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 Post subject: Horizons
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:24 pm 
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I am very surprised this restaurant hasn't caused more commentary and excitement on the forum. Are there any other fans our there? We've been devotees since they were located in Willow Grove, Pa. I just do not know how Rich and Kate do it. I leave there in such a foodgasmic state EVERY time I go and the flavors are so complex, rich and satisfying that it's like I have taken a drug and can't even break down the experience into logical words or small parts! My omnivore mother-in-law and husband feel the same way! I just want to know when Rich is going to open a vegan cooking school! I will be FIRST in line for that! I have tried to cook from his cookbook (the first) and it just fell so short of the restaurant experience that I had to stop trying.

I last ate there on Dec. 30. I had purple potato pierogies for my appetizer and eggplant bracciole for the entree. I also tried a beer from a brewery called Ballast Point which was on tap and am now searching for it high and low. It was an IPA and was fruity smelling. I think it is not the fish eye (which seems locally available) but another one called Sculpin since that flavor description fits better. Anywho, the meal was amazing. The pierogies were more like potato empanadas since they were fried and made with a phyllo-like dough. The bracciole was basically long slices of eggplant rolled up with a filling (cauliflower? if I remember correctly). It sounds horribly boring but if you read the description on their website, you can get more details. As I said, for me, it's like a fantasy head trip when I eat there so my descriptions can NEVER do it justice!


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:49 pm 
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It's my absolute favorite restaurant, and I've been to all the good ones. I think it's come up before that the reason we don't talk about it as often as other places is because it's expensive/fancy and more of special-occasion place. I go there for birthdays, went for graduation, stuff like that. Oh man it's so good. I would love to go more often. Even my meat-3x-a-day father still talks about the jerk seitan tips.

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 8:15 am 
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I have some recollection of a thread about Horizons, or maybe a discussion of it in another thread? Anyway, yeah, I'm a big fan, too. It's just not in my budget except for special occasions. I love having a full menu to select from.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:16 am 
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I know they will have the Ballast Point Sculpin on tap at Kraftworks soon. Im not sure if Ballast Point is vegan though... I will find out.

As for Horizons, I dont think there much talk since we all know its excellent food. Kinda goes without saying I guess. But that jerk seitan is my favorite... by far.

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 10:24 am 
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Is anybody else dissapointed by the fact that Horizons isn't as good as it used to be? I feel like the portions got WAY smaller and the prices went WAY up. The last 2 times I went there, I was so bummed out that I spent my hard earned money and wasn't even that satisfied. The bbq seitan app for instance, used to be a very nice size to split with someone else, now you practically have to fight over getting 2 maybe 3 bites each. I think that sucks because its so forkin good.

That being said, I do think Horizons is the best upscale food in the country, and i've been to candle79, blossom, and millenium. I will be trying portabello in portland later this year, i've been hearing great things about that place.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:27 pm 
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Update on the Ballast Point:

Their IPA right now is not vegan (at least to me), as they use gelatin in their lighter beers that is later filtered out before bottling. The brewer did tell me they will be switching to a centrifugal system for filtering the yeast next month. I will email them back again at that time to see if any still use gelatin.

Just an fyi to everyone, just because a restaurant is vegan, doesnt mean their beer/liquor is. Ive noticed this a great deal which is very odd to me... one would think you would look into things like this but what do I know :)

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 9:16 am 
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3 bites for an appetizer is on point. The portion sizes at Horizons are just right...if they were any bigger you'd have to skip one of Kate's killer desserts.

The point is, when you finish a meal there, you feel clean and full enough, but still energized and sexy. That's how I know I've had a great meal and they always nail it. If you're unhappy with something there, just let them know.

If you want a full-on feast, go mid-week and get the Tasting Menu.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 11:17 am 
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I work hard for my money, $10 for 3 tiny bites isn't justifiable. Also, after spending a minimum of $60-75, I wanna feel like I got my moneys worth, i'm not too worried about feeling sexy, thats what underwear is for. That's kind of dumb to interpret skinny as sexy, but to each their own. I like a little vegan hairy beer gut, thats sexy.

Anyway, really I don't mind spending the mula, it's delicious food for special occasions, once or twice a year.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:23 pm 
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Sexy to me means that after a meal, you're able to get it on, rather than crawl home and fall asleep.

I work hard for mine, too, and I deserve a well-executed and thoughtful plate of food, instead of some fried things tucked onto a roll. This is exactly why we don't talk about Horizons on this board because it always leads back to it not being the cheapest option. What about the amazing food?


