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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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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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What’s Happening: Midtown Village Fall Festival is Saturday

It’s hard to believe that this Saturday is the first day of October (already).  October is, hands down, my favorite month–what with Halloween and all (don’t judge) and I’ve got another event to add to the reason why I heart October.  Midtown Village–you know the area that Barbuzzo chef/owner Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran […]

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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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I’ll Have What ‘The Mouse’ is Having: Disney Eats

Who knew that the magic of Disney extends far beyond the rides and the costumed characters?  It is often said that Disney, North America’s largest single-site employer (employing approximately 62,000), has something for everyone and that includes foodies, too.  Look past the Mickey Mouse-shaped popsicles and kiddie finger foods and there are some serious eats […]

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Happening Now: Restaurant Week Arrives!

It’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again, but it is.  Restaurant Week is here and happening in several cities in the area, so grab a fork and go out and support your local restaurants and chefs.  It’s a great way to patronize your favorite eatery or try a new one.  Below […]

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