Nine Cheese Finds in Fishtown

Philadelphia’s most esteemed food reviewer, Craig Laban, wrote about my neighborhood several weeks ago for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Hot on his heels, am I. After all, Fishtown was a dairy desert when I moved here 10 years ago. Now, it’s a cheese (and baguette) lover’s oasis, as long as you know where to look. Here is my […]

Gelato University

Italy Diary: At Carpigiani Gelato University, even the bathroom doors send a message: gelato is everywhere. If you have ever wanted to make gelato, explore its history, regard Soft Serve machines from every era, or read literary quotes about ice cream by Flaubert, well, you can do that here. In Bologna. At the factory that […]

Sugar and Dairy with Sara May

If you live in Philadelphia, and you want to get your dairy on, let me introduce you to Sara May, the pastry chef and ice cream maker at The Franklin Fountain. This week, my profile of her holiday vision — which includes all-local stocking stuffers and vegan hot fudge sundaes — appears in the online […]

Ice Cream at The Franklin

I’m looking to get heavy. What I mean is, I am ready to binge on fall flavors: pumpkin, brown butter, baked apples, boozy cheeses wrapped in bark. Earlier this week, tea blogger Alexis Siemons had the brilliant idea to organize a spontaneous ice cream lunch. And if you think about it, ice cream for lunch […]

At Atera, Winnimere Butter and More

Raw Milk Ice Cream Sponge

At Atera, an intimate Manhattan restaurant featuring foraged lichen and pickled quail eggs, dairy is being reimagined. Have you ever heard of anyone soaking cheese rinds in a vat of cream before churning it into butter? That’s what Chef Matt Lightner does to make his exquisite Winnimere butter, the most sensual dairy experience of my […]