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  1. WE'll be driving from Philly to Lake George (and back) in a couple of weeks. Would like to break the trip somewhere between the Thruway exit for Route 17 and the capital area. Would like someplace that serves a really good Sunday lunch, if possible. Thanks in advance for good tips.
  2. Fresh-made blueberry syrup! My husband buys a dozen pints of blueberries every June and freezes them. Then I make fresh blueberry syrup every time we have pancakes -- alternate Saturday mornings -- from about 2 cups of frozen blueberries. If there's some left over, it gets frozen for the next time. And we have a tiny freezer but he's good at cramming them in. Second choice is real maple syrup.
  3. I wasn't impressed with Kevin during most of the contest - but when I heard he had resigned from his current position, I wondered if he had won Top Chef. He's planning to open a small restaurant in Philadelphia -- and that's where I live! I'm looking forward to trying it when it opens. Even though he was billed as the villain, I was mostly rooting for Angelo.
  4. We ate at LBF the first time when it was on Spruce Street (where Vetri is now). Since then, we've eaten there a couple of times a year -- sometimes for special occasions, sometimes for lunch. Overall, GP has maintained a high level of quality and we're going to miss it. We enjoyed his $40 anniversary dinner special a few weeks ago and it was excellent. It may be a dinsaur, but it's too bad Philly can't sustain one dinsaur like LBF!
  5. Il Mondo Vecchio in Madison might be the answer -- we dined there last Saturday night and enjoyed it. I'd also like to recommend the Pluckemin Inn -- not Italian but very good.
  6. We ate last Saturday night in a restaurant in Madison called Il Mondo Vecchio that was quite good -- it's a byob. We're 78 and 82 so we're right in her ballpark agewise. We also like very much the Pluckemin Inn -- which is not Italian but very good. We live in Philly but our son & family live in Mendham, so we dine out in your area quite frequenty.
  7. We're Philadelphians who visit Providence a few times a year. For breakfast/brunch we like Brickway on Wickenden, Rue de l'Espoir, Julian's and Nick's on Broadway. We usually hit each one whenever we come (which we're doing tomorrow).
  8. brsaideman

    Fond

    We ate there last night. The place is small -- about the same size as Bibou, so I don't know how a party of 10 would fit -- but we ate at Pumpkin last week and there was a party of 8 or 9 and another of 6 -- there was space but the room became very noisy. As for Fond's food -- my husband had the risotto, but without the pancetta because he doesn't like any form of bacon (brought up kosher)and I had the grilled asparagus with fried egg and caramelized shallots. He said the risotto was good but not great and not done the way he likes. The asparagus was accompanied by crisp buttered crumbs which
  9. She's been a top restaurant critic in NYC for many decades -- believe she was the original restaurant critic for New York magazine.
  10. I had a similar dessert at Hubert Keller's Fleur de Lys restaurant in SF many years ago and was absolutely enchanted by the swan, etc. When I saw the girl scouts I was hoping he would do something like that.
  11. We went to Bibou Sunday for the prix fixe after dining there just 10 days previously -- unusual for us as my husband likes to try different restaurants every time. But that's how impressed we were with Bibou. The meal started with a Soupe de Mais, chilled sweet corn soup with smoked salmon which was simply delicious. There was a choice of three appetizers and we chose the Escargots and the Foie Gras. Both were delicioius almost beynd belief, especially the Foie Gras with raspberries and sliced almonds (my choice). We were chicken to try the Pate de tete (pig head terrine). We both choise the S
  12. You should have started a new thread -- I got all excited and printed out the list of restaurants and started to try to make reservations at our first choice and was very disappointed when they told me I was making a mistake!
  13. Maybe it's because I gres up in New York but NOBODY who did could compare Maggio's to NY pizza. I've lived in Huntingdon Valley since before Maggio's opened and have not yet grown to like their pizza. We love Taconelli's and have enjoyed Pizza Rustica (2nd St) -- but Maggio's? No way.
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