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Philacatessen | Isot BYOB a Turkish Find in Bella Vista

Isot chef/owner Fatih Kekec moved to the U.S. in 2001 from his native Turkey to bring his culinary heritage and passion to Philadelphia. His profession came as no surprise; he is descended from three generations...
a bowl of sour cream and a bowl of brown sugar alongside halved strawberries

Philacatessen | Brown Sugar Sour Cream

I recently had this deceptively simple sauce at a brunch. My sister hosted the extended family, and her bountiful buffet contained a French toast casserole with a variety of topping selections. She had fresh berries,...
Menu board at Mamouns Falafel

Philacatessen | Mamoun’s Falafel a Great Addition to the Middle Eastern Food Scene

  Mamoun’s Falafel, a New York institution since 1971, now has nine locations — the latest one in our fair city. Situated on the corner of Third and Market streets in Old City, the bright, spare,...
pureed soup

Philacatessen | Winter to Spring Vegan Soup

Like many of us, I am thrilled to bid adieu to winter and embrace the spring. But sometimes spring has a false start, and we are forced to endure a few more chilly and...
A sweet potato toast with hummus and olives, a sweet potato toast with Sriracha and a sweet potato toast with toum and dill

Philacatessen | Sweet Potato Toasts: Who Needs Bread?

My daughter came home from college for the holiday weekend and offered to make the latest trendy-healthy comestible for our post-gym brunch. They also happened to be Passover friendly, so the timing was good, especially...

Dutton-Goldfield, California Winery with Philly Roots

I had the good fortune to attend a local wine tasting event last weekend featuring a vineyard whose founder hails from the City of Brotherly Love. Dan Goldfield, a nice Jewish boy who graduated from...

Spring Dilly-icious Carrots

Spring has sprung in our region, and that is cause for happiness in my world. We are eagerly awaiting early-season produce, but I’ve managed to trick myself into thinking that I have jumped the gun...

Celery Takes Center Stage (or at Least a Supporting Role)

Celery is having a moment. Early this year, celery juice seemed to have replaced kale juice as the cure-all panacea. Every time I turned around, there seemed to be another claim of its health benefits:...

Tabula Rasa Cookies

Those of you read the Jewish Exponent food section regularly know that I’ve been traveling quite a bit this year. As a food writer, my souvenirs invariably swing to the edible, and I frequently...

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...