Fork has been on my “need to visit” list for quite awhile. It’s conveniently located right of an El stop, and they’ve been serving up delicious fresh and local food since before those became buzzwords. Opened on 3rd and Market street over ten years ago, Fork helped to begin the Old City renaissance, and served as a model for other restaurants interested in locally sourcing … Continue reading Brunch at Fork
It was a beautiful weekend in Philadelphia. I (and my awesome friends) did some incredible yard/gardening work, and we managed to bar-b-q not once, but twice. On Sunday evening I grilled some portabello mushroom caps that had been marinating in my secret grilled mushroom marinade (it involves chillies, and ginger, and garlic, and soy, and sesame) and topped them with a mix of store-bought ingredients … Continue reading Portabello Burger with local toppings
As I wrote over at Farm to Philly today, the lastest issue of Grid magazine is out! I love this new local freebie – it’s all about urban sustainability, with each magazine issue devoted to a different “spoke in the wheel,” as it were. This issue has interviews with people doing the good hard work of making healthy local food a reality, and some recipes … Continue reading Grid: Local Food Issue
Basic 4 Vegetarian Snack bar, owned and run by the same wise (and friendly) 7th Day Adventist woman for almost 20 years, serves (I hear) an amazing vegan cheese steak, pita pizza, and “meatball” subs. I can vouch the “chicken” salad and carrot “tuna” salad. This last visit I wasn’t all that hungry, so I decided to try the “Health Salad.” Greens, a scoop of … Continue reading Basic 4 Vegetarian Snack Bar – Health Salad
I’d been hearing a lot about vrapple lately. As a non-native Pennsylvanian who has never tried scrapple, I had no idea what it tasted like. As a long-time vegetarian, I’ve never truly longed for meat substitute products – they just didn’t exist when I stopped eating meat. But I understand sentimentality for the food of your youth, and figured this was a close as I … Continue reading Vrapple ?!?
Lolita is one of my favorite Philadelphia BYOBs. I popped in this week to entertain friends in town for a conference, a night that also happened to be Dining Out for Life. DOfL is a annual fundraiser in which participating restaurants donate 33% of the tab to local AIDS/HIV organizations and Planned Parenthoods. Great idea, right? My only initial disappointment was that Lolita had gone … Continue reading Dining Out for Life: Lolita
I’m not much for mayo, unless it’s my own, so when BBQ time rolls around I usually make a potato salad that’s heavy on the savory – mustards, roasted red peppers, capers, and vinegar – and minus the mayo. the above pictured potato salad is missing its capers (I swear they were in the fridge, and then they just weren’t) but you get the idea. … Continue reading Grainy Mustard Potato Salad