Looking for a sweet treat in Philly? If so, the City of Brotherly Love offers a rich diversity of international flavors. Take your taste buds on a tour of Europe, Asia, and back home to the USA by visiting these five dessert shops. (more…)
Hot summer days are the perfect excuse to give into the temptation of ice cream. For an unusual twist on one of America’s favorite foods, check out one of these ice cream vendors in the Greater Philadelphia Area. (more…)
The weakest link in Chinese American dining has always been dessert, or the lack thereof. The Cantonese scene, which defined Chinese dining in the United States for nearly a century and a quarter, was nearly devoid of sweets. The only dessert I remember as a kid was the agar-based dish which we referred to as “almond jello,” topped with canned fruit cocktail and hardly the highlight of the meal.
Indeed, it wasn’t until the late 1970s that I encountered a different dessert in a Chinese restaurant. Green Jade was one of the first non-Cantonese restaurants to open up in Los Angeles Chinatown, back when anything not Cantonese was referred to as “Mandarin” or “Northern.” Not encumbered by the Cantonese disdain for desserts, Green Jade actually had a short dessert section on its menu. I remembered how fascinated I was with its candied banana and candied apple dishes, dunked in ice water. (more…)
Air conditioning is far from standard in many Santa Fe restaurants, especially those close to the Plaza. After all, it’s tough to install AC in historic buildings with mud brick walls! Thankfully, ice cream provides a convenient solution to unrelenting, summer days. Here are the best places to beat the heat in Santa Fe. (more…)
Graham crackers are one of those foods so innocuous that you’ve probably never given them much thought. But there was indeed a Graham who lent his name to the Graham cracker, and his story will surely change the way you see the snack from now on.
Born in 1794, Sylvester Graham was a Presbyterian minister who became a leading figure in the temperance movement. Reverend Graham was deeply interested in human physiology and nutrition, and adopted and expanded upon English minister William Metcalfe’s ideas of vegetarianism and abstinence. (more…)
It is a nearly impossible to choose just ten desserts that represent Italy. Italian desserts are many, varied, seasonal, and fiercely regional, so it is difficult to proclaim a definitive list. The north to south differences in climate have much to do with dessert preference, and though there are several that most everyone will recognize, there are a multitude of specialities that seldom make it out of their regions, let alone across the pond to Italian restaurants. So if you come across them, do not hesitate; run to try them. (more…)
Baking at high altitude has its challenges. Cakes emerge from the oven with the appearance and texture of a frisbee, bread rolls metamorphose into rocks, and there’s a ten-second window before cookies mutate from underdone to charred. In Santa Fe, it’s best to leave the baking to the experts. (more…)
While in New York City last week, I debated whether waiting in a two-hour line at Dominique Ansel’s Bakery for those infuriating Cronuts was worth my time. I ultimately decided it wasn’t.
Here’s why: last Saturday, I had already sampled six of LA’s best, buttery, gut-bomb knock-offs and quite literally, had my fill. Yes, I sampled them all in one day. Yes, by myself. (more…)
Need to add a little sweetness into your day? Here are five New York City eateries with desserts worth dying for! With recommendations from Jean-Philippe of I Just Want To Eat, Phil of The Regular Guy, and Rose of Tuesday Special, you’ll find yourself in dessert heaven at any one of these spots. From French pastries to banana cream pie, indulge yourself at New York City’s best dessert spots:
Got a hankering for something sweet? Whether you’re in the mood for a banana split or a cupcake, you’ll find pure bliss at any one of these six Chicago dessert spots! With recommendations from Gino Williams of Chicago Alphabet Soup, Jeff Pearl of Jeff Eats Chicago, and Amanda Topper of The Ghost Guest, your sweet-tooth cravings will be satisfied — well, until they kick in again. Enjoy! (more…)