March 4, 2016
"2016 BEST VEGAN CHEESESTEAK IN PHILLY" CONTEST RULES Vote once a day for your favorite vegan cheesesteak at philly.com/vegancontest or via your Twitter account, using #vegancheesesteak. Voting period ends at noon on March 18. Vote tallies will be updated once a day around noon at philly.com/veganblog. One Philly-area voter will be chosen at random to receive dinner for two at Miss Rachel's Pantry in South Philly. Highest vote-getting venue wins "People's Choice Sandwich.
February 12, 2016
Cheese or ice cream? Why not both? Can't decide between a cheese course and dessert for your Valentine's Day dinner? Here's a compromise. Weckerly's Ice Cream and Birchrun Hills Farm collaborated on limited-edition ice-cream sandwiches that are sweet, savory, and even a little funky. We liked the Fat Cat's Creamsicle: ice cream made with semi-soft Fat Cat cheese spread and blood orange balsamic marmalade, between two olive-oil shortbread cookies. - Samantha Melamed Fat Cat's Creamsicle ice cream sandwich, $4.99 each, available till Feb. 14 at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 215-665-9220.
February 12, 2016 |
Josh Kim's Brewerytown sandwich shop, SpOt Burgers, has been open less than a month, but it already has its signature: The Jawn, a blessed union of sliced rib-eye, Sloppy Joe meat, Cheez Whiz, and onions, with a Pittsburgh-style crush of french fries serving as a starchy crown. It's big. It's beefy. It's messy in the most complimentary sense of the word. And it's just the latest addition to a sub-canon of Philadelphia grillcraft defined by its own slightly twisted brand of culinary ingenuity: the "appointment sandwich," between-bread creations so dense, rich, and calorically triumphant that taking one on is akin to clearing one's schedule.
January 22, 2016 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Jan. 19, 2016: Reader: Unless you're saving it for review (!), how does the Shake Shack chicken sandwich compare to Chick-fil-A or Federal Donuts? Craig LaBan: No formal review planned. But after first experiences with both sandwiches, I'd have to give my nod to Shake Shack. FedNuts had more interesting flavors going on. But the meat inside was overcooked and a tad stringy. The Shake Shack sandwich was spot-on . . . so crisp on the outside, and really, really juicy inside and very well built from top to bottom.
January 8, 2016 |
January always opens with good intentions, often plant-based ones, yet within weeks, old habits creep back in. But 2016 could be a tipping point - the year when vegan eating becomes too easy, and too tasty, to pass up. Options certainly abound in Philly. Here are 15 of them: 1. Gangster in University City Resolutions have life-changing potential. Just ask Vincent "Vinny" DePaul. After the collapse of his big-bucks L.A. T-shirt business, which had him hanging with celebs, rappers, moguls, criminals and "a lot of negative energy," he was handed a fresh-pressed organic juice that opened his eyes.
January 7, 2016 |
Jim Kenney's first full day as mayor took him from a schoolhouse abuzz with Philadelphia's future to a hall that exhibits its storied past. He also went to his office, grabbed a Diet Coke and a sandwich from Subway, and started setting a tone as brisk and sunny as the bitter-cold morning. "Let's do it," Kenney said, holding a Bible to help swear in his new police commissioner, Richard Ross, at Ross' alma mater, Central High School. Kenney, with director of communications Lauren Hitt in tow, arrived early for the 10:30 a.m. event so he could meet privately with Ross and then with the school's president, Timothy J. McKenna.
September 25, 2015 |
DAMON Menapace, of Kensington Quarters, offers two recipes for "quick and simple sandwiches that I am often snacking on at the restaurant and at home. " OPEN-FACE HEAD CHEESE SANDWICH 1 slice sourdough bread Mayonnaise Coleslaw (recipe below) 3 slices head cheese Grill or toast bread, spread with mayo. Add headcheese and top with coleslaw (recipe below). Serves one. COLESLAW 1 cup thin sliced green cabbage 1/4 cup shredded carrot 1 tablespoon minced onion 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 2 teaspoons sugar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt Mix all ingredients together.
February 27, 2015
LAST YEAR, the Daily News inaugurated our contest to find the best vegan cheesesteak in Philly. We were curious to see how many places offered a meatless, cheeseless version of the iconic Philadelphia sandwich. The public nominated 23 venues, and, in the final tasting event, Blackbird Pizzeria took the honors. Yet, even as the greasy foil wrappers were being wadded up for disposal, cries of "wait till next year!" were heard among the runners-up. Now Blackbird aims to defend its title as we seek the 2015 Best Vegan Cheesesteak in Philly . Voting opens today and ends at noon on March 18. One voter chosen at random will win dinner for two at Flora Restaurant, in Jenkintown.
September 18, 2014 |
CENTER CITY resident Courtney Lapresi took home the crown Monday night on "MasterChef," the Gordon Ramsay-hosted Fox competition show pitting amateur cooks against one another. Lapresi, who majored in dance performance at the University of the Arts, said that her artistic background allowed her to take on the challenges presented to her on "MasterChef. " "Fifteen to 20 years of dance performance prepares you for high-intensity competition," she said. "I'm used to feeling nervous and jittery.
August 22, 2014 |
Q. I am a vegan. I'm finding this is an issue for some women I date. Take this one girl: She brought a big, greasy cheesesteak to my apartment after I invited her to come watch a movie with me. It stank my whole place up. She sat there and ate the whole thing. It didn't stop us from getting busy, but later after she left, I wondered how to take it. Should I have said something? Mia: She knew you were vegan and brought a big, stinky meat sandwich over to eat in your presence. Dude, that was her way of giving you her middle finger.