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Top Chef Vegas Ep. #2 - 08/26/09 (spoilers)

Why waste the talents of these chefs on pairing with SHOTS??

Aug 26, 2009
suzanne0115 in Food Media & News

Cocktails at Amada

DH and I had drinks with friends at Amada before heading to Farmicia for dinner last night. Happy to report great atmosphere at Amada, friendly wait staff and great seasonal drinks. I had the "Labyrith of Passion" - the name might be a bit over the top but the drink was fresh, balanced, and worth every penny of the $12 price tag. Muddled strawberries and balsamic added to a traditional old fashioned was perfect for a hot, humid night. DH's go to beverage is a dirty martini, and he's very specific about how he likes it made - swirl of dry vermouth in a chilled glass, Kettle One, just the right amount of "dirt" and three olives - an appetizer as well as a drink. The bartender was extremely accommodating with my DH's specifications (sometimes wait staff at other places can be impatient, then deliver a sub-par beverage) and created a great, classic drink. We'll be back for dinner!

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Amada
217 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Aug 02, 2009
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Cocktails at Amada

DH and I had drinks with friends at Amada before heading to Farmicia for dinner last night. Happy to report great atmosphere at Amada, friendly wait staff and great seasonal drinks. I had the "Labyrith of Passion" - the name might be a bit over the top but the drink was fresh, balanced, and worth every penny of the $12 price tag. Muddled strawberries and balsamic added to a traditional old fashioned was perfect for a hot, humid night. DH's go to beverage is a dirty martini, and he's very specific about how he likes it made - swirl of dry vermouth in a chilled glass, Kettle One, just the right amount of "dirt" and three olives - an appetizer as well as a drink. The bartender was extremely accommodating with my DH's specifications (sometimes wait staff at other places can be impatient, then deliver a sub-par beverage) and created a great, classic drink. We'll be back for dinner!

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Amada
217 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Aug 02, 2009
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Upscale Grown Up Dining in Lancaster

Sorry for the MASSIVE delay - just catching up on old posts - we ended up at FENZ. We loved the atmosphere, the staff was lovely. Started the evening with very good cocktails at the bar - I was actually surprised at how small the bar area was given the website and a couple of recommendations. Nevertheless, it was a really enjoyable way to start the evening, mostly made so by the great demeanor of the bartender. We ended up having to wait a VERY long time for one couple who got lost (and actually never ended up getting there). The wait staff was extremely accommodating, despite the fact that I'm sure they probably had to scramble to address other reservations we ended up pushing back. The food was good - not knock your socks off amazing - but good. My husband ordered the steak diane (based on reco from armartin above) and enjoyed the meal. I don't even remember what I ordered - so I guess that says enough. I do remember being pleasantly surprised by the fried pickles appetizer, and distinctly disappointed in the dessert - which basically included one of everything on the dessert menu, which we all passed with multiple spoons and forks. All in all, a very nice evening, made so by a staff that treated us very well despite our completely wrecking their reservation schedule and an adequate meal offering.

Jun 29, 2009
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Great Dinner in Brooklyn Heights

Just wanted to share that me and my guy had a lovey meal at Noodle Pudding on Henry Street in Brooklyn Heights last night. There was a Morton's next door to our hotel, but we much prefer to find spots that reflect the neighborhood and surrounding area. Noodle Pudding, despite a weird name, fit the bill perfectly.

Tight quarters lended a family feel rather than being just crowded, and the nice weather permitted the tables to spill out on to the street. The lamb caputo and osso bucco were good, but the star of the evening was actually the lemon and garlic mussels appetizer - truly good enough to make a meal.

No cards, just cash, and you'll probably have to wait at the tiny bar for a table; but if you're looking for good food and a casual atmosphere, this is a lovely spot.

May 24, 2009
suzanne0115 in Outer Boroughs

What weird food does your family make for the Holidays?

My family always has (of all things) oyster stew for breakfast Christmas morning. I think it must be a Virginia thing...

Dec 14, 2008
suzanne0115 in General Topics

Upscale Grown Up Dining in Lancaster

Thanks so much for the quick responses! A friend here at work also suggested Josephines (Marietta area, I think) and Carr's. Any thoughts?

Very interested in exploring the Fenz - is it loud?

Thanks again

Dec 14, 2008
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Upscale Grown Up Dining in Lancaster

Hi all.

Would appreciate some guidance on finding an upscale restuarant for grown ups in the Lanscaster. A group of my friends (5 couples in all) are planning to meet in January to celebrate surviving the holiday crush. Half of us live in the Hershey area, half in Philly. One is a vegetarian. None of us are from Lancaster but would like the meet in the middle for an evening a good wine, good food and good fellowship. Some place with round tables or least intimate seating would be a bonus. Thanks in advance for your expertise!

