Is it a cookie? A cake? A pie? A dessert sandwich? When it comes to the Maine whoopie pie, the answer is all of the above. In its most basic form, a whoopie pie is made up of two dark chocolate cake discs about the size of a hamburger bun with a layer of sweet, creamy, thick white frosting sandwiched between them. While the origins of the treat are up for debate, Maine claims to be the birthplace of its invention: The first whoopie pies came out of a Lewiston, Maine bakery in 1925.
I’ve been happily munching on Pennsylvania Dutch food for almost 50 years. My parents, and their parents before them, and on back, were born in central Pennsylvania, more or less ground zero for the cuisine. But trying to classify it isn’t easy, even for me. To begin with, the name is a misnomer: Pennsylvania Dutch fare has spread to Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and the Midwest. Tomake it more confusing, it’s not Dutch, either. The term evolved from the word “Deutsch,” the German word for German, which referred to German-speaking settlers who immigrated long ago to the Keystone State.
Dressing or stuffing? Pumpkin or sweet potato pie? Brine, baste, roast or deep-fry the bird? What you consider to be the “correct” answer to these and other culinary questions about our nation’s annual Thanksgiving feast depend largely on where you live.
“I'll have what she's having” is arguably one of the most recognized lines in movie history. Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron's 1989 “When Harry Met Sally” humorously explores the difference between men and woman and whether or not they can really be friends. Sally, played by Meg Ryan, is depicted as a picky eater who wants things the way she wants them. She's eating a deli sandwich in the classic scene, proof that movie food scenes layer theme into cuisine.
If you ask ten New Yorkers where to find the best New York-style pizza, you’re likely to get ten different answers. In the city that boasts the first pizzeria in America (that’s Lombardi’s, for the uninitiated) pizza isn’t a food: It’s a genre, a dietary staple, and a hot button question. Some call the buzzy DiFara’s the last word in pies, others swear by L&B Spumoni Gardens for its slices. Still others come to fisticuffs over the superiority of Joe & Pat’s over John’s of Bleeker Street.
Ahhh, the dog days of summer in Maine, when truly, the weather cooperates for dogs and their humans to dine al fresco at some of the state’s best restaurants. While state law does prohibit canines other than registered service animals from indoor table service, many eateries do open their patio seating areas to man’s best friend.
It’s summer in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Located a quick 45-minute drive from the bright lights of the big city Philadelphia, this tiny town of less than 2,500 shares its sister’s swampy August weather. But even when the heat and humidity soar, visitors still flock to New Hope. They just slow down a bit, booking alfresco tables at waterside restaurants like The Landing and Martine’s Riverhouse Restaurant where the cooling breeze off the Delaware encourages patrons to linger longer.
It’s neither your imagination nor a fake fad dreamed up by a marketing team. The Steel City, once known more for football championships than culture, really is undergoing a restaurant Renaissance that just might turn it into the next big dining destination. With none other than Food & Wine and The New York Times gushing over its eclectic offerings, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s cuisine has become about much more than pierogies.
Themed food trails keep popping up nationwide. If we were to map the routes all out on a map the lines might look like a plate full of spaghetti. The appeal is simple: Visit a place famous for a certain type of food and don’t enjoy that tasty dish just once, have it a whole heck of a lot. Indulge while you’re in the best place to get that specific yumminess. Dig in and discover how different chefs give that local specialty their own special twist. Satisfy your curiosity and specific craving. Calories don’t count on vacation, right?
Choosing overnight accommodations that keep bees on the property can have some sweet benefits: You might get a taste of the honey those bees produce when you order a breakfast biscuit, salad dressed with house-made vinaigrette, glazed veggies or meats, or even a cocktail at the on-site restaurant or bar.