• Location: philadelphia, pa
  • Favorite foods: cacio e pepe
    toads in a hole, yolk broken
    cornbeef specials
    spinach quiche
    noodle kugel
    bagel with kippered salmon/whitefish salad
    sauteed button mushrooms

The Best Chocolate Babka in NYC, 2015 Edition

i think i like baz's babka more than their bagels. it's amazing.

Don't Call Chicken and Dumplings Depression-Era Cheap Eats

agreed @plasmaorb!!!!!

Don't Call Chicken and Dumplings Depression-Era Cheap Eats

the recipe looks totally different than the photos for this article??? am i missing the recipe for the round dumplings as opposed to the slick flat ones?

Beyond Potstickers: Around the World in Dumplings

Dipping Into Queso, a Texas Potluck Classic

any way to share the recipe for torchy's queso? i dream of it...

Win a Copy of 'Downtown Italian'

Noord Chef Joncarl Lachman on Philadelphia's Best Bites

yay! more philly stuff, please!

Win a Copy of 'Plenty More'

spaghetti squash mac & cheese!

Win a Copy of 'The Ginger & White Cookbook'

Win a Copy of 'Extra Virgin: Recipes and Love From Our Tuscan Kitchen'

penne con asparagi with rose sauce.

Where Bartenders Drink in Philadelphia


Cook the Book: 'The Homesick Texan's Family Table' by Lisa Fain

Cook the Book: 'The VB6 Cookbook' by Mark Bittman

coconut milk dal!

Win Two Tickets to the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party

What are NYC's Most Overrated Restaurants?

blue ribbon brunch. it's ungodly expensive and no better than tons of the other brunch places that are half as snobby and half as expensive. and their bloody Marys are kind a of meh. also, momfuku milk bar. I don't like anything! I've tried the crack pie, the cereal milk ice cream, the truffles, and countless other stuff and it's all pretty underwhelming. meh.

What is your favourite kosher food?

sweet noodle kugel!

Philly - Reading Market Area - After Hours

oh, and for dessert you MUST go to Capogiro on Sansom. It's the most amazing gelato you'll have outside of Italy with an amazing variety of flavors. i do believe that national geographic called it the best ice cream in the world. all the world. campari grapfruit and ciaccolato scuro are two of their best flavors.

Philly - Reading Market Area - After Hours

you'll be in walking distance of tons of great restaurants! Raw sushi & Sake Lounge on Sansom is really close, Talula's Table is an amazing farm to table restaurant, El Vez is good mexican, Smoking Betty's has good bbq and drinks, Bellini Grill looks sort of cheesy but has amazing old-school italian red sauce food, Parc is great rustic french, Melagrano has delicious modern italian, i could go on for a long time. Kanella is byob and one of my absolute favorites, really fresh cypriot food (sort of a mix between middle eastern and greek). you would also do totally fine wandering up sansom or locust. i'm not a huge fan of philadelphia chinatown, especially if you're from somewhere like nyc with a better one.

Irish Potatoes: The Sweetest Candy You've Never Heard Of*

yum! i was wondering why i couldn't find these in nyc! i'll have to make a trip home now to satisfy the craving :)

Cook the Book: 'Kitchen Confidence' by Kelsey Nixon

chili! a variation on the smitten kitchen version.

Snack Attack: What's Your Favorite Snack Cake?

kandy kakes! either kind.

The Best Valentine's Day Giveaway Ever: Lobel's 4" Prime Dry-Aged Heart Shaped Steaks for Two

with mashed mint peas and hollandaise.

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

avocado. it was delicious!

capogiro in philly (technically gelato) has amazing/strange flavors.

What is Your Pretzel Preference?

is there anywhere in nyc to get the extra tasty squishy and oblong philadelphia soft pretzels?

Wine Tasting Giveaway: Win 2 Tickets to In Pursuit of Balance in NYC

vienna, prague, and berlin SANS PORK

going on a family trip to vienna, prague, and berlin in a few weeks. always making traveling a bit difficult, keeping semi-kosher in germany, austria, and the czech republic i imagine will be especially difficult. we eat seafood, but no pork or dairy with meat, and we will absolutely eat in non-kosher restaurants. it's really just the pork that is the problem. i would love to get any food and restaurant recommendations!

downtown restaurant for 12 people

i'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for a friend somewhere downtown. ideally somewhere with a fixed price (under $50?) per head. friends are suggesting momofuko ssam bar, but i can't eat almost any of the dishes on the prix fixe because i don't eat pork. any suggestions???

kosher keeper working in chinatown

i just started a new job in the court house area right in chinatown in manhattan. this seems like it would be fantastic, considering the amazing and cheap food in the vicinity. the problem is that i eat i guess what would be called "kosher-style" by some. i don't eat pork (or dairy and meat combined, but that's not really a problem in chinese food). i do, for some unknown but glorious reason, eat seafood. but because of the lack of detailed labeling in many chinatown restaurants and because of the huge amount pork in chinese cuisine, i haven't really been brave enough yet to get any food in chinatown. all that explanation just to ask if anyone could recommend easy lunch dishes or places to eat where i could be sure to avoid the porky menace.

nice restaurant in poughkeepsie area?

vassar graduation rapidly approaches and i've already got reservations at artist's palate for lunch, but i need to find another nice restaurant for dinner. i've got 7 people, most of whom don't eat pork. preferably somewhere within a 20 minute drive of downtown poughkeepsie.

