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From the Magic Wok into the Saffron Spot

aving heard the raves about Magic Wok in Artesia, Abby went to see just how authentic this Filipino joint is, and declares that it was like eating her (Filipina) mom’s cooking–good, homey food without any fusioney flourishes. ... READ MORE

Tracks: Seafood Central at Penn Station

No one goes to Penn Station just to eat at Tracks, but those who wind up there report surprisingly good seafood. Simple dishes are the way to go: sweet, briny St. Simon oysters and other shellfish from the raw bar… READ MORE

Bocca Lupo: Italian Vittles and Vino in Cobble Hill

Cobble Hill’s Bocca Lupo has quickly become a neighborhood favorite for its casual vibe and Italian small plates–especially sandwiches and other bites with bread. A panino with nutty cheese, tangy broccoli rabe, and moist, meaty sausage is an early stan READ MORE

Factory Direct

El Molino is located in the back of a strip mall, but don’t be intimidated by the stark surroundings. It’s a working tortilla factory that also serves food in a small, five-table waiting area. ... READ MORE

Cooking with Orange Marmalade

Orange marmalade is a great condiment with cheeses and deli meats. Pour it over baked brie and top with salted nuts, or serve it with goat cheese. Use it in smoked turkey or hot ham and cheese sandwiches. ... READ MORE

Secrets of Searing Scallops

There are a few secrets to cooking perfectly seared sea scallops. The first is buying the right scallops. Most sea scallops out in the marketplace have been soaked in a solution of sodium tripolyphosphate, a process that helps to preserve them, and plumps READ MORE

Taylor Pork Roll

Taylor pork roll (a.k.a. Taylor ham) is a homey favorite cold cut. It’s known as a New Jersey kind of thing, but it’s frequently available in any deli that sells Boar’s Head cold cuts. ... READ MORE

Pocket Coffee

Ferrero’s Pocket Coffee is a sweet way to get a hit of caffeine. It’s a hard chocolate candy shell that’s filled with espresso–that’s a double caffeine whammy. ... READ MORE

All’s Fair in Food and Prose

This Sunday’s New York Times boasts a remarkably food-savvy piece of op/art: Fairs Enough (requires registration). It’s an illustrated rundown of the most delectable fair foods from states as far-flung as Washington State, Vermont, and Texas. READ MORE

Pack It In

The Today show’s recent feature on healthier choices for kids’ school lunchboxes provides a nice introductory primer for the burgeoning line of snack-y, grab-and-go foods produced by natural foods makers. READ MORE