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Pepsi Throwback replaced by "Pepsi made with Real Sugar"

Here in southeastern PA, I can buy Mexican Coke, supposedly made with cane sugar, in the local tienda in glass bottles for about the same price as regular Coke in nearby supermarkets.

Aug 25, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics

A couple of Chester County spots I never hear about

Isn't it interesting that we haven't heard anything about the Orangery here on CH? I peeked at the menus, which look nice, but without seeing plating/presentation it's hard to say if it's overpriced. The menu at Yellow Springs -- wow -- IMHO that really is pricey for Chester County! It'd be pricey for Philly.

And one other observation from the photos on the Yellow Springs Inn website -- the decor kind of creeps me out. Just my opinion.

Aug 25, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia
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A couple of Chester County spots I never hear about

I remember going to the Inn at Yellow Springs many years ago, when fine dining choices in Chester County were few and far between. What I recall of my last visit there is not the food nor the service, but the old, musty smell. Never went back.

Aug 24, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Tell-Tale Terms

"...and when you're there, you really ARE family!"

Aug 24, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food

Tell-Tale Terms

Is that the kind of place where your "Serving Wench" introduces herself to you?

Aug 24, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food
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Places to eat in Lancaster Co., Pa.

Thanks, ahab. That's helpful.

Aug 24, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Copper Sauciers - Falk vs. Matfer Bourgeat

I'm not sure exactly which pan it is you're referring to. I have the Matfer Bourgeat copper flared saute pan, which I have seen described as a saucier. Here's a photo. It's a wonderful pan -- I use it mostly for making risotto. My only complaints are that the handle gets really hot, and it's very heavy for its size (but it IS copper, after all). It cooks beautifully, though.

Aug 23, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Hey! I just discovered some foodie super-heros!

Let me begin with the "Thank You", Caroline! To YOU, for posting this. Until 5 minutes ago, I had no knowledge of the Lunch Lady books or Jarrett Krosoczka. I am smitten with the whole idea of Lunch Ladies as superheroes. Now I MUST get a few of these books for my kitchen bookshelf.

Aug 23, 2014
CindyJ in Food Media & News

Basic Grilling Book for Weber Kettle

Actually, something has changed. I've been having a hard time finding Stubb's, so lately I've been buying Royal Oak briquettes with ridges -- and it definitely smells not good. Has anyone else noticed this?

Places to eat in Lancaster Co., Pa.

The Horse Inn is the only place on your list I'm not familiar with. Can't tell much (anything) about the menu from their website. Have you been there, ahab?

Aug 23, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

New California law allows dogs to dine out

I don't know whether it's "legal" or not here in PA, but there's one restaurant close to where I live that has been welcoming dogs on their outdoor patio for a long time. I often see people order food specifically for their pooches. The place is named, appropriately enough, the Four Dogs Tavern.

Aug 23, 2014
CindyJ in Not About Food
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Three Philosophers 2007

That would be really interesting; thanks for the suggestion.

Aug 22, 2014
CindyJ in Beer

Three Philosophers 2007

Is there an "ideal" glass for this particular ale? I've got a variety of beer glasses, several of which I brought back from a trip to Belgium a few years ago.

Aug 22, 2014
CindyJ in Beer

Three Philosophers 2007

I must admit, I need to learn how to appreciate and savor the nuances of various ales; I'm new to the scene.

Aug 22, 2014
CindyJ in Beer

What does your cookbook collection look like?

This is part of my collection. I've got my Foods of the World collection (hard cover and spiral recipe books) and a number of cookbooks I don't use often on a shelf in a closet in my basement.

Aug 21, 2014
CindyJ in Home Cooking

Billing issue... what would you do?

It sounds like there's a discrepancy between your credit card receipt and the credit card statement. Take it up with the credit card company.

Mistakes, I've made a few

Well, you can look at the question the other way -- if you had a pan that produced superior popovers, would you make them more often?

