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    Passover 2006–

    So I just finished reading this 16 page thread. Wow. Does anyone have any new and exciting recipes for this Passover? We are hosting our very first Seder, as many of the previous writers did on this thread. Hubby is a great cook, and we're used to having dinner parties. We're a "mixed" couple (I'm Jewish, he's a Wasp), and we're inviting three other "mixed" families over. So we're not really worried about keeping it Kosher. I really don't like brisket, cause we had it so often. Liked the Braised short ribs someone mentioned...also liked the salmon quenelles...what else new and different? Maybe something with eggplant? I had this walnut spread from an Armenian place that was to die for. Maybe that's a good app... Hubby will make his wonderful flourless chocolate cake recipe from Georges Perrier here in Philly. And, his great meringues.
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    Nom Nom Ramen

    We went to Nom Nom with friends last Saturday night, it was great! Also had the spicy ramen. Their spider crab in a bun was excellent too...
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    Poulet avec truffles

    A Chef friend is visiting Paris this weekend for a Sustainable Seafood conference. He doesn't have much time to get out on his own, but has one night. What he really craves is Chicken with truffles. I, of course, suggested Bresse, but couldn't tell him where to go. Any suggestions? Merci!
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    Tiffin - Indian on Girard

    We got a flyer for Tiffin, the new Indian take out at 710 W. Girard. (I lived in England for 10 years, and had some great Indian food. I also cook Indian food. Our office is near Karma on Chestnut St and Cafe Spice on 2nd. We love good Indian food.) Tiffin's menu is limited, but has options for vegetarians as well as omnivores. For our first foray we tried the Vegetable Samosa, and the Onion Bhaji. Main courses Saag Paneer and Chicken Vindaloo. The vegetarian Saag came with dal, Basmati rice, raita, and pickles. The chicken Vindaloo included rice, cabbage subzi, raita and mango chutney. We didn't order nan, because we some Trader Joe's in the freezer (TJ's nan's are very good and only take 3 minutes at 450F). Everything was excellent. We lover the main courses. The chicken vindaloo was very flavorful and spicy without being too hot. The saag paneer had a great taste of spinach and the paneer was not soggy. The only disappointment was the onion bhaji, which was a bit undercooked.Everything was super. This was our first experience ordering from this place and we were very pleased. The meal came to $20 plus tip including delivery.
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    Restaurants In Nice - Anything Nice?

    Wow, thanks everyone! Busboy, I emailed you separately... Here's a link to our B&B, just in case: http://www.airbnb.com/rooms/7193 Merci, Susan & Sam
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    Restaurants In Nice - Anything Nice?

    Anything new or old and good- in the Nice area? We like bistros better than high end restaurants... We'll be staying in Juan-les-Pins in early May, then traveling the coast road (I think?) to Cassis, where we've been many times. Thanks!
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    St John

    Thanks for the info!
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    St John

    Anything new on St. John? We'll be there in two weeks...we are from Philly and love offal, but are going with others from Wokingham who are not at all adventurous. Thanks!
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    Le Bec Fin

    Just came back from 8 of us eating at Le Bec tonight. For their $40 anniversary special, 4 courses, and $40 wine specials to boot. Appetizers and main courses were the highlight. I had a delicious chilled pea soup with almond ice cream...other apps included grilled octopus with blueberries (it worked!) and a tomato and watermelon salad. For the main course I had quail stuffed with sausage, very good, served with white beans...others had flat iron steak with pea pomme puree and a shallot marmalade that melted in your mouth. There was also a poached salmon in olive oil. There was then a laughable cheese course, it was embarrassing actually! The teeniest tiniest miniscule -not even a sliver of manchego with two teeny tiny slivers of bread and two grapes. More like an amuse. For the dessert cart, we were instructed we could have up to 3 choices. I had a grand marnier souffle, a flourless chocolate cake and a coconut, caramel mango something. I've been to Le Bec a few other times, and everyone goes on about this dessert cart. Must be me....they are okay, but a bunch of tarts and cakes don't do it for me. So I really enjoyed the app and the entree...the wines we had were delicious...a white bordeaux and a pinot. We just had a glass of wine each to start, and 3 bottles of their special rate wine, and some coffees/espressos- and it still came out to $175 per couple including tip. Don't know how that happened! It was packed. The special is during the week from 5-6:30 only for $40. You can also order the more expensive menus if you'd like. Perrier seemed more relaxed than usual.
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    We love love love Sonata, have been there quite a lot. They need a review by Laban, I've recommended it a few times on his live chat, but he hasn't yet. Very creative Chef and Pastry Chef, really good people with creative and very good food.
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    Garlic scapes, shoots, greens

