30, work in the healthcare industry now, but longtime ex-restaurant folk (front of the house and expo)..... love to cook, eat and imbibe beverages

  • Location: Centreville, VA
  • Favorite foods: Bacon, cheese (what doesn't it go on?), potatoes, ham (it ends in "mmmmm"), anything Mexican... maybe listing what I don't like would be easier.....
  • Last bite on earth: French dip, totally soaked in jus..... or poutine from Pizza Italie..... nom nom nom.

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How to Make the Best French Onion Soup

We follow Bourdain's Les Halles recipe. We make our own dark chx stock (reduced to an almost jelly consistency), which solves the easy to make intense flavor of the broth issue and the gelatin/water issue in one go. We also add a little slab bacon.

The soup turns out divine!

Taste Test: 1 Day, 23 Pop-Tart Flavors


YES GRAPE! That was my favorite too! Original grape, how I miss you so!

Giveaway: Win a Super-Fast Thermapen Thermometer

Definitely red. And definitely grilled kurobuta pork chops.

New York's Best Pretzel is Made by an Italian in the Bronx

Yes the lye is what makes it special. My boyfriend travels to Germany for work on a regular basis, and I ALWAYS ask him to bring me pretzels... because they use lye. It really makes ALL the difference.

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

Lack of Talk bums me out! I don't belong to any social media sites (and have zero plans to change that). Now I'll be left out. That sucks.

Charleston SC Ideas?

Martha Lou's for sure!! SNOB, Gin Joint, Social (more for the wine than the food), Edmund's Oast is awesome, High Cotton is pretty good too (and they have Blenheim ginger ale, yum!).

I'm quitting the site

+1 Zinnia1 (please forgive whatever auto correct does to this that I don't catch)

HOWEVER - I love reading meatntaters comments. I would be sad to see him (you... of you're reading this) go.

What is Your Pretzel Preference?

Pretzels from Munich, where they use lye. So good I can't eat American pretzels anymore.

Super Bowl Party Giveaway: 17th Street BBQ Baby Back Ribs and Pulled Pork

Stood out literally all night long watching the pitmasters bbq up meat for Charleston Wine and Food "Rigs, Pigs and Swigs".

Drinking Traditions From Around the World

Yes the codfish thing still exists. I was up in Newfoundland for a wedding 2 years ago and I did it.