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#1 herbacidal

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Posted 21 February 2005 - 04:26 PM

This is the first media digest for Pennsylvania.

Notes: Philadelphia Inquirer dining section is newest electronic version is updated and emailed on Thursday. Craig Laban’s is not made public until the Sunday print edition of the Inquirer is delivered.

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,
Craig Laban finds superb salads but overall inconsistency at Farmicia, the Old City restaurant that recently replaced Bruce Cooper’s Novelty.

Discussion about Farmicia is here.

Rick Nichols focuses on the latest sandwich entry in Philadelphia’s inventory as he talks about Grace Tavern and its importation of the New Orleans po-boy.

Howard Shapiro spotlights Tracey Hopkins, the longtime chef at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and his menu items tailored to the Museum’s special exhibits, such as the just-opened Salvador Dali exhibition. A few key recipes are included.

Other recent articles include the lunchroom we all wish our employer had at Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen and a Russ Parsons (fellow Egulleteer) article on the trend towards Japanese knives.

In the Philadelphia Daily News, Sono Monoyama reviews the newest Queen Village hangout, Southwark

In the Philadelphia Weekly, Lauren McCutcheon discovers the overlooked sister of local cafes. Port Richmond's New Wave Café, while Kirsten Henri checks out Fork’s new little sister, Fork, etc.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia), Maxine Keyser reviews the Buddakan sibling birthed last year in Berwyn, Nectar.

At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Elizabeth Downer reviews Sonoma Grille, a restaurant at the heart of the city’s new “Convention District”.

Munch and Mr. Bigshot friend try out the barbecued stylings of Martini’s Woodfired.

Other articles include one noting the growth of Santa Ynez Valley tourism since the debut of Sideways, the buddy film nominated for five Academy Awards.
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Posted 21 February 2005 - 04:54 PM

Thanks to Herb Lau for taking on the responsibilities of a Media Digest for eGullet's Pennsylvania Forum. Herb is starting with the major Philadelphia and Pittsburg papers and will be expanding to other media over time. Media are encouraged to contact Herb directly with items they would like Herb to cover in the digest.

The digest is for the media summary only. If you would like to discuss any topics covered here please start a thread in the general Pennsylvania Forum.

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Posted 03 March 2005 - 01:14 PM

February 28, 2005

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban pokes around Pottstown and discovers Funky Lil’ Kitchen , a quirky little BYOB in an old industrial town.

Robert Strauss explores a Philadelphia classic, Old Original Bookbinder’s , version 2, as owner John Taxin, chef David Cunningham, and designer Floss Barber debut a restaurant reborn.

The Mystery Muncher checks out a former presidential summer retreat as Thorndale’s Tierra Mar Grille serves up affordable South American classics.

Catherine Quillman profiles Alison Barshak as she continues drawing diners to her Blue Bell boite.

CeCe Sullivan skewers more than a few people’s misperceptions about steamed foods being dull and flavorless.


In the Philadelphia Daily News, Sono Monoyama reviews Siam Lotus’ newest neighbor in the 10th and Spring Garden vicinity as she samples Sazon , a simple Venezuelan joint with grease-free flavor.

In the Philadelphia Weekly , Kirsten Henri does double-duty as she wanders into Le Jardin and discovers a restaurant finding itself, while also reporting on Dali’s dalliances with food as a subject and the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Spanish menu inspired by the exhibit featured through May 15.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),
Adrienne Saunders demonstrates a great way to use up the last of the winter vegetables taking up valuable space in your crowded kitchen as she presents a stew as comforting as it is easy.

Maxine Keyser assesses Fork’s hosting of Anna Tasca Lanza, Sicilian cuisine writer and author of [I} The Garden of Endangered Fruit [/I} as owner Ellen Yin and Ms Lanza whip up a selection of Sicilian savories and sweets.

In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Mimi Brodeur finds inconsistency amidst the executive greens of Liberty Forge as she reviews the Wedge Restaurant [/URL}.

and the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown is found to have hearty vegetarian chili, among other edibles.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Susan Gottschall finds a fun little bi-level dining room amidst an Allentown commercial area as she plays a round with [url="http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/dining/all-go_eatfeb24,0,5737598.story?coll=all-entdining-hed"] Chess n Checkers.

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Posted 07 March 2005 - 12:20 AM

March 7, 2005

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban pines for a place in rhythm with food and tunes but comes up empty during his meals at World Café Live.

Craig also dives into dark liquors as he test drives several fine whiskies as he delves into a market repositioning itself for a new generation.

Rick Nichols keys on what he really likes about the building at 18th and Mozart Place as he reminisces about the different restaurants that have come and gone at the Philadelphia Art Alliance.

Kathryn Matthews opens our eyes to Scottish cuisine as she recounts some events from her recent trip to the land of kilts and bagpipes.

Kathleen Purvis (Egulleteer kpurvis) teaches us how to get more bang for our meaty buck as she presents the art of the braise.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon checks out one of the newer residents of East Passyunk when she pokes into Paradiso.

Kirsten Henri disabuses us of the notion that New York-quality bagels (based on current standards) are not available in Philly as she presents
South Street Bagels.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Maxine Keyser takes a ride on the Balkan Express as she tries out Philly’s Serbian gastronomic provider.

Among other things, Juliet Fletcher remarks on the consolidation of Metropolitan Bakery’s Old City location with the recently opened Farmicia.

In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Mimi Brodeur tries the simply named Molly’s Pub and learns a little more about quality pub grub.

