January 7, 2010
A few things that Mumbai, India, ingrains in you: a taste for Bollywood, a tolerance of traffic, and a love of chaat , the street food of old Bombay. So I lit up when I saw Desi Chaat, a tiny, West Philly take-out storefront. The samosa had spent a little too long under the heat lamp. But the papri chaat (distinguished by boiled potatoes and chickpeas) made me smile. Your typical chaat employs a mixture of savories, in this case tossed with mango and pomegranate seeds and dotted with yogurt and mint, tamarind-date and plum sauces that you stir into crispy bits made here from (slightly oily)
March 3, 2011
_ It's not National Pancake Week (that was in February), or even National Pancake Day (you just missed it Tuesday), but Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man (1420 Walnut St., 215-344-8150) wants to celebrate anyway, with some weekend brunch specials: Illegal Chocolate Chocolate Pancakes, with dark chocolate truffle cream, milk chocolate shavings, spiced pecans and caramelized bananas; and Royal Berries Pancakes, with candied blueberries, blood orange maple syrup. _ Philadelphia chef Jose Garces and master brewer Phil Leinhart, of Cooperstown, N.Y.'s Brewery Ommegang, will join forces at JG Domestic (2929 Arch St. at the Cira Centre, 215-222-2363)
June 14, 2013
What to eat: Tacos! Two for $6. Carne Asada (skirt steak), Pollo Asado (chicken) and Al Pastor (roast pork with pineapple). Try the rice and beans ($4), made with fire-roasted tomatoes. Drinks, including Mexican Cola and Jarritos, are $1.50. Don't miss: The homemade sauces are what set this cart apart. They are The Green, The Red and The Ugly, in order of ascending hotness. Green is tomatillo-based, with some poblanos and jalapeños. Red kicks it up a notch with Chile de árbol and pequins.
November 16, 2008 |
There are two characters cagily circling the plates of spice and wonder at Distrito, West Philly's hot new taco and tequila palace. And I'm not talking about the Mexican wrestlers in sparkly masks who smack flesh in the lucha libre movies continuously projected over this loco pink-and-green dining room. Jose Garces is grappling with the ghost of his first big success. These days, of course, he's become the Latin cruiserweight champ of Philly chefs, an Iron Chef-slayer extraordinaire, our Spanish tapas king.
November 7, 2013 |
Hello there First in Los Angeles, then in Fishtown, online dating went so comically bad for Abby that she turned her experiences into a blog: Hehadpotential.com. But it was dating a man who OKCupid ranked a 99 percent match that made Abby wonder if it was time to log off the dating sites. "I thought it should work, on paper, but we didn't click," she said. It was after that ended, in early November 2011, that a message popped up on OKCupid: "It looks like we live in the same neighborhood," Chris wrote.
April 16, 2009
Fans of the old-school Continental elegance that once was Overtures will likely be in for an anti-ambience shock when they step into the old Passyunk Avenue haunt to discover the bare-bones banquet-chair decor of its new tenant. But what the fledgling S&H Kebab House lacks in style, it more than makes up for in flavor and value. This Turkish grill from owners Sal Kucuk (he's the "S") and chef Hussein Yuksel (he's the "H") is all about spot-on, homemade Ottoman classics, and this iskender kebab is one of my favorites.
October 7, 2010
It's more a ripple than a wave, but we'll take it - the uptick in Indian street-food eats beyond the buffet-alley along the Penn campus. There's Desi Chaat House, serving up the fried crisps, chickpeas, and yogurt at 42d and Baltimore. And for steam-table classics, tiny, tidy Mumbai Bistro, at Ninth and Locust. Now say hello to dosas, those grand, paper-thin moons of rice crepes, debuting in the no-frills precincts of the new Philadelphia Chutney Company, 16th and Sansom. There's other South Indian vegetarian fare there (tikka, and idli and uttpa)
November 1, 2012
What is it? The owners of Calypso (formerly of the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market) went mobile last year with Mini Trini, featuring a simple menu of delicacies from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Real street: Owner Iman Marcano said their most popular item is the traditional street food called double. "The same way you buy hot dogs on the street, [double is] what people are selling on the corners in Trinidad," Marcano said. A double is fried dough (bara) filled with curried chickpeas (chana)
May 17, 2012 |
Here is a weeknight-friendly version of this classic vegetarian Egyptian street food. Koshary Makes 8 servings 1 1/2 cups basmati rice 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1 teaspoon each: cayenne pepper, ground dry ginger 28-ounce can diced tomatoes 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced 12 ounces elbow or ditalini pasta 15-ounce can...
April 27, 2008 |
Four months ago, after a false start on another corner, Zbigniew Chojnacki set up shop - which is to say a gleaming food cart he calls La Dominique - not far from the flaring nostrils of the dragon that demarcates Drexel's urban campus. It is not virgin territory, particularly. Within a few blocks of 33d and Market here, lunch trucks and sidewalk trailers serve vegan burgers and shakes, and falafel, and, at Pete's Lil' Lunch Box, what is regarded as an entirely decent BLT. But Chojnacki is the first with crepes on this stretch, and while he is hardly what you'd call efficient, or quick, or capable of stepping up his production - even when pressed - he has already added a grace note of charm, even of delight, to this prosaic and decidedly un-Ivy block.