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Restaurant for Luncheon Post Haverford Graduation

If you're coming from Boston.... Not Your Average Joe's just opened in our neighborhood (Suburban Square) they take reservations..... but you prob want something different.
Lourdes (Greek) in Bryn Mawr
Yang Ming is old/tired/annoying
Sang Kee (Wynnewood) always fresh, delicious Chinese; but noisy
A la Maison (Ardmore) authentic old-school French

May 10, 2015
elmom in Philadelphia

Best Pesach supermarket - Cherry Hill, NJ

Just putting in my plug for the Shoprite at Cherry Hill (on Rt. 70 the shopping center before you get to Wegmans/racetrack shopping center) I have No ties/relations with Shoprite, but they have an amazing Pesach selection - the kosher butcher there is great year-round, and they bring in MANY KP products from Israel. I stock up on jam, spices and Prigat grapefruit juice. They also have a "bedicat hamatz" kit of feather, candle, etc for 99 cents. If you are at all in the area, it's well-worth the shlepp. I even wrote an article about it.

Mar 10, 2015
elmom in Kosher

Linda's Vegetarian Village - Germantown??

Does anyone know anything about a corner restaurant/take-out Linda's Vegetarian Village on the corner of Germantown Ave and Johnson street? I drive past it going to/from work and my hubby is veg/we eat veggie a lot. Wondered if it's worth stopping...

Mar 01, 2015
elmom in Philadelphia

Where to find Bamba, the Jewish peanut snack

Giant in Wynnewood, (behind the BB&Beyond) has it --and 3 aisles of kosher stuff, parve cakes, parve bagels, candy from Israel etc...etc... and

Feb 25, 2015
elmom in Philadelphia

Taphouse 23

we went the other nite ...before the mention in the Inky. Agree with all said above. I had a Moscow mule ($6) and friend had craft brews he enjoyed. Burger was flame grilled, nothing amazing but nothing bad. We sat at the bar b/c when we came in - with no reservation - hostess told us they were completely booked, but we could sit at the bar. The room was half empty so we were a bit annoyed at all the reserved tables...but by 7pm it was full and all her reservations had shown up. We def will go back, especially in nice weather. It was kid/big group friendly; there were several large parties when we were there.

Dec 11, 2014
elmom in Philadelphia

Sad News: Best Value Glatt Kosher Market Closing, January 5

I live one block from TA - you were directed to the right place! We are really lucky to have such a good kosher supermarket option w/Giant. IMHO, I really like buying Israeli foods - both the company and the item - bourekas, yogurt, dips, spices, kibbutz jam etc. They just put in a whole refridge case of parve birthday cakes!

Nov 13, 2014
elmom in Kosher

Glatt Kosher Catering in Philadelphia?

we used Steve Hellinger at Barclay for 3 bar mitzvahs..last one was 5 years ago. very satisfied with them and would totally recommend. he did exactly as I asked and stayed on budget. food is tasty. nothing hip/unusual but that's what you get with K
Barclay Caterers, Inc.
Phone: 215-612-2837

Oct 08, 2014
elmom in Philadelphia

Best Chinese (or general Asian) buffet in the Philly area?

this question brought back oldest son used to love some all-you-can eat Chinese buffet back in the day...we have fond memories of the one on Rt. 72 almost at Long Beach Island...but that;s far from BC. I don't know any in our hood except City Line and it looks like you've been warned about that one. How about Dim sum in Chinatown? That might be your best bet.

Sep 11, 2014
elmom in Philadelphia

Not Your Average Joe's -- Glen Mills

NYAJ is not "really" a chain restaurant.It's based in Boston area (that's why I don't think "Steve" was the owner) where they have 7 (?) locations. Glen Mills and one in maryland are new. we love it in Somerville MA and 4 years ago I told the manager about my neighborhood (Ardmore) that is very fancy and has no good restaurants ... so that's why NYAJ is opening in Suburban Square in Aug! It is def higher quality ingredients/ seasonal dishes. I would not at all compare it to Applebees...the veggies are fresh, stir-fried nicely. In Boston they have a dessert taste plate that is great --we've eaten fresh fish there many times. Can't wait for NYAJ in my neighborhood!!

