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givemecarbs Jan 12, 2009 07:52 AM

I'm still nursing my coffee but it's looking like banana chocolate creme pie from costco, and maybe an apple.

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  1. rabidog RE: givemecarbs Jan 12, 2009 07:59 AM

    debating ordering from chef king over at 10th & spring garden... i need some hangover food. eggroll and eggdrop soup sounds like it might fit the bill. plus that place is mad cheap (most lunch specials $5) and probably the most decent chinese take-out in/near northern liberties.

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      jessicheese RE: rabidog Jan 12, 2009 08:10 AM

      I'm feeling a little under the weather today, and decided on some soup. I got Vegetable Lentil soup from Jonathon's Gourmet- the new place in the RTM. It's awesome! Thick with a slight Indian taste. Exactly what I was looking for... don't you love when that happens?

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        rabidog RE: jessicheese Jan 12, 2009 10:13 AM

        this sounds great!! i love lentil soup.

        i got my chinese food & polished most of it off... got the aforementioned eggroll and eggdrop soup, and the general tso's bean curd. feeling much better!

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        givemecarbs RE: rabidog Jan 12, 2009 08:11 AM

        Sounds awesome. Haven't tried it with a hangover but I love chinese food when I am a little sick. Hot tea, hot soup, lots of carbs!

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          DobieGillis© RE: givemecarbs Jan 12, 2009 08:13 AM

          Indeed! Sound like a winner. Egg drop soup is the guns and a nice Shrimp Egg Roll, to boot.

      3. crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Jan 12, 2009 10:50 AM

        Having been cooped up for a week with a terrible case of bronchitis, my first stop after the office was Iron Hill for a cheeseburger and fries.

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          givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Jan 12, 2009 01:17 PM

          Alright crazy! Welcome back! I couldn't face that pie again so I stubbornly held out for a Really late lunch and ended up at thai orchid at almost four pm. I missed the 9.99 lunch special but got some thai iced tea, so soothing, and chicken pad thai. My friend got some wide rice noodle thing, not drunken noodle but similar, not as spicy. It was very good as well. Don't get me wrong I love Costco pie but omg they take forever to finish. Hope you feel better bucksguy.

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            crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Jan 12, 2009 01:42 PM

            The lunch special is up to 9.99? Last time I was there for lunch it was 8.95.

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              rabidog RE: givemecarbs Jan 12, 2009 05:16 PM

              pad see eaw?

              thai orchid = on rte 30 in berwyn next to the pizza joint or a different thai orchid? i think i recall another location having been talked about, but not sure if they're related. the one i used to go to had an app, soup and entree for something like $8 or $9. i haven't been there in ages!

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                givemecarbs RE: rabidog Jan 12, 2009 09:57 PM

                rabidog this one is in the same shopping center as ihop on 202 Yeah it was pad see eaw I'm pretty sure. Very tasty. crazy it might have been 8.95, they had a sign on the way to the ladies room that they had taken down for the day. I might have got the price mixed up with the thai nadia lunch special, which is also three courses.

          2. bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Jan 12, 2009 12:23 PM

            Trying to kill a cold - yesterday did hot & sour soup from LaiLai in Blue Bell. Today had a chicken pot pie from Wegmans. Made a pot of turkey soup with the stock I froze from the Thanksgiving bird, tossed in what veggies were in the frig, added a bit of frozen gravy from the bird, and that's on tomorrow's lunch menu.

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              PearlRabbit RE: givemecarbs Jan 13, 2009 04:22 AM

              Today i will be having lunch at the FARM SHOW!!! I plan on lots of dairy: Chocolate milkshake, fried mozzerella, honey ice cream and meat: pulled pork and maybe grilled trout. Also, will get marinated mushroom salad. Yum! It will be a long lunch!

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                rabidog RE: PearlRabbit Jan 13, 2009 06:31 AM

                farm show? where's that? sounds excellent!

