So “good” a nun would eat it…

Is there anything more delicious and satisfying than a cannele? Well, maybe there is, but right now I’m enjoying one and can’t think of anything else. Creamy custard infused with orange zest, baked until the outside becomes carmelized and slightly crispy… That’s a cannele. Sort of like creme brulee in pastry form and it’s utterly … Continue reading

Fox Chase / meat / Recipes / Reviews

Rieker’s Prime Meats!

I work five blocks from one of Philadelphia’s hidden treasures, Rieker’s Prime Meats, a German butcher and deli. Rieker’s is located in Fox Chase, a section of Philadelphia nestled between Elkins Park and Northeast Philly. I feel incredibly lucky to work so close to this unique place. Not only do they make the wursts, sauerkraut, … Continue reading


Easy balsamic reduction – borderline food porn?

It’s been a while! I’ve been running ragged during the my “job adjustment period”. Things are finally starting to fall into place! So, on to the foods. Fall brings all sorts of splendid items flowing into the Clark Park Farmer’s Market. The huge cornucopia of in-season ingredients, along with the beautiful weather, have inspired me … Continue reading

Recipes / Vegetarian

Quick breakfast post

This morning I created what is officially my favorite bagel sandwich: A pumpernickel bagel with onions from Metropolitan Bakery, Philly cream cheese, sliced avocado with lime juice, Frank’s hot sauce, and cracked black pepper. Delicious. Those orange-tomato beauties are from the Clark Park Farmers Market. Mega-mart tomatoes simply cannot compare. Last night I made another … Continue reading


Sonic – Limerick, PA

Fast food. It’s a nasty gamble and almost every single time I partake in it, I ask myself, “Why did I do this?” and then go cry in a corner. Today I have eaten, truly, the worst and most debilitating, disgusting chum ever auto-produced by a fast food franchise. Sonic proclaims itself to be “America’s … Continue reading

Reviews / tea / West Philly

Bubble House – University City

This will be a short post; I just need to rant about the Bubble House for a bit. First of all, when making iced tea, ladies, make it double strength! I don’t want my iced green bubble tea to taste like I’m sipping tapioca AND tap water. See, the funny thing about pouring hot tea … Continue reading

Japanese / Reviews

Hikaru (“Shining One”) – Society Hill

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend, two out-of-town friends and I decided to try Hikaru, just south of South Street in Society Hill. I’m usually very picky about sushi; in fact, I rarely buy it at all. Many years ago, I spent some time studying in Japan and the food was amazing. Unfortunately, most of … Continue reading


Penang Curry ala Katie

One of my favorite dishes at Thai/Laotian restaurants is penang curry, which I usually get with tofu, because, yes, I actually like tofu! Penang curry is characterized by a peanut curry sauce that is absolutely addictive. Last night I was hungering for something Thai, but didn’t want to run out to buy anything, so I … Continue reading