodwise.

Jul 15, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

Gran Caffe L'Aquilla?

Has anyone been? Is it truly a "real deal" Italian cafe & restaurant?

http://grancaffelaquila.com/

Just recently we had a thread here about the lack of quality Italian eateries in the Rittenhouse area and I remembered hearing about this place. Supposedly the entire interior was made and shipped over from Italy, they have a weekly menu in the upstairs dining room focusing on a different region of Italy. So I'm curious if any 'Hounds have been there yet.

Jul 15, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia

Ricotta and cottage cheese free lasagna?

Growing up, the lasagna I knew and loved was made with bechamel (white) sauce, bolognese meat sauce, and just a little parmesan. NO ricotta or God forbid cottage cheese or cream cheese (the idea is enough to make me want to lose my lunch). The Italian side of my family is from Northern Italy and that was the way they always did it. The idea of using ricotta and/or mozarella seems much more Southern Italian/Italian American in my experience.

Marcella Hazan's Lasagna Bolognese is the closest to our family recipe I've found, although we always add some liver (preferably rabbit, otherwise chicken or pork) to the Bolognese sauce:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...

Jul 11, 2015
sockii in Home Cooking

Starbucks

(4) Keep going to other coffee shops because I never liked Starbucks coffee to begin with.

Zeppolis

I love that Tagliatelli dish; it's the bottarga that makes it so amazing. And I don't think we've been there yet and NOT ordered the whole fish - I love the way it's stuffed and dressed with the caperberries and olives.

Jul 10, 2015
sockii in Philadelphia