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                  Bigley9 RE: rabidog Jan 13, 2009 09:19 AM

                  Harrisburg! I always think I should make the drive just so this urban girl sees the other side of her state!

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                    rabidog RE: Bigley9 Jan 13, 2009 04:33 PM

                    there's another side of this state?

                    sorry, wrong, wrong, i know!!! :) it's a shame how little i get out past KoP!

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                      Mawrter RE: rabidog Jan 14, 2009 07:12 PM

                      H'burg isn't even as far west as PSU main campus! It's out the TP past Reading & Lancaster, you can even take Amtrak there (our legislators do).

                      You -all of us CHers- should really hit the Farm Show one year. It's running through this weekend! You can see the Guv sometimes! His inaugural party was there, remember? Every 7th grader in the state goes to the Farm Show. When I went (back in the 80s), it was very Big Ag, so it would be interesting to see whether that has changed or if it's still oriented to large-scale conventional farming.

                      http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us/farms...
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                      As to the original question: I noshed on popcorn, a banana, some apple cake, and had a very large, very late fried egg sandwich with melted prov on sprouted wheat sourdough for breakfast.

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                        rabidog RE: Mawrter Jan 15, 2009 10:24 AM

                        farm show sounds great!! a potato donut is one of the things listed. hmmm.

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                          Mawrter RE: rabidog Jan 15, 2009 06:10 PM

                          Potato doughnut? Lifelong Pennsylvanian here, and I've never even HEARD Of that, much less eaten it. Clearly... I need to have one. At *least*. Wow!

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                            givemecarbs RE: Mawrter Jan 15, 2009 11:39 PM

                            Mawrter Yum yum sells lots of different kinds of potato donuts on faschnaut day. They are all really good.

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                          givemecarbs RE: Mawrter Jan 15, 2009 10:41 AM

                          Prolly not happening this year but sounds like fun, especially when growing things are sleeping under the ice and snow. An added plus is in my experience the people in Harrisburg are very very nice. I went there for a grueling card tournament once and I was astonished at the good sportsmanship displayed by the people there!

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                  phdfoodie RE: givemecarbs Jan 13, 2009 09:34 AM

                  Just had the Roasted Veggie Wrap from Good Eatz, a new place in the Reading area (where the old GNA pizza was). It is the 3rd thing I've had from there, and it was incredible - smoky grilled asparagus, roasted butternut squash, sundried tomatoes and brocolli raab, all tied together somehow with hummus! Everything there - mushroom stew, Ahi Tuna Wrap, stuffed pumpkin bread french toast - has been terrific! Even the gluten-free cookies and brownies are pretty good.

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                    DobieGillis© RE: phdfoodie Jan 13, 2009 09:56 AM

                    I'm loving this review. Must go to Reading!

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                    mazza3 RE: givemecarbs Jan 13, 2009 10:42 AM

                    kimchi chigae for me!! a piping hot (boiling) cauldron of kimchi, chili paste broth, rice cakes, scallion and tofu with a side of white rice! HOMP! i had been craving that for weeks....

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                      givemecarbs RE: givemecarbs Jan 13, 2009 06:24 PM

                      So today I ended up with some tropicana orange juice and two bites of a fruit and grain bagel purchased from the Pepperidge Farm Thrift Store, but it gets worse. I downed those while driving. Blush. I'm getting a serious case of lunch envy here. By quarter of six I was starvin' and so was my friend so we stopped at Yangtze again and got the best seat in the house! Right by the aquarium. I kept getting distracted by the antics of the clown fish as it patroled the top of the tank. And there was a little purple tentacle thingie coming from one of the corals. It's lucky I can remember what I ate at all. I can barely keep two tetras alive in my fresh water tank, I am in awe of those who can manage a salt water tank. I had the garlic chicken and my friend had pork fried rice. I am really starting to get hooked on the fried rice at Yangtze, we switched plates a lot. Both were very good but I need to start ordering extra steamed rice with the meal as I always need a refill. I knew about the tank, I liked the tank, but I never got to sit right next to it before. The whole experience was great on a bleak wintry tues night. Next time I'm getting there before five thirty on tues thru thurs so I can get the twilight dinner special, with tank if possible. :)

                      1. rabidog RE: givemecarbs Jan 13, 2009 07:05 PM

                        tomorrow's lunch plans: in center city, so going to venture out again in search of the felafel man.