planet wings suggestions?

any suggestions on the best wing flavors at planet wings? (i don't like buffalo wings, i know, blasphemy)

(mild, medium, hot, suicidal) teriyaki, bbq teriyaki, cajun (medium), gourmet garlic (mild), lemon pepper (mild), jamaican jerk (medium), honey mustard, montero ranch, sweet & tangy, leapin' lizard (hot), classic bbq, smokey mountain bbq, roasted garlic bbq, sweet bbq, honey bbq, hot bbq (hot), parmesan pepper (medium), oriental sesame, sweet & sour, butter garlic, hot gourmet garlic, bourbon bbq, cool ranch, or chipotle bbq

florentine cookie recipe?

does anyone know where to find an especially good recipe for those delicious lacy and thin almond cookies? i can't seem to find any on the more reputable food sites...
i want to make them for our ludachristmas party!

know anything about an old aluminum pasta pot?

i'm moving in to a college apartment in a week and am packing up some of my parents' old cooking equipment to bring along. my mom has a large aluminum pasta pot with a strainer that she wanted to send up with me. it appears to be just aluminum, nothing anodized or coated (i think). should i have any concerns about using it to cook pasta or soup? any thoughts?

food in the outer banks, nc

i've been going down from philadelphia to avon and cape hatteras on the outer banks for the last decade or so. we mostly end up cooking our own seafood down there but i was wondering if there were any particular obx favorites others could recommend. hatteras clam chowder is always interesting. it's broth based and generally described as looking like dirty dishwater, but it's definitely tasty. any thoughts?

college girl drinks?

so at my east coast liberal arts school, i am throwing a party for two of my friends on the occasion of their 21st birthdays. as we are girls, we would like to have drinks that are pleasing to our unsophisticated-when-it-comes-to-alcohol palates, but at the same time will not repel what few boys we have at this school. still guessing?

any suggestions? our access to alcohol is limited to the local tiny liquor store, so easy to find ingredients are preferred. also no access to a stove (so no fancy simple syrups and infusions, sadly).


kosher column

i vote someone should write a kosher column for serious eats. meals/dishes with no pork, no mixing of meat and dairy, no shellfish, etc. it wouldn't have to stipulate the use of kosher slaughtered meats or ingredients, but follow the general rules. i think it would be both an interesting experiment and a valuable resource for the porcine challenged.


you should really have a little tab at the top of the website for philadelphia (tucked between the hamburgers and nyc perhaps). there are most certainly enough of it's inhabitants both as members and contributors. it seems the logical next tab!
and it's amazing with amazing restaurants.

philadelphia to pittsburgh: eating in between

so, my boyfriend and i are going on a one day jaunt on friday from our lovely city of philadelphia to pittsburgh (to visit my roommate bound for mendoza!). any suggestions on where we can stop for some tasty lunch on the way?
only stipulations, that it:
-be on route
-not be an entirely pork based establishment (alas, i keep some semblance of kosher)
-not be too expensive for our sad-college-students-with-only-unpaid-internships wallets
-be open on fridays

18 Chicken Dinner Recipes That Aren't Boring

A standard in almost every home cook's repertoire, the chicken dinner tends to lean toward the banal and un-exciting. Fortunately, we've compiled the best versions of all the standard chicken dishes, as well as a few unconventional ones that will restore poultry's dignity in your kitchen. From mole to tikka to buffalo wings, and more. More

Meat Lite: Lentil Sausage Ragout

Editor's note: Philadelphia food writers Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond drop by each week with Meat Lite, which celebrates meat in moderation. Meat Lite was inspired by their book, Almost Meatless. [Photograph from the Flickr photostream of Foodista] Ingredient... More

Chickpea, Pumpkin, and Raisin Couscous

[Photograph: Robin Bellinger] Shopping List 14 ounces boxed chopped tomatoes: $2.00 1 cup dried chickpeas: $0.75 2 cups squash (pro-rated): $1.50 1 medium zucchini: $0.60 2 cups whole wheat couscous: $2.00 Pantry items: Ginger, cumin, paprika, turmeric, cayenne, olive oil,... More

Dinner Tonight: Pasta with Spring Herbs

I'm not sure it gets much simpler than this recipe. You cook some pasta, drain, then toss it in a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Honestly. You won't have to sauté loads of ingredients or simmer things for hours. It all comes together during the time it takes to boil the pasta. More

Cook the Book: Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Kale

One of the topics that Alice Waters discusses in the first pages of In The Green Kitchen is how to stock a pantry. Any cook worth his or her salt knows that having a few items such as decent olive oil, onions, garlic, and pasta on hand makes putting together delicious last minute meals easy and relatively stress-free. This recipe for Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Kale comes together in the time it takes for the pasta to cook and with no need to stop off at the market for extra ingredients, providing you have some sort of leafy green on hand. More

Eat for Eight Bucks: Pumpkin Seed Pesto

Last week I finally got around to whipping up some pesto with pumpkin seeds, playing the part of pine nuts, and now I am smitten. I've tossed it with cold whole wheat couscous, twice I've stirred it into pasta, and I've eaten it by the spoonful while the baby begged for her fair share. With plain sliced tomatoes, pasta with pesto becomes a simple but filling celebration of summer. More