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October 8, 1989 | By Joyce Gemperlein, Special to The Inquirer
For architects, the sweep and design of buildings define the allure of a city. For ethnologists, the mix of cultures makes a town interesting. But for foodies, one of the marks of a mighty, sensuous civilization is the quality and quantity of street eats, the foods hawked by vendors. Philadelphians know all about this. Among American cities, Philadelphia is to street food what Greece was to drama. The Philadelphia Standard Metropolitan Eating Area, with its hot-dog and pretzel vendors in quilted aluminum booths and its Asian fruit and egg-roll booths, far surpasses most big cities when it comes to meals on wheels.
NEWS
December 27, 2013
"VEGAN" is going mainstream in Philly and around the world, and 2013 was replete with examples. I'll mention a couple: Jay Z and Beyonce. As of press time, the superstar couple were still plant-based, with Christmas Day the scheduled cutoff. Will they decide to take it up for good? Word is that Al Gore is also now eating vegan, joining the veganesque Bill Clinton. James Cameron also now touts veganism, while Bill Gates invests in technology to replicate eggs entirely with plants.
FOOD
May 17, 1995 | By Lorna J. Sass, FOR THE INQUIRER
If you go to Israel expecting to eat chicken soup, hot pastrami sandwiches and chopped chicken liver, you're in for a surprise. Let it be known that getting your hands on a good kosher dill pickle in Jerusalem is almost as challenging as getting pizza by the slice in Italy. If Israeli cooking isn't knishes, then what is it? That's just what I tried to discover during a recent gastronomic tour of the Holy Land. Since Israelis love to talk politics, it's not always easy to get them onto the subject of food.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2009 | By LARI ROBLING, For the Daily News
If you are a movie buff, you've probably seen the 1933 black-and-white classic version of "King Kong" with Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. And there's the successful and flashy 2005 remake with Naomi Watts and Jack Black. Michael O'Halloran, chef/owner of Old City's well-regarded Bistro 7, brings "King Kong" to mind in the fun name of his newly debuted Northern Liberties restaurant, Kong. O'Halloran and his wife and partner, Sophia Lee, wanted to create a restaurant inspired by the Chinese street food of Hong Kong that is part of Lee's heritage.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
The food trucks that stretch along 38th Street near the western edge of Penn's campus provide an antidote to - no, make that a repudiation of - the sad-sack food-court fare that lurks in greasy shame just blocks to the east. Between Chestnut and Spruce Streets you will encounter, in no particular order, trucks offering soba noodles and bright, fresh-made chicken tacos, a deal at $2 apiece - un-Taco Bell tacos. There are speed bumps of baba ganoush (and feta) and Yue Kee's celebrated - long-lined - Chinese window besting a fair number of Chinatown's own lunch spots, and cheerily advertising proprietarily spelled ma paul tofu . And so on. A Queen of Steaks.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2009 | By LARI ROILING For the Daily News
If you are a movie buff, you've probably seen the 1933 black-and-white classic version of "King Kong" with Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong. And there's the successful and flashy 2005 remake with Naomi Watts and Jack Black. Michael O'Halloran, chef/owner of Old City's well-regarded Bistro 7, brings "King Kong" to mind in the fun name of his newly debuted Northern Liberties restaurant, Kong. O'Halloran and his wife and partner, Sophia Lee, wanted to create a restaurant inspired by the Chinese street food of Hong Kong that is part of Lee's heritage.
NEWS
June 25, 1995 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It doesn't have the merry jingle of an ice cream truck. It brings no sweets. But the children scramble just the same when the yellow truck makes the slow, steep climb up Logavina Street. The truck carries fresh drinking water - truly a cause for celebration in these bare-bone times. But a cause for worry, too. Just venturing out for a loaf of bread or a bucket of water in this besieged capital is a perilous act. Logavina Street has become so dangerous in recent months that the intersections are plastered with hand-lettered signs that say: Pazi Snajper.
NEWS
February 24, 2012 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
The funeral director was discussing cremation with the bereaved family. When she told them that their father's artificial joint would be removed from the ashes and sent to a facility where the metal would be recycled, the mood brightened. "Dad was all about recycling," the mourners told Maryeileen Appio, manager of the Kirk & Nice funeral home in Plymouth Meeting. Appio recalled their saying, "He'd be thrilled that one of the last things he could do was have some parts recycled.
FOOD
January 16, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Over the last few months, I've been souping it up in Pho-ladelphia. Home to the third largest Vietnamese population on the East Coast, this city has long been a destination for many great renditions of the deeply warming and aromatic noodle soup. Few meals in the world deliver more satisfaction for $10 or less. And since the winter chill settled in, slurping through a steamy pool of exotic broth, rice noodles, Thai basil, and sundry cuts of meat has been the equivalent of hitting the "defrost" button.
FOOD
June 26, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
A stack of Vetri family cookbooks sits on a low wall beside the open kitchen at tiny Los Jiménez Cocin on Oregon Avenue as a proud reminder of owner Justino Jiménez's decade-plus of cooking in the Italian kitchens of Vetri and Amis. But his new Cocin (short for cocina) is a pure authentic throwback to Jiménez's taqueria roots before coming to Philly from Mexico in 2001. His specialty, the tacos al pastor you'll see spinning on a vertical spit in back, is especially worth a taste.
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