A Foodie Post. And A Few Of My Favorite Edible Things.


Many people laugh when I tell them that I'm a foodie because I don't really consider myself someone who likes to cook, or even likes all kinds of different or exotic foods. However, the foods I do like, I feel very passionate about and will savor each delectable bite. I know this sounds strange, but I find eating almost a "spiritual" experience because when I eat, I truly experience it with my body, mind, and soul. 

Also, judging from my small stature, most people initially assume that I barely eat anything, and when I do, I only eat a handful of bird seed every other day.

Ha! Hardly.

On the contrary, I'm someone who eats all day, every day. I need to eat something every 3-4 hours because I'm always hungry. I even eat right up until I go to bed at night.

I recall a time many years ago when I was attending a business luncheon and one of the attendees who was sitting next to me kept staring at my constantly filled lunch plate, and finally commented, "Oh my god...I can't believe how much you can eat. Tell me, where do you put it all because you're such a tiny person!?!"

Today I would like to share a few of my favorite edibles, although I like much more than just these. I used to crave and consume sweets, however, throughout the past several years I don't find myself desiring many sweets. Every so often I will eat some dark chocolate, but that's about it. 

Last year when my brother Tom came to visit, he and I spent a lot of our time enjoying food. He's a foodie as well, who works as a professional chef. We ate all kinds of food - Italian, Cuban, Chinese, Irish, and good old-fashioned American.

Here are some of my favorite edible things.

Bon appetit...


Carmine's New York City
(the wall behind the bar is covered with vintage photographs of Italian celebrity singers who have been to Carmine's)


My brother and I split an order of lasagna with meatballs. You can't tell from the photographs, but it was a HUGE order. We each had two servings! I ate my meal with a delicious Italian red wine, and my brother ate his with a beer and whiskey (known as a: Boilermaker).


Schnippers Quality Kitchen NYC (fast but quality food)...


*I eat lunch here most of the time whenever I visit New York City.

My favorite: Fresh Veggie & Goat Cheese Sandwich: avocado, plum tomato, radish sprouts, baby arugula, and vinaigrette dressing served on country wheat bread. I always get this with an order of the most perfectly prepared French fries...


I don't know if you have Snap Kitchen in your area, but we have nine of them here in Philadelphia. Snap Kitchen is a faaaaaabulous one-stop healthy meal shop that offers fresh, handmade, delicious meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner). They also offer snacks, drinks, and sides. For someone like me, who doesn't like to cook but wants to eat well-prepared food, Snap Kitchen is pure perfection...


One of my favorite items to order is the Almond Crusted Chicken Strips with Sweet Mustard. It's great when I'm in the mood for chicken. I usually eat it with some garlic, olive oil and tomato couscous, and a side salad. It's the perfect quick and easy meal after a long day at work. Doesn't it look yummy?...


As you already know, I WORSHIP pasta. I could eat pasta in my sleep! My latest craze is a pasta I found at Trader Joe's (and will often eat the whole package for dinner myself ). It's a spinach and chive linguine pasta...


I usually prepare it covered in olive oil and red sauce, a glove of fresh garlic, chopped basil, and shavings of sharp Romano cheese. I also pair it with a spinach or spring mix salad....


Hummus with chips is one of my favorite nighttime snack foods...


As most Chinese restaurants typically do at the end of a meal (and usually with the check), they give you a fortune cookie. However, my fortune cookie at this particular Chinese restaurant (Wo Hop Chinese Restaurant: Chinatown, New York) came without a fortune inside. My brothers fortune cookie came with one, but noooooooooo, mine did NOT. Here, take a look...


 I took a picture of my empty cookie as proof that I was ripped off. I mean, how rude!

And just for spite, I gave it the "finger"....


Now this last food item is for my longtime blogging buddy, Mark. See Mark, I finally went to a cheesesteak restaurant while my brother was visiting last October because he was dying to eat an authentic Philadelphia tradition. However, I personally didn't eat one because I can't stand them (you can read about that in this post). Nope, I actually sat there and watched him eat, and then went to another restaurant after he finished, which is where I had my lunch...


Jim's Steaks on South Street in Philly
*Yes, the line outside to get into Jim's is typically this long all the time.


My brother said it was A-MAZ-ING!


*Note: this photograph is a Scratch 'N Sniff. So you're more than welcome to scratch the cheesteak and then sniff your finger.

Happy Eat's Everyone!
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