The Palate Princess – Episode 3 – Creative Comfort Food

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Stack of buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips and strawberries from Iron Rooster (photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun)

Stack of buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips and strawberries from Iron Rooster (photo courtesy of the Baltimore Sun)

Taco trio from El Tule (author's photo)

Taco trio from El Tule (author’s photo)

Tacu tacu encebichado, a traditional Peruvian dish, from Quinoa

Tacu tacu encebichado, a traditional Peruvian dish, from Quinoa



On today’s show, I talk creative comfort food with restaurateur Kyle Algaze of Iron Rooster in Annapolis, MD and Silvia Egoavil (pronounced ego-ville) of El Tule in Lambertville, NJ and Quinoa in Doylestown, PA. Kyle shares his history in the restaurant business and his 20-year climb through the culinary ranks from dishwasher (which he readily admits was his most hated job) to owner of a successful comfort food spot on the beautiful Annapolis waterfront. Besides serving some of the best comfort food in the area, Iron Rooster’s other claim to fame is its all day breakfast menu which Kyle jokingly speculates was the impetus behind a well-known fast food chain’s recent decision to launch a 24/7 breakfast menu. (Can you guess which fast food joint?)

In the second half of the show, I chat with Silvia who co-owns Peruvian restaurants El Tule and Quinoa with her family and what a talented family it is! Her mother, a native of South America, can be found whipping up authentic Peruvian dishes in the restaurant’s kitchen and her brother Jack has proved himself to be quite the culinary phenom at Quinoa. Silvia’s brother-in-law Said is from Mexico and is responsible for the Mexican dishes on El Tule’s extensive hybrid menu. And what exactly is Silvia’s role in the family empire? She is truly a jill-of-all-trades–wearing many hats as owner, manager and public relations representative. As if that’s not enough, she’s also a chef in her own right and has participated in a 6-month Cordon Bleu program in Peru. That education paid off as evidenced by the many traditional dishes she brings to the studio today including aji de gallina (a shredded chicken delight swathed in a creamy sauce), carapulcra (a traditional Peruvian stew that dates back to the Incas) and a host of tasty noshes.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars–Quinoa is hosting a salsa event on October 18th from 3 – 6 PM with Chef/Owner Jack Egoavil serving a 3-course buffet for only $25 per person; he’ll also be doing a pisco sour demonstration–a drink that is described as a Peruvian grappa.



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Iris McCarthy, food writer and cookbook author, is The Palate Princess. A self-proclaimed food enthusiast who has long held a passion for writing and food culture, she spent nearly a decade in corporate America before she left to pursue her writing career full-time and hasn’t looked back since. Currently, Iris pens articles for the food columns of several print and digital publications and focuses on telling the stories of the movers and shakers behind the region’s lively culinary scene. If it’s about food, she’s covering it.

Iris spends much of her time eating, working and playing in the city. When she’s not attending local food events, scoping out new ice cream spots to satiate her sweet tooth, or covering the Philly food scene, Iris can be found making delicious messes in her home kitchen.

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About Iris "The Palate Princess" M.

Food writer | Author of Food Lovers' Guide to Philadelphia, Main Squeeze: Juicing Recipes for Your Healthiest Self, and On the Line (coming soon)

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