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Potito’s Bakery – 547 N. 20th Street – Philadelphia, PA

Potito’s Bakery – 547 N. 20th Street – Philadelphia, PA

“Holy Cannoli”, I said while visiting the Fairmount section of Philadelphia. The reason being is I spotted a Potito’s Bakery (PB) far away from their South Philadelphia neighborhood. I enjoy a good cannoli, and for some reason just not got around to having one from PB. So with them in my vision and in need of a treat, it was a perfect fit.

The interior of PB is very tiny at this location. This location is take-out only as there is nowhere to sit and room for only a patron or two at a time. The staff was very friendly and accommodating and even threw out a few suggestions of things to try.  I knew my mission was for cannoli and that is what I ordered.

potito

I only walked a block or two before opening the box. The ricotta cannoli filling was a little mushy and soft for my liking and created the cannoli to smear a bit on the paper it was wrapped in. The shell was nice with a nice light feel in each bite and a touch of cinnamon in the mix, but with the filling being on the liquid side it oozed out both sides and created quite a mess with each bite. The filling was decent, not great, but I have a feeling I may have just got a bad batch or it was not stored properly and would have been really nice combination with the shell they provided if done right.

Overall

Two and Half out of Five Stars

Honolulu Baby Burger Wins Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar’s Third Annual Burger Contest

Press Release:

Honolulu Baby Burger Wins Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar’s Third Annual Burger Contest

Winning burger featuring charred pineapple, volcanic fire roasted red peppers and SPAM on Zinburger’s menu from September 15-21

Zinburger 2014 Burger Contest Winner - Honolulu Baby Burger

Livingston, NJ – September 12, 2014 – After hundreds of submissions and weeks of online voting, burger fans will now be saying ‘Aloha’ to the Honolulu Baby Burger at Zinburger.

The Honolulu Baby Burger priced at $12, will be featured at all nine east coast Zinburger locations from September 15-21.

The Honolulu Baby Burger consists of a Certified Angus Beef patty with charred pineapple, volcanic fire roasted red peppers, swiss cheese, mayo and a Hawaiian favorite  – SPAM – all between two oven roasted bronzed buns.

According to Sandy Dostal Thornton, the creator of the winning burger, a Hawaiian-style burger was just the perfect choice.

“”Hawaii is our favorite place in the world to visit,” said Thornton. “Also, my dad used to sing the song ‘Honolulu Baby’ to me when I was a little girl so it just seemed appropriate to come up with something that represents Hawaii. Nothing says Hawaii better than pineapple and SPAM, which is truly a staple on the menu there.”

Thornton, who recently moved with her husband to the Buckhead area of Atlanta right around the same time Zinburger opened in Lenox Square earlier this summer, comes from the hospitality industry and has an affinity for great food and beverages.

“After eating at Zinburger for the first time, the food quality and the variety of the burgers was truly amazing.  So I knew my burger creation had to be novel, delicious with a little bit of whimsy.”

Besides having her winning burger featured on the Zinburger menu for one week, Thornton received a $100 gift card for placing in first place.

 

For more information, visit http://zinburgereast.com or https://www.facebook.com/ZinburgerEast.

The Pop Shop – Collingswood, NJ

The Pop Shop – Collingswood, NJ

The Pop Shop (PS) became an adult hot-spot the minute they were featured on Food Network “Throwdown with Bobby Flay”. What PS is truly known for is a fun filled meal for the young and young at heart. With lines wrapped around the corner most weekends with throngs of children just as rambunctious as they are hungry, PS has been off my radar for quite some time. That was until I had a rambunctious hungry little one myself. We visited for lunch one weekday, and PS was still a packed house. Now I know why PS is expanding to Medford, New Jersey to the former Farmers and Mechanics Bank on Main Street there.

