July 26, 2013
What to eat : Don't even think of trying anything else before you've had Adriano Redante's signature item, the hamburgão. Ingredients include sirloin steak, corn, ham, bacon, provolone cheese, fried egg, lettuce, tomato and homemade green mayo. It's like the love child of a Schmitter and a cheesesteak that got drunk on caipirinhas in São Paulo and had a one-night stand. So, yeah, it's good. Tip: Eat a light breakfast. Also try: In addition to the hamburgão ($8), there are several other interesting items on Redante's menu, including a Brazilian-style cheesesteak with homemade chimichurri ($6)
July 9, 2013 |
WHEN PATRONS walk into Wazobia, a West African restaurant specializing in the comfort foods of Nigeria, many greet the owner in the Yoruba language. "This is my countryman," owner Risikat Bola Jamiu, who usually goes by Bola, says of a man from the Ibo tribe. Jamiu is Yoruba but welcomes all three of Nigeria's major ethnic groups. Even her North Philadelphia restaurant's name is a combination of the words for "come in" from the three languages: wa in Yoruba, zo in Hausa, bia in Ibo. "We are all blended together as one Nigeria," Jamiu said Friday.
July 8, 2013 |
On a day with heat so punishing that even the shade offered little relief, sous chef Tom Sullivan found himself in a particularly unforgiving spot: manning the flaming grill for his restaurant's booth at this weekend's Taste of Philadelphia festival. "The heat, the smoke, you've just got to deal with it," said Sullivan, who would spend more than 15 hours this weekend at Penn's Landing roasting corn on the cob, chicken, sausages, and asparagus to represent the Twisted Tail, the Southern-style restaurant at Second and Lombard Streets where he works.
July 8, 2013 |
People started lining up outside SEI's sprawling headquarters in Oaks even before Thais Viggue and her sunflower yellow Dia Doce cupcake truck rolled onto the campus. Dave Bell got there 15 minutes early so he could be first, because, he said, he'd seen the line "go all the way down the road. " He ordered a half-dozen of the $3 treats - three Black Magic, one churro, and two key lime - for himself and some friends. It was just a couple of years ago that a customer like Bell would have to drive all the way to West Philly's college campuses or the hipster mecca of Northern Liberties to indulge in the dining craze of the 2010s - gourmet food trucks.
July 7, 2013 |
CITY OFFICIALS yesterday were unsure exactly what led to a few tense moments for revelers at the end of the July Fourth festivities on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but said reports of a shooting were false. The scare happened during the fireworks show shortly after 11 p.m. A wave of people began running toward City Hall, causing others to flee. There were several reports on Twitter and YouTube of a shooting, but police refuted that. "From everyone that was out there, from what they observed, what they were able to see from being on location . . . from reviewing cameras, there's no indication there was any type of gunplay or gunshots," said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford.
June 28, 2013
What to eat : If you don't like cheese, keep walking. They got BBQ mac 'n' cheese, buffalo mac 'n' cheese, sundried tomato mac 'n' cheese, mac with bacon, mac with parm panko crumbs, mac with Philly cheesesteak. Basically, a lot of mac. And a lot of cheese. A six-cheese blend, in fact. This is the foundation of Mac Mart. Don't miss : Can't go wrong with BBQ in a Bowl - mac 'n' cheese topped with BBQ chicken chunks, corn bread crumble and BBQ drizzle. The "Wit" Mac has Philly cheesesteak, caramelized onions and a dash of ketchup.
May 10, 2013 |
A new kind of food truck is making its rounds in Camden. The Fresh Mobile Market, a community garden on wheels, made its first stop Wednesday at Mickle Tower, an affordable-housing high-rise for senior citizens near the waterfront. The refrigerated trailer, operated by the Camden City Garden Club, carries fresh seasonal produce and will drive to scheduled locations during the next year, including churches and community centers. Many residents in high-rise public housing don't have ready access to fruits and vegetables, said Mayor Dana L. Redd.
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.
May 3, 2013 |
The lunch-hour rush is under way at the convoy of food trucks that line Spruce Street near the University of Pennsylvania campus. From inside the cramped Chez Yasmine, Jihed Chehimi is serving gourmet street fare from around the globe - heaping salmon sandwiches sprinkled with caviar, homemade couscous, and cups of Indian red lentil soup - all with a side of conversation that occasionally turns to the science of AIDS. For more than two decades, the Ph.D. in viral immunology was an HIV/AIDS researcher, first at Penn and then at the labs of the Wistar Institute, where the senior scientist explored innate and adaptive immunity.