Catelli Dou and Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation have created a new charity event for the Voorhees Town Center called Spaghetti Under the Stars. It will be August 20th from 6:30pm to 10:30pm.
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Porky’s Point – Philadelphia, PA
I love the other white meat, pork. I also loved my visit to Puerto
Rico a few years ago with their love of pork on almost every menu.
Well Puerto Rican pork is alive and well sitting in the Hunting
Park section of Philadelphia with Porky’s Point (PP). PP may be
located in a rougher area of Philadelphia than most are comfortable
to visit, but they are serving some of the best pork around.
As soon as I walked up to PP’s windows to order, I knew I was in
the right place for me with a sign that states, “We do not sell
lean pork”. What they do sell is tasty pork, as well as many other
specialties like tostones, mofongo, pastellios, rice and beans,
relleno de papa, and platano con carne. My order would be a pork
sandwich with hot sauce.
The roll was fresh with a nice crisp exterior that enabled the
interior to suck up all the pork juices and hot sauce, while the
roll did not become soggy at all on the outside. The pork was a
mixture of pieces from all over the hog, skin and all, then put on
a butcher block and chopped to perfection allowing each bite to be
uniform with very generous serving of pork in the sandwich. The
hot sauce gave the sandwich just that extra flair, while not
overpowering the pork’s fantastic flavor.
Service was very friendly, but the menu seemed a little erratic in
a mix of some things only listed in English and others only listed
in Spanish with some items crossed out on both and additional
signs dotting the windows of other options to possibly order. The
prices were very reasonable and line moved quickly at the rush of
a lunch crowd. If PP could put the time into making two excellent
signs of their menu offerings, one in English and one in Spanish
to hang in the windows, they could really help out a lot of
prospective customers to choose wisely and returning customers to
try new things. I would not recommend a night-cap at PP to give
them a try, but a mid-afternoon lunch should be a must for any
pork lover out there.
Three and a Half out of Five Stars
Phoebe’s Bar-B-Que – Philadelphia, PA
Phoebe’s Bar-B-Que (PBAR) claims to have been serving Philadelphia some of the best bbq and “Ribs with Attitude” since 1994. With such claims a visit was in order for a certified bbq judge like myself. PBAR is a take-out only location as it is so tiny; it was tight quarters with only one other person there picking up their order. Once to the counter my order would be a rack of ribs mild.
The first thing I noticed is that the staff seemed to be bothered just to take an order. The gentleman behind the counter gruffed, you need to make large orders in advance. I would not think that one rack of ribs would be considered a large order for a bbq destination, but who am I to say. He asked if I could come back in two hours. I did indeed come back. It might have been better if I did not.
The ribs were handed to me wrapped in tinfoil and cellophane. No bag, no carry-case, no napkins, no forks, no anything to make it seem like I was purchasing a meal at all. Once the package was opened carefully so not to have any juices or sauce drip anywhere, it was one of the saddest appearing set of ribs I have seen in a long time. I have been to backyard bbq’s with better presentation than what PBAR is putting out. Hoping that the looks were deceiving was dashed as soon as I bit into the first rib. It was rubbery, tough, bland, and a sad excuse to be called bbq. PBAR has been around since 1994, and they intrigue me on how. Should I have ordered pork or maybe the chicken? Then again, maybe if I ordered differently maybe I would not have thought of the counterperson as rude and gruff. Those are all maybes and what-ifs, and I have to judge PBAR on what I experienced, and what I had was something I will not be going back for anytime time soon or even at all with the only thing having attitude being the employees.
Half of a Star out of Five Stars
ATTENTION – ATTENTION – ATTENTION -
Peach Party cancelled Saturday, August 2nd due to bad weather forecast!!!!!!!! Mark your calendars, new date is Saturday, August 23rd.
For Immediate Release
What: Peach Festival
Where: Downtown Market in Downtown Hammonton
When: August 23, 2014, 10 am to 1 pm
Peach Queens visit the Peach Party on Saturday
In the 50’s and 60’s, peaches were still an important crop in Hammonton and it was an honor to be the Peach Queen or part of her court each summer. Some of these lovely ladies will visit the 2nd Annual Peach Party on Saturday from 10 an to 1 pm. They will be hosted by Inferrera’s Market where there will be many memorabilia to enjoy about the peach queen heyday era of the 50’s and 60’s in Hammonton. “I loved sharing our history of this interesting era of Hammonton with the people who attended the festival last year and have even more to present this year,” said Dot Orlandini, owner of Inferrera’s Market, a 60 year old Italian Market.
