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Brunch at O’Reilly’s Holy Grail

San Francisco’s other Irish bars don’t come close to competing with O’Reilly’s, says waterboy. Try the smoked trout on a potato pancake–the potato pancake is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside, the way it’s supposed to be but rarely is. An READ MORE

Chapulines at Karina’s

Chapulines–a kind of dried Oaxacan dried grasshopper–are available in bags at Karina’s Mexican Bakery. They remind Melanie Wong of dried shrimp, but with a spicy, salty dusting of chile powder. ... READ MORE

Marmara: Pleasures of the Turkish Grill in Manalapan

It’s all good at Marmara, but the best stuff comes from the grill. This Turkish restaurant, which opened in September in a hard-luck location in Manalapan, turns out meaty, beautifully cooked lamb chops and chicken or lamb kebabs. The mixed grill, a lamb READ MORE

From Apizz, a Soul-Satisfying Spin on Meatballs

The meatballs rock at Apizz. Look for polpette e pomodori on the menu at this Italian hound haunt. They’re made of veal, pork, and beef, and served with fresh ricotta and deep-flavored tomato gravy. “Best ever,” declares livetotravel. “Absolutely mo READ MORE

Gelato That Tastes Like Christmas

Mi Amici has gotten the jump on Christmas flavor with gingerbread gelato, pleasantly spicy and full of teensy ginger pieces. Highly recommended, says eriny. ... READ MORE

Pickled Jalapenos

Pickled jalapenos find their way into plenty of dishes, as both a condiment and an ingredient. Hounds like them on hamburgers, hot dogs, and pizza, in grilled cheese sandwiches, in tuna salad, in cornbread, tossed with Caesar salad, and baked into cornbre READ MORE

Rich Vanilla Ice Cream

adamclyde shares his recipee for vanilla ice cream, which he says is simple and very, very good. Davwud tried it out, and tells us Adam’s not exaggerating one little bit; this stuff is rich and luscious. ... READ MORE

Sources for Leaf Lard

Leaf lard is the premium type of lard for making deliciously rich pastry. It’s collected from around the hog’s kidneys and is very fine indeed. It’s not easy to find, but here are two sources where it may be ordered in small quantities or by the pound: .. READ MORE

Cereal: Avoiding the Sog Factor

Try some of these dry cereals that are said to withstand some soaking in milk without losing their crunch: Quaker Oatmeal Squares, says Pei. They’ll take forever to get soggy and they’re big enough for snacks, like tiny cookies or crackers. ... READ MORE

Scoop de Grâce

Rachael Ray tries to out-Manilow Martha and gets her hand publicly slapped by the Queen of Quiches herself. READ MORE