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Toque of the Town: Top Chef Kevin Sbraga Debuts in Philly

In a world where the popularity of television personalities is as fleeting as the lifespan of a mayfly, it’s rare that 15 minutes of TV fame translate to real world success.  Both loved and despised, reality television is often responsible for dashing the dreams of hopeful fame seekers and putting the kibosh on budding careers–former reality show contestants often […]

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Creative Comfort Food: Marathon Grill Review

Want to see something entertaining?  Mention the words ‘chain restaurant’ to a food lover and gauge her reaction.  It is almost guaranteed that face contortions and nose-in-the-air snobbery will ensue.  A renewed interest in haute dining has nearly put a proverbial nail in the coffin of chain restaurants–even forcing a record number of recognizable national brands to […]

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Philadelphia Food & Drink Writers’ Conference: A Recap

Everyone with a laptop and a camera can dub themselves a journalist and, for the most part, that’s a beautiful thing.  There’s a staggering number of blogs floating around on the internet, but none is more ubiquitous than the food blog.  Dining in a restaurant these days feels like throwing oneself into a pool of […]

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Federal Donuts Opens Its Doors (And Gets Slammed)

There are a few indisputable facts about me.  I am not a fan of fried chicken.  I do not like donuts.  Hipsters make me itch.  So, what the hell was I doing at the long-awaited opening of Federal Donuts?  Standing on the sidewalk in front of the coffee/chicken/donut eatery this morning, I wondered the same […]

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Cars, Chefs, & Cooking: Buick Discovery Tour Recap

Affordable luxury.  Those two words perfectly sum up Buick’s new 2012 vehicle lineup which might possibly be the sleekest automobiles to come off its production line yet.  On Saturday, the multi-city Buick Discovery Tour rolled into Mt. Laurel, NJ with its mobile car and culinary expo.  A fleet of over 100 cars–including the Verano, Regal, Lacrosse, and Enclave […]

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BBQ in Doylestown? Hickory Kitchen Review

CATHOLICISM, JUDAISM, ISLAM, & BBQ: THE 4 MAJOR RELIGIONS Once you cross the Mason-Dixon Line and head into the Southern part of the country, folks get serious about barbecue.  When most of us Northerners think of barbecuing, we conjure up images of a fleeting, backyard summertime affair consisting of some store-bought hot dogs, a few limply held […]

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EATS (Eat Along the Street) Festival Recap

The only thing better than eating and mingling is eating and mingling for a cause.  Tonight in Manayunk, foodies, chefs and culinary professionals got together to raise money for Wat Bodd Voraditt–an orphanage in Thailand. EATS is the brainchild of Chabaa Thai Executive Chef Moon Krapugthong and kitchen designer extraordinaire Judy Spielman (of Space by Spielman) […]

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Shank’s Original Goes Retro with 79-Cent Sammies

Where can you get a giant, delicious sandwich for under a buck?  Nowhere, right?  Wrong.  To celebrate its 50th anniversary, each month Shank’s Original on the Philly waterfront will offer a different one of its signature sandwiches (hot or cold) for an unbelievable 79¢. This month’s sandwich is the famous roast pork on an Aversa roll–a hometown favorite […]

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The Curious Canadian Soda

As a plucky pig-tailed 7-year old, I took my first trip to Canada and back then I didn’t appreciate a single thing about the country—the everyday sights and sounds of Montréal and odd curiosities of Chinatown didn’t appeal to me at all.  Years later, I would realize how silly I was and fell in love […]

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Hangin’ with the Cool Kids: A Burger at PYT

A funny thing happened to Generation X–we grew up.  We got jobs, 401Ks, and we settled down, but every now and then we like to prove to ourselves (and to others) that we haven’t completely sold out to The Man and there’s still a kernel of coolness deep down in our once-slacker souls.  So, we […]

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