August 22, 2016 |
Deb Lutz was making a high-six-figure salary at Johnson & Johnson as vice president of marketing just three years ago. But her entrepreneurial spirit (she bought and sold professional baseball cards to help pay her way through Wharton undergrad, Class of 1991) and her other life as a foodie got the best of her. She ditched corporate America and went for a fresh start. Two years ago, at age 45, she opened a b.good franchise - a healthy, fast-casual restaurant that serves in-house-ground burgers, vegetable/fruit smoothies, and other fresh dishes in Marlton.
July 7, 2016 |
David Cross does not look like a guy who would discuss sex in public. Clean-shaven and bespectacled, with a patriotic bow tie, white shirt, pressed khakis, and sensible close-cut hair, he is mild-mannered and soft-spoken - a seemingly gentle soul, for a one-time criminal lawyer. Yet, get him started, and Cross talks a blue streak about the sordid details of Philadelphia's most historic characters. Sure, he'll espouse the better-known virtues of our frisky founding fathers - the stuff of Benjamin Franklin and his prostitutes - but Cross can share the rarer tidbits, too. He'll speak about Gen. George Washington and his quest for the aphrodisiac Spanish Fly, and Thomas Jefferson's lustful ways with the local lionesses of Philadelphia society.
June 3, 2016 |
It's probably good that restaurant workers' hours often don't pair well with prime-time viewing. Because budding food-service entrepreneurs have enough nightmares without imagining Gordon Ramsay rampaging through their kitchens, telling the world, one bleeped expletive at a time, that their signature dish is straight out of the freezer. Not that anything like that would happen on Feed the Beast . A different flavor of cautionary tale altogether, AMC's new drama premieres Sunday after Preacher , before moving to 10 p.m. Tuesdays two days later.
May 20, 2016
Cook from the Boardwalk and beyond Fast-forward from spring to summer with The Jersey Shore Cookbook , a compendium of dishes - like blueberry scones and spaghetti and crabs - from beloved fine-dining restaurants, seafood shacks, and pancake houses from Cape May to Asbury Park. With tempting photos and chef profiles, the collection by Jersey food blogger Deborah Smith is a Shore dining guide and cookbook in one. - Samantha Melamed The Jersey Shore Cookbook by Deborah Smith, Quirk Books, $22.95 Botanical bowls for summer For dining on the deck or by the pool, these lovely serving dishes look amazingly close to porcelain, yet are made of melamine, and thus are lightweight, shatter-resistant, and dishwasher safe.
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.
February 26, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Feb. 23, 2016: Reader: After reading about the best Fishtown/Kensington spots, we decided to try Lloyd Whiskey Bar. The sweet potato Thai pork and chicken and waffle sliders were outstanding, as was the whiskey and beer lists. The bourbon sweet tea was a nice concoction. Another thing we loved about it was that the happy hour went until 8 p.m. – later than usual. Craig LaBan: I'm glad you liked Lloyd, definitely one of the slightly off-the-grid places Fishtowners call their own - great whiskey list at fair prices with a kitchen that doesn't hold back when it comes to creative takes on indulgent food (i.e.
January 1, 2016 |
A guy can eat a lot in a year. But I'm lucky I get to cherry-pick the best plates from one of the greatest restaurant cities in America. Of course, that makes it all the more difficult to choose my favorites. But when I close my eyes to remember the highlights from a year of restaurant reviews, Good Taste features, Crumb Tracker clues, and other stories, the most flavorful dishes return to my mind's table as vivid, hot, and fresh as the moment I first devoured them. And so here are my 15 best bites (in no particular order)
December 11, 2015 |
NOT SO LONG AGO, the casserole was the MVP in the American dinner lineup, an easy and economical supper without fuss. Tuna-noodle; chicken and rice; ground beef and macaroni; these were the staples of many childhood dinners. But in this generation, many children have no familiarity with this comfort-food genre. "All the kids were asking, 'What's a casserole?' " said Susan Munafo, a volunteer at after-school cooking class at William Loesche Elementary in Northeast Philadelphia. "I guess people don't make them anymore.
November 13, 2015 |
Four months after signing a historic nuclear accord with the U.S. and other western powers, Iran now has a seat at the world political table. Many details remain to be settled, though, and since negotiations generally go better over a shared meal, what better time for Iran's complex and unique culinary culture to get the spotlight? "The nuclear accord can only bode well to introducing people to Persian culture and food, which has been obscured for years by a veil of political animosity," said Louisa Shafia, the Philadelphia-born author of The New Persian Kitchen (Ten Speed Press)
October 16, 2015 |
Domino dish If you're feeling lucky, host a game night with plates to match. These porcelain appetizer dishes are designed by artist Jane Dixon. - Samantha Melamed Game Night Appetizer Plates, six for $24.95 at Crate & Barrel, Cherry Hill Mall, Cherry Hill, 856-662-5499 Canned beauties Tomato season may be just behind us, but you can still taste the local summer bounty by way of Stepped in What, tomato sauce made with Chadds Ford-grown tomatoes and basil.