Also, the Warwick Hotel in Hummelstown is found to have hearty vegetarian chili, among other edibles.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Susan Gottschall discovers a sports haven in Rookies Restaurant and Sports Pub with no lack of tasty nibbles for both the fan and the other person..
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Posted 13 March 2005 - 04:23 PM

March 13, 2005


In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,
PETA spotlights the country’s hottest veggie-loving singles as April Lisante talks with
Marni Sclaroff , the Temple yoga instructor who is one of the national finalists for the title of “Sexiest Vegetarian Alive”.

Craig Laban takes a ride on the Balkan Express as he looks into this hardware store turned restaurant in the Graduate Hospital area.

Rick Nichols finds that “where the buffalo roam” applies to Pennsylvania as the Schulers’ Hillside Farm makes a go of raising bison.

Some things change, some things stay the same, as Marilyn Marter checks out the second annual Starwine International Wine Competition.

Rick Nichols spotlights Jody Boylan and her hybrid chocolate Irish potatoes.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon reviews the Old City branch of the Indian restaurant duo that is Karma.

Kirsten Henri briefs us on the gastronomic glories of the Garden State and the book devoted to the subject as she dives into the
Food Lover’s Guide to New Jersey.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

four different touring cookbook writers give the lowdown on their returns for the 21st annual Book and the Cook Festival.

while Maxine Keyser enjoys a quickie at Misconduct Tavern
In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Sue Gleiter peeks into central PA’s newest Indian eatery and hookah joint as
Citadel Indian Grill and Hookah Lounge debuts on the Menaker Building’s first floor.
Our love for all things fried is taken one step further with the
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while proper respect is paid to the
homemade potato chip by A Taste from Home.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Susan Gottschall journeys to Bethlehem’s Tally-Ho Tavern and finds a pub with the right mix of Prohibition history and culinary sensibility.
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Posted 22 March 2005 - 12:19 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban explores Alisa Café after it makes its journey across Philadelphia and over a river to its current home in Cherry Hill.

Rick Nichols has a hankering for pasta made the old way and Francis Ford Coppola’s attempt to keep the tradition alive in California.

Caitlin Francke looks into the lesser known (in the United States) Irish dessert choices as we learn about Irish food other than corned beef and cabbage.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon pokes around Chinatown and discovers a new breed of Chinese restaurant as she gives Rising Tide the once-over.

Kirsten Henri looks into
several Irish choices to fill your gullet as she peruses a few St. Patrick’s Day locales.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Maxine Keyser reviews a BYOB making waves in Bryn Mawr as Bianca is poked, prodded, and put through the wringer.

Brian Howard profiles a visiting beer writer, Conrad Seidl , in town for a Victory beer dinner at Moriarty’s.

In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Mimi Brodeur pokes around the midstate’s choicesfor Irish cuisine as Coakley’s, P.B. O’Brien’s, and Molly Brannigan’s all put a green foot forward.


Don’t forget to explore 3 different varieties of boxty at McGrath’s Pub as they ignore the old Irish rhyme about boxty and mating.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Susan Gottschall reviews a South Whitehall institution as Paddock survives more than a half-century serving down-home fare that continues to satisfy.
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Posted 30 March 2005 - 12:45 AM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban satisfies his barbeque fix at the Smoked Joint , the newest and most central of the new generation of barbeque joints that have established themselves in the area.

Discussion on the Smoked Joint has been ongoing for some time.

Rick Nichols .

The Mystery Muncher pokes around this Egullet cult favorite as
Carmen’s Country Kitchen goes under the microscope.

Catherine Quillman explores the migration of a Vietnamese restaurant to the suburbs as Le Saigon emerges in Paoli.

Sharon Sanders celebrates an Easter meal rejoicing over abundance with three generations of a Bucks County family. Choice recipes such as for Boneless Leg of Lamb with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary and Baked Rice Pudding are included.

Kitty Caparella marks the passing of the torch at the Famous 4th Street Deli as patrons stop by one last time to pay their respects, wish owner David Auspitz good luck, or just to have one last pastrami on rye.

Teresa Puente highlights one local restauranteur’s mission to bring a tastier, yet affordable tequila from field to retail in los Estados Unidos.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon finds time to explore Northern Liberties as Sovalo makes its debut in what used to be Pigalle.

Kirsten Henri tucks into
Lil’ Spot a newish lunch counter tucked away next to the city’s oldest continually operating bar.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Caroline Wyman notes one candymaker’s new phase of growth as
Krak eggs continue to satisfy many a sweet tooth.

Tami Fertig discovers one Camden eatery that continues to not only serve good chow but also make important contributions to the neighborhood as Corrine’s Place hosts a dinner with the better-known activist restaurant across the state line, White Dog Café.

In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Mimi Brodeur finds yet another reason to visit
Mangia Qui and comes away happy to inform future diners about developments such as the new liquor license and second Wednesday flamenco dancing.

Peanut butter and chocolate get married once again, and this time they give birth to the
peanut butter pie egg.
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Posted 03 April 2005 - 09:32 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban accompanies Ed Levine as he serves up some of Philly’s pizza pies.

Catherine Quillman wanders into one of the three area Kildare’s to see just how satisfying its Irish-style food is.

Renee Schettler of the Washington Post penned an article on the many food blogs that now populate cyberspace.

Marilyn Marter notes that
2005’s Book and the Cook Festival was a rousing success.

In the Philadelphia Daily News ,

Sono Monoyama comes out of hibernation to rave about everyone’s favorite Rittenhouse secret, Le Jardin.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon dishes out the down-low on the homey, comfortable Geechee Girl Rice Cafe in Germantown.

