Lizy Yagoda

A burger fiend stranded in a world of vegans.

  • Location: Philadelphia
  • Favorite foods: a good cheeseburger; fresh, crusty bread; bacon.
  • Last bite on earth: Hmm. An oreo dipped in peanut butter, Lindsay Lohan style

Cake Shake from Squareburger in Philadelphia

I very much agree about the cakeshake. One of the best shakes I've ever had.

Freed Journalist Laura Ling an Apparent Hoagie-Lover

I really appreciate the use of the word "hoagie."
@gastronomeg, i totally agree on the laughter. It brightened my morning, before I had to go wake up my 9 campers.

Taste Test: Milks Not From a Cow

Oh wow. So very glad I wasn't around for this taste test. Any milk-like beverage with flecks of anything in it sounds horrible.

Emotional Eating: Strange Cravings when you're ANGRY!

I always want something I know is bad for me. The attitude of, "well, I guess I'm justified to eat my feelings, might as well do it right."

Meet & Eat: Lizy Yagoda, Serious Eats Intern

@carriebwc. My sausage thing comes from some really bad experiences with breakfast sausages and then carried over into other types. I do like dried sausage and italian sausage, but in general it kindof grosses me out.

@anysuchname. I guess I didn't see a place to describe the "foodie foods" I like, but be assured, I like veggies. True, I like some kid foods (Peanut butter and fluff and juice boxes in particular), but they're often the safest things to eat in a college cafeteria! :)

What Does Your Fridge Say About You?

@wrain. I'm sure that in general, grapes can go on the top shelf, but when they've been recently washed and in a holey bag, the water drips down over everything.

do you remember elementary school cafeteria food?

We had milk in plastic bags in my elementary school. This was also the first time I discovered Bacon Bits. I remember loving everything.
In high school, people only got two things. Either a limp salad in a plastic bowl the size of a fist, or curly fries.

Seriously Italian: Reflections on the Trattoria

Man, I wish I had read this a week ago! I just got back from Rome and this place sounds amazing, I want to jump on a plane and head back. What's the price range?

Serious Sandwiches: Tony Luke's Roast Pork Italian, Philadelphia

I'm so glad the other Philly foods are getting their props. We get a little sick of always reading about cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. I also have to agree with Delorenzosfan. I prefer Dinic's as well. I like mine with spinach rather than with broccoli rabe.

Pantry 'Ghosts': Do You Have Them?

My father has had a can of Billy Beer since it first came out. He moved it through 4 houses.

Top Movies Starring Chinese Food

"My Favorite Year." The main character, Benjy, says "Jews know two things: suffering, and where to find great Chinese food."

Photo of the Day: Cool Chocolate Mousse

wowza. like the tower of babel, but working towards deliciousness rather towards heaven...or perhaps the same thing?

College Eats!

This past semester, I lived on peanut butter and fluff sandwiches and juicy juice juice boxes (fruit punch). Some times it's easier/marginally healthier to live like a 5 year old than to eat 3 meals a day at a dining hall where the main offerings are fried chicken wraps and deserts.
The funny thing is, now that I'm abroad in Prague, I still crave those sandwiches on wonderbread.

Culinary Rule Breaking

Cucumbers and ranch on veggie burgers (or regular ones)

I don't like traditional condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, etc) nor traditional sandwich toppers (pickles and tomatoes) . Will avoid all like the plague.

Manhattan: Brooklyn Diner

This was the first time I was able to go to a burger place recommended by aht. I was wildly disappointed. Perhaps it is because I went to the Times Square location, but it was one of the most mediocre burgers I've ever had. I ordered my burger rare and it was more well done that the picture shown in this article. It was devoid of juice and therefore was a lump of ground beef, not a burger. The burger also had fat pellets, and was unpleasantly chewy. The fries and frizzled onions were lovely, and my dining companion enjoyed her pigs in a blanket. But, I've had better burgers in NY (Island Burgers, various fast food outlets, etcetc) that cost significantly less, but were not mentioned on this site. My faith has now been tested.

Turkey Brine Recipe

Hey guys!
A few weeks before Thanksgiving, a recipe was posted on SE about a dry brine for turkey. My family and I loved it, but I'm having trouble finding the recipe again. Anyone remember the recipe?
Any help would be much appreciated!

Bacon making question

I'm trying to make my own bacon and need "pink salt" to cure the pork belly. I'm in Prague and am having trouble finding it. Has anyone ever made bacon or knows of a good substitute for pink salt?

Freed Journalist Laura Ling an Apparent Hoagie-Lover

Freed journalists Laura Ling, with hoagie, and Euna Lee. When first published the news that journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were freed from North Korea yesterday, these were the photos they used. At some point, the website cropped out the hoagie from Ling's photo—but not before sharp-eyed Philadelphia Citypaper blogger Drew Lazor noticed it and screen-capped it, saying: ...why did CNN decide to zoom in/crop the image after its initial posting? Is it inappropriate to show a former detainee brandishing a sandwich like a motherfucking microphone? We certainly don’t think so. On the contrary—nothing, in our opinion at least, screams democracy quite like this. Fuck you, Kim Jong-il, you evil commie bastard! This shit has THREE KINDS... More

Why Is There No 'N' in 'Restaurateur'?

How timely. We were just arguing in the office yesterday about the word restaurateur and that "doesn't it have an n in it?" Dave Cook of Eating in Translation must have read our minds, as he posted a link to an explanation of where the n went: Restaurateur is the noun created from the verb restaurer by replacing the -er ending of the verb with the -ateur ending for for a man (its female equivalent, restauratrice, only appeared in 1767) who carries out the action. Hence, no n. At first, he was an artisan who restored or repaired objects. In the seventeenth century, he was an assistant who set broken bones for a surgeon. In the 1770s he became... More

Bad Airline Meal Inspires Crazy Letter to Richard Branson

Hilarious letter, with photos, to Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic Airways, complaining about every item on an in-flight meal (Mumbai to Heathrow). The product of a mind at the absolute end of its tether. Witness: I'll try and explain how this felt. Imagine being a twelve year old boy Richard. Now imagine it's Christmas morning and you're sat their with your final present to open. It's a big one, and you know what it is. It's that Goodmans stereo you picked out the catalogue and wrote to Santa about. Only you open the present and it's not in there. It's your hamster Richard. It's your hamster in the box and it's not breathing. That's how I felt when I... More