The interior of PS is bubbly, loud, bright, and friendly. The staff was just great especially with the amount of wildness a house full of children provides. They really focus to make sure each child is enjoying themselves, while also being able to keep service moving and lag time minimal between ordering and food being served. My order would be Swiss Mushroom Burger with fries.

pop shop

It was not the best burger I have ever had, but the mushrooms were plentiful, and bun was toasted nicely. The burger was a decent size, but could use a little seasoning and maybe a better blend of meat to give it a better texture. I enjoyed how they put the bbq sauce on the side to allow me the ability to put as much as I would want on the sandwich, and the fries were nice as well.

After the meal a balloon was giving to my dining partner, which just made his day. PS is a nice change of pace to the normal stuffy dining establishments we visit most times. On a rough day or week, it is nice to get out of your element and bring the kid inside yourself out again. I would not or could not go to PS on a regular basis, but for a special comfort food meal with a crazy and fun atmosphere mixed in, it is a treat and the childlike behavior that comes out of us we all need sometimes to get out of a funk.

Overall

Three and Three-Fourth Stars out of Five

The Perfect Peach

(The following is a special report on Bluejeanfoodcritic.com written by guest contributing writer Angela Timm)

Tuesday, September 9, The Tortilla Press, Collingswood, New Jersey. Summer comes to a triumphant end for one South Jersey amateur baker. After months of delicious competition the five South Jersey finalists for the 2nd Annual Perfect Peach Pie Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council sat face to face in a final showdown of the sweetest kind. Phyliss Rudolph, of Ventnor, impressed judges at the Margate Farmers Market. Anne Danilak, of Mickleton/East Greenwich Twp, took the title at the NJ Peach Festival at the Gloucester County 4-H Fair. Gretchen Gautier stole the show with impeccably fresh glazed peaches and shortbread pie crust at the Hammonton Downtown Market. Bill Paulin, Brigantine’s Pie Guy, won first place against friendly but fierce competition at the Brigantine Farmers Market. Cheryl Pope was the hometown favorite after her victory at the Collingswood Farmers Market. Judges Chef Mark Smith from The Tortilla Press, Michael DiBartolo, owner of DiBartolo’s Bakery, and John and Mary Ebert, from Springdale Farm crowned perfection among its peers.

pie judges

And the Grand Prize winner was….Gretchen Guatier from Hammonton!

pie winner

After the announcement, I enjoyed carne asada tacos served on fresh corn tortillas topped with onions, lime, and cilantro garnished with generous amounts of roasted tomato jalapeno salsa and tomatillo avocado salsa.

There could be no finer way to celebrate this season’s delicious and abundant harvest of peaches.

pie pie

Little Tuna – Haddonfield, NJ

Little Tuna – Haddonfield, NJ

Situated right in the heart of Haddonfield, New Jersey’s bustling downtown is Little Tuna (LT). You walk through a small, yet charming seafood market in order to get to the restaurant. Once inside the décor is modern and fresh and a nice change from the usual fishing nets and ocean paraphernalia found hanging around most seafood establishments. LT had a decent sized crowd for lunch the day I visited and I would start my meal off with a bowl of roasted lobster bisque with sherry.

little tuna soup

This might have been one of the top five lobster bisque soups I have ever had. If this soup tastes this good every day, I wonder how LT does not have a line of customers out the door with bowls in hand waiting for a ladle full of this liquid gold. It was creamy, sweet, extremely flavorful and generous with portions of lobster meat. The only thing I would change would be that I would like a jar of large oyster crackers to accompany the soup instead of two packets of the smaller crackers. Up next would be honey jalapeno sea scallops.

litte tuna scallop

The scallops came served in a metal sizzling dish topped with a honey jalapeno sauce and stuffed with crab meat. The meal also included carrots, broccoli, and mashed potatoes. I really liked the flavor combination of the honey jalapeno topping the scallops and the crab meat added was delicious and portion generous. The vegetables were crisp and cooked nicely as were the mashed potatoes. The scallops were overcooked just slightly, but were of decent size. The service at LT was efficient and friendly and the prices were reasonable for a nice seafood restaurant. LT served me one of the better lunches I had in some time and I look forward to trying even more things from the in the future, unless I just fill myself with that amazing roasted lobster bisque with sherry.

