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Jones soda in philly?

Yeah, I'm a fan of their selection. I am actually looking for the craft soda distributors for my restaurant. Stay tuned for a new selection of craft sodas coming to philadelphia!

Sep 26, 2011
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Jones soda in philly?

Does anyone know where to get Jones soda in philadelphia? I am looking to find who carries it so I can find the distributor in the area. Looking for all sorts of great craft sodas and hoped whoever carries jones may have some more. Thanks Phillychow!

Sep 26, 2011
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Corn Dogs?

Hot Diggity! will be offering corn dogs as one of their "Hot Dogs of the Month" soon

Aug 17, 2011
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Craft with vegetarian?`

Glad you enjoyed the meal!

May 14, 2011
kgarabed in Manhattan

All you can eat sushi....pros and cons?

I really wish I could have, blah! sooo awful. Luckily, I get to choose where we eat for our next gathering.

Apr 21, 2011
kgarabed in Philadelphia

All you can eat sushi....pros and cons?

Thanks for everyone's suggestions. Sadly, I ended up having to go to an all you can eat sushi joint in Glassboro NJ. It was called "Tokyo Mandarin" It....was...awful. I actually began to have high hopes for this place after reading all the very positive yelp reviews. Either, I was there on an off night OR the people who reviewed it wouldn't know good sushi if they were slapped in the face with a giant roe sack. The fishes quality was dubious at best. The salmon was definitely past its prime. My Tako (octopus for the reviewers on yelp) was beyond chewy and was clearly cooked then frozen. My first bite brought forth a mouthful of water that had been released during the freezing process. Additionally, the Mackerel was inedible. There is no reason a restaurant should be serving fish in that condition. The restaurant did not even make its own Tamago. Once again the Tamago was pre-bought frozen crap. It was virtually flavorless and had an awful texture. I make Tamago all the time at home and have never even considered buying the prefab stuff.

On some more general notes. The rice was not seasoned well and was packed suer tight. Also, the amount of nori used made each piece hard to chew. Also, the knife work was pretty shoddy. Most pieces were uneven or even ripped! Blah! On a more philosophical note: the very notion of all you can eat sushi seems antithetical to the Japanese aesthetic of balance and simplicity. It is forcing our American gluttony on a food tradition that shines best when it is simply prepared and as fresh as possible.

That will be my first and last time going to an all-you-can-eat sushi joint. i hope I can show my fellow dinner goers what "real sushi" can be like.

Apr 21, 2011
kgarabed in Philadelphia

All you can eat sushi....pros and cons?

Thanks for all the tips, everyone!

Apr 10, 2011
kgarabed in Philadelphia

All you can eat sushi....pros and cons?

I may have to go out to dinner next week with some friends and family and it was suggested that we go to an "all you can eat" sushi restaurant. I have never been to one before as I typically get my sushi from places like Sagami, Morimoto, or Zento. The idea of an all you can eat place worries me a little. Are there any suggestions of for "All you can eat places" in the Philadelphia or south jersey area that are better than most? Or would you recommend trying to convince my cohorts to just steer clear of the all you can eat joint in favor of an a la carte place. For me, All i need in good sushi is perfectly cooked rice and impeccably fresh fish - Japanese simplicity at its best. Thanks for any suggestions/advice!

Apr 06, 2011
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Craft with vegetarian?`

used to work there....the vegetables are all impeccably prepared and almost all vegetarian. Your friend will have a great time and a delicious meal. I recommend the field mushrooms.

Dec 27, 2010
kgarabed in Manhattan

Looking for Squid Ink in Philly

I am looking to purchase some squid ink for some fresh homemade pasta. Any places in center city, Reading Terminal, or the italian market carry it?

Thanks!

Dec 16, 2010
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Where to Buy Sweetbreads??

Awesome! I never thought to check there. I agree, offal really should come from animals that have had the best upbringing. thanks for the help!

May 10, 2010
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Where to Buy Sweetbreads??

