January 18, 2013
ON A slate-gray Sunday afternoon, soundtracked by the low-volume televisual hum of cutthroat playoff football, Lucio Palazzo knows he's struck the kitchen version of pay dirt. Pacing between the dining room and stove of his deep-in-South-Philly home, he declares as much to the eaters in earshot between enthusiastic mouthfuls. "This is definitely a situation. " After a few good-not-great results, the chef is rejoicing over a tremendous taco, but it's nothing like the tortillas he painstakingly plates up at his workplace.
October 18, 2012 |
MORE THAN 100 pounds of deer meat will be turned into venison tacos on Thursday for hundreds of people battling hunger at Saint John's Hospice in Center City. "Our men have no idea what a treat they're in for. This will be like watching our kids open presents on Christmas morning," said Gerald Hout, director of Community Relations for Saint John's Hospice, on Race Street near 12th Hunt.Fish.Feed, sponsored by Sportsman Channel, Comcast and Back on My Feet, uses game meat and fish donated by hunters to feed hungry people.
September 28, 2012 |
HAMMONTON, N.J. - Long touted as "the blueberry capital of the world," this Pinelands town is rapidly gaining another distinction: taco capital of South Jersey. With no fewer than half a dozen restaurants and trucks dotting the downtown streetscape, Hammonton - just a short jaunt off the Atlantic City Expressway - has become a destination for those craving everything from a humble soul-food menudo stew to crispy tostadas de tinga or unapologetic Tex-Mex. And in a decidedly new chapter for this traditionally Italian agricultural enclave, the civic forces have lately embraced these Mexican kitchens as a much-needed jolt of energy to revitalize the downtown, helping to market businesses like Roberto Diaz's El Mariachi Loco to a wider audience.
September 20, 2012 |
Lighten up the standard DIY taco buffet with this pork, bean, and corn filling. Serve with corn tortillas or shells, sliced scallions, diced tomatoes, or other toppings. Pork, Black Bean and Corn Taco Filling Makes about 8 servings 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 pound lean ground pork 1 medium onion, finely chopped Salt 3 tablespoons taco seasoning mix, such as Penzeys, or to taste (see note) 2 large ears corn, kernels cut from cobs (about 1 1/2 cups)
August 3, 2012
What to eat: No matter the craving, Guapos Tacos has a taco that satisfies. We loved the fish tacos, cooked to perfection and smothered in a chipotle rémoulade with pickled red cabbage and avocado aioli. The chicken and chipotle short-rib tacos are standard fare, but the carnitas taco comes alive with a pineapple habanero salsa. Don't miss: Handmade guacamole, with just a hint of lime juice, served with crispy chips. Insane value: No pair of tacos exceeds $4, including tax. Stay slim: If you're tired of dull, run-of-the-mill salad, try the Tostada Verde.
July 12, 2012 |
Chain: Taco Bell. Company description: This burrito is part of Taco Bell's new Cantina line, which the company describes thusly: "Chef Lorena Garcia created Taco Bell's new Cantina Bell Menu by using bold and flavorful ingredients, including guacamole, citrus-herb marinated chicken, and freshly prepared pico de gallo. " Nutritional info: 760 calories, 27 grams of fat, 1,960 mg of sodium. Price: $4.79. Review: The "Cantina" project is Taco Bell's unsubtle attempt to go after Chipotle, which has redefined Mexican fast food over the last decade (in more ways than one: Check out the company's stock price over the last five years)
July 2, 2012 |
‘Oh, isn't it beautiful?!" cooed a woman near me on the escalator, gliding down into the shimmering casino heart of the new Revel resort. No doubt, the "SkyGarden" off the hotel's fourth-floor lobby was stunning, a vast terrace landscape wrapped in native shrubs and fire pits with a breezy view of the ocean 114-feet below. But downstairs on the casino floor, the blinking machines, rattling roulette wheels and trancelike gamblers punching slots looked pretty much like every other gaming pit I've seen.
April 19, 2012
Company description: A crunchy taco made with premium seasoned beef, crisp lettuce and real cheddar cheese, in a shell made from Nacho Cheese Doritos Chips. Nutrition: 170 calories, 9 grams fat, 13 grams carbs. Location: The Gallery at Market East, 901 Market St. Order time: 90 seconds. Price: $1.29. Review: Given the awesomeness of the products involved, it's hard to overstate how high expectations were for the Doritos Locos Taco.
March 22, 2012
TIME WAS, a chef could do one thing exceedingly well and make a name. But chefs and eateries in Philadelphia are starting to take pride in their versatility, adapting their cuisine to specialized needs. And yes, a big one is plant-based eating. Derek Davis, whose restaurant, Derek's, is a fine-dining fixture in Manayunk, told the Daily News earlier this month: "When I look at my menu, I see we're lacking things that are strictly vegetables, without any dairy, without any animal fats.