Overall

Four and quarter Stars out of Five

TOWN BANK OKTOBERFEST RETURNS FOR THIRD YEAR CAPE MAY BREWERY TO PROVIDE OFFICAL OKTOBERFEST BEER

TOWN BANK OKTOBERFEST RETURNS FOR THIRD YEAR

CAPE MAY BREWERY TO PROVIDE OFFICAL OKTOBERFEST BEER

A popular fall event returns with the 3rd Annual Town Bank Fire Company Oktoberfest at the Cape May Airport. Cape May Brewery will provide the official Oktoberfest beer during the festival Oct. 17 to 19.

The Town Bank Fire Company organizes the event annually as a fundraiser itself. This year’s event will include a variety of both seasonal and regular beers, live music, food, crafters, and family entertainment.

“We are excited to bring the event back this year,” said Jeff Harkins, of the Town Bank Fire Company. “The event has become very popular with locals and visitors.

Cape May Brewery will provide the official Oktoberfest beer for the weekend. The brewery will serve that beer along with a second option from their operation. There will also be other seasonal and traditional beer options served to guests with proper ID.

The Town Bank Oktoberfest will once again feature great headlining bands all weekend long. Friday night will feature Animal House. Loud n’ Clear will take the stage Saturday night. And the DAB band will play Sunday at noon to round out the weekend.

Food will be available from Smoke-n-Bones, which will have a wide variety of options for any taste.

There is plenty of free parking at the Cape May Airport, but there is a $5 suggested donation throughout the weekend to enter the Oktoberfest, which goes to benefit the Town Bank Fire Company.

“This event is good for the area and also helps out our fire department a lot,” said Harkins. “We truly appreciate the community’s support and look forward to another successful year.”

For more information on the event CLICK HERE

About Cape May Brewery:

The Cape May Brewery is a microbrewery located in the Cape May Airport. Throughout the year the brewery has 30+ varieties that can be found all over South Jersey.  They proudly self-distribute their beers to over 80+ bars, restaurants and liquor stores.  Their taproom is the largest in the state.

About Town Bank Fire Company:

The Town Bank Fire Company is a volunteer fire company and is one of three fire companies in Lower Township. Their response area includes 15 miles out in the ocean, 10 miles out in the Delaware Bay, south to Cape May Point, along with all surrounding water ways of Lower Township, and north to Fortescue.  The company has served Lower Township since 1952.

9th ANNUAL GREENFEST PHILLY

green fest bugs

PRESS RELEASE:

9th ANNUAL GREENFEST PHILLY RETURNS WITH 100+ EXHIBITORS, FOOD, BEER GARDEN, FAMILY FUN, SHOPPING, ECO ADVENTURES AND NEW SURPRISES

Philadelphia, PA – Clean Air Council’s 9th Annual Greenfest Philly returns to Headhouse Square (2nd and South Streets) on Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The tri-state region’s largest environmental festival is bigger than ever with live music, free demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, a twenty-five foot rock wall, and even edible bugs. Admission is free. Festival “Green Cards” are also on sale at www.greenfestphilly.org for $30 that includes food and drink discounts, a free t-shirt, and eco-friendly swag. For more information, visit the website, call 215-567-4004, and follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter.

“Greenfest is an important festival because we celebrate all things happening in our city to promote sustainability and we reaffirm our commitment to a positive future,” said Joseph Otis Minott, Esq., Executive Director.  “It gives me an optimistic view to see these wonderful ideals in thousands of attendees, and I love to see the passion that Philadelphians have for our environment. Philadelphia has a lot to be proud of.”

