• Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Favorite foods: Linguine carbonara, the square sushi roll with tuna at Zento, roast pork/provolone/broccoli rabe sandwiches, Thai drunken noodles, grouper, avocado on toast, fried chicken, smoked salmon, salt/vinegar chips.
  • Last bite on earth: My mother's chicken Caesar salad.

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The Best Cheesesteaks in Philadelphia

My mother's cheesesteaks are the best (mainly because she cooks the beef in butter with a ton of salt and pepper), but my top place to order is definitely my neighborhood joint Dalessandro's. Glad to see it given its due.

"I know this will be controversial but can we concur that, as a concept (and in execution) that Philly cheesesteaks just are not very good."

Sorry, @film_score. But I'm afraid there's no agreeing to that.

How to Make Traditional Cassoulet (And Why You Should Put Chicken in It!)

I have homemade chicken stock waiting for me at home in all its overly gelatinous goodness, and a rainy Saturday ahead. This will absolutely be on the menu.

One question-I've never seen salted pork belly at my ridiculously crappy grocery store. Is it worth it to run to a specialty market, or did one of the other pork products make a decent alternative? I'm assuming that if I want to do this right, I should just suck it up and go to a butcher.

The Food Lab: For the Best Chicken Parmesan, Take a Lesson From the South

I just made chicken parm last week and here I am craving it again because of these photos. I will definitely be adding the buttermilk step to my recipe, thanks Kenji!

American Chop Suey: The Cheesy, Beefy, Misnamed Stovetop Casserole That Deserves a Comeback

In my house growing up we called this Noodles and Meat, because we were either super creative or appreciated brevity. Not sure which.

Ours contained no cheese or Worcestershire, it's basically macaroni, peppers and onions, crushed tomatoes, and ground beef with spices/garlic. I make it on days when I'm feeling nostalgic.

From Scientific Cuisine to Southern Icon: The Real History of Pimento Cheese

Velveeta is also prevalent in the North guys-I've lived inside or outside of Philly my whole life and every other Friday my mom would heat Velveeta with fresh onions, peppes, and canned tomatoes to serve with Tostitos, and we were not the only ones who utilized it in a dip or mac & cheese, but even as a non Southerner I have never seen a recipe for pimento cheese with Velveeta.

Anyway, incredibly interesting article!

Friday Night Meatballs: How to Change Your Life With Pasta

This was great-as a fellow Philadelphian I'm tempted to start a this tradition in my neck of the woods.

And my niece has those same baby glasses from the one picture. So cute!

The Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Philadelphia

Earth, Bread, and Brewery's flatbreads are out of this world. Their dedication to the local art scene is pretty fantastic as well.

14 Essential Sichuan Eats (Beyond Hot Pot) in Chengdu and Chongqing

Jesus God, I want ALL of this. Next time I visit Han Dynasty here in Philly I'll finally try their tripe in chili oil.

The Best Things We Ate in July

Butter and soy sauce is amazing. My favorite side dish to a simple steak are mushrooms sauteed in butter, soy sauce, and a ton of black pepper.

The Ultimate Fully-Loaded Bloody Mary

I'm not a fan of horseradish in a Bloody Mary-I feel like I'm drinking cocktail sauce. Mine are pretty standard, I like a lot of lemon juice and celery salt, use Cholula to kick up the heat, and garnish with celery and olives.

The Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago

I've lived on the East coast my whole life and though I was raised on New York style pizza and Philly/Trenton tomato pies, one of my life goals is to get to Chicago and try an authentic deep dish pizza. Those pictures are making my breakfast of Greek yogurt just DISMAL.

Ask a Bartender: How Do You Prevent a Hangover?

I drink water during the night and take a Gatorade and Advil to bed with me. In the morning I drink more water with a Bloody Mary with extra Cholula, and have a cheese omelet with home fries.

Staff Picks: What's Your Go-To Dinner Party Dessert?

Blueberry lemon bars with a graham cracker crust. No rolling of dough, the filling is ridiculously easy to make, and everything only bakes for about 25 minutes.

Snack Attack: What's Your Favorite Snack Cake?

Jelly Krimpets from Tastykake. Hostess always tasted waxy and overly sugary.

Show and Tell: Your Favorite Cocktail Glasses

Oh, I am YEARNING over here. These are gorgeous.

What's the Weirdest Ice Cream Flavor You've Ever Tried?

olive oil ice cream, rose petal, and my favorite was corn ice cream at Jose Garces' Distrito, which was amazing. And last night I had vanilla/Fruit Loop soft serve at Sampan. Delightful, and not too sweet.

What Alcoholic Drinks Do You Hate?

Jagermeister. Repulsive. Even as an aperitif.

Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Christmas Cookie?

My aunt makes these cakey glazed ricotta cookies and they are the only thing other than my mom's Christmas Eve crab and shrimp bisque for which I will knock over small children.

Also, I'm that weirdo that hates chocolate chip cookies, but at 33 my mom still has to swat me away from the raw dough, salmonella be damned.

Poll: Burgers with Two Proteins: Way or No Way?

Nope. I want to taste the beef-the caramelization on the outside of the patty, the juiciness inside, a little salt and pepper to enhance the flavor, and that's it.

What's Your Local Cheap Beer?

Yuengling, Lionshead, and Natty Boh for my Baltimore born husband.

Han Dynasty Rocks the First Stage Then Loses Its Beat

That's a shame, I frequent the locations in Philly and the food and never been anything but stellar. The garlic style lamb, spicy cucumber, and dan dan noodles are a must.

Poll: What Soda Do You Like to Drink With Your Pizza?

I rarely drink soda, but it's birch beer or ginger ale all the way. UNLESS they have fountain Cherry Coke (which is also my movie theater drink of choice).


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