March 19, 2016 |
When your last name is Odd and you run an establishment called Rosemary's Billygoat Odditorium, you get used to fielding some offbeat phone calls. According to Mike Odd, who also fronts an L.A. theatrical rock band called Rosemary's Billygoat, "if a guy had an aardvark skeleton he was looking to unload, I would get the call. " The call that would change his life came in late 2013, when an anonymous query led him to a burger franchise in Chatsworth, Calif. This, according to Odd's story, was when he first met Ronald Osbourne, the front man (front clown?
March 17, 2016
When the little Japanese grocery called Maido! closed its original location in Narberth, cooks seeking a local store for kombu, hand-pounded mochi rice cakes, or a wide range of imported furikake rice seasonings went into withdrawal. More important, Maido's lunch counter, known for homey rice bowls topped with chicken katsu in thick curry gravy and for tender gyu don beef stewed in sweet soy broth, was missed. Well, Maido! reemerged in the fall in a bright new space in Ardmore.
March 17, 2016 |
Shoppers once chose supermarkets for convenience, cost, customer service and quick checkouts. But a recent study found 83 percent of consumers pick only retail outlets that look clean to them, according to supermarket guru Phil Lempert . A full third of the people he surveyed have turned around and fled stores that seemed less than pristine. So just how clean is your favorite supermarket chain? The Inquirer, as part of its Clean Plates project , examined two years of health department reports for large grocers in Philadelphia and Bucks County.
March 17, 2016 |
Turkey sloppy joes and pickled cucumbers were on the menu for our second week of cooking class at Prince Hall elementary school in North Philadelphia in our continuing attempt to convince kids they can prepare healthy dinners that taste great. But as we settled into the rhythm of peeling and chopping and measuring and sauteing, I was reminded once again how tough it is to combat the omnipresence of junk food in the lives of children. As Jordan Francis, 9, stirred and cooked the ground turkey in a skillet, he was merrily singing a McDonald's jingle.
March 17, 2016 |
The area around the 3800 block of Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia offers limited choices for dining out. There's a run-down pizza shop, a bulletproof Chinese take-out joint, and not much else. But that's about to change. And Donnell Jones-Craven wants to tell the world. He is standing in front of the freshly painted facade of what will soon be EAT Cafe, Philadelphia's first pay-what-you-can community restaurant, where he will serve as the restaurant's chef and general manager.
March 6, 2016 |
"Where is the yogurt?" That's what a Texas judge asked last year after Whole Foods was slapped with a class-action lawsuit alleging that its store-brand Greek yogurt in 11 states - including Pennsylvania and New Jersey - contained nearly six times the sugar listed on the label. The health-conscious grocer assured U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks at a June 2015 conference that samples of the yogurt had been retained for testing. Except that might not have been true. Which could be a problem.
March 4, 2016 |
There has always been a lot for locals to love about our city's culinary soul. But as the city and its restaurants are landing on "best of" lists nationwide, it's clear the rest of the food world is sharing the love, with two Top Chef winners running restaurants here and local chefs regularly honored by the James Beard Awards. There are a lot of things driving Philadelphia's food scene forward, but one unlikely contributing force is Drexel University's Center for Hospitality & Sports Management.
February 28, 2016
Strike up the band Maryland. Irish American parade on the Coastal Highway has more than 100 entries. Festival afterward features music, dancing, and food. St. Patrick's Day Parade , Ocean City, March 12. Easy as pi New Jersey. Einstein's birthday is March 14, or pi (3.14), reason enough for fun in the town where he lived and worked for 20 years. Pie eating, throwing, and pizza pie contests, an Einstein look-alike competition, pi recitation event, and a pi-rade!
February 23, 2016 |
When we think about the critical importance of public schools in Philadelphia, providing breakfast is not usually the first thing that comes to mind. But we live in the nation's poorest big city. Hunger is a major issue and an obstacle to learning. More than one in four Philadelphians live below the poverty line. One-third of city residents depend on food stamps. And the social costs of poor nutrition are enormous. The school breakfast and lunch programs address hunger head-on.
February 19, 2016 |
David Blumenfeld wants to make one point about Good Food Flats very clear: The $20 million, four-story, 44-unit off-campus housing that he and his three partners in Cross Properties are developing at 4030 Baring St. is a "collaboration" with Drexel University, with amenities designed to accommodate students. In fact, Jonathan Deutsch, founding director of Drexel's Center for Hospitality and Sport Management, broached the idea of housing geared toward his "foodies" in a meeting with Kevin Michals, cofounder of Cross Properties.