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TheSecretChef

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Last bite on earth: Liver in multiple preparations, stinky cheese, good bread, butter, fruit preserves, and a very fresh green salad.

We Try the New Lemon Oreos

Is anyone else chuckling at the inscription on the front of the package: "NATURAL FLAVOR WITH OTHER NATURAL FLAVOR"?

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

Cast iron. (smoke alarms turned off)

Behold French Fry-Stuffed Fat Sandwiches From RU Hungry in New Brunswick, NJ

I'm a fan of the Fat Beach: cheese steak, chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, lettuce, ketchup, and fries BUT with some modifications: onion rings instead of fries, add hot sauce. Really, it's the best... in a way that only a completely horrifying combination of low-grade junk food can be. Thank you, New Jersey.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: Pat LaFrieda Sliders

What else... wings! And potato skins. And chili. And triple decker chocolate peanut butter brownies.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Way to Tweak Traditional Burger Condiments?

Mayo cut with a little sour cream + lemon juice, paprika, and maybe a pinch of salt. I use this on burgers, for dipping (fries!), fish, roasted chicken... basically anything.

Trendy Asian Favorites Done Well at Philly's CHeU Noodle Bar

Thanks for this... checked it out this weekend. Not in love, but will likely be back.

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: La Quercia's Secret Weapons Pork Kit

Seriously Delicious Holiday Giveaway: Thermapen Thermometer

some decadent rib roast of sorts

Enter Our NYC Ramen Map Giveaway and Never Go Without Noodles Again

Terakawa by Carnegie Hall.

How to Order Like a Local at South Philadelphia Taquerias

I'm so happy to be seeing more Philadelphia posts! In my neighborhood no less! This will help me break out of my Los Taquitos de Puebla rut (which, for the record, is an excellent rut to be in).

First Impressions of Han Dynasty, Philly's Sichuan Outpost in New York

This is my favorite Philly restaurant. Really, there are some amazing places to eat here, but this is the one I really crave. The affordability factor is a big plus. Order the Dan Dan Noodles - you won't regret it. For the record, I usually request to have the spiciness level toned down a few notches on most dishes, just so I can still feel my face by the end of the meal.

Where to Eat Near Times Square (Our Updated Guide)

Had a very enjoyable meal at Meskerem Restaurant at 468 West 47th Street. Ethiopian food. Inexpensive and perfect with a few friends.

Leftovers: Stray Links From Our Editors

Barbuzzo *is* awesome! The lack of reporting on Philly foods at SE is starting to hurt my feelings. If I send you guys some write-ups on my favorite places here, will you publish them?

Enter Tasty Bite's NYC Noodles Contest, Plus Exclusive Serious Eats Giveaway

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a KettlePizza Pro 22 Kit

My dad's relationship with pizza is pretty solid.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Grilled on the back deck.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Mini burgers. Lots of topping options.

Cook the Book: 'The Adobo Road Cookbook'

Pretty standard east coast Italian American mixed with some Pennsylvania Dutch.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Definitely the too-much-bun problem. Also ketchup.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Village Whiskey burger in Philly. Also, I make a damn good burger... topped with a slice of grilled Spanish chorizo, grilled onion, and good cheddar. Mayo and hot sauce. Don't skimp on the mayo. Hold the ketchup.

Cook the Book: 'The New Persian Kitchen'

I have to jump on the chickpea wagon here. Though currently having a fling with harissa as well.

Visiting NYC? Where to Eat (and Avoid) in Little Italy and Chinatown

The timing on this post could not be more perfect! I'm in NYC tonight through Sunday, and am going to eat my way through as much of this list as possible. Already I enjoyed some delicious buns from the Golden Steamer. *giggle*

Homemade Condiments You Keep on Hand

I have never ever purchased BBQ sauce. Homemade is way better, and it keeps forever in the fridge. Having it around, I've discovered that it's delicious on burgers, mac&cheese, and scrambled eggs.

Win 2 Tickets to Sweetlife: A Music + Food Festival!

Heirloom tomatoes. On good bread. With plenty of good mayonnaise. Eaten alone because no one wants to see me with tomato-mayo juice dripping down my arms.

Win Two Tickets to the Lucky Rice Grand Feast, May 3rd

I don't live in NYC, but I was there for 10 days or so last spring, and there was this ramen place near my hotel where I ate at least twice. Some brief googling tells me it was Terakawa Ramen at 57th and 9th, which sounds familiar. Anyway, I'm certainly no ramen expert (Philly is lacking in that area), but I loved this place.

48 hours in Chicago

Does SE have a "48 Hours in Chicago: Where to Eat" (or 24, or 36, or whatever) guide like it does for other cities? If not, can any of you lovely Chicagoans weigh in on this? Budget-friendly suggestions are particularly appreciated.

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