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meeting the best friends new girl...

Its not that odd.....I don't eat pork either. Not because I am Jewish, but because I drove by pigs in trucks every morning for two years. To think their last moments were stuck crammed in a truck did it for me. But, it was not an easy decision, after all pork is delicious.

Jul 15, 2007
JABDDD in Home Cooking

Looking for a pizza sauce recipe

I suggest just getting a can of Furmano's pizza sauce. They have plain and chunky style. Very simple and tasty. I always keep in pantry for a quick pizza dinner.

Jul 13, 2007
JABDDD in Home Cooking

What Appetizer to Bring to BBQ?

So far there are a lot of dips- crab, salsa, pizza, etc. Overall, a non-chowhound crowd.

I am thinking bruschetta and a variety of crostins, maybe tapenade. I am afraid my typical ceviches, etc. would be too "out there" for the crowd.

Is this okay? Any other ideas are welcomed, as are the recipes! TIA.

Jul 13, 2007
JABDDD in Home Cooking

Your favorite Le Creuset color

They do- its exclusive to William Sonoma.

Jun 28, 2007
JABDDD in Cookware

Who in Philly serves (a decent) steak tartare?

I want to say that I recall having a wonderful steak tartare at Lacroix. I cannot say that with certainty, though.

Jun 28, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Morimoto vs. Le Bec-Fin??

Le Bar is not essentially the same kitchen. Some menu items transfer, but it is a different experience dining wise in every aspect.

Jun 28, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Can I survive a move form Manhattan to Pittsburgh?

While I do not know that I could survive from Philly to Pittsburgh (mostly because of the Steelers, I guess), just remember, there is good and bad in all places. You will not have NY level dining, but you can have good chow. Its up to you to make of it what you will. My last time there I had a great meal at a Indian-French fusion place that totally blew me away. Never expected that in Pittsburgh.

Jun 13, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Any Good Mexican on the Main Line?

Not quite "Main Line," but try Norristown. Lots of good places, incl. Tacqueria Michocana. In Blue Bell, Tamarindos. Otherwise, you have to go to the city.

PS Do not let anyone tell you Coyote Crossing is good Mexican. It is horrendous.

Jun 12, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Cheez Whiz Question...

Whiz is authentic Philly. Yes, there is a choice- you can get provolone, american or whiz. But, Whiz is most authentic. At home, I use american, but get whiz when out. (Yes, I am the only Philly girl who doesn't like provolone- the horror ;) !)

And, I echo the other poster- Tony Luke's is NOT a tourist trap.

Jun 12, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Best Wedding Reception Location(s) is NEPA?

I would definitelty agree Appletree has a better view, but food, etc. not on par with Woodlands. And, you can make Woodland's ambiance to be what you want if you have it outside or give them a vision that you are willing to pay for. (They made my vision into reality, even when I changed my mind on lighting 1 week before my wedding.) Anyway, Appletree/Newberry- very traditional menu that they will not work with you on. Also, it is a prom local for some of the local high schools, if that tells you anything. We were also told it would be hard to fit in 150 people, so I would think 300 would be near impossible.

Cannot speak to Radisson, but the few dinners I have had there have been wonderful.

Jun 04, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Le Bec Fin Bakery

Sounds about right. I am fine with all of that, though, if he is surprised and enjoys it.

May 30, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Le Bec Fin Bakery

Thinking about ordering from Le Bec Fin bakery for husband's b-day next week. Love dessert every time we went, but wondered if anyone had any experience ordering cakes through them. Any help is appreciated.

May 30, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Where would a chowhound eat in/near Lansdale?

Pheebee- I have to respectfully disagree on Iron Hill. Food is good. Service stinks. They are very slow and rarely get your order right on first try. The location in North Wales is the only one I had this experience with (three times) and will not return. Other locations are good, though.

May 21, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

1st anniversary restaurant suggestion?

No need for nastiness- we are all friend here!

Waterworks and Bistro are out of their price rage. If you want beach, go to AC. There are some decent dining options there, although $40 a person is a bit low. I would try Sonsie at the Pier- you can maybe squeak by at $40/person there. Not romantic, though.

Although I am a Philly girl, I am having the hardest time with this one. I can think of really cheap places and expensive ones, neither of which will fit the bill. Maybe share an appetizer and each have entrees at a good place and then stroll afterwards around Rittenhouse and get a gelato at Capo Giro???? In that case, I would recommend dining al fresco at Rouge. That is probably the cheapest way to get a better meal but still have a bit of romance.

Good luck and happy anniversary.

May 21, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Good Taco Joint in Quakertown

Watercress- thanks.

I am moving to the area in the fall and was lamenting the lack of good chow. This sounds right up my alley. Hopefully, you and I can keep them afloat.

May 15, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Brunch at Blush review - awful service, good food

I have to agree. I wouldn't judge very many places by the cattle call style dinners/brunches served on NYE and Mother's Day. Also, as a good thing to note, its usually best to stay home on Mother's Day. At least in my book.

