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  1. Cook's Illustrated recently had a panel of its tasters compare several varieties of dogs available at supermarkets. If I recall corectly, Nathan's ranked at the top with Hebrew national a close second. I don't think Boar's Head or Oscar Meyer did particularly well. Not that tasting panels should guide anyone's choices in food. Years ago, I cancelled my subscription to the Consumers Report because, when taste testing turkeys, some on their tasting panel declared that the fresh turkeys(e.g., recently alive and never frozen)did not taste fresh.
  2. I enjoyed Andina--ceviche in several permutations and a good selection of tapas, Peruvian style.
  3. Passage to India is still there. Haven't been there recently.
  4. I second the vote for Mangia Qui, although it is not a BYOB. Three good BYOs are Simoson's, a few blocks north of downtown, and James' Cafe on Market and 2201, both across the river in Camp Hill. For ethnic, Cedar is a good little Lebanese BYO but I can't think of any out of the ordinary Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese or Indian restaurants. I don't think Taste of India is in Harrisburg, unless it is the place just north of town that closed a month or two ago. Another good choice is Char's in Shipoke. Creative menu, good wine list and convivial, though noisy.
  5. Are any of the places mentioned in this thread convenient to the airport AND open for lunch. I am disappearing in to the barrens of Longview, WA for several days and will need a good meal to fortify me before my ordeal.
  6. This barn idea intrigues me. I've owned a barn for many years and it never occurred to me to eat in it. Maybe I was put off by all of the pigeon droppings...
  7. I have no idea if they are open in December, but I recommend Al Fontego Dei Pescatori in Cannaregio and Agli Alboretti in Dorsoduro. Both had exemplary seafood.
  8. By all means, go to Portugal(although it has been suffering from a natural disaster of a different sort--drought). I don't know anything about the train system, but I know Lisbon alone is worth a visit of several days and we spent several days in the mid-eighties poking around the area between Lisbon and Coimbra and didn't regret a moment of it. Some of the places worth visiting outside of Lisbon are Sintra, Obidos, Peniche and Santarem. Southeast of Lisbon, I'd recommend Setubal. Some of these places, I imagine, are accessible by rail. Unfortunately, the passage of time would make any restaurant recommendations outdated, even if I could recall the names of the places we ate.
  9. I am guessing the pizza you heard about is Old Forge pizza, from one of the many ethnic municipalities between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. I don't know how far you are willing to drive but, from my personal taste alone, Old Forge pizza would not be worth the drive. Those who swear by the style--kind of puffy and bland to me--will strongly disagree, no doubt. Notwithstanding my opinion on the pizza, I am a great fan of Arcaro and Genell in Old Forge which, in addition to making pizza, also has an interesting menu of well-prepared old-style Italian dishes. There aren't many places that offer tripe sauce for the pasta but this place is one of them. The atmosphere is that of a long established neighborhood bar where everybody is family and the waitress will remind you of your favorite aunt.
  10. Many of the wines mentioned at Moore Brothers are available in PA via the SLO system. This sounded like more of an immediate purchase emergency for this weekend so sometimes you have to bend the rules a bit. I think the numbers of folks now coming *in* to PA to avail themselves of the wonderful Chairman's Selections program has reversed the tide of "border bleed" that used to be so prevalent. And finding PA license plates in NJ wine shop parking lots is hardly a news flash. Really no telling where and when you're planning to drink the wine so I think the days of "Big Brother" are over. PLCB "undercover" agents are more about looking for bars that are sserving to minors, etc. Local law enforcement (used to) handle what you're talking about. They'd have to follow you over the bridge to arrest you, and that might bring up issues of being out of their jurisdiction. I sincerely beleive that the PLCB's time is more valuable than that and that from the sounds of it, there might be some Customer Service issues that deserve more immediate attention. ← My prior post was not intended to be taken literally. Rather it was intended to suggest that the thread was on a bit of a detour. Actually, several years ago, liquor stores just across the state line in Maryland were occasionally under surveillance by the authorities and people who had tried to save a few cents by giving those establishments their custom found themselved facing the strict letter of the law when they returned home. I don't know if that form of law enforcement continues.
  11. If you keep up this Moore Bros. business on this thread, Deirdre and her colleagues at the LCB might start stationing some of their undercover agents in the parking lot to watch for PA license plates.
  12. Isabella's is worth a visit. It has an impressive array of tapas, almost always well prepared, and a very good wine list emphasizing Spanish wines. My only reservation is the dimness of the interior away from the windows.
  13. Only about 20 miles east is Dietrich's, near Krumsville. Although not a restaurant, you can get picnic fixings of the most savory sort, from head cheese to souse to smoked fowl to chipped beef, and all of the food groups in between. It is also the only local source of leaf lard, just in case you plan on making a peach pie from those Shartleville peaches.
  14. How to describe Lily's...perhaps down home art deco. The former because I think the signature dish is meatloaf and the latter because of the decor. I suppose the menu might be considered "new American" at moderate prices. I don't recall exactly what I had when I ate there but it was on the spicy side so I was pleased to be able to order a decent gewurtztraminer to accompany the food. Gibralter is good as well, with an emphasis on seafood, Mediterranean-style. I haven't eaten at Doc Holliday's but I understand it is largely a steak place. From the name alone, I assume management wants to cater to the Outback and Lone Star crowd.
  15. Assuming you are somewhere in the neighborhood of Womelsdorf, I recommend Brian Kent's, which is between Palmyra and Hershey--approximately 25 or 30 miles away. The food is creative and there is an excellent wine list. One caveat: the staff is apparently instructed to explain in detail the lengths to which Brian has gone to make your experience a truly exceptional one. "Brian personally climbed the highest mountain in Madagascar to hand-select heirloom vanilla beans for his free range egg creme brulee." "Brian ensures that his diver scallops are harvested only by 14 year old virgins wearing gloves made out of the finest Madras cotten." These may be exaggerations, but you get the point. At first it was annoying, but now we think it is hysterical and a visit wouldn't be complete without it. I don't know if Brian has a self-esteem problem, but his food truly can stand on its own and doesn't need the staff praise. A bit closer and also an excellent choice is Trattoria Fratelli in Lebanon. It is not necessarily the place for an intimate dinner, but the food is consistently good . I can recommend Lily's on Main in Ephrata as well and Doneckers, also in Ephrata is considered a French influenced special occasion kind of place, although I haven't yet been there myself.
  16. Near Montserrat you might want to try Can Casot. It is off the small road heading west from the monastery down a long winding lane towards Marganell. I don't know if I would describe it as rustic, but it appeared to be filled with locals and had a number of Catalan specialities. I believe we ordered the house red wine and it was just about the inkiest wine I've ever seen, but it wasn't bad.
  17. If you are heading north on the way to Valbona Monastery try Can Trave in Solivella. It is owned by one of the local wine producers and the food and service were both excellent. They seemed to specialize in meat dishes. Naturally, they carry their own wines about which we had no complaints. West of Reus in Gratallops is the Cellars of Gratallops, which also has excellent food. My bonita with peppers and fragrant marinated onions was particularly intriguing, as was the cheese ice cream. They also had three different vintages of the same wine available (just in case you and the kids drink a lot).
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