A name change to the Vetri restaurant in the Navy Yard, from Lo Spiedo to Bar Amis, has brought a decidedly more Italian personality to the menu, with stellar pastas and a memorable pork chop Parmesan.
Silk is a Pennsylvania rosato made from an unusual blend of Italian grapes whose chameleon-like versatility is part of its magic and a testament to the mastery of terroir at Avondale's Va La Vineyards,
Beemster's month-old Graskaas is all about the extra-creamy milk drawn the first week of spring, when cows get to graze on pasture for the first time after a long winter in the barn.
A sour beer treasure of 1,500 barrels ages in the cellar beneath Perkasie's Free Will Brewing Co. Its current release, Provisional Funk w/Cherries, features the ripe flavors of last season's Pennsylvania harvest fermented into an earthy saison brewed from local malt.
If barbecue is regional, its no surprise that the Margate farmers market's Downbeach BBQ has supplied its large Jewish clientele with some outstanding hot-smoked salmon.
When I hit my pizza quotient on the boardwalk, I crave a grilled ahi plate and a trip to the Hula Restaurant and Sauce Co., the Hawaiian-inspired seafood grill that has been a safe haven of fresh and affordable cooking in Ocean City for 17 seasons.
As the jury entered their final excruciating hours of deliberations in the Cosby sexual assault trial last week, the mood among my colleagues in the press was decidedly tense. And then I arrived with two giant bags of Zeps, Norristown's signature hoagie cousin: "the best part of the entire two weeks."
Not only does this zinfandel gain a century-plus worth of complexity from hanging on 126 years old, it was farmed by an 96-year-old farmer in Contra Costa County. Add the experience of the Rosenblums' Rock Wall Wine Co., and this red delivers a powerful depth paired with freshness and balance. Perfect for grilling season.
Nasi bungkus is an entire meal of rice, vegetables and curried meat stews wrapped to-go inside a banana leaf bundle. At $8, it's a flavorful bargain, and a perfect reason to rediscover Sky Cafe, an Indonesian restaurant that relocated after its first location burned down in 2015.
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