August 21, 2015
The truck: No matter what you think of Lost in the Woods, this truck is . . . different. And we're not even talking about the game meat entrees they're selling. The truck looks like a testosterone-fueled hunter's nightmare, with a scowling upright bull wearing body armor, clenching what appears to be an Uzi. There's also a deer wearing a white tank top with his fists (yep) clenched, like he's about to ruin your day - either with the rifle slung over his shoulder or the ninja blades attached to his arm. This is the only food truck in Philly that we'd describe as post-apocalyptic.
November 29, 2010 |
NEAR CROSS FORK, Pa. - A half-century after that first youthful kill, the deer hunter trudged once more up a familiar old trail. The lonely, wooded slopes above Beech Bottom Run lay dusted with snow Saturday afternoon as the hunter, rifle over his shoulder, scanned them for wild turkey and a defining piece of his past. At the top of the mile-long climb rose a stand of soaring, old-growth hemlocks, their trunks up to three feet wide, somehow spared from the ravenous loggers of the 1890s.
January 1, 2009 |
What would Michael Pollan, acclaimed author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, think of Mike Marino's annual Wild Game Luncheon? Pollan has been a writer, teacher and advocate for informed, sustainable eating for about as long as Marino, a former Montgomery County district attorney (1988-99), has been hunting and cooking his own fish and game. The professorial Pollan documented the ills of agribusiness in America and its effects on our well-being, while the politically inclined Marino (R., definitely a raging R, though he voted for Barack Obama)
January 1, 2009 |
Clearing the Record This article about Michael D. Marino?s annual game luncheon incorrectly stated that Marino voted for Barack Obama. While Marino says he is impressed with Obama, he cast his ballot for John McCain. What would Michael Pollan, acclaimed author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, think of Mike Marino's annual Wild Game Luncheon? Pollan has been a writer, teacher and advocate for informed, sustainable eating for about as long as Marino, a former Montgomery County district attorney (1988-99)
December 1, 2007
A different Pa. This is my first autumn in Philly, and I am still amazed at how different life is here from where I grew up in Northwest Pennsylvania. While most people here are recovering from Thanksgiving and focusing on the last few weeks before Christmas, my hometown is in the midst of the biggest season of the year: rifle season. At home, Thanksgiving is precursor to a weekend of preparation and camaraderie throughout thousands of deer camps in anticipation of the biggest day of the year, Buck Day (the Monday after Thanksgiving)
October 18, 2007 |
PLYMOUTH, N.H. - When Henry Ahern's first 27 red deer ambled off the trailer and onto his grandfather's farm 13 years ago, he was just looking for a way to save the 200 acres from developers. He'd considered farming cattle, elk, bison or even fish. But when he learned that the United States imported more than 3 million pounds of deer meat a year from New Zealand, he became convinced a niche domestic market could be created. He was right. Since he started Bonnie Brae Farms, farmed venison has become a fast-growing cottage industry fueled by strong interest in the low-fat, low-cholesterol meat with all the flavor but none of the gamy bitterness of its wild cousin.
April 19, 2007 |
Over the years, I have eaten my share of venison and tasted game meats from caribou to impala to boar. So when I heard that my wife, Marianne's, grandmother was planning to roast a moose, I knew I had to wangle an invitation to broaden my experience. A few phone calls later, it was a done deal, and I began to wonder what it would taste like. Venison can be overpowering, no matter what you do to it, but the caribou I had in Quebec was sublime and the boar reminded me more of fine beef than pork.
October 10, 2004 |
Stadium Grille is aptly named. Owner Bob Batley, who developed the restaurant's concept 15 years ago, describes it as a place for grilling. "We try to find everything that we can possibly grill and go for it," Batley said recently from Stadium Grille's West Chester location, one of the restaurant's two sites. Batley counts the Grille's "Wild Side" burgers - turkey, ostrich, bison and venison - among the unconventional grilled items. There also are grilled tuna Caesar salad; grilled chicken breasts, including Cajun-style; and spicy vegetable burgers.
January 13, 2003 |
The hunter had been perched 20 feet up a carefully placed tree stand for perhaps 15 minutes, his bow on his lap, when a deer with huge antlers appeared. He watched, noiselessly, as the buck violently fought and slammed another big male, and then, amid raucous grunting, chased a doe into a thicket of rose bushes. Moments later, he reappeared. "He sticks his head out, and I send an arrow right through his neck," the hunter said. "He was the biggest deer I've ever seen. " The new edition of the Pope & Young Club's official Big Game Records of North America, due out this spring, will certify it as the fourth-largest whitetail deer ever taken by bow and arrow in Pennsylvania: 11 points on his antlers, an official score of 168 2/8, 226 pounds gutted.
December 4, 2002 |
Like a ghost, an eight-point buck emerged from the morning mist. With a slow, stately gait, the deer marched uphill by a line of naked trees in a Susquehanna County field in northeastern Pennsylvania. When it appeared, I stopped breathing. I was 175 yards off, on the far side of the field. I followed the animal, then squeezed the trigger. Some call what I did that day three years ago a sport, like baseball or golf. Don't believe it. As Ted Nugent, the rock star and in-your-face nimrod put it, "This is no bird-watching walk in the woods.