Ten Most Memorable Orchestral Performances I’ve Attended

I’ve attended between 200 and 300 orchestra concerts since the mid 1980s, with my busiest concert-going period beginning in the late 1990s and lasting about a decade.. My home orchestra, the Philadelphia, were on stage for most of those performances, but I also began traveling up to New York to see other elite orchestras fromContinue reading “Ten Most Memorable Orchestral Performances I’ve Attended”

Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)

I’ve been friends with the guys standing to my left and right in the above photo for a combined 88 years. But before today, we hadn’t seen each other since a Christmas party in 2019 due primarily to the COVID situation.  The three of us and our wives enjoyed each other’s company again over lunchContinue reading “Back With Old Friends (and another cheesesteak)”

Texas: 2016 (Conclusion)

We were stuffed and ready to walk off a few calories with some Texas-style sightseeing following our early-day stops at Stiles Switch BBQ and Nau’s Enfield Drug. If you’ve read my previous trip reports, you know that my wife and I seek out state capitol buildings while traveling. As Austin is the capital of Texas,Continue reading “Texas: 2016 (Conclusion)”

Texas: 2016

Whether from actual experience or drooling over online photos, the area surrounding Austin, Texas, known as Hill Country, has a special place in the heart of many of us roadfooders. It’s a hub of Texas’ most celebrated old-school barbecue joints, while Austin itself is home to some of the state’s best smoked meat houses amongContinue reading “Texas: 2016”

Last Minute Audible Scores Big

I had big plans for lunch today. My friend Andy and I were meeting at a suburban Chinese restaurant with a menu that looks like it’s out of the 1970s. They even have foil-wrapped chicken, which is a favorite of mine and extremely difficult to find in this region. I had worked out our entireContinue reading “Last Minute Audible Scores Big”

My Great-Grandmother’s Fried Lox Recipe

Calling this dish “fried lox” may conjure up visions of smoked salmon slices going into a deep-fryer. But I doubt my great-grandmother ever saw one of those. These lox get pan-fried in butter; a lot of butter. Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised if she used schmaltz. I’m not prepared to get quite that authentic. AndContinue reading “My Great-Grandmother’s Fried Lox Recipe”

A New Favorite: Cafe Carmela of Northeast Philly

Cafe Carmela first came to my attention on the Cheesesteak Guru Facebook page. That group has over 50,000 members and is almost certainly the best source for well-informed opinions on which Philly area establishments offer the best steaks. It’s a common occurrence to see members list their top five cheesesteaks, and one of the placesContinue reading “A New Favorite: Cafe Carmela of Northeast Philly”

Culver’s and Freddy’s

My previous posts should make it clear to anyone paying attention that I like family-owned restaurants with a lot of history and old-school charm.  That would seem to rule out fast food chains, but that’s not entirely the case. You won’t catch me waxing poetic about McDonald’s, Wendy’s or Burger King, but there are smaller,Continue reading “Culver’s and Freddy’s”