Located in West Conshohocken, Philadelphia Marriott West is in the suburbs and close to Villanova University and Bryn Mawr College. This hotel is within the vicinity of Haverford College and King of Prussia Mall.
Make yourself at home in one of the 286 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and plasma televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets and down comforters. Cable programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, with wired and wireless Internet access available for a surcharge. Bathrooms have hair dryers and bathrobes.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and limo/town car service. Planning an event in West Conshohocken? This hotel has 10000 square feet (929 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge at scheduled times, and self parking is available onsite.
People can't get enough of the drinks here that take refreshment to the max.
Need a sandwich for lunch or toast to compliment your hearty breakfast? Grab a loaf of bread today.
If you like to use the oven, you're going to want to pick up some sweet ingredients in your next masterpiece. They adds that extra bit of flavor that makes your food delicious!
Purchase some new spices and seasonings from here and treat yourself to a fun and creative night cooking in the kitchen.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
When you're pulling long hours at the office, you don't want to come home and spend hours slaving over a hot stove. Fix that potential problem by exploring the frozen food options offered here.
When you need a quick meal after a long and hard workday, a canned good item from here makes for an easy and tasty dish.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
Looking for comfort food? What's better than spaghetti or a savory pasta dish? Grab some of this pasta today and your next meal will be on-point!
Take a dive and swim away with some succulent fish. It's a great source of protein for your next meal!
For dairy lovers out there, this store does dairy right, so make sure to pick up some on your next trip.
Whether you're a double shot of espresso or a jasmine tea, this place has you covered.
Water junkies can get their gulp on with a swig from Gourmail.
Meat lovers rejoice! From chicken to beef to pork, the meat selection here is sure to please.
Dinner is on the table in one, two, three with a microwavable meal (you'll be surprised how great it tastes, too!).
Don't have time for breakfast? Quick and crunchy, cereal is a great way to start your morning no matter how late you're running.
Don't let the incredible deals for vinegar and oil pass you by. When you shop here, you can stock up on the many varieties of those two ingredients to absolutely transform your cooking.
You'll be relieved to know that there's nearby parking available to Gourmail.
Hot cheesy goodness awaits your appetite at Gullifty's Restaurant — this pizza joint is the place to go for a serious five-star slice.
Gullifty's Restaurant is serving up healthy meals packed with flavor.
A night out deserves a drink to celebrate, and this pizzeria has the perfect selection of beer and wine to go with your meal.
Bring your whole brood to this pizzeria, where families can dig in to tasty and kid-friendly fare together.
Reserve the private room at Gullifty's Restaurant for your next party — it's perfect for large groups looking to dine and celebrate together.
Sit outside at Gullifty's Restaurant and soak up the sun on those nice summer days.
The pizzeria is on the noisier end, which is something to keep in mind when planning intimate get-togethers.
Whether you're coming from work or a ballgame, the dress code at laid-back Gullifty's Restaurant is come-as-you-are.
Gullifty's Restaurant can also cater your next party; call today for details.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this pizzeria offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Save some cash on parking when you park in the lot adjacent to the restaurant.
Gullifty's Restaurant accepts all major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
Dinner is the real yum factor here, though breakfast bites and lunch are also featured.
Smothered in piping hot cheese and toppings of your choice, the pies at Gullifty's Restaurant come highly recommended by pizza connoisseurs.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Gullifty's Restaurant's pizza.
With a casual atmosphere and great pizza, you can't go wrong by dining at Gullifty's Restaurant.
When you are feeling hungry, pay Gullifty's Restaurant a visit and enjoy a hot and fresh pizza filled with endless flavors.
Christopher's Restaurant is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes.
Christopher's Restaurant features a wide variety of low-fat and healthy fare.
Find time to peruse the wine list here — this restaurant offers a variety of drink options.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Christopher's Restaurant's outdoor seating is available during the warmer months.
Christopher's Restaurant is a good restaurant to dine with a small or large group.
Volume at this restaurant can reach upper decibels, so come prepared to raise your voice to be heard.
Dress is typically casual at Christopher's Restaurant, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Christopher's Restaurant prides itself in its delicious catering.
Leaving the couch is half the battle. Your foods awaits your pickup at this restaurant.
Christopher's Restaurant's guests can take advantage of the easy street and lot parking options.
Cyclists are in luck. Christopher's Restaurant provides bike parking.
