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Cheap eats and Solo eats in Center City/Rittenhouse in Philadelphia?

Welcome to Philly. As a new-ish transplant leaving for Boston next week, I am really jealous of all the fun you're going to have! I recommend Almaz Cafe, an ethiopian cafe at 20th and Walnut or Giwa, fresh Korean food in a bright, clean, casual space at 16th and Sanson. During the day, the falafel stand at Market and 20th with the wood-burning grill - best falafel I've ever had. Happy eating!

Aug 26, 2007
Agrayf in Pennsylvania

Things you like slightly burned or burnt?

Burnt fries, any kind (someone already mentioned sweet potato fries). Mom and I always fight over the black ones.

Aug 24, 2007
Agrayf in General Topics

Quinoa ideas?

I like to make a quinoa pie - just cook the quinoa as you normally would, bind with egg and desired seasonings, and pack into a greased pan. Add a layer of seasoned veggies/meat/cheese of your choice, pack on another layer of quinoa, brush with an egg wash/butter/nuts/cheese and bake. The leftovers are even better!

Aug 23, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

North African in Phila.

Almaz Cafe at 20th and Walnut serves ethiopian, but it's more of a casual coffee shop, less of a restaurant. It's good though, and I'd recommend the vegetarian combo.

Aug 22, 2007
Agrayf in Pennsylvania

Have rack of lamb, will travel?

Sadly, no grilling in either my apt. or her condo, so I think the sear and finishing it up at her place is the way to go. I really like a crunch, so I might still go with the crust, but not after some reconsideration. Thanks for your help. Hope you have a good weekend, agf.

Aug 11, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Have rack of lamb, will travel?

Oh, and thank you, thank you for your help (I'm so preoccupied with the lamb logistics I forgot to say thank you! Shame on me!)

Aug 11, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Have rack of lamb, will travel?

Yes, they're loin chops. They have the t-bone. I was thinking 500 for 5-7 mins? Of course this could all be too much unnecessary work. Maybe I could just "undercook" them up at home and keep them warm in her oven (200) while we eat our apps?

Aug 11, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Have rack of lamb, will travel?

Thanks for the help - I went with thicker (about an inch) lamb chops (3.99/lb, could not say no).
Question is now, I'd like to do it with a breadcrumb/dijon crust. Can I sear, crust, wait 15-20 mins and then finish off in her oven?

Aug 11, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Have rack of lamb, will travel?

We've divided the labor for Sunday dinner at our friends' house and I'm doing the main. I was thinking of doing a simple rack of lamb and undercooking it a bit. It would be a 10 minute cab ride or a 30 minute walk. I'm just trying to avoid a casserole because nobody's sick or dying.
Do you think rack of lamb will travel well, and if not, what's a good non-funeral-associated dish for a nice Sunday dinner that can go places?
Thanks for your help!
agf

Aug 11, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Which healthy substitutes actually taste better to you?

I've been freezing peeled bananas this summer and eating them like popsicles. So good!

Aug 08, 2007
Agrayf in General Topics

Earliest food memory?

Sorry in advance if this has already been covered. I was just struck by a memory of watching Sesame Street with a plate of cut-up pieces of bologna and orange and white cheese that my mom had stuck toothpicks in (perhaps to give it a touch of class?) for lunch.
So what about you? What memories are the foundation of your Chowhoundin' palate?

Aug 08, 2007
Agrayf in General Topics

Back to School Cake Ideas and Traditions

My back to school tradition happened at the end of my first day of school. My mom would pick me up and we would go to a little tea shop and have afternoon tea with scones, lemon curd, little sandwiches - the works! - and talk about my day. We did this every year until I went to college. Maybe not so much for mothers and sons, but as a daughter, I couldn't have asked for more. It actually gave me something to look forward to on that dreaded "last night of freedom" before school started!

Aug 07, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Back to School Traditions

My back to school tradition with my mother always happened after the first day of school. She'd pick me up and take me to a little tea place that served afternoon tea with biscuits, lemon curd, finger sandwiches, the works. We did that every year until I went to college. Maybe more of a girl thing, but it was awesome.

Aug 07, 2007
Agrayf in General Topics

Help! Soap on a cast iron skillet! (moved from Home Cooking)

Thanks all! I had no idea there was this world of soap-users. I didn't know it was ok. Good to know.
The skillet still smells of soap, but I'll use these tips and get on with enjoying my Sunday. Again, thank you for your prompt help!

