Sunday, September 30, 2007


Marra's is exactly the kind of italian restaurant you want to take your parents on their anniversary or celebrate that the Phillies won.
It's well priced and if your lucky you'll run into your waitress yelling at someone in italian on the phone.
Food portions that are bigger than your face, along with home made cannolis or tiramisu.

1734 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148-1524

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


This guy name Jeff Metal in UK sent me the best birthday e-mail ever. It's a birthday OKONOMIYAKI, a pan-fried batter with bunch of ingredients and toppings (like pizza, may be?) Too bad i didnt get to eat them cuz the mayonnaise letters sure do look good...

Jeff Metal is the biggest Okonomiyaki head ever and he also takes nice photos around the world. Go to his site here!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Co-Op Pancake Mix

This amazing mixture isn't just for pancakes. I can't read japanese but it's apparently illustrated on the package as being used for many other amazing food items. Like corndogs, muffins, cakes, pancakes, and DONUTS. I mean only the japanese can think of such a mixture, that when mixed with eggs and milk can be any of these things. Even the batter tasted good, it tasted like vanilla yogurt.
In the end we made pancakes, and they tasted just like donuts.

We DO good Bayou

On Saturday Tim had a hankering for fried chicken. Being the food nerd that I am, I try to figure out places to eat fried chicken that isn't gross. I think Delilah's Soul Food, Honey's sit and eat, Ms. Tootsies, and I run out of ideas. All of these ideas aren't going to work near my apartment at 9pm. So Hawk suggests Popeyes.

I cringe, but I decided if we do a Fried Chicken Tour of Philly, you gotta start at the bottom. Here's to you foodblog! 12 piece family meal for 20 bucks here I come!

I don't know what's in the chicken, but it made me and Tim shake while we we're eating it. Maybe they were coated in sugar? The biscuts tasted like hockey pucks of magarine. Depending on where you swing that could be amazing. And the potatos and coleslaw we're kinda bubbley on the bottom, I don't know what that means but they tasted okay. The chicken in all its grossness, was delicious. Crunchy and lots of meat.

And the family meal was way too much food for me, Tim, and Hawk.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sunday Salads

On Sunday I try to de-tox what I put in my body Friday and Saturday. Here are my arugala salads.

Salad 1 - arugala, almonds, golden raisins, Friendly Farms smoked cheddar

Salad 2 - arugala, almonds, honeycrisp lancaster apples, carrots, Friendly Farms smoked cheddar

Chau Dressing
1 part rice vinegar
1 part shoyu (soy sauce)
a little honey (to taste)
1 part balsamic vinegar
3 parts olive oil
lots of black pepper

then whisk whisk whisk!

Mom and Tanakas

When I was visiting Ryohei's family in Japan they made me an American style breakfast. Which were these tiny fluffly pancakes that didn't taste like pancakes but tasted like donuts. They were the most delicious things I had ever tasted. They laughed at me and said I could make them too. So whenever they get the chance they send me a packages of the pancake mix. Since Ryohei and his sister Etsuko we're just in Hawaii visiting my parents, I got this package.

What my mom gave me and what Ryohei gave me started to blend together. So I am not sure who gave me what in this package but the Red Bean Mochi I finished in one sitting. The fancy japanese fish snacks were a little too fishy for Tim ( but perfect with beer!).

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Tony's Shakes & Steaks

On the way home from Brigantine / Atlantic City, so hung over i could barely talk, this place was like a bright shining light of jersey shore heaven.

Roast Pork as good as anywhere in the city, with actual sharp provolone and
broccoli raab. The milkshakes were thick and delicious, made with homemade ice cream. The cheesesteak meat was a little on the chunky side - i enjoy a thinly sliced (but not shredded) cheesesteak meat - but covered in hot cherry peppers it was still damn good.

My only complaint is that they were out of the 6 pack of cheese wiz sliders(!!).

I guess I could have gone back to Atlantic City for $45 "sliders" made from cows massaged by wizards, topped with blueberry ostrich cheese and seaweed marshmallow aoili... or maybe just wait 'til next summer.

Tony's also has burgers, hot dogs, homemade chili, pork roll sandwiches, and about 4000 flavors of ice cream.

Tony's Steaks & Shakes
3107 Atlantic-Brigantine Blvd
Brigantine, NJ

Gooey Looie's

So I'd heard a lot of fuss about Gooey Looie's, that their sandwiches are so jammed with meat that people actually buy another roll and make two hoagies out of it. They weren't kidding.

Gooey Looie's is deep in south philly inside a strange little enclosed shopping court. It's also a deli / convenience type store with video poker, cigarettes, newspapers, etc.. but most of the people jammed wall to wall and at the 3 tiny tables are there for the food. 3 guys behind a counter in the back crank out the steaks & hoagies while the customers fight to the front of the line, hollering about the latest Eagles game or the day's winning lottery numbers. So pretty much the best place on earth.

The hoagies are classic, massive and delicious. No prosciutto or roasted red peppers here- just massive piles of meat with mountains of shredded lettuce, tomatoes, onions. The corned beef hoagie-which I didn't have a chance to try- seemed to be a big seller.

The cheesesteak took me two days to eat. Loads of meat and a sturdy roll held it all in, suprisingly the thing didn't fall apart when I tried to eat it. Really good too.

Gooey Looie's
Moyamensing & Moore
grill open 'til 7:00pm
deli til 8pm most nights
Closed Sundays

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Allentown Fair

Livestock competitions, freak shows, blue ribbon onions, redneck t-shirts and most importantly, lots and lots of great fair food. Corn dogs, 'broasted' chicken, Ribs, Ice cream, Toasted Cheese Hamburgers, Cheesesteaks, Tacos & Mexican food, Pierogies, Funnel Cake, Root Beer Floats.

Corn Dogs

Great way to start a day of massive eating. Hand dipped right in front of me, this corn dog was piping hot and delicious. The stand also had Deep Fried Twinkies which I meant to come back and try but didnt have the time - maybe next year.

Pit Beef

A pit beef is a grilled side of beef (not sure what cut) sliced thin right in front of you, dipped in meat jus and slapped onto a hot dog roll with your choice of onions, cheese, ketchup. Similar to a cheesesteak, the meat was delicious but the cheap roll was lacking in flavor and texture - something that makes the beloved philly cheesesteak so special.


This little mom and pop pierogie stand hit the spot. They were super friendly and the truly homemade pierogies slathered in melted butter and onions were terrific.

Chili Dogs

Willie Joe's has two locations in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Nice snap to the dog, with a delicious 'hot dog sauce' style chili.

Best In Show

Along with all the rides & food the allentown fair also has competitions for everything from 'best decorative table setting' to 'best onions'. First prize is anywhere from 2 to 5 dollars. An entire pavillion is filled with people's collections of old junk, homemade cookies, amateur art, prize tomatoes, cake decoration.. all for the public to be amazed.

For more pictures of the Allentown Fair please visit my flickr page