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Cramer's Bakery--Yardley

We had a Cramer's cake for our wedding last year, and it was a HUGE hit. It was pound cake with buttercream, with a raspberry filling. Actually, I think one layer was chocolate, but the pound cake was my favorite. We just ate the frozen piece for our anniversary last month, and it was still delicious! We also had their petit fours, which I love, especially the white ones.

That said, we recently had a regular cake from them (chocolate) that was good, but not outstanding like the wedding pound cake.

Jul 21, 2010
frogophobic in Philadelphia

princeton (university) recs?

This is too late for the OP, but I can't get enough of the felafel at Olive's on Witherspoon ($5.50). Drawback: only a few counter seats. Best thing to do is to take your felafel over to the library plaza. I believe Zorba's on Nassau Street behind Thomas Sweet also makes a felafel sandwich, but I haven't eaten there in years. If you have a car, the Peasant Grill in Hopewell (about 20 minutes away) is really good but not quite cheap.

Mar 08, 2010
frogophobic in New Jersey

Nomad Pizza

Nomad Pizza is the best I've had in the area, and the truck is just so fun. As of last week, they now have a small eatery open on Broad Street in Hopewell.

Aug 21, 2009
frogophobic in New Jersey

IS there any Good Sushi?

If it's like the Todais on the west coast, I think it's not worth it. Their sushi is pretty blah.

My vote also goes to Ajihei in Princeton (I also lived in Japan for a year and am half-Japanese, so I like to think I know my sushi). I heard Koji-san is moving back to Japan, though - does anyone know anything about that?

Jul 21, 2008
frogophobic in New Jersey

Nova Terra

Bummer, but I heard the same thing (it's closing).

What about the supposed new Terra Momo restaurant in Kingston, Eno Terra? It sounded great when I first read about it (emphasis on local, seasonal foods, good wine), but they keep pushing back the opening date. Has anyone heard the latest?

Jul 21, 2008
frogophobic in Mid-Atlantic

Moustache Falafel?

Is it open now? It seemed like it was taking them forever to open.

Jul 21, 2008
frogophobic in Mid-Atlantic

Dinner Lewes, DE

Anyone know what happened to the old Lewes Crab Shack (pink building with blue trim at the corner of Savannah and Cape Henlopen Dr)? Last time I was there (maybe 6-8 years ago) it had changed hands. Is there any good place for crabs in Lewes? I've heard about Lazy Susan's but just HATE driving in traffic on Rt. 1.

Has anyone eaten at Irish Eyes recently? Is it OK for a burger and a beer (I've never eaten anything there)?

Jul 21, 2008
frogophobic in Mid-Atlantic

Authentic Japanese Restaurants in Central NJ?

I agree 100% that Ajihei is the way to go... the fish is always fresh and the other dishes I've tried are authentic and always tasty.

Feb 25, 2008
frogophobic in New Jersey

Eno Terra - Kingston NJ

Does anybody know what's the buzz on this place? I thought it was opening in March '08, but... not a peep lately. I like most of the other Terra Momo places, and I like the concept for Eno Terra.

Feb 24, 2008
frogophobic in New Jersey

Need recommendations in/near Rocky Hill/Montgomery for casual business lunch

It may be more casual than you're looking for, but I like the food at Santa Fe Grill - just east of the Princeton Airport on 518 (or whatever 518 turns into). IMO it's much better than Tiger's Tale. I've also heard good things about Main St Bistro.

Feb 24, 2008
frogophobic in New Jersey

Thai Tida Lambertville NJ

I have eaten at Thai Tida many times, and I like it (as I've said on other threads, probably). I'm no expert on Thai food, but I like some of their things (pad thai - they serve it with fresh, crunchy veggies - the spring rolls, and the chicken/pineapple dish). But then, some of the curries I've tried have been unimpressive, and I haven't liked the soups. It's usually packed on weekends, but not during the week.

As for Siam - the one time I went in there, the hostess was rude, there was an hour wait, and the place absolutely reeked of fish... we turned right around and a passerby pointed us toward Thai Tida instead. Haven't been back to Siam since.

Feb 24, 2008
frogophobic in New Jersey

Authentic Green Chili recipes needed please

Oh my gosh, I spent two summers living just south of Trinidad, near Raton, NM (with the grandson of the then-mayor of Hatch, no less), and I ate green chile on EVERYTHING while I was living there. I probably ate it every day, and now every time I go back I order nothing but green chile stew, smothered burritos, and sopapillas. I miss it so much, and thanks to all of you for the tips on this thread! Braidedblue, I'm definitely going to try your recipe with some frozen chiles.

Also... it's nowhere near as good as the real thing, but Williams-Sonoma is currently selling jars of green chili "soup base." It's OK. We took it and added two extra cans of chopped green chiles from the grocery store, and it's almost good enough to tide me over until we get back to visit NM in the spring.

Jan 27, 2008
frogophobic in Home Cooking

help buying a crock pot/slow cooker!

Also... I bought the crockpot at Williams-Sonoma (I repeat, I had a very generous gift card). My well-meaning BF broke the ceramic part on first use, and the nice WS people let me return and exchange it even though it was entirely BF's fault. Chalk one up for WS - I *will* return to buy stuff there, even though I think a lot of it is overpriced.

Jan 27, 2008
frogophobic in Cookware

help buying a crock pot/slow cooker!

I agree, crockpots are always in abundance at thrift stores. That said, I just dropped and broke my old one, so I splurged and bought an All-clad one over the weekend (I had a gift card). I sometimes work really long hours, and I love that it's programmable and that it automatically goes to "warm" after the time is complete!

