Friday, August 28, 2015

TH Cooks: Homemade Salsa

Photo Credit: TH
Salsa is one of those foods that has become a staple at parties. A lot of people get it at the supermarket out of jars, or they may splurge and get the fresher-looking pico de gallo that comes in those plastic containers. But honestly, making salsa is one of the easiest things you can do, and the results are almost always better than what you'd get on average, unless you're buying the artisanal stuff or are going to a Mexican restaurant and getting it on the table. Truth be told, most people aren't doing that. I've been making my own for almost a decade now, and unless everyone I know has been lying to me, they all seem to love it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sweet Lucy's: Philadelphia, PA

Photo Credit: TH
What: Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse
Where: 7500 State Road, Philadelphia, PA
Order: Brisket platter with macaroni and cheese, cheesy creamed spinach, Tennessee string beans, cornbread, ginger ale

In Northeast Philadelphia, the holy trinity of spots for good eats consists of Las Margaritas, Blue Duck Sandwich Co., and Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse. I've been to all three several times, especially since I called the section of Philly my home for the first 25 or so years of my life (even though Blue Duck got there after I moved out). In a city with a heavy Mexican population, Las Margaritas is a no-brainer. Philly is a hotbed for hipsters and college kids, so Blue Duck makes sense. But finding barbecue outside of the South can be risky. But trust me, after years and years of eating at the joint, Sweet Lucy's is the real deal. My latest meal was just another piece of evidence to its bona fides.