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Do you have to refrigerate truffle oil once opened?

Ditto Teachertalk. It also helps retain the truffle smell for longer. Def let it sit out for a bit so you won't be left impatiently waiting for the oil to slowly slick out onto your salad/pasta/delicious meal!

How Do You Frizzle an Egg?

I just did this by accident this morning, and remembered this thread:

I poured way to much oil into my wok (jetlagged..), cracked a couple of eggs in, and left it there at high heat.

When I came back from washing my hands a few minutes later, the bottom was all crisped up. I basted the whites with the hot oil (I used canola), and it was done.

Philly Restaurants in the University City area

@Nicholas Chen that'd be Pho & Cafe Saigon =).

If you don't mind trekking a little further,both Vietnam and Vientiane Cafe on 48th and Baltimore are really good (but, like Nicholas Chen said, it is cold..).

Unfortunately Don Memo and Koja aren't open on the weekends.. pity b/c they're both so delicious (and cheap).

Also, Biba, a wine & cheese shop that's sister to Tria in the Gayborhood, recently opened up on the bridge at 31st and Walnut. More a small bites place under $10 (go for the truffle eggs over potatoes!)

Philly Restaurants in the University City area

@shasta Hemo's isn't open on the weekends, I believe.

To add to the list:

Yue Kee (btwn Walnut and Locust on 38th) is pretty good - check out for the menu and number, as they take a while.

Nan, which is Thai French fusion, is great and BYO if you have the time.

Near HUP there is Potbelly, which does great sandwiches.

Koreana at 38th and Walnut (tucked in the parking lot behind Chili's) does great food at below $10.

If you want breakfast sandwiches under $5, check out Bui's at 37th and Spruce. Whatever you get, be sure to ask for Bui's sauce.

What is the best/cheapest college meals to make?

@janaatwg that was pretty much me in Philly, as well.

What do you mean, you hate _________?!

Can't stand carrots. Raw, cooked, anything.. really don't like them.

Your Favorite Meal?

1. Scrambled eggs with onions, drowned in soy sauce and Chinese vinegar.
2. Scrambled eggs topped with shaved white truffles. Lots of them.

Seriously Asian: Why I'd Rather Eat Vegetarian Chicken than Mediocre Meat

A very traditional Chinese "wheat gluten" dish is kao fu (the wood ear mushrooms / bamboo shoots look like the dish!).

Just had it, and have loved it since my mom first tricked me into eating it by telling me it was beef. Just had it in Chinatown and it brought back those memories..

Chinese use of mock meats is common, esp. during the day of Buddhist eating. So I understand mock meat as an Asian veggie.

Mock meat in the form of Morningstar's line I'm less convinced of. As well as veggie cheesesteaks.. just kind of creepy. But yummy nonetheless!

What do you do when a recipe doesn't turn out?

Lol @Hunnyoil.

Since we're in school, new recipes are often tried out and oftentimes fails will get refridgerated and never eaten (there are two or three tupperware dishes as evidence of that right now in the fridge).. Most of the time they end up in the trash.

Once in a while I'll try to incorporate what's left into a stir-fry or another dish composed of leftovers. The soups that haven't turned out well have never seen anything but the trash bags, unfortunately!

What are you cooking/baking today?

I made a lazy take on veggie lo mein by just cooking some linguini and dumping it in a wok with veggie oyster sauce and soy sauce. It wasn't very good (with me being to lazy and cold to even chop up garlic after having gone until 4pm without eating!). Saved it by sprinkling in tons of crispy fried shallots.

Garces Trading Company in Philly?

Garces Trading Company is technically still a BYO as gingercookiewithlime said, it has a liquor license it acquired recently so they could serve mixed drinks, but you can still BYOB (take advantage of the PLCB store right in-house!).

I haven't eaten there, but I've been a couple times to look at produce (and snack on samples hehe) and buy wine. If you do go, I have heard that the deep dish pizza is just not worth the time or $.
Barbuzzo has had good reviews, but as LaBan noted that it's still very busy there.

You won't regret Zahav though - the hummus is so silky and delicious. Fried halloumi and the fried cauliflower are so delicious as well.

Bringing lunch to work, need some suggestions

Pre-popping popcorn and putting it in an air-tight container (like a Ziploc) is something that saved me when I needed snack options.

String cheese, Babybel cheese and Laughing Cow cheese wedges don't need to be fridged.

If you bring an avocado and some hefty bread, you can have avocado toast at work for lunch, which is so yummy and filling.

What do you look for in a food blog?

I'm with @lynnferda: the photos do it for me. I follow local food blogs that review establishments that I'm interested in trying. If recipes I'm looking for, I can easily find them on the internet.
Quality and an understanding and thoughtful commentary on food is what I look for. There is a local food blogger who's RSS feed I do follow (no need to point fingers here, of course) who seems to feel as though s/he does not need to comment more than what dishes are composed of. I prefer some more indepth commentary - those are the blogs I tend to follow more often.

SE is my fave because regardless of where I am in the world, the photos, recipes and reviews are so helpful and informative. Do you have a blog you'd like to direct us towards to give commentary on? If you do, just point us to your profile, or let me know.

Baked spinach chips - your thoughts / alternative snack recipes?

Accidental double post! Please mods, delete whichever is less responded too! My apologies.

Poll: Pizza ... Even When It's Bad, It's Good?

I have to say that I've had pizza from the exact location pictured on 3rd and South really hits the spot. But good pizza even slightly buzzed can't compare - especially considering that anything eaten while drunk is amazing.

Taste Test: Apple Sauce

I have to admit that when I'm feeling lazy, I don't even bother peeling the apples. I just boil them for longer before pureeing!

Favorited Form of Potatoes

french fries, either eating out or at home.

I prefer to oven fry them at home, with paprika, garlic salt and onions and oil. I've been meaning to try making latkes - I have all the ingredients minus eggs. I keep using up my eggs to fry them over easy to top veggie burgers!

Travelers: What's Your Favorite Airport Food?

@heeki - a lot of the food in the HK airport is chain-like (Burger King) but the Asian chains are great (think Ajisen Ramen)

Roundup of Celebrity Chef Burger Joints

Bobby's Burger Palace opened up on Penn's campus about a block from our place last year. We actually saw Bobby opening day.

My boyfriend had a burger - they were small for their price, overcooked, and he says Five Guys is better.

With so many great places to grab a great burger at a better price, he prefers other joints. I'm veg, but the margarita was strong.

What do you crave more: sugar or salt?

Salt, always! I'm the complete antithesis of my sister, who loves desserts.

Philadelphia: Simple and Subtle Burgers at 500˚

Funny story about 500 - my boyfriend sometimes has his burger there, and then we go to the vegetarian Chinese restaurant right next to it (Su Xing) to get me some vegan soup.

Those truffle fries are delicious!

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes and Green Beans

Is that whole wheat rigatoni? I don't think I've ever seen that, I want to find it if it is!

Potential self-promoter alert

whoops didn't see the link, thanks for the heads up. feel free to remove this post if warranted.

What's your favorite bagel flavor?

Another vote for everything, followed by onion.

Poll: Four Loko, Ban or Don't Ban?

@chanterelle: I hear you on being responsible when drinking. I think this applies universally to whatever you do, 4 Lokos or otherwise.

I don't have a license (actually, don't know how to drive), but I would never do so if I had anything to drink, regardless of what I drank or whatever amount.

I feel like Four Lokos got a lot of press from the horrible incidents that started the controversy, and that actually negatively contributed to more people wanting to try it. I do have college friends that have made the conscious decision to not the touch the stuff as well, so this may be a double-edged sword.