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Taqueria del Sol/Sweet Taco: Willow Grove

Me again. After much debate, we finally did go back. It was good, but I still missed some of the old menu items, like enchiladas. And I really don't get the donuts. The way this place works, you give your order at the counter, then go sit at a table to have it delivered. The line was held up for considerable lengths of time when families with kids could not get the kids to make up their minds about what donut they wanted with their meal. And the adult weren't any better. They need to rethink that whole system.

Nov 24, 2014
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Torani Syrups

Nov 24, 2014
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Humpty's Dumplings, Glenside

Is there any way to order during the week? I went to your website to try to order, but there is no info on pickup, and the "order buttons" don't seem to work.

Nov 20, 2014
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Guest Calling the Shots

I am sensing that your upset is more with this individual usurping your role as host/provider at the party rather than with the amount of money spent. If you are hosting the party & paying for it, YOU should be the one to order apps for everyone or shots for everyone. You could just make a pre-emptive move at the beginning of the party, and order the shared apps yourself -- "hey guys, I've noticed in the past that you all seem to enjoy the app selection that Joe here has ordered, so I've arranged for a selection to be brought out in a few minutes." Also inform the servers/bartenders that they should not be taking any group order for drinks. If anyone asks, it's a liability thing. "I've noticed in the past that someone occasionally orders a round of shots. Because of liability issues, please make sure you are ordering your own drinks only. "

Breakroom Freezer

Then make room. A plastic bag does not take up that much space. This seems to be important to you, so find a way to get it to work. I'm not trying to be mean here, but every time you see that partially filled ice cube tray, you get annoyed -- been there, believe me! You are going to keep getting annoyed until you figure out a way to stop the half-tray behavior or you create an alternative.

Oct 09, 2014
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Winter Emergency Stock-Up

Dry/powdered milk might be good too. I don't drink it, but really cold weather makes me want creamy things.

So I just complained to the manager of the montgomeryville wegmans

Bingo!

Oct 07, 2014
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Breakroom Freezer

Put an empty plastic container (clean) in the freezer for the cubes. Or a plastic bag. It's not rocket science.

Oct 07, 2014
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jules thin crust pizza

I like Anthony's, but don't like burned crust. I don't know if that's just the nature of the coal-fired oven, or if they just tend to overcook it, but most times my crust is burned. And not just a tiny bit.

Sep 23, 2014
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I think I saw a mouse in frying pan....throw out or clean it?

Did you freeze them so you could make mouserolles amd mousesickles for the cat? Waste not, want not!

Foldable grocery "tote box"

Our local Giant Markets have them, but cannot always keep them in stock. They are really wonderful, but can hold TOO much, making it difficult to carry if you are not a weight lifter. I don't use them for groceries, though. I have several that I use for my quilting projects, and my daughter has one she keeps in he car loaded up with diapers & other kiddie stuff.

Sep 22, 2014
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The ugliest shepherd's pie you've ever seen....

Where is Gordon Ramsey when you need him?

Sep 18, 2014
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Party Early Birds

Funny story: Years ago, we were invited to dinner at the home of friends. It was just to be the 4 of us; nothing fancy, just dinner with friends. We arrived at the door on time, knocked, but got no answer. Concerned, we kept knocking, thinking perhaps something was wrong. Our friend's wife finally answered the door in her robe and slippers. We were there at the correct time, but were a week early. Seems I had written the time/place on my calendar on the wrong date. Were we ever embarrassed!!! Fortunately, our friend is a truly wonderful person, invited us in, and served us tea and cookies (still wearing her bathrobe) before sending us back home. I can't tell you the number of times we've laughed about that night over the years!

Trip Report: Dining unexpectedly on a dime

What an awesome post!!! I am sorry you were victimized at the Cit, but am so glad you kept your good humor and your sense of adventure. Your account could have been a whine fest, but is, instead, very interesting and quite refreshing. Kudos too those who went out of their way to help, and major kudos to Maureen.

earthquake themed chili cookoff ideas?

Aftershock Chili, made with lots and lots of beans.

Kids and Allergies - long and a bit of a rant.

I am sure this is all driven by a need on the part of schools schools to protect themselves from potential litigation. Rather than the over-reaching ban on anything indigestible that might possible cause an allergic reaction, the ban on sharing food seems more appropriate for middle school kids and older.

My daughter teaches elementary school. A few years ago the principal became concerned with the ever escalating birthday pageantry. It is a fairly affluent school district, and the competition to provide bigger, better classroom treats had gotten way o
ut of hand. The children of parents who were not able to (or were not willing to) play that game, were made to feel inadequate. The principal banned all treats. The only way a parent can "celebrate" a child's birthday in school now is to either come in to class and read a book to the class (lower grades), or donate a book in their child's name to the library. You might have thought the principal had suggested a blood sacrifice, so great was the uproar. Several parents in my daughter's 5th grade class openly defied the mandate. Now, a few years after the fact, it's SOP, and no one thinks twice about it.