The NJ Peach Council will be sending this year’s 2014 Peach Queen to meet her Hammonton Court and help promote this important state-wide fruit. NJ ranks 4th in the country in peach production after California, South Carolina and Georgia with an average of 64,000 pounds of peaches picked by hand across the state. For more information about NJ peaches and the Peach council, please visit www.jerseypeaches.com . Local peaches are supplied by the 100-year-old peach farm, Pastore Orchards who will be setting up their beautiful booth again this year.
There will be plenty for the family to enjoy this year. Live Bluegrass Music will set the stage with a performance by local group, Home Cookin’, who serves up a blend of bluegrass and traditional country music. There will also be complimentary family pictures sponsored by Ivy Cottage booth where they will provide a beautiful peach backdrop around an antique tractor. Your free picture will be developed and sent home with you that day!
Also look for complimentary face-painting at the Sassy Sweets booth, a peach toss game at the Toy Market booth, several peach contests and give-aways at the AtlantiCare booth, and a Best Peach Fuzz Baby Contest sponsored by Behind the Moon. Enter your one-year olds or younger in this contest and be one of three winners based on the cutest fuzzy head!! And of course, plenty of peaches from Pastore Orchards, peach pies, hand pies, iced tea, funnel cake, pancakes, jams, jellies, refrigerator oatmeal, cobbler, and many more peach products! And don’t miss an opportunity to enter the local contest for the Perfect Peach Pie where the local winner will win a basket of prizes from the vendors worth at least $150, and then is invited to enter the state-wide contest to be held at the end of August at the Fox TV news station in Philadelphia, for a chance to win an overnight stay and dinner in either Atlantic City or Cape May.
The Peach Party is sponsored by MainStreet Hammonton’s Downtown Market and by the corporate partnership with AtlantiCare who continues to make healthy living part of their commitment to South Jersey. “We are pleased to sponsor and participate in another Peach Party in Downtown Hammonton as it promotes local, healthy eating and family-fun activities,” said Glen Stoll, Director of Regional Business Development for AtlantiCare. “The morning is sure to please all peach lovers and families looking for a fun morning,” says Linda Cashan, event coordinator, “and you can plan to eat your breakfast or lunch at the festival or one of the nearby downtown restaurants, just steps away!”
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PHILADELPHIA, July 30, 2014 – The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia. La Colombe plans to open a 15,000-square-foot outpost in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. Housed in a former distillery, the new spot will produce rum—yes rum—infused with coffee, in addition to serving food and its signature coffee, of course. The second annual Coffee & Tea Festival, to be held November 8-9at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, will celebrate local love for the mighty bean with exhibitions, tastings, classes and more.
The region’s java scene has been percolating for years now: Cafes roast their own signature beans, baristas specialize in perfectly engineered espressos and coffeehouses use one-of-a-kind La Marzocco machines. From an Australian flat white to a Chemex-brewed cuppa, the possibilities for delicious caffeinating are endless. Here’s a look at some of the favorites:
Signature Beans & Brews:
Coffee, With Music To Match:
Coffee, With Food To Match:
Royal Cracovia – Magnolia, New Jersey
Situated on the White Horse Pike is Royal Cracovia (RC). I do not know the ethnic ratios surrounding the area, but driving around it did not seem like the region of the world RC’s menu is mostly suited towards lived near this dining destination. That is not a bad thing, and I am always the first to say the American diet needs more diversity, but I think where RC may have went overboard was with the building of RC. RC is a mix of a beautiful palace and fancy Jersey diner. The second you step inside RC you wonder if you are visiting royalty. With the ornate painting, pictures, chandeliers, masonry, and woodwork surrounding the place, but then reality sets in as soon as you are seated as some of RC’s bar clientele has some rough edges, the dining area is half turned dark due to not enough patrons, and the market and bakery are not stationed and mostly bare showing that RC had big ambitions that obviously have not panned out. It is a shame as I can only imagine what a lively and fun place RC could be with a packed house. The service was friendly and courteous and my order of the day would be their nine piece pierogi platter.
The pierogi platter consisted of potato and cheese, sauerkraut and mushroom, and meat and onion pierogis topped with caramelized onions and accompanied by carrots and broccoli. The caramelized onions were nice, vegetables were a little on the bland side, and out of the three options of pierogis the sauerkraut and mushroom were the best, but a tad greasy. The dish was good, but not grand nor the best pierogi around especially for the price point. I understand why RC’s prices are the way they are. They wanted a certain atmosphere with an upscale flair to the menu and presentation of their food. The only problem is I do not think they set up shop in the right market for their product as the old saying location, location, location. RC is a nice change of pace for the area they serve, but I think they would have been better suited opening a much smaller place, giving it a mom and pop sort of feel, let word of mouth about the new type of food in the area spread, and then if all went well expand the empire. As it stands now, RC has a castle, they just do not have any villagers to call their own.
Two and half Stars out of Five