Kirsten Henri scopes out the NoLibs coffeeshop scene as Jonathan introduces his inventive new water filtration system
at Elizabeth and Mary Ellen Reed’s brand spankin’ new spot, the Pond.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Elisa Ludwig also takes the time to wander through
Le Jardin and notes the herbaceous borders around one or two notable dishes.

Juliet Fletcher notices that entertainment during dining is being taken to another level as she discovers both
opera and bling-bling being used to keep patrons at rapt attention.

In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Mimi Brodeur finds more than just caffeine at the Blue Moon Coffeehouse in Palmyra, just east of Hershey.

The Patriot-News staff does a hit ‘n run on Fuji-Do as they check out its B-52 sushi roll.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Sylvia Lawler subs for Susan Gottschall as she gives Riverside Barr in Easton the once-over.

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Posted 12 April 2005 - 08:35 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban finally manages to get a review in about Philly’s gastropubs, as N. 3rd gets pointed out as a cozy spot with affordable, interesting food served in a cozy pub with kickin’ beer selections.

Rick Nichols emphasizes the simple pleasures of Famous 4th Street Cookies as they continue where the deli left off.

Catherine Quillman comes across a Japanese-oriented BYOB in pleasant little Collegeville as Bonjung pleases the stomach and the soul.

In the Philadelphia Daily News ,

Sono Monoyama kicks the tires on the converted Sawan’s as Byblos gets the once-over.


In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Kirsten Henri does double duty as she inspects White Dog Café alum Michael O’Halloran’s tiny little altar to freshness in Old City as Bistro 7 debuts in the spot best known for being the original Blue in Green,
while also lavishing attention on one of my personal cheap eat favorites,
Pho Ba Le and its summer rolls (I prefer the banh mi, baby!).

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

A.D. Amorosi does a turn in the food writer’s chair as he pokes around a few new spots as he recaps four places highlighting our love of meat.

Discussion of Famous Dave’s , the Smoked Joint and Porky and Porkie has been around for a while.

Juliet Fletcher explores the continual increase in restaurant sidewalk permits with Pigalle replacement Sovalo given significant column space.

In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Mimi Brodeur goes
Go Bo and finds the Pan-Asian eatery in Susquehanna staying receptive towards criticism of its misses.

Harrisburg’s Bagel Lovers Café serves up bagels (duh!) reminiscent of carrot cake as one of their more unusual choices.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Susan Gottschall explores an Easton pub well-stocked with microbrews as
Which Brew
serves up eminently quaffable drinks to go with their bar food kicked up a few notches, all served with playful “witchy” décor.

Please cut and paste for the Morning Call link. I cannot determine the source of the error.

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Posted 14 April 2005 - 07:09 PM

14 April 2005
2205 Thursday
If you want to expand your coverage the Buck County Courier Times, which covers Lower Bucks County, publishes a review most Wendesdays by Carl LaVo or Barbara Ryalls.
On occasion they even bravely venture into the City of Philadephia to review one of its restaurant.
www.phillyburbs.com is the website.
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Posted 15 May 2005 - 08:08 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban looks into Tierra Colombiana neighbor Isla Verde as El Centre de Oro gets another sleek dining spot.

Rick Nichols laments the slow disappearance of the blue-plate special as diners slowly mark them extinct.

Joseph A. Slobodzian explores our favorite local food emporium as it expands to a nearby locale, DiBruno Brothers.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,
Lauren McCutcheon checks into the gold standard for local brassieres as
Caribou Café gets the once-over, while
Kirsten Henri stumbles upon the Rittenhouse area’s newest bakery as
Buttercup Bakery & Café gets poked and prodded.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),
A.D. Amorosi also pokes around the area’s new altar to fine foods as DiBruno Brothers debuts their newest location, while
Juliet Fletcher looks into the growth of vegetarianism as she talks with the author of Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,
Karin Welzel pokes around a café as diverse as its name as the Gypsy Café continues to introduce the ‘burgh to new ingredients in traditional dishes.

In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,
Suzanne Martinson waxes poetic as she recalls days of yesteryear while looking at the semi-homemade cooking of today.

In the Patriot-News (Central PA---Harrisburg,York)

Mimi Brodeur searches high and low until she finds
Gingerbread Café Cinnamon
while a Patriot staffer journeys to Hummelstown to check out the allure of pasta on pizza at Palermo’s Pizza.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Susan Gottschall finds a one-story Ragona’s Lighthouse in the middle of an Allentown strip mall.
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Posted 23 May 2005 - 11:53 AM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban gives a thumbs even to Bistro 7 as he notes the higher standard for BYOBs given the blessing we have with a plethora of local eateries that have gone that route.

Rick Nichols notes how the independent bagelmakers have continued to survive amidst the expansions and closings of bagel chains galore.

Robert Strauss talks with Ralph Fernandez, executive chef of the Moshulu , who wants us to sail away, with flights of food fancy as the gigantic wooden behemoth prepares for a (hopefully) momentous summer.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon looks into the latest taqueria to open in our City of Brotherly Love as
Taco Riendo gets some tongue-smacking approval.

Kirsten Henri talks with Eileen Plato she plans a swan song for
Judy’s Café by throwing a benefit party for MANNA.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Maxine Keyser pops into the King of Prussia Mall and does a little California scheming at California Café.

Tami Fertig checks into the some of the new happenings at this year’s
Italian Market Festival.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,
Jolie Williamson traverses the northern suburbs and finds a gem in SiBA Cuisine for more discriminating North Hills diners,
while Kim Lyons explores the different choices brides and grooms have made with toppers for their wedding cake.

