My 2021 Food Highlights

Another unusual year has come and just about gone. It would be remiss of me to pass up an opportunity to do a year-end roundup of my culinary highlights of 2021. I’ve actually only been blogging since September and don’t have a record of everything I’ve eaten going back to the start of the year.Continue reading “My 2021 Food Highlights”

Holy Que! Finishing 2021 on a High Note

Although the Southern Barbecue options in the Philadelphia region have improved in recent years, it’s still far from a hot-bed for that most carnivorous of food genres. By many accounts, the best barbecue joint in the area the past few years has been Mike’s in South Philly. After my experience today, I would have toContinue reading “Holy Que! Finishing 2021 on a High Note”

Early Midwest Trips II

We hit the road for Kentucky and Indiana again two years later to see another significant Lincoln-related sight, visit our Bloomington friends, and, of course, sample more regional food specialties.  Rather than driving straight through, as we did in 2010, we stopped in Pittsburgh for the night. One of my closest friends lives there withContinue reading “Early Midwest Trips II”

Early Midwest Trips I

Due to personal circumstances, I haven’t posted here for almost a week. I left my job of 26 years in early September after accepting an optional buy-out offer. That left me with lots of time to write blog posts, not to mention the uptick in my cheesesteak intake. But I’m too young to retire andContinue reading “Early Midwest Trips I”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part three)

The next morning, we headed north into the Midwest to visit our friends in Bloomington, Indiana, where my wife attended Indiana University. A few of her closest friends from those days went to work for the school after graduating and never left Bloomington.  The route from Evansville to Bloomington took us right past Washington, Indiana,Continue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part three)”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part two)

I was beyond eager to start trying out some of the Nashville restaurants I had been reading about and drooling over from the photos on the roadfood site for the previous decade-and-a-half. We only had one full day and two significant meals scheduled before heading north, so I had to narrow down our options andContinue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part two)”

Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part one)

All hell broke loose in Philadelphia during late September of 2015. That’s when Pope Francis visited town. To say his arrival upended the normal routine of those of us who worked in Center City – Philly’s downtown area – would be an understatement. Driving into town wasn’t an option and public transit would be overflowing.Continue reading “Hitting the Road for the Big Five Oh (part one)”

Backyard Barbecue: Graduating to a Smoker

I posted about my experiences smoking meat on a charcoal kettle grill a while back. In 2016, I decided it was time to graduate to an actual smoker. While I would have loved the kind of classic-looking offset smoker used by some of the nation’s top barbecue joints, my research indicated that low-to-mid-range offset smokersContinue reading “Backyard Barbecue: Graduating to a Smoker”

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)”