April 22, 2016
The truck: Totally impossible not to notice Wheely Wheely Good, the snazzy new truck on Drexel University's campus. Blood-red, decorated with smiling cartoon chefs, the truck grabs your eyeballs and entices your stomach. It whispers, "Forget that lame hot dog stand around the corner. Spread your wings. Try some Asian fusion. " Not literally, of course, but that's the vibe we get. The menu: "Overwhelming" is the first word that comes to mind. There's just a lot happening here. We were nearly paralyzed by the options, from the rice balls to the soup to the spring rolls to the sushi to the popcorn chicken to the . . . you get the idea.
April 1, 2016 |
It might seem odd for a pair focused on Filipino and Hawaiian street food to dabble around ancient Rome for culinary inspiration. But Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca, co-owners of the Hawaiian-fusion food truck Poi Dog, each majored in classics at Bryn Mawr. So, for them, it's a sensible step in their evolution as chefs, using food to tell personal and political stories. Though Poi Dog's street fare tells the story of Aranita's heritage (she grew up in Hawaii and Hong Kong), this latest endeavor looks at not only what ancient Romans were eating, but why this food was only available to the elite class in their society.
March 13, 2016
Original Big Island Shave Ice Co. Parks at Blue Dragon Restaurant & Spa, 61-3616 Kawaihae Rd. 808-895-6069. obisic.com. Hours: The Original Big Island Shave Ice Co. food truck operates primarily in Kawaihae. Hours of operation are 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday. Price: An average shave ice costs $4 to $5. Special flavors such as Halo Halo, Kona Coffee, and Trini-Chantilly cost $5 to $6.
February 17, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC SAFETY Rate eateries After reading about the Health Department finding subpar conditions around food at Center City restaurants, I propose that Philadelphia adopt the letter-grade system used in New York and Los Angeles ("Phila. health inspectors soon can close eateries," Friday). In those cities and others, eateries must prominently post inspection ratings. That way, customers can see at a glance that the restaurant, lunch counter, or food truck adheres to proper food preparation standards.
January 19, 2016
J USTINE CARMINE, 28, of Mayfair, owns Happy Hippy Veg, a vegetarian catering service she launched last summer. She rents space at the Dorrance Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises in West Philadelphia, where she stores her food, does prep work and cooks. A Tacony native, she's a graduate of Marywood University in Scranton . Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: It stemmed from a yoga teacher-training weekend, and I'd been a vegetarian and love to bake and make healthy food that tastes good.
January 14, 2016 |
I had come for the smoked mushroom tacos because, well, it had been a vegan kind of week. But then there was duck. And knowing the kind of talent chefs Michael Sultan and Carolyn Nguyen have displayed for the unconventional at their Taco Mondo food truck, it made sense to indulge that instinct in my first visit to Revolution Taco, the brick-and-mortar shop they just launched near Rittenhouse Square with fellow food trucker Alan Krawitz of...
November 10, 2015
Y AZMIN AULI, 45, of Northeast Philadelphia, and Cesar Guzman, 48, of Crescentville, co-own El Coqui Panaderia Y Reposteria, a Puerto Rican bakery/restaurant. In 2012, it relocated from Kensington to larger digs on I Street near Venango in Harrowgate. I spoke with Auli. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I came to Philadelphia in 2001 and made cakes and pastries in my house. In 2007, I opened my first bakery in Kensington but I wanted to grow and needed more space and parking.
August 21, 2015
The truck: No matter what you think of Lost in the Woods, this truck is . . . different. And we're not even talking about the game meat entrees they're selling. The truck looks like a testosterone-fueled hunter's nightmare, with a scowling upright bull wearing body armor, clenching what appears to be an Uzi. There's also a deer wearing a white tank top with his fists (yep) clenched, like he's about to ruin your day - either with the rifle slung over his shoulder or the ninja blades attached to his arm. This is the only food truck in Philly that we'd describe as post-apocalyptic.
July 27, 2015 |
Ibrahim Shah was working the grill at his uncle's food truck across from City Hall on Friday, grilling up breakfast sandwiches for a busy crowd. The day before, on a large building just around the corner, a world-famous artist had begun work on a giant mural - a mural of Ibrahim. But by Friday morning, Ibrahim had yet to see the mural - had yet to see his face so high in the sky. "I have been too busy here with my job," he said, cracking eggs on the grill. He would go when he could get a break.
July 1, 2015 |
FRANK VEGA'S life was a mess. A serious heroin addict, drug peddler, jail bird, suicidal. In other words, a hopeless case, like so many in the dreary inner-city neighborhoods that harbor society's dregs. But something happened to Frank Vega while he was serving a 19-month sentence on drug charges in Holmesburg Prison. He had a dream. He saw broken people, like him, going into buildings and coming out restored. He believed it was a message from God, telling him he'd better do something for the people in his community, the ones he had for so long simply exploited for his own selfish gain.