Now in its ninth year, this popular event will provide a unique opportunity for 10,000-20,000 attendees to learn how to live life a little greener and healthier. Festivities will include live music from popular local bands, MOM’s Organic Market kid’s corner with eco-friendly crafts and music, organic food and drinks, a beer garden, handmade goods, innovative green businesses and products, a celebration of local sustainability innovators, ways to take action for clean air, and much more. Alongside that fun, 150+ sponsors, local businesses, supporters and vendors will help transform Headhouse Square into a festive, fun and educational outdoor marketplace.

HIGHLIGHTS

* Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods – including SteelCore organic workout wear, Soapbox Holistic soaps, and Glad Dog Nation recycled dog toys.

* Purchase one of a kind handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans such as Beaucycled upcycled jewelry and accessories, and Urban Textile Works prints.

* Enjoy a tasty surprise as you sample edible bugs including crickets on crackers and chocolate brownies made with flour made from ground bugs.

* Win exciting prizes like a Trek bike from Philadelphia Insurance Companies to make commuting greener AND more fun.

* Become educated and take action on critical environmental issues from leading advocacy groups.

* Pick up a free Philadelphia blue recycling bin for your home or office.

* Leave your ‘wheels’ with the complimentary bike valet courtesy of Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

* Clean out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and more to the Philly Swap at Greenfest Philly.  Bring gently used clothing, toys and books for free entry into the swap area, or make a $5 donation (includes a free Philly Swap bag). Upon entry in the swap, you are free to roam and take what you’d like.

* Enjoy a rest and recharge station with refurbished chairs and furniture, free iced tea, coffee and solar powered chargers.

* Pamper yourself with chair massage and natural organic treatments from Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique, the region’s green designed and operated all natural spa in the city.

FAMILY FUN IN MOM’S Organic Market Kids’ Corner

* Healthy Snacks from MOM’s Organic Market – Kids and parents are welcome to stop by MOM’s Organic Market’s booth for free samples and healthy snacks. Kids can also pick up their FREE Greenfest t-shirts (free to the first 200 children).
* Kids Play with Clay from 10:00am to 2:00pm – The Clay Studio will be hosting a group-sculpt in the MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner. Kids will be invited to sculpt small objects with traditional clay materials and put them together, creating a large group sculpture.
* Frisbee Spin Art from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Always a Greenfest favorite, Tall Pines Day Camp will be helping kids to create colorful and exciting spin art on Frisbees.
* Kid’s Yoga, time TBA – Yoga Garden will be leading a yoga class just for kids! Creative thinking, flexibility, better health, inner focus, greater concentration, improved social skills and physical strength are just some of the benefits of yoga for kids. Through interactive games and exercises, kids learn yoga postures, breathing techniques and lots more! And it’s all just plain fun!
* Rock Climb from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Kids and adults can catch climbing fever and try their hand at scaling a 25 foot rock wall.

BEER GARDEN

Victory Brewing Company will be providing the beer for the Greenfest Philly Sustainably Brewed Beer Garden. Since opening the brewery in February 1996, Victory has emphasized environmental responsibility. As part of the brewing process Victory recycles the nearly 25,000 pounds of spent grain is generated every 24 hours through an an arrangement with a local farmer who takes this brewing by-product and feeds it to his farm animals.

FOOD

Sample delicious, healthy, local and organic food from popular food trucks and local eateries.

* Farm Truck was built around knowing what is in your food and where it comes from. All produce comes from local farms, all bread from a local bakery, and the coffee is organic, fairly traded and locally roasted.

* Kung Fu Hoagies is an all vegetarian and vegan friendly food cart serving South and West Philadelphia.  Hoagies, noodles and sides creatively inspired by traditional vegetarian Vietnamese food, served by friendly local Kung Fu addicts.

* Little Baby’s is a hand-made, small-batch, super-premium Ice Cream and non-dairy frozen dessert company based in East Kensington, Philadelphia.

