May 9, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 8, 2013: Craig LaBan: Welcome to the Food Truck edition of our chat! I have two of my favorite food truck owners cohosting: Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Philly, a Temple-based cart serving Hawaiian snack foods, and Alan Krawitz of Say Cheese Philadelphia, one of the "pioneers" of this generation of food trucks, whose Drexel-based truck specializes in variations on grilled cheese and...
May 3, 2013
What is it? Philly's first Hawaiian-themed food truck, operated by island expat Kiki Aranita and her partner, Chris Vacca. The duo took the lessons they learned while slinging hash at Foo Truck and added a Pacific twist, plating delicacies hard to find outside the 50th state. Aloha, lunch crowd: The food cart, named after a now-extinct breed of dog native to Hawaii, debuted early last month, setting up an exclusive residency at 13th and Montgomery, smack dab in the heart of Temple's campus.
April 19, 2013 |
And elderly fruit cart vendor was fatally stabbed early Thursday in South Philadelphia while preparing to leave for work, officials said. Police found Don Ly, 68, near his cart on the 400 block of Vollmer Street before 5 a.m. He had been stabbed seven time to the neck, arm and body and was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he died at 5:33 a.m. police said. Police said robbery did not appear to be a motive and investigators were studying surveillance video from the area for clues.
May 4, 2012 |
Craig LaBan: Mike Klein and I popped by this adorable little cart, Spot, to try their house-ground burgers, and cheesesteaks. They butcher the meat themselves from a big top round, pretty impressive for a place that's 6 feet long. They've got the system down pat, with someone taking orders beneath the shade of a red awning on the yellow cart, with a grill-master inside sizzling away at warp speed. You know they've got ambitions with ingredients like "mire-poix" (for the meatloaf) and an "Umami" signature burger (excellent, with pickled daikon, mushrooms, and gochujang)
April 27, 2012 |
There was an Alcatrazlike quality to it, the way it all went down Wednesday in Row 24 of US Airways Flight 1419, as the tiny food cart on my jammed Philadelphia-to-Los Angeles flight rolled up. The snack cart, we had been warned by a flight attendant over the public-address system, might run out of food. This was largely by design, she explained, not stocking enough food for everyone on board. Oh, and what was on the menu - an Italian club wrap, a chicken salad, a fruit-and-cheese offering, snack boxes - would have to be purchased.
July 23, 2009 |
It's late in the afternoon - near closing time for Rami's Luncheonette, a food cart on 40th and Locust Streets - and Sami Dakko is waxing philosophical. "When the rain comes," the owner says, peering at the empty sidewalk, "it comes for everybody. Dakko's is the consummate Ellis Island tale. Though a successful real estate developer in his native Lebanon, Dakko hungered for the promise of American shores, bringing his family across the pond to a relative's place in Havertown in 1985.
June 11, 2006 |
Philadelphia may have the most lax restaurant inspection rate among the nation's largest cities, but its inspection of food carts is even worse. That's because the city rarely examines the 1,465 or so food trucks once they are on the street. The city asks each owner, when licensed, to drive his cart to the Health Department for inspection. Inspectors make sure the carts are clean and capable of keeping food at the proper temperatures. But the carts are never examined again unless inspectors find a problem at the outset or someone complains.
March 4, 2005 |
The battle against child obesity seems to be all over the news. Children are fat, and parents are desperate: Extreme measures such as gastric-bypass surgery, tummy tucks and fat farms are becoming more prevalent. Schools are hard-pressed to slim their kids down, and talk of adding extra gym classes, getting rid of snack machines, and implementing more-nutritious school lunches is buzzing. I even heard the ridiculous suggestion that physical-education classes be outlawed, because most kids just stand around in gym, taking fatal blows to their self-esteem while the athletic kids make fun of them.
November 25, 2003 |
You might call it the hot-dog wars. A proposal that would allow the first food vendor in recent memory to park a cart outside the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown has Main Street merchants up in arms. For 15 years, Kuem Lee has operated his P&W Discount Store on West Main Street, across the street from the courthouse. Along with lottery tickets, cell phones and other merchandise, Lee sells hot dogs. Hot dogs also are among the menu items that would be offered by Gary Greco of Eagleville, who wants to operate the portable food cart.
February 6, 1997
ABC, ethics of journalism and the public trust Claude Lewis' column in support of Food Lion's suit against ABC's Prime Time Live ("Outright lying to get the story is just plain wrong," Feb. 3) is very disturbing. Mr. Lewis states that Prime Time Live was wrong to obtain employment with Food Lion for its reporters. He contrasts this with things that he himself has done to get a story: wearing a doctor's coat and stethoscope in a hospital; sending a reporter into a hospital dressed as a nurse, and infiltrating a meeting from which the press was barred by paying a hotel waiter to let him wheel in the food cart.