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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.  Both loved and despised, reality television is often responsible for dashing the dreams of hopeful fame seekers and putting the kibosh on budding careers–former reality show contestants often […]

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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.  A renewed interest in haute dining has nearly put a proverbial nail in the coffin of chain restaurants–even forcing a record number of recognizable national brands to […]

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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 the internet, but none is more ubiquitous than the food blog.  Dining in a restaurant these days feels like throwing oneself into a pool of […]

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Federal Donuts Opens Its Doors (And Gets Slammed)

There are a few indisputable facts about me.  I am not a fan of fried chicken.  I do not like donuts.  Hipsters make me itch.  So, what the hell was I doing at the long-awaited opening of Federal Donuts?  Standing on the sidewalk in front of the coffee/chicken/donut eatery this morning, I wondered the same […]

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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 which might possibly be the sleekest automobiles to come off its production line yet.  On Saturday, the multi-city Buick Discovery Tour rolled into Mt. Laurel, NJ with its mobile car and culinary expo.  A fleet of over 100 cars–including the Verano, Regal, Lacrosse, and Enclave […]

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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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I Knew It…Cantaloupe Will Kill You

I hate cantaloupes–any kind of melon, really (that means you too, honeydew).  Their smell is repulsive and the taste is even worse and now I’m vindicated in my abhorrence of them.  Cantaloupes, in all their vile nastiness, are killing people–16 to be exact. OK, before I irresponsibly inspire widespread panic, let me clarify: It’s not […]

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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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