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.
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.
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.
June 4, 2016 |
Building fences, or walls, doesn't make for good neighbors. Tearing down economic barriers and creating friendly public spaces do. That's essentially the thinking behind the Knight Cities Challenge Winners Summit now meeting in Philadelphia - with presentations by Knight Foundation grant winners past and present introducing fresh and low-cost strategies to make cities more vibrant and inclusive. Projects ranged from "Pop-Up City Halls" in Charlotte, N.C., that take council meetings to the citizenry, to an educational eco-science barge floating in the Miami harbor beside million-dollar yachts, to a multi-cultural "New Flavors" food truck in Grand Forks, N.D., that immigrant groups from Africa and Southeast Asia can use to introduce their exotic food.
August 11, 2011
"DUDE, YOU KNOW what would be so rad? A food truck. We should totally start a food truck. " If I had a dollar for every time I've heard that one over the years, I could probably . . . start my own food truck, dude! The first time I heard the idea was years ago in a smoky, hazy dorm room at the University of Vermont. The patchouli-smelling guy who uttered it eventually did go on to nominal food truck success, selling grilled-cheese sandwiches at Grateful Dead and Phish shows. The last time I heard the sentiment was a few weeks ago, when a friend told me her dream was to quit her job and sell organic pancakes from an Airstream trailer.
January 30, 2014
B ARBARA DEVAN, 32, of Southwest Philadelphia, is chef, owner and CEO of Tasties, a soul-food restaurant on 52nd Street above Girard in West Philadelphia. This month she got city approval to run a food truck in University City. She plans to open a second Tasties restaurant next month on Germantown Avenue near Queen Lane in Germantown. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Tasties? A: I started Tasties in North Philadelphia in 2007. But after a year, I took a break to really find myself.
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.
April 17, 2015
The truck: If you're a motorcyclist - or just a red-blooded American - you'll appreciate the look of M.A.T.T.'s Gourmet Sliders, a/k/a Matt's Food Truck. All black with chrome fenders, whitewall tires and a Harley-Davidson-style logo. We weren't even looking for a place to eat, but this truck caught our attention a couple of weeks ago at 33rd and Market streets. Turns out, it was only its second day on the road. The concept: Can't go wrong with sliders. Why have one big sandwich when you can get three different ones?
April 18, 2013
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of April 16, 2013: Craig LaBan: Saturday night I was drafted by my daughter to be pizza chef for her birthday sleepover party. So, a field trip to South Philly (Faragalli's for dough, Claudio's and Di Bruno's for cheese, pesto, and meats) then I FIRED UP THE BIG GREEN EGG! Yeah, I'm a little enthusiastic. Here's my fave, an admittedly free-form round topped with prosciutto, mozz, and some organic tomato puree that went from tart and bright (when raw)
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.