I'm a transplant, no matter where I live. I move north, south, north...again and again. I love food, learning about it and trying new flavors.

  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Favorite foods: Seafood, shellfish, Asian, Thai, beer, cheese, pimento cheese, good burgers, Mom's cooking, grilled foods, pork buns from Momofuku
  • Last bite on earth: Mom makes some killer cheese enchiladas (I like mine w/green onions and olives) that could be in the running. Also the Linguine & White Clam Sauce that my dad and I would cook when my mom traveled out of town for work. More nostalgia than anything.

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The Best Things I Ate in Taiwan

I'm very excited for this list! I'm headed to Taiwan in November and will definitely consult this list for pointers as it gets closer. I was really happy to see the bubble tea recommendation too.

Lemongrass Sour

Any guidance as to how cheap you can go with the vodka for this kind of infusion?

The Art of the Perfect Grilled Cheese (Plus 20 Variations to Shake Things Up)

So last night I did the double sided grilling technique with mayo (didn't have any softened butter so I figured, what the heck) and it was the best sandwich I've ever made. I can't wait to make another one tonight. Thank you.

How to Make the Best Baked Jalapeño Poppers

Was there any consideration given to using crushed cheese crackers or Doritos as some or all of the breading?

The Best Burgers in Philadelphia

@monopod, I was thinking the same thing.

I'd be interested to see your 'Honorable Mention' list. From looking at the winners, it appears as thought Village Whiskey would have fit in to the style of places you were checking out. I was happy to see Standard Tap on the list. They've never disappointed me, no matter what I've ordered.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Eek! I cringe at the thought of how many fingertips may be harmed in the mandolin testing. Be careful Daniel!

Juicy and Tender Italian-American Meatballs in Red Sauce

These sound delicious. Regarding the stock and gelatin step. I don't work with gelatin a ton and don't have a microwave. Would it be safe to simply heat it on the stove until the gelatin is dissolved?

The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

I like ketchup on the cheesesteak, especially if the cheese guy is a little light handed with the wiz. Never considered mayo and now that you mention it, don't think I would try it.

I second what folks say- these sandwiches aren't the best coming out of Philly but are certainly worth a discussion as they are so well known and associated with the city.

The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

I'm happy to see John's on the list. I was late discovering that one but can't drive by there now without stopping.

This Smoky Jalapeño Cranberry Sauce is the Perfect Condiment for Your Grilled Turkey

I saw some Jalapeno Cranberry sauce at Trader Joe's this weekend. I thought it sounded delicious. I bet this is as well.

An Easy Thanksgiving Menu for Two

This has me inspired for a possible Thanksgiving for one meal. Don't know if I'll go as far as a turkey breast but will definitely take more time in the kitchen than normal and make a special meal.

This Week at Serious Eats World Headquarters

Looking forward to reading the results of the Great Cheesesteak Crawl of 2014.

Doritos Migas With Pepper Jack Will Rock Your Morning, Hangover or Not

My mouth is watering thinking about this dish. It would probably be good with some sort of spicy Doritos (they've got to exist) or possibly even Cool Ranch.

Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life With Pasta

We should create a Philly spin off. Tacos, enchiladas, chili...the possibilities are endless!

Where Bartenders Drink in Philadelphia

Thank you for this extensive list. I know I'll be referencing it often to add some different places to the rotation.

Win Two Tickets to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

I'd like to try some of Rodney Scott's Carolina BBQ.

We Taste 9 Fast Food Vanilla Milkshakes (and Risk Permanent Brain Freeze)

I'll go ahead and burst your bubble before your Shamrock season disappointment hits. They've changed the machines at McDonald's. No longer are there three (or four) separate handles for the different shake flavors. Instead they have a big machine that serves all of the flavors from one handle with the machine adding the flavoring as its dispensed (like a soda fountain).

I realized this at my last Shamrock attempt in 2013. The shake wasn't as minty green as I remember. The taste wasn't there either. Need more mint!. It wasn't a consistent green throughout. You could tell the flavor and color was added when it was dispensed.

I'll stick to the ice cream sundae with hot fudge and peanuts when I need a fix from now on.

An Open Letter to Serious Eaters

Agree with @gumbercules on sorting feature for search. I was in NYC over the weekend and searched the site for brunch spots and black & white cookies and had to filter through pages to find current stuff.

one site design suggestion I'd like to offer relates to recipes. You write a post setting up the recipe and at the bottom you link to the recipe. As they are different pages, there are two separate link areas. I think it adds to some confusion and questions/suggestions get lost. If there was some way to eradicate that issue it would be great!

I look forward to seeing what you guys are working on.

Trader Joe's Kouign Amann is Almost as Good as Dominique Ansel's

Has anyone actually proofed and baked these in a muffin tin? Just wondering about changes in baking time. My only problem about these is that I can't remember to take them out the night before I want to have one. Its now resulted in me setting a reminder on my phone to do so tonight before I go to bed.

Warm Farro Salad With Asparagus, Peas, and Feta

I had nearly everything in my fridge so I whipped this up tonight. I swapped out the asparagus and added yellow beans and added parmesan for the feta. Its so delicious! And will make a great lunch tomorrow.

The Science of Jello Shots

I consider myself a pretty good jello shot maker. Is that something to be proud of? I'll let you decide (but I say yes). Part of it is my hometown pride (read here for some history of jello )

The most popular one I made last go round was the cherry cola. The liquid I heated up first was cola, added black cherry jello (much better than regular cherry), stirred to dissolve then added vodka (not the cheapest you can get) and poured the mixture into cups with a piece of a cherry in there. Voila!

Eat This Now: Zapp's Voodoo Potato Chips at Bon Bon Sandwiches

Finally something we've got going here for us in AR! Several of my local sandwich shops (Boulevard Bread Co and Hillcrest Artisian Meats -H.A.M.- serve Zapp's as their sandwich accompaniment. The flavor of VooDoo, to me, seems to be "a little bit of everything" and I love it!

DIY Amaro

Can you think of any problems with me making this in a plastic Cambro food storage container? I know it will hold the volume needed and is food safe, just didn't know if there was a particular reason for using glass.


Taste Test: Ginger Snaps

My office has an unwritten (but very much spoken) rule- if you travel to a city with Trader Joe's and do not pick up a pack of the Ginger Snaps you are banished (or at least chastised). We go through them pretty quickly.