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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.

1 day ago
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How to peel a bucket of potatoes in less than a minute

The folks at my local supermarket are going to think I'm obsessed with toilet brushes. I just bought a new one to use in my sewing room -- works great for cleaning up all of those threads from the carpet. Now I need a spud brush.....

Jun 30, 2014
PattiCakes in General Topics
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Taqueria del Sol/Sweet Taco: Willow Grove

Can someone help me understand what happened here? Taqueria del Sol (TdS) was part of what looked like a franchise that began in Atlanta. My husband and I liked the place, and were frequent diners. Two weeks ago, I got my usual weekly email telling what the specials for the week were, and two days later their Facebook page posts that they are no longer TdS, but are now Sweet Taco. "Same menu, they say, but now we have donuts. Huh?

Hubby and I went last night. The interior is different, but not in a good way. They removed some ofthe clean, stainless-topped tables and replaced them with cheesy booths, with old doors-under-plexiglass for tables. They've added a "conversation pit" in the far corner, with oversized black sofas and chairs. The taco, sides and soups are still on the menu, but gone are the enchiladas (which my DH loved), and gone are the entrees. The enchiladas have been replaced with burritos, a cheese steak burrito being one of the more creative listings. They still have a bar. No donuts were in evidence.

Hubby and I walked out. There was nothing on the menu that we wanted or that we couldn't have gotten across the way at Qdoba. I went to TdS's website, and this location is no longer listed. I went to the FB page, and they are still under Taqueria del Sol, but the info is all about Sweet Taco.

What's up? Falling out amongst partners? Behind the scenes intrigue? Whatever caused this shift, they've lost us, and our extended family, as customers.

Jun 27, 2014
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Saving a cookbook: disintergrating plastic spiral

I am a quilter, and have my favorite quilting books spiral bound because it makes it so much easier to lay the book flat when following a pattern. I take them to Staples, where they cut the perfect binding edge off, punch it (using a machine), then add a true spiral coil binding. My bet is that you could take that book and have them do something similar. If the holes are still ok, it might be just a matter of inserting a new spiral binding. If not, they may have to cut the edge & repunch.

Jun 25, 2014
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Mayo Clinic's 3-Day Emergency Meal Plan

The Amish actually can meat in much the same way as you would can fruits or vegetables. Not my cup 'o tea, but if you do a search for "Amish canned meat", you will find quite a bit.

Jun 25, 2014
PattiCakes in Home Cooking

Glenside Train Station

Do you take the train out of Glenside?

Jun 25, 2014
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Glenside Train Station

I think that's old, "water over the bridge" info. I park at Glenside, and have been following the construction/rehab of the old building. It had been a mess -- lots of water in the basement, apartments riddled with mold, & etc. They gutted the place, remedied the water problem, conducted mold remediation, and have spent tons on money on what appears to be a classy rehab, including copper flashing and trim. My schedule is not in sync with the work crew's, so I haven't been able to ask.

Jun 25, 2014
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Glenside Train Station

Hmm, that would be nice. I'm a little concerned about what it might be doing to the reserved parking sports over there!

Jun 25, 2014
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Glenside Train Station

I'm glad you like the Farmers' Market, Elcy's and the train station, but I was asking about the restaurant that is purported to be going into the building on the other side of the tracks.

Jun 25, 2014
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Glenside Train Station

They have been carefully rehabbing the building on the inbound side of the racks, and I must say it looks nice. I am being told there will be a restaurant going in there. Anyone have updated info? Inquiring minds want to know.

Jun 24, 2014
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Confession

I put 1000 Island on my burgers all the time. On occasion, I dip my pizza crust or fries in Ranch Dressing (or Bacon Ranch). I marinate shrimp for the barbie in French Dressing. And last night I drizzled pineapple balsamic vinegar on vanilla ice cream. I am indeed going to culinary hell. Wanna make something of it??

Jun 18, 2014
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So annoyed with dinner guest

I think the bottom line is that this person seems to be more "demanding" than most. I use the quotation marks because he appears to me more passive-aggressive in his demands rather than coming right out and saying up front, "these are the things I like, and these are things I don't like". It's a also a red flag when someone has so many caveats to participating in a meal you are providing that you need to keep a list. And it sounds like you are upset because every time you think you are doing something good, he finds something wrong.

I think I would have a chat with him, not your friend, but with him. Let him know you want to make him feel welcome, but that it makes you feel bad that every time you try, he finds something wrong with your efforts. Is there a way the two of you could come up with a list of his likes/dislikes together. That way, the next time you make a meal & he says "oh, I really don't like avocados", you can whip out the "list" and say, "hey Buddy, avocados weren't on the list! Do you want me to add them?"

May 30, 2014
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looking for Beef Suet - for baking, online sources?

The only time I use it is when I make Yorkshire pudding. I just render down the fat from the meat (and ask the butcher for extra), but that's not the kind of beef fat you are talking about. Can't remember the last time I made Yorkshire pudding.......

May 30, 2014
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I scream, You scream... What are you pet peeves about ice cream?

The fact that "a gallon" of ice cream is no longer a gallon, but a significantly smaller container! No different that lots of other packaged goods, but it still ticks me off.

May 30, 2014
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Intrigued...watermelon and lime?

In Mexico they squeeze lime on all kinds of fruit -- mango, avocado, papaya, watermelon, other melons. Try it!!

May 29, 2014
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Blue Bell Inn Grand Reopening 4/7/14

We went out to dinner locally a few Saturdays ago & stopped at thje "new" BBI for a drink first. We parked ourselves - it was early - and now I know why the staff at the door gave us the hairy eyeball. We had drinks out on the new patio. It is lovely, and the gas fire pit was just enough to take the wee bit of chill off. The service was not great. It took a long time for them to recognize that we were there. The server asked for our drink orders before even handing us a drink menu. There were 3 of us; 2 had mixed drinks, and one had 2 beers. The bill was close to $50. Nope. Not going back.

