Toque of the Town: Top Chef Kevin Sbraga Debuts in Philly

In a world where the popularity of television personalities is as fleeting as the lifespan of a mayfly, it’s rare that 15 minutes of TV fame translate to real world success.  ...

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Creative Comfort Food: Marathon Grill Review

Want to see something entertaining?  Mention the words ‘chain restaurant’ to a food lover and gauge her reaction.  It is almost guaranteed that face contortions and nose-in-the-air snobbery will ensue.  ...

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Philadelphia Food & Drink Writers’ Conference: A Recap

Everyone with a laptop and a camera can dub themselves a journalist and, for the most part, that’s a beautiful thing.  There’s a staggering number of blogs floating around on ...

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Federal Donuts Opens Its Doors (And Gets Slammed)

There are a few indisputable facts about me.  I am not a ...
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Want a Black Eye with That Shake? McDonald’s is the New Fight Club

Back in April, a transgender woman was brutally attacked while trying to enter ...
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Win Tickets to Spend an Evening with Anthony Bourdain & Eric Ripert

The world loves pairings–peanut butter and jelly, Siegfried and Roy, Cheech and ...
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Cars, Chefs, & Cooking: Buick Discovery Tour Recap

Affordable luxury.  Those two words perfectly sum up Buick’s new 2012 vehicle lineup ...
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BBQ in Doylestown? Hickory Kitchen Review


I Knew It…Cantaloupe Will Kill You

I hate cantaloupes–any kind of melon, really (that means you too, honeydew).  ...

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The Worst Food Writing Words

I love writing about food, but the truth is there are only so many ways you can say something is delicious (completely overused) or delectable (realistically, people do not talk like that) or tasty.  You get the drift.  Writing is an ongoing learning process–you can literally hone your craft every day–and the ability to describe a dish in […]

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Warm & Fuzzy: Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Ever since I was a kid, I have loved oatmeal and I’m not talking about that processed, over-sugared cardboard that comes in the little store-bought packets.  I’m talking real oatmeal–precious rolled oats that require real cooking.  Friends hate to be around me when I eat oatmeal because I like the stuff so thick you can […]

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Season’s Eatings: Pumpkin Pudding

Lately, all of my cooking has been in preparation for and celebration of autumn.  From soups to squash, my kitchen has been filled with the warm, fragrant scents of seasonal cooking and–while savory dishes are great–a little dessert never hurt anyone.  And, really, who can resist the familiar, comforting taste of pumpkin?  This recipe has all […]

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What’s Happening: Midtown Village Fall Festival is Saturday

It’s hard to believe that this Saturday is the first day of October (already).  October is, hands down, my favorite month–what with Halloween and all (don’t judge) and I’ve got another event to add to the reason why I heart October.  Midtown Village–you know the area that Barbuzzo chef/owner Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran […]

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Turn Up the Heat: Spicy Shrimp Skewers with Charred Lime and Chimichurri

It completely baffles me as to why the older I get, the more I crave spicy things.  Is it my palate’s way of trying to prove that it’s still as daring as it was in the days of my youth?  Whatever the reason, all I know is that my kitchen cabinets are full of heat-inducing […]

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EATS (Eat Along the Street) Festival Recap

The only thing better than eating and mingling is eating and mingling for a cause.  Tonight in Manayunk, foodies, chefs and culinary professionals got together to raise money for Wat Bodd Voraditt–an orphanage in Thailand. EATS is the brainchild of Chabaa Thai Executive Chef Moon Krapugthong and kitchen designer extraordinaire Judy Spielman (of Space by Spielman) […]

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Gordon Ramsay’s Dwarf Porn Star Lookalike Found Dead (You Can’t Make This Stuff Up)

I know there’s a lot going on in the title but this is what headlines around the world have been screaming this week.  First things first, irascible, razor-tongued chef Gordon Ramsay has a twin.  Well, not exactly–Percy Foster is not a blood relation–he’s a lookalike.  And he’s a dwarf.  Oh yeah, and a porn star.  […]

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Squashing Out Summer: Thyme-Roasted Butternut Squash Recipe

It’s no secret that I’m not a warm weather girl.  The sun and the beach just don’t appeal to me.  Blame it on the fact that I was born in December or, more accurately, blame it on the fact that I was already born with a great tan (haha) and I can’t swim.  Even my […]

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Shank’s Original Goes Retro with 79-Cent Sammies

Where can you get a giant, delicious sandwich for under a buck?  Nowhere, right?  Wrong.  To celebrate its 50th anniversary, each month Shank’s Original on the Philly waterfront will offer a different one of its signature sandwiches (hot or cold) for an unbelievable 79¢. This month’s sandwich is the famous roast pork on an Aversa roll–a hometown favorite […]

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Lemon Pepper Ruined My Would-Be Marriage

I hate lemon pepper.  It knows good and damn well why I hate it, too. Out of all the spice blends, I detest this little offender the most.  I’d like to tell myself it’s because of the artificial, metallic taste it imparts on whatever you sprinkle it on but, if I’m honest, I can trace my […]

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