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NEWS
September 11, 2009
Retrenching, rebalancing, whatever you want to call it, the local dining scene went through more than nips and tucks after disposable incomes tanked last year. But it hasn't been an all-bad thing: Menus have been recalibrated, average checks are down (along with some restaurant rents). Even serious-eats places - Bibou and Fond come to mind - are keeping prices in line. And instead of bazillion-dollar steak palaces, we're seeing Asian street food, classy burger joints, pizzerias, and an explosion of barbecue pits, many with Big Names behind them.
NEWS
August 12, 2007 | By Gloria Ringel FOR THE INQUIRER
A jumble of colors and textures called to me from the flea-market stall. After months of planning a trip to France with my sister, we were in the March? aux Puces de St-Ouen, on the outskirts of Paris. Being a flea-market devotee, my journeying to this large market was a must. And so, my sister and I emerged from the Metro stop early on a Saturday morning into a somewhat gritty, workaday neighborhood. We followed directions in my guidebook. We walked through a gloomy underpass and traversed several blocks, ignoring over-eager vendors with stalls on the market's outskirts, bypassing the lure of knockoff sneakers and Japanese electronics.
NEWS
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.
FOOD
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.
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
December 28, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
What follows is a summary of the restaurants reviewed this year, primarily on Sundays, but also in Thursday Food features. As always, there were second chances and revisits to a handful of restaurants to check for improvement. I went back to six places that seemed within striking distance of a rating change - those are designated with an asterisk. Good news there: One stepped up from two to three bells (Aldine), one moved from one to two (Ardé), another climbed out of the no-bells basement (Bonchon)
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