s

SBackes's Profile

Title Last Reply

need restaurant recommendations for Main Line area

I've been to Matador several times....it's not my favorite place but the food we ate was quite good

Sep 08, 2012
SBackes in Philadelphia

glassware question

Thanks yarm
I have tried looking around for some antique glasses but haven't had much luck (and as a single mom to 5 kids, don't have much time haha). I'm in the Philly burbs if anyone has any store suggestions

Sep 08, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

glassware question

Looking to buy good quality but not too expensive glasses (several kinds) in smaller quantities (2-6 glasses per style). Found a few sites that have items I like and was wondering

a) if they are good places to buy from

b) if there are any other sites to check out

looking at thebostonshaker.com, awesomedrinks.com and barsupplywarehouse.com

Want to get new old fashioned, highball, collins, hurricane, coupe glasses....with maybe a couple other unique/fun ones

thanks!

Sep 08, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

What's a good quality yet affordable vodka?

pretty sure it was the Svedka. I've tried it twice, same result.
And Ciroc gives me killer migraines. Guess they just don't work well with my body chemistry or something

I've been fine with many other brands of vodka

Sep 06, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

What's a good quality yet affordable vodka?

I've been fine with Absolut, but Svedka gave me the worst hangover feeling and I only had 1 drink

Sep 06, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

on the hunt for a new mixer.....torn between Bosch and Electrolux....help please

thanks for the link......we don't use eggs (son's allergic) but interesting to see she changes the order

Sep 04, 2012
SBackes in Cookware

on the hunt for a new mixer.....torn between Bosch and Electrolux....help please

ah interesting
I'll primarily use this for very large batches of baked goods (cupcakes etc). I'm just starting to get into bread baking so I'm not sure how often I'll do that yet

Sep 03, 2012
SBackes in Cookware

on the hunt for a new mixer.....torn between Bosch and Electrolux....help please

the universal.....Im leaning towards the Electrolux but not 100% sure yet

Can you do small jobs in it too? Or is it too large a machine?

thanks!

Sep 03, 2012
SBackes in Cookware

on the hunt for a new mixer.....torn between Bosch and Electrolux....help please

I like the stainless steel of the Electrolux but the whole roller thing has me unsure

I like that the Bosch is more similar to the Kitchen Aid I've used but not loving the plastic or the center post

I need a larger mixer that can also handle triple batches and also bread dough (which is why I'm shying away from a new Kitchen Aid, I've read the motor can't handle the bread)

Any helpful advice? Can't buy used (severe allergies) and can't afford a Hobart lol
thanks

Sep 03, 2012
SBackes in Cookware

need an eggless marshmallow creme filling recipe (for filling cupcakes)

filling cupcakes
can't use marshmallow fluff because it contains eggs

Jul 27, 2012
SBackes in Home Cooking

need an eggless marshmallow creme filling recipe (for filling cupcakes)

Hi,

I'm trying to find an eggless recipe to make marshmallow filling (not marshmallows) because my son is allergic to eggs (& nuts). All I can find are eggless recipes for marshmallows, but not for a softer marshmallow creme filling. Do you think I could follow a marshmallow recipe (like Alton Brown's) and use less gelatin to keep them from setting firmly?

Any other suggestions?
thanks!

Jul 27, 2012
SBackes in Home Cooking

Tub Gin....anyone try it?

Store has it on sale and there aren't many reviews
thanks!

May 01, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

What are your favorite new gins?

Can you drive into DE? Kreston's and Total Wine are where I go often

Apr 30, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Anyone try the BarConic glasses from barsupplies.com?

I'm looking for hurricane glasses and they have some that are inexpensive....wondered about the quality (also looking at Libbey ones)

thanks!

Apr 20, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

tiki drinks.....ingredient substitutions help

Thanks Kathryn, great idea!

Apr 18, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

What does 1.75 liter bottle of Markers Mark cost in your City/State

normally $52.99, currently on sale for $48.99 (PA)

Apr 17, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

tiki drinks.....ingredient substitutions help

thanks, but with an almond/nut allergy that would be a bad idea ;) May work for others who just don't have orgeat on hand though

Apr 17, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

tiki drinks.....ingredient substitutions help

thanks....I think my boyfriend bought some DiSaronno so maybe I'll give it a try (never had it.)