Aug 21, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Mistakes, I've made a few

Not the same thing, eLizard. A popover pan is designed to allow air to circulate around each popover. That lets them pop bigger, and bigger...

Aug 21, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

Thanks, Red. It sounds like a good alternative to Terraine at Styers for brunch.

Aug 21, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Mistakes, I've made a few

I LOVE my popover pan! I can store a bunch of them in the amount of space wasted by my Zo bread maker.

Aug 20, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware
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Mistakes, I've made a few

No, no, no! You'll buy a popover pan and then you'll make popovers all the time.

Aug 20, 2014
CindyJ in Cookware
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Places to eat in Lancaster Co., Pa.

Next time you head to Melinda and Daniel's place, invite me along!

Cochranville...? Really...? I didn't think there were anything but Amish farms out that way. In fact, I recently drove to one of those farms to buy glass milk bottles to use for my (locally-purcased) farm-bought cream and half & half. I sometimes struggle with the caps they use on their containers. I love the glass bottles!

Aug 20, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania
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Bahn Mi in the Western 'burbs?

They sound like good recommendations, but a bit far to travel from southern Chesco.

Aug 20, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Three Philosophers 2007

Thanks! Interesting about keeping it standing straight up. I would have thought that with the cork, it should be on its side.

Aug 20, 2014
CindyJ in Beer

Places to eat in Lancaster Co., Pa.

I understand. I think if you were to sort through the restaurant recommendations for the Lancaster area here on Chowhound, you'd have to look hard to find something positive about any of the big smorgasboard or family-style restaurants that are scattered throughout. At those places it's more about quantity than quality of the food, and they do cater mostly to tourists.

The city of Lancaster has several restaurants that are often recommended here. Off the top of my head, for fine dining they include Ma(i)son http://www.maisonlancaster.com/menu/, John J. Jeffries http://www.johnjjeffries.com/, Citronelle http://www.citronnellepa.com/ and Gibralter http://www.gibraltargrille.com/menu.html

For pub food and a great beer selection, I really like the Federal Taphouse http://www.federaltaphouselanc.com/ Also good are Iron Hill Brewery http://www.ironhillbrewery.com/lancas... Lancaster Brewing Company http://www.lancasterbrewing.com/ and Annie Bailey's http://www.anniebaileys.com/ Hunger 'n Thirst seems to be well regarded (I've never been there) http://www.hungernthirst.com/

For Asian food -- Rice & Noodles http://riceandnoodlesrestaurant.com/ and Saigon Cafe http://www.sgcafepa.com/#!index are often recommended.

Maybe these CH links will help you:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9268...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9697...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9788...

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9123...

And there’s this article written by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s food critic: http://articles.philly.com/2014-04-25...

Aug 20, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania

Three Philosophers 2007

Over the weekend, a guest brought a bottle (1 PT 9.4 OZ.) of Three Philosophers Belgian-Style Quadrupel 2007. It was our intention to chill it slightly then share it among the six of us here. Unfortunately, the weekend kind of got away from us and we never did get to uncork it. I'd like to hold onto it until his next visit, which may be a month or more from now. How should I store it until then? Thanks!

Aug 19, 2014
CindyJ in Beer

Places to eat in Lancaster Co., Pa.

If you do a search for "Lancaster" on this board, you'll find that quite a bit has been written about restaurants in and around the town.

Aug 19, 2014
CindyJ in Pennsylvania
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Where are they hiding the garlic NOT made in China?

I've been paying $9.99/lb for hard-neck garlic at the local farm market lately, and I'm happy to pay for it when I can get it. There's no comparison between that garlic and the stuff you get in the super market that's old and sprouting.

Aug 19, 2014
CindyJ in General Topics

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

It tasted mostly like vanilla, but there were small chunks of oatmeal -- kind of like granola -- mixed in.

Aug 18, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia

Dinner near Longwood Gardens

With all the food we'd ordered, I'm sure we would have skipped dessert entirely, but they were comping us one (birthday) dessert, so we all shared the pie.

Aug 18, 2014
CindyJ in Philadelphia