Weekend Inquirer, Digested

Izakaya in Atlantic City gets a full three bells from Craig LaBan. Don’t be put off by the AC location, he advises! “Savvy Phila-vores, however, might want to pay attention to Izakaya. It caught my eye the moment I found myself suddenly suspended over riverstones on a glass bridge at the entrance.” The food ranges from the inventive to the traditional and comforting, and almost everything is “picture-perfect.”

• Elsewhere in the weekend food section is an ode to steel-cut oats, Rick Nichols’ “childhood stalwart.” They are pricier than Quaker Oats and take a hella long time to cook, but also “aromatic and satisfyingly chewy” and way, way more nutritious.

• Also, a look at military cooking and what Gordon Ramsay is doing to help improve the British Army’s food. He has created a guide for military chefs with tips on how to liven up rations. (Sample recipes include “Pleasant Porridge Delight” and “Fruit and Nut Slab Cake.”)

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Weekend Inquirer, Digested