                        thursday's lunch (possibly - i hate to commit): i got a neat tip from my neighborhood message board about a felafel place in kensington just north of the crane arts building, at an islamic school. good felafels for $2 for lunch, and a mini market too. so i'm going to go on a hunt. a search of google reveals the only islamic building i know of up that way, a couple blocks over from crane arts, which i'll do a street view link to at the bottom of this post (it's a really beautiful building). if that's not it, i'll report back with my findings! has anyone ever heard of this place / been there? i'm a little disappointed in myself that felafel has existed this close to me all this time and i have not known about it.

                        http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&s...

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                          givemecarbs RE: rabidog Jan 13, 2009 08:18 PM

                          Dress warm and report back rabidog. Inquiring minds want to know. :)

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                            Bigley9 RE: rabidog Jan 14, 2009 09:50 AM

                            please let us know Rabidog! That is very nearby!

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                              rabidog RE: rabidog Jan 14, 2009 02:36 PM

                              wooo today was my center city lunch at the felafel cart. this time i had no trouble finding it, plenty of yummy smelling smoke! my sandwich was HUGE and i had to break down and eat it with a fork. felafel is incredibly different from what they serve at mama's, so it's hard to compare. it was VERRRY garlicky and smoky which i loved. also, were those pears? anyone know what the different fillings are? either pears or apples. very weird in a good way. what i would have loved even more: if it came with hummus and tahini.

                              my goodness today was cold. tomorrow hopefully will be warmer, and i'll muster up the courage to walk into this building all by myself!

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                                PattiCakes RE: rabidog Jan 14, 2009 04:21 PM

                                It really IS different than Mamma's falafel. I like the stuff from the cart better, but that might be the difference between Israeli falafel and Greek falafel. It's a matter of personal taste, or maybe what you grew up with.Was there a line today? Did he give you a hard time at all (he has a bit of a reputation for being a little like Seinfeld's Soup Nazi).

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                                  rabidog RE: PattiCakes Jan 15, 2009 09:57 AM

                                  haha, no hard time at all! he was very pleasant and wished me a good day, inbetween mumblings i couldn't quite make out, but i think they were harmless because he was smiling. :)

                                  it was cold cold cold yesterday. when i arrived at the cart at around 12:15 there were two in line ahead of me, and when i left the cart there was a line of 5-6.

                                  but today's felafel takes the cake! i went to the islamic society school at germantown and jefferson. it is the gorgeous white, blue and yellow building with all the tilework - you can't miss it. you enter through a gate which leads to the schoolyard, and walk the perimeter of the building til you come to the last door (i stood there scoping it out for a few minutes til i saw kids bursting out of the door with lunch bags in hand). there are no signs, or hours posted. they were open around noon today, that's all i know! inside is a small store and a kitchen. there's no menu, no prices, no queue or any formal ordering system. after a minute someone behind the counter caught my eye and i asked for felafel, with hummus, something vegetarian, and he nodded. i wasn't sure if i'd get it in platter or pita form and i was fine with either. very efficient kitchen despite the crowds and i had my pita within minutes. i selected a green glass bottle from the cooler that all the other kids seemed to be getting - it was an apple-flavored non-alcoholic malt beverage. tastes like a sparkling apple cider. anyway, my felafel was moist and plentiful and spicy and delicious. not smoky and garlicky like the cart guy's felafel, different. it had tomatoes and cilantro and onions and carrots and pickles or possibly something pickled. there was hummus and a dressing, maybe tahini but i'm not sure. very simple and very delicious. sandwich and drink, $4.50. i was going to walk the sandwich home but i couldn't resist and opened the foil wrapper for a tiny bite, and ended up sitting down at a bench in the outdoor schoolyard and polishing off the entire thing, with snow falling on me. this place is such an adventure but i definitely recommend trying to figure it out if you're in the area!!

