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.
July 18, 2014
NICOLE MARIE CAPP, 26, and Justin Matt Sapolsky, 28, both of Center City, are co-founders of Matt & Marie's Italian Sandwiches on 18th Street near Arch. The two are Wharton MBA graduates and were finalists in the 2013-14 Wharton Business Plan Competition. In 2013, Matt & Marie's began as a catering business but this year shifted to a brick-and-mortar store that opened on June 30. I spoke with Capp. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Matt & Marie's? A: Matt and I both wanted to open up a place in the fast-casual space with Italian sandwiches.
April 10, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - It could be one of the priciest egg sandwiches ever made - yet never eaten. And Pennsylvania taxpayers are footing the bill. A long-running court battle between a Harrisburg restaurant owner and a former member of Gov. Corbett's cabinet over the preparation of an egg sandwich has ended with a $75,000 settlement, court records show. The state's payout to Richard Hanna, finalized late last month, came more than two years after he accused the commonwealth and then-Health Secretary Eli Avila of retaliating against him for the way Hanna had cooked the new cabinet member's egg one morning in 2011.
March 7, 2014 |
A 12-YEAR-OLD BOY was jumped, assaulted and robbed by four teens who stole his sandwich and french fries Friday in Upper Darby, according to police. Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said yesterday that the 12-year-old victim, who is a "real nice neighborhood kid," was coming out of a convenience store on Long Lane near Clinton Road about 5 p.m. when four "morons" hit him, knocked him to the ground and "thumped" him. They stole the food, the only possessions the boy had on him, Chitwood said.