It will typically cost you about $30 to enjoy a meal at Christopher's Restaurant.
Easily charge your payment using one of many major credit card options.
Early risers and night owls alike can enjoy Christopher's Restaurant since it serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Stop putting off the best meal of your year and come into Christopher's Restaurant's restaurant for some good old American favorites!
If you're looking for classic American fare, try Christopher's Restaurant for your next meal.
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Whether a fresh seaweed salad or bowl of hot udon soup, Samurai Japanese Restaurant serves a range of delicious Japanese items to residents of Bryn Mawr's Bryn Mawr neighborhood.
For conscientious eaters, Samurai Japanese Restaurant has plenty fresh and healthy items on the menu.
With Samurai Japanese Restaurant's BYOB policy, you can enjoy your favorite drinks with your meal.
This restaurant also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at this restaurant just as much as their parents do.
Samurai Japanese Restaurant caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
No need to put on airs for a trip to Samurai Japanese Restaurant — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
Take the comfort of your own home and add great grub from Samurai Japanese Restaurant to create the perfect night.
Don't be afraid to enjoy your food on the go — this restaurant offers takeout for your busy schedule.
Complimentary parking is provided in the lot next to Samurai Japanese Restaurant.
Bike parking is also available outside the restaurant.
Samurai Japanese Restaurant s fare is so good, you ll want to sample everything on the menu (and with its middle-of-the-road prices, you can!).
Major credit cards — including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express — are accepted.
Treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in one place
the restaurant offers three main meals a day, though dinner is the real winner.
With a trip to Samurai Japanese Restaurant, it'll feel like visiting another country with their terrifically authentic Japanese cuisine.
Visit Gypsy Saloon for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Conshohocken's Conshohocken.
Calling all gluten-free and low-fat diners! Gypsy Saloon has a multitude of dishes right up your alley that are freshly-prepared and taste amazing.
Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — this restaurant offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond.
Come order a flavorful feast at Gypsy Saloon, and sit outside if it's nice!
You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi.
Seating is readily available at Gypsy Saloon for those with large parties.
Take your pet pooch along when you visit Gypsy Saloon — dogs are more than welcome to join their humans at the restaurant.
For those who prefer to dress down for dinner, Gypsy Saloon's low-key style is the perfect match.
Love the food so much you want to serve it at your next soiree? No problem — Gypsy Saloon offers catering.
Or, take your grub to go.
Parking is plentiful — the restaurant provides valet in the nearby lot, where regular parking is also available. Drivers can take advantage of alternate street parking when the lot is packed.
You'll find your bill at Gypsy Saloon to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Lunch and dinner are easy as pie (and you might as well get a slice) at the delicious Gypsy Saloon.
Gypsy Saloon has something for everyone with great American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Siu mai: small pork dumplings. Each has a thin wrapper that needs to be delicately pleated by hand. Easily, they’re one of the most labor-intensive items at Phoenix Restaurant in Chicago, where each weekend this Chinese restaurant serves 80 different varieties of classic dim sum snacks.
This little fact about the siu mai is one of many surprising stories I learn from Eddy, the chef at Phoenix, where he also handles a million other tasks to keep the restaurant running smoothly. When I first came in, he was waving at a group of regulars while on the phone haggling with a seafood vendor.
“What we are serving in this restaurant is what we are eating in Hong Kong. ... It’s very typical,” Eddy says.
In 1996, Phoenix was one of the first restaurants to introduce dim sum to Chicago. Its customer base has grown over the years, and today, even with other dim sum restaurants up and down the block, you’ll find long lines winding out the door on any given Sunday.
Sound intimidating? It doesn't have to be.
Here's our guide to dim-sum dining, with a few tips from Eddy.
On the weekend: order dim sum off a cart
On weekends and special holidays, the wait staff winds traditional dim sum carts around tables, lifting lids off stacked steamer baskets to reveal the enticing contents. Should you see something you like, they leave the basket on your table and put a checkmark on your bill (it’s tallied at the end).
Phoenix is one of the only dim-sum restaurants in Chicago that still uses these carts. When I ask Eddy why they keep them, he says “tradition.” Not only to impress the tourists who come in, but also to let Chinese-American customers share this bit of culture with their kids.
Hot tip: if you want to experience the pushcarts without the crowds, head over on a Saturday, which tends to be less busy than Sundays, Eddy says.
