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  1. I've got some pictures - one in partic that is fabulous - from our visit to TVH on Sunday, March 29th. Me and the fella are from Philly, and The Violet Hour came highly recommended by our pal Katie Loeb. So, visit we did and we had a lovely lovely time under the friendly care of Troy and Stephen. The pictures will come later this week when i get to downloading them. In the interim, I will say that our respective Manhattans (me Brooklyn, him Woolworths) were wonderful with a tip to the Woolworth and the root beer bitters. I much preferred that one. We moved on to (him) Man's Ruin and me, I wanted to try something fizzy with eggwhites so Stephen suggested the Iron Cross which Troy supplied. I was enamored with the rose water on the ice cube action for the man's ruin. I loved the beautiful presentation of the Iron Cross (i know,i know, this post is worthless without pictures) and I have absolutely no idea what was in it . We snacked on the tempura cocktail onions: great! And the mini dogs (two chicago dogs, and the other two had cashews and pickled onions and a mustard that tasted, i dunno, like dill? maybe?) It was relatively open at about 6:30 in the evening, but just about full at 10;15 when we left. I find the price point of $12 per cocktail astounding. I was in love with the mood of the place - hip, lovely, elegant, but not intimidating. Thank you Tobey and your gang! - julie
  2. Thanks for that. Interesting, because there are posters on the scaffolding/pressboard/stuff at the building which show mostly the downstairs of Parc Rittenhouse - and the awning around the bistro says Café de Parc....
  3. just thinking - isn't Cafe de Parc grammatically wrong in French? That is, if he is referring to Rittenhouse park, it is wrong. If he is referring to the condo building (is it named Parc?) then it is still wrong. If he is referring to a first or last name, it can be OK. Right? at one time in my life my french was more than good, less than fluent, and my language skills are used principally, lately, with French speaking African cabbies, but...I think I am right? Anyone ? Either way, I still vote for Cafe du Parc.
  4. i have no idea but thanks for the laugh. I read your post as "snag breasts" .
  5. I'm by any stretch of the beermagination a beerhound - I go to beer events for the company, the crowd, for my husband, and for the blonder beers. I did attend the event at the Navy Yard last year, during the day, and it was nice, inviting, crowded, and impossible to get to the single food stand/area (with kinda nondescript food anyway). I commented then to the organizers that they have to do something about that (and also texted pals that went to the nighttime session which was even MORE packed...thankfully she brought her own pretzels in the backpack). I also heard on more than one occassion that the beers brought by the breweries were their standards and not something "cool" or their "A game". Again, I wouldn't notice. We were big fans of the school bus transport from the Pattison stop on the BSL . Worked well. I've also been to the Brewer's Plate twice and loved it ! I am interested this year particularly by the restaurant line up and the new location! Its a really neat gig.
  6. I have no pictures to document our joyous first, and not last, time at Osteria on Saturday night. The evening began with a pleasant bus ride to St Stephen's, great smiles and service for a pre-Osteria dinner. And then off we went...into the space that is our new favorite in town. Looking back and also at philadinings pictures, i didn't think that the polenta was in fact polenta under the snails (which we had too). Glorious dish. We also had the wood grilled octopus, which has replaced our previous favorite (estia)...the lemon and arugula were great plate partners to this tender and perfectly salted octopus. We too shared the candele with wild boar. But we also had the robiolla francobili - mini ravioli with chanterrelles....decadently divine. My fella had the baby pig special - we agree that it was the best pork ever, tender, juicy, herby (i sound like a broken record after philadining). I had the roasted rabbit on polenta (which was was more polenta-y than that under the snails). The dark meat was splendid , the white meat off just a teensy bit (dry), and the crisped pancetta cubes on the plate brought me to tears. Great great night. Oh we started with two great Makers Mark Manhattans, and then the very nice sommelier steared us to a Rosso DiAltimiso 2006 which we both found a lot of pleasure in (i am not tannin-y, the fella is, so this was a happy meeting place). I add also that we were in the "north room" the tiny little space towards the bathrooms ...it was quiet, and nice, we really like it there.
  7. I am hoping that someone can give a little update on Upper Darby Dining - its a great midway place for me and some friends and I was hoping some of you guys would have some news or recent reports on old places or any new places? thanks for your help!
  8. I was there a few weeks ago, and it was a hard place for a table of 6 (no reservations accepted and if the front tables are full, you are crammed into a booth). The drinks and service were great. Fries were excellent. The Fried cheese was deeeelicious (cheddar, fresh mozzerella and also a gruyere). I was not a fan, at all, of the steak frites - the steak was almost see-thru thin and doused in sauce. The croque madame and monsieur had by two other dining partners were done on brioche rolls which might have been tasty, if not at all authentic (and not visually appealing). I cannot remember all other food items ordered, but the memory of that steak is enough to make me want to go back for wine/beer and the fried cheese.
