It’s hard to imagine life without pickles — those crunchy delights straight out of the jar, the tangy, sweet surprises tucked into a burger, or the sliced spears served fresh, ready for the tasting on the side of your plate. When we hear the word “pickle” we tend to think of the classic cucumber variety (which goes by “gherkin” if you’re passing through the UK or Ireland), but there are plenty of other pickled foods, like vegetables, fruits and even meats, that can make the transformation, too.
Bacon’s not just for your morning routine anymore. Though traditionally served with eggs and sausage as part of a full breakfast, over the past few years, bacon dishes (and drinks!) have been showing up at all times of day, ranging everything from creative salads to thirst-quenching cocktails.
Peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, spaghetti and meatballs — some foods are just made to go together. One of our all-time favorites is that childhood staple, mac and cheese. Though now considered an American comfort food classic, macaroni and cheese didn’t actually originate in the States. With English origins dating back to the 14th century, the first modern recipe for the dish appeared in Elizabeth Raffald’s 1769 book, “The Experienced English Housekeeper,” and didn’t show up in an American cookbook until over 50 years later, in 1824.
There’s nothing like a platter of yummy cheeses to make us swoon with delight. Typically a mixed bag (er, board) of tasty hunks of flavor, the cheese plate is a solid start to any meal (or party, or happy hour, or Netflix marathon…).
One of our favorite warm weather activities is kicking back with a platter of oysters and some cold beers or a bottle of rosé, a pastime that’s been popular for many years, in many places. Restaurants that offer live seafood, or a service known as a raw bar, began cropping up in Europe in the mid-1700s before landing in the United States in the early 1800s. Though the trend originally began with just oysters — the oldest oyster bar in the United States opened in 1826 in Boston — it wasn’t long before the craze expanded to include a variety …
Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner! The annual holiday falls on May 5th and commemorates the Mexican army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. To us, that means even more reason to dive into tacos, margaritas and two of our favorite dips, guacamole and salsa.
What’s more delicious than a freshly baked loaf of bread? It’s comfort in food form, perfuming the air with an intoxicating, yeasty aroma we love. Perfect for topping, tearing, slathering with butter or dunking into a dip, here are 20 breads, bagels and toasts from restaurants around the country that are great for sharing with friends or mopping up your entree’s leftover sauce:
Whether you’re dining solo, as a couple or in a group, small plates are a crowd favorite and a deliciously welcome addition to any table. A great way to sample a restaurant’s cuisine, fun to share with friends and perfect if you just want a light snack to complement your cocktail, these tasty dishes are sure to please no matter the occasion. Here are 19 snacks and bites that’ll help you kick your meal off on the right foot:
St. Patrick’s Day is coming up! Whether you’re planning to go all out in all green or not, downing a pint or two of the good stuff (along with some tasty bites) is never a bad idea. Guinness — the gold standard of Irish stout and the best-selling alcoholic drink in Ireland — has a creamy malt character that goes well with cakes, sweets, desserts and breads, as well as savory roasts, seafood and spicy food. Thirsty yet? You’re in luck! (See what we did there?) Here are some fantastic ideas for what to pair with a dark beer.
Chinese New Year — this year on Monday, February 8th — is all about honoring friends and family and celebrating with delicious culinary traditions. The holiday is celebrated all across Asia, so usher in the Year of the Monkey with prosperity and good luck (plus a full belly!) with these 10 Asian-inspired dishes from some of NYC’s best restaurants: