Philly food is so much more than cheesesteaks. Let us show you.
I only recently met Kelley when she approached me to talk about the new restaurant review game in town over at Zomato. From there, I checked out her recipe blog, which looks great. I would highly suggest heading over there and given the Spicy Zoodle Ramen recipe a shot. And while you’re at it, check out Zomato. Being someone who’s working with a restaurant review website, I would say Kelley probably has a pretty good handle on where to eat, so dig in.
How long have you been part of the food scene in Philadelphia, and what drew you to it?
When I was in undergrad at St. Joseph’s University, I took a food writing class with Tenaya Darlington (better known as Madame Fromage) and I fell in love with food and the authors who write about it so romantically.
Since then, my life has revolved around food almost exclusively. Inspired by Tenaya, I started my own food blog in 2013. Earlier this year, I started working with Zomato–a restaurant search and discovery platform/foodie social network–as their Community Engagement Lead in Philly.
My job requires me to rub elbows with every foodie in town and eat a ton of delicious food–I couldn’t ask for anything more perfect!
What is your perfect day of Philly food – breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
For breakfast I’d go with a Philly Style Bagel smothered with butter and fresh strawberry jam–or a cinnamon brown sugar donut and an iced coffee from Federal Donuts (because I can never resist a donut)!
Lunch would be the Thai Curry mussels with a side of pommes frites from Monk’s. But when I’m in South Philly, I try to hit John’s Roast Pork for lunch–the seating area has a surprisingly picturesque view of the city skyline.
The perfect dinner is a toss-up between the cheddar jalapeño meatloaf at Memphis Taproom–served alongside something cold and frothy on tap–and any of the housemade pasta dishes from Panorama, paired with one of their signature wine flights.
If you only had $10 to spend on a single food item in Philadelphia, what would you get?
What would you consider your “local” – the place you visit most often?
La Colombe on Frankford Ave. I’m addicted to their draft lattes! The french drip sandwich is a must try.
Where would you take an out-of-towner to get a true taste of Philadelphia?
What is your favorite food or drink event in Philly?
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