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Philacatessen

Vegan White Bean Soup with Chipotle Peppers

This soup came together one Sunday after a long weekend of hosting a houseful of guests. We wanted something warm, simple and healthy that did not require a trip to the store. A survey of...

Tela’s Market & Kitchen, Fairmount Foodie Hub

When a friend invited me to lunch at Tela’s Market and Café, a new-ish place in her Fairmount neighborhood, I gratefully accepted. She described our destination as a “cute all-day-café cum market.” I was...

Buk Chon Korean Cuisine Brings New Flavors to Old City

Buk Chon Korean BYO is the creation of husband-and-wife team Chris and Alicia Chung. During their 17-year marriage, they have lived in eight different cities in three different countries, but were ready to settle down...

Cabbage Steaks

Those of us who try to eat primarily local foods are a bit challenged this time of year. Cabbage is one of those veggies that sticks around through the winter due to its late harvest...

Spice Finch a Mediterranean Gem in Rittenhouse Square

Spice Finch, an innovative modern-Mediterranean restaurant run by Executive Chef Jennifer Carroll, is a wonderful place to spend an evening. Housed in the Warwick Hotel, the modern, bright, art-deco inspired space is the perfect setting...

Kabucha: My New Favorite Squash

On a recent ramble through the farmers market, a sign caught my eye: “Kabucha, $2.00/lb, tastes like chestnuts.” I’ve always been a fan of the taste of chestnuts, but not the hand-destroying labor it takes...

Cry Baby Pasta: Happy Addition to Philly Dining Scene

Cry Baby Pasta opened to a packed house in mid-January. Billed as “a place for pasta and wine,” this is a new offering from a seasoned quartet of local food professionals: lifelong restaurateur Bridget Foy,...

Turning Point Café Offers Wide Selection of Breakfast, Lunch and Brunch Dishes

The Turning Point Café occupies the daytime dining space and, oh my, does it do it well. Established in 1998 in Little Silver, N.J., the Turning Point now has 16 locations in New Jersey and...

The Heart of the Eagles: Specialty Cocktail

When I first created this drink in honor of our beloved Eagles and their late-season resurrection, I considered calling it the Saint Nick Foles. But canonization is not going to resonate with a Jewish...

Philly Special in a Glass

As the Eagles enter the playoffs, we fans are doing our part to support the team as best we can. To that end, I created a drink called the Philly Special to sip (or...