Jan 22, 2008
frogophobic in Cookware

Bell's Tavern

I've been there a few times and like it. It's certainly the right price. I've had good pasta and salads there, but I also had a chicken dish that definitely tasted like it had been frozen at one time. My boyfriend loves that they have Hennepin on tap and also have a certified Guiness tap (apparently that's a rarity and a big deal for those who appreciate good beer).

Dec 18, 2007
frogophobic in New Jersey

Dairy Farm in Delaware

Woodside - is it near Hockessin? If so, I believe they sell the ice cream at Sweet Lucy's on Concord Pike in Wilmington. It is good, but according to my Wilmington family members, Sweet Lucy's is not as good as what you get at the dairy.

Aug 31, 2007
frogophobic in Mid-Atlantic

Backpacking food ideas?

Aah, you all are genius! I (stupidly) started a thread about this over on general topics before I even looked here. That premade curry is such a great idea - I think I'm going to try that next time I go out, with a little canned chicken and instant rice.

If you're able to have a campfire, breakfast burritos are a great treat for the first morning on the trail. I make them in advance (cook the eggs, sausage, potatoes, etc, and wrap in a tortilla with salsa and cheese, then wrap in aluminum foil), freeze them rock solid, then heat them up in hot coals in the fire pit in the morning. They're a little heavy, but you only have to carry them for a little while!

Aug 23, 2007
frogophobic in Home Cooking

Your best backcountry recipes?

Just the sight of those dehydrated-meal pouch things is enough to make me gag. By the end of my most recent multi-day backpacking trip, I could eat nothing but dried apples and the occasional bit of beef jerky (I recovered with a large Coke and an entire bag of Cheetos - that's how desperate my body was for some salt, calories, and fat). Please help me find something to eat that's not too heavy, not too fuel-intensive, and doesn't generate too much garbage!

Aug 22, 2007
frogophobic in General Topics

I'm sick of being lactose intolerant

Another voice here advocating that anyone in this sitch (can't tolerate certain foods, here one day gone the next intolerances, certain food combos are bad) get tested for or at least read up on irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Also, can't help but throw this in: I once read a book about lactose intolerance (before my IBS was diagnosed) and learned that in fact, the ability to tolerate lactose is a mutation that evolved late in human history and only fixed in certain populations that were dependent on cows' milk as a source of nutrition. Namely, western Europe and (independently) three places in Africa. So unless your ancestors are derived from those few parts of the world, you have a high probably of being lactose intolerant. Its incidence is much higher, for example, in Native Americans and Asians than in people of western European descent.

Aug 22, 2007
frogophobic in General Topics

natto or hatcho miso in NYC?

You can get natto at Mitsuwa, if you're willing to take the bus over from Port Authority. And probably any other Japanese food/product you may desire, including real conbini-style plastic-wrapped onigiri (bit of an obsession of mine).

Aug 22, 2007
frogophobic in Manhattan

Can't take it anymore: Need recs off the NJ tpke and 95

re: one mile off 95, may I suggest Harry's in north Wilmington (Naamans Rd)... might be a good stop for lunch, but pricey for an on-the-road dinner.

Aug 21, 2007
frogophobic in Mid-Atlantic

Princeton gems

I have to second frackit's rec for Ajihei. The place is amazing - ten times better than Ichiban, IMO, but it's hardly mentioned on here. They have the freshest fish, the best rice, and will make anything for you if they're not packed (which they usually are, with visiting Japanese businessmen). It also fits your criteria of intimate and bright. I recently heard Koji-san's moving back to Japan, though - anyone else heard that?

Full disclosure: My ex was Ajihei's first waiter back in college, and we used to hang out there after hours. Koji-san would make chirashi-zushi for us with the leftover fish - he never keeps it until the next day!

Aug 20, 2007
frogophobic in New Jersey

Asian grocery near Lambertville/New Hope?

Any hounds out there have a rec for a good Asian grocery in the Lambertville/New Hope/Flemington area? I have been to the one in Plainsboro off Scudders Mill Rd and was not impressed - I thought it wasn't very clean, and the meat section smelled (plus it's a bit far). Thanks!

Aug 20, 2007
frogophobic in Mid-Atlantic

Noodles and Company?

You all are making me nostalgic for Noodles... I ate there at least once a week when I was a poor grad student at Madison, and I loved it. It's definitely not gourmet, but it has great vegetarian options, and I'd choose it over Panera, etc. anyday. I hope they're expanding to the East Coast!

Aug 20, 2007
frogophobic in Chains

Any opinions on Lambertville "Thai-Lao"

Living in Lambertville, Thai Tida is really convenient for me - they have just started delivery service, too - and I've eaten there 3-4 times in the last two months. I am no expert on Thai or Lao cuisine, but I really like this place. The service is good, and I love their vegetable pad thai - very fresh, with big crunchy veggies. I've also tried several of their soups, which are good and spicy. Last time we tried both the fried mini spring rolls and the steamed ones - I preferred the fried, came with a really tasty dipping sauce. I've tried a couple of the meat dishes as well, and the only one I didn't like was a weird pineapple-chicken-pepper thing - it was almost half pineapple and much too sweet.

My boyfriend and I trekked to find this place after walking into Siam and finding that 1) there was a wait and 2) it smelled like a bad fish market. IMO, no reason to go to a place like that when Thai Tida is perfectly good.

Aug 19, 2007
frogophobic in Mid-Atlantic