On a weekday: order dim sum off the menu
Cartless weekdays offer a quiet, more peaceful atmosphere for ordering off the paper menu, which you can find near the hostess stand. Don't be intimidated—the menu has pictures; it has numbers; it has names written in both Chinese and English. And best of all, you need only point to what you want to have it brought out from the kitchen.
So what should you get?
“Everyone has their favorites,” Eddy says. The most popular dishes with Westerners are ha gao (shrimp dumplings) and siu mai (pork dumplings mentioned above). Kids gravitate toward the crunchy, easy-to-grip shrimp rolls and sweeter fare, from mango pudding (pictured above) to custard rolls.
Foreign travelers, especially those from Latin America, and adventurous eaters alike seem to love the chicken feet (pictured at bottom-right of top photo), a more exotic dish consisting of skin and tendons. While all these dishes are traditional, the chefs can tweak the recipes to accommodate for special diets or food allergies.
When diners are new to dim sum, Eddy encourages them to experiment. He’ll point out a few of the more popular dishes; if there’s something they don’t end up liking, it can easily be swapped out for something else. This way, by the second or third visit, diners will have a better idea of what they like.
And don't forget the tea
At dim sum, the tea is equally important to the food. Phoenix serves three different types: green tea, white tea, and brown tea. “Each one has its own usage,” Eddy says. While we talk, we drink jasmine tea, which is good for getting rid of toxins.
You can show your dim sum know-how by obeying proper tea etiquette. When your teapot is out of water, prop the lid off to the side. This signals to the wait staff that you need more hot water.
Eddy pours more tea and tells me to tap my fingers lightly against the table when the cup is nearly full. “When your friend or host fills your tea, this means ‘thank you’,” he says. “It’s part of the custom.”
Photos by Andrew Nawrocki, Groupon
I had no idea what to expect upon arriving at Elizabeth, the Michelin Star winner from Chef Iliana Regan. But an unmarked, unremarkable storefront between a tire shop and a sporting-goods store certainly wasn’t it. With few exceptions (Schwa, most notably), Chicago’s upper-echelon restaurants boast exteriors that match their illustrious River North and Restaurant Row addresses.
But as it turns out, Regan has no taste for that sort of superficial flash. She dons no chef’s whites. She displays no awards. She does not raise her voice to the Gordon Ramsay–level roar or even the Rachael Ray-ish rollick that TV cameras eat up.
Instead, this northwest Indiana native quietly built her reputation as someone who hunts for frogs and spears them herself. Someone who has suffered tick bites and poison-ivy rashes foraging for wild flora. Someone who has penned an essay on intensity for Lucky Peach and once themed an Elizabeth tasting menu after those violent and visceral A Song of Ice and Fire novels.
So yeah, I was kinda terrified to eat her food.
I’d never done a tasting menu before. And I wouldn’t necessarily classify myself as a picky eater, but I’m not a particularly adventurous one either, particularly when it comes to meat. (I can barely look at plated octopus without shivering.) I’d heard that Regan once served edible ants. Which are, like, bugs.
My nerves were calmed upon walking into Elizabeth, though. Austere yet charming, the whitewashed space was accented by light fixtures made from bare tree branches; dining chairs draped with faux-fur slipcovers; a chef’s counter armed with Elder Scrolls and Vikings Funko Pop! dolls. It was all in support of the season’s menu theme: vikings.
There were two options: land or sea. Or, as the first in a delightful succession of servers explained it, “Imagine a viking ship has reached the shore. One group goes on land to look for food, the other into the sea.” My friend Erin and I opted to order one of each to share and, despite my trepidation of certain meats, placed no restrictions on what we would eat. (You can arrange for some allergies and dietary needs in advance.) We wanted to go all in.
After the amuse-bouche—a surprisingly complex roasted whey carrot dressed with goat’s-milk cheese and edible flowers—came our first courses. The land dish was … a bowl of rocks. The server assured me the top “rock” was actually a baked potato coated in edible clay. But it was very convincing as a rock, so I bit in with trepidation. As Erin ate the rest, dipping it into the cheese and butter puddings it was served with, I forked into her langoustine with lingonberries. (Pro tip: don’t try to tear off the claw without looking. You will stab your finger on a spine.) So far, so very good.
