I restructure, reorganize, and fight the IRS by night I dream about all things food, particularly those related to baking and CHOCOLATE. Recipe testing for to-be-published cookbooks brings me bliss.

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  • Location: Washington, D.C.....but longing to return to Texas
  • Favorite foods: Authentic Tex-Mex any and everything, huge fan of Southern/comfort foods - what food item isn't improved with a little bit of bacon? Cheese!! I can't get enough cheese! Breakfast foods, and carbohydrates in pretty much any form. Is wine food?
  • Last bite on earth: Just one BITE, not a meal? Impossible to decide. If pressed, as much as I could shove into my mouth from a sampler platter at Chuy's Tex-Mex.

Holiday Giveaway: The Amazing Thermapen Thermometer

that thanksgiving turkey!

Midtown, dinner for one

Thanks for all of the great suggestions! I went with The Bar Room at The Modern, and it was AWESOME - gin & grapefruit cocktail with steak tartare followed by pappardelle with lobster. So delicious.

@shoneyjoe - have any stellar tax skills? Oh, public accounting...

Cook the Book: 'River Cottage Every Day'

Grilled cheese with any and everything tossed in there - vary the cheese, add bacon or chiles or tomatoes or avocado...

Weekend Giveaway: 'My Father's Daughter'

Equipment: Cookie Sheets

I'm a huge fan of Chicago Metallic! Pricier than the Nordic, but very heavy-duty, easy to take care of, and great results.

Cook the Book: 'Around My French Table'

I just got back from a week and a half in Spain - amazing, amazing food from different regions. I'm still full.

Cook the Book: 'Canal House Cooking Volume 4: Farm Markets & Gardens'

I've been frequenting the Penn Quarter farmers market and Eastern Market over the summer - can't get enough of this summer produce!

Prague Suggestions Please-!

I wholeheartedly support the tredlník suggestion - they make a delicious sidewalk snack! A few of my favorite restaurants from a trip last May:

- Restaurant at U Medvíků with their house-brewed beer. Try the Oldgott, and the X-33 if you're feeling adventurous. Also a great bar!
- The Franz Kafka Cafe was a decent stop for us during our Jewish Quarter exploration - I loved the dumplings! However, service was a little...iffy.
- One of my favorite food stops was in a Tesco grocery store - we picked up picnic supplies and crazy Czech candy.
- If you're in the mood for a break from meat and potatoes, we had a French-inspired dinner at Le Patio that was entirely delicious and RIDICULOUSLY cheap for the great quality of food.

You also can't go wrong with a lot of the little bakeries you pass - stop in and get all the pastries you've never seen before. Delicious!

Prague is a beautiful city - enjoy your trip!

Serious eating in Barcelona, Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla

Thank you so much for the suggestions, everyone! Keep them coming - I'm mapping out our plan of attack, and I'll get a recap up after the trip.

Cook the Book: 'Farm to Fork'

Tomatoes straight off the vine from my mom's garden - the smell alone will knock you over with the promise of deliciousness.

Cook the Book: 'Fiesta at Rick's'

If Rick's house is full, I'd love to party with Mario or Alton!

Cook the Book: The Perfect Finish

Coconut cream piiiiiiieeeee!

Cook the Book: The Good Stuff Cookbook

Just one, really? Twisted Root in Dallas...or Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington...or Shake Shack in NYC...or...ok, I'll stop

Cook the Book: 'The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual'

Baked ziti - so simple, so delicious, so cheeeeeeeesey-good

Cook the Book: 'The Tex-Mex Grill and Backyard Barbacoa Cookbook'

It's impossible to name just one, it really is, but you can give me rellenos all day long. God, I miss Texas.

Cook the Book: 'Recipes from an Italian Summer'

Panzanella with whatever looks good, which is going to be pretty much any and every thing.

Cook the Book: 'The Book of Tapas'

Gambas al ajillo with plenty of crusty bread to sop up the deliciousness left behind.

