Archive | June, 2011

Feast on the 4th!

29 Jun

The 4th is almost here! We can’t wait for sun and fun and time to relax with family and friends — and of course, lots of delicious food! Check out the list below for some holiday inspiration. From The Foodista Blog. Read the original article here.


Fabulous 4th of July Feasts

June 29, 2011

July is right around the corner and so is our favorite summer holiday – the Fourth of July!

Upon the arrival of this big three day weekend, I often find myself wondering what I should have on the barbecue menu. Fall apart smoked ribs? Blue cheese burgers? A whole herb-stuffed salmon? Fortunately, we still have a week to plan! If you need inspiration, below you’ll find three 4th of July-worthy feasts: Buttermilk Fried Chicken with all the fixin’s, a belly-busting Memphis-style ribs chow down, and a classic East Coast lobster boil.

Southern Style Chicken

Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken
Cabbage and Fennel Coleslaw
Jalapeno Cornbread
Pickled Watermelon Rind
Fresh Cherry Pie

Finger Lickin’ Ribs

Memphis-Style Dry Rub Ribs
Red Potato and Dill Salad
Smokinwilly Barbecue Baked Beans
Spiced Butter Barbecued Corn
Blue Mountain Blueberry Pie

The Beach Boil

Easy Maine Lobster Boil
Herb Dinner Rolls
Apricot Glazed Apple Tart

Have a safe and fun Fourth of July!

Image sources: thebittenword


Top Delivery Restaurants in D.C.

22 Jun

Sometimes you don’t feel like staying out late in order to enjoy dinner, which is why delivery was invented. So if you happen to visit D.C. in the near future, try out one of these delivery restaurants and let us know what you think. And if you have your own favorites, leave us a comment and let us know about it!

We are posting a few top delivery restaurant picks from the article “The 5 Best Delivery Restaurants in Washington D.C.”  Follow this link to view the full article at

* Bistro Bistro – it offers restaurant quality food and an awesome menu.  What’s even better is they deliver everything from French Onion Soup to giant servings of Tiramisu.  Their food tastes extremely fresh and homemade, but the delivery is extremely slow.  The crab and spinach dip and mussel appetizers are excellent.  The Pizza is so-so and the steak sandwich is lacking, but everything else is great.  I highly recommend Bistro Bistro. the food is a great mix of seafood and italian and you will absolutely love it.

1727 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

* Thai Tanic on 14th st NW.  Thai Tanic is absolutely amazing.  There is nothing bad on the menu and the prices are incredible.  My personal favorite is #39 done medium spicy.  The appetizers are a hit or miss and will depend on your tastes, but the entrees are amazing.  It may look like a hole in the wall, but when you see the two and three hour waits on the weekends, then taste their food, you’ll quickly discover why they are a leading Thai restaurant in DC.

1326 14th Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20005

* Alero.  Alero is way to expensive to have delivered because they use a third party vendor.  Unfortunately their Mexican and Mexican fusion food is absolutely amazing.  If you are craving Mexican and don’t mind spending a ton of extra money on delivery, (anywhere from $10 to $20 in fees), you have to order Alero.  My favorites are their nachos, chimichangas and pretty much everything else I have had there.

1301 U St NW

Chefs Recall Lessons From Their Fathers

17 Jun

With Father’s Day just a few days away, we all have dads on the brain. So with that in mind, we wanted to share this heartwarming (and insightful) article from The author interviewed some wonderful chefs, whose fathers were also in the business, and collected their responses into one post. We shared the first one here – from Cedric Vongerichten – and the rest are available by following this link to the original article.

What lessons have you learned from your father?

The Second Generation: Bocuse, Vongerichten, Forgione and More on Lessons From Their Fathers

Friday, June 17, 2011, by Gabe Ulla

Marc and Larry Forgione [Photo: Melissa Horn]

In honor of Father’s Day, we thought it would be neat to ask folks in the restaurant world with notable fathers also in the business to share a memorable anecdote about their dads. What follows are the stories of the daughter of Ray Vega, as well as the sons of Paul Bocuse, Larry Forgione, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and Chris Canlis.


Cedric Vongerichten

Restaurant: Chef de Cuisine at Perry Street, NYC

I remember being at work in the kitchen at Jean Georges Restaurant, and my father clapped his hands and told us all to quiet down. I was annoyed because I didn’t think we were being noisy at all, so I turned to him and said, “You didn’t have to do that, we weren’t making any noise!” He replied, “You weren’t yet, but you were about to.” I’ll never forget that, because it really marked a lesson that Jean-Georges has taught me throughout the years. He has always stressed the importance of working in a quiet kitchen, especially when it’s an open kitchen, since you never want to disturb your guests.


Square Café

9 Jun
We first heard about Square Café through Jeff Rose, who wrote on our Facebook wall to recommend one of his favorite local coffee and dining spots. Jeff, publisher and owner at The Taste of Pittsburgh, currently resides in Regent Square, and enjoys trying a variety of dining venues around the Pittsburgh area. He kindly consented to tell us more about ‘The Square’ for this week’s blog.
Thanks for your review, Jeff!
If you have questions about Square Café, or want to add your own thoughts to the review, post your comments below!

Square Café

1137  South Braddock Ave. | Pgh, PA 15218 | 412-244-8002
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How long have you been visiting Square Cafe?
I’ve been eating at the Square since we moved to Regent Square 5+ years ago.
How would you describe the ambiance?
Laid back, but fun, the staff is ultra friendly, bright interior with artwork from local artists, they have outdoor seating which is packed on the weekends.

What type of crowd or demographic is usually there?

Just like the neighborhood, very diverse: all ages, and it changes based on the day. As a local we stick to the week days, and I’m in there 2-3 days a week. On weekends, unless we get there early, it’s too busy for me.
What fare does The Square serve?
They are open for breakfast and lunch; to describe the menu is impossible. It’s best known for breakfast ,which is not just the usual. My favorite was “White Bean Hash” on the winter menu, but it’s now “Peas and Pancetta.” I think they get overlooked as a great lunch place; the burgers are great. I know they have a good number of vegan and gluten free choices. Oh and the coffee is great!
How is the pricing?
Pricing is fair, portions are big, and quality is top shelf. They buy a lot of local produce, making for fresh dishes.
Would you change or add anything to The Square?
More seating would be nice, but then again the charm of The Square is in its size.
What is your favorite thing about Square Café?
My favorite thing would be the people. The food is crazy good, but it’s the people who work there, the locals I run into, old high school and college friends I see there, and the strangers who are now friends that make it what it is.
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Jeff Rose is publisher and owner of Taste of Pittsburgh.