* Lil’ Pop Shop’s unique ice pops are hand-crafted in small batches from a seasonal assortment of fresh, natural, locally-sourced ingredients. No neon or artificial ingredients or dyes are ever used in their ice pops.

* Local 215 is committed to sourcing as many ingredients locally as possible while still providing you with high quality affordable food options year round. It is their mission to extend only the freshest, most natural and unprocessed foods to their customers. Buying from local farmers not only makes their dishes delicious; it also supports our neighbors’ livelihoods.

* SoomFoods will offer Soom Tahini, a pure sesame butter that is a versatile ingredient for both savory and sweet recipes. All products are made in a peanut-free facility. All of SoomFoods’ Tahini products are kosher, gluten-free, and vegan.

Other food and drink vendors will include:
* ACME Markets
* Bonjour Creperie
* Cobblestone Krautery
* The Twisted Tail

LIVE MUSIC

Local music is more sustainable than music that has to be shipped thousands of miles to your ears. In the Greenfest Philly spirit, Earth Jam 2014 features 4 of the most exciting emerging bands Philly has to offer. Music runs 11:00am to 3:30pm.

* West Philadelphia Orchestra: With a diverse line-up of professional Philadelphia musicians whose influences range from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra is a unique live ensemble in today’s auto-tuned musical world.

* Ron Gallo: Ron Gallo is an ever-changing, good spirited, weirdo madman.  This “arts and crafts music project” of the same name is an attempt at capturing where Ron Gallo is at any given moment.

* Pine Barons: Born among the pitch pines of southern New Jersey. With a wide spectrum of influences, from classic rock to folk, jazz, and punk, Pine Barons is an amalgamation of four personalities and visions whose friendship and respect shape their craft.

* No Stranger: No Stranger is a musical chronicle of Jonathan Cooney’s journey through life and his attempt to understand our time in it. His blend of acoustic finger style under an ethereal voice aims for your heart and hopes to stay.

GREEN INNOVATORS

The Green Innovators Program, sponsored by SCA, has become a highlight of Greenfest Philly. Over the past three years, 22 local emerging sustainable businesses and organizations were honored and invited to participate. Hundreds of Greenfest Philly attendees are able to engage with and learn from these businesses and organizations and then vote for their favorite Innovator at Greenfest or online at  http://greenfestphilly.org/content/greenfest-philly-green-innovator-program.

The 2014 Greenfest Philly Green Innovators:
* Bike Share Philadelphia
* Biome
* Climate Tracker
* Cycle Philly
* Milkcrate Philly
* SHIFT_DESIGN
* Spor
* The GREEN Program

SPONSORS

Greenfest Philly is presented by Clean Air Council, with support from MOM’s Organic Market, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), PGW EnergySense, SCA, Waste Management, Zip Car, Amtrak, Aversa PR & Events, Enterprise Car Share, door door organics, Sustainable
Business Network, South Street Headhouse District, ConsolidatedSolar.net and AVRS.

ADMISSION

Admission to Greenfest Philly is free. Attendees must be 21 and older to drink. A festival package “Green Card” is available for $30 (valued at over $55) and includes discounts on food and drink, a free Greenfest t-shirt, and other eco-friendly swag. Green Cards are on sale now at www.greenfestphilly.org. For more information visit the website, call call 215-567-4004 (ext. 102) or follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter.

ABOUT GREENFEST PHILLY

Since its launch in 2006, Greenfest Philly has been a model for producing sustainable events. The festival demonstrates its commitment to reducing environmental impact by sourcing power from two large solar powered generators, recycling and composting over 80% of waste, and providing attendees with water bottle refill stations and a complimentary bike valet. All festival exhibitors are evaluated by Clean Air Council to ensure they are providing services, information, or goods that are sustainable.

ABOUT CLEAN AIR COUNCIL

Greenfest Philly is organized by Clean Air Council, a member-supported, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air. For more information, visit  www.greenfestphilly.org or www.cleanair.org.

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