    Mr. Tarte Tatin made garlic scape pesto but used pistachios as the nut in them. OMG!
  12. Don't forget the Please Touch Museum. I think its the best option for the kids. Food wise-there's really nothing up there, in the park. But it is a great place for kids!
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    I know there are plenty of excellent CSA's here in Philly. We have been members of different ones for the past 15 years at least. Anyway, full disclosure, we are hosting at our house in Northern Liberties- a pick up this year. Wimer Organics. http://www.wimersorganics.com Wed pickup from 5:30-7:00, we're totally looking forward to it. Love to hear about other experiences with CSA's.
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    2010 Farmers Markets

    My love of farmer's markets and local food- has me (in my spare time) helping out at farmer's markets as a substitute helper. I'll be at the Piazza tomorrow, Saturday, March 20 working at Mark Skinner's meat stand: Natural Meadows. 10 a.m-2 p.m. Come by and introduce yourself! Susan (Mrs. Tarte Tatin)
  15. We ate at Sonata last night for the second time. A very nice little BYOB in Liberties Walk, a block from our house. The Chef cooks very French bistro-ish, I had foie gras, then potato crusted black cod over cabbage, then three made in house ice creams/sorbet: caramel, coffee and pineapple. Mr. Tarte Tatin had a lovely portion and taste of pork belly, followed by a beautifully cooked chicken with mash and chard. He had a rhubarb and apple strudel that was delicious. Both were prix fixe 3 courses at $31. I think Chef/Owner should be getting more attention..I believe his name is Mark Tropea or similar. Nice man, very creative. Your list of suggestions was extensive and lovely, Jeff!
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    Passover 2006–

    Sam has an amazing flourless chocolate cake if you'd like the recipe. It's something like a pound of butter, a pound of chocolate and 8 eggs. Decadent.
  17. Busboy: Not sure if I can promote our B&B on this site, cut me out if you need to, but our place is called "French Philly" on Airbnb.
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    group dinner in the 13th in fall

    L'avant Gout. Very good. Or, if you'd like a Brasserie, Marty isn't too bad. Very pretty to boot.
  19. Sail a mini sail boat in the Jardin du Luxembourg pond. I do it every time and I'm an adult. The kids (and the adults) look at me like I'm mad. But I love it. My favorite part is giving some young child my stick to push the boat, when their parents haven't chosen to allow them to rent the boat for a half hour. They are thrilled, and it gives me a big thrill to see their enjoyment!
  20. Just a few minutes south of Montpellier is an island called, Sete. It's lovely, just a causeway away from the mainland. Great oysters, good wine. Montpellier is good too, to wander in.
  21. After reading this whole post, especially the first, it made me think about the Tarte Tatin's that we've had in France (not just in Paris). Excuse me, but shouldn't Tarte Tatin use a sweet sable for the pastry? Every time we get it in France, it seems to be made on a (very delicious) puff pastry. But its not true Tarte Tatin. Otherwise, its just a nice carmelized apple tart on a nice puff pastry. No flipping of the tarte, not the same IMHO (in my humble opinion).
  22. Hey Bob-Speaking of gumbo, anyplace you know of in the market that has seafood sausage in a non pork casing? I don't think Martin's has it...We're making a seafood gumbo for someone that doesn't eat meat...if not the Terminal, do you know anyplace else? Thanks! Tarte Tatin
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    Koo Zee Doo

    We ate there for a Slow Food dinner a few weeks ago, just fantastic!
  24. Philadelphia is in the 2nd tier, Shalmanese. Really. It's not just because I'm from here. I follow food internationally constantly, its what I do. It's not a few standout restaurants, we have a lot... We're there.