In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,
Suzanne Martinson explores the highlight of the PLCB’s efforts in western Pennsylvania as the Pittsburgh Wine Festival showcases some outstanding wines from more than 150 wineries.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Sylvia Lawler pinch hits for Susan Gottschall as she finds the Willow Street Pub dominated by its horseshoe-shaped bar, yet serving surprisingly tasty nibbles despite its bar setting.
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Posted 06 June 2005 - 09:33 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Rick Nichols notes the changes, little though they are, in the Italian Market cheese purveyors despite the DiBruno Brothers opening their temple to food just a little farther north by northwest.

Rick Nichols follows that up by spotlighting Zwahlen’s , a new Pennsylvania stand offering real custard disguised as ice cream. (Note: There is an Audobon, NJ, but I don’t think Rick’s referring to that one, despite the Visit NJ ad often prominently displayed)

Catherine Quillman goes carnivorous as she samples Charcoal Steaks ‘n Things and finds the riverfront Yardley restaurant both inexpensive and satisfying.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon peeks into Boyds reborn as Brasserie Perrier extends its reach to Chestnut Street and the swanky clothier reveals its 21st century persona.

Kirsten Henri talks with another food joint named after a special item as
Brown Betty Dessert Boutique debuts on Bart Blatstein’s Liberties Walk.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Juliet Fletcher picks the brains of some local chefs as Edible World
kicks off this year’s First Person Festival

while Adrienne Saunders reminds us that Real Men Cook as the book and event started to encourage African-American men to cook swings through Philly.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,

Karin Welzel finds a secret Italian spot between a gas station and an auto dealership as Vallozzi’s sequesters its patrons in their own little hideaways for a few hours of dining time while

Kimberly Palmiero finds a Tuscan menu in Piccolo Forno in a transformed Lawrenceville section of the ‘burgh.

In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,
Suzanne Martinson explores the highlight of the PLCB’s efforts in western Pennsylvania as the Pittsburgh Wine Festival showcases some outstanding wines from more than 150 wineries.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Sylvia Lawler steps in for Susan Gottschall again as she finds a real Southern barbeque joint when Grumpy’s takes over the former Pine Crest Inn.
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In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig LaBan gives a surprisingly complimentary review for a one-bell rating to the reborn Old Original Bookbinder’s.
Discussion started when the original closed and has continued here.

Rick Nichols waxes poetic about a chef’s recipe spotlighting the flavorful fava bean.

Catherine Quillman scopes the scene at a new Malvern BYOB, Alba, and finds a little slice of new American dining.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon finds that while the décor at Famous 4th Street Delicatessen may have been modernized,
its food is now both tasty and obscenely portioned.

Kirsten Henri investigates the new, stylish pizza joint that is
Fresca Superior and hopes it has the cojones to pick up where Lombardi’s left off.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Adrienne Saunders discovers that one pot meals with dried foods can be quite tasty, especially when you’re in the middle of the a forest in the Pine Barrens

and is generous enough to offer three recipes that any schmo smarter than me should be able to figure out.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,

Sally Quinn wanders into Rico’s, and finds its regulars happy as ever as it approaches its 26th year.

Josie Roberts looks into Rib America as it makes a pit stop in the city of three rivers..

In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,
Suzanne Martinson looks into the Simmons Family Farm and its efforts to keep on keepin’ on.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Susan Gottschall comes out of hiding to review the Grotto, the simple and much-loved Italian restaurant in the Lehigh University area.
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Posted 13 July 2005 - 07:01 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig LaBan wanders through Atlantic City as the East Coast’s gambling capital strut their culinary chops

Rick Nichols shows how truly diverse South Philly has become as the sacred tricorner of Passyunk, Federal and Ninth Streets now hosts more than just cheesesteaks.

Catherine Quillman scopes the scene at a new Malvern BYOB, Alba, and finds a little slice of new American dining.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon ventures into real Philly to find Mercer Café , a Port Richmond neighborhood boite of the type everybody loves.

Kirsten Henri shows off the
Buy Fresh Buy Local events showing off all the bountiful goodness the Keystone State has to offer.

Neil Ferguson checks into a favorite old-school old man bars as he raids Friendly Lounge.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Juliet Fletcher peeps the creative vegan dynamo behind Star Bars as Mary Rakowski contemplates vegan world domination

while Elisa Ludwig tries out Ants Pants and proclaims it the shiznit.


In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,

Kimberly Palmiero samples Martini’s Woodfired as real barbeque, haute and otherwise, continues its inroads into parts of the United States without Southern drawls.

Karin Welzel recommends salads as entrees as one way to eat well and stay cool in the summertime, while the rest of the staff is nice enough to provide some sample recipes from Barbara Scott-Goodman’s book, The Beach House Cookbook.

In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,
Gretchen McKay shows off one more feather in Bellevue’s cap as Laughing Lizard is one of the latest additions to the tiny town along the Ohio River.

Suzanne Martinson talks with Tony and Becky Pais , owners of the mini-empire of restaurants Baum Vivant, Café Zinho, and Café Zao.

In the Morning Call (Allentown),

Sylvia Lawler KimChee, a restaurant offering authentic Korean cuisine out of a bare-bones luncheonette space.
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Posted 17 July 2005 - 10:38 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig LaBan wanders through the South Jersey shore and finds how the culinary landscape has changed in reaction to the Atlantic City’s new, glitzy restaurants.

Rick Nichols peeps out the headquarters and sole processing plant for Ernst A Illg Meats and finds a whole lotta family making German meats galore.

Vance Lehmkuhl knocks in a run with Citizens Bank Park’s
new vegetarian choices.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon finds Meze , a new Mediterranean restaurant in South Philly with tasty food but service that needs a little more seasoning.