Dec 12, 2008
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Chocolate

Dagoba is okay, but I must confess my FAVORITE is Scharffen Berger out of Berkley CA - they have several gradients of cacao -- the 99% being purely for baking, but the 62% and 70% (I think) is wonderful with a glass of red wine!

How was the chocolate tasting? I've been thinking of hosting a wine and chocolate tasting party, or doing that for dessert after a dinner party.

Feb 23, 2007
suzanne0115 in General Topics

Chocolate

hmm - never heard of ocumare(?) Valhrona I have heard of but never had -- will have to try - thanks!

Feb 23, 2007
suzanne0115 in General Topics

Chocolate

Seems like the last two weeks everytime you turn on the TV there was another show about chocolate (guess Valentines Day triggered the chocolate love-fest) I'm interested in hearing the Chowhounds take on the best:
Baking Chocolate
Eating Chocolate
Best Chocolate from a grocery store

Thanks!

Feb 18, 2007
suzanne0115 in General Topics

Harrisburg Recommendation

My last few trips into Harrisburg I've been adicted to Passage to India or Mangia Qui. Ready for something new -- any recommendations? Any style, any price okay - just looking for a good experience.

Thanks so much

Dec 30, 2006
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

creme fraiche first timer [ moved from Feedback board]

Thanks so much! Ordering today -

Dec 30, 2006
suzanne0115 in Home Cooking

Good winery clubs?

Can one join a wine club in Pennsylvania?

Dec 28, 2006
suzanne0115 in Wine

creme fraiche first timer [ moved from Feedback board]

This was from the Vermont Cheese Company. Very flavorful, but I'm sure it doesn't compare to the real thing.

Dec 28, 2006
suzanne0115 in Home Cooking

creme fraiche first timer [ moved from Feedback board]

Thanks so much! You're not kidding on the caloric intake. Of course, it is the holidays, so that leads to lots of calorie rationalization. Only 3 more days until the resolutions kick in.

Dec 28, 2006
suzanne0115 in Home Cooking

creme fraiche first timer [ moved from Feedback board]

Thanks so much! I love the idea of adding spinach or arugula to fight the winter drabs....

Dec 28, 2006
suzanne0115 in Home Cooking

How did your Christmas feast(s) go??

This was my first christmas hosting the family as well! Eight adults, five doggie "children." First night beef tenderlion, second night grilled ham and fried oysters, Christmas morning our traditional oyster stew and sausage milk gravy over biscuits, Christmas day night, pork tenderlion with escalloped potatoes and steamed brocolli. I'm hoping by New Years I'm hungry again so I can enjoy some black eyed peas for good luck in 2007!

Dec 26, 2006
suzanne0115 in Home Cooking

creme fraiche first timer [ moved from Feedback board]

Just purchased creme fraiche for the first time and would like to make a pasta dish with procuitto. Do I just stir it in with the hot pasta? Thinking of adding a little nutmeg....

Dec 26, 2006
suzanne0115 in Home Cooking

Business Dinner in Downtown Philly

I have business dinner coming up in downtown Philadelphia in a few days and, unfortunately, I'm very unfamilar with the city. Can anyone recommend a good restuarant within walking distance (or short cab ride)from the Philadelphia Marriott on Market Street. Around $60/person including drinks/less tip. thanks!

Nov 30, 2006
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Harrisburgh/Hershey recs, please

Absolutely agree on the Passage to India recommendation - it's great. I suggest the Lamb Josh Rogan.

Nov 30, 2006
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Italy Travel Advise

My husband and I took a trip last October (2005) via Mama Margaret and had the time of our lives. Great itinerary through Tuscany that "stepped up" in complexity as the trip unfolded. Self-guided, a great blend of free time, exploration, and learning.

http://www.italycookingschools.com/ne...

Nov 24, 2006
suzanne0115 in Italy

Parents in NYC - restuarant near Times Square

1) American, Italian, French, Japanese
2) Casual-ish: pub/bar okay but no bodega/stand/fast foodie
3) $60/person including drink, tip

THANKS!

Nov 24, 2006
suzanne0115 in Manhattan

Harrisburgh/Hershey recs, please

The Batdorf in Annville is great (about 10 minutes down 422 East from Hershey). Eat at the bar for a quick meal. Burgers and most entrees are very good, would avoid the steaks as they usually overcook them. Great Bartenders - try the martinis - Dave makes a great Dirty Martini.

Nov 24, 2006
suzanne0115 in Pennsylvania

Parents in NYC - restuarant near Times Square

Taking parents into the city for their first (!) visit - any recommendations on a good restaurant where we can talk without overwhelming them?

Nov 24, 2006
suzanne0115 in Manhattan