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Seafood differentiation between grocery stores

My understanding is that "fresh" is supermarket hype for never frozen. Fish can be cooled to (I believe) 29 degrees without being frozen (altho that sounds frozen to me!). So is it fresh?? Who knows? Previously frozen means just that - frozen then thawed so you shouldn't really expect to take it home and freeze it again.
Fish that's frozen on the boat can be very high quality, just don't let it thaw before you're ready to use it. Look for a package that says "frozen at sea".

Sep 15, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Talula's Secret Supper Club

Act quickly!!! Farm Table is available for 9/21 and 9/23. Call 6104448255.

Sep 13, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Talula's Secret Supper Club

Go to her website and get on her mailing list. Once in a while (or more often) she'll have a cancellation - usually for 2-4 people that you can snap up. Be prepared to go on a few days notice.

Sep 01, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia
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Bahn Mi in the Western 'burbs?

Never been there but you might want to try Bahn Mi Boy in Newark. On Main, near UD. Believe it's mostly a lunch place (they close at 7) so you might want to get there before Fall semester starts. Menu at bahnmeboy.com. If it's any good, let us know.

Aug 13, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Laguna Miramare, West Chester

How were their prices for what you got? Saw their menu which looked interesting but some items seemed pricey for the area. (For comparison, I think Avalon is pricey but worth it.) BYOB or bar?

Aug 07, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

My last visit to enzo's (quite a while ago) was a bit weird..it used to be my go-to place when any of the grandkids were visiting. The servers there have typically been untrained high school age girls - which was ok since the food was pretty good and the prices reasonable. The last time around we asked the girl what was in the antipasto and the answer was(literally) "umm - I think it's meat and cheese." OK - we'll go with that. She was right - it was, even tho it arrived when we were halfway through our entrees. I had ordered a seafood pasta that was supposed to include clams and mussels and maybe squid. when it arrived it included not one single clam. When I called it to her attention she said she would talk to the cook. Returning, she said the cook told her he had no clams. No apology-just no clams. I suggested she tell the cook that was something that should be pointed out to people ordering the dish. Apparently he agreed because when we got the bill for four guests it had been reduced by $1. In place of the apology I guess. As I said...weird.

Jul 01, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

Anyone looking for decent eat-in Chinese near Kennett might want to try Ming Village in the shopping center at intersection of 202 and 1. White tablecloth place but not fancy. Their $16 1/2 Chinese duck is a steal and Mango chicken fresh and tasty. They do Thai (which I've never had there) and some sushi. They do takeout but for that I'll stay with China Garden

Jun 28, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

China Garden Kennett Square PA

Yes, there are better places to eat in the area but not if you want takeout "American-Chinese" which I do occasionally' especially at the end of a frazzled day. Quality ingredients, ample portions and reasonable prices are all true. As is the "ten minutes" wait time. They will make any dish as spicey or cool as you wish. This writer visited Kings Island just once - for eat in Chinese New Year dinner. Never went back. BTW, the name of the place is China Garden.

Jun 25, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

do you add anything to your coffee grounds

A shot of high quality dark rum makes it special. The alc is boiled away but the taste remains.

Jun 12, 2014
danbee1 in General Topics

McDonalds coffee…hmmm…not impressed...

The reason McD's charges $4 for a coffee is because people (like you ) are willing to pay that much. If they could charge $20 they would. Maybe next time just get the coffeemaker out and pocket the money - that's what led to my first million.

Jun 07, 2014
danbee1 in Chains
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Dim Sum in Philly

You might want to give Ocean Harbor a try. I've always enjoyed this place even tho it's been a long while since I've been. Crowded, noisy, almost 100% Asian customers, many with small children. The experience is better than the food which is not bad at all. Some folks don,t like it but obviously many do. If you go at 12:30 you'll have a wait.

May 31, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Any soft shell sightings in Philly?

Whole Foods on 202 in Chadds Ford has them. Pretty small at $7per. But, being the only one in this house who eats them......

Apr 28, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

First time to be served dregs...Ugh :(

In view of your medical condition, perhaps you should look into the glass before your first swallow.

Mar 01, 2014
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Knife Skills in Wilmington, DE area?

The Shop-Rite on 202, Wilmington,runs chef-led cooking classes on a regular basis. Believe knife skills is one but am really not sure. Maybe check their web site or give them a call. They'll also sharpen your knifes - no charge.

Jan 08, 2014
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic

Boddington's on tap in Montgomery County or Chester County?

Best bet is Stoney's in Wilmington. If not, try The Whip (Coatsville address) or Two Stones in Kennett.

Blue Crab Grill, Newark DE

Went for lunch on Friday and it was good enough to go back for dinner yesterday (also because they gave us a cert for 1/2 off entree only good for the one day). The only downer was the trip over there from Kennett due to having to nav around the schroomfest and the parade of UD students in downtown Newark (Why aren't these kids in class?)