Kirsten Henri shows a new spot for vegetarians both kosher and otherwise as
Mama’s Vegetarian makes its debut.


In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

A.D. Amorosi spotlights Michael Schulson , chef behind Pod, as he makes his way into the TV food world via Go Ahead, Make My Dinner.

while Carolyn Wyman extends last week’s blurb about Buy Fresh Buy Local a little more while looking into one event’s usage of Twinkies versus hometown’s Tastykakes.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,

Karin Welzel looks at
Café Euro, and finds that its combination of simple fine dining and good burgers will rightfully appeal to a diverse dining public.

Karin notes the continued dominance of shrimp since it leaped over canned tuna in 2001 as America’s seafood of choice.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,

Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher tastes some great sparkling wines as cava gets sampled before a few recommendations are made.

Suzanne Martinson goes out of town and checks up on Public owned and designed by graduates of Noirth Allegheny High School Brad and Adam Farmerie.

Gretchen McKay shows off one more feather in Bellevue’s cap as Laughing Lizard is one of the latest additions to the tiny town along the Ohio River.
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Posted 02 August 2005 - 12:46 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig LaBan wanders through Pompeii, version 2.0 as the new location starts to come into its own.

Rick Nichols gets responses from people all over the place as people respond to Miracle Whip as an alternative to Hellmann’s Mayonnaise.

Dan Sewell mourns the passing of a Cincinnati institution as La Maisonette closed its doors for what might be the last time.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon ventures into the former grocery now known as Mercato to see what Evan Turney has cooked up, before doing double duty as she lets us in on the little secret known as Prima Pizza.

Neil Ferguson checks out a bar this longtime Philadelphian’s been wondering about for some time as he buzzes into the Watusi II.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Elisa Ludwig nearly runs into her crosstown rival as she spotlights the newest restaurant in the gayborhood Mercato
while Carolyn Wyman scopes out the best spots for Center City Sips.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,

Karin Welzel looks at
Café Euro, and finds that its combination of simple fine dining and good burgers will rightfully appeal to a diverse dining public.

Karin notes the continued dominance of shrimp since it leaped over canned tuna in 2001 as America’s seafood of choice.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,

As far as wine goes, Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher find both pleasant and unpleasant suprises at Disney World, with its 300+ sommeliers on staff.

In her swan song, outgoing food editor Suzanne Martinson gives basic tips on balancing your diet and exercise to suit you..

The Pittsburgh Tribune

Tribune staff check out the ‘burgh’s museums not for their art but for their food as the museum cafes get poked and prodded.

Michael Machosky wanders through the latest idea from the Big Burrito as Eleven is put through its paces.

The Morning Call

Susan Gottschall gets a taste of la vida Mexicana as she checks out La Placita in Allentown.
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In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig LaBan squeezes into the latest BYOB to occupy the space at the corner of Chestnut and Strawberry Streets as Mandoline cuts into Old City.

Rick Nichols checks out Germantown’s African dining scene at
Limpopo.

Marilyn Marter spotlights all the non-traditional, exotic flavors our ice creams now offer.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon ventures into the former grocery now known as Mercato to see what Evan Turney has cooked up, before doing double duty as she lets us in on the little secret known as Prima Pizza.

Neil Ferguson checks out a bar this longtime Philadelphian’s been wondering about for some time as he buzzes into the Watusi II.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Elisa Ludwig explores the merits of suburbs in the city in Mount Airy as Hamlet Café debuts in the former Rinker Rock Cafe
while Matthew Hotz gives the 411 on Canadian Club whisky and its recent moves to grow sales.

In the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ,

Karin Welzel looks at
Café Euro, and finds that its combination of simple fine dining and good burgers will rightfully appeal to a diverse dining public.

Karin notes the continued dominance of shrimp since it leaped over canned tuna in 2001 as America’s seafood of choice.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,


Suzanne Martinson remarks on one caterer’s DIY style for her own wedding.



Longtime cooking teacher Jane Citron talks with three star British chefs on this and that.

The Pittsburgh Tribune

Karin Welzel learns how to make crepes as the photographer turned owner of Crepes Parisiennes shows one and all.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall checks out barbeque of a different stripe as
Burnet BBQ offers up the Portugese version in Bethlehem.
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Posted 14 August 2005 - 11:44 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

On Sunday Craig LaBan takes a hiatus as nothing of food relevance is printed in his place.

Elisa Ung uncovers
some real interesting dining joints in Camden as she moves from River Road to Federal Street, stopping at several places in between.

Rick Nichols follows Sam Consylman as he makes his rounds through Lancaster County in search of flora and fauna.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon settles into Restaurant 1919, the Cape May establishment making sure that martini glass manufacturers stay in business.

Kirsten Henri finds favor with the banh mi at O Sandwiches and all is right with the world.

Neil Ferguson continues his boozin’ as Doyle’s Corner emerges as the next target on his radar screen.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

A.D. Amorosi finds the Painted Truffle delicious after discovering its owner a model for career changers everywhere.

while Caroline Wyman, Nicole Woods and Ashlea Halpern edumicate us on the Pennsylvania Dutch , restaurant “hi”s and “bye”s , and rockin’ cheap eats, respectively.


The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,

Cristeta Comerford becomes the first woman to head the White House kitchen as she takes over for Walter Scheib, who resigned in February.

The difficulties of finding space for
champagne are highlighted as unplanted acres grow scarcer.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Karin Welzel searches through the woodlands in Hays and finds the Sewickley Speakeasy nestled in its late 1700s home complete with a view of the Ohio River.