Aug 04, 2014
elmom in Philadelphia

Kosher in Philadelphia- ASAP

a little pricey??? I looked at the website quickly and one (1) pistachio cookie is $24.
unless I'm missing something that must include the cookie's own rabbi

Jul 31, 2014
elmom in Kosher

passover recap: What did you buy and never open?

this is funny... every year I try to buy less and less packaged goods and yet I still have a bag full to give to the tzedakah food pantry -- 2 boxes matzah, 1 box egg matzah, 1 can farfel, 1 can cake meal, 2 boxes of ready-made cake. I bought the pesachdik cold cereal one year when kids were little, and yes, even the birds wouldn't eat it.

Apr 24, 2014
elmom in Kosher

Need bakery with good Passover desserts

LIPKIN'S -- a few blocks further than Hesch's on castor. I was there today and the counter woman insisted on giving me a sample macaroon....I usually avoid macaroons (esp BEFORE Pesach) but this one was amazing, dipped in chocolate. They also have (and I bought) marble, chocolate chip and plain loaf cakes and circle cookies, some with chips, some not. The bakery is not cleaned/converted for Passover...but these are Pesachdik items. Lipkins said they will be closed for the week, starting Monday 4/14. Not to mention, it's half the price of pre-packaged, preservative filled items baked in Brooklyn 3 months ago..

Apr 09, 2014
elmom in Philadelphia

Amazing Pesach supermarket -Cherry Hill, NJ

just want to share/give a shout-out to the Shop Rite supermarket in Cherry Hill NJ, (rt. 70) They do a great Peasachdik assortment every year they also have a year-round friendly and fairly priced kosher butcher... they order many products from Israel (I bought olive oil, pickles, Prigat grapefruit juice, jam, date spread and shug, (spicy spread) Of course, they have the usual matzah products, packaged baked goods, frozen section, KP cheese, butter etc..etc.. It truly is worth the trip if you're anywhere close. Here's a link to a complete blog post I wrote about it a few years ago...

Apr 02, 2014
elmom in Kosher

Mom's Organic Market (Rosemont, PA)

yes, i went the weekend it opened and they gave away cloth shopping bags filled with samples! it's almost same as WF; no deli, no prepared foods. more make-up and vitamins/drug items in the back. They also have a salad/lunch take-out and eat-in counter in the front of the store. They have a small bulk foods/beans/rice/nuts --but prices were so high. for that kind of stuff I go to Head Nut. I only bought things I know the price of/weren't crazy expensive. I bought coffee,had a nice chat with the coffee clerk about La Colombe; they stock Reanimator local coffee. Also bought tofu pups, granola and oatmeal. (can't remember what else)If you're in the area, it's a nice addition. nice to have some choice; when I go to WF a single bag of stuff is $60.

Mar 21, 2014
elmom in Philadelphia

Prune Hamentaschen

Lekvar all the way! In fact, I wrote a whole blog about "no mun" and an easy way to make the circle hamantashen shape without rolling out the dough. But we also fill with chocolate chips for the kids...

Feb 23, 2014
elmom in Kosher

Barbacoa in Ardmore

there are a few tables, but really no atmosphere no tablecothes, TV in the corner etc. food is good but we've only done take-out --I have seen parent eating w/kids there

Jan 12, 2014
elmom in Philadelphia

Seeking Advice for Authentic, Slightly Hipster Italian in Philly?

L'Angolo - you can;t go wrong there - everything is delicious

Dec 23, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

Kosher Caterers--NY/NJ/PA--Modern with a twist?

we've used Barclay (Phila) for 2 BMs --owner is Steve Hellinger -- food was always delicious; many menu son wanted a michig lunch b/c he loves bagels and lox and we had that plus blitzes, french toast, delicious danish and cakes etc. he also did a fleshig dinner for us years ago. very nice to work with and no "hidden" charges.

Dec 07, 2013
elmom in Kosher

What to buy at Wegmans

their Wegman's brand fruit jam (called triple fruit) is really good--not too sweet mostly berries. Also, Wegman's brand soda -the diet green/grapefruit one is just like Fresca. I love wegmans!

