Foodie is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. The word was coined in 1981 by Paul Levy and Ann Barr, who used it in the title of their 1984 book The Official Foodie Handbook. To be a foodie is not only to like food, but to be interested in it. Just as a good student will have a thirst for knowledge, a foodie wants to learn about food. (Sources: Wikipedia, Slashfood)
When I moved to Philadelphia for university in the fall of 2001, I looked forward to city life as a whole. Learning about different cultures very much appealled to me and exploring all the restaurants that Philadelphia has to offer was one of the things I loved. It had nothing to do with eating or not eating, just experiencing or trying to experience another culture in some way. Growing up in Lancaster County, simply put, Indian restaurants were hard to come by, let alone French, Cuban, Spanish, Belgian, Ethiopian. But here, you name it, it’s in Philly, or any large city for that matter.
I’ve used my experiences at restaurants to make my own dishes more tasty and even invent my own eclectic creations. But good food and good friends in the city often equate to good times and fellowship.
I have listed on each city’s page all the restaurants that I’ve visited at some point. I am also including shorter lists of those places I’ve visited in other cities as I travel a lot for work, particularly to Washington DC. I’ll try and write reviews of the venues as I can, and will definitely make it a point to review my experiences when I visit another place.
Venues on each city’s page are listed by restaurant name, type of food and neighbourhood. I’ll fill in summaries as I have time.
I’ve also posted in my blog some of the recipes that I’ve put together – any questions or suggestions, shoot me a reply!