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 2:25 pm 
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And here is but one of the beautiful things that you can partake in at Horizons.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 3:40 pm 
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Sexy to me means that after a meal, you're able to get it on


I like where this is going :)

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:39 am 
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I love Horizons. I agree about some of the portion sizes being small. I used to enjoy sharing the BBQ Seitan appetizer, but it has shrunken to a size that makes that impossible.

If I wanted to feel clean, I'd take a bath and drink a smoothie. For $50+, I want to leave feeling full. Not gross, but full...which is still sexy.

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 10:26 am 
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I've never left the restaurant not feeling full. My 6'7 dining partner has never left hungry either.

However, the solution to your seitan problem is on page 94 in the Horizons cookbook, a good investment if you want to save money but still enjoy the Horizons experience. It's a balsamic and agave glazed seitan that looks very similar to the appetizer, but is an entree portion. 5 ingredients.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 12:20 pm 
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Don't hate me, but I'm not the biggest fan of Horizons. It's nothing against the taste, they just don't make much food that I like. I hate tofu and seitan (the horror, I know) so I usually resort to getting a salad there.

The Chocolate-Stuffed Beignets are out of this world though, and I will gladly stick those balls in my mouth any day of the week.

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:14 pm 
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luftpost wrote:

The Chocolate-Stuffed Beignets are out of this world though, and I will gladly stick those balls in my mouth any day of the week.


As long as you leave feeling sexy!


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:13 pm 
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luftpost wrote:

The Chocolate-Stuffed Beignets are out of this world though, and I will gladly stick those balls in my mouth any day of the week.


As long as you leave feeling sexy!


if sexy = chocolate sauce all over your face then yes :D

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:55 pm 
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if sexy = chocolate sauce all over your face then yes :D


pshh, you love the inappropriate comments i make while eating those.

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 4:57 pm 
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If I ever visit Philly Horizons is number one on my places to go.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:18 am 
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luftpost wrote:
I hate tofu and seitan (the horror, I know) so I usually resort to getting a salad there.

This is actually hilarious. I can imagine a corps-eater going in there and saying well, there's nothing for ME on this menu, so I'll just have a salad, because that's what vegans have to do in my restaurants.

It's odd to me how Horizons gets kinda mixed responses. I think it's impressive they can sustain the business, and while I would gladly eat there more often if I could afford to, I can't, so it's all about Blackbird for me. But if I HAD TO shut down one of the vegan/vegetarian places, it's certainly not Horizons.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 1:48 am 
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I love Horizons! It has grown to be my favorite veg restaurant in Philly. My first visit or two there was meh as I was in sticker shock and not used to such gourmet-type food. Going back for Vegan Drinks there (when they used to hold them @ that location) was a game-changer for me. Half-priced delicious apps such as Korean Seitan Tacos blew my mind. I also love their other seitan and tofu dishes and their desserts are out of this world.

I wish sometimes I still lived in the Philly area so I could partake in their food more often. My omni partner was disappointed in the central NY restaurant scene when we moved here over a year ago because "there isn't any upscale vegan restaurant" like Horizons.

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 3:01 pm 
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Ooh, did anyone else see on their twitter: Restaurant tweak from Horizons... 4 courses / $30 ! Jan 18-20 & Jan 25-27

I'm due for a trip & this sounds awesome.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 4:50 pm 
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Ooh, did anyone else see on their twitter: Restaurant tweak from Horizons... 4 courses / $30 ! Jan 18-20 & Jan 25-27

I'm due for a trip & this sounds awesome.


YES!

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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:29 am 
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RandiJM wrote:
Dynahmite wrote:
Ooh, did anyone else see on their twitter: Restaurant tweak from Horizons... 4 courses / $30 ! Jan 18-20 & Jan 25-27

I'm due for a trip & this sounds awesome.

YES!

oh snap! must. find. date.


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 Post subject: Re: Horizons
PostPosted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 11:36 am 
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philadelphegan wrote:
RandiJM wrote:
Dynahmite wrote:
Ooh, did anyone else see on their twitter: Restaurant tweak from Horizons... 4 courses / $30 ! Jan 18-20 & Jan 25-27

I'm due for a trip & this sounds awesome.

YES!

oh snap! must. find. date.


HELLOOO?! You quoted 2 dates! Durrh

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HELLOOO?! You quoted 2 dates! Durrh

You don't know the consequences of what you're suggesting. Apparently, one date with me results in your schedule being so full for a month afterwards that you cannot leave the house again.


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