contributing writer for,Food & Beverage Magazine intern

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  • Location: New Jersey
  • Favorite foods: bagels, euro style butter, cheese in any form, bloody steak, fresh parsley, rainbow cookies, coffee, oysters, disco fries, two eggs over easy, almond flavored anything, pickles, twizzlers, extra large english muffins
  • Last bite on earth: An entire hotel pan of my Uncle Matty's Chicken Parm

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Poutine Pizza: What Is and What Should Never Be

Linwood Pizza in Fort Lee, NJ also makes this pie. I've almost ordered it a number of times, but always opt for chicken parm pizza cause they make it so well

Nutella vs. Gianduia vs. Generic Brand Hazelnut Spreads

Do they even sell gianduja on a consumer level? I know companies such as Valrhona/Weiss sell them in 1 kilo blocks for industry use - but I've never seen it available for sale at the supermarket...has else?

Also, although I love Nutella, the mouth feel is waxy/greasy due to the added oil - which, gianduja does not (should not) contain...apples to oranges indeed!

Bob & Timmy's Is the Fifth Best Pizzeria in the U.S.?

@celeriac the thing I miss most about Providence is pizza strips!!! Venda Ravioli makes my favorite, they have baskets of them (still warm) stacked at the check out counter most days and I was never ever able to pass them up!

Bob & Timmy's Is the Fifth Best Pizzeria in the U.S.?

Hi Ed! Great post! As a former (recent) resident of Providence, I totally agree. Bobby & Timmy's is er, ok, but there is far better pizza to be found in Rhode Island. For starts, Caserta's across the street might not be grilled pizza (more like Sicilian) but cheesy, simple, slightly greasy and ultimately indulgent. They also have something called a "Wimpy Skimpy" which looks like a calzone, is double baked and stuffed with spinach, pepperoni, cheese and olives. They are huge, cheap and amazing.
Anyways (funny enough) this is my tweet from the day the list came out: I can't believe Bobby & Timmy's is that high on the list of best pizza's. It's good, but not like, Al Forno good (which is #18!) Gesh.
8:15 AM May 19th from web

Is It a 'Plain' Slice, a 'Regular' Slice, or Something Else Entirely?

Plain slice all the least in the NYC area. In New England, they have tomato pie - and a plain slice is called a cheese slice. According to the other comments (and with brother, who is sitting next to me and goes to school in Texas) plain slice transcribing to cheese slice seems fairly common in other parts of the country. Maybe due to the prevalence of fast food pizza chains, um, everywhere?

My (Sort Of) First Taste of White Castle's Burgers

I think this a pretty accurate description of a typical WC experience, minus any real case of the munchies! I have to second the mozz sticks though, the tomato sauce is pretty gross, but the coating is made out of some kind of addicting crispy batter I find irresistible. I live within 10 minutes of both a WC and the original White Manna in Hackensack, NJ and I must say - I'd take White Manna hands down, any day. P.S. The Jersey City location um, sucks.

Snapshots from South Korea: School Food

In Fort Lee, NJ -next to Pho 32, a "School Zone" opened a couple months ago. Same concept, a korean cafeteria...but they also have frozen yogurt. Its always super busy in the afternoon - and its next to Paris Baguette, a korean owned and operated bakery with fresh buttery sliced white bread and tons of other bread/rolls/sweets/donuts/cake options to get yourself lost in. Worth the trip to Jersey. I promise.

New Jersey Dispatch: The New Fairway Market in Paramus

Really great addition to the area - but, yes - incredibly crowded and very windy and difficult to navigate. Went yesterday though, the marble rye was fantastic, as is the cheese selection and the olive/pickle selection. Also, as a North Jersey native and avid dried fruit connoisseur, the selection is fantastic and very reasonably the three times I've been I find myself standing in front of the section forever trying to decide which dried fruit mix will "come home with me this time"...then I get distracted from the bakery behind me and the hot food bar to my right and my travels continue onward... like no other market indeed

What do you collect?

food magazines. I can't throw them out! I got it from my Mother who has the past 25 years of Gourmet on the bookshelf and either subscribes or buys every food related magazine on earth. Also, business cards from restaurants I've eaten in - or anything clipped from a magazine that inspires me. I think one day I'll scrapbook, one day...

Raw Almonds

Also, maybe I should have said fresh instead of raw...I guess thats kinda confusing, sorry!

Coffee Top Caddy: Yea or Nay?

Great idea, but a wasteful one at that. First of all, those cups are made out of styrofoam - then add on top of that all the unnecessary garbage from the creamers/sugar/carrier. In our current world of reusable bags & coffee tumblers, how could we ever condone this?

Cake decorating supply shops in NYC

NY Cake & Bake should have everything your heart desires, but beware of the staff (esp. the owner Joe)... and never ask if they have valrhona pistoles, they don't...ONLY BLOCK!

Would you ask for a "celebrity chef's" autography?

Wow so many comments! As Cyberroo pointed out, yes, this did occur at Bobby Flay's new burger "palace." Clearly, this is all circumstantial though, but given this situation, you'd understand my distaste for the act at hand. Although, yes, If I was going to a book signing - or a panel discussion - or somewhere this behavior was expected, it wouldn't be tacky or unnecessary. However, I don't put Bobby Flay on the same level as other food professionals who are less recognized but far more talented (in my opinion). I'd be more chef shocked/autograph crazy over someone like Judy Rogers...

A Beginner's Guide to Passover Coke

Just picked some up at the newly opened Fairway in Paramus, NJ - and they had a huge selection...regular, diet, caffeine free - not to mention Pepsi and Mr. Browns. Happy hunting!

Twice-Baked Snack Goods

They really impart a different flavor all together - definitely worth the extra step in my opinion. I think I'm going to try those pretzel goldfish mentioned above or just go to the snack isle and see what looks good. Maybe pork rinds, or fritos! Thanks guys!