February 8, 2013
I SAW AN ad the other day pushing bacon as an ideal Valentine's Day gift, and I had to laugh. It's like saying, "Here, sweetheart, I want you to die sooner!" OK, I know this holiday is not about eating "right. " It's about something bigger, and that something is love. Love and chocolate. Dark chocolate is the treat that loves you back. Healthwise, you can have your chocolate cake and eat it, too, especially if you mix it with - don't laugh - fruits and veggies. It's not a new idea.
November 15, 2012
What is it? A source for Venezuelan comfort food - yummy grilled arepas stuffed with chicken and avocado and the sweetest of sweet plantains - at affordable prices. Arepas 101: As the child of Venezuelan immigrants, yours truly is very familiar with Venezuela's staple food, which can be eaten at any meal. It's made out of ground corn flour formed into patties and baked, grilled or fried. At Delicias and areperas (arepa restaurants in Caracas, Venezuela's capital city)
July 19, 2012 |
½ onion, coarsely chopped (about ? cup) 2 cloves garlic, peeled 1 serrano or jalapeño chile, stemmed and seeded ½ cup red wine vinegar ¼ cup olive oil 2 teaspoons yellow prepared mustard ½ cup cilantro leaves and tender stems 4 Hass avocados, pitted and peeled 1 teaspoon salt 1. Place the ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. (I use a hand blender.) You may need to fiddle with the ingredients, pushing them around with a spatula.
July 19, 2012 |
2 ripe avocados 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice Scant ½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt (don't heap this) ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro 1 tablespoon clarified butter or extra-virgin coconut oil 1 teaspoon black or brown mustard seeds 1 small yellow onion, minced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon Indian curry powder 1 small serrano chile, minced 1. Cut each avocado in half, remove the...
May 10, 2012 |
What to eat: Gourmet grilled cheese, or "brown-bagged meltyness," as owner Alan Krawitz likes to call it. Don't miss: Building your own sammie for $5 to $6 with such saliva-stirring add-ons as buffalo sauce, salsa, blue-cheese dressing, avocado, bacon and fried onions. On the menu: Goodies like the Mary D ("Grandma's meatballs meet grilled cheese"); the Presto Pesto (chicken topped with pesto, provolone, spinach and tomato); El Duke (sirloin chip steak topped with jalapeño jack cheese, salsa, refried beans and avocado)
December 1, 2011
Company line: Three flour tortillas with grilled shrimp in a spicy chile-lime sauce topped with fresh cilantro-lime slaw, house-made pico de gallo and sliced avocados. Chain: Chili's. Location: 1239 Filbert St. Order time: 13 minutes. Price: $10.79 Calories: 1,010, with 40 grams of protein, 43 grams of fat and 3,040 mgs of sodium (less than 2,300 mgs of sodium per day is recommended). Review : Chains are supposed to be all about consistency, but you can never take out the human element.
August 29, 2010 |
Among the come-ons in these last desperate days of August, we are seeing tomato feasts and three-martini lunches, and last week something called "The Five Bite Lunch" surfaced at 10 Arts, the bistro behind the towering columns of the Ritz-Carlton, south of City Hall. No harm in trying to jump-start the lunch trade. Lunch is a tricky business at the higher end at the end of summer, and the three-course menu that 10 Arts (home base of Top Chef star Jennifer "Chef Jen" Carroll, who's outta town until next month)
August 19, 2010 |
PARIS - There's a reason the cucumber is the star of its own cliche. Slender and elegant, bumpy or smooth-skinned, cucumbers really do have a cooling effect on the body, which is why they're perfect in summer salads, soups, and sides. Part of the gourd family, which includes watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and squash, cukes have a great nutritional profile: They're low-cal (just 13 per cup), and contain Vitamins C and A, as well as potassium, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, and the mineral silica.
August 19, 2010
You have your sweet, you have your tart, you have your creamy. They all come together in this almost-too-beautiful-to-eat summertime appetizer from chef Lou Boquilla at Audrey Claire in Rittenhouse Square. The crab and apple terrine is topped with avocado slices and drizzled with a roasted garlic and yellow pepper emulsion. Crab-and-apple terrine ($13) at Audrey Claire, 271 S. 20th St., 215-731-1222.
May 23, 2010 |
First, at the Friday-evening-jammed counter at El Rey, comes my order of three palm-sized lamb tacos ( arbes , on the menu). Well, make it second. First is a chubby tumbler of a margarita, ice-packed, light salt on the rim. Someone's elbow pokes me on one side, oblivious. Inches on the other is another guy: he looks like he could sub for one of El Rey's plaid-shirted counter guys: Hmmm , but he's reading a monograph titled, Transoral Robotic Surgery: Does the Ends Justify the Means . (Yes, it says "does the ends," which I can't help but point out.)