Monthly Archives: January 2014


I’m not exactly writing groundbreaking journalism here by extolling the many virtues of Amada. The flagship restaurant of Chicago-bred Iron Chef Jose Garces, Amada opened to great praise in 2005 (a year in which I was way more concerned with … Continue reading

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I vacillate between having the diet of a 15-year old boy and that of Gwyneth Paltrow during her raw food phase. It’s not rare that I’ve eaten Chipotle three times in one day (a constant source of both pride and … Continue reading

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I am no stranger to trying new restaurants in Philadelphia but I often fall into a pattern of rotating through the same five favorites. I definitely have my loyalties…until now. If Vernick is my faithful, loving husband, then Serpico is … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Anxiety – Olive Oil & Orange Blossom Bread

I am not a baker. I think I had kind of a rough time with the Easy Bake oven circa 1995 and my ideal version of dessert is Funfetti icing eaten directly out of the jar with a spoon. Growing up … Continue reading

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Reservations – Mercato

It’s only appropriate that my first post should begin with a love letter to one of my favorite BYOBs. In a city distinguished by restaurants with a lack of alcohol (and Italian ones, for that matter), I couldn’t pick just any … Continue reading

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