May 14, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Need to find a BYO in Conshohocken area that is not Blackfish

What about Alison's in Blue Bell? Not far from Conshy. Although I am not sure it will be your cup of tea after your statement about "huge mark-ups." I have not found this the case with many restaurants, BYO or otherwise, after all, you do get what you pay for, but opinions certainly do differ.

Either way, I wish you the best of luck with the soon to be in-laws.

May 11, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Tourist Alert- Questions on Upcoming Trip-

Thanks for all your help already. Have dinners planned out except one night- a few reservations, but now we have to narrow- Aqua, Mina or Boulevard? Already going to Danko and Zuni.

The next step are good places for lunch- any type, especially good seafood or mexican or other ethnic are plusses. We will be doing the typical tourist stuff, so a place in Chinatown, Nob Hill, etc. will be appreciated.

Thanks again! Can't wait to visit your great city.

May 11, 2007
JABDDD in San Francisco Bay Area

King of Prussia - Dinner

I don't know what kind of business dinner it would be if they had to drive 45 minutes. Princeton isn't far, but is for this purpose.

As for the dinner, I would recommend Cassis- Pond may be too much. Legal Sea Foods might even be okay. California Cafe is awful. Bad service and mall food to boot. Perhaps even the new Suzanna Foo's. Tacquet is amazing but out of the price range. Short trip to Conshy yields Stella Blu and Gypsy Saloon- both amazing and tasty. I have done more laid back business dinners at Stella. Good luck.

May 04, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Tea shops/cafes in Philly?

Remedy Tea.

Apr 18, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

Philly Hounds in SF for Memorial Day

You are right- I really meant cioppino. I thought that is what SF "chowder" was.....silly Northeasterner! Can you tell I also lived in Boston?

Touristy or not, I am a tourist! Let them shun me as I go to Alcatraz, etc. At least I won't do it in shorts, a t, sandals and a fanny pack.

I am looking for a late, twentysomething yuppie vacation in SF. Good food, regardless of price. Fun places to visit, according to the locals- with a little tourist traps thrown in.

Thanks for all your help so far. The only thing I disagree with is Danko....I already ruled that out because I found the menu staid.

Apr 15, 2007
JABDDD in San Francisco Bay Area

Philly Hounds in SF for Memorial Day

Staying at either St Regis or Westin St Francis, if that changes anything.

Apr 13, 2007
JABDDD in San Francisco Bay Area

Philly Hounds in SF for Memorial Day

You guys have never let me down when I asked about Palm Springs, LA, etc. Now I am getting to SF and excited about visiting. Here are the basics I am looking for- a great place for an anniversary dinner (4th) (so far we are thinking Michael Mina); a good tacqueria in the Mission district; a place to eat at the wharf and anything else you can think of- haveto get sourdough and chowder, lots of fish, and, most important to me, a GREAT burrito. Cheap to expensive. Any help is greatly appreciated, including places to avoid b/c of things that may be going on that I don't know about.

Apr 13, 2007
JABDDD in San Francisco Bay Area

10 kids (age:13) w/parent(s) to watch yanks/sox

I second Beer Works. Yummy nachos and pretzels.

Apr 09, 2007
JABDDD in Greater Boston Area

Bacco- Montgomeryville

Please follow up after you go! I am moving nearby and hope that it is a good place. GL.

Apr 09, 2007
JABDDD in Pennsylvania

All clad ss vs. Calphalon tri ply

I have both, but find I use the Calphalon quite a bit more. I agree- it just feels better.

Apr 09, 2007
JABDDD in Cookware

Matzoh ball question [Moved from the Kosher board]

I have never had a problem with leaving the lid slightly open. In fact, I did so last night and my matzoh balls were the best they had ever been. I use, in lieu of schmaltz or oil, the fat that congeals on the top of the broth (which i guess is schmaltz of some form) and always whole eggs. Never had a stripe and usually boil in water. I also put a lot of garlic salt in mine, as well as parsley.
Best of luck.

Apr 03, 2007
JABDDD in Home Cooking

What goes well in an arugula salad? (And, what I tried that was great.)

I make mine very simply. Some toasted pignoli nuts, a bit of goat cheese and sometimes artichoke hearts. Dressed with a drizzle of good olive oil and fresh lemon juice. Simple and fresh.

Mar 30, 2007
JABDDD in Home Cooking

Appliances

rtmonty- so glad you posted. sometimes i feel like an alien when i am not looking at wolf or viking. not in the same situation, as i am just starting out. husband and i are buying our first home and the home is being built with ge profile, except for the fridge, which we must buy. even if i could afford wolf, etc., which we could, why would we want to, we haven't even started paying for all the big things in life- like sending kids to college and grad school. maybe when i am in my forties the wolf will come, but certainly not now.

people need to understand that you can be a chowhound without spending 8K on a stove.

Mar 29, 2007
JABDDD in Cookware

Passover Brisket

I use the recipe from cooking.com. It is a bistro style brisket. Absolutely a pain to make, but worth every bite.

Mar 29, 2007
JABDDD in Home Cooking