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Looking for a good dinner spot near Union Transfer (Spring Garden Street)

Sazon sounds perfect. Thank you for the reply!

Aug 18, 2014
Angela Roberta in Philadelphia

Looking for a good dinner spot near Union Transfer (Spring Garden Street)

We are looking for a good spot to grab dinner before a concert at Union Transfer. Anything nearby? Also, how should we out-of-towners park? On the street or in Union Transfer's lot? Thanks.

Aug 18, 2014
Angela Roberta in Philadelphia

Anyone here remember old/discontinued Stella d'Oro products?

Very cool ad! Man, oh man, I loved the Lady Stella Assortment. You'd work your way from your favorites to your least favorite.

Jun 05, 2012
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Anyone here remember old/discontinued Stella d'Oro products?

I can picture what you are describing but can't think of the name. "Como" doesn't sound right to me. I think this product was based on a taralle but differed in shape and texture due to manufacturing. My mother used to buy small elbow-shaped treats from Stella D'Oro called Kiekel (spelling?). She got them because they had no salt, which was hard to find back then. The Kiekel had that soft, dense texture of what you're trying to identify. Another lost Stella D'Oro product is the rectangular box of anisette toast. My grandparents used to keep these on hand. My grandfather would also buy a cheaper version of this big box from another maker. Does anyone remember its name? Cookieland perhaps? After the biscotti were gone, you just had to gather the crumbs in the bottom of the box for one last taste!

Jun 04, 2012
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Portion control at a dinner party

This happened to some friends of mine: They were invited to the house of some old friends. Two families together, four adults and six kids, four teens and two children (not tots). For the main course, the hosts serve a one-pound baby canned ham and slice it with an electric knife.

I loved reading these responses!

Mar 21, 2012
Angela Roberta in Not About Food

Explain "With a name like Smuckers, it has to be good"

They are playing up their company's history. Real people, a real family, the Smuckers, who cared about their product. It's not a made-up, folksy-sounding trademark, like Bartles & James. I have always liked these commercials a lot. The jams are OK.

Dec 13, 2011
Angela Roberta in Not About Food

Popular flavors that you don't care for

I am not crazy about strawberry preserves or anything with cooked strawberries. Fresh strawberries are so good, and the change, for the worse, is so dramatic after cooking. On the other hand, cooked raspberries are wonderful--no significant decline from fresh.

Nov 02, 2011
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Do you use a lunchbox?

Yes. I have about four insulated bags of different sizes. I pack the smallest one that will hold my food for the day. I have little blue ice blocks to keep everything cold, using more of them in the summer. (I especially don't like yogurt that isn't cold.)

Apr 14, 2011
Angela Roberta in Not About Food

Glass jars - fess up!

I keep any jar that has a pretty raised motif--leaves, berries, grapes.

Mar 30, 2011
Angela Roberta in Not About Food

Le Creuset Dijon Or Citron Yellow?

Dijon looks more old-fashioned and French to me. (Both good things!)

Mar 09, 2011
Angela Roberta in Cookware

The Chilled Relish Tray...do they still exist?

Celery and olives used to be an appetizer choice with the "complete dinner" at the neighborhood (Queens) restaurants my family would go to when I was a kid. I haven't seen one out for a long time. We have celery and olives at home for holidays.

But I've enjoyed this thread so much, I'm going to make a retro relish tray one for my next dinner party.

Mar 08, 2011
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Are Anderson's Baldies pretzels made anymore?

Oh, thank you. I will try the Key Food near my house first.

Feb 17, 2011
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Are Anderson's Baldies pretzels made anymore?

I haven't seen these in years. Part of me is relieved I can't find them, as I could eat so many in one sitting. But they were so good--super crunchy and not overly salty.

Feb 16, 2011
Angela Roberta in General Topics

My, how could that taste so awful?

I agree. No fake mayo ever again--not no-fat or low-fat. I'd rather use a lot less of the real thing, go without, or take the calorie hit.

Feb 08, 2011
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Special occasion-type place in Queens? Or Roberto's in the Bronx?

I've been to Joe's Deli in the Bronx. I like it a lot. The shop is wonderfully stocked, neat, and clean. The deli man gave us fresh-mozzarella samples, and we had to buy some to take home. Big recommendation.

