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  1. There really isn't a decent thread on ice cream, so I'll post here: Franklin Fountain last week was decadent. We had a scoop of freshly made New Jersey Blueberry ice cream. They said it was the final week for it. Very tasty, lots of blueberry taste. AND, a scoop of -made the night before- local Peach ice cream. This tasted very creamy, but almost not enough of a peach taste. The lady who served us said she and others had made the 300 lb. puree the night before from local peaches. I'm not sure if that means 300 pounds of peaches or 300 pounds of puree! I think it must be the former. They do try
  2. We've gone for years between Christmas and New Year's. Lots closed, but have had a super time! Oysters are everywhere. On the street, in restaurants... Not on a food note, but it is so fun to go to the department store windows and window shop! Rent an apartment and go to the Christmas markets. Lots of festivities, have a Nutella crepe. If you are there at New Year's: walk onto a Pont, any Pont, with a bottle of champagne around 11:30. Watch the fireworks, and at Midnight, kiss your partner and drink the champagne out of the bottle as do hundreds of others. Very romantic! New Year's Day bring
  3. I wish the Asian market at 4th and Spring Garden was still clean. It was, at the beginning. And the fears of the neighborhood association-I fear have come true. They were worried, I had heard, about it becoming not as well kept up as it should be. (Part of another store in northeast Philly, I think). Unfortunately, the past few times I have been in there to shop, the smell isn't wonderful, nor are the fish tanks as clean as perhaps they should be, etc. Although you can still get a huge bottle of siracha for $2.99!
  4. Yes, it worked great, Andrew! REALLY DELISH! And, totally worth it!
  5. It was magnificent! Wahoo! Congrats!
  6. We drink it all the time in Philly. Delicious.
  7. Ridiculous. Lots of rehearsal, I'm sure. Unbelievable. Shane should have won.
  8. They have two rabbit dishes, one app, one entree. Both sounded amazing. And quail. But it was hot and we were with others that we were sharing with that weren't as adventurous, so... Oh, the panna cotta thingy we had for dessert was a lemon mousse in thyme syrup with preserved cherries. I stand corrected by today's review in the City Paper. Tasty.
  9. I really dislike Lisa, but she is going to win, I think. I live in Philly, and I know that Adam is waiting tables and I read that he and Aaron have a little BBQ thing going to start soon-out of Adam's house. They aren't allowed to say anything yet, and haven't, (I know Adam, and he really won't talk). However, would Adam be waiting tables and would he and Aaron be looking to open something together if either of them had won?
  10. I really do like Urban Girls produce on Wed afternoons in front of Standard Tap. Last week and today I got the absolute best black raspberries I've ever had. Her shallots are super, she proudly grows her own okra, and today I got the best little tiny cherry tomatoes. Just pop them in your mouth like candy. A couple of ears of corn, and I was good to go. Very reasonably priced, I like the quality and the price much better than Headhouse on Sunday. Unfortunately, she is just one little stall. Along with her is the bakery/cracker people from the south end of the Headhouse market. Just the two s
  11. I thought it was pretty good, Mr. Tarte Tatin can't stop raving. Four of us shared the dipping plate, pita, baba, I think a bit of salmon tartare, I think a garlicky, hummusy/onion dip. Then came the amuse which was this AMAZING Cyprus carrots or something: cardomon, cumin, wonderful. After, we had our two vegetable dishes; the beets were very good with yoghurt and red onion, their haloumi cheese wasn't ready yet, so there was a special cheese app. Then the four of us split three entrees: the stuffed pepper was really good. Came with a delicious pilaf... the kebab was huge, with sirloin and s
  12. A friend is taking us to this Greek byob tonight. Anyone been?
  13. We got incredible blackberries this past Wed at the Nolib Farmer's Market. Opposite Standard Tap, Wed afternoons. Only two stands, but good stuff... Urban girls produce, and the bread/cracker guy from Sunday Headhouse market at the south end.
  14. TarteTatin

    Heirloom carrots

    I don't really know. All I can say, is, from the ones I picked up from our local farmers market: the orange ones were delicious. And, although I really wanted to love the purple and the off white/tan ones, I don't think they taste as good! Raw, that is.
  15. Nopal Salad-Cactus paddles, pepitos, mixed greens, jalapenos, onions, tasty dressing. Side of good, chunky guacamole. Sopes-corn cakes with black beans, etc. Goat tacos-nicely goaty, strong but good. sides for tacos- sour cream, guacamole, etc. Ribeye steak-cooked rare as ordered, could feed a family of five-came with fried plantain fritters. Banana & chocolate empanadas Flan-the unbelievable best. Carmelized and almost burnt in a good way, texture was absolutely wonderful. Impossible to get it better.
  16. We were there last night too! Missed seeing you two! A full review was to come this weekend, perhaps with pictures (we brought our camera). However, a brief summary: cactus paddle salad -nopal salad sopes - corn cakes goat tacos ribeye steak flan choc/banana empanadas sangria more later!
  17. Fortunately, we are in the midst of cherry season right now, so I'm able to bypass the juice and go straight to the source. Otherwise, I was pleased to determine that pizza is approved, as well as cheese and broccoli, so I'm able to buckle down to a weird but tasty diet. Thanks everyone for all the tips, I'm hoping to get through this without having to hit the doctor for drugs or abandon sweet breads for life and will report back, in case I learn anything of use. ← Warning: This is a long post. And if you have gout symptoms, talk to your doctor. Thank your ancestors for gout, the gift t
  18. I'm bumping this thread up, as we just came back from the Farmer's Market and bought two quarts of beautiful, darkish red cherries. We have a dessert to make this weekend for a dinner party. Any new and interesting ideas? Also, any advice for easily pitting them (besides going out and buying a pitter)?
  19. L'avant Gout near Place de Italie, not far from the Mouffetard, off of the Butte aux Caille. Not sure if it is open on Sunday.
  20. Has anyone been there recently? I wanted to go next week, but friends said it was not really hot weather cuisine? Seems to me that India gets hot, and hot, spicy food is especially good in this type of weather.
  21. I'm on the other side of the street. Vietnam Palace. Less showy. More tasty.
  22. We bring ours back from France. It's different, a mix of mayo and mustard. Lately, it's squeeze bottles from Maille. We like it. However, its not Hellman's or homemade! Just unique.
  23. Dacor customer service is HORRIBLE. Dacor product, full stop is HORRIBLE. We got rid of our Dacor which we hated, and bought a Blue Star, which we love. See our posts, above.
  24. "But I disagree completely about a foreigner trying to use slang. It is like a 12 year old trying to look cool by smoking a cigarette." For gosh sakes, I'm only talking about things like, "Chouette" for cool. My friends love it.
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