December 20, 2007
After so many disappointing takeoffs on Philly's beloved soft pretzels - chocolate, sweet, stuffed, etc. - we're happy to report that someone finally got it right. James Barrett's blend of sourdough and whole wheat with fennel seed and anise flavors gives Metropolitan's savory soft pretzels the take-me-home, serve-to-guests quality our favorite street food never quite achieved. Scoop of the year A 7-inch handle lets you dip easily into those slim coffee bags. No more plastic scoops buried in beans.
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...
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.
July 9, 2011 |
A new breed of food truck is giving the ubiquitous cheesesteak a run for its money as the city's preferred curbside delight. The inaugural Philadelphia Vendy awards, a culinary showdown among eight of the city's elite mobile food vendors held Saturday in Northern Liberties, sought to identify and reward the leaders of that breed. And nary a steak was in sight. "It's been a long hard day, but it's been a beautiful day," Thomas Bacon, also known as Gigi, of Gigi and Big R Caribbean/American Soul Food, the crowned victor of the event, said as he clutched a gleaming trophy cup. "The Vendy Cup is a trophy that I can drink cool beer out of - after standing over a deep fryer, frying chicken, cooking cabbage and greens, and serving the customers.
May 13, 1988 |
Just when some restaurant and business owners in the lower Chestnut Street area thought they were safe from another of James Tayoun's thrice-annual street food festivals, Mayor Goode upset the applecart. Goode's approval of a two-day fair that would close Chestnut Street between Front and 2nd over the Memorial Day weekend inspired the merchants to go into Common Pleas Court yesterday in an effort to stop it. The plaintiffs, members of the Old City Business Association, have asked for a preliminary injunction against the fair.
February 14, 2002
This was fun? Roped-off sidewalks. Barricaded side streets. Police by the dozens at critical intersections backed up by an invasion-level force of squad cars, police buses, vans and horses. Meanwhile, most of the revelers didn't look too happy Tuesday night as they were herded away from potential South Street trouble spots by stern cops yelling "Gotta move!" Shuffling along quietly in their wool knit caps and giant jeans, the kids looked as passive as Taliban captives being delivered to Guantanamo Bay. But don't take these as complaints.
March 1, 2008 |
Federal prosecutors will not retry T. Milton Street Sr. on two tax charges on which the jury deadlocked in his recent fraud and tax-evasion trial. The motion to dismiss was filed yesterday in federal court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams. Williams said there was no practical reason to retry the two undecided counts - which accused Street of assisting in filing false federal income tax returns in 2000 and 2001 - because the impact of a conviction on his sentence would be absorbed by three other tax counts on which the jury convicted him Feb. 22. The jury found Street, 68, of Moorestown, older brother of former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street, guilty of three counts of failing to file tax returns in 2002, 2003 and 2004 - a period when prosecutors say Street earned more than $2 million as a consultant to businesses vying for city contracts.
February 28, 2001 |
Mexico has the tastiest food carts and stands on the planet. Tacos, burritos, flautas and most of the other well-known Mexican dishes are actually street food south of the border. "In Mexico City, it's fast food," says Alfredo Aguilar, chef and owner of Las Cazuelas, 426 W. Girard Ave. (215-351-9144). On nearly every corner of the world's largest city is a stand selling tacos y tortas. "You normally get them for lunch. " In the United States, tacos are becoming as common as pizza.
December 9, 1990 |
In summing up her case to the jury, Assistant District Attorney Colleen Marsini said that at times she had felt as if she were in the Twilight Zone. There she was, in Delaware County Court, prosecuting a man accused of stealing three cans of salmon - and arguing about how he concealed them and the color of the labels. "You know what - this seems like a total waste of time," Marsini told the jurors Wednesday. Nonetheless, she cautioned, "What this represents is quite large.
March 19, 1987 |
A spray-painting binge in Upper Darby has resulted in charges being brought against two 18-year-old Philadelphia men. Police arrested Jon Gold, of the 5600 block of Rising Sun Avenue, and Mark Donohue, of the 4500 block of Ormond Street. They said the men spray-painted graffiti on buildings in the 69th Street business district at 1:55 a.m. Sunday. Officer Anthony Tonzola observed the two men spraying paint on a delivery truck in the 300 block of South 69th Street, Detective Pasquale DiMario said.