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Fun place for b-day drinks for 15-20 people??

I was at Yakitori Boy on friday night with about 15 or so people and it WAS SO FUN. I'm not even much a karaoke person but we all had a blast. And we were drinking beers, so I'm guessing that means they have their license :-)

Feb 25, 2008
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Chow-Worthy Ideas..Staying This Weekend At Sofitel On 17th

Oh well! OP, I think the beers at Nodding Head are interesting and delicious. I guess I'm not at the same connoisseur level as some of these other posters. I also like to recommend places that serve local beers because I feel fortunate that Philly has the local beer scene that it does. Anyway just my .02!

Chinon00, do you have any suggestions for the OP?

Jan 16, 2008
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Chow-Worthy Ideas..Staying This Weekend At Sofitel On 17th

DiBruno's is definitely worth visiting. I would also throw out Nodding Head, a microbrewery with good beer and fries, esp if you can't get into Monk's which tends to get VERY crowded. I believe it's east on Sansom from where the Sofitel is.

Jan 15, 2008
cwatts in Pennsylvania

BYOB Logistics?

I agree that they should have uncorked your bottles for you but it sounds like the host was trying to keep things as low-key as possible, given the recent switch. And I'm pretty sure it wasn't a put up, people simply would stop going to a place that would do that. Liquor licenses are notoriously hard to get in PA and it wouldn't be unusual that a place would start out as a BYO and make the switch as CindyJ mentioned.

And regarding the corkage, I've eaten at many of the restos mentioned on this board and I've never paid corkage. I understand that most of the upscale places may charge it (obviously if you bring in your own bottle to a place with a liquor license) but my experience is that the vast majority of BYOs in phila don't charge. Also, as CindyJ mentioned, they may or may not pour for you.

Jan 15, 2008
cwatts in Not About Food

BYOB Logistics?

I just wanted to chime in and say that the BYO scene in Phila is AWESOME! It is so prevalent that people really do drink so many different things, even liquor with mixers at BYOs. I prefer beer to wine and often bring single beers to dinner, often in a little cooler. Open wine is no big deal and I've never been to a place that won't throw something in their fridge if you ask. And they're always willing to bring you an ice bucket (for wine or beer) as somone else mentioned.

I do want to mention that if you're dining near 10th and Pine or in Northern Liberties, you may want to save some of your beer buying for when you get there. The Foodery is a pick-your-own six pack shop that has literally the most extensive beer selection I've ever seen.

Jan 11, 2008
cwatts in Not About Food

Panna Cotta...recipes AND cookware

I agree with the other posters that you could use just about anything and either unmold or serve from the dishes you prepare the panna cotta in.

I also agree that I like a fruity accompaniament, that being said I do like Tyler Florence's panna cotta recipe which is cofee-y and a little chocolate-y with the addition of the cocoa whipped cream:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

I also like Dave Leiberman's recipe with his orange caramel sauce:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recip...

I also think this is making me sound like more of a Food Network fan than I actually am!!

Jan 11, 2008
cwatts in Home Cooking

Relatively new to West Norriton Area

Tamarindo's on Rt 73 for Mexican.

I also love Pudge's and El Sarape.

Jan 11, 2008
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Help- looking for a nice dinner on 1/31 near(ish) Fitler Square

Audrey Claire? 20th and Spruce. Although, I have heard it's really loud and I've only eaten outside myself...which wouldn't be much of an option on January 31st!

Dmitri's is a great suggestion. Do they take reservations at that location? I've always wondered.

Depending on where you are, Matyson wouldn't be TOO far. And it doesn't look like it's on the RW list, unless I missed it. And it looks like Audrey Claire is on it so maybe that rules that out.

Jan 08, 2008
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Knife Sharpening?

Thanks for the responses! I did call Fosters and they sharpen with one of the pass through sharpeners, in case anyone wanted to know.
DR sounds really promising. I'll be packing up my knives over the weekend.

Thanks again!

Oct 26, 2007
cwatts in Philadelphia

Knife Sharpening?

Where do the Philly hounds take their knives to have them professionally sharpened? I was ecstatic to hear that Fantes was doing it, only to be disappointed by the little handheld sharpener that they're using.

My knives are really in need of a sharpening, I need some help fast!

Oct 26, 2007
cwatts in Philadelphia

Cake Decorating Suppliers in the Philadelphia Area

Not sure how unusual the supplies are that you're looking for but you could try Fante's in the Italian Market in South Philly.
You can shop before you go on their website and then check everything out in person:

www.fantes.com

Jan 11, 2007
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Tangerine, Fork or Other?

I've eaten at Tangerine 2 times, once romantically (that sounds funny :-)) and once as a part of a business dinner. I think the ambiance for a romantic dinner is right on there. The whole wall of the back room is lit with votive candles tucked into the walls and the seating is done very well (as in not overcrowded, not noisy), at least the times I've been there. The food was good both times. Have I had better meals elsewhere? Maybe. But the combination of the atmosphere and the quality of the good is a good bet.
I can't speak for Fork as I've never eaten there...