Cook the Book: 'Seasonal Fruit Desserts'

Turning anything into a cobbler or crisp - yum. Preferably with a big scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream.

Cook the Book: 'Pig: King of the Southern Table'

Carnitas in a tasty, tasty taco

Cook the Book: 'The Vegetarian Option'

Any kind of grain - quinoa! - with some sauteed veggies mixed in. Or pasta in any way, shape, or form.

Cook the Book: 'Ready for Dessert'

My mom's coconut cream pie, a Thanksgiving staple that should really be enjoyed year-round. Yum.

Cook the Book: 'Molto Gusto'

Cook the Book: 'My Bread'

I've learned to always, always test my yeast to make sure it's ready to do its thing - otherwise, epic bread fail.

Serious Eats Giveaway: $50 Gift Certificates from Threadless

Cookie and milk love is the only way to go!

Cook the Book: 'Rose's Heavenly Cakes'

My mom's red velvet cake. Can't get enough.

Midtown, dinner for one

Traveling for work and will be in midtown tomorrow night - would love suggestions for a "hey, I'm sitting at the bar by myself and enjoying a fantastic dinner!" experience within comfortable walking distance. Staying at the Waldorf Astoria at 49th and Park.

Serious eating in Barcelona, Madrid, Córdoba, Sevilla

I don't want to waste one moment in Spain eating sub-par food - I trust you Serious Eaters implicitly and seek your knowledge on the best/remarkably local/life-changing dining experiences in the aforementioned cities. I'll be there in early-mid September, for what it's worth, and already know that I should spend quality time at the Boqueria in Barcelona (specific vendors are appreciated! Bar Pinoxto, I know), Chocolatería San Ginés in Madrid for churros pretty much every night...and it's hard to go wrong with the tapas crawl and eating what everyone else is eating, right? Look forward to your suggestions!

Best Eats Near Washington, D.C.'s Union Station

"We are tired and hungry. Feed us!" Photograph from LHOON on Flickr Changing trains in D.C.? Got a few hours to kill? Rolling your eyes at the fluorescent-lit options near the Amtrak desk? Relax and embrace the glory of a layover meal. It shouldn't require heavy-thinking, just strange characters and comforting foods that will eat up time.... More

The New Nationals Dog: Washington D.C.'s Half Smoke

Photograph from dbking on Flickr Fenway has Fenway Franks, the Dodgers have Dodger Dogs and over the weekend, Washington defined its regional frank at the National's Opening Day game. The stadium's official dog, the half smoke, supplied by local institution Ben's Chili Bowl, has been characterized one of Washington's only real trademark foods. Yet the backstory of this special rod of pork remains an enigma.... More

'Details' Magazine Pizza Roundup

Pity poor Ed Levine. When his workday doesn't involve ordering one of each doughnut at a well-regarded New York City doughnuttery, he gets to eat pizza from some of the country's best pizzerias and write about it for Details magazine. His findings cover some familiar ground to readers of Slice and of Mr. Levine's 2005 book PIzza: A Slice of Heaven, but there are some new entries to be savored. Pizzeria Bianco [623 East Adams Street, Phoenix AZ 85004; map] "The sauce tastes like a distillation of the ripest tomatoes."Di Fara[1424 Avenue J, Brooklyn NY 11230; map] "... a Di... More

A Slice of Heaven: Washington, D.C.

Hey, Slicesters, Ed Levine here. If you follow this site regularly, you know we've been excerpting chapters and info from the pizza book I wrote, Pizza: A Slice of Heaven. Since Adam has been talking a lot about D.C. pizza as of late, I thought I'd post my chapter on the subject. Enjoy! —EdIt was at Ella's Wood Fired Pizza, the first stop on my Washington, D.C., pizza tour, that I developed my owner-occupied pizza theory. I sat down at a table across from the beautiful, fire-engine-red, wood-fired brick oven and ordered a Margherita and a marinara pizza. I asked... More