Jan 04, 2011
Angela Roberta in Outer Boroughs

Why is it so easy to get a reservation at Gotham Bar & Grill?

Yup, for me price is the big difference. I like both Gotham and USC a lot. But Gotham's dishes are quite a bit more expensive, and if I recall, there's less play in the menu, meaning you can't order great sides to flesh out something like a BLT or a burger. And maybe the portions are a little smaller at Gotham.

Jul 29, 2010
Angela Roberta in Manhattan

Second Kitchens

My mother is very much like this, me only a bit less so. And, yes, we are Italian-American and have two kitchens!

May 12, 2010
Angela Roberta in Not About Food

Secret to spaghetti with garlic and oil?

I'll take a guess and say restaurants are probably using more oil and salt than you. They care about repeat business, not your health. NTTAWWT.

May 10, 2010
Angela Roberta in Home Cooking

The 15.5 qt Lecreuset goose pot came in yesterday. Here is a photo:

I love the red, yellow, and blue together!

Apr 28, 2010
Angela Roberta in Cookware

Help! My Cuisinart is Stuck!

If you manage to get it unstuck, this is what I do to prevent sticking: Spray some of the locking bits of plastic with a little Pam. The lid and bowl need lubrication.

Apr 12, 2010
Angela Roberta in Cookware

What do you think of this "forkage fee"? [Moved from Manhattan]

Beranbaum writes: "Welcome to the new rude reality where it's cool to be cruel: the world fashioned after Simon Cowell of American Idol, where mean insults and sarcasm rule."

After getting even with the restaurant and the server, welcome to the club, Rose!

Mar 12, 2010
Angela Roberta in Not About Food

A good mail-order source for marzipan?

I'd like to order some excellent marzipan candies. Anyone have a recommendation? Thanks.

Feb 18, 2010
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Classic Chinese-American restaurant names

On my bus ride home, I pass a takeout place on Northern Boulevard (in Queens) with the name Lung Sing.

When I was a kid, the local place was Gum Kew, now long gone.

And then there's the Hong Kong Gardens, from The Honeymooners.

Dec 22, 2009
Angela Roberta in Not About Food

Any way to keep candied orange peel from melting?

This is so good to make at Christmas. But mine so quickly loses its crystals and turns wet. Is there any way to keep it dry and crystalline for a week or two?

Thanks.

Dec 07, 2009
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Hot Chocolate: Marshmallow or Whipped Cream?

Both.

Nov 23, 2009
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Best online source for delicious Jordan almonds in bulk?

I ended up ordering from nutsonline.com. I ordered in the afternoon and delivery was the next day. The Jordan almonds were beautiful, fresh, and delish. Highly recommended. Thanks for all the replies.

Oct 14, 2009
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Best online source for delicious Jordan almonds in bulk?

I want to make party favors. Anyone have a good experience ordering from an online source?

Thanks

Sep 24, 2009
Angela Roberta in General Topics

Le Creuset vs. others. Why is it better?

I have several pieces of Le Creuset and just love them. Zero complaints about performance and durability, and they clean up so easily. I also love their design and the mystique, for lack of a better word, of their being made in France. I'll buy more when I can find a good, discounted price.

I'd pass on cheaper knockoffs even if they performed equally well. I don't want to see this great manufacturer go the way of Wedgwood. And for that reason I wouldn't buy the Le Creuset ceramics made in...Thailand?

Apr 30, 2009
Angela Roberta in Cookware

Need advice on Cake Bible cakes.

I wouldn't describe any of the cakes I've made from The Cake Bible as "very dense"--even the pound cake. Did you use cake flour? I would try again, measuring carefully and checking the oven temperature. I find Rose's recipes well worth the effort.

I can't comment on the buttercream, as I made it only once, many years ago. I just can't afford those calories!

Mar 17, 2009
Angela Roberta in Home Cooking

People's weird idea of "dinner"

I love these stories. Truly, take them away as life lessons.

Here's a jaw-dropper that didn't even happen to me, but I always remember it. A friend's family of six--two parents and four kids--was invited to dinner with a family of four, two parents and two kids. There were probably four teenagers total. The host and hostess served one of those baby one-pound canned hams...and cut it with an electric knife. Well, you would need paper-thin slices--1.6 ounces each!

Feb 24, 2009
Angela Roberta in Not About Food