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                                    PattiCakes RE: rabidog Jan 15, 2009 10:31 AM

                                    Oh my. Oh my. Snowlafel? That sounds incredible. So this is a kitchen within a school? Were there other non students there?

                                    Yes, the cart felafel (OK, I'll spell it your way) guy does carry on a pretty contant stream of conversation -- I'm never sure if it's to the customers, himself, or maybe a little friend he has stashed under the counter. On occassion, the mumblings can get fairly animated. I usually nod & smile a lot. I am perfectly willing to pimp myself out for good felafel.

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                                      rabidog RE: PattiCakes Jan 15, 2009 10:56 AM

                                      yes, i smiled and nodded too. i've heard the rumors and i was scared of not getting my pita. :)

                                      you say falafel, i say felafel... i won't claim to know what's correct. any subject matter experts here? i always wondered about this. perhaps it's a regional thing, like how hummus can be spelled differently (i've seen humus, hommus) and don't even get me started on indian terms, i think there are a million different ways i've seen mutter paneer spelled!

                                      the islamic society (that's what i'm going to call it because that's the wording wrapped around the building, even though the store/kitchen has no sign of its own) - it is all part of one large building, however the school part is not connected to the store/kitchen part, the only way to access the store/kitchen is from the outside, through that courtyard (which is actually visible on that google maps link - it's just to the left of the building). it appeared that students were its primary clientele. i didn't see any other non-students there. though the people behind the counter didn't look that surprised by me so i'm guessing it's been done before. plus the fact that it's a mini-grocery store would indicate it's OK, too - doubt it's the kids that are buying groceries. (on one of the racks, i noticed something called... dust tea?) i was the only female without a head scarf which got a few double-takes from the kids. the people behind the counter were so overly friendly though i got the impression that outsiders are welcome.

                                      other dishes i saw were batter-dipped french fries, a chicken and rice dish, and french fries and chicken piled into a pita. next time i go, i might go a bit later in the day when they are less busy to inquire more about the menu (or lack thereof!).

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                                        Mawrter RE: rabidog Jan 15, 2009 06:16 PM

                                        Great falafel story! I've done church kitchen-y things like that with Polish food, Greek food, Italian food, and African-American food... figures that's the insider-INSIDER place to get good falafel.

                                        Per spelling, I don't think it matters that much when you're taking it from another language with a different alphabet. I notice that my spellcheck dislikes both versions equally. I'm sure that someday in U.S. standard spelling, a standard will emerge and it will matter, but I don't think we're there yet.

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                                      Bigley9 RE: rabidog Jan 15, 2009 10:47 AM

                                      This sounds great - and close enough for a lunch run from work - even better!

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                                    Bigley9 RE: rabidog Jan 15, 2009 10:46 AM

                                    OK I know I saw this, but I'm not seeing the post with the location of the felafel cart

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                                      PattiCakes RE: Bigley9 Jan 15, 2009 12:27 PM

                                      20th & Market, at the corner of the empty lot.

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                                    hollyd RE: rabidog Apr 27, 2009 11:54 AM

                                    I like the felafels at the place in the terminal. I know they're not fabulous in any way, but solid.

                                  4. PattiCakes RE: givemecarbs Jan 14, 2009 11:59 AM

                                    Lunch today with a friend at Thai Chef & Noodle Fusion on Chestnut St. I got her a little something for Christmas, and she reciprocated by taking me to lunch. Frankly, I think I got the better end of the deal. The combo lunch special: Tom Yum soup, Shrimp & Corn Cakes, Green Curry with Chicken, and Sticky Rice with mango for dessert. Heaven, I'm in heaven........

