Tag Archives: Restaurants

Song Song’s Zhou & Bing


I recently listened to an NPR Food podcast discussing Chinese home-cooking. Bottom line? It’s not quite like the “Chinese takeout” we’ve come to know [and love.] In fact, it’s much, much simpler. Many dishes have fewer than five ingredients, and none of them are an “egg roll” or “pork lo mein.” My curiosity piqued, and […]

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Move Over, Mas.


It’s no secret that the small plates craze is taking over nearly every major city’s restaurant scene. Some revere the trend for its allowance of sampling; others for its built-in portion control. And still some others [myself included] buy in because we’re non-committal and tapas don’t require us to choose one entree and stick with […]

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Defeated by a Burrito


After we settled on Mono Loco for dinner last night, Shaun mentioned that he hoped the place was “like Yuca Bar in NYC.” Yuca was a go-to spot by my old apartment in New York [OK, mostly just for Kelly and I] for Latin-fusion food – delicious, inexpensive tapas. Could Mono Loco fill this void […]

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Braaaiiinnnssss…and Burgers?


Happy Dia de los Muertos! The perfect day to sport black/purple/orange shoes and talk about…Iowa? Well, more appropriately, Iowa and zombies. I’ve never been to Iowa, and I don’t know much about it except for what I read on this blog and what I hear from two of my closest friends who call Iowa their […]

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I Finally Get My Way


I’ve been not-so-subtly hinting at my desire to try Monsoon Siam* for a while now [scene: driving up market street at Vinegar Hill. Me: “Hey Shaun, I really really really want to go here. Really. REALLY.”]. I finally got my way this weekend, when we were both struck with a craving for Thai. The restaurant’s old-house look […]

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Dreaming of Grits and Chile at ZoCaLo


Zocalo’s website informs you that their name is a Spanish colloquialism meaning “center of town.” The restaurant is truly well-centered on the Downtown Mall between the Paramount Theater and Petit Pois, and its creative menu and constant crowd definitely make it a social hub. Shaun and I have been stopping in here for appetizers and […]

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Barbeque Exchange: Worth the Drive


About ten minutes in to dinner I turned to Shaun and said, “You know what? I’ve never had barbecue before now.” My well-kept secret stunned him, but the shock faded as we both realized the more surprising thing about that revelation was what I was really saying: “I never had barbecue…until I became a vegetarian.” […]

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Ever Seen a Kehinde Wiley in Person?


I still haven’t, but I did see a giant stuffed whale. More on that in a second. Shaun and I took a trip to Richmond today to go to one of the holiest of places for vegetarians and vegans: Ipanema Cafe. Snuggled below a tattoo parlor on Grace Street, this cafe is one of the […]

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Fall Break!


                                           

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Are You a Culinary Bodhisattva?


Having lived in both New York City and Philadelphia and chosen the latter as my future “forever” home, I often find myself waxing poetic [proselytizing?] about why my love for Philly outweighs my love for NYC. My canned, short answer: Philadelphia is less pretentious and more accessible than New York. My position is obviously more […]

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