Dec 21, 2006
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Philadelphia restaurants near the Four Seasons

Monks is a great rec for Belgium fare...if you're willing to hop in a cab, you might try Eulogy on Chestnut between Front and Second Streets. I wouldn't necessarily recommend Eulogy over Monks food-wise or beer-wise (they both have great eats and beers) but Monks tend to get SUPER crowded; Eulogy is a bit more manageable, at least in my experience.

http://eulogybar.com/

For sushi, you can't go wrong with Morimoto. Again, a short cab ride...8th and Chestnut I think. I always forget what block that is...

Dec 20, 2006
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Emerilware stainless

I have an emerilware set that my parents gave me as a gift and I really like it. I don't have much experience with super-high quality cookware but for your first set you really can't go wrong with the quality and price, like the previous poster mentioned.
Of course, I do like the recomendation that you buy as you go. There will always be pieces in a set that you'll never use...

Dec 19, 2006
cwatts in Cookware

$100 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card - - What would you buy?

I got a GC recently for WS and I bought lots of expensive ingredients that I don't buy often for my every day baking/cooking...stocked up on vanilla beans, some good cocoa powder, fun flavorings, etc.

Dec 19, 2006
cwatts in Cookware

Philly Chinatown for a vegetarian and Peking Duck lover

Another vote for Sang Kee. YUM

Dec 06, 2006
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Need holiday lunch rec in CC -- 3 people $20 each

Caribou Cafe on Walnut?
Brasserie Perrier? They claim lunch is under $20 on citysearch...
Bliss...maybe too pricey though.
I think Vietnam is a good suggestion too.

Dec 06, 2006
cwatts in Pennsylvania

Jelly question - liquid or powder pectin...and can I use less sugar?

I only have strawberry/blueberry jam experience but I would have to agree with the other posters: the sugar to juice/fruit ratio is pretty crucial to set-up and that ratio you posted doesn't seem at all unusual for jam/jellymaking.
I also only use Certo and usually get good results.

Dec 06, 2006
cwatts in Home Cooking

Batali vs. Le Creuset

Wait! the persimmon batali 6 quart is on Amazon for $79.99! i just ordered it myself the other day. not sure if this link will work or not...

http://www.amazon.com/Mario-Batali-It...

Dec 04, 2006
cwatts in Cookware

kitchen appliances

I inherited some decent appliances when we moved into our new house. We have an Amana bottom freezer but one door fridge. It's flush with our cabinets (what's that called?) so it's a little smaller but is fine for the two of us. My only complaint (and it barely is a complaint) is that the climate-controlled "chef's pantry" in teh bottom of the fridge is set to be colder than the rest of the fridge so you can keep deli trays or some such nonsense stored in there. the problem is that i throw lettuce or other veggies in there and they get semi-frozen. I guess i should just store other stuff in there that can hold up in the cold.
We also have a dual-fuel Bosch range which I love although I haven't exactly taken advantage of the dual-fuel function yet. The convection may come in handy for T-day but I have to do a little more research on doing a bird in convection. Oh and the warming drawer will definitely help out!
We also have a Bosch dishwasher, no complaints there. I think we have a more basic version bec friends of ours have a Bosch that has a "quick clean" which runs a cycle in about 15 minutes, in addition to a more thorough cycle. The regular cycle on ours takes forever and I feel like it wastes alot of water.

col

Nov 22, 2006
cwatts in Cookware

Pumpkin Cheesecke

Another vote for the cooks illustrated recipe! YUM

Nov 20, 2006
cwatts in Home Cooking

Best method to soften butter or cream cheese - FAST

I will usually cut whatever it is into small pieces and leave out for about 15 minutes.
Also, depending on the type of range you have: if I have stuff going on the burners or the oven is on, I'll leave the butter/cream cheese resting in between the burners. There's usually a warm heat from the oven being on and it speeds things up.

col

Nov 17, 2006
cwatts in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving Desperation - Help!

What about twice baked potatoes? Technically, they're mashed, and just put back in the skins. My mom always does them ahead of time and puts them in the fridge and then re-heats.

col

Nov 17, 2006
cwatts in Home Cooking

Recommendations for food processor?

Another vote for the 11 cup KA!

Sep 14, 2006
cwatts in Cookware

Buying a New Range - Bosch or Jenn-Air

I have a bosch duel fuel and I love it, although I haven't had much to compare to, having only lived in apartments with crappy ranges up to this point. The only problem we've had is when the broiler element went shortly after we moved in (the range was probably a year or so old at that point). I was told by the guy that fixed it that the element on any range can go at any time, whether it's a year old or 15 years old...not sure if that's true or not...

I will say that I haven't used it to its capacity either...I never think to use the warming draw and I wonder about the proofing mechanism given that I'm pretty sure that there's no steam injection component : ) I mean, isn't providing moisture part of the deal so that your dough won't get a skin on it??

Sep 14, 2006
cwatts in Cookware