                                    Tomorrow is lunch at Continental Midtown, otherwise known as Continental Big Green Olive, courtesy of a visiting sales person's expense account. Many people going, so no cutesy swings. Next week? Lean Cuisine all the way. Can you spell "excess poundage"?

                                    Rabid, let us know how your encounter with Christos, The Falafel Man, at 20th & Market went.

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                                      doxiemom RE: PattiCakes Jan 14, 2009 12:51 PM

                                      What a fun thread! I too am recovering from Bronchitis, and have spent the better part of last week drinking College In Thai Culinary Broth (from the carton) microwaved just past comfortably hot. So today was the first day I found myself really hungry again, and found myself headed straight to 'Under the C' at the Comcast Center Market for their chilean seabass sauted in mirin and garlic...sooooo yummy. I am tempted to stop back by on my way to the train to take some more home...

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                                        givemecarbs RE: doxiemom Jan 14, 2009 03:23 PM

                                        That garlic will fix ya right up doxiemom! I ate a late lunch again, they kindly let us slide under the wire at East Cusine when we got there a little after three. We got pork lo mein and general tsao's chicken and hot soup. I was admiring the big sushi boat at the next booth when I realized the lovely girl sitting there was an acqaintance of mine. Her boyfriend said he really liked the sushi there. I needed something hot in my belly but maybe next time. Do you havea doxie, doxiemom? My little four legged princess gets some of the doggie bags I bring home but not all. She keeps trying that daschund hypnosis on me. :)

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                                          doxiemom RE: givemecarbs Apr 21, 2009 09:59 AM

                                          I do - he owns me...

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                                      jujuthomas RE: givemecarbs Jan 15, 2009 11:04 AM

                                      We had a vendor meeting today, and after everyone went to the Sumney at the intersection of Church Road and Sumneytown Pike in Lansdale. I had their turkey barley soup and 1/2 a turkey sandwich. very good. Other dishes at the table: pulled pork sandwich (huge and reportedly excellet), blackened chicken sandwich, crab cake sandwich (yum), cheesesteak, veggie delight (good, but heavy) and the open face roast beef with a HUGe amount of gravy. oh. and we had the cheese coins - which are SO good! i have no idea what's in those things, but i could eat a million of them.

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                                        givemecarbs RE: jujuthomas Jan 15, 2009 11:22 AM

                                        Dang! Trying to figure out why I haven't heard about the Sumney before. Googling Now!

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                                          crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Jan 15, 2009 11:26 AM

                                          I'm back to the chicken soup. ;-(

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                                            givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Jan 15, 2009 11:27 AM

                                            Oh no crazy! Does spicy soup help you at all? Get better soon, the economy needs us chowhounds!!!!

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                                              crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Jan 15, 2009 11:30 AM

                                              The economy isn't benefitting from me this week!

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                                              Bigley9 RE: crazyspice Jan 15, 2009 11:32 AM

                                              Go for pho instead - much more restorative than chicken noodle (unless your preferably Jewish grandmother is making the chicken noodle!)

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                                                bucksguy14 RE: crazyspice Jan 15, 2009 12:38 PM

                                                I did a quart of Won-ton yesterday and a quart of hot & sour today both from Lai Lai Garden in Blue Bell. Also having lots of green tea and juices (orange, apple, pomegranate). I'm gonna kill this thing!

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                                                  givemecarbs RE: bucksguy14 Jan 15, 2009 05:11 PM

                                                  Glad to see you are still with us bucksguy, I worry. Gonna try that Lai Lai soon, I had take out once from the one by Assi and it was good.

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                                                jujuthomas RE: givemecarbs Jan 15, 2009 12:41 PM

                                                I never heard of it until I started working up the road. Have to say, my 1/2 turkey sandwich was HUGE and was real turkey, not lunchmeat. that hot roast beef sandwich looked SO good - and the guy that got it orders it every time we go. it's a good thing we don't go out to lunch there often! :-D

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                                                  bucksguy14 RE: jujuthomas Jan 15, 2009 12:53 PM

                                                  We may have to give this place another try. The second time we were there I had what I thought was the worst cheesesteak ever and my wife really didn't like her salad (not sure what it was, but they took it off the bill). The first time we tried their burger and we both thought it was blah! Maybe we should stay away from the grill.

