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Mezze–Middle of the Road Mediterranean

Truly, one of the crowning culinary achievements of the Mediterranean region has to be mezze, that eclectic wondrous arrangement of various delights, a veritable encyclopedia of what to do with lemons, olive oil and parsley. I remember the first meal … Continue reading

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Downtown, Cheese makes it all better

Downtown Cheese, where kind men, knowledgeable in all things coagulated, fermented, aged, cultured and ripened, will hand you tiny spoons tipped with exotic cheeses that will unfurl in your mouth and make you mmmmmm. Where the delicacies on offer will … Continue reading

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Old City, Coffee

Old City may be my least favorite neighborhood in Philadelphia. During the day, it’s swarmed by tourists and smells constantly of horse manure. At night, thick-necked Jersey dudes and girls shivering in tank tops wend their way drunkenly to the … Continue reading

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Where It’s At: Beck’s Cajun Cafe

Cajun food exists in my memory mainly from that faddish moment in the late 80s when jovial Dom DeLuise look-alike Chef Paul Prudhomme became a sensation. Suddenly, everything was blackened (not like minstrelsy, kids, don’t worry).. My mother, perennially excited … Continue reading

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