I am looking for a butcher or gourmet shop that carries sweetbreads in either Center city, U-city, Old City, or italian market areas. I have been looking around but have had no luck yet. Thanks for the help!

May 10, 2010
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Where to find huitlacoche (corn fungus/corn smut)?

THANKS! I'll have to check them out.

May 08, 2010
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Where to find huitlacoche (corn fungus/corn smut)?

I am looking for a market that carries corn fungus. I would prefer a place near center city but of course wouldn't mind traveling to get some. thanks !

May 05, 2010
kgarabed in Philadelphia

Indeblue (?) in Collingswood

warning to all...stay clear of this place! that is ...unless you enjoy sitting in the most uncomfortable dinning room you have ever eaten in. Indeblue feels more like a cooperate cafeteria than an indian restaurant. I could not wait to try the place, however, the moment i stepped in the door i began to get worried. the wait staff was just hanging around. no one showed us to our seat...they just pointed to the table. Then i brought a bottle of wine. the waiter asked if he could open it. He took it away and brought it back...just plunking it on the table. He didnt even pour us our first glass. (this is waiting 101 Indeblue) by the time we ordered we were only 2 of 4 people in the restaurant. Our waiter could not remember which one of us got which entree. Honestly?!?!? 4 people in the whole place....you are only waiting on 2 of them...and you forget what they ordered. Just plain old bad service in my book.
so onto the most important thing: the food. To start off we ordered the samosas. sadly they were under-seasoned and rather dry. (try buying a samosa at "spices of inda"...its a small indian spice shop on maple ave. in cherry hill....they cost 75 cents...and are 10 times better.) also the samosas came with some chickpeas.....why?....who knows? they were actually very tasty, but made no sense on the plate. We would have preferred them inside the samosa, not as an afterthought. Next up was some garlic naan. they came on a paper doily direct from 1987. (FYI Indeblue: those doilies ran out of fashion a very long time ago....how bout a basket next time.....or just a small plate) As someone who loves his naan ( i make it every week) i was happy about the breads texture. It was soft and chewy. Sadly, no salt. These are the building blocks of cooking.....please just salt your food IndeBlue. Between courses we went to the bathroom and got to glance at the very open kitchen at IndeBlue. the counter was cluttered with plates and bus bins. As for the kitchen, a little on the sloppy side. used spoons and dirty rags were strewn about. As a chef myself (not in the area) i find this to be unacceptable in any kitchen let a lone an open one. Show us you care Indeblue- about service and the food!
finally, we ordered two entrees, the black lentils, and a lamb dish with coconut and coriander. the main attraction was actually very nice. Although, or respective dishes did have a number of cardamom pods in it, and when eaten it is most unpleasant. sadly the whole thing was tainted by the basmati rice. Rather than just serving plain basmati rice, our rice contained, peppers, onions, cilantro, and cashews. there was no reason for all this garnish. (please keep it simpler Indeblue, your customers will thank you. At this point we realized there was no music playing in the restaurant and were getting the general "im feeling creeped out" sentiment. So my partner and i corked up our wine (of course not with our cork....because the waiter threw that one away....thanks.) and paid our bill.
In closing, Indeblue has the ability to turn you off right from the get go with its brightly colored decor and complete IKEA furnishings ( and I mean everything....even the silverware is from IKEA). However the food is moderate at best, and at least it is cheep. in many ways, it could be one of the cheapest places in collingswood right now. so as a costumer you must ask yourself if you just want to shovel food down your pipe or actually sit down for a meal. there is a difference. I sincerely hope Indeblue gets its act together. I would love a reliable indian restaurant in town. But the first way to do this is through good food (since i doubt your decor will change in the near future. ) Also, like most places, their menu is far to big. Again, keep it simple. We honestly coudnt tell the difference between many of the items on the menu. One sounds like another, or has the same ingredients in it as another. I will undoubtably try Indeblue again (perhaps from their takeout menu), as i believe all places deserve a second chance. Although, if you are the kind of person that appreciates a well cooked, comforting indian classic, this is not the place for you.

Mar 17, 2009
kgarabed in New Jersey