Aug 05, 2007
Agrayf in Cookware

Help! Soap on a cast iron skillet! (moved from Home Cooking)

Hello!
In gratitude for the roast chicken I prepared for Sunday dinner, my sweet, considerate, but sometimes forgetful boyfriend used soap to wash my (almost as beloved as my boyfriend) cast iron skillet.
I have sinsed rinsed. And rinsed. And rinsed.
Are there any other measures I can take to ensure that my next roast chicken won't taste of Dawn?
Thanks in advance!

Aug 05, 2007
Agrayf in Cookware

looking for the best Earl Grey tea in London

I'm sorry if this doesn't solve your tea mystery, but Stash's Double Bergamot Earl Gray is an awesome stateside version.
agf

Jul 27, 2007
Agrayf in U.K./Ireland

HORS D'OEUVRES FOR 100+ ANYONE?

Maybe it's not the daintiest or prettiest way to go, but this snack mix recipe from David Leibowitz's site (http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives...) is always a huge hit, plus you can make huge quantities in advance, store it anywhere, and they just get better.
I also agree with the chowish vegetable/seafood/fruit platters ideas. Pairing them with great sauces/hummus/tapenades for 100+ is a lot easier (and makes more sense and is more fun for your guests, AND is easier to refrigerate) than assembling individual bites for 100+.
I guess it's about your priorities and the party's degree of formality.

Jul 26, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

I have a problem with grape pie - can you help?

I'm a fan of unflavored gelatin.

Jul 26, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Use and care of Basil Oil

Taking what I learned in another thread, couldn't you just freeze it?

Jul 26, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Freezing fresh herbs?

Happy to report that my bay leaves survived the freezing process (thanks to dfrostnh's tip) and are eagerly awaiting a dunk in fall soups.
Can't wait to buy my separate herb ice cube tray. Now I'm off to read the doznes of other preservation threads so that I can keep all this summer goodness into the winter.

Jul 26, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Freezing fresh herbs?

In my freezer, I have a ziplock bag of bay leaves. As usual, the "logic" that went into my decision to freeze instead of dry makes sense only to me.
My question(s) is: will these bay leaves still be any good, is there any good reason to freeze herbs, and if not, what's the best way to dry or otherwise preserve fresh herbs?
Thanks!
agf

Jul 24, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Take-home foodie souvenirs from Chicago?

When I went to school in Chicago and came home to visit my parents in LA, they wouldn't let me through the door if I didn't have a tub of Garrett's popcorn. http://www.garrettpopcorn.com/

Jun 21, 2007
Agrayf in Chicago Area

Dried Persimmons and other such recipes

Dried persimmons were really common when I lived in South Korea.My host family simply cut the branches and left the fruit in their covered patio to dry. Maybe there's a better system, but they tasted delicious!

Jun 19, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Lunch in San Fernando?

Brent's is great at Corbin and Parthenia.

Jun 04, 2007
Agrayf in Los Angeles Area

Eating in the Poconos?

*slapping forehead with palm* Duh! Thanks, bucksguy, I will.
agf

Jun 01, 2007
Agrayf in Pennsylvania

tarragon tips?

101cookbooks had a good recipe recently with tarragon, pistachios, and greek yogurt:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/...
I didn't love the final product warm nearly as much as I loved the leftovers cold mixed with some shredded chicken. It's a standby now in our apt. for sandwiches or a dip. Delicious!

Jun 01, 2007
Agrayf in Home Cooking

Cheap food in hyde park

As a former Hyde Parker, there's only one restaurant I crave regularly and hope to revisit:
Ribs N' Bibs, 53rd and Dorchester.
Priced for a starving student. Oh man, Ribs n Bibs contributed to a freshman 15 well worth gaining.

Jun 01, 2007
Agrayf in Chicago Area

Eating in the Poconos?

My boyfriend and I were thinking of taking a day trip to the Poconos. Probably lunch on the way (from Philly), dinner there, and back. Do you have any suggestions? Also, if you want to tell this West Coast transplant that the Poconos are not the best way to get out of Philly for a day, I'd really appreciate any alternatives. Since we're moving soon and we're going to the shore next weekend, we wanted to stay in-state and see as much of PA as we can.
Thanks,
agf

May 31, 2007
Agrayf in Pennsylvania

Le Bec Fin Bakery

Hah! Seeing that for myself is probably worth the price of a small, delicious cake.

May 31, 2007
Agrayf in Pennsylvania

Drinks in Rittenhouse?? Alfresco?

I'd second Tria or Snackbar. I liked Tinto when I was there for dinner a few weeks ago, but they don't have outdoor seating. Also, the Continental at 18th and Chestnut just opened a rooftop bar. I haven't been there yet, but it's on my list of places to check out.

May 31, 2007
Agrayf in Pennsylvania