Alice T. Carter wanders by the oldie but goodie Rizzo’s Malabar Inn and discovers a number of reasons (led by gelati) to come back to this institution.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall stops in on Tony’s Family Restaurant and discovers a great neighborhood place, exactly what it should be.
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Posted 24 August 2005 - 10:21 PM

In the Philadelphia Inquirer ,

Craig Laban visits the rebirth of an institution as the
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen emerges polished and spitshined for a new generation.

Craig LaBan looks into the restaurant of an old man no longer by the sea as the Knife and Fork morphs from oldtime fish house to modern steak joint.

Harold Brubaker gives props to Pennsylvania and the local craft brewers as one respected website ranked the top 100 beers in the world.

Rick Nichols educates us on the subtle flavor nuances of the tomato.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon investigates one of the “other” Chinese cuisines as
Szechuan Tasty House hits its mark, when you find it.

Kirsten Henri finds the school project we all wish we could do as the “food truck movie” gets its proper respect.

In the City Paper (Philadelphia),

Maxine Keyser investigates a place that has seen many a restaurant come and go and finds that Southwark might just be one that stay around a while.

Peter Burwasser teaches us about how pretty pink wine can be.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Kathryn Matthews goes Scottish on us as Edinburgh to countryside make modern adaptations of their classic foods.

Beer and liquor go under the ‘scope as ratebeer.com’s
#1 beer in the world refuses to increase production despite increased demand, while Scotland’s Malt Whisky Trail is one of every scotch aficionado’s top destinations.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Pino’s Mercato offers a casual Italian meal to diners in old-world settings both indoor and outside.

The Sonoma Grille shows off its California dreamin’ as it offers oenophiles a proper ode to wining and dining.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Sylvia Lawler stops into the Allentown Fairgrounds to the
Gate 9 Grille and finds a lot to like with just a little bit of damage to the wallet.
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Posted 31 August 2005 - 09:58 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer

Craig Laban finds a three-star jewel in Phoenixville when he wanders into Majolca.

Rick Nichols finds the perfect summer sandwich at Franklin Fountain , the Berley brothers’ homage to soda fountains of yesteryear.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Elisa Ludwig finds pho up the wazoo as Pho Cali offers up another choice for lovers of the Vietnamese noodle.

Caroline Wyman takes us to school as the area offers up more and more cooking classes to mark the start of the fall season.


In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon finds a place definitely worth wandering into again as
Saad’s Halal Restaurant pleases on multiple levels.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette ,

We get edumicated on everything from the simpler things like
heirloom tomatoes and pinot gris to
more advanced courses in wine-laced watermelon and zucchini bread.

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Kimberly Palmiero stops by the house of worship that is the
Halo Café and finds the culinary altar quite fetching.

Karin Welzrel sleuths out the secrets of the slaw as the
cole slaw from Primanti Brothers to ancient Rome gets investigated.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall ventures into Reading and finds the
Sweet Bay Café equal parts homey and satisfying.
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Posted 07 September 2005 - 06:09 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer

Craig Laban puts into words how many of those familiar to New Orleans feel as he scribes an ode to N’awlins.

The Mystery Muncher sleuths a Bucks riverside pizzeria that’s turned 10 in the seeming blink of an eye.

Rick Nichols notes how Delaware crabbers feel the ups and downs of another season.

Diann Marder talks with Susanna Foo and finds the essence of humility amidst Philadelphia’s queen of haute Chinese cuisine.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Callye Morrisey pens a guide to the modern poker party in the midst of the current card craze.

Alex Richmond goes to the fat side as Fresca Superior throws out a few diet-busting pizza choices.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon wanders into
Honey’s Sit ‘n Eat and manages to do just that in comfortable style.

Kirsten Henri notes the tipping point of a neighborhood as
Jouvray Java Coffee Shop lands in South Street West.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

In the anniversary year of a pioneering vintage, William Echikson ponders the pluses and minuses of 150 years of Bourdeaux’s classification sytem.

Johnna A. Pro finds more than a few
one-dish wonders as singles who don’t cook much share their sole claim to kitchen competency.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

In the Marriott City Center, Karin Welzel finds the
Steelhead Brassiere and Wine Bar blossoming into its own institute of culinary development, while also chancing upon one idea that just might spur a little bit of enthusiasm among America’s eaters about vegetables baked in ovens.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall discovers the intersection of Brookside and Lower Macungie Roads has changed much as things have come full circle with the Stoned Crab, version 2 strumming along in its casual, upscale manner.
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Posted 13 September 2005 - 10:05 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer

Craig Laban stings Westmont’s attempt at a modern American restaurant as Cork talks of problems with how well its food arrives at diners’ mouths.

Joseph Slobodzian spotlights the Hendricks’ farm in Telford as one example of the national growth and improvement
in artisan cheesemaking.

Rick Nichols delivers an ode to the merits of back-road gastronomic treasures as he avoids interstates and turnpikes in search of more unique flavors while also catching up with another Philadelphian who’s succumbed to artisan coffee roasting as Steve Polignano happily plies his trade in the shadow of Starbucks and the Frenchies.

Michael Klein marks the tenth anniversary of a restaurant group’s birth as
the Continental turns 10 amidst the Starr Restaurant Organization’s national expansion.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Maxine Keyser visits Nido and finds a whimsical corner of Italia, that just happens to serve some food.

Carolyn Wyman points out a Restaurant Week bonus as post-dinner surveys are reviewed and rewarded.

Andrew Parks throws a meaty bone to area vegetarians as he compiles a list of the city’s top 5 vegetarian plates.

