The Philadelphia Sandwich Scene

Not too long after I got back from my trip to Philadelphia, I heard a story on NPR about Philly residents wearing sweatpants more than people in any other city. It explored a variety of reasons: climate, influence of Rocky, high proportion of college students, and so on. I know the real reason, though, I learned it through experience on my recent trip there. It is the only comfortable attire when you're consuming such amazing sandwiches in such high quantities. Coming in, with only a rudimentary knowledge of Philly cuisine, I expected it to be all cheesesteak all the time, but in fact, of … [Read more...]

Eating America: The Best Food in Chicago, Part 3: Tourist Food

Where to Eat in Tourist Areas of Chicago?  Consider this the food blogger's guide to Chicago. As I say on my About Page, being a GastroGnome is not about sitting idly on the front lawn of culinary cottages. Each year I tell my stories of trips to Beijing, Hanoi, and Mexico, but sometimes I leave out my favorite places right here in the U.S. No more! This is the latest installment of my 'Eating America' series, featuring the best eating around our fine nation. If you’re in Chicago visiting, likelihood is you’ll be around the tourist areas. And while getting out to neighborhoods like … [Read more...]

Beyond the Torta: Exploring Mexico’s Sandwiches

Thinking the Mexican sandwich is limited to the widely known torta is like medieval belief the earth is flat. Not only is it dead wrong, there are whole other worlds to explore. Proving that once again, someone got there before us, Mexican sandwiches have expanded to fillings and techniques that leave our proud American sandwiches trailing in the evolutionary chain. The Torta At an enclosed street cart called “Tortas al Fuego,” on a corner in the Roma neighborhood of Mexico City, a father and his daughter griddle up a typical version of Mexico’s best-known sandwich. The torta is simple and … [Read more...]