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Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Sorry for confusion, l request that seating when arriving with a res.

Where to go for boyfriends 21st Birthday in Philadelphia?

Actually not, your view is far left of staff usage. It is always available, quiet, and where l sit when there.

October in the City

Done it many times, 14-16 gets you squished

Marai corn

Thank you Arepo for this thread
Got to Pete's for the first time yesterday, bought 7 different heirloom tomatoes, the Amish butter, anjd the three different types of corn including 2 types of Mirai.
They even had many varieties of watermelon with big black seeds
Simply the all gold was the best corn ever encountered even back to childhood.
Found the bi color too sweet but their white was dazzling as well for me almost as good as the gold.
Will be back Friday in prep for a dinner party and for as long as l can l will return.

Ice cream

Another ice cream guy's opinion.
My favorite ice cream is the liquorizia at Grom, if not available l keep on walking.
Sorbets- Constant ( white peach, fraise )
Berthillon ( passionfruit, mango, peche de vignes )
Ice Cream- Constant ( Lait Almond )
Berthillon ( Liquorice, Giandulia, rhum raisin )
Tried Martine Lambert on Rue Cler and was not blown away.

Jul 26, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in France


Indeed a great leap of faith, would it only be especially speaking of hot dogs with a snap.

Reblochon Cheese

They have replaced the cheese in the States with a pasteurized version that is dreadful, no flavor just fat.
What the Belgians, read that EU, has done to any raw milk cheese other than old ones like Comte and Gruyere, is to replace them with generally pasteurized versions which seem to fail miserably as replacements for the raw milk versions.
This is the replacement in Europe as well, just not in original country.

Jul 23, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese


Went, Wonderful

Marai corn

As a result of this thread, called them today and they said they have both single and bi-color available but not much yet, meaning go early as l am Friday.


Bottarga indeed,
l am going tomorrow late

Special date night out suggestions.

Had lovely time at Fat Ham, should work

So disappointed: chef left Mainland Inn



Here comes the curmudgeons view. This res was made before the review by Laban.
Spot was bare bones, but homey, staff was very helpful and friendly.
Went for the monkfish for two, not !
They offered 5 apps, 4 mains, and 2 desserts.
We got the celtuce with yoghurt app and the pea and cheddar main for apps, both very pedestrian.
Had the lamb, which was a very tough leg, and the duck breast, which was very fatty and swiss chard, inedible due to saltiness.
No food was hot, most tepid.
We skipped dessert, the noise level made Zeppoli seem like a nunnery.
Following the meal we went to Popeye's at 11th and Girard for dinner.

HELP in Moorestown-Mt Laurel NJ area

Dream Cuisine
AVOID Kunkel's like the plague

Cheese Journeys

Start at a wonderful salon de the , then a cheese shop, a market and a tasting at my apartment of way too many cheeses, wines, and accompaniments

Jun 29, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese

Cheese Journeys

To toot my horn l give cheese tours and tastings in Paris.

Jun 28, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese

Best pizza and pasta in Paris

Yikes, the one l use is in the 11th near metro Parmentier

Jun 26, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in France

What does Brooklyn have to do with Philadelphia ? [moved from Philadelphia board]

In response to those who love Vedge, there is a distant alternative that is not vegan, even cheats on vegetarian with some stocks, and is beyond amazing.
Went last night in Brooklyn after the Sherryfast wine tasting in the West Village.
Place is Semilla, not to be confused with the Parisian restaurant of the same name, just off Williamsburg bridge. Place has @14 seats, serves a chef's choice meal of 8-9 courses for $ 75, has a great odd wine list.
Not one course was a miss ranging from fresh pea falafel, which was truly a wow to a cabbage wrapped rice dish with the most perfectly cooked rice ever, not an easy thing to do.
What l had does not matter as the menu changes often as the supplies do, but the tristar strawberry and beet dessert dish was spectacular.
As said meat was not missed by our party at all.
As a bonus the staff was warm, smart, clever, and very helpful.
This is worth a detour.
l will return soon.

If you've been to Laurel, how did you get a reservation?

Actually got a few resses lately, just going to opentable at midnight 60 days out, no problems.
l think their are two seatings thus the 6 and 8 30 timeframes are the open ones.

Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15

Glad you loved L'Assiette, one of my faves and l was led there by Ptipois.
When you return there, not if, l hope the dessert you MUST get is their creme caramel, a normal throwaway here defines the dish.

Jun 24, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in France

Paris Diary - 5/26 - 6/7/15


Jun 24, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in France

any ideas for smoking something new/unusual?

Be over at 7:30, regretfully sans Veggo

Bon Appetit names Pizzeria Beddia the best in America: agree or disagree?

l am only all about the crust, P Bianco toppings are OK, but for me crust rocks. Phila places like Barbuzzo, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri and others doe not interest me at all as crust pita like and of not my joy.
Liked him and crust at Beddia but something was missing.
BarryG's post above very much echoes my experience and he put it far better than l could.

Bon Appetit names Pizzeria Beddia the best in America: agree or disagree?

Felt his is like Lucali's in Brooklyn or Pizzeria Napoletana in SFO, but a little less so.
P Bianco is not the same, but even more awesome.

‘Favorite cheeses’

Maroilles, Caryac, Pechagos, and the easiest for you to get-
Red Hawk from Cowgirl Creamery, available at W(t)F. Use it @ 10 days past the use by date and always buy the whole thing not a chunk.

Jun 20, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in Cheese

Best place to get Middle Eastern ingredients in Paris?

Sabah is indeed wonderful. One of my first stopping shops for Iranian raisins, Lebanese cider vinegar, capers, etc.
Great honeys as well,including Attica

Jun 18, 2015
Delucacheesemonger in France

Le Virtu

l am responding to this here rather than on it's own as it started here.
l went to a Baldino BBQ at Zeppoli.Had no idea what to expect.
There is one table on the back patio per BBQ, there were 8 of us with 17 bottles of wine.
Joey plain went nuts, there were 10-15 courses, with very rare exception all were OMG,really OMG.
Many cold, many grilled seafood, four main courses, three desserts. Here l will say it, it was the best meal of the year and one of the best in my memory. l will do this again if l am lucky enough to get the table.

Book Recommendation

Thanks for this rec, excellent read.

So disappointed: chef left Mainland Inn

You can get some info here
l still have not decided whether to return in a few weeks or not.

Read the last few posts.

Looking for Recommendation for South Philly Italian Restaurants after seeing The Lion King - with KIDS!

What about valet at a hospital ?