Provincial Pork Shoulder at Peking Media

Our friends Andy and Stacy were in the Philly region for the weekend. That inevitably meant we’d be eating Chinese food at some point between Friday night and Sunday afternoon. It turned out to be dinner Saturday night at Peking Media, a stylish restaurant I hadn’t visited since it changed ownership and its name aContinue reading “Provincial Pork Shoulder at Peking Media”

Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 2

I’ve mentioned in a post or two that I have a particular fondness for old drug stores that are still filling prescriptions and also have a soda fountain and/or lunch counter. They are probably a rarity in every region of the country at this point, but the Southeast seems to have a few more leftContinue reading “Our Long Weekend in Virginia: Part 2”

The Return of Dine-In at An Old-School Favorite

Relative to how it was during my youth, there aren’t that many old-school Cantonese Chinese restaurants remaining in the Philadelphia region; a fact that I’ve bemoaned here several times. So when an alarming number of those that were still around remained closed to dine-in service – only offering takeout – well after most other restaurants inContinue reading “The Return of Dine-In at An Old-School Favorite”

Another Between-Cheesesteaks Interlude

I discovered the power of marketing today – in the form of a restaurant’s name and how it is displayed on its front facade. But before getting that far, my wife and I went bowling. It had probably been a couple months since our last outing to Sproul Lanes in Springfield, PA. I previously addressedContinue reading “Another Between-Cheesesteaks Interlude”

Old-School Cantonese Hiding in Plain Sight

I’ve written about the dearth of quality old-school Chinese restaurants that specialize in Americanized Cantonese cuisine around the Philadelphia region a few times. It turns out I had been overlooking one that’s been in plain sight for years.  China Garden Inn of Willow Grove, which is north of Philly, in Montgomery County, has probably beenContinue reading “Old-School Cantonese Hiding in Plain Sight”

Manayunk’s The Rook

Manayunk is one of Philadelphia’s more interesting neighborhoods. It’s main drag – conveniently called Main Street – is home to an array of shops and restaurants, while its side streets are lined with old houses, extremely narrow and, in some cases, on small, but steep hills. While I’m by no means anti-Manayunk, for whatever reasons,Continue reading “Manayunk’s The Rook”

My Annual Birthday Roadfood Outing

As is probably common among couples, my wife and I have always gone out to eat for each other’s birthdays, with the birthday girl or boy choosing the dining location. When we lived in Center City, we were within walking distance of many of Philadelphia’s top restaurants, and we usually went to one of thoseContinue reading “My Annual Birthday Roadfood Outing”

A Return to Old-School Cantonese

Incredibly, for the second Sunday in a row, my wife asked if I’d like to accompany her on an errand and suggested I pick a place for us to grab a bite to eat in the vicinity of where we’d be. There are few words I enjoy hearing more than any combination that adds upContinue reading “A Return to Old-School Cantonese”

A Between-Cheesesteaks Chinese Food Interlude

My wife said the magic words to me Sunday: “Would you like to go to Trader Joe’s tonight? You can pick a place for us to have dinner near there.” I never need to be asked something like that a second time.  Media is the county seat of Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It’s got a niceContinue reading “A Between-Cheesesteaks Chinese Food Interlude”

Jade Garden of Dresher, PA for Old-School Chinese

I mentioned in my ode to the retro Chinese food I grew up eating that there were a couple restaurants that fit the bill in the Philly suburbs I hoped to get to in the coming months. It turned out that one of those – Golden Dragon –  is still only open for takeout. WhileContinue reading “Jade Garden of Dresher, PA for Old-School Chinese”