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July 6, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Donna Payne stopped at Bottom Dollar Food for the first time Thursday morning. By the time she reached the checkout line, the 44-year-old Chester resident had a cart brimming with chicken wings, bread, eggs, soda, and popsicles. "This cut down half the price from the other stores," she said. Most of the other stores she visits are not in her own city. Bottom Dollar opened its Chester store last month on Edgmont Avenue, becoming the city's second full-size supermarket. The other one - a nonprofit market called Fare & Square, operated by Philabundance - opened in the fall.
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July 4, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Mike Newall, and Lydia O'Neal, Inquirer Staff Writers
Every morning, La Parrillada Chapina food truck arrived on Wyoming Avenue at 7 a.m. It would stay into the evening, serving coffee to residents on their way to work and lunch to employees in the Feltonville neighborhood. And the Guatemalan fare it served was popular - long lines were not uncommon. On Tuesday evening, around 5:30, the truck's owner, Olga Galdemez, 42, was likely packing up for the night, helped by her daughter and two other family members. Witnesses would tell police that it was after that when they began to smell gas in the air. Moments later, a propane tank attached to the back of the truck exploded into flames, seriously injuring Galdemez, her daughter Jaylin Landaverry, 17, and the two family members, a 27-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl.
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July 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
OLGA GALDAMEZ always dreamed of opening her own restaurant. When the logistics of a full-scale eatery proved too much, Galdamez set her sights on running a food truck. About two months ago, that dream became a reality. "Cooking is her passion, and everyone loves her food," her niece Yasmin - whose last name is being withheld at Yasmin's request - said last night outside Temple University Hospital. Galdamez, 42, was cooking churrasco , tacos and other traditional Guatemalan dishes inside her truck, La Parrillada Chapina, on Tuesday on Wyoming Avenue near 3rd Street in Feltonville.
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July 3, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
"IT WAS like a giant C4 blast, like something in 'Counter Strike.' " That's what a 14-year-old boy told the Daily News last night, referring to a plastic explosive commonly used by the military, including the fictional soldiers in that popular video game. Fiction became reality yesterday in Feltonville, when a lunch truck parked on Wyoming Avenue near 3rd Street was enveloped in an devastating inferno that injured 11 people, including a mother, 42, and daughter, 17, who were working inside the truck at the time, police said.
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June 27, 2014 | BY BETH D'ADDONO, For the Daily News
CHILDREN with special needs take their parents on a very particular and personal journey. For Deb Lutz, the latest leg of that journey is today's opening, in Marlton, N.J., of b.good, a fast-casual eatery celebrating healthful cuisine that is locally sourced and seasonally inspired. Lutz is just the fourth franchisee of this New England-based restaurant started by two boyhood buddies in Boston. She plans to open five b.good locations, including one in Philly and another near her Bryn Mawr home.
FOOD
June 27, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
As Cristina Martinez heated a wide maguey leaf on the food cart's griddle, her husband, Benjamin Miller, reached into a warming box holding slow-cooked barbacoa lamb, and the earthy aromas of Capulhuac, Mexico, suddenly wafted over this South Philly corner at Eighth and Watkins Streets. "You want rib meat, leg, or spine?" asks Miller, assembling a one-pound package of moist flesh to be gift-wrapped inside the maguey leaf, with a pint of lamb consomme, spicy cactus salad, and a stack of fresh tortillas on the side.
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June 20, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jim Winslow's eyes grew bigger than his stomach upon seeing the variety of bread spreads at the new Whole Foods Market in Cherry Hill. "Oh that's good," Winslow, 51, of Cherry Hill, a vegan, said after sampling lemon-pepper spread. He filled a plastic container with a half-pound to go. The store at the Ellisburg Shopping Center was inaugurated with a "bread break" Wednesday in front of hundreds of shoppers. The bread was baked in the store and represented what the company, based in Austin, Texas, wants to be known for - fresh and organic products.
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June 16, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown, diners lined up for cups of chilled strawberry soup, as well as escargot with mushroom oatmeal and garlic scape cream. The dishes emerging from the Heart food truck, one of 14 such competitors for the 2014 Vendy Awards, were no different from the ones Heart's owners once presented at their Pottstown restaurant. "We're trying to take what we did in the restaurant and do it out here," said co-owner Tonda Woodling, who formerly ran Pottstown's Funky Lil' Kitchen.
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June 13, 2014 | BY PHILLIE PHOODIE, For the DAILY NEWS
WHEN the 2012 Phillies season ended, the Ol' Phoodista thought he'd seen the last of a Citizens Bank Park concession stand (journalistically speaking, that is). But earlier this spring, word got back to me here at Phoodphair, my palatial estate on the banks of Pennypack Creek, that the Phillies were introducing a slew of new dishes to the CBP menu. And, like the old fire horse who still wants to chase blazes at the sound of the alarm, I knew I had no choice but to enter the Phillie Phoodie phray one more time.
FOOD
June 13, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Larry Bosley and his son Geoff bought the hulking building at 148 W. State St. in Kennett Square in 2010, they knew it had a prestigious past. Most recently, it contained offices; before that, a furniture store. But originally, it had been built out of the steel hull and beams repurposed from the Joshua Alexander, a World War II Liberty cargo ship made in a Baltimore shipyard from Bethlehem steel. The building's future, though, was less clear. The 10,000-square-foot ground floor, vacant since 2008, was prime for retail.
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