  9. We were happily seated at the quiet bar last week for dinner and enjoyed the drinks and the bartender skills, not to mention her company. that said, on to othe food: Rosemary garlic fries: great thinness, great crisp, really really good aoili. Fried garlic was nice. Fried rosemary wasn't too present in the taste. Nicely salted. Shrimp and chorizo skewers: perfectly done, nice sized shrimp and a spicy and pleasant chorizo. Fried calamari: great batter/cornmeal, if a bit too salty, great doneness on the squids. and served piping hot. The sundried tomatoe remoulade- - i think it was that - was good, slightly thick to dip into, needed my knife. Pan seard scallops with corn, spinach and pancetta: would have been divine, really divine, if it weren't for the salt. Way too heavey handed. But good scallops, again another thing perfectly cooked, and the sort of corn cream sauce was nice but, yep, salty. We had no wine (I know, i know, its a wine bar) but we were veyr very very pleased with the Salty Pomeranian, Blood Orange Margarita, and a supersecret floral cocktail made by none other. Prices - hmmmm - i think most of the menu comes in around say $7 - $15. Maybe a few items were over. Atmosphere - awesome, if you like quiet, dark, tin ceiling and walls, quaint - but not like your gramdother's house quaint. Sorta adult romantic quaint. I'm going back. (edited too add: its located at 7th and Kater, just south of South)
  10. i have been planning a few happy hours for the numbers you cite , but we don't have any business to chat about, just general whatnot. Tir Na Nog is our next stop, after we did the patio at Mexican Post a few weeks ago. Mind you, MexiPost will not reserve you a " quiet corner" of the patio but inside I am confident that you'd have ample space to be by yourself. Its decent...that's about it (margs are from the tap?? huh? I mean they add the tequila later, but really). Another option for our gang was Nodding Head - I'm wondering if they could reserve a few tables for you. Would their delicious beer be a draw for some in your crowd? The option of Twenty21 is a good one I think esp with the kind courtesy of the previous poster. whatever you do...please report back! I need notes to tuck away for future use.
  11. thanks for the all the help. here are the results: drive to Annapolis from Philly: fine. nothing eventful, Bay bridge traffic going North/East was murder but we were going in the opp direction Mike's : glad we got there at Noon! it filled up quickly. Service was so friendly, crabs (large or medium, we went for large) were meaty and delicious. We sat for about 2 +hrs picking them, looking at the duckings near the dock, and some carp, i think.. Clams casino - too much breading but clams were whole and a bit too much garlic. NIce big piece of bacon. Frozen drinks , eh, not so good. Tiki bar, not really a Tiki but nice enough. Courtyard Marriott. friendly, but small rooms. Annapolis: we walked around and around, window shopped and stopped into Pusser's for a painkiller. Very delicious, very friendly staff and friendly locals and tourists alike. Water taxi to Eastport where we fell in total love with the Boatyard. Getting there at 6 on a Saturday helped us secure a spot at the bar where we ejoyed smoke mahi-mahi (capers, red onion, sourdough bread) and it was delightful as were the rum and cokes. we didn't have much of an appetite for their glorious menu and its worth a trip back! thanks all for the recommendations; we did have every intention in fact to make it back to Annapolis after the Boatyard to go to Yin yankee for dinner.....but alas, we were waylayed by rum!
  12. thanks bavila! and the Boatyard in Eastport came recommended by a pal too...thoughts? (we're pretty big fans of bars...dives....rum...beer...sailors.) Yin Yankee looks awesome! ::tucking notes into my notebook of all 3 places:":
  13. probably looking for things downtown Annapolis, not too touristy, and probably seafood. i guess anything that is on or near the water is a no-no?
  14. eh, its a splurge weekend ( my birthday) so the price per dozen is do-able (plus, since were vacationing, we have no bushel buying option and cooking them at home). it now looks like leonardtown may slip out of the equation so we're going straight to annapolis. Mikes for lunch, then in town for nighttime eating and drinking. A 2 hr boat trip on Sunday, then maybe a stop @ Harris' ...and then home to Philly. if you have anything to say about Annapolis, by all means, don't hold your peace! What is the Kent Narrows like on Sunday's ? (is that the same as the Bay bridge?)
  15. Thank you Sandy for meticulous organization and fervent applause for this great place. we enjoyed the company, the restuarant, the service, and of course, the cow(s)! my first time at an egullet "event" was friendly and inviting. my first time in a Brazilian establishment was also very warm and friendly. my first time with the Rodizio action was aaawesome. Filet, bacon, skirt steak, top round, and the official "picanha" cut...all done for us as we mostly requested rare to medium rare....simply divine and perfectly seasoned. And let us not forget the great okra and myself, I was a fan of both beans and both styles of rice (topped with a sprinkle of the flour crumble with bacon as advised by manley). Price and decor aside, I'd be interested in a comparison tween Picanha and Fogo on the meat. Has anyone been to both? oh - and another first time - navigating the Oxford Circle which I think only looks remotely like a circle from birds eye view. NJ is NJ but their circles are more SugarJ friendly.
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