Food

corn salad

Quick Summer Dinners

This time of year, no one really wants to cook. And as the weather heats up, no one wants heavy meals. Despite the dismal trend...
Tod mun pla, or fried fish cakes served with a sweet chili sauce

Philacatessen | Kalaya Thai BYO, Authenticity in Bella Vista

Kalaya Thai Kitchen is the new and buzzing restaurant at Ninth and Catharine streets in South Philadelphia that delivers beautifully presented, authentic Thai dishes...
Mint tea with sprigs of mint

Culinary Herbs — Fresh Is Best

“Are those herbs?” asked a friend looking at a three-tiered planter box on my deck, brimming with basil, chives, rosemary, dill, thyme, parsley and...
Chia pudding bowl with granola and berries and an iced coffee

Philacatessen | Society Hill Welcomes Bloomsday, an All-Day Café/Bar

Bloomsday Café, a bright, spacious, inviting eatery, opened last month on 2nd Street in Society Hill. Taking the place of Café Nola, which was...
kosher beef and corn on the cob on a charcoal barbecue grill

Backyard Barbecue, Kosher-Style

By Ethel G. Hofman Barbecuing is primal, even dangerous. It’s looked on as a guy thing—all that fire, smoke, sharp implements and mountains of meat. But...
flank steak on a salad

One Flank, Three Meals

I’m a fan of flank steak. It is crowd pleasing, relatively inexpensive (for beef) and, as I discovered last week, can cover a couple...
Fish and chips at PJ Clarke's, a restaurant in Philadelphia

Philacatessen | PJ Clarke’s, ‘Cathedral of Saloons,’ on Washington Square

PJ Clarke’s, now on Washington Square, is the Philadelphia outpost of the renowned New York saloon. Legend has it that about 10 years ago, then-Gov....
Hot/Cold Caprese Salad made with a tomato sauce recipe

Jumping the Gun on Tomatoes

I am in love with summer tomatoes — so much so that I invariably succumb to temptation too early. And then I’m disappointed when I...
A kosher barbecue brisket sandwich at Hava NaGrilla

Hava NaGrilla ‘Meats’ Expectations

There’s a case to be made that barbecue — dripping, saucy fare eaten with your hands — is the great American food, transforming us...
Virtus radicchio, a lettuce-looking vegetable

Philacatessen | Virtus Radicchio, New Discovery

I always thought of radicchio as a small, red, crisp, pleasantly bitter lettuce. This notion was smashed last week at the farmers market when...