As the servers continued to weave their culinary narrative, I realized there was an unmentioned character in their tale—Elizabeth itself. The restaurant is small, seating about 16 or so, and the kitchen is wide open. It was impossible not to get caught up in what was happening back there, particularly when sous chefs were wielding brûlée torches and “plating” on gorgeous pieces of handmade pottery. And the line between front and back of house was practically nonexistent. One moment, you’d see someone in the kitchen stirring and slicing; the next they’d be presenting your next course or clearing your table. (Chef Regan included.)
This created an unexpected intimacy, one that removed any hesitation when asking about a particular dish. It’s clear the teammates take a deep yet quiet pride in their collective work. They spoke warmly about where ingredients came from, excitedly about the preparation techniques used. They always used “we” or “our,” never “me” or “Chef Regan.” (Again, Chef Regan included.)
Over the next few courses, there were so many charms. An herb-rolled, soft-boiled quail egg served in an actual nest; impossibly chewy seaweed bread darkened by squid ink; a cauliflower-mushroom soup that Erin about died over. I was particularly fond of a course called Barnyard: headcheese dusted with beet powder, paired with a collage of root vegetables and flavored puddings reminiscent of something out of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.
And that’s the thing. Never in my life would I have thought that I’d be fond of headcheese. I would have probably never eaten it if it weren’t for this meal. But it was fun to break out of my culinary comfort zone.
The other surprising thing? How full we were, considering it was a tasting menu. By the time we were served the entree courses—rare lamb medallions wrapped in swiss chard and pickled fish in a sauce of its own bones—we were taking deep breaths between bites. I’m pretty sure they were the only two plates we didn’t completely clean.
We managed to buck up for our “one-and-a-half” dessert courses, as the server put it. (The “half” was a palate-cleansing sorbet.) Our favorite was Under the Sea, a spongy coral-seaweed cake so realistic looking it prompted me to ask the server just how much of it we could eat. “All of it,” she said. We complied.
Maybe, as a writer, I’m just a sucker for a good story. But I was enchanted by Elizabeth, both in backstory and in not knowing what was coming next throughout the culinary adventure. And while I probably won’t be buying headcheese any time soon, I’m excited to see what Chef Regan has up her non-chef’s-whites sleeves next season.
Shop Chef Iliana Regan's tasting-menu experience at Elizabeth Restaurant:
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As useful as WD40 and much more edible, coconut oil is a powerhouse. In fact, just one jar of the stuff can replace several household staples, from kitchen ingredients to baby wipes. Here’s how to substitute it for 16 total items in 3 rooms of the home:
1. Coffee: Coconut oil is a reputed energy booster. Swallowing a spoonful or two in the afternoon can be a healthful alternative to a cuppa.2. Coffee creamer: Emulsified and poured into coffee, it’s much tastier than (and probably just as nutritious as) that bulletproof stuff.3. Butter or oil (when sautéing): Coconut oil’s high smoke point makes it great for cooking on the stovetop, especially at high heat. Try swapping it in when making stir-fries, scrambled eggs, or pancakes, especially if you like a very mild coconut flavor.4. Oil (when baking): The oil imparts a delicious je ne sais quoi to baked goods—even boxed ones. Use it to give from-the-box brownies an upgrade, and you’ll dream about them for days.5. Condiments: Drop it into quinoa or oatmeal for added nutrients and healthy fats. You can also put it on top of sweet potatoes instead of butter!
6. Moisturizer: It works on your body and your face. It’s naturally SPF 4, so it offers a bit of protection from UV rays, too.7. Leave-in conditioner and anti-static agent: Rub a small amount between your hands and smooth them over your hair to control flyaways.8. Lip balm: It soothes sore, chapped lips, and other skin irritations.9. Eye-makeup remover: Rub it between your fingers until it liquefies, smear it on your lids, and wipe it off with a cotton pad.10. Face wash: Add a little water and rub it in your hands until it foams.11. Hand and foot cream: Massage it into cracked knuckles, or slather it onto your soles and stick them into socks for an overnight soak.12. Shaving cream: It’ll give you a smooth shave, plus additional moisture for your skin.
13. Ouchie ointment: Dab it on cuts and scrapes, which will benefit from its antimicrobial properties.14. Anti-itch cream: Coconut oil reduces itching from bug bites, and helps to calm sunburn, eczema, and cradle cap.15. Diaper cream: A layer on baby’s bottom guards against (and soothes) diaper rash flare-ups.16. Baby wipes: Simply mix it with hot water and pour it over a stack of paper towels that you’ve cut in half. Keep the towels in an airtight container so they stay moist.
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