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December 4, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
STREETBALL legend Aaron "AO" Owens honed his basketball skills on the playground at 16th and Susquehanna. The North Philly court is gone, but Owens fondly remembers the games, players, fans and, most of all, the atmosphere. "I remember the energy. I was a young guy [in the early-1990s] and I got to play with college and pro players. It was like a carnival," Owens told the Daily News yesterday. "There were food carts and people selling clothes. There were [hundreds of]
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July 9, 2011 | By Gregory Thomas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors held Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi and Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the crowned victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy cup. "The Vendy Cup is a trophy that I can drink cool beer out of - after standing over a deep fryer, frying chicken, cooking cabbage and greens, and serving the customers.
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July 16, 1999 | by Dave Davies, Daily News Staff Writer
If you'd dropped by the concession stand at Belmont Plateau in Fairmount Park Monday, you might have hoped to see a clean, smart-looking stand with new food offerings. And by now, nifty food carts decorated like Philadelphia landmarks were supposed to be cruising through the park with tasty offerings That was the promise of an exclusive concession agreement the Park Commission signed with a company last year to replace its traditional mom-and-pop concession stands. But in midsummer, there aren't any carts.
NEWS
June 13, 2006
Just picture it. Imagine that Philadelphia, as part of its push for 2016 Summer Games, is wining and dining the U.S. Olympic Committee at one of the city's fashionable restaurants. Things are going smashingly until one of the out-of-towners realizes that, wait a minute, that speck in his soup is neither a caper nor the proverbial fly - it's a mouse dropping. So long, Olympics. Don't say it could never happen. This city's woefully inadequate regimen of inspecting restaurants and other food establishments makes such a scenario more of a possibility than it ever should be. Philadelphia restaurants undergo health inspections so infrequently that even patrons of the most prestigious places in town could well risk illness.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | Associated Press
Food trucks selling gourmet goods such as tacos, barbecue and cupcakes have grown in popularity in recent years. But people have been buying street food for generations. Food carts were already a fixture in many cities in the 1800s. Hot dog, sausage and pretzel vendors have been selling quick lunches to office workers and tourists on city streets and in beach towns since the early 1900s. The website for Good Humor ice cream says the company's first trucks hit the road in 1920.
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June 14, 2006 | By John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
City Councilwoman Marian Tasco is asking for hearings on Philadelphia's restaurant inspection system to make sure the city is doing enough to guarantee that food is safe. In a resolution circulating yesterday among Council members, Tasco said the city lagged behind the rest of the nation's top cities when it comes to inspecting restaurants. "We've been lucky so far that we have not had a lot of people get sick, but how can we be certain?" said Tasco, who chairs Council's Committee on Public Health and Human Services.
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November 16, 2006 | By Patrick Kerkstra and John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The city's Department of Public Health would need to nearly double its inspection staff to examine Philadelphia's 15,000 eateries as often as the FDA recommends, interim Health Commissioner Carmen Paris said at a City Council hearing yesterday. "The department is grossly understaffed," said Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who chaired the hearing. "With all the responsibilities they have . . . that's clearly not enough staff to adequately provide the inspections needed to protect the public.
FOOD
January 9, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
You have to be one hungry caterpillar to be a restaurant critic. By conservative calculations, I ate 300 meals out last year for Sunday reviews, Good Taste features, Crumb Tracker clue-hunting missions and other stories. That means I tasted somewhere around 2,200 different dishes over the last 365 days, so imagine trying to whittle all those great (and some not-so-great) food memories down to the 15 best bites. Yeah, I know . . . tough work. But it's really hard! It was such a great chapter for Philly restaurants (food carts, cafés, bakeries and cheese shops)
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February 25, 1996 | By Rosland Briggs, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Thinking about going to the Philadelphia Flower Show? Here are some of the basics you should know: The show has moved this year to the Convention Center, 12th and Arch Streets. Organizers recommend taking public transit. In Pennsylvania, call SEPTA at (215) 580-7800 for schedule information. You can park free at suburban rail stops on weekends. All Regional Rail lines stop at Market East, beside the Convention Center. The Market-Frankford Line stops at 11th Street. Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 and 36 trolleys stop at 13th Street.
FOOD
June 7, 2000 | by Kent Steinriede, For the Daily News
Building is booming in Philadelphia. Throughout the day, jackhammers, bulldozers and hammers buzz, clank and thump, as construction workers build new hotels in Center City, university buildings in West Philadelphia and a performing arts center on Broad Street. At lunchtime, however, the cacophony stops and scores of construction workers sit down for a quick bite, a refreshing sip and a few jokes in the shade. Many tradesmen head for food carts, salad bars and burger chains for their midday repast.
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January 9, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
You have to be one hungry caterpillar to be a restaurant critic. By conservative calculations, I ate 300 meals out last year for Sunday reviews, Good Taste features, Crumb Tracker clue-hunting missions and other stories. That means I tasted somewhere around 2,200 different dishes over the last 365 days, so imagine trying to whittle all those great (and some not-so-great) food memories down to the 15 best bites. Yeah, I know . . . tough work. But it's really hard! It was such a great chapter for Philly restaurants (food carts, cafés, bakeries and cheese shops)
SPORTS
December 4, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
STREETBALL legend Aaron "AO" Owens honed his basketball skills on the playground at 16th and Susquehanna. The North Philly court is gone, but Owens fondly remembers the games, players, fans and, most of all, the atmosphere. "I remember the energy. I was a young guy [in the early-1990s] and I got to play with college and pro players. It was like a carnival," Owens told the Daily News yesterday. "There were food carts and people selling clothes. There were [hundreds of]
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | Inquirer Staff
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.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2012 | Associated Press
Food trucks selling gourmet goods such as tacos, barbecue and cupcakes have grown in popularity in recent years. But people have been buying street food for generations. Food carts were already a fixture in many cities in the 1800s. Hot dog, sausage and pretzel vendors have been selling quick lunches to office workers and tourists on city streets and in beach towns since the early 1900s. The website for Good Humor ice cream says the company's first trucks hit the road in 1920.
NEWS
May 4, 2012 | Craig LaBan
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)
NEWS
July 25, 2011 | By Larry Platt, Daily News Editor
THIS IS NOT A newspaper. In fact, what you're holding in your hands refuses to be just a newspaper. Over the past six months, as we've reimagined what the Daily News ought to be, I kept reminding myself that how we deliver what we say has vastly changed these last years, and that too few media outlets really make the effort to engage you in the ways that you actually consume media. The relationship between newspaper and reader can no longer be a one-way lecture; it's now a conversation.
NEWS
July 10, 2011 | By Gregory Thomas, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy Awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi & Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy.
NEWS
July 9, 2011 | By Gregory Thomas, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors held Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi and Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the crowned victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy cup. "The Vendy Cup is a trophy that I can drink cool beer out of - after standing over a deep fryer, frying chicken, cooking cabbage and greens, and serving the customers.
FOOD
July 23, 2009 | By Matt Flegenheimer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 16, 2006 | By Patrick Kerkstra and John Sullivan INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The city's Department of Public Health would need to nearly double its inspection staff to examine Philadelphia's 15,000 eateries as often as the FDA recommends, interim Health Commissioner Carmen Paris said at a City Council hearing yesterday. "The department is grossly understaffed," said Councilwoman Marian Tasco, who chaired the hearing. "With all the responsibilities they have . . . that's clearly not enough staff to adequately provide the inspections needed to protect the public.
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