Nov 27, 2013
elmom in Kosher

Sweet Trading Company (chocolate concierge), Narberth

have not tried them but heard from a friend that it's kosher and super-expensive

Sep 23, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

anthony bourdain in jerusalem - parts unknown on sunday at 9pm, CNN

you can watch the whole episode online:

Sep 20, 2013
elmom in Food Media & News

Carlinos in Ardmore?

OK, i'll reply. i live 1/2 mile from carlino's. some of their items (BREAD!) are very good. i also like the cold salads (3 bean, curry turkey) they have a deli counter with nice sliced meats and cheese and a large, cooked food for take-out--everything from lasagne and meatballs, to prime rib, chicken cutlets. etc. they also have freezer cases of pasta and limited groceries (olive oil, anchovies, gourmet mustard etc) prices are generally very high. I go in thinking i will just buy bread and try to control my purchases of sides to go with dinner. I think their stuff is generally good --but we once had a "homemade" peach pie that cost like $30 -- and when we cut into it at a holiday table of 20 people, under the upper crust, the whole inside of the pie was spotted with green mold. We used to order my husband's Xmas gift baskets for work from them until one year, when they sent them out with the WRONG first name --and when I brought the error to the manager's attention he said," Oh sorry" NOTHING ELSE offered to us, after we had spent $900 on gift baskets. (now we send John&Kira's for the last 5 years -always perfect)

Jun 15, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

US Open Golf in Ardmore - Going to need real food

FYI - Felicia's pizza has been out of business for over a year. it was good but no longer....

Jun 12, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

US Open Golf in Ardmore - Going to need real food

and also i forgot --on greenfield ave, one block over at lancaster ave there is an Indian restaurant (used to be called Kulajaharo, not sure of the name now) and Hummus -- a very delicious middle-eastern sandwich/salad place.

Jun 06, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

US Open Golf in Ardmore - Going to need real food

ardmore ave is the main cut-through street from the Open to lancaster ave --you can walk up to lancaster ave and there is a Subway, McD, Chipotle, Jules Thin Crust Pizza, Wawa, Ihop and A la Maison a fancy french cafe. If you turn right on lancaster ave and walk 2 more blocks there is a MilkBoy coffee, Primavera Pizza (nice, friendly Italian sit-down restaurant) and suburban sq with has Corner bakery, Ruby's and Trader Joe's for take-out and a Farmer's Mkt with several choices.

Jun 06, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

Best Hummus in the Burbs'?

Hummus restaurant (!) in ardmore --they also have a sister restaurant at 40th and walnut, west Phila. smooooth and creamy with homemade pita

May 13, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

Dutch Wonderland's Glatt Kosher Eatery

i don't want to get into the food debate --but want to tell you that DW is for really young kids --maybe 7 and under. it's not a big amusement park --it's a collection of little kiddie rides. great and fun if your kids are really young. Hershey Park is a real amusement park -- for all ages with rides for adults, teens AND little kids. our family has loved and visited Hershey for many years...

May 06, 2013
elmom in Kosher

(Simple) parve cake

that Hershey's chocolate cake is our favorite!!it's a classic and easy to make parve with any milk sub. I remember the first time i made it --you add a cup of boiling water at the end and the batter is thin, you're sure it's wrong .... and it's delish!
happy birthday!--

Apr 04, 2013
elmom in Kosher

Appetizing store in Philly?

we call it lox and fish tray and I go to Steve Stein's Famous Deli (Krewstown rd in the Northeast, one block off Grant and Bustleton) he has better prices than the main line delis and very nice fish

Mar 03, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia

Kid-friendly restaurants in Philadelphia - Need Suggestions!

the convention center is with/next to Chinatown --and almost all C'town restaurants are kid-friendly. we like Charles Plaza (on 9th near Vine) b/c he makes lots of veggie options --but owner CharlesChen (who will greet you like he knows you) will customize anything (always useful with kids) like, leave off a sauce or add more noodles. not fancy but always good.

Feb 24, 2013
elmom in Philadelphia