As to lunch, I was craving an oyster po boy but the only one on the menu was a Baltimore which included bacon, spinach and Vermont cheddar cheese. The server assured me they would make whatever I wanted so I had them lose the spinach and cheese. What arrived was not a traditional N.O. pb - rather it came on a lightly toasted kaiser roll. Four good sized oysters took up the whole roll and the bacon hung over the side. With some house made tarter sauce it was delish. The skin-on steak fries were large, and crisp on the outside and soft inside. Cole slaw was forgetable. Wife had crab cke platter, well priced at $12. Cake, she said, was "crab - not filler". Salad was termed "wonderfull". (Can salad really be wonderfull?) Veggies were good, high quality, lightly cooked and "hot" (in the temperature sense).

Dinner - we shared a special app of smoked fish ($14) which should have been labeled for two because it was huge. Baseball sized portion of cream cheese with capers, surrounded by cold smoked salmon, hot smoked salmon, smoked white fish, small scollops, mussels, shrimp, diced red onions & tomatoes. Main I had seafood bouille. As described in op, it too was huge. Lovely creaqm sauce I wish I had room to soak up with bread but just could't. She went with Scollops (6 large) over risotto and once again was more than well pleased. No room for dessert.

Drinks - modest wine list with most glasses $5-$7 - nothing to write home about. Very good craft beer list, both on tap and bottles including some 22 oz's.

Overall,well worth a reurn trip - maybe for Sunday brunch when all of the UD's will be in church. Sorry for the lengthy blurb but not often I've had this good a meal in Wil/Nwk.

Sep 08, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic
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Blue Crab Grill, Newark DE

Sounds good - thanks. Will give it a try real soon.

Aug 27, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic
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Blue Crab Grill, Newark DE

On-line menu looks interesting. I didn't even know this place existed. How were the prices?

Aug 26, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic

MORE BEER FOR KENNETT SQUARE!

So now I,m reading that in additiion to Two Stones and Kennett Brewing Company opening in town, Victory Brewing will be opening a KS brew pub some time around middle of next year. Yowza!

Jul 31, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Local YELLOW corn, I don't care how far I have to drive

I always boil mine but take it out pretty quickly; I'd say two minutes in a soft boil though I've never actually timed it. Maybe even less. If I were to try steaming I'd say do it completely out of water (as in steamed dumplings or such) but it will probably take much more time that way. Now's the time to experiment! Found really good corn for $2/dozen in Intercourse last week. $2!!!

Jul 28, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Local YELLOW corn, I don't care how far I have to drive

Given those conditions I'd stick with Produce Pete's in West Chester. I used to wait 'till it was boiling before I opened the door.

Jul 25, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

It's raining brewpubs in Kennett Sq

Stopped by yesterday. Interesting. They have a way to go as it's not completely built out yet. Open are a creperie (sp?), Ricks, an Italian food place, retail seafood (from Hockessin) Va La vineyards wine bar and a juice bar. May have missed a place or two but there presumably will be more in the near future. Wish them luck.

Jul 13, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

It's raining brewpubs in Kennett Sq

And not just Two Stones. Apparently Kennett Breing Company will open a brewery with accompnying pub before year end. They have a website (Kennettbreingcompany.com) that doesnt give any info yet but plans are to offer a variety of craft beers. Hope they do well.

Jul 07, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Two Stones Pub to open in Kennett Square!

Halleluja!!! Which reminds me, visited the pub at Victory Brewing for lunch the other day. Was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food, which was not my impression on my last visit a year or so ago (thus the long wait for a return trip). Prices were right on. The beer, of course, was excellent.

Jul 05, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Fresh fish in New Castle county?

I like Whole Foods on 202. Very fresh...very pricey...but worth it. IMHO, better than Hill's which is nearbye . And good service - they will prep a whole fish any way you want it, whether gutted, scaled, finned and gilled. And don't forget to take the leavings home for broth.

Mar 26, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic

Question for the Maryland crabcake experts

Google "captain chucky blue bell" or "captn chuckys crab cake co". They have several locations and are terrific. I believe they ship but not positive. It''s worth a call.

Jan 21, 2013
danbee1 in Mid-Atlantic

Glen Mills Whole Foods Market

Totally agree about going to the manager. Very surprised about the hitting on - I go there about once a week for a small order and have never found the workers anything but pleasant and helpfull. Obviously I've not run into the chicken counter guy. Anyhow, last weekend I invested in a 32 oz growler ( I'm not a volume beer drinker) from their pub and for 5 bucks had it filled with Yard's IPA. What a deal! And the 64 oz was only a few bucks more.

Jan 21, 2013
danbee1 in Philadelphia

Does Anybody Really Like Fennel?!

Tried it a few days ago for the first time - sauteed with leeks to accompany salmon. Very surprised - very little flavor from either one. Added some of the stems to a stir fry for some crunch. Got the crunch but still not much flavor. Will try again.

Jan 15, 2013
danbee1 in Home Cooking

Desperate in DownIngtown

Try Foxfire at the Stone Barn in Kennett. Open for lunch and dinner on Thursday thru Saturday. BYOB (as are many local eateries). stonebarn.com.

Dec 21, 2012
danbee1 in Philadelphia

See What's New on Chowhound

I agree with ALL of the negative comments. I suppose eventually I'll find out how to get from Philly to Mid-Atlantic posts but I doubt I'll like the solution.

Dec 11, 2012
danbee1 in Features