Apr 16, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

tiki drinks.....ingredient substitutions help

that's the falernum recipe I was thinking of trying :)

I got the Herbsaint but there isn't any Luxardo Sangue Morlacco available near me.

I'm not going to worry too much about the Orgeat and lack of richness since I've never had it and won't know what I'm missing lol.....just want to make up for the sweetness it brings to the drink

Apr 16, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

tiki drinks.....ingredient substitutions help

I just got two Beachbum Berry Tiki drink books and there are a few ingredients I can't use due to having a nut allergy.....so I'm looking for substitutions

---Falernum....I may have to resort to making my own and just leaving out the almond unless someon has a better solution

--Orgeat syrup.....just use simple syrup instead?

--Cherry heering......this one has me stumped.....any ideas? Would the Rothman & Winter Cherry Orchard work? (waiting to hear back from the company to see if that's nut free)

--Pernod said they were not safe, may try and substitute Herbsaint if its safe.....any other substitutes?

Any suggestions appreciated!
thanks

Apr 16, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Anyone know how the WildTurkey 81 Rye compares to the 101?

It appears my store only carries the new 81 proof and I've only seen reviews on the 101. Anyone had both and can compare them for me?

Apr 14, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Need recs for spirits for mixing classic cocktails (brandy, cognac, rye, whiskey, bourbon, apricot brandy)

no Landy VSOP here, just the VS......can get the St Remy VSOP or Remy Martin VSOP. Paul Masson available too.
If I head to Delaware I can get Chalfonte VSOP for $25, and Pierre Ferrand Amber for $40

Apr 13, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Need recs for spirits for mixing classic cocktails (brandy, cognac, rye, whiskey, bourbon, apricot brandy)

bought it 2 nights ago so haven't tried it yet......perhaps this weekend

Apr 13, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Need recs for spirits for mixing classic cocktails (brandy, cognac, rye, whiskey, bourbon, apricot brandy)

already got it :)

Apr 13, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Need recs for spirits for mixing classic cocktails (brandy, cognac, rye, whiskey, bourbon, apricot brandy)

thanks for the OO info....I'm good on the gin front but always open to suggestions ;)

Apr 13, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Need recs for spirits for mixing classic cocktails (brandy, cognac, rye, whiskey, bourbon, apricot brandy)

We currently have Maker's Mark bourbon (and a mini of Knob Creek).....stick with those or is there something better? Old Weller or Woodford maybe?? Prefer sweet & smooth

For the rye I was thinking of Old Overholt because its cheap and gotten good reviews ;)

No ideas on the brandy , cognac or whiskey (can I just use bourbon when a recipe calls for "whiskey")?

Apricot brandy....I have available Leroux, Hiram Walker and Jacquins OR I could use Rothman Winter Orchard Apricot instead. See another recipe calls for peach brandy.....same brands available

thanks!

Apr 13, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Can anyone help me find a store in Delaware/NJ (live in Philly burbs) that carries these spirits (can't get in PA)?

thanks!

Apr 12, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Can anyone help me find a store in Delaware/NJ (live in Philly burbs) that carries these spirits (can't get in PA)?

Thanks Ted. I'll certainly keep that in mind if I can't find a DE or PA retailer

Apr 12, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

Can anyone help me find a store in Delaware/NJ (live in Philly burbs) that carries these spirits (can't get in PA)?

thanks! When I first typed in the Appleton I typed in "Appleton Extra" and it said I had to call it in and order 6.......but when I type in "Appleton 12" it says I can order online....glad you found it :)

You can tell I'm tired and should go to bed....totally missed the G'Vine and Ransom on there lol

Apr 11, 2012
SBackes in Spirits

New to vermouth and wanting to pick up a dry and a sweet....which of these brands?

I have available to me:

Vya
Noilly Prat
Martini & Rossi

Was thinking maybe the Vya sweet and the Noilly Prat dry? Planning on buying the 375 ml bottles

Apr 11, 2012
SBackes in Spirits