Drew Lazor points out some of the area’s new spots to wine and dine.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon visits the other Tony Luke joint and finds
Vito’s Seafood & Pasta House quite fetching.

Kirsten Henri finds a guinea pig for the Big Daddy Luke, and the 3-pound burger nearly does the boy in.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Bourdeaux winemakers are told to cut production by an unprecedented move of 12% to fight the global grape glut.

Bob Batz describes Oktoberfests near and far while giving a brief history of the 16-day event synonomous with eating and drinking.

Rebecca Sodergren talks with Barbara Greenman. who led a staff that pored through 50 different cookbooks from churches, fire companies, schools, and the like to come up with a still thick, 722-recipe Church Suppers: 722 Favorite Recipes From Our Church Communities.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Karin Welzel flies into the Olive Press at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport and learns more about the methods and madnesses behind a few classic recipes.

Alice Carter dances through Capstone Grill and finds the basic seafood dishes good, but the rest of the menu tastier.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall investigates the Sunset Grille offering quality bar grub with a little bit of Tex-Mex flavor.

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Posted 19 September 2005 - 10:21 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer

The third time’s the charm as Craig Laban investigates Positano Coast.

Rick Nichols finds a jewel amidst the grand splendor of 30th Street Station as Bridgewater’s Pub serves up flavorful fare.

Philadelphia Daily News

Sono Motoyama marks the return of tapas to Locust Street as Lula comes alive where Pamplona once sparkled.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Mary Armstrong shows us how to shop for weeds in the wilds of Philadelphia.

Alex Richmond demystifies the sudden appearance of Kobe beef on every restaurant’s menu.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon finds that Logan Square has a worthy dining destination as
Aya’s Café brings a modern Middle Eastern BYO to the northwestern part of Center City.

Kirsten Henri maneuvers her way down to South Philly and finds an old-school bakery when Frangelli’s donuts crosses her lips.

The Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Marlene Parrish visits Singapore and not only finds a whole world of food yet unavailable to the American palate, but also that while the Singapore Sling may not be to her taste, a cool new drink, green tea frappe most definitely was.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Karin Welzel talks with Hanka Sawka, an escapee from Communist Poland and author of At Hanka’s Table.

Rochelle Hentges highlights what every diner needs every now and again half-price meals, and other cheap eats.

Jolie Williamson relishes a late summer meal at Lucca, with its innovative creations and shaded patio for al fresco dining.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall enjoys classic German fare with a few additions at Summit Bar & Grille.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

Craig Laban visits Vietnam Palace, that cross street rival to many a Chinatown patron’s favorite Vietnamese restaurant.

Marilyn checks out that Emeril and Italian favorite, garlic at the Pocono Garlic Festival in Stroudsburg, PA.

Philadelphia Daily News

Sono Motoyama pops in on the reinvigorated Famous 4th Street Deli and gets nostalgic about her New York deli meals of the past.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Alex Richmond stops by 19th Streeet to visit Byblos, and finds a restaurant with a reach longer than its grasp.

Carolyn Wyman details a plan of attack on how to optimize your survival at Sippin’ by the River.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Kirsten Henri comes to agree with a few people that Haru does nothing much to improve Philly’s availability of sushi for the masses,
while also finding another little place to caffinate yourself, the Walnut Bridge Coffee House.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Egullet mixologist Gary Regan and others pontificate about the revitalized trend of
herbal infusions in bars as a few classic drinks get a twist of another sort.

Michael Machosky visits Halo Café and finds that the former church is now serving food and drink for the body instead of for the soul.

Kimberly Palmiero solves the mystery of the Irish restaurant as she finds that
people do eat Irish food at Irish restaurants as Molly Brannigans in Mount Lebanon satisfies her hunger pangs.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall treks over to Germansville and finds that much like the town, not much has changed at the Bake Oven Inn.
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Posted 09 October 2005 - 10:28 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer

Craig Laban finds Le Jardin firing on too few cylinders as the most recent culinary occupant of the Art Alliance manages to disappoint.

Rick Nichols finds a new modern take on Romanian food at Delanco’s Europa Café as Carmen Rednic takes cues from Transylvania, Austro-Hungary and soccer-playing countries around the world as she creates dishes drawing from all parts of her background.

Diann Marder does a little follow-up with Julie Powell, the girl who decided to tackle an entire Julia Child cookbook in one year, and managed to become a reality star made good.

Murry’s Deli, the well-known Bala Cynwyd deli, has expanded in West Chester, and also added a smart little bar with an small yet impressive wine list.

Philadelphia Daily News

Sono Motoyama pops in on Aya’s Café and finds the Italian and Egyptian menu a solid selection great for a neighborhood place.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Maxine Keyser tastes of the proudly Calitalian Sovalo and finds its offerings more than up to par.

Carolyn Wyman gives out the 411 on some of the local places you can pick your own apples.

Drew Lazor updates us with the skinny on four joints recently debuted.

Pat Hogan makes sure we know about some local food events sure to liven up somebody’s tongue.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon satisfies her longings for Stephen Starr at Buddakan as she finds it as tasty and familiar as ever.

Kirsten Henri alerts us all to the Patches of Star Dairy and its celebration of all things goat as the newly hip national food trend makes its way to the City of Brotherly Love.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Bob Batz reports on continuation of a tradition as Italian wine-making is still alive in Brownsville, while also noting Brownsville mayor Norma Ryan’s contribution to the A Taste of Italy fundraiser event with a recipe or two.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Karin Welzel profiles a true family restaurant when Calabria’s goes under the microscope and shows off the mother, father and three brothers who work to ensure smooth sailing.