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                                                    givemecarbs RE: jujuthomas Jan 15, 2009 05:12 PM

                                                    Its right across from The Clubhouse right? Any good beer on draft?

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                                                      jujuthomas RE: givemecarbs Jan 16, 2009 05:47 AM

                                                      yes, right across from the clubhouse. I'm not sure about their draft beers, we have only gone for work lunches, and I'm not a beer drinker. I do know they offer woodchuck hard cider! :) Their website seems to be down this morning, but I think they list their beer selection on there... I know the full food menu is there.

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                                              3. The Chowhound Team RE: givemecarbs Jan 15, 2009 11:32 AM

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                                                1. linguafood RE: givemecarbs Apr 21, 2009 10:20 AM

                                                  My lunch today will be pretty much the same as very day: toasted slice of a seedy boule, scallion cream cheese, and sliced egg. Now, if only Chopstick Express were serving their crazy awesome Sichuanese dishes for lunch, and not just for dinner...... sigh.

                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5789...

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                                                    jessicheese RE: linguafood Apr 21, 2009 11:25 AM

                                                    OK, so it's an old post but I just had a great lunch, so I have to share!!

                                                    Lunch at Tinto- seafood & crab chowder, short rib sandwich, and a great cup of coffee
                                                    I'm in my happy place....

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                                                      the dog ate my homework RE: jessicheese Apr 21, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                      Leftover smorgasbord: homemade chili with beef and beans, brussels sprouts and snow peas. I am the only one in the household who loves both chili and brussels sprouts so there are always lots of leftovers.

                                                  2. PattiCakes RE: givemecarbs Apr 21, 2009 11:55 AM

                                                    Atoning for the sins of Winter: 2 clementines and a big mug of tea. Oh the depravation!

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                                                      givemecarbs RE: PattiCakes Apr 21, 2009 02:27 PM

                                                      Large hot fudge sundae from Dairy Queen and some trail mix from Trader Joe's. They went together really well!

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                                                        PattiCakes RE: givemecarbs Apr 21, 2009 05:08 PM

                                                        you really know how to inflict pain.....

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                                                          givemecarbs RE: PattiCakes Apr 22, 2009 01:36 AM

                                                          Sorry Patti! He he! Coming to Assi next time? Chefpaulo said we should get together this summer.

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                                                            PattiCakes RE: givemecarbs Apr 22, 2009 12:10 PM

                                                            I hope so. I would much rather have been at Assi than at the Great Dane Rescue festival my hubby had obligated us to. Nothing against Great Danes, but Assi-Great Dane? Assi-Great Dane? Assi wins every time.

                                                            I'm glad all of you had such a great time & tried so many new things. I think the great thing about those types of outings is that you have the courage to try things with a group that you might not have otherwise. And you really broaden your chowish horizens.

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                                                              givemecarbs RE: PattiCakes Apr 22, 2009 01:02 PM

                                                              Patti you simply must make it next time! It felt like Babbette's Feast or something. When chowhounds get together it is like magic! The happy afterglow kept me warm even through monday. And for lunch today, baby spinach prepackaged salad from trader joe's and some of their new mint tea in the refrigerated section. But I added two strips of crumbled bacon to the salad!!!

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                                                      mazza3 RE: givemecarbs Apr 22, 2009 08:40 AM

                                                      undecided, but it is definitely coming from a lunch truck....maybe a trip to the crepe truck at 33rd and market?

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                                                        hollyd RE: mazza3 Apr 27, 2009 11:55 AM

                                                        I love that Crepe truck.

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                                                        TwoBellies RE: givemecarbs Apr 22, 2009 09:54 AM

                                                        remnants of a Lee's Tuna hoagie from last night, Meh!