I can understand (and support) restricting what is brought in to an elementary school to share, and can understand a ban on certain high-profile allergens (like peanuts) in the classroom, but to put out a list of 20 banned foods in a middle school? That's nuts (pun intended).

Dim sum @100 Degree Hot Pot Restaurant / State College, PA

I wish. Festivities start early. Are you in State College?

Sep 12, 2014
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Dim sum @100 Degree Hot Pot Restaurant / State College, PA

Wowza!! We are going to a wedding in State College the weekend of Oct. 4th. Now I am dreaming of this in lieu of the post wedding breakfast on Sunday!

Sep 12, 2014
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How do you cook your meatballs?

I've done it both ways, but browning first is better. There have been times when I've been in a time crunch & just haven't wanted to take the extra step of cooking those balls, so I've just dumped them in the simmering sauce. It works, but you run the risk of having them fall apart, and they do not add nearly as much flavor to the sauce. Pan frying them is the best, but it takes a lot of time, especially if you make a big quantity. My usual MO is to bake them in the oven to brown them. I do the same with the hot and sweet sausage I put in my sauce. I put a thin layer of olive oil on the baking sheet first because I want the OO taste in the meat. I bake the sausage whole, in the coil, then cut it into pieces after it's browned. I will make up to 100-120 meatballs at a time, and do big coils of sausage -- half goes in the gravy I'm making; the rest gets cooled and put in the freezer for my next batch. TRUE CONFESSION: I keep a bag of commercial, frozen turkey meatballs in the freezer for a grand child emergency. Yeah, yeah, they aren't great, but they have saved the day for me more than once. I've even put them in soup for the kiddies.

Sep 12, 2014
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Mystery Diner. 100% faked, i'll tell you why.

My husband is a friend of an auctioneer who was on a Container Wars episode, and he was there for a taping. THAT show is totally fake. All pre-scripted, all items planted, all "experts" contacted ahead of time and ready with their schtick. On this particular episode, one "contestant" even brought her own "find" in case nothing at the auction was interesting. You guessed it, that was what she ended up "finding" and taking to her expert. If you watch the show, it was the fake Kermit the Frog muppet. All of these "reality" shows are fake.

Aug 15, 2014
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Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

I think the connection was "women who have been thrown out of restaurants for something having to do with a baby". Dumb.

Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

I've been in a restaurant with my son's family, which includes 4 young 'uns, one of which was in diapers. Even with her own changing pad, my DIL will almost never use a changing station in a bathroom because of the germ and ick factor. We stay with the kids, and one parent or the other will make the trip out to the car to do the changing.

Aug 11, 2014
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Best Clam Strips and/or Lobster Roll near OOB or Ferry Beach

We had them last year! Big diner-ish place, with a sign that touted their clam strips. Way better than anything HoJos ever had, BTW. Also saw lots of "shacks" along the OOB road that had signs out for them. The problem is that most of those "shacks" are closed by the time we go. Not everyone is a whole belly fan.

Mother kicked out of restaurant for changing baby's diaper at table.

Who can possible think it"s acceptable to change their child's diaper at a table, in a restaurant, and in the general vicinity of other people trying to eat? I can only surmise it wasn't just a wet diaper either based on the urgency to change it. Tell the waiter you need to leave for a few minutes, take the kids, and go change the diaper in the minivan!

The article also references the woman who was kicked out of a resto for breastfeeding. Totally different thing.

If that restaurant is one that typically serves families, they might want to consider a changing table in the rest room. Just sayin'.

Wasted food due to guest taking too much -- any solutions?

How about if, when she remarks about taking so much, you say things to her along the lines of: "I really admire what you did and that you took such a big step to help yourself. It must be very hard to break some of those old habits. Would it help if I gave you a slightly smaller plate?"

Aug 08, 2014
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Best Clam Strips and/or Lobster Roll near OOB or Ferry Beach

Thanks. Last year we headed towards Saco, got very lost, and ended up at a place that was terrific. Of course we never wrote down the name of the town nor the name of the place (it was diner-ish). Duh.

Best Clam Strips and/or Lobster Roll near OOB or Ferry Beach

I am staying at Ferry Beach at the end of August, and need my fried clam and lobster roll fix. I realize that you must get tired of touristy questions like this, but I'm from outside Philadelphia, so what the heck do I know? Suggestions?

Need recs for good restos for conference in October

Where is your "base of operations"?

Jul 31, 2014
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Attention Chefs: Can we all agree that bacon is over?

Bacon will never be over. It deserves to be in its own major food group, as do chocolate and wine.
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/28/din...

Need to vent quickly.. new HUGE pet peeve Restaurant week only menus

I guess I understand your reply, but if that's the case 2/3ds of Chow would shut down because we shouldn't be complaining about restaurants.

Jul 23, 2014
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