Sally Quinn reviews Bahama Breeze , a well-thought out chain restaurant that sets a nice tropical theme for its diners.

Michael Machosky lunches at Willow and finds the sister restaurant to Luma quite pleasing.



The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall visits the renovated Gregory’s Seafood Factory and finds it serving quality food at reasonable prices to hordes and hordes of folks.
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Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:52 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer

Craig Laban finds Restaurant Alba amidst the emergence of a fine northern Chester County dining scene.

Rick Nichols finds a Kimberton Hills farm that does more than just make organic food for area residents.

Deborah Scoblionkov marks on how groovy Auburn, Pennsylvania’s Long Trout Winery’s fruit wines can be.

Philadelphia Daily News

Sono Motoyama pops in on Bookbinder’s and discovers a tasty rebirth.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Elisa Ludwig finds a new Korean barbeque joint downtown as Miran and finds a bevy of positives that make up for its (hopefully) correctable negatives.

Alex Richmond gives us a little sushi insight on differences in eating preferences here versus Japan.

Drew Lazor updates us with the skinny on four joints recently debuted.

Kelly White gives us the down-low on some
hidden foodstops worth your time spent searching.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Lauren McCutcheon falls for the allure of Lan Zhou Noodle House when she sees the entertainment newcomers and veterans both enjoy.

Kirsten Henri finds a nice slice joint when NYPD Pizza imported itself onto 11th Street.

Neil Ferguson introduces us to the star attractions at the J&J Trestle Inn.

Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Karin Welzel finds that Fresco’s doesn’t limit itself to traditional Italian flavors for its inspirations.

Librarians found things to do other than stack books when they decided to publish First Editions: A Collection of Recipes from the Ligonier Valley Library detailing different hors d’oeuvres recipes from friends, staff and anyone else.
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Posted 25 October 2005 - 11:58 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Craig LeBan finds the new Old City sushi spot Haru a horror, delivering a rare no-bells review…

Rick Nichols somehow manages to resist the lure of the roast pork and tries DiNic’s 5-Hour Brisket sandwich.

Michael Klein writes about the opening of the upscale Greek Estia, and the closing of South Street Spanish spot Mallorca, and more in this week’s TableTalk

Philadelphia Daily News:

Sono Motoyama pigs out at Porky and Porkie

City Paper:
Mary Armstrong gets fresh with seasonal foods

Carolyn Wyman shops and chops with Jean-Marie Lacroix.

Drew Lazor surveys new restaurants on the scene

Andrew parks gives his pics for Pub Grub

The Philadelphia Weekly
The Taste Dining Guide 2005 is viewable on-line or downloadable as a .pdf

Kirsten Henri reviews Liberties Walk pioneer Deuce, and goes into sugar shock at Chocolate by Mueller in the RTM

Neil Ferguson tosses back a few rounds at Krupas

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Alice T. Carter flips for La Filipiniana

Michael Machosky is crazy about Taqueria Taco Loco

Rochelle Hentges and Chris Pastrick do a pizza-slice shoot-out

The Morning Call (Allentown)
Sylvia Lawler visits Raphaela’s in Bethlehem for Caribbean and Latin-American cuisine.

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 10:35 PM

Philadelphia Inquirer

Craig Laban finds a semblance of his N’awlins rumblings at Carmine’s Creole Café’s new, hopping domicile in Narberth.

Rick Nichols chronicles a duo checking out the grand old dame of oyster bars when they visit the Grand Central Oyster Bar.

Philadelphia Daily News

Sono Motoyama visits a Northern Liberties favorite when N 3rd and Peter Dunmire get sampled.

City Paper (Philadelphia)

Maxine Keyser finds something worth eating at Haru.

Elisa Ludwig crows about vegetarian dining power in the blocks west of Rittenhouse Square.

Drew Lazor talks about three new spots that will further expand the city’s dining repetoire.

Tami Fertig finds some worthy eats in New Jersey.

In the Philadelphia Weekly ,

Kirsten Henri checks out Deuce before indulging her sweet yet healthy tooth at Chocolates by Mueller.

Neil Ferguson finds old school drinks at Krupas.


Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Karin Welzel meanders around the Café at the Frick before findng out the latest on all manner of apples.

Kimberly Palmiero investigates Steelhead Brassiere & Wine Bar and finds the Marriott City Center’s restaurant quite fetching.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Amy McConnell Schaarsmith reminds us how easy it is to bake a pie from scratch.

Mackenzie Carpenter updates us on the state of salmon, fresh, farmed and wild.

The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall finds the the Shanty reborn as an uneven second version of the Allentown classic.
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Posted 07 November 2005 - 10:40 PM

Media digest November 7, 2005

The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Craig LaBan indulges in Korean Tofu Stews at Jong Ka Jib.

Rick Nichols raves about the rurki at the Polish bakery Julia Bakery& CafŽ.

Michael Klein describes a shake-up at Salt and Pepper, and more, in Table Talk.

The Mystery Muncher noshes at the new outpost of Murray's in West Chester.

The Daily News
Sono Motoyama hits the beach at Isla Verde.


City Paper:
Elisa Ludwig goes spelunking at Ambler's La Cava.

The phenomenon of offering dinner before a show is examined.

The Philadelphia Weekly

Lauren McCutcheon steps out onto El Balconcito for Portuguese-Peruvian fare in the Northeast.

Kristin Henry finds vegan desserts at Gianna's Grille.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Sally A. Quinn fights the crowds at McCormick and Schmick's.



The Morning Call (Allentown)

Susan Gottschall docks at Camden's Dockside in Easton.

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