                                                        1. bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Apr 22, 2009 12:59 PM

                                                          Finally killed off the Easter ham!!

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                                                            PattiCakes RE: bucksguy14 Apr 22, 2009 01:22 PM

                                                            I don't know why I don't make a ham more often. I think there's so much more you can do with the leftovers than with a turkey. We got a smoked, spiral-sliced ham from Sam's Club this year and it was excellent. We are down to the bone, and that is going in the freezer tonight to hibernate until I feel like making soup.

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                                                              TwoBellies RE: bucksguy14 Apr 22, 2009 07:30 PM

                                                              bucksguy14, well put!

                                                            2. Seeker19104 RE: givemecarbs Apr 23, 2009 01:08 PM

                                                              Finally got around to making the borscht from Warsaw Cafe's recipe online. Added dollop of sour cream. Delish!

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                                                                givemecarbs RE: givemecarbs Apr 23, 2009 03:37 PM

                                                                A fruit parfait from whole foods. It was five bucks but really good with plenty of delicious fruit, and some unsweetened green tea. The samples of sushi and three layer chocolate cake don't count, right?

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                                                                  crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Apr 23, 2009 08:56 PM

                                                                  Samples never count. Did you notice if WF had ramps?

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                                                                    givemecarbs RE: crazyspice Apr 24, 2009 01:12 AM

                                                                    Pretty sure they have a ramp at the exit. But better double check. Agree about the samples!

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                                                                      bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Apr 24, 2009 06:29 AM

                                                                      That's laugh out loud funny!!!!!!

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                                                                        crazyspice RE: bucksguy14 Apr 24, 2009 07:50 AM

                                                                        :-D We are doing lunch at Zacharia's Creek Side today.

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                                                                          jessicheese RE: crazyspice Apr 24, 2009 08:14 AM

                                                                          OK, I feel like I can keep going... getting Thai Basil Noodle from Banana Leaf

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                                                                            bucksguy14 RE: crazyspice Apr 24, 2009 12:37 PM

                                                                            Are you talking to me???

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                                                                              crazyspice RE: bucksguy14 Apr 24, 2009 01:15 PM

                                                                              I was laughing at your LOL. We did, however, have lunch at Zacharia's. I really think they are pricy for lunch. For instance, they charge $3 for a glass of iced tea.

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                                                                                bucksguy14 RE: crazyspice Apr 24, 2009 07:19 PM

                                                                                I have the same feeling about $3 iced tea that I have about $8 San Pellegrino - I can't like that!!! It's stealing money. Charge what you want for your food, but don't try to steal from me with overcharges for iced tea, water and, for that matter, wine. Having had family in the restaurant business for many years, I know that you can make money if you price food correctly. When I can buy a case of San Pellegrino for $12-$15, I expect to pay somewhere in the $4-$5 range, not $8.

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                                                                                  crazyspice RE: bucksguy14 Apr 25, 2009 06:58 AM

                                                                                  Agreed!

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                                                                    Bigley9 RE: givemecarbs Apr 24, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                                    Having a slice of Americano pizza from Slice and a baby arugula salad from the big pot of arugula in my garden!

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                                                                      kmsue RE: givemecarbs Apr 24, 2009 10:44 AM

                                                                      leftover Linguini Carbonara that I cooked for dinner last night...yummmm....=)

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                                                                        givemecarbs RE: givemecarbs Apr 26, 2009 01:28 AM

                                                                        Split pea soup with ham chunks, I simmered the bone from the easter ham in the soup and it turned out extra yummy. Green tea and an english muffin too.

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                                                                          Chefpaulo RE: givemecarbs Apr 26, 2009 04:53 AM

                                                                          It looks like I'll finish off the remaining shrimp and lobster sauce I made on Friday night.
                                                                          It was Ben Lin's recipe (owner of the Jade Palace on Cottman back in the 70's) and still my favorite. I wonder what ever happened to Ben. He was a great cooking instructor.

