Mexican Chop Salad at El Vez

I’m not really a fan of upscale Mexican food (see my review of Alma de Cuba) but I have to admit, El Vez had me hooked on the Mexican Chop Salad. With the fried tortilla stips, cheese, and mostly romain lettuce, it’s not the healthiest salad around. But it’s got all kinds of crunchy textures, beans, corn, and tomatoes, and just thinking about the cumin-lime … Continue reading Mexican Chop Salad at El Vez

Cypress Grove Goat Cheeses I am Loving

Technically I’m lactose intolerant, but because cheese may be my favorite food, I cheat. The beautiful thing about goat cheese is that it’s lactose-free, so I can enjoy all the cheese I want, and not have to take those annoying dairy pills. Purple Haze in one of my all- time favorite chevres – it’s lavender notes (you can actually see the little flower buds throughout … Continue reading Cypress Grove Goat Cheeses I am Loving

Egg and Leek Brunch Cups

While I ate two of these egg cups from lunch, they would make a quick, impressive brunch dish. I used leftover burst tomatoes in this recipe, which explains their roasted appearance. The following loosey-goosey recipe fits a late morning weekend. I ate these with a  butter lettuce salad, tossed lightly in a mustard vinaigrette, but for brunch you could add toast or fried potatoes. Egg … Continue reading Egg and Leek Brunch Cups

Baked Sweet Potato with Carmelized Leeks

I originally bought leeks thinking about leeks and eggs for brunch, but on a late Tuesday night with no eggs in the fridge, I decided to just carmalize the leeks in a little Earth Balance with shallots. I served the leaks of a baked sweet potato (just 5 minutes in the microwave) with a sprinkly of white pepper and a side of delicoius plain yogurt. Continue reading Baked Sweet Potato with Carmelized Leeks

The best fried pickles in Philly – Memphis Taproom

I would like to sing the praises of the fried pickle spears at Memphis Taproom. Bar none, they are the best damn fried pickles in the city of Philadelphia – maybe the whole East Coast. Full, giant dill pickle spears, breaded in beer batter (recently appearing in a thicker, even more delicious, almost corn-dog coating consistancy), soaking in deep fat oil, and served with a … Continue reading The best fried pickles in Philly – Memphis Taproom

Vegan Chili Fries at Local 44

I wasn’t feeling so hot early in the weekend, so I recovered with a splurge on comfort food that I couldn’t seem to stop. Mashed potatoes, butter popcorn, General Tso’s Tofu and spring rolls, fake chicken nuggets and mustard, fried pickles (more about that tomorrow) –  I ate it all and I topped it all off Sunday night at Local 44 where my new Quizzo … Continue reading Vegan Chili Fries at Local 44