May 27, 2014
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Who should pay for the dinner in this scenario

what is "fro yo"?

May 22, 2014
PattiCakes in Not About Food

Scrapple

The "right way" is to dust each slice very lightly with flour then put it in cold, well seasoned cast iron skillet, then cook it slowly until it crisps on the outside. You can also flatten it as it cooks by putting another, smaller cast iron pan on top. Many diners deep fry it because it takes a long time to cook it the other way and they would not be able to keep up with the orders otherwise.

May 22, 2014
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Scrapple

Maple syrup is a pretty common accompaniment to scrapple if you are in the heart of PA Dutch country. Think about it -- pancakes with butter & syrup & a side of scrapple. On the other hand, folks in Philly like their scrapple with ketchup. It's all in what you grew up with.

May 22, 2014
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Anyone else disgusted with dogs in restaurants?

When we traveled in Germany a few years ago, people took their dogs almost everywhere, We saw them quite a bit in restaurants and on the train. I must say, however, they way exceptionally well trained and well behaved, and there was none of the kissy-face, lovin' the dog up action that I have seen described here. The dogs sat by their owner's feet, or under the table, and were virtually invisible. Personally, I wouldn't take my my dog to a restaurant on a bet -- I have enough trouble just getting my husband to behave ; )

May 20, 2014
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Springhouse Tavern

I am coming from a slightly different perspective. Bear with me. My son is fortunate enough to belong to a wonderful country club. They had been an old-school club for many years, but the membership was aging out & the club was looking for ways to bring in a younger crowd. They have done that by by offering much more affordable membership packages for younger members, and by trying to make the club as family friendly as possible. Part of the "family friendly" initiative is to host buffet brunches at Easter, Mothers Day & etc. While not gourmet, the food is very very good, the offerings wide-ranging enough to appeal to all ages (eg. a special table with kid-friendly food), and the service is top-notch. My suspicion is that it is by no means inexpensive, and my son tips waitstaff well because he understands what it is like to give up a portion of your holiday to work for others. For Mothers Day we had my son & his wife, their 4 children (8, down to 2 1/2), his in-laws, my husband and me. We had a lovely, stress-free brunch, the children were well-dressed and well-behaved, the staff was absolutely wonderful, each mother left with a beautiful plant that had been part of the lobby display, and we had no cooking, no clean up and no stress. We got to enjoy our time with each other rather than having to spend time on meal-related chores. After years of having to pull things together for holidays and not really being able to enjoy myself, this was heaven. I am blessed.

May 15, 2014
PattiCakes in Philadelphia
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Springhouse Tavern

"You should rethink going out on holidays". That's a little judgmental, CW.

After years and years of cooking for this holiday or that holiday, even if it was only to contribute to a joint family effort, I can't tell you how wonderful it was to have absolutely no responsibility for Easter. No cooking, no cleaning, no volunteering to help with the dishes -- just relaxed conversation with my family and a more than adequate buffet. And we did the same thing for for Mothers Day. It wasn't at Springhouse, though : )

May 13, 2014
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Springhouse Tavern

The "new Springhouse" is not the "old Springhouse". The old may never reached gourmet level, but it offered a gracious dining experience and predictable food. They seemed to value their patrons, and often treated them like old friends. It was one of my parents' favorite places - I can still picture my mom relishing her crab imperial, washing it down with a Manhattan. It was the place we chose for both my father's and my mother's funeral luncheons. They treated us well.

The new may have a spiffy new deck and a nice bar, but they are certainly not customer focused. We had a terrible experience there when we arranged two events for our 50th HS reunion weekend. We had been promised a specific private room for Friday night cocktails and apps. When we arrived, they shoved us into a tiny space that accommodated only half of our group, forcing us to spill out into the entry way. Sunday brunch was a disaster as well. The put us at tiny tables in the bar area even though there were plenty of tables available in the main dining area. And the buffet area was suspiciously badly lit. Yes, we complained. Yes, we wrote letters. They could have cared less. I will never go back.

May 13, 2014
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Graduation Lunch Center City Area

Pretty much all of them this time of year : )

May 13, 2014
PattiCakes in Philadelphia

If Chinese restaurants will often assume non-Chinese patrons will want a fork ...

duh

May 13, 2014
PattiCakes in Not About Food

Vita Mix 3600

Another acquisition from a house clean out. What can you tell me about this. It's in perfect condition, in the bx. Is it worth keeping?

May 12, 2014
PattiCakes in Cookware

OWWWWWW

Mud slide, frozen margarita,...

May 10, 2014
PattiCakes in General Topics

Dutch food for book club meeting??

There is a wonderful aged gouda called Prima Donna.

May 08, 2014
PattiCakes in General Topics

Jon Favreau's movie, "Chef"

I cannot find it on Amazon. Where did you look?

May 08, 2014
PattiCakes in Food Media & News

Stuffed cabbage--country of origin

My mother, who would be 99 if she were still with us, was of Russian origin. She called them Holupky, because that's what her mother called them. My Polish-American friends call them "Golumpky" or "Gowumpky". My mother also referred to pierogi as "peer-OH-hee", with a trip of the tongue on the "r".

I am continually fascinated with the similarities between culinary cultures. Foods may be spiced differently, or contained different ingredients, but many have some sort of stuffed leaf, some sort of stuffed dough, and some sort of noodle and dumpling.

May 07, 2014
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