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                                                                            givemecarbs RE: Chefpaulo Apr 26, 2009 10:03 AM

                                                                            Chefpaulo I could be having lovely chicken salad with coriander for lunch but I'm still waiting for that recipe you promised me back at Assi. No worries! But I do have some lovely leftover chicken to polish off. :) Your leftovers sound lovely.

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                                                                              Bigley9 RE: Chefpaulo Apr 28, 2009 06:59 AM

                                                                              wow - Jade Palace - I remember going there in the 70s and it was SO EXOTIC for my young East Oak Lane self!

                                                                            2. bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Apr 26, 2009 11:07 AM

                                                                              We reheated and finished off a Florentine pizza from Charlie's in E. Norriton - YUM!

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                                                                                hungry100 RE: givemecarbs Apr 28, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                                                Today will be a very, very sad lunch day. A little bit of leftover tofu with mustard greens and brown rice and salad (and by salad I mean lettuce -- but really good locally grown organic lettuce). Oh, and I have a yogurt for a snack. Life will resume this evening when I eat at Seafood Unlimited before going to hear Ruth Reichl at the Philadelphia Free Library.

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                                                                                  hungry100 RE: hungry100 Apr 28, 2009 09:58 AM

                                                                                  Sad lunch was saved by co-worker who returned from RTM with a Famous chocolate chip cookie!

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                                                                                    givemecarbs RE: hungry100 Apr 28, 2009 11:39 PM

                                                                                    Those cookies rock! Today a chik fil A sandwich sans bread and pickle. It was very hot and delicious. And a vanilla milk shake from there too.

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                                                                                      crazyspice RE: givemecarbs Apr 29, 2009 05:03 AM

                                                                                      I found some chicken burgers at Costco yesterday. I am thinking breakfast for one of those. Can;t wait for lunch!

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                                                                                        givemecarbs RE: crazyspice May 2, 2009 02:02 AM

                                                                                        Let us know how the chicken burgers are crazyspice. The other day I got the second to last marinated flank steak at the montgomeryville Costco in the refrigerated foods section. I grilled it up for a very late lunch at home with some new potatoes and salad and everyone loved the steak. Today was Eastern Dragon, the one in towamencin, kung pao chicken with extra rice.
                                                                                        Yum!

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                                                                                          crazyspice RE: givemecarbs May 6, 2009 05:29 AM

                                                                                          They were just okay. I'll pass on buying them again.

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                                                                                            givemecarbs RE: crazyspice May 8, 2009 05:21 PM

                                                                                            doh thanks for the heads up and sorry they weren't that great.

                                                                                2. bucksguy14 RE: givemecarbs Apr 28, 2009 08:19 AM

                                                                                  This should be an interesting lunch today. We're taking advantage fo the weather and are spending the day in Ocean City! I'm guessing we'll end up at the Crab Trap since my wife really enjoys that place.

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                                                                                    Bigley9 RE: givemecarbs Apr 30, 2009 08:22 AM

                                                                                    Getting take out from Vietnam Restaurant - going with the Chicken Papaya salad, rest of the office is getting Crispy Spring rolls and vermicelli!

                                                                                    1. Mawrter RE: givemecarbs May 1, 2009 12:24 PM

                                                                                      Frittata with leftover steamed asparagus (Sugartown Strawberries) and shaved Locatelli. And afterwards, espresso (Hobo Ed's Train Hoppin' espresso roast).

                                                                                      http://www.hoboespresso.com <--- not the current website, apparently.
                                                                                      use this instead to order from the roaster: http://www.hoboed.net/
                                                                                      http://www.sugartownstrawberries.com/...

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                                                                                        mfkfox RE: givemecarbs May 4, 2009 06:20 PM

                                                                                        Made chicken salad with pineapple and walnuts for co-workers who won awards; couldn't make the dinner over the weekend. Thought homemade brownies with chocolate chips and chocolate buttercream frosting would be a nice treat with the chicken salad.

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