June 17, 2016
Since transitioning in January from his popular food cart to a mustard-yellow brick-and-mortar storefront in Brewerytown, Josh Kim's SpOt Gourmet Burgers has, not surprisingly, become a bona-fide destination for some of the best burgers in town. Creative house-ground beauties such as the Ponderosa (posed inside its bun over a raft of french fries with mushrooms, Swiss, and barbecue sauce) and a lamb-patty special scented with mint over cumin aioli were just two of his recent hits.
June 15, 2016 |
In Pennsylvania, buying an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon is about as easy as buying lunch, experts say. Go to a licensed gun store, sign the papers, complete an instant background check, pop down the money and walk out with the weapon. No waiting period is necessary. "You can buy an AR-15 as quickly as you can buy a cheesesteak," said Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby police superintendent. "It is astonishingly easy," said Bryan Miller, spokesman for the Philadelphia chapter of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence.
June 2, 2016 |
THE ALWAYS BUSY and eminently quotable comics artist Howard Chaykin is happy to be coming to town. "I love Philadelphia," he said in a recent phone interview. "I love the architecture. I love the food - it's got some of the best Mexican food I've tasted outside of Arizona, Texas, and Southern California. Plus, I know how it sounds, but I'm a serious Philly cheesesteak fan. " After spending a huge part of his life in New York, Chaykin appreciates the famous Philly attitude as well.
April 1, 2016
HILLARY CLINTON famously espoused the mantra, "It takes a village to raise a child. " Mayor Kenney's mantra is "It takes a village tax on sugary drinks to raise a child. " As Kenney sees it, his villagers don't have to fear the Big Bad Wolf, but rather Big Bad Soda. The wolf is not huffing and puffing. The villagers are huffing and puffing because they are made fat by Big Soda. Kenney has not spoken as much about the health benefits of this new tax in recent days. Instead, apparently bristling at the argument that this tax will affect poorer people the most, he has launched attacks on evil corporations making money off everyday Philadelphians.
March 25, 2016 |
With more than 100 people in attendance at Union Transfer Sunday afternoon, Blackbird Pizzeria recaptured the title of Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly. Having won the first contest in 2014, the beloved vegan pizza joint was ousted in 2015 by Royal Tavern but was favored this year by judges Stu Bykofsky, Lisa Tynes, Leila Vaughan, and Babette Josephs. Blackbird owner Mark Mebus said his team was "happy about it because the only thing we've changed since last year was the bread. " After experimenting with house-made rolls, the pizzeria switched to vegan baguettes from Metropolitan Bakery.
March 11, 2016
With more than 500 votes cast among 35 nominated venues, the 2016 Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contest is starting to sizzle as we head into the final week. Vote once a day for your favorite venue at philly.com/vegancontest or by tweeting with the hashtag #vegancheesesteak. Voting ends at noon March 18. At 4 p.m. March 20, the three top finalists will be taste-tested to determine a winner during a vegan event at Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St., $10 at the door, 215-232-2100)
March 4, 2016
"2016 BEST VEGAN CHEESESTEAK IN PHILLY" CONTEST RULES Vote once a day for your favorite vegan cheesesteak at philly.com/vegancontest or via your Twitter account, using #vegancheesesteak. Voting period ends at noon on March 18. Vote tallies will be updated once a day around noon at philly.com/veganblog. One Philly-area voter will be chosen at random to receive dinner for two at Miss Rachel's Pantry in South Philly. Highest vote-getting venue wins "People's Choice Sandwich.
March 4, 2016
Our third annual Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly contes t launched Tuesday, the same day Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.), a vegan, came to town to promote his new book, United. Coincidence? Probably. But if you've read the book (and if not, do!), you get his point that everything, and everyone, is connected; the subtitle is Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good . So during my chat with Booker just before he stepped onstage at the Free Library Tuesday night, you bet the subject of vegan cheesesteaks came up. The contest, after all, provides common ground for all kinds of venues to share plant-based offerings.
January 29, 2016 |
When David Chan began keeping his Chinatown restaurant open into the wee hours in 1992, he knew of only a handful of other Center City eateries that did the same. The after-midnight scene was reserved for 24-hour diners, the cheesesteak giants in South Philly, and pizza by the slice. But steadily over the years, Philadelphia has become a late-night city, or at least a later-night one, with an increasing number of restaurants offering food and drink until midnight, and a number cooking until 2 a.m. The change is most clear at the city's core.
December 4, 2015 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Dec. 1, 2015: Philly looked fabulous in Creed, the excellent new Rocky spin-off, with lots of details familiar to local foodies, from the scenes at Johnny Brenda's to Rocky's restaurant, Adrian's (Victor Cafe, featured in the previous film, too). But I was especially impressed that they chose to feature a cheesesteak spot far less known than the usual South Philly gang. I went yesterday and can assure you the tourists have